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Rajnath favours reduction in central forces in NE
Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday favoured reduction in deployment of central forces in the North East in view of the improved security scenario in the region. In the wake of improvement in security scenario, there is a need to review deployment of security forces in the region. At present the deployment is more than it was when the insurgency was at its peak," he told a conference of North East chief ministers.
Assam violence: Toll reaches 76, four districts put under curfew
Assam remained on the edge on Wednesday as the death toll in attacks by the Songbijit faction of National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) reached 76 amid reports of retaliatory strikes and thousands of people leaving their homes and taking shelter in schools and churches.
Bodo militant attack : PM, Rajnath Singh to visit violence-hit Assam
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to visit Assam later today, in order to take stock of the situation following a brutal militant attack in the state. An indefinite curfew has been imposed in four police station areas of Sonitpur district in Assam after Bodo militants killed 52 people in a series of attacks across 5 locations in Assam.
NDFB (S) militants kill 41 in Assam, PM condemns
Suspected Bodo militants on Tuesday killed 41 people-mainly tribals-and they included four women in a series of attacks at four places in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts of Assam. Police said that 10 others were also injured in the attack unleashed by heavily armed militants belonging to the Songbijit faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) that is opposed to peace talks.
Of Cong dissidence, BJP emergence, jihadi activities
Dissidence in ruling Congress, BJP winning maximum seats in the Lok Sabha polls, rise in jihadi activities, interrogation of two former Congress ministers in the Saradha scam and violence in Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) were some major highlights in Assam in 2014.
IIT-Guwahati professor held on rape charge; students to take out protest march today
The students of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Guwahati will on Wednesday take out a protest march in the wake of the arrest of the dean of academic affairs for allegedly raping an office assistant.
JMB has prepared ‘sleeper cell’ for Assam: Minister
The Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has trained and prepared about 20 'sleeper cell' members, of which 10 are still at large, for subversive activities in Assam, the state Assembly was informed on Monday.
Gogoi’s visits to 18 countries cost exchequer Rs. 43 lakh
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's official overseas trips to 18 countries since assuming office in 2001 cost the state exchequer Rs.43,44,353 but yielded just one MoU, the Assam government has revealed.
Gogoi opposes move to scrap Planning Commission
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, a Congress veteran, on Sunday opposed the move to scrap the Planning Commission, saying replacing it without carefully devising a new structure was likely to do more harm than good.
CBI chief nods off during PM Modi’s speech
CBI Director Ranjit Sinha was on Sunday seen nodding off during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech on the need for "smart policing" at a meeting of top police officers here.
Threat to freedom of expression a threat to media: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged the media to accept the challenges of threat to freedom of expression posed by certain quarters. "In a democracy, we realise the importance of freedom of expression only when it is denied to us just like the importance of breathing is realised when one cannot breathe for two seconds," Modi said.
Powerful bomb found in Assam train
A powerful bomb was found in the compartment of a local train at a railway station near Guwahati Monday, a day after a blast killed two people and injured over 25 others in Dibrugarh, police said.
Three GNLA militants killed in encounter
Three GNLA militants were killed in an encounter in lower Assam's Goalpara district and arms recovered from them tonight, a police officer said.
No MLA will join BJP : CM
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi said that he was not aware of any move of Congress legislator to join BJP. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in Guwahati on Wednesday, “Its I think not true. If anybody wants to join anywhere let them do it,” Gogoi said.
Elephant menace: One trempled to death
The men-elephant conflict has reached a tragic point in Udalguri district where death in elephant attack has become a regular feature these days. Wild elephants continue to unleash reigns of terror in the district.
CM Tarun Gogoi to effect reshuffle in his ministry
Three months after facing a major dissidence in his ministry, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi announced that he would effect a reshuffle in his cabinet soon. "The Congress high command has given me the approval for a reshuffle of my ministry. I will do it soon," he told reporters here.
Assam CM Gogoi condemns attack on northeast youths
Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday condemned the recent incidents of racial attacks on youths from the northeast in Delhi and other parts of the country. "Such dastardly attacks on northeast youth in Delhi and other places outside the region are most despicable and reprehensible," the chief minister tweeted.
Kiren Rijiju against big power projects, favours 300-500 MW projects
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Friday said he is "traditionally" against construction of big dams in North East and favoured smaller ones with 300-500 MW capacities.
Assam CM praises Narendra Modi’s ‘MP Model Village Scheme
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious 'Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana' (SAGY) but felt it would take more than 50 years to cover six lakh villages in the country.
Five militants arrested in Assam’s Udalgiri District
Security forces in Assam have reportedly arrested five militants in the state's Udalguri District in the last thirty six hours.
Assam CM Gogoi visits flood-hit Goalpara
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today visited relief camps in severely flood-hit Goalpara district where 18 people lost their lives and a population of nearly ten lakh was affected.
Tarun Gogoi to make aerial survey of flood-hit Goalpara today
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will make an aerial survey of flood-ravaged areas of Goalpara district to take stock of the situation. A statement from the Chief Minister's Office said Goalpara is the worst affected district where 16 people have lost their lives so far because of the floods.
Flash floods in Assam, Meghalaya; 10 dead, over 1 lakh affected
Flash floods have wreaked havoc in Assam and Meghalaya, leaving at least 10 people dead and over 1 lakh affected. Incessant rain over the past 24 hours has caused heavy waterlogging in Guwahati with water levels in the Brahmaputra river rising.
Al-Qaeda trying to enter Assam, planning attacks during Durga Puja : CM Gogoi
A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi played down threats of the al-Qaeda in India, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that he has information the terror group is trying to make inroads in the state.
Jawan injured in ambush in Assam
A jawan was seriously injured in an ambush by ULFA(I) militants at Kanobari in Assam's Sibsagar district on Friday. The militants exploded two IEDs between two tea gardens at Kherbari Tiniali when jawans of the 4th Rajput Regiment were moving in three trucks to Naharkatia at about 7.30 AM, police officials said.
Saradha Scam : Assam’s former DGP Shankar Barua commits suicide
Former DGP of Assam Shankar Barua, who was under scanner in connection with Saradha Chit Fund scam, was committed suicide on Monday. The 1974 IPS officer reportedly shot himself with service revolver. Earlier, the CBI had raided his residence in connection with the Saradha scam.
BJP wrests Silchar from Congress in Assam bypoll
Opposition BJP wrested Silchar constituency from the Congress while the All India United Democratic Front and the ruling Congress retained Jamunamukh and Lakhipur seats respectively in the Assembly by-polls in Assam.
Assam bypoll: Brisk ballotting underway for 3 assembly seats
Silchar recorded 18 per cent polling till 9 AM, while Lakhipur recorded 22 per cent polling in the first two hours of polling. In Jamunamukh, 26 per cent of ballots had been cast till 9 AM, authorities said.
Two schoolgirls hung from same rope in Assam
Two schoolgirls were hung from the two ends of the same rope from a tree in Assam's Karimganj district, a killing reminiscent of the Badaun gang-rape and murder in Uttar Pradesh. Both the girls, one a Class 10 and the other a Class nine student, of a school in Nilambazar area had been missing since Wednesday evening, police said Friday.
Gogoi calls for proper mapping of human trafficking areas
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday called for proper mapping of areas from where incidents of trafficking of children and women are reported. Gogoi, who chaired a review meeting with officials of the state social welfare department, pointed out that the growing incidents of trafficking of women and children in the state was a matter of concern, an official spokesman said.