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Huge trouble for BJP

KOHIMA: Huge trouble brews for BJP in the poll bound north eastern state of Nagaland where a news portal claimed to have possessed evidence of how a party top gun was caught by rebels inside a hotel with girls.

According to The News Joint, the rebels fighting for a greater Nagalim and who have been dead opposed to the February 27 assembly polls, are believed to have caught senior party leader Ram Madhab inside a hotel in Dimapur with two girls.

Caught in a Catch 22 situation, the BJP heavyweight who handles the party's north eastern affairs called up Himanta Biswa Sarma to his rescue. His man Friday found it a herculean task to deal with the difficulties.

Armed with this situation, now the Naga rebels are believed to have mounted pressure on the BJP led government at the Centre to halt the process failing which they would publicly release the video tape in question which is bound to touch off a seismic wave of reactions amid the electioneering heat and dust in the north eastern state.

Under pressure from the rebels, a group of civil society organizations got a joint declaration signed by the major political parties not to contest the polls. A day after they signed the declaration, BJP defied it encouraging others to follow the suit. Despite differences, the party struck poll deal with NDPP led by former chief minister Neiphu Rio.

Top BJP leaders have been urging prime minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah to campaign for the party candidate who are learnt to have agreed.



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80,000 hectares of land under illegal occupation

29 Mar 2012 - 2:03am | editor

Five neighbouring states have been illegally occupying over 80,000 hectares of land belonging to Assam.

Disclosing this at the state legislative assembly, Assam Border Areas Minister of State Siddique Ahmed said that the land is under occupation of Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Tripura.

The encroached lands are in 14 districts of Assam -- Tinsukia, Sibsagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup Metro, Kamrup Rural, Goalpara, Sonitpur, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Karbi Anglong, Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj.

He said Over 59,000 hectares have been encroached by Nagaland followed by 15,000 hectares by Arunachal Pradesh and the rest by the three other states.

According to him, Assam has already approached the Supreme Court to have the lands occupied by Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh back. In addition, efforts are being made by Revenue and Forest departments to evict the encroachers.

Explosion at oilfield

6 Mar 2014 - 7:20pm | AT News

A huge explosion at an oilfield in Duliajan seems to have created panic among the local residents on Thursday.

The explosion took place with a huge sound in the evening at the Oil India Limited owned No 5 oilfield.

But the authorities have called it a technical trouble resulting in the massive fire that threatens to engulf the entire oil field. Details awaited.


Bandh ends, hits Raha

13 Mar 2018 - 8:28pm | Dibya J Borthakur

RAHA , March 13 :  The 12 hr Assam Bandh called by Tribal organisations of Assam  from 5 am today in protest against the government's failure to fill up vacant posts reserved for Scheduled Tribes ended  in the evening heavily affecting the normal life in Raha.
The vehicles both private and public plying on NH 37 were run by police under tight security arrangements. The government offices , financial institutions , shops , market  and educational institutions remained closed during bandh hours.
Some untoward incidents like pelting of stones at vehicles plying on NH 37 also took place in the morning.
Apart from the other demands , the organizations  have also demanded rehabilitation of the indigenous people of Laika and Dodhiya in Tinsukia district who have lost their land in erosion as well as voting rights for residents of 450 villages in Sonitpur district and 85 villages in Biswanath district in panchayat elections.