Don’t arrange transport for Bru voters from Tripura refugee camps: Mizo bodies to EC

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AIZAWL: First, it was the Mizoram chief electoral officer. Then, where the state’s Bru refugees should vote. Now, the powerful NGO Coordination Committee has a bone to pick with the Election Commission over how Bru voters from Tripura will get to their polling stations. The conglomerate of Mizo civil society organisations has issued an ‘appeal’ to the government and political parties, urging them to not provide transportation for Bru voters to travel to their polling stations. “The Election Commission can’t be making special arrangements to accommodate the Brus from Tripura…

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48-hour bandh called by Koch Rajbongshis hits lower Assam

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GUWAHATI: The 48-hour state-wide bandh called by All Koch Rajbongshi Students’ Union (Akrsu), All Assam Koch Rajbongshi Sanmilani (AAKRS) and several non-Bodo organizations from Monday hit normal life in many parts across lower Assam. The organizations have called the bandh amid reports that Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) might be upgraded into a Union Territorial Council (UTC) with enhanced administrative powers. Reports of such a development has already been refuted by the government, but the protesting organizations are not convinced. They feel that the Centre might hatch a conspiracy to…

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Ex-minister Chandan Sarkar dead

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GUWAHATI: Former Assam minister and senior Congress leader Chandan Kumar Sarkar died on Monday following a cardiac arrest at Bongaigaon, family sources said. Sarkar was 65 and is survived by wife, two sons and a daughter. Sarkar suffered a cardiac arrest Monday morning and was immediately rushed to a local hospital where he passed away. Sarkar was elected to the legislative assembly thrice-1991, 2001 and 2011- from Abhayapuri South constituency and served as the irrigation minister in the third term of the Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government. Assam Pradesh Congress Committee…

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For Mizoram’s first Bnei candidate, contesting election is god’s work

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AIZAWL: Jobs, economic development, complete prohibition — sundry parties have promised these and more as the campaign for the November 28 assembly election in the northeastern state hots up. Lalthlamuani Sailo however, is offering something different — spiritual sustenance and the promise to build a ‘New Jerusalem’ in Mizoram if she wins. Contesting the polls is, literally, God’s work for this 63-yearold. Lalthlamuani — who will contest from the Aizawl South-I seat as an Independent candidate on behalf of evangelist outfit Zoram Thar — is a member of the Bnei…

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‘HIV is a sin that needs to be tackled by God’s rule’

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AIZAWL: Mizoram has the highest prevalence of HIV among adults in the country. But the Zoram Thar or New Mizoram, a spiritual group fielding candidates for the Mizoram polls headed by evangelist-turned politician Reverend Zaichhawna Hlawndo has a different take on the problem and its solution. Hlawndo said that the problem of HIV in Mizoram is a sin that can only be tackled when God’s rule is established. “I am telling people that when people disobey God, they commit sins. You and I can do nothing to tackle the problem…

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Spurt in number of Kannada speakers in northeastern states

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Bengaluru: The increased presence of banks, more faculty positions in universities and spurt in business activity in the northeast has led to a 31% rise in the number of people with Kannada as their mother tongue in the eight states of the region, the 2011 census shows. At the same time, the Kannadiga population in Maharashtra, Goa and Andhra Pradesh has dipped by 20%, 9% and 5.5%, respectively, apparently due to more opportunities in their home state. Kannadigas in Jammu and Kashmir improved their count by 57% – largely due…

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One held with brown sugar worth Rs 12.5 lakh

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Guwahati: Government railway police (GRP) on Sunday held a suspected drug peddler at the Guwahati railway station and seized at least 10 packets of brown sugar from him. The man, identified as Anuwar (25), was apprehended when he was about to board the Howrah-bound Kamrup Express. The estimated value of the seized amount would be Rs 12.5 lakh in the black market, police sources said. Railway police superintendent HK Das said, “Anuwar is a resident of Changamdabi village under Yaikipok police station of Imphal East district in Manipur. At least…

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