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Ulfa-I rebels were planning Pathankot-like attack on Chabua air base: Army

DIBRUGARH, JANUARY 16: The Ulfa (Independent) was planning a Pathankot like attack at the Chabua air force base here ahead of Republic Day, interrogation of a journalist arrested for having links with the proscribed outfit revealed, Army officials said on Monday. Swarup Jyoti Chetia, reporter for a local news channel and an Assamese daily, was arrested at Chabua on Saturday for links with the Ulfa (I) during a joint operation by the 9th Rajputana Rifles and Assam Police. Following his arrest, locals had blocked NH-37 at Chabua demanding his release....
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NCP to contest 42 seats in Garo Hills and Khasi Hills regions

SHILLONG, JANUARY 16: The Nationalists Congress Party (NCP) will contest at least 42 seats in Meghalaya where Assembly election is due in the first quarter of this year, party general secretary Praful Patel said on Tuesday. "We are going to contest in 22 out of 24 seats in the Garo Hills region and at least 20 seats in the Khasi Hills," the NCP leader told reporters in Shillong after chairing a party meeting and also laying the foundation stone of the party office. "In Nagaland, we are going to contest...
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Use energy judiciously- Assam Governor

GUWAHATI, JANAURY 16: Assam Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi today urged consumers to take a pledge to use energy judiciously as the country has huge deficit in crude oil production level compared to its consumption pattern. "The country’s source of energy basket which grossly constitutes petroleum products, is also diminishing at fast rate but its demand is still growing and India has huge deficit in crude oil production level," he said. The nation is striving for double digit economic growth and the energy demand is bound to grow at similar pace,...
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Meghalaya MLAs including 1 from ruling Congress join BJP

GUWAHATI, JANUARY 2: The ruling Congress government in Meghalaya suffered another setback on Tuesday, ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in the northeastern state, as one party legislator quit to join the rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). With Tuesday’s development, the strength of Congress in the 60-member assembly came down to 23. But there’s no threat to the government as it still enjoys the support of allies and Independent MLAs. The term of the Meghalaya assembly expires on March 6 and polls are expected to be held in February. Alexander...
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Assam releases first draft of citizens’ register with 1.9 cr names

GUWAHATI, JANUARY 2: The first draft of the much-awaited National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam has listed 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants as legal Indian citizens in a massive exercise aimed at identifying illegal immigrants in the state that borders Bangladesh. People flocked to seva kendras across Assam in large numbers since morning on Monday to check whether they figured on the list containing the names of those who were recognised as citizens of India in the Supreme Court-monitored exercise, hours after the document was...
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Arunachal Wakro orange gets GI registration

Itanagar, May 21 Arunachal Wakro orange has been registered under Geographical Indication Registration along with eight other products from the North-East.The other products are Assam Karbi Anglong Ginger, Assam Tezpur Litchi, Meghalaya Khasi Mandarin, Sikkim Large Cardamom, Mizoram Bird Eye Chilly, Manipur Kachai Lemon, Tripura Queen Pineapple and Nagaland Tree Tomato."Arunachal Wakro Orange has been exported to Bangladesh and from there to other countries in other names depriving the state of its intellectual property right," director of the Arunachal Pradesh Horticulture Research and Development Mission, Egam Basar said in a...
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UNC warns of agitation – Plea for talks on separate arrangement for Nagas

Imphal, May 21 The United Naga Council, apex body of the community in Manipur, is gearing up for another round of agitation over the demand for an alternative administrative arrangement for Naga-inhabited areas outside the purview of the state government.The council has been demanding an alternative administrative arrangement ever since the Okram Ibobi Singh government prevented NSCN (I-M) leader Th. Muivah from entering Manipur in 2010. The council wants a separate administration for the Naga-inhabited areas till an agreement is reached between the outfit and the Centre. The NSCN (I-M)...
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Assam observes Anti-Terrorism day

Guwahati, May 21 Assam joined the rest of the country in observing Anti-Terrorism day on Thursday with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi administering a pledge to the officers and staff of Assam Secretariat to work for promoting peace and discourage violence.Anti-terrorism Day on the death anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi is observed to generate awareness in the country among all sections of people about the danger of terrorism and violence and its effect on people, society and the country as a whole, Gogoi said. Paying rich tributes to Rajiv...
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In Assam, senior citizens-in-love marry to bury sad past

Guwahati, May 21 Not all love stories blossom in a college, park, shopping mall, or subway. Some, like that of Shantanu Kumar Das and Manju Sinha Roy, happen in old age homes.On Wednesday, some 2,200 people turned up at the Mother Old Age Home in Guwahati to see Das (73) marry Roy (63).The Home authorities arranged their wedding after they discovered in March that the senior citizens had an affair going for more than two years."Their traumatic past made them lonely. Loneliness brought them together, and they said it was...
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