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North East

BJP MLA Karam Shyam quits as Manipur Tourism Corporation chief

Imphal, April 17: BJP MLA Karam Shyam on Monday tendered his resignation as chairman of Manipur Tourism Corporation Limited alleging that he was not given any responsibility. In a video clip shared with the media, the MLA from Langthabal constituency, alleged that he had been sidelined in various tourism-related programmes in the state. He also claimed that his resignation letter, as shown in the video, has been sent to Chief Minister N Biren Singh. “During the time when the state was gearing up for the Sangai festival, I could hardly...
North East

High Court setback for ex Meghalaya MLA sentenced to 25 years in jail for rape

Shillong, April 14: The Meghalaya High Court has refused to interfere with a trial court order sentencing former MLA Julius Dorphang to 25 years imprisonment for raping a minor girl. The High Court bench headed by Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee which heard the matter on Thursday also directed the state government to provide a compensation of ? 20 lakh investment to the victim within three months. "The term of imprisonment of 25 years as awarded by the trial court by indicating cogent reasons therefore, does not call for any interference,"...
North East

Not happy as MLA, could raise people’s issues more earlier: Akhil Gogoi

Guwahati, March 12: Assam MLA Akhil Gogoi, who made history by winning Assembly polls from jail in 2021, on Sunday said he is not happy being a legislator compared to his activism days, when the former peasant leader could raise "people's issues" more "directly and strongly". The first-time MLA from Sibsagar constituency also claimed that he is alone playing the role of opposition by criticising and protesting all the "anti-people" decisions of the government as other non-ruling parties have become "silent". "I am not happy with this post of MLA....
North East

Determine health condition of victim raped by former MLA : HC to Meghalaya govt

Shillong, July 5: Meghalaya High Court has directed the state government to file an additional report on the health condition of a woman who was repeatedly raped allegedly by a militant-turned-politician in 2016. A division bench of the High Court during a hearing on Monday observed that the overall health of the 20-year-old survivor be determined and counseling provided for her career. In particular, the psychiatric and psychological aspects should be dealt with by experts in view of the trauma that the survivor went through. It is also essential that...
North East

Assam LoP serves legal notice on AIUDF MLA for RS polls ‘cross-voting’ charge

Guwahati, April 7: Leader of Opposition in Assam Assembly, Debabrata Saikia, on Thursday slapped a legal notice on AIUDF MLA Karim Uddin Barbhuiya for allegedly stating that 7-8 Congress legislators had voted for ruling BJP candidates in the recently held Rajya Sabha polls in the state. The senior Congress leader demanded an unconditional public apology and withdrawal of Barbhuiya's statement within seven days from the receipt of the notice. Saikia's counsel Sarfraz Nawaz, in the notice, asserted that the Congress leader will initiate "appropriate criminal and civil actions" against Barbhuiya...

Confine Kalimpong from GTA, demands MLA

DARJEELING, MARCH 20: Kalimpong MLA Ruden Sada Lepcha of the Bharatiya Gorkha Prajatantik Morcha (BGPM) stirred a hornets' nest in hill politics on Friday by demanding that the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) be confined to only the hill areas of Darjeeling district and not Kalimpong district. Lepcha told journalists that instead of the GTA, he wanted a 3-tier panchayat system in this relatively new Kalimpong district formed in 2017. During Lepcha's hour-long statement, he gave an impression that Kalimpong has to politically stand on its own feet and not depend...

BJP MLA writes to Nadda, demands separation of Darjeeling from Bengal

Kolkata, December 6: A BJP MLA from Kurseong has written to party president J P Nadda, seeking separation of Darjeeling from West Bengal, months after a similar demand made by the saffron camp's Alipurduar MP John Barla had stirred a hornet's nest in the state. Bishnu Prasad Sharma, in his letter, sought to remind Nadda of the top leadership's promise of finding a permanent political solution for the Hills.Barla had demanded a union territory for north Bengal districts earlier in the year, sparking a debate in the state, with the...
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