Rise of Hindutva in North East: RSS, BJP score in Assam, Manipur but still untested in Arunachal

Editor’s note: In the first of a two-part series Firstpost analyses the rise of the BJP in North East India and the role its ideological parent RSS might have played in this new political trend visible in the region. Linked to the rest of India by the Chicken’s Neck, or the Siliguri Corridor in West […]

Sharmila’s party to foray into Assam

GUWAHATI: Rights activist Irom Sharmila is all set to launch the Assam wing of her party People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA). The party had suffered a huge debacle in the Manipur assembly polls last month. In this state, the party will focus on reaching out to the youth to create a platform for addressing […]

Assam may bar those persons with more than 2 kids from Govt jobs

GUWAHATI: Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said those with more than two children will be barred from government jobs. He said the state government is contemplating a legal mechanism to bar those having more than two children from being elected or nominated to panchayat and other local bodies. This, according to the […]

Nitin Gadkari announces Rs 40,000 crore expressway project in northeast

HIGHLIGHTS – Govt to develop the first express highway of North East in Assam along the banks of Brahmaputra. – The 1,300 km-long express highway is likely to incur an investment of Rs 40,000 crore GUWAHATI: The first express highway project in the northeast region will be developed along the Brahmaputra river in Assam at […]

Ban pro-migrants group: All Assam Students’ Union to government

GUWAHATI: The All Assam Students’ Union (Aasu) and 28 other groups have demanded that the state government declare the Nikhil Bharat Bangali Udbastu Samannay Samiti a proscribed organization. Workers of the outfit recently attacked an Aasu office in Dhemaji district’s Silapathar. In a meeting here on Friday, the groups said they would urge the Centre […]

Tribal communities oppose Assam govt’s decision to make Sanskrit compulsory in schools

The decision to make Sanskrit compulsory till Class VIII in state board schools was taken by the Sonowal cabinet on February 28. A platform representing eight tribal communities in Assam has opposed the Sarbananda Sonowal-led Assam government’s decision to make Sanskrit compulsory in state board schools till Class VIII. Another leader who has opposed the […]

Compulsory Sanskrit in Schools: Assam Forest Minister Supports ULFA-I Chief

Assam Forest minister Pramila Rani Brahma has openly backed banned outfit ULFA-I chief Paresh Barua’s demand that Sanskrit should not be made compulsory in government schools. According to ULFA-I, Bodo language should be made compulsory as Bodos are the second largest indigenous community in Assam. Supporting ULFA-I’s demand, Brahma said, “The Assam government’s decision to […]

Centre should assure that Naga accord will not affect Assam: Tarun Gogoi

Gogoi alleged that the proposed amendment to Citizenship Act will go against the people of the state as it will allow Bangladeshi immigrants to settle in Assam. Terming the BJP-led Assam government as “courage-less”, former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday demanded assurance from the Centre that the Naga Peace Accord will not affect the state. […]

Centre may roll out red carpet for Bangladeshi Hindus but at the cost of Assam’s identity

April 2, 1983. Sugarcane farmer Haren Saikia was among 30 people guarding their village Ponka in Assam’s Golaghat district, then a sub-division. The agitation against illegal immigrants from Bangladesh was at its peak. A violent assembly poll, held in February and boycotted by the agitators, had just ended. Saikia and other night vigilantes — all […]

Assam to set up three medical colleges for Rs 570 crore

J P Nadda would launch the construction work for the hospitals in Dhubri and Nagaon during his two-day tour to the state from Friday. Assam Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday said three medical colleges and hospitals will be constructed across the state over the next three years at an investment of Rs 570 […]

Care for parents, else your pay will be cut: Assam government warns its employees

GUWAHATI: The Assam government is set to introduce a law that would make it mandatory for government employees to take care of their parents or face a deduction from their income that would be used for their parents’ welfare. Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, during the presentation of the State budget on Tuesday, announced […]

Come, experience, celebrate Bor Axom at Rongali

-Traditional boat race, Ankiya Bhaona, Community houses and Aerosports are a big hit in Rongali -All tribes and communities of Assam showcasing their culture, lifestyle in three days of unlimited Assam Guwahati, 4th February, 2017: Rongali (Rong-ar ali) – the biggest festival of North East India, which has started on February 3, 2017, is trying […]

Eight blasts in Assam, Manipur cannot mar people’s R-Day spirit

GUWAHATI: Eight low-intensity blasts, triggered in quick succession by the militants, rocked Assam and Manipur on the Republic Day. No casualties were reported. The explosions, however, could not dampen the spirit of people, who came out in large numbers to celebrate the occasion. Earlier, several insurgent groups of Assam, Manipur and Meghalaya had jointly appealed […]

2 Assam Rifles jawans killed in ambush along Assam-Arunachal border

GUWAHATI: Two Assam Rifles personnel were killed in an ambush laid jointly by militants of the SS Khaplang faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) and the Paresh Baruah faction of United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) along Assam-Arunachal border on Sunday morning. Sources in the Assam Rifles told Express the attack was perpetrated […]

Singapore company to build ‘skill city’ in Assam

GUWAHATI: After Japanese companies expressed interest in investing in startups here, the state government on Thursday signed an MoU with ITE Education Services, Singapore, to establish a ‘skill city’ in the state. The Singapore company, which offers consultancy and skill development training, has also been roped in by Madhya Pradesh to set up a ‘skill […]

Assam Governor Draws Flake for Terming Lachit as ‘Saviour of Hindus’

Assam Governor Banowarilal Purohit on Wednesday drew flak from the opposition Congress for terming Ahom general Lachit Borphukan as a “saviour of Hindutva”. Condemning the statement of the Governor, the Congress urged him to study about the national heroes of Assam before speaking about them. “The Governor tried to project Assam’s national hero Lachit Borphukan […]

Assam gets a new ‘forest queen’ in Pramila Rani

GUWAHATI: Pramila Rani Brahma is the new ‘forest queen’ of Assam. The State’s minister for forests and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) MLA has restored people’s faith in the BJP-led coalition government’s commitment to protect wildlife. Ever since she took charge as the forest minister in May last year, rhino poaching has declined by 50 per […]

Meghalaya sex racket case: MLA Julius Dorphang arrested from Assam

The arrest of Meghalaya MLA Julius Dorphang came a day after a look out notice was issued and the state police sought cooperation from the neighbouring states. Shillong: Independent Meghalaya MLA Julius Dorphang, who was wanted in connection with a sex-racket case involving a 14-year old girl in Shillong, was on Saturday arrested from his […]

AFSPA in Nagaland extended for six months

The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) has been extended for another six months in Nagaland. “The Union home ministry, in a notification on December 30, extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958, in the entire area of Nagaland for another six months,” a Nagaland home department official said. The notification issued by the […]

Leave by March 31, northeast rebel groups tell Hindi speakers, Bengalis

Three lesser known northeast rebel outfits mentored by the hostile-again National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) and the Paresh Barua faction of United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa-Independent) have set March 31 as deadline for Hindi speakers and Bengalis to quit Tripura and parts of Assam and West Bengal. These outfits are Kamatapur Liberation Organisation […]