• Refugees in Assam will be given citizenship rights, but infiltrators unwelcome: Shah
    Silchar, March 26 (PTI): In his first direct reference to the controversial CAA in the run-up to the Assam assembly elections, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said refugees will be given citizenship rights, but asserted that the BJP will not allow infiltrators to enter the state. Shah referred to the Citizenship Amendment Act addressing election rallies at Silchar and Patharkandi in Barak Valley, where the legislation has been welcomed by the predominantly Hindu Bengali migr
  • Elect govt that upholds democracy: Manmohan
    New Delhi, March 26 (PTI): Ahead of the Assam assembly polls, former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Friday alleged that the society is being divided on the basis of religion, culture and language, and asked people to elect a government that upholds the constitution and the principles of democracy. He assured the people that if the Congress is voted to power, the Citizenship Amendment Act will not be implemented. In a video message, a day before the first phase of polling on Mar
  • 6 new COVID-19 cases push Mizoram s tally to 4,460
    Aizawl, March 26 (PTI): Six more persons, including a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, taking the state's caseload to 4,460, an official said Friday. This is the highest single-day count of COVID-19 cases reported in the state since February 26 this year. The six new cases were reported from Aizawl district, the official said. While five patients have travel history, the 35-year- old BSF jawan was diagnosed with COVID-19 duri
  • Assam turns into fortress ahead of 1st phase of Assembly polls
    Guwahati, March 26 (IANS): Tight security arrangements have been put in place across 12 districts in Assam for the first phase of Assembly elections on Saturday when 47 constituencies will face the ballot. The first phase will decide the fate of 264 candidates, including Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, state Congress chief Ripun Bora and 23 women candidates. Tea garden workers, tribal voters and first time electorates will play crucial roles in the balloting to the 126-member
  • Majuli connectivity in spotlight as Assam goes to polls on Saturday
    MAJULI, March 26 (IANS): Connectivity, pending for centuries, still remains a major issue in the world's largest river island Majuli, which goes to polls on Saturday, in the first leg of the three-phase Assam Assembly elections. Majuli, 350 km north of Guwahati, has a political significance during this election as Chief Minister and ruling BJP nominee Sarbananda Sonowal had first time won the seat in 2016, which was once a Congress stronghold, and is now seeking re-election.
  • NFR first railway zone to become UIDAI registrar
    Maligaon, March 25 (MExN): The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has become the first-ever Railway zone to become a UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) Registrar to carry out enrolment and updating activity of Aadhaar, NFR CPRO Subhanan Chanda informed on Thursday. In this connection, the Aadhaar Enrolment Centre at NFR Headquarter in Maligaon was opened on March 25, a release from the CPRO stated. This centre will now be able to carry out enrolment and updating activ
  • Indo-Bangla ties improving fast: Experts
    Shillong/Agartala, March 25 (IANS) Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day Bangladesh visit, experts and top officials of the two neighbours felt that India-Bangladesh relations are further improving as the new connectivity projects are being operationalised. In connection with the three events, Prime Minister Modi would be visiting Bangladesh, second time in six years after 2015, on Friday-Saturday at the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Modi's two-day
  • Successive Cong govts gave unemployment, insurgency, infiltration to Assam: Shivraj
    Palasbari/Guwahati, March 25 (PTI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday alleged that the successive Congress governments in Assam had given only unemployment, violence, insurgency and infiltration. On the Congress electoral tie-ups with parties like Badruddin Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) in Assam and the Indian Secular Force floated by a Muslim cleric in West Bengal, he claimed that Rahul Gandhi is "going the Jinnah way".
  • 733 Myanmar refugees living in Mizoram
    New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) After the recent military coup in Myanmar, a total of 733 persons, including policemen, have fled to Mizoram in India and are staying illegally across the state. These people entered Mizoram after facing persecution from the military in Myanmar. Top sources said that a total of 642 Myanmar nationals living at various camps across Mizoram have been located and verified. The intelligence agencies are trying to identify a fresh influx of another 91 refugees.
  • Voter awareness move: Assam DC's photo with her kids wins hearts online
    Jorhat (Assam), March 25 (PTI) When she succumbed to her childrens tantrums to get clicked with her for an official voter awareness initiative, Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Roshni Aparanji Korati had no idea that the image would win hearts of netizens. Korati was annoyed and was unable to pacify her two sons, Sanchit Asher (5) and Suchit Noah (3), who were insisting to be in the same frame as their mother, when a team including a photographer designated for the work visited her offici
  • Lobbying before Modi, Shah has no value; CM candidate will be their pick: Himanta
    Guwahati, March 25 (PTI) BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday said any "lobbying" before PM Narendra Modi or Home Minister Amit Shah has no value and that he will go by their decision on whether incumbent Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, he or any third person will head the ruling alliance if it retains power in Assam. Seen as a strong probable for the chief minister's post after the BJP decided not to name its candidate for the top seat, Sarma also framed the
  • Assam river island voters push for development
    MAJULI, March 25 (IANS): Voters in the world's largest river island of Majuli have been rallying behind Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who is seeking re-election from the tribal stronghold seat which is surrounded by the turbulent waters of the Brahmaputra. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) heavyweight is pitted against three-time Congress MLA Rajib Lochan Pegu. But the Scheduled Tribe-reserved voters of Majuli seem to have decided to bet on Sonowal for "trying to
  • Pushed by Covid crisis, 2 tribal youths grow apples in Tripura
    AGARTALA, MARCH 25 (IANS): Hit by the financial crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, two tribal youths in Tripura have scripted a 'fruitful' story hither to unheard in the northeastern state - growing apples of a different variety. Mujesh Debbarma (29) and his relative Samaresh Debbarma (41) have cultivated four varieties of apple on a hilly terrain measuring a little over one hectare in Borkur Bari tribal village in western Tripura's Sepahijala district. Mujesh
  • NFR takes steps to improve customer interface 
    Maligaon, March 24 (MExN): The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) on Wednesday informed of the steps being taken to improve customer interface. According to a press release from NFR CPRO Sunhanan Chanda, in order to augment revenue from Goods segment, Jogbani station under Katihar Division was notified as Container Rail Terminal (CRT) for handling of Container Traffic with Chassis stuffing/De-stuffing operation and lift on lift off (LO-LO) facility with effect from February 4 up to Ma
  • NIA files charge sheet against 5  in Manipur state council case
    New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a charge sheet against five people in connection with its probe in the Manipur state council at London case. An NIA spokesperson here said that the agency has named Narengbam Samarjit Singh, Yambem Biren, Narengbam Biswajit Singh, Elangbam Brojendro Singh and Akoijam Deepa Anand under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) before a NIA Special Cou
  • AGP promises implementation of Assam Accord, Clause 6 implementation
    Guwahati, March 24 (PTI): Ruling alliance partner Asom Gana Parishad on Wednesday released its poll manifesto for the coming state assembly poll promising implementation of Assam Accord and its Clause 6 to protect the rights of the indigenous people. The AGP manifesto like that of BJP, its major partner in the NDA, is completely silent on the issue of Citizenship (Amendment) Act. The manifesto, which was released by Rajya Sabha MP Birendra Prasad Baishya, termed the foreigners is
  • Heroin worth Rs 1.47 crore seized, two persons arrested in Manipur
    Imphal, March 24 (PTI): Manipur Police has seized heroin worth Rs 1.47 crore in the international market and arrested two persons at Kakching district on Wednesday, an officer said. Superintendent of Police, Kakching, Victoria Yengkhom in a statement said that two persons riding a two-wheeler were told by police to stop for checking at Kuraopokpi near St Joseph Higher Secondary School. The duo tried to escape but was caught by police personnel. On searching the vehicle, the polic
  • 25 kg of gold from Guwahati seized near Hyderabad, 3 held
    Hyderabad, March 24 (PTI): Smuggled foreign-marked gold, weighing 25 kg and worth Rs 11.63 crore being transported from Guwahati to Hyderabad, has been seized near here. The SUV carrying the yellow metal was also seized and three people in the vehicle were arrested, said the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Wednesday. The trio was remanded in judicial custody, the DRI said. Based on intelligence, the officers of DRI, Hyderabad, mounted surveillance on the Vijayawad
  • India-B'desh borders to be sealed to check infiltration: Modi
    GUWAHATI, MARCH 24 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that India-Bangladesh borders would be sealed to check infiltration, as he accused the Congress of aligning with the forces which are patronising the infiltrators. Addressing an election rally at Bihpuria under Lakhimpur district in eastern Assam, the Prime Minister said that India-Bangladesh borders with western Assam's Dhubri have been sealed and works are going on at a fast pace to seal the remaining pa
  • Women personnel of Assam Rifles participate in counter-terrorism ops along Pak, Myanmar borders
    AIZAWL, March 24 (IANS): Breaking the shackles, women are joining the paramilitary and armed forces in huge numbers and are participating in counter-terrorism and counter-infiltration operations along the border with Pakistan and Myanmar. Around 200 women have joined as 'rifle women' in Assam Rifles, a paramilitary establishment officered by the Indian Army, responsible for guarding the border with Myanmar and carrying counter-insurgency operations in the north east region.