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Hint of political turmoil in Nagaland

A huge protest in Kohima against PB Acharya gives no less hint of yet another phase of turmoil in Nagaland.

Hundreds of youths representing Naga People's Front is on a four days sit in before the Raj Bhawan demanding immediate dismissal of Governor alleging his conspiracy to unseat Shürhozelie Liezietsu.

Talking to Assam Times, a NPF youth said,” we will keep waiting for the next 48 hours. If the things refuse to move we would go to any extent in protest against the appointment of TR Zeliang as chief minister which is illegal.”

“If the Governor has the right to choice the chief minister why we need to talk of the mandate? We wont remain calm till Acharya is withdrawn,” said another protestor.

They said Achraya has no right to continue as Governor after he resorted to unconstitutional means to make Zelaing as Chief Minister dismissing the senior NPF leader.

“Either quit or let us force him to quit is our simple message to the Governor. We are here till August 14,”said the NPF leaders.

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ABSU burns Hagrama's effigy

19 Dec 2015 - 1:53pm | Jayanta Kumar Das

Protesting against BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary's remark on ABSU chief Pramod Boro,the anchalik committee of Kalaigaon ABSU staged demonstration in front of Kalaigaon police station on December at 11 am. Hundreds of ABSU activists burnt down the effigy of BPF supremo shouting slogans “Down with Hagrama” ,”Hagrama go back” etc. Talking to media persons present there an ABSU official criticised Hagrama Mohilary for passing bad remarks on ABSU and its president Pramod Boro. He also condemned Hagrama for hatching conspiracy against Bodo people for political gain. It needs mention that,BTC chief attended 15th annual convention of ABWWF held at Chengapathar near Kalaigaon on December 18.Speaking as the chief guest BTC chief criticized ABSU and its president Pramod Boro,saying Pramod Boro had been trying to create instability among people in BTC.” Hagrama publicly opposed ABSU's demand for separate Bodoland for political mileage and has been working against Bodo unity and culture”, alleged angry ABSU leader. Police however brought the situation under control.


 

Anniversary Brings out the Youth Friendly Face of NEDFi

21 Aug 2007 - 3:42pm | editor
The North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Limited (NEDFi), the premier financial institution of the region and an agent for socio-economic change in the North East has implemented a number of innovative developmental plans for the benefit of the inhabitants of the region. In its twelve years of existence, in one of the most well-defined structures and adoption of best practices, NEDFi has been able to address the livelihood issues of the poor, the unorganised and peripheral communities by building upon their strength, in a cluster approach. Some of the major interventions made by NEDFi in this sphere were in Majlishpur craft village in Tripura, weaving cluster of Marups in Manipur, Sitajakhala milk village and Sipajhar fishery cluster in Assam.

Apart from the forays made in developmental finance activities, NEDFi has also undertaken a number of other activities for the welfare of the society. Recently NEDFi had organised the Brain Jam Quiz 2007 in Guwahati which has been recorded as the biggest event of its kind in the history of North East. During its anniversary celebrations spread over the first fortnight of August, NEDFi in collaboration with RuTAG-NE and GIAN-NE organised a three day Exhibition of the products invented by the grass root innovators of the North East. The items invented by young artisans included indigenous dual security alarm system, manual wood cutting machine, wind turbine operated water pump, multi bladed bamboo fan and eri-muga reeling machine etc.

In another youth-friendly initiative, NEDFi organised an Inter University Debate in the city in which teams from 11 universities and institutions viz. Gauhati University, Assam University Silchar, Assam Agricultural University Jorhat, Mizoram University, NERIST Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland University, North Eastern Hill University Shillong, Tezpur University, IIT Guwahati, Tripura University and Manipur University participated. The topic of the Debate was India’s Economic Growth has failed to have any impact on the Rural Poor and it was chairmed by Shri R.G. Lyngdoh, Minister for Higher Education, Government of Meghalaya. Three eminent persons, Shri Subir Bhowmik (BBC), Prof Udayan Misra (Dibrugarh University) and Tomi Ete (Government of Arunachal Pradesh) who were themselves outstanding debaters in their student days judged the competition. Mark V. Vanlalrema of Mizoram University, Manish Gupta and Aditya Singh of IIT bagged the top three cash awards of Rs 10,000/-, Rs 7,500/- and Rs 5,000/- respectively.

By its recent series of innovative initiatives NEDFi has demonstrated that it is not confined only to extending financial assistance to the deserving youth of the North East but it will go to any length to enhance their intellectual and performing skills to make them compete with their counterparts in the rest of the country.

Ram Singh: more a surrender and less an arrest

22 Nov 2008 - 5:13pm | editor
The controversy hovering over the arrest of ULFA cadre Ram Singh alias Mintu Biragohain is over. Its more a surrender and less an arrest. He was Ram Singh, who himself virtually admitted that it as a high voltage drama of his arrest.

Till a few month he was leading several strikes by ULFA. But recently he was said to have been apprehended during a joint operation by police and army. He is plain and simple that he had hardly any role in ULFA.

But till the other day, he was behind a string of devastating strikes by ULFA.

Not only that. For the last several months, a massive extortion drive was on in Sivasagar district. This unleashed a reign of terror among a section of businessmen. The extortion notices served to the businessmen along with some other servicemen were duly signed by this ULFA leader.

A senior officer of the excise department received an extortion notice for Rs 10 lakh. Moreover, a cooperative committee president of West Abhayapur in Safrai received a notice demanding Rs 50 lakh. He was also behind the blast at the ONGC pipeline at Disangpani in 2006. Also, he was leading the backlash against the Hindi-speaking people in 2007 January where seven people lost their lives only in Charaideo sub division. It strage…why this hardcore ULFA cadre was kept out of any role.

Four ULFA cadres lost their lives in Balijan grant at the hand of Army. It was a mysterious one. Mysterious in the sense that minutes before the incident Ram Singh was very much present on the scene. How he managed to flee from the spot. This has raised doubt on the role of Ram Singh by the central leadership.

At that time, the unilateral ceasefire case reached B company commander Sujit Mohan. Ram Singh proposed to go with the ceasefire group but it was Sujit Mohan who rejected it. After the unilateral ceasefire by A and C company of 28th battalion, ULFA dissolved the B company also. But it was he and the like minded cadres who were pressurizing the entire vcrack unit to announce unilateral ceasefire.

He also participated in the discussion with army for unilateral ceasefire with the government. Therefore, no one can deny the likelihood of his joining the pro truce group. At a time when ULFA is understood to have strengthen its 28th battalion, Ram Singh said its strength is weakening.

This hard core cadre has been apprehended by police and army. That too from his elder brother’s house. Is not it a surrender? The answer is a firm ‘yes’.