North East Monitor

  • Zindagi Live: Meet Bachendri Pal March 22, 2010

    She was the first woman from India to summit Everest. ...
  • Activist Irom held again on charges of attempted suicide September 10, 2011

    Imphal: Human rights activist Irom Sharmila, jailed since 2000 for resorting to a hunger strike against alleged rights violations by the security forces in Manipur, was once again arrested by police on charges of attempted suicide. The activist continued her refusal to eat a single morsel of food. Sharmila, who earned...
  • Tata back in Assam with new promises March 11, 2010

    Guwahati: Ratan Tata with heads of industry attend the first meeting of the Assam Investment Board. Among them was Krishna Kumar, the man, who was in the eye of many storms between 1991 and 1997 as the then MD of TATA Tea. Both Ratan Tata and Kumar seem to have...
  • Assam tea workers complain of low hike in daily wage March 8, 2010

    They have the grueling task of picking the tea leaves, with which you and I brew our everyday morning chai. But these tea plantation workers hardly earn in an hour, what we spend on a cup of tea. They have just received a hike of Rs 18 on their wage...
  • Manipur Advocate General shot at, injured March 7, 2010

    Imphal: The Advocate General of Manipur Nongmeikapam Kotiswar Singh has been injured in a militant attack on Saturday evening. Reports say Advocate General Singh convoy was attacked in Ukhrool district on Saturday evening. Singh was hit by two bullets in the chest and three in the right arm The 50-year-old top law...
  • Assam top ULFA leaders get bails over TADA October 2, 2010

    Guwahati: After years in jail, ULFA leaders now are being freed. ULFA leaders Mithinga Daimary, who was arrested in Bhutan in 2003, and Pradip Gogoi, who was arrested in Kolkata in April 1998, have got bail in all the TADA cases against them. "If other leaders are released from jail,...
  • Assam woman fights alone against witch-hunting February 26, 2010

    Witch-hunting is not uncommon in the Northeastern parts of India. Every year women are branded as witches, hounded out of villages, often killed by mobs. Very few confront the murderers. Seventy year-old Biro Bala Rabha has been waging a war against such crimes for the last 20 years of...
  • Less than half of Northeast teachers qualified February 20, 2010

    Guwahati: Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal is going full steam ahead with new education policies. However, a report by Sibal's ministry says that India's Northeast has the highest number of unqualified school teachers in the country. Going by an all India Educational Survey conducted by Union HRD Ministry children in Northeast are...
  • Step towards peace: 400 militants surrender in Assam February 17, 2010

    Four hundred and eight militants of the Karbi Longri National Liberation Front have laid down their arms in Assam. Each surrendered militant will get Rs 2 lakh as a one time grant from the state government and will move to designated camps. ...
  • Nation's first: Two CMs for one state February 1, 2010

    Guwahati: Its a curious case of two Chief Minister's in a state. D D Lapang who was elected leader of the congress legislature party in Meghalaya was sworn in as CM. However, Friday Lingdoh, the Deputy CM and state Congress president has now been elevated to the rank of CM...
  • Moderate earthquake shakes North-East December 29, 2009

    Shillong: A moderate intensity earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale shook parts of North-East on Tuesday. The epicentre of the quake was located along Myanmar-India border and occurred at 1432 hrs IST, officials at the Central Seismological Observatory said in Shillong. The impact of the quake was felt at many places...
  • I have not and will never surrender: ULFA chief December 6, 2009

    Guwahati: Arrested United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa on Saturday said his outfit would not hold peace talks with the Indian Government and claimed he had not "surrendered and would never surrender". He and his two aides were brought before a court in Guwahati and remanded in...
  • ULFA chief Rajkhowa to be produced in Guwahati court December 5, 2009

    Guwahati: Arrested chairman of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Arabinda Rajkhowa, the deputy commander-in-chief of the outfit Raju Barua and Rajkhowa's personal security guard Raja Bora would be produced in a local court in Guwahati on Saturday, police said. "We would seek 14 days police remand of the...
  • Watch: ULFA leader held, talks doubtful December 4, 2009

    Guwahati/New Delhi: The Chairman of the ULFA, Arabind Rajkhowa, was finally and officially declared arrested by India after he was handed over by Bangladesh and taken into Indian custody and kept at a safe house in Guwahati. But will talking to Rajkhowa without the support of ULFA's military commander Paresh...
  • Security alert in Assam fearing ULFA backlash December 4, 2009

    Guwahati: A security alert has been sounded in Assam fearing a possible backlash by militants of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). The group is opposed to peace talks, especially in view of the outfit's chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa's decision to join the peace process. An Assam government spokesperson said...
  • Rajkhowa, from student leader to India's most wanted December 4, 2009

    Guwahati/Dhaka: For 30 long years till his arrest, Arabinda Rajkhowa remained a fugitive much sought after by Indian security forces, staying the better part of that period abroad, mainly in Bangladesh under various aliases. His real is name is Rajib Rajkonwar, son of late Uma Rajkonwar and Damayanti Rajkonwar, of Lakwa...
  • ULFA chief, 10 others handed over to India December 4, 2009

    Dawki (Meghalaya): United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa was handed over to Border Security Force (BSF) by Bangladeshi security agencies early on Friday morning at an outpost along the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya. Rajkhowa was handed over along with 10 others including his wife and two children and...
  • Assam eyes peace after ULFA chief's arrest December 4, 2009

    Guwahati: The detention of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa has once again given Assam hope that peace will finally prevail in the state. ULFA has indulged in violence, terror and bomb blasts for nearly 30 years and with Rajkhowa's arrest by the Bangladeshi security agencies, it seems...
  • ULFA chief ready for talks, to get safe passage December 3, 2009

    New Delhi: United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, who has been arrested by the Bangladeshi authorities, says he is ready for talks with the Indian Government. Government sources said that Centre is considering giving safe passage to Rajkhowa to facilitate the peace talks. Rajkhowa's wife Kavita and two sons...
  • Chidambaram and ULFA take the road to peace December 2, 2009

    Even as he coordinates the Government’s offensive against Naxals, Home Minister P Chidambaram is now turning his focus on north-east militant groups. Top on the list is ULFA which has rejected the Home Minister's call to lay down arms, but is there another peaceful way being charted out. CNN-IBN’s Arijit...
  • No stoppage of work in Arunachal even if China objects: CM December 1, 2009

    New Delhi: Even as work on border road construction in Jammu and Kashmir was stopped after Chinese objection, Arunachal Chief Minister Doorjee Khandu on Tuesday asserted that his government will not succumb to any such pressure. Khandu said China has no right not object to infrastructure development in Arunachal Pradesh as...
  • Illegal immigration from Bangladesh worries India December 2, 2009

    Indian Home Secretary G K Pillai met his Bangladeshi counterpart in the Capital on Monday afternoon. The agenda was clear that India wants illegal immigration from Bangladesh to stop and sign on the dotted lines for a formal extradition treaty. ...
  • Bangladesh nabs anti-India group NLFT's chief November 30, 2009

    New Delhi: Bangladesh is finally acting tough on terror just ahead of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India. Bangladeshi security forces have nabbed chairman of outlawed group National Liberation Front of Tripura Biswamohan Debbarma. Debberma was wanted by Indian security agencies in connection with murder, use of weapons and explosives. He...
  • India promises safe passage to ULFA leaders November 22, 2009

    Geneva: The Indian Government is ready to give safe passage to United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) leaders, who are in Bangladesh, in order to facilitate talks, reliable sources said. "We have always been ready for negotiations with ULFA," the sources said on Saturday. "We are quite willing. We had promised safe...
  • Insurgency on the rise in North Tripura November 20, 2009

    Guwahati: Insurgency has been on the rise in Tripura where a jawan was killed and another injured in an encounter with terrorists on Wednesday. Terrorists belonging to the banned National Liberation Front of Tripura had also butchered eight people including four women on November 10 belonging to the banned National Liberation...
  • Red Alert: Naxals collude with north-east insurgents November 18, 2009

    New Delhi: A CNN-IBN exclusive report has discovered that the collaboration between the Naxals with the North-East insurgent groups runs well beyond the supplies of arms from the latter. The Naxalas also get on-spot help from the NE insurgents. Maoists camps dot the Jharkhand Bengal border. From these camps, Maoists...
  • Indo-China joint study in Arunachal over Yaks November 17, 2009

    The Indo-China relations may have hit a new low with the Dalai's recent visit to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. But the National Research Centre on Yak at Dirang has been acting as a bridge between India and China. Scientists on both sides have got together to share the Yak secrets....
  • Tawang excited about Dalai Lama's visit October 9, 2009

    Tawang: US President Obama did not meet with the Dalai Lama on his recent trip to Washington. But the ever smiling Dalai Lama says he understands Obama's position and is not upset with him. "I do not want to create any inconvenience to anybody," the exiled leader told CNN. Obama has now decided...
  • Black Widow rebels surrender in Assam October 2, 2009

    Haflong: About 360 tribal separatists on Friday surrendered in India's restive North-eastern state of Assam raising hopes of an end to long years of violent insurgency in the region, officials said. A government spokesperson said 359 militants of the outlawed Jewel Garlosa faction of the Dima Haolam Daogah (DHD-J), more popularly...
  • Chinese incursions turn into poll issue in Arunachal September 28, 2009

    Itanagar: Two major allies of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the centre are raking up the Chinese incursion issue in the run up to the Assembly elections in the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh even as Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu maintains that Chinese claims over the state...