Hit by disease and poverty, top medalist archer from Assam is now fighting for life

NEW DELHI: India-level archer Gohela Boro, 21, who won a gold medal at the Kerala National Games in 2015, is fighting a grim battle for survival. She has been admitted to AIIMS, Delhi after being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease. Since Gohela started her career in 2008, at the age of 12, she has […]

Brahmaputra will gift India its longest bridge tomorrow

Inauguration by PM tomorrow; bridge in Assam will bring Arunachal several hours closer, help Army teams reach border posts faster Sadiya is one of the most disadvantaged places in Assam, a subdivision of Tinsukia bounded by rivers on three sides: Lohit, Brahmaputra and Dibang. On Friday, it will present the neighbourhood with a landmark in […]

‘RSS vaccine’: Muslim students in Assam flee schools fearing forced sterilisation

Classes in three schools in Guwahati had to be called off much earlier than their scheduled time as more than 80 percent of the students were taken back by their parents in fear after a rumour spread that the BJP led government in Assam is going to sterilise the Muslim students to control birth rate. […]

North East India to Get Its First Expressway Worth Rs 40k Crore

The first express highway project in the northeast region will be developed along the Brahmaputra river in Assam at an estimated investment of Rs 40,000 crore, Union Road Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday. “Northeast is our priority. We are going to develop the first express highway of North East in Assam along the banks […]

Zoomcar services launched in Guwahati

Zoomcar holds the distinction of being India’s first 100% self-drive car rental company. It allows users to rent cars by the hour, day, week, or month. Founded in 2013 and head quartered in Bangalore, its services are presently spread across 20 cities – Bangalore, Pune, Chandigarh, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Mysore, Mangalore, Ahmedabad, […]

Assam: Centre declares entire Assam as ‘disturbed’ area under AFSPA for three more months

The entire state of Assam has been declared as a disturbed area under the controversial AFSPA for three more months. The Centre has declared the entire Assam as a “disturbed” area under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act — the AFSPA — for three more months, citing various violent activities by insurgent groups ULFA, NDFB […]

Patriotic forum puts arguments for 1951 as cut-off year for deportation of Bangladeshis

Guwahati, 4 May: As the debate over the cut-off year for detection & deportation of illegal Bangladeshi migrants from Assam gains momentum, a patriotic forum came out with the arguments for 1951 as the base year. However, the civil society group reaffirmed that it would abide by the guidelines of the Supreme Court of India as the matter is […]

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 […]