The North-East of India is a region of rich history and varied people. But unfortunately, it is often misunderstood by many. This space is meant to demystify some of the stereotypes associated with the region.
A slight intensity earthquake epicentred in West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh hit the region early Thursday today, the Met Department said.
One person was killed and four others were injured when unidentified persons lobbed a hand grenade at a busy place in Assam's Chirang district on Wednesday evening, officials said. The miscreants came in a car and hurled the grenade towards a group of people around 6.30 pm near a wine shop at the railway crossing in Basugaon town, they said,
Union Environment and Tourism Minister Jayanti Natarajan announced a Rs one crore package for world-famed Kaziranga National Park today to tackle the situation arising there out of waves of flood and consequent death of animals this year. The money was sanctioned from the Tiger Reserve Fund for the world famous Park where a total 39 rhinos have been killed in
IPS officer MS Chauhan, who probed the high-profile PDS scam and mysteriously went missing in Arunachal Pradesh's West Kameng district on October 16, has been traced in New Delhi on Sunday. 'Chauhan was traced in New Delhi this morning and the Investigating officer will rush there to investigate,' IGP (Crime) Arvind Deep said. He declined to give further details.
The Arunachal Pradesh government on Friday handed over the case of missing IPS officer MS Chauhan to a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the state police, official sources said. Chauhan, who is the SP of the Special Investigation Cell of the state police, went missing mysteriously from Tippi on Tuesday when he was going to Tawang from Itanagar with inspector
The death of 39 rhinos in and around the world-famous Kaziranga National Park in less than 10 months has brought to the fore the threat faced by the endangered animal.
Three persons, including two former militants, have been arrested for their alleged involvement in recent incidents of rhino poaching in Kaziranga National Park.
Two rhinoceros were attacked and their horns sawed off in the flooded Kaziranga National Park in Assam. One of the rhinoceros died while the other is battling for life. The Environment Ministry has dispatched a team of the Wildlife Crime Bureau to investigate the cause of deaths.
A Rhinoceros' horn was cut by poachers and the animal was later found conscious by Kaziranga National Park authorities. A medical team is working on stabling the wounded animal.
The flood situation in Assam continued to be grim with over half of its 27 districts inundated, 18 people killed and more than 17 lakh affected, officials said on Tuesday. The situation is expected to improve in a couple of days.
Flood woes continue in the Northeast as 27 people have died in Sikkim due to landslides triggered by heavy rain in the past 48 hours and six people have died in Assam.
Overall flood situation in Assam where 35 lakh people have been affected by the deluge on Saturday showed signs of improvement as water level of Brahmaputra river and its tributaries receded following cessation of rain.
A rhino, left bleeding by poachers who removed its horn, succumbed to its injuries today taking the number of total pachyderm deaths to five during the last three days in the Kaziranga National Park.
Two more rhinos from the world-famous Kaziranga National Park were on Thursday killed by suspected poachers in Assam. While one rhino was killed and its horn was removed by the poachers, the other was found dead at a tea estate.
The flood situation in Assam has worsened and more than half the state is now under water. Over 15 lakh people have been rendered homeless while 12 people have been confirmed dead in the third wave of floods in the state.
A low intensity blast took place outside the office of the Assam Rifles Public Relations Officer (PRO) on Tuesday morning in Imphal, Manipur. No casualties were reported.
The government has threatened to take legal action against social networking sites like Twitter who have refused to cooperate in the crackdown on web pages carrying inflammatory messages against Indians from the Northeast. Facebook and YouTube have already confirmed the government's suspicion that inflammatory messages were uploaded from Pakistan.
The panic among the Northeastern people seems to have subsided in Bangalore and Mumbai as less people were seen leaving the cities on Saturday. However, 30,000 Indians from the Northeast have left Bangalore in the past four days after rumours of retaliatory attacks after Assam violence.
The last accused in Guwahati molestation case of July 9 has surrendered.
The MMS depicting purported footage of violence in Assam, which was in circulation in the city for the last few days, was bogus, police said on Thursday.
Panic has gripped the people from Northeast in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra as they fear for their safety after many reportedly received anonymous SMSes saying they would be targeted in retaliatory attacks following the communal violence in Assam. The fear-struck students and professionals coontinued to flee Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra for the second day on Thursday.
In April this year, ten boys were forcefully taken to militant training camps in Myanmar. The family members of three boys in this village are still living in fear. Mother of ex-child soldier said, 'I am living in constant fear and think what will happen to my son in the future.'
Reflecting a gradual return to normalcy after the panic exodus, Northeast Indians headed back to Bangalore in special trains from Guwahati. The tension has also eased in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
The CBI on Saturday announced a cash reward of up to Rs 1 lakh to anyone who could provide credible information which could lead to identification or arrest of perpetrators of the Assam violence.
The situation in Bangalore continues to remain tense despite appeals by the state and central government to not panic. Rumours continue to scare people from the Northeast. Three more trains left for Guwahati on Thursday, packed with professionals and students who were heading home.
Even as thousands of people from the Northeast continued to flee Karnataka, there were similar concerns in Maharashtra as well. At Mumbai's Kurla Terminus, hundreds of people from the Northeast were seen heading home, despite Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan's assurances that full security will be provided to them.
Rumour mongering over Assam violence has caused panic among the Northeastern students and professionals. An estimated 4,000 people who hail from the Northeast, but were living in Bangalore, are now rushing to leave the I-T city and return to their home states as a fallout of the recent communal clashes.
The government has appealed to people to not believe in the rumours and warned those spreading rumours. 'Action will be taken against those spreading rumours. There is no need to fear,' Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said. 'The Prime Minister spoke to the Karnataka Chief Minister. I, too, have spoken to him. There has been no incident in Karnataka. I
A Special Crime Team from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will be investigating the recent spell of ethnic violence in Assam that ravaged four districts. The team will be heading to the state on Thursday.
People from the Northeast have been fleeing Hyderabad too, scared by rumours of retaliatory attacks following the Assam violence. Officials have confirmed that 45 per cent of nearly 1,700 people from the Northeast have left from Cyberabad.
Rumours of attack on the people from the Northeast have forced many to leave Hyderabad and return to their home states. Police in Hyderabad are on alert as several people belonging to the Northeastern states have left the city in the past few days.
Thirteen people were arrested for allegedly beating up Northeastern students in Pune last week. The Pune police met members of the Muslim community urging them to disregard a controversial MMS clip that has been doing the rounds.
Fresh violence in Assam has threatened to break the delicate calm which has been prevailing in Kokrajhar and adjoining districts for the past two weeks following communal clashes. The killing of 7 people within 48 hours has triggered fears of a backlash, ruining all efforts of relief and rehabilitation.
Home Minister P Chidambaram and senior BJP leader LK Advani are expected to visit the violence-hit areas of Assam, including Kokrajhar, on Monday. It's been a week since the Bodos and the Muslims clashed in Kokrajhar, before the violence spread to surrounding areas leaving over 40 dead and over two lakh displaced in the ethnic riots.
The situation in the strife-torn lower Assam districts is limping back to normal with authorities relaxing curfew in the worst-hit Kokrajhar district on Sunday.
An indefinite curfew has been imposed in Assam's north-west, as violence following a clash between Bodos and Muslims on Sunday engulfed four districts - Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Chirang and Bongaigaon. Five days of violence have left 40 people dead and over 2 lakh people in 400 villages displaced. Bodies have begun to pile up on the streets as shoot-at-sight orders are
The Army has staged flag marches in the four violence-hit districts of Assam on Wednesday even as the death toll reached 38 after five people were gunned down on Tuesday after shoot-at-sight orders were issued. Over 80,000 people have fled their homes and are staying in relief camps following the communal violence that has engulfed Chirang, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Dhubri
Hope is still alive in Kokrajhar even as some of the villages have been razed to ground. Moinagori village resident Sushmita Basumatary still refuses to accept how violence destroyed her neighbouring village in Naobhita. It's hard for the women in Moinagori to understand how friends from the other community had to escape to relief camps.
While the death toll in the ethnic violence in Assam went up to 58, the blame game within the political arena was on. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi defended his government against allegations that it was slow to react to the rioting, and failed to anticipate the violence. He said a reduction in Central forces has made his task tougher.
Desperate efforts are on to bring the situation in Assam under control. While around 1000 troops have been mobilised for peacekeeping in the state, the army has also been conducting flag marches in violence-hit areas.
The ethnic violence in Assam has spread in and around the Kokrajhar district all the way to the Bengal border. The death toll now stands at 32. Hundreds were fleeing the villages of Dhubri and Pakhgiuri, as their homes were set on fire.
The man who figured most prominently in the video that went viral showing a mob molesting a teenaged girl in Guwahati was finally arrested after being on the run for two weeks. Amar Jyoti Kalita surrendered on Monday. CNN-IBN has traced his movements across the country from the time of the incident.
After three days of communal violence which have left 19 people dead, shoot-at-sight orders are in place in Kokrajhar, Assam. Close to 36,000 people are homeless in the wake of the violence. Helpless, panic-stricken villagers in the Kokrajhar are fleeing their homes in search of security and shelter.
There is no end to the fight for survival due to the floods in Assam where over 75 people have died so far. An RTI query has now revealed that Rs 11,000 crore has been allocated for flood relief since 2005 and the Assam Human Rights Commission will now investigate the money misuse.
In a dramatic twist in the Guwahati molestation case, the journalist of NewsLive TV, Gaurav Jyoti Neog, was arrested on Friday evening. Neog was at the spot at the time of the incident and had recorded it.
The government is making a bid to bring warring factions to the talking table as the ethnic violence in Assam spreads from Kokrajhar to three other districts all the way to the Bengal border. Sources say two officials from the Home Ministry will be speaking to the two sides in Dhubri and Kokrajhar on Wednesday.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday said that the situation in Kokrajhar was still tense and the state government was trying its best to control it. The violence in the Kokrajhar region of Assam has shown no sign of ending with the death toll up to 21. An estimated 50,000 refugees have taken shelter in relief camps so far,
On the run for two weeks, Amar Jyoti Kalita, who was filmed leading a mob of 50 in molesting a young woman in Guwahati, was on Monday arrested in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh following a tip-off from Assam police.
Curfew has been imposed and the army deployed in the town of Kokrajhar, Assam, after seven people including one woman were killed and 15 others were injured in clashes between two groups. Prohibitory orders have been issued as well. The situation in the town is said to be tense.
Atanu Bhuyan, the Editor-in-Chief of News Live, the channel that filmed the Guwahati molestation incident, resigned on Tuesday afternoon. He stuck to his defence of filming the incident and thanked the cameraperson for doing so.
A journalist was shot at by unknown assailants in Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday evening. The journalist was identified as Tongam Rina, an Associate Editor with the Arunachal Times. The incident took place as the victim was entering her office in capital Itanagar.
A teenaged girl was molested, groped and beaten up by a mob of around 20 people in full public view on Monday night as she was returning home after a party at a city bar at the Christian Basti area. While the Assam Police has identified seven men from the video footage that has gone viral on the Internet, it
The flood situation in Assam was grim with vast tracts of land in both Brahmaputra and Barak valleys remaining submerged even as the death toll climbed to 125.
In Manipur, away from the shadow of the gun there's another reality - a world of cinema, low budget films and gritty film-making. Only 13 films old, Leishangthem Tonthoi is the rising star of Manipuri cinema. This year, Tonthoi received the Rajat Kamal award for Best Supporting Actress at the 59th National Film Awards.
The Congress has admitted to CNN-IBN that Alka Lamba committed a grave mistake by revealing the Guwahati molestation victim's name. Activists and politicians alike are now demanding that the National Commission for Women (NCW) be reconstituted and laws be changed for dealing with molestation victims.
After a major faux pas by the National Commission for Women, which revealed the name of the victim of the Guwahati mob molestation incident at a press briefing, it was the turn of the Assam government to repeat the blunder.
It's been a week since a teenaged was molested and assaulted by a mob outside a pub in Guwahati. Only six suspects have been rounded up and arrested so far. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's deadline to the police to arrest all the accused, identified in the video, ends on Monday.
The Assam Police on Sunday arrested two more persons in connection with the mob molestation incident. It also suspended a sub-inspector in the case.
The Environment Ministry swung into action and decided to send a special team to the Kaziranga National Park in Assam after CNN-IBN highlighted how the animals at the park were fast dying due to floods and poaching.
Written by Tara Goswami the book is about seven-year-old Pitki's adventures in Assam.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday announced an aid package of Rs 500 crore for Assam, which has been severely hit by floods.The announcement came after the prime minister and Congress president Sonia Gandhi undertook an aerial survey of some flood affected districts of the state on Monday.
Heavy rains brings flood to parts of Assam, nearly five lakh people have been affected in the first wave of flood in the state this year.
The Assam floods may have ravaged the Kaziranga National Park (KNP), with almost 500 animals losing their lives. However, a new report suggests that not all of them were victims of the deluge.
Assam has experienced the worst floods in several years as 27 of its 28 districts are inundated. Lakhs of people have been displaced and even animals at the Kaziranga National Park aren't spared.
Assam continues to remain inundated with the swelling Brahmaputra. As many as 77 people have already been reported dead and the state is battling one of its worst disasters.
In its efforts to bring lasting peace in Assam, the Centre today held talks with ULFA and discussed the group's demands to find a permanent solution to the three-decade-old insurgency in the Northeastern state.
The government on Thursday said it has sanctioned Rs 100 crore to boost rice cultivation in the eight north-eastern states, including Sikkim, this year under a central-scheme National Food Security Mission(NFSM).
The revival of the attires would encourage villagers to rear more goats as a spin-off as goat's hair is the raw material for the ethnic dresses.
Authors Gunjan Veda and Syeda Saiyidain Hameed's book 'Beautiful Country' is a journey towards understanding India.
Today, let us turn to Shillong where Hasina Kharbhih, a braveheart who has forced the world to turn its attention to Meghalaya's rat holes. Hasina and her team at Impulse NGO are fighting the coal mafia and saving the lives of millions of children who are being trafficked from Nepal, Assam and Bangladesh to work as bonded labourers in Jaintia
The directive from the Ministry of Home Affairs to book anyone who refers to a north-easterner as 'chinki' has garnered considerable attention.
To shore up its ties with India, Myanmar government has ordered Manipur-based militant outfits to shut their camps and training facilities and leave its soil by June 10.
Six student bodies in Manipur on Tuesday decided to issue a diktat seeking to prohibit school and college students from wearing 'indecent' dresses.
Tripura will be the first state in the North East to have an Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty said on Friday.
The Home ministry has asked all states and UTs to book anyone who commits an act of atrocity against people from the North-East under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The Kaziranga National Park in Assam has come up with some fresh ideas to save its tigers. There are about 81 to 131 of them there. CNN-IBN's Arijit Sen travelled inside the park to learn about the technology that has been put to use to spot the big cats.
The Central Board of Secondary Education class XII results were declared on Monday. While among the eight regions, Chennai topped the performance card with a pass percentage of 90.59, Mohammad Ismat, a science student from Imphal, became the all India topper scoring 99 per cent.
Sparrows are disappearing from many parts of the country and specially from Assam.
Sudeep Chakravarti's latest book gives a detail account of the socio-political complexities and ethnic divisions prevalent in the North East.
Manipur student Richard Loitam's death, the boat tragedy in Assam where 113 have so far died and the death toll is still mounting, and a young woman from Manipur assaulted on Monday in Gurgaon. These are the recent shocking stories involving people from the North East.
Following the death of Richard Loitam, students from the North-East feel harassment and stereotyping must stop.
Close on the heels of a Manipuri student who was found dead in 'mysterious circumstances' in his college hostel in April, another student from the north-eastern state allegedly committed suicide in Bangalore by hanging.
The show would start with two shows a day June 6-10 at Singapore's Esplanade Theater.
Astro-enthusiasts in the North-East states of the country are in for a celestial treat tomorrow as they will witness the first solar eclipse of this year.
Making it clear that there would be no compromise with Maoists trying to destabilise peace in the north east, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said state governments of the region have been asked to deal with the ultras with a firm hand.