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Assam

Carnage in Assam

SERIAL attacks by armed militants from the Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) have claimed the lives of at least 67 Adivasis (who are still fighting for tribal status), in villages in Sonitpur, Kokrajar and other districts, in a shocking recrudescence of ethnic violence. Assam, with a history of more than three decades of insurgency, has seen fewer incidents of militant violence overall during 2014 than in any recent year. Two of the major militant...

Thousands flee deadly violence in Assam

More than 2,000 people have fled their homes in the restive Indian state of Assam after separatist rebels killed dozens of villagers, some of them children, an official said yesterday. Residents sought shelter in makeshift camps set up by the state government following a series of coordinated attacks by armed rebels Tuesday that left at least 69 people dead, 18 of them children. Another three people were killed on Wednesday when police shot at villagers who went to a police station...

'Rebels' kill 62 in Assam

'Rebels' kill 62 in Assam

Separatist rebels have killed at least 62 people in remote villages of India's north-eastern Assam state, police say. Women and children were said to be among the victims and there are fears the death toll could rise. Police blame the attacks on the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB). The NDFB wants an independent homeland for...

Dhaka boundary settlement

Narendra Modi bites the bullet

IN telling the BJP workers in Assam that India will go ahead with the ratification of the land boundary agreement with Bangladesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put the imperatives of national interest above the regional populism of his own party. The 119th amendment bill was placed in the Rajya Sabha late last year amidst vociferous opposition from the Trinamool Congress of Bengal and the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) in Assam. While the national leadership of the BJP did not...

Electricity Import

Bangladesh to get 600MW more from India by 2017

Bangladesh is expected to get at least 600 megawatt of additional power from India between December 2015 and June 2017 under stepped-up power sector cooperation between the two countries. Bangladesh is also expected to get a sizable chunk of about 6,000MW to 6,500MW of power by being the transit point of a proposed ambitious grid connecting the Indian states of Assam and Uttar Pradesh, Bangladesh Power Secretary Monowarul Islam told representatives of Bangladesh media after a meeting with his Indian...

Delhi bins Assam CM's allegation on Bangladesh visa issue

Delhi bins Assam CM's allegation on Bangladesh visa issue

India's external affairs ministry yesterday rejected Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s suggestion that India was thinking of allowing Bangladeshi nationals entry without visa if they were aged over 70 or under 10, a Kolkata newspaper reported. Gogoi made the allegation at two media briefings in three days. A loosely worded summary of a key foreign...

Pre-1971 migrants to be Indian voters

In a landmark judgment, the High Court in Indian state of Meghalaya has said Bangladeshis, who settled in the north-eastern state before March 24, 1971, be treated as Indians and enrolled in the voters' list. Though the verdict is surely welcomed by the pre-1971 Bangladeshi settlers, it leaves a large question mark over the fate of those who migrated to India from Bangladesh afterwards, including during the Liberation War. The judgement came just a few days after Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata...

Pre-March '71 Bangladeshi settlers are Indians: Meghalaya HC

Pre-March '71 Bangladeshi settlers are Indians: Meghalaya HC

In a landmark judgement, the High Court in Indian state of Meghalaya has said that Bangladeshi nationals who have settled in the northeastern state before March 24, 1971, should be treated as Indians and can be enrolled in the voters' list. The verdict was based on a petition by over 40 refugees from Bangladesh,...

10 killed in Assam militant attack

10 killed in Assam militant attack

At least ten people including two children and four women were killed in two separate attacks by suspected National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) insurgents at a village in Assam’s communally-sensitive Kokrajhar and Baksa districts since late last night. A group of heavily armed extremists descended on two houses at Balaparajan Village-1 under Goreswar...

Lok Sabha war heats up

Lok Sabha war heats up

With 29 former chief ministers, one serving chief minister and a former prime minister in the poll fray, the 16th Lok Sabha elections simply don't get bigger than this. The country is now over halfway through its nine days of voting for a new parliament in the world's biggest ever election. Narendra Modi, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) candidate for prime minister, has been wooing voters with promises to rouse India's economy from its slowest growth in a decade and create jobs for its booming young population. In the latest large opinion poll, taken in the first week of April, the BJP and its allies were forecast to win a narrow...

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