North East

Over 600 rebels in NE surrender

GUWAHATI, Jan 23 More than 600 fighters belonging to eight different rebel groups surrendered to Indian authorities in a troubled North Eastern state on Thursday, responding to a Government's peace initiative that will allow them to rejoin mainstream society, police have said.The rebel groups include -- ULFA (I), NDFB, RNLF, KLO, CPI (Maoist), NSLA, ADF and NLFB Assam State police chief Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said the rebels also laid down assault rifles, grenades, bombs and other weapons."A total ..

Aizawl to soon get aerial cable car

Newmai News NetworkAIZAWL, Jan 22: Mizoram’s capital Aizawl will soon get a new stuff to its existing public transport system as the Centre has approved a proposal to construct aerial cable car in the state capital.Official sources said on Wednesday that chief minister Zoramthanga, who is currently in the national capital, on Tuesday met NITI Aayog vice Chairman Dr. Rajiv Kumar and discussed about development projects in Mizoram.Kumar informed the Mizoram chief minister that the  policy ..

Naga accord 2 autonomous councils in ArP, Manipur likely

GUWAHATI, Jan 21 Two autonomous councils would be set up in the Naga inhabited areas of Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur as part of the Naga peace accord.The two autonomous councils would be created in the Naga inhabited areas of the two neighbouring States ..

NSCN-IM expresses concern over inferno at Shirui peak

Newmai News NetworkDIMAPUR, Jan 20 : The NSCN-IM suspected that "local miscreants" must be behind the burning of  Shirui peak in Ukhrul district a few days ago. "It must be the handiwork of local miscreants," the NSCN-IM said in a statement on Monday, adding, "Who is to be blamed other than the local miscreants". The NSCN-IM said that such an act is "highly condemned". The NSCN-IM termed it as "recklessness and selfishness". "The world watched in horror when Amazon, the world’s most "biodiverse ..

Meghalaya backs extension of SC/ST reservation for another decade

Newmai News NetworkShillong, Jan 20: The Meghalaya Assembly on Monday unanimously ratified the 126th amendment Bill-2019 of the Constitution which proposes to extend quota to SCs/STs in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies by another 10 years.Chief Minister Con..

Sarma poohs poohs prospects of ‘new party’ !

GUWAHATI, Jan 19If a new political party is formed under the leadership of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), the BJP will contest polls against it with courage and defeat it, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday.Sarma’s remarks come days after the AASU leadership talked about a new political alternative to take the anti-CAA movement forward in the State. Massive protests continued across Assam against the CAA on Saturday with large gatherings at several locations, ..

235 aided

AIZAWL, Jan 19: At least 235 people, comprising of 52 males and 183 females, have been compensated for various crimes since 2012 under “Mizoram victims of crime compensation  scheme, 2011," reports NNN.According to records of Mizoram State Lega..

Army dogs honoured for valour in NE, J&K

GUWAHATI, Jan 19 Five army dogs have been recognized for their heroics on the battlefield in the North East and Jammu & Kashmir.The five dogs, all Labradors were awarded top honours for valour and devotion to duty.While three dogs sniffed out deadly e..

NSCN-IM leaders meet RN Ravi

Newmai News NetworkDIMAPUR, Jan 18: NSCN-IM and Government of India’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks, RN Ravi held a "meeting" in Dimapur on Saturday.Sources said that NSCN-IM general secretary Th Muivah and 14 other leaders of the organization r..

Naga talks concluded successfully: Ravi

DIMAPUR, Jan 17Nagaland Governor RN Ravi on Friday said the nego-tiations between the Govern- ment of India and the Naga political groups have been successfully concluded.Ravi said this while addressing the first day of the fifth session of the 13th Nagaland Assembly in Kohima.He said the Government has conveyed its deepest appreciation to all the stakeholders for exhibiting utmost sincerity, fore-sightedness and a spirit of understanding in helping create a conducive atmosphere for conclusion of ..

Naga Hoho yearns for Naga peace talks’ closure

Newmai News NetworkDIMAPUR, Jan 17: The Naga Hoho has rued that the Naga people have entered into another year yet, without any sign of resolving the long pending political impasse.  In a press statement, the Naga Hoho said that more than two decades..

Time for Nagas to build the future: Neiphiu Rio

Newmai News NetworkDIMAPUR, Jan 15: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said that decades of strife had prevented the Nagas from seeing the other side of peace and development in reality and that the time has come for the Nagas to shed all differences, to..

AAI nods to transgenders in North East airports

GUWAHATI, Jan 13 The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has planned to appoint transgenders and Down Syndrome-affected people in airports across the North East.The AAI has taken this decision to minimise discrimination in the workplace through “Proje..

Assam Don Bosco University gets ‘Engaged University of the Year 2020 Award'

Sonapur, Jan 12 Assam Don Bosco University won the “Engaged University of the Year 2020 Asia Pacific (Entrepreneurship and Engagement Excellence) Award” on January 10. This prestigious international award was conferred..

One month on in Assam and... No let-up in anti-CAA protests

GUWAHATI, Jan 10 There is not let-up in protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in Assam which completed one month on Thursday. The All Assam Students' Union (Aasu), which is leading the protests, has vowed to carry on until the Act is scra..

GoI has officially recognised Naga integration : NSCN (IM)

DIMAPUR, Jan 9 The NSCN (IM) on Thursday said the Government of India (GoI) has officially recognised the legitimate right of the Nagas to the integration of all Naga areas.“By integration, it means geo-political integration based on the sovereign right of the Nagas, not that of the Indian or Burmese Constitution,” the Ministry of Information and Publicity of the outfit said in a release.The outfit said the integration of the divided Naga ancestral domains is the inherent right of the ..

ILP resolution: Meghalaya Govt awaits response from Shah to hold discussion

SHILLONG, Jan 9 The Meghalaya Government is waiting for the response from the Union Home Minister to fix the date of the meeting to discuss on the resolution adopted by the State Assembly to urge upon the Centre to implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the State...

FOB organises special outreach programme

AIZAWL, Jan 9: In connection with the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a one-day special outreach programme (SOP) was held today at the hall of Sihphir High School...

NPF suspends MP for backing CAB

Newmai News NetworkDIMAPUR, Jan 8 :  Rajya Sabha MP of Nagaland KG Kenye, has been suspended both from the “primary and active membership of the Naga People's Front (NPF) till further order” on Wednesday.The suspension order of the Rajy S..

NE people must understand the true colour of CAA : NPF

Newmai News NetworkDIMAPUR, Jan 7 : Naga People's Front (NPF) president Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu said that the people of North East in general and the Nagas in particular must understand the "true colour" of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). According to D..

Mizoram Lok Sabha MP shown black flags as he arrives in Aizawl

Newmai News NetworkAIZAWL, Jan 7: Hundreds of students under the aegis of Mizoram’s apex student organisation, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), on Tuesday staged demonstration at Lengpui Airport in Aizawl and waved black flags at Mizoram's lone Lok Sabha..

AFSPA extension flayed

DIMAPUR, Jan 5 : The Naga Hoho has taken strong exception over the extension of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) 1958 in Nagaland by another six months which came into effect on December 30, 2019, "which empowers security forces to conduct operatio..

NE to witness more rains

GUWAHATI, Jan 5The States in North East are expected to witness heavy rains during the month of January.During the last 24 hours, light to moderate rain and thundershower was observed in the entire North East States.These weather conditions were because o..

Over 70,000 show up at Assam pro-CAA rally

Guwahati, Jan 4Amid protests in Assam over the amended citizenship law the BJP's state unit organised a massive pro-CAA (Citi-zenship Amendment Act) booth-level event at Khana-para in Guwahati today. The event, pitched as a show of strength with nearly 70,000 party workers showing up, was attended by national working president JP Nadda, national general secretary Ram Madhav and others, from booth-level leaders to elected parliamentarians. This is the BJP's first mega-rally in Guwahati, the largest ..

4 NE States to elect new RS Members in 2020

GUWAHATI, Jan 4One MP each from Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh will be elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2020 as 69 Members of the Upper House are set to retire.Among the Members slated to retire, 18 are from the BJP and 17 from the Congres..

Will never let foreigners settle here : Sonowal

Guwahati, Jan 3 Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reiterated that he won’t allow “foreigners" to settle in his State just a day after he was shown black flags in Barpeta after making the claim. “No foreigner can come to Assam as a result of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), nor shall we let them come in. By no means, the Act affects the demography of Assam,” he said. Assam saw one of the most violent anti-CAA protests as the people feared that the newly-amended law ..

NE States must focus on farm and services sectors : Sanjay Kathuria

Courtesy Hindu Business LineKolkata, Jan 3 :  The economic potential of the North East can be achieved through reforms and the region’s participation in cross-border value chains. The North East’s strengths lie in agriculture and services..

Assam Government announces aids for workers of construction sectors

GUWAHATI, Jan 3 : The Assam Government on Friday decided to provide aids under different State Government schemes to 30,000 registered workers engaged in building and other construction sectors on February 11...

Modi likely to induct Agatha as Minister

GUWAHATI, Jan 2Tura MP, Agatha K Sangma is likely to be inducted as a Minister of State in Narendra Modi-led Government.The first meeting of Council of Ministers of 2020 will be held from 5.30 pm on January 3 at the Pravasi Bharatiya Bhavan in New Delhi.The meeting assumes significance as important deci- sions on the first Cabinet expansion of Modi Government’s second term is likely to be taken up.Speculations of Cabinet expansion have been doing the rounds for quite some time now.According ..

Assam likely to see birth of a ‘political alternative’ out of anti-CAA protests

GUWAHATI, Dec 31On this New Year, Assam is likely to get a new political party out of the ongoing protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), which is spearheading the protests, said a process to achieve this goal had been initiated by it along with various “nationalist” and tribal organisations and artistes and Assam-loving people.Thirty-five years ago, the AASU had played a big role in the formation of regional Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) ..

NPF's CAA meeting on Jan 7

Newmai News NetworkDIMAPUR, DEC 29: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) will convene a “consultative meeting” on January 7, 2020, in connection with the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Kohima.According to an NPF notification, the meeting is..

AASU warns of 'massive protests' against PM

GUWAHATI, Dec 29The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), spear-heading the protests against controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will face massive protests if he visits the State to inaugurate “Khelo ..

'Opposition against CAA has not ended'

SHILLONG, Dec 29: Four pressure groups in Meghalaya have informed on Sunday that the opposition against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has not ended in Meghalaya...

Deadline likely to extend

AIZAWL, DEC 29: The Centre is likely to extend the deadline for erecting barbed wire fencing along the Indo-Bangladesh border on Mizoram side due to failure to complete within the prescribed period, officials said on Sunday...

Myanmarese arrested

AIZAWL, DEC 29: Officials of Excise & Narcotics Department, Government of Mizoram, on Saturday seized a substantial grams of heroin and arrested a Myanmarese national in connection with the seizure in south Mizoram's ..

Meghalaya: Minor gangraped by 3 teens

TURA, Dec 28: A Christmas day turned sour for a 16 years old girl after she was allegedly sexually assaulted by three teens, all of whom claimed to be below 18 years of age. The juveniles surrendered today at the Tura Women’s PS in West Garo Hills a..

'Protest democratic, arrest undemocratic'

Silchar, Dec 28: Condemning the arrest of its general-secretary Seram Herajit Singh by police, Assam Indigenous People Protection Committee (AIPPC) has appealed the authorities concerned to release the arrested person without any condition at the earliest...

Kalitas demand ST status

GUWAHATI, Dec 28: All Assam Kalita Janagosthi Students’ Union (AAKJSU) has written to the Assam government demanding scholarship for the students after Banikanta Kakati...

Meghalaya Minister admits difficulty in getting Centre’s approval for implementation of ILP

Shillong, Dec 28: Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister and BJP MLA, Alexander Laloo Hek admitted that the State Government will be facing an uphill task to get the approval from the Centre for implementing the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the State...

Akhil Gogoi sent to judicial custody

Guwahati, Dec 27: A special National Investi-gation Agency (NIA) Court here remanded peasant leader and Right To Infor-mation (RTI) activist Akhil Gogoi to 14 days in judicial custody on Thursday.The activist, who was arrested on December 12 on charges of..

No new foreigners will come to Assam under CAA: Himanta

GUWAHATI, Dec 27: No new foreigners will come to Assam from Bangladesh due to passage of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 from Bangladesh...

NIA raids residence of Akhil Gogoi

Guwahati., Dec 26 Sleuths of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) along with Assam Police on Thursday conducted raids at the Guwahati residence of arrested peasant leader and RTI activist Akhil Gogoi.Early on Thursday morning, teams of NIA officials re..

It’s the right time for Centre to grant ILP to Meghalaya: KSU

SHILLONG, Dec 26 : The Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) on Thursday said that this is the right time for the government of India to reconsider the demand of Meghalaya to implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP)..

‘Community should unite to prevent crime in society’

NORTH LAKHIMPUR , Dec 26: Awareness meet on the prevention of crimes in the society was held in Dejoo Panchayat office in Lakhimpur district on Wednesday...

5th grader writes to UN over CAA violence

Guwahati, Dec 24A fifth-grade student in Assam has written an open letter to the UN Secretary-General over the violence that has gripped his State following protests against the newly amended Citizenship Law. The student's emotional letter, written amid v..

No need for pan-India NRC in Assam : Sarma

Guwahati, Dec 23 Assam Government on Monday said there will be no need for the State to be a part of the proposed Nation-wide NRC, if the Supreme Court allows re-verification of its 20 per cent names from the border districts.The State Government does not..

Rio raises unity call in Christmas greetings

Newmai News NetworkDIMAPUR, Dec 23: While extending Christmas and New Year greetings, Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio on Monday made a clarion call to all the "Naga groups" to come together and unite for the "overall interest of the Naga family".The Nagaland Chief Minister made the call to all "fellow citizens and my Naga brethren" saying, "Since formal negotiations between the negotiating parties and the Government of India have come to an end on a positive note, all the various Naga groups ..

Anti-CAA protests target Sonowal in Assam

GUWAHATI, Dec 23 Sarbananda Sonowal, the Chief Minister who as a student leader had fought for the implementation of the Assam Accord, has become the main target of the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the State.Sonowal was the president of the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) from 1992 to 1999, and was vocal against the then Governments for the delay in implementing the accord, signed in 1985 after six years of anti-foreigners’ movements. He had also led the North East ..

Fall out of CAA : Assam eyes laws for indigenous rights

Guwahati, Dec 22Amid protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Assam Cabinet on Saturday approved a slew of measures, including making the Assamese language mandatory in all schools and a law to protect land rights of the indigenous people.“In the coming Assembly session, the State Government will bring in two new laws. The first would be for securing land rights for the indigenous people. Once the new law is enforced, the land of the khilonjiya (indigenous) people will not be ..

KSU to continue anti-CAA stand

Newmai News NetworkShillong, Dec 22: The Assistant Education Secretary of the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), Pynshai Rani said that the student body will galvanise other pressure groups to impose its own Inner Line Permit (ILP) if the Centre refuses t..

Nagaland MP resigns from NPF post

KOHIMA, Dec 21Rajya Sabha MP from Naga-land, KG Kenye has resigned from the post of secretary general of Naga People’s Front (NPF) on Friday.His resignation came a day after he was issued a show-cause notice by the NPF disciplinary action committee for voting in favour of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Parliament.Addressing media after his resignation, Kenye said it was a matter of prestige and image within his party, and hence he had tendered his resignation from the post.But, he added ..

Nagaland : Tribal apex bodies, civil society groups reject CAA

NE News DIMAPUR, Dec 19 : All the tribal apex bodies and civil society organisations in Nagaland decided to reject the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019 outright for all time to come.This was among the several resolutions adopted at a joint meeting of..

Final pact at hand : NSCN (IM)

Newmai News NetworkDIMAPUR, Dec 18: NSCN-IM chairman, Q Tuccu today reminded the “Tatar Hoho Winter Session” (Parliament Session) that the Indo-Naga political negotiation is “making positive progress" and urged the members to stand firm ..

Three more private hospitals agree to implement Mizoram Health Care Scheme

AIZAWL, DEC 18: Following an appeal from the government, three more private hospitals have agreed to implement Mizoram Health Care Scheme (MHCS) with effect from December 18, an official statement said on Wednesday...

Pressure groups warn Government not to play with people

Shillong, Dec 18: Pressure groups comprising the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), Hynñiewtrep National Youth Front (HNYF), Ri Bhoi Youth Organization (RBYF) and Federation of Khasi-Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP)..

RN Ravi

DIMAPUR, Dec 16 : The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has appointed RN Ravi, Governor of Nagaland as the Governor in charge of Meghalaya during the absence of Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy who has gone on leave, reports NNN...

Mukul derides Centre's bid to divide NE

Shillong, Dec 16: The leader of the Opposition in Meghalaya, Dr Mukul Sangma has accused the Government of India of attempting to divide the North East region, and as such, he said that this necessitates the Inner Line Permit (ILP)...

Assam CM to meet PM, HM

Guwahati, Dec 15 Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will lead a team to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah very soon to discuss the ongoing protests in the State against the amended Citizenship Act...

Avoid NE travel, advise US, Canada

GUWAHATI, Dec 15 (TNN) The Governments of the US, Singapore and Canada asked its citizens to avoid travelling to Assam and the North East as violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act continued in the North East...

Curfew relaxed in Guwahati for 9 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 14 The curfew in Assam’s Guwahati, amid protests against the new citizenship law, was relaxed for seven hours on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm, police said according to PTI. Citizens thronged shops to buy supplies and motorists queued up at fuel sta- tions to fill up tanks before the curfew resumes shortly before sunset...

Assam Govt employees announce cease work on Dec 18

Guwahati, Dec 14: Employees of the Assam Government Saturday announced that they will go for cease work on December 18 in protest against the amended Citizenship Act...

Dissent grows in Assam’s BJP-AGP Govt, many leaders quit

Guwahati, Dec 14: A number of functionaries of the ruling alliance of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) have resigned from their posts in the aftermath of the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, with some saying that the State Government had failed to gauge the mood of the people against the new law that allows citizenship to migrants from minority communities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh...

No entry of goods trains to hit Northeast

GUWAHATI, Dec 14 Northeast is on the way to face an artificial scarcity of petroleum products as well as other essential commodities very soon...

India’s new citizenship law ‘discriminatory’: UN

GUWAHATI, Dec 14 The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has termed the Citizenship (Amend-ment) Act, 2019 passed by the Parliament in India as ‘fundamentally discrimi-natory in nature’. The statement of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights came after President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019 amid protests...

Meghalaya Govt to convene special session to pass resolution on ILP

SHILLONG, Dec 14: The Meghalaya Government has decided to convene a one-day special session of the State Legislative Assembly to bring in a Government resolution to implement the ILP in the State...

Meghalaya BJP seeks exemption from CAB in entire State

SHILLONG, Dec 14: The Meghalaya BJP on Saturday passed a resolution that the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019 be exempted throughout the State...

40 students, civilians evacuated in Dibrugarh

DIBRUGARH, Dec 14: Around 40 students and youth, including 18 females from Arunachal Pradesh, who remained stranded in Dibrugarh town due to unrest, were safely evacuated by security forces on Saturday...

NSF calls anti-CAA bandh in Naga areas

KOHIMA, Dec 13: The Naga Students' Federation has called a 6 hour total bandh from 6 am to 12 pm of December 14 in all Naga inhabited areas against the Citizenship Bill which received President's assent yesterday...

NE boils, 3 killed in Guwahati as anti-CAB stir rages in Assam

GHY/Delhi, Dec 12 India's North East is up in arms. Violent protests continue unabated in Assam and Tripura even a day after Rajya Sabha passed the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, pushing it one step closer towards becoming a law of the land. The Government has rushed Army and paramilitary troops to Assam and Tripura while protests gather momentum and agitators defy curfew orders to hit the streets...

Curfew in Shillong

SHILLONG, Dec 12 Curfew has been imposed in several parts of Shillong in view of the mass protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill...