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Houses Set on Fire in suspect of practicing witchcraft at a village in Meghalaya

A mob of about 5000 people at Raid Kyrdem village, Meghalaya on Monday afternoon set on fire five houses on suspicious of practicing witched craft at Mawbesien Village in Ri Bhoi District under Uniam Police Station.

The mob at Raid Kyrdem village comprising residents from of eleven villages gathered at Mawbesein village on 20-08-07 afternoon and set on fire the five houses belong to one Dhon Nongkynrieh. Apart from this, they have also burnt two vehicles and the rice mill owned by the family. Dhon Nongkynrieh's family comprises of sixteen people left the village for safety.

In the mean time, the Superintendent of police and the Deputy Commissioner of Ri Bhoi District arrived on the spot but they could not control the mob. The police have used abt 60 rounds of blank fires to disperse the mob but without success.
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PM to inaugurate Indian Science Congress session on Saturday

1 Jan 2009 - 2:16pm | editor
The age old heritage and bio-diversity of the northeastern region will be shining once again when the country hosts its Science Congress session in Shillong on January 3.

According to Vice-chancellor of North East Hill University (NEHU) of Pramod Tandon, delegates would be coming from outside and they have their desire to visit places like Kaziranga National Park and Cherrapunjee during their stay.

Tandon, who is the chairman of the celebration committee said over 4,000 participants from countries like US, China, Japan and Bangladesh are expected to attend the five-day meet that will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on January 3.

According to him, the grand event would help the region explore its potential, promote its tourism and showcase it to the world.

Serial Blasts Rock Assam Again: 2 dead, 10 injured

25 Nov 2007 - 10:04am | pbaruah
Suspected ULFA militants are striking again in Assam on Sunday evening with serial bombings leaving 2 people dead and more than 10 injured in three places. That too at a time when the government has sounded red alert throughout the state from Saturday following the Saturday’s mob violence in the city’s Beltola area.

One person died four others injured while two blast took place in the city’s Fatasil Ambari area at 6-15 in the evening. That too within a minute. Both the grenades were planted in two sides footpaths in the same area. The injured peoples have been rushed to the hospital.

The third one has rocked in Tinsukia claiming one person and leaving five others injured. It was exploded at a public place but on Sunday the rush to the area was thin. Top ranked police officials have rushed to the spot and investigation is going on.

In yet another incident, a powerful bomb exploded in Bilasipara where four people have been injured. Investigations are going on.

In all these incidents, police suspect it to be a handiwork of ULFA.

Photo: A police personnel inspecting the blast area at Glass factory, Fatasil Ambari area at Guwahati. UB Photos

Highway horrors: PIL filed

25 May 2016 - 9:57pm | AS Tapader

The very term ‘National Highway’ brings to our mind, the vision of a broad well maintained road, with vehicles zipping past at high speeds. However, visit Barak Valley and the same term attains an altogether different meaning.

There has been no improvement in the condition of roads on a 150 kilometer-long stretch on National Highway between Malidhor in Assam and Churaibari in Tripura.

The road has virtually turned into a paddy field following incessant rains and administrative neglect.

Despite repeated requests from the Government of Tripura to their Assam counterpart, as also to the National Highways Authority of India, the situation remains unchanged.

The average number of vehicles plying per day over these Highways is around 6,500 vehicles (out of which 4000 are Heavy Vehicles) ply through this highways with men and goods. The disruption in their movement even for a day has its effect on normal life and economy of the regions. Quite surprisingly, though the road in question stands in stagnation since 2010, no effective steps have been taken by the PWD (NH) division which now maintains the highways.

The movement of vehicular traffic is hazardous with enormous potholes, craters, ditches and pools. National Highways have been in the grip of frequent mishaps and traffic congestion. In the event of light downpours, the highway remains blocked for days paralyzing the day to day life and communication of the entire region.

These Highways have been witnessing most unfortunate incidents like the pregnant mothers delivered babies on the road, patients died on the way to hospital. Price rise of essential commodities and abnormal fall of attendance in the educational institutions have caused grate damage.

The peoples of Barak valley and civil society organizations have exhausted all means of democratic protests in the last 5 years and had urged both the State and the Centre to take steps to improve the road, starting from Protest and mass movement, Dharnas, Hunger strikes, giving memos / ultimatums to all concerned, raising question in Assembly and Parliament. But all pleas fall into deaf ears.

Realizing that court’s intervention can bring positive change, A PIL (37/2016 ) was filed in Gauhati high court for appropriate relief by Adv A K Talukdar and Adv A S Tapader, seeking that the government be directed to improve the condition of roads and take action against the people responsible. The PIL also demanded to start the repair work immediately. To set up an high level inquiry to find out the culprits liable for all these condition and to take appropriate panel action by initiating appropriate criminal proceedings to prevent such a situation further. The Court has instructed the Standing councils to file affidavit within 3 weeks.