TURA, March 30: The ongoing tussle for the lone MP seat from Tura has begun to get hotter with the two parties taking whirlwind tours of the region trying to garner support for their campaign. However, the people who are to decide the fate of the two campaigners in question on April 9 have come out with their opinions on what they want from their Parliament Representative.
While, the Dr Mukul Sangma government has been talking of the concept of holistic development, quite a few are not convinced. The recent criticism of the cancellation of welfare projects to bring about 3 massive projects was met with ridicule by most.
SHILLONG, March 29: A day after UALA along with other four outfits warned of retaliating to GNLA’s dictate against them, the latter on Saturday offered them a proposal. GNLA has asked the other five outfits to come together under the banner of Garo United Liberation Front (GULF) to initiate talks with government to press forward their demand for a separate Garo state.
In a press statement, GNLA C-in-C, Sohan D Shira said, “I would like to request to you all my brothers, if you also want to work to get separate State then now is the right time. The Centre and State government are opening the door for us, taking this opportunity. All the splinter groups stop firing at each other and let us come forward to talk with the government”.
SIVASAGAR, March 29 (IANS): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday urged the people to compare the performance of the Congress and non-Congress governments at the centre before casting their votes in the Lok Sabha polls.
He was speaking at a rally for Congress' candidate from Khumtai in Assam.
DIMAPUR (NAGALAND), March 29 (IANS): Eleven major regional parties under the banner of North East Regional Parties Forum (NERPF) Saturday stitched an alliance with the BJP-led NDA for peace and development in the region.
"We (NERPF) have pledged our alliance with the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) to ensure peace and development in the northeastern states. Everybody has witnessed the good work of the previous NDA government in terms of developing our backward region," Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said.
SHILLONG, March 29: Pressure groups demanding the implementation of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act, 1873, invoking the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for outsiders, Saturday said they have prepared the key points to be incorporated into the existing Act to give it more teeth in checking influx.
"We are ready with the points needed to be incorporated in the existing Inner Line Permit (ILP) to propose to the state government for their implementation," the frontal organization leader Auguster Jyrwa, KSU general secretary, told reporters here.
SHILLONG, March 29: The demand for engineering courses are on the rise every year as students from the northeast region hunt for higher academic destinations, perhaps more than any other region in this country due to lack of professional education facilities here. The number of engineering colleges in the northeast has no comparison with those that are available in mainland.
SHILLONG, March 28: In a boost to the Garo militant outfit – A’chik National Volunteer Council (ANVC), Government of India has approved the draft ‘Agreed Text for Settlement’, which the outfit had submitted to the government in a tripartite meeting on January 5 last year.
The agreed text for settlement which was forwarded by the state government and the interlocutor P C Haldar was approved by the Union Cabinet during the last week of February.