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13.11.2018, 7:51 AM

At the height of the face-off between Arunachal Scouts (AS) personnel and Arunachal Pradesh Police in Bomdila earlier this month, an Armyman carrying a light machine gun pointed and “cogged” his weapon at the local SP and others fired shots in the air to intimidate the police and district administration.

Detailing the confrontation with Armymen on November 2, a day after two AS personnel were detained for disorderly behaviour, in a report to the state DGP, Bomdila SP Raja Banthia also said that several other AS personnel brandished “daws, khukris and cogged their weapons” and that officers of 2 Arunachal Scouts were “inciting the group of armed personnel”.

Banthia’s report to the DGP is likely to be submitted to Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Governor B D Mishra. Police have registered at least five FIRs against Armymen in West Kameng district after soldiers of 2 AS allegedly vandalised premises of a police station, assaulted policemen and a civilian.

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24.10.2018, 8:20 PM

In yet another breakthrough in the search for hidden arms of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), the Meghalaya police on Wednesday recovered a huge stash of arms and ammunition belonging to the proscribed group in East Garo Hills district.

Earlier, in the same district, about 10 recoveries of hidden arms, allegedly stashed away by the deceased commander in chief of the outfit, Sohan D Shira were made.

Today’s recovery came after inputs from villagers in Rongbakgre and Nengmandalgre of the presence of the GNLA’s hidden stash after which the recovery was made.

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20.10.2018, 10:06 PM

Guwahati, October 20: Two Myanmarese were arrested after about 7.5 kg of smuggled gold worth Rs 2.45 crore was recovered from their possession in Mizoram.

The officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) with the help of Assam Rifles, intercepted a vehicle coming from Aizawl to Silchar. The team recovered 45 pieces of gold biscuits weighing cumulatively 7.48 kg and worth Rs 2.45 crore from the baggage of two Myanmarese nationals.

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19.10.2018, 7:21 AM

In a step towards strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries, fifteen trained ceremonial horses were handed over by the Indian Army to Myanmar Army in a function organized by 26 Sector Assam Rifles at Moreh on October 18, said a release from IGAR (South).

Organised at 11 Assam Rifles complex at Moreh, the handing and taking over ceremony witnessed the attendance of a large delegation from Myanmar which included seven officers and three veterinary doctors along with twenty handlers and drivers.

The Myanmarese delegation was led by 2nd commanding officer, RCC, colonel Nyi Nyi Tin and officiating commanding officer of the 89 Light Infantry regiment, major Aung Myo Myint, while the Indian delegation was led by the commandant of 11 Assam Rifles and officer, Commanding Army Dog Unit, lieutenant colonel VK Mishra. Town commander, Moreh, major Animesh Tripathi and other staff officers were also present as part of the delegation, the release said.

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11.10.2018, 8:20 AM

Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is expected to fund Rs. 300 crore for the Meghalaya government to construct stadiums for hosting the 2022 National Games, deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said on Tuesday.

Meghalaya will be hosting the National Games 2022 coinciding with the 50th year of the creation of the state.

“For creating the stadiums, the Union ministry of social justice and empowerment is funding the state Rs 300 crore, and for building the games village, the fund has to be managed by the state government,” Tynsong told journalists after the cabinet meeting.

The cabinet, chaired by chief minister Conrad Sangma, discussed at length the state’s preparations for hosting the national games. The sports department had also briefed the cabinet about getting a fund of Rs 300 crore from the Union ministry of social justice and empowerment.

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06.10.2018, 11:17 PM
On Saturday, the Election Commission of India announced that Mizoram will go to polls on November 28. Mizoram is the only state in the Northeast with a Congress government, with incumbent Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, leading the 40-membered Assembly. While the Thanhawla government, which has been in power (elected in 2008 and 2013) for two terms now, feels confident about a third term, the opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) feels anti-incumbency will bring the Congress down. “There is quite a lot of anti-incumbency feeling among the public. The primary reason is a lack of development in almost every field: roads are in a pathetic condition, and there has been no progress in the field of agriculture or horticulture. Everything is suffering,” says Zoramthanga, former chief minister and president of MNF.
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01.10.2018, 7:56 AM

Assam is scheduled to deport seven Myanmarese nationals lodged in a detention camp at Silchar in Cachar district on October 4, sources said on Thursday.

“Seven Myanmarese nationals lodged in Silchar will be deported on October 4. The travel permits have come. The deportation will take place via Moreh [a border town] in Manipur,” a senior official of the home and political department of the state told The Indian Express.

Administrative officials and police in Cachar district said the seven are Rohingya Muslims who escaped persecution in Myanmar, but the official quoted above did not confirm this. The official added that two Myanmarese nationals were deported from Assam a few months ago.

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30.09.2018, 8:47 AM
AGARTALA, Sept 29 - Miffed by the indifference of the Reang refugees lodged at six camps in north Tripura towards the repatriation process despite the Centre’s assurances of rehabilitation, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to completely stop
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supply of free rations to the refugees from October 1.

This has been decided as a pressure tactic to persuade the refugees and their leaders to return home on the agreed plan of the rehabilitation package. All inmates of the Kanchanpur and Panisagar camps in North Tripura district have been apprised of the decision by the respective subdivisional administrations.

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28.09.2018, 8:22 AM

 GUWAHATI, Sept 27 - During the past one year, 22 earthquakes of various magnitudes occurred in the northeastern region and its neighbours Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. During the past one month, two earthquakes rocked the region and during the past one week, there occurred one earthquake in this region, according to the website Earthquake Track that has quoted the United States Geological Survey seismic data.

This week, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake with its epicentre in Barpeta district rocked the region and its neighbours. During the current month, another earthquake of 5.3 magnitude with its epicentre at Sapatgram in Kokrajhar district rocked the region and its neighbours.

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28.09.2018, 8:18 AM

In a major haul, Customs sleuths seized banned methamphetamine tablets worth Rs. 19 crore destined for Bangladesh via Meghalaya, from a hideout along Meghalaya-Assam border.

Customs officials said they arrested Letminlun Khongsai (27), the international drug kingpin and his driver Sailesh Singh from their hideout in Killing village under Meghalaya’s Ri-Bhoi district on Wednesday. Khongsai, who has been on the radar of the security agencies and customs officials, is from Manipur’s Moreh village bordering Myanmar.

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26.09.2018, 11:12 AM
SHILLONG, Sept 25 - Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari today announced that the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) would withdraw and the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) would take its place for development of roads in the Northeast.

Informing about the decision after a two-day review meeting of the ongoing national highway projects in the Northeast with chief ministers of the region, Gadkari said the NHIDCL is implementing sanctioned road projects worth Rs 1,66,000 crore in the Northeast.

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25.09.2018, 10:39 AM

Union minister of Road, Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari on Monday said land acquisition and environmental clearances were two major hurdles for the delay of construction of road infrastructure projects in the North Eastern states.

Inaugurating the 102 km Jowai-Ratacherra section of NH-06 in Meghalaya, the Union Minister asked Chief Ministers of the North Eastern states to held monthly review meetings on land acquisition and environmental clearance for early implementation of road projects.

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