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Thursday, November 08, 2007


The North Eastern States of India consist of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura.  Most of these states were part of former Assam.  Geographically Assam has been reduced to one-third of its original size in 30 years.  Assam, known in ancient lore as Kamarupa, originally included most of the north-eastern region, parts of modern Bengal and Bangladesh.

In 1874, a separate province of Assam was created, with Shillong, as capital.  On the partition of Bengal in 1905, Assam was united to the eastern districts of Bengal.  In 1948, the North Eastern Frontier Agency was separated from Assam, and later became Arunachal Pradesh.  With the reorganization of states on September 1, 1956, Tripura became a Union Territory.  In 1963, Nagaland was carved out of Assam.  On 21st January 1972, Tripura became a state, Meghalaya was cut out of Assam as a separate state and Mizoram became a Union Territory.  Mizoram became a state in 1987.



A deputy superintendent of police and a militant were killed during an early morning shootout between security forces and suspected HNLC militants in Meghalaya's Ri Bhoi district on Wednesday. (Meghalaya Cop Killed In Gunfight With Militants , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The Janadesh Yatra has given the movement for land rights fresh momentum and also captured the popular imagination. (March For Land, Frontline, Jayati Ghosh, Nov 08, 2007)

Media organisations in Manipur face frequent interference from insurgent groups but they do not compromise on ethics. (Press Under Pressure, Frontline, Iboyaima Laithangbam, Nov 07, 2007)

When the securities scam ran riot during his stewardship of the finance ministry, Dr Manmohan Singh diagnosed the malaise as “systemic failure”. (Edits, Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Nov 07, 2007)

WITH the Indian electorate repeatedly delivering fractured mandates in a number of States, and in Parliament, the phenomenon of hung legislatures, with the resultant dilemma of who should be invited to form the government, has long demanded . . . (Governor's Choice, Frontline, V. VENKATESAN, Nov 07, 2007)

The report of the third National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3), released in the second week of October, has immense significance for policymakers in health, nutrition, education and gender issues. (Plight Of Women And Children, Frontline, T.K. RAJALAKSHMI, Nov 07, 2007)

Major disasters were averted on Tuesday in Upper Assam's Sibsagar district with the recovery of a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on an ONGC oil pipeline and a bottle bomb near the office of Superintendent of Police here . . . . . (Ulfa’S Attempts To Blast Ongc Pipeline Foiled, Ied, Bomb Found, New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

An event occurred unnoticed on January 31, 2006. Since it will continue to affect every aspect of our economic life for years, I have thought it appropriate to take note of it even so late. (Haircuts For Camels, Telegraph, Ashok V. Desai, Nov 06, 2007)

P.G. Rajendran; Mathrubhumi Books, MM Press, Cherooty Road, Kozhikode-673001. Rs. 60. (Tribal Folk Tales, Hindu, K. Kunhikrishnan, Nov 06, 2007)

A galaxy of senior Congress leaders on Monday demanded that the Union Government and Governor Rameshwar Thakur dissolve the lower House in the State and hold elections to save the people from the “communal” Bharatiya Janata Party leaders in the . . . . (“Dissolve Assembly, Hold Elections In Karnataka” , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

Just as thousands of saffron-clad Buddhist monks hit the streets of Rangoon to protest against the military junta, India's oil minister was in the Burmese capital negotiating greater involvement for Indian gas companies. (India's Foreign Policy Pragmatism , British Broadcasting Corporation, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

The Indian Left is much larger than its most visible face, the Communist Party of India (Marxist). It is split three ways, each currently pointing in three directions. (Left With An Alternative, Asian Age, M.J. Akbar, Nov 05, 2007)

There are four main aspects to the China-Tibet-India problem over the last century, some of which are only now becoming apparent. (China’S India Aggression, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

Why a Union Minister from West Bengal is opposed to the deployment of the Central Reserve Police Force in Nandigram as sought by the State government when those belonging to States such as Andhra Pradesh and Assam, are agreeable to . . . . . (Nandigram: Brinda Karat Sees A Conspiracy, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

MANY years ago, when on assignment with the International Control Commission in Vietnam, one of the first sights that one witnessed in down town Saigon was that of a Buddhist monk protesting the State’s religious discrimination practiced . . . . . . (When Buddhists Are A Minority, Tribune, Maj Gen (retd) Himmat Singh Gill, Nov 05, 2007)

Under the Act, if an order is made by an Assessing Officer other than the one entitled to exercise jurisdiction, it may account merely to irregular exercise or assumption of jurisdiction. (Jurisdiction For Assessing Businesses, Business Line, Editorial, Business Line, Nov 03, 2007)

Legendry thrash metal band Sepultura will be making a stop at Bangalore today. They are headlining Kingfisher Metalfest ’07. The tour of India for the band has included shows at Delhi and Shillong. Indian band Brahma will open the concert. (Headbangers’ Ball, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

Seven paramilitary troopers died on Friday in an ambush by tribal separatists in India’s restive northeastern state of Assam, police said. (Indian Rebels Kill Seven Troopers , Dawn, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

There is a class aspect to human rights and victims everywhere are mostly subalterns, be it the Army, the police or Naxalites. (Unrest, Human Rights, Police, Army And Naxalites , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

In keeping with UPA Government’s commitment to Muslim welfare” Overall Haj subsidy provided by the Government to go up now from Rs. 343 crore to 368 crore Varanasi will be included as a new embarkation point for Haj pilgrims from now on (Union Cabinet Rejects Proposal To Raise Air Fare For Haj Pilgrims , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)


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