KOHIMA: NDPP president Neiphu Rio is taking oath as new Nagaland Chief minister on Thursday. GovernorPB Acharya is administering Rio and his council of ministers the oath of office secrecy at the Raj Bhawan where Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju along with several central leaders are expected to present.
Acharya, in a letter to the chief minister designate to prove his majority on the floor on or before March 16. The Raj Bhawan sent the letter to Rio on Tuesday minutes after TR Zeliang put in his papers as chief minister paving the way for forming a new government.
With much fanfare and cultural extravaganza, the Asom Sahitya Sabha began its special session in Guwahati on Saturday.
Sabha president Imran Shah hoisted the Sabha flag at a brief function at the Sahityarathi Laxminath Bezbaruah Khetra in Khanapara in the morning.
This was followed by the inauguration of the Mamoni Roisom Goswami Memorial Book Festival and the exhibition.
Sahitya Sabha officials told Assam Times that they chief minister Tarun Gogoi is scheduled to attended the session where they would mount pressure on him to implement the Official Language Act at the earliest.
Two suspected Dimasa National Democratic Front (DNDF) terrorists were arrested on Thurday evening in a joint operation by the police and the army. According to police officers, the arrested militants were identified as Stamp Dimasa alias Joisholal Hagjer (36) and Probesh Hagjer (24). They were arrested in the wee hour from a locality under Maibang police station in Dima Hasao district. Two more persons, however, managed to flee, the officers said. The security agencies also recovered one AK-56 rifle and its 20 rounds of live ammunition, two mobile handsets with SIM cards, some cash and a car from their procession.
Supreme Court on Wednesday talked of two options before the government to end the decade old Assam-Nagaland border row. Taking up a petition in the apex court, a division bench headed by Justice TS Thakur said the dispute could be resolved either by deciding the 1988 law suit filed by Assam or by referring the matter for arbitration.
The court further asked the Assam counsel to file the list of its witnesses along with their testimonies in the form of affidavits with the apex court registrar within three months. It directed the Registrar General to conduct the trial in the lawsuit on "day-to-day" basis from April 20 and said the witnesses, whose affidavits will be filed by Assam, will have to appear for the cross-examination.
Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar referred to the response of the government and said that a meeting of Chief Ministers of Assam and Nagaland with the Union Home Minister had taken place at New Delhi on October 29 last year to resolve the issue. However, the meeting remained inconclusive and Nagaland Chief Minister had sought time.