Altogether 14 people, including 13 NSCN cadres were killed during a fierce fighting between two NSCN factions on Friday near Dimapur. According to information, the group clash took place in the morning at Seithekema village under Diphupar police station of Dimapur as a few NSCN(U) militants were on the way the NSCN(IM) camp in the village seeking a top leader of the.
When they were returning, they were ambushed by the NSCN(IM) cadres and exchanged heavy firing. In the terrible gun fighting, 13 cadres of the NSCN(U) were killed on the spot. As the fighting ended, thousands of people of the area thronged outside the police station where the dead bodies were stored.
Firstly, they paid homage to these bodies, they left for the incident sites and reached the NSCN ceasefire monitoring camp situated at a stone’s throw distance and started damaging it while some other youths set these on fire. Some cadres have appeared on the scene and started indiscriminate firing that the irate mob which left a civilian killed on the spot and another injured. .
In an ultimate blow to ULFA, and other insurgent outfits in the northeast India, ULFA Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa has been arrested in Bangladesh yesterday. The arrest is significant development, a few days before both India and Bangladesh are set to sign an extradition treaty. Details awaited.
The death of eminent educationist, social scientist, renowned geographer and author Mohammad Taher has been widely condoled across the state. Professor Taher breathed his last in a private hospital in Guwahati yesterday morning after a prolonged illness. He was 83.
After obtaining his PhD degree from the Auckland University, Newzealand he joined the Gauhati University as a teacher. Described as a doyen of Indian Geography,Mohammad Taher retired from the Geography Department of the Gauhati University as Head and Dean of Faculty of Science in the 1990s. He authored more than 20 text books for geography students besides books on other subjects.
26 Feb 2009 - 8:15pm | editor
Government have considered and approved the request of the Assam Government for conversion of Institute of Advanced Studies in Science and Technology (IASST), Guwahati, presently under the Government of Assam, into an autonomous grants-in-aid institute of the Government of India, under the Department of Science and Technology. This would meet the hopes and aspirations of people of Assam and North Eastern Region.
IASST would endeavour to spot local scientific talent and inspire them to attain national and global level of competence. This would lead to enrichment of the culture of scientific research and would have significant impact on the development of resources of the Assam and the Region as a whole.