SHILLONG, Dec 15: North East Network (NEN) Chairperson, Darilyn Syiem on Monday said that support systems for survivors of violence are needed in hospitals itself even as she pointed out that different forms of violence, to a great extent, are affecting the health of women, an issue which needs the attention of the government.
“Support systems for survivors of different kinds of violence is required to be set up within the hospital itself, as it can to a great extent provide the much needed help in terms of counselling and psychological to the victims,” Syiem said at a news conference held in the city.
TURA, Dec 14: The release of a kidnapped trader, Ranjit Modak, has pointed fingers directly at the operation of gangs from across the border. Modak was kidnapped about a week ago from his house near the town of Rongara in South Garo Hills (SGH). The current kidnapping came after the abduction of an NBCC engineer, which is known to be the work of gangs from across the border.
Modak was kidnapped on December 5 by a group of armed men from his rented residence in Dambuk Aga, near Rongara. Modak owns a flower business in the area and hailed from the Cooch Behar district of West Bengal.
According to SGH police, Modak was released on Saturday night at around 9 pm near the Indo-Bangladesh border after payment of ransom by his family.
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday sought to promote India's northeast as a tourist destination and urged people to visit the region if they wanted to see the beauty of nature.
Modi said the northeast region is as good as Dubai and Singapore and went on to equate the region with the Taj Mahal.
In his monthly radio address 'Man Ki Baat', Modi said the northeast has a lot of potential and described his recent visit to the region as a "heart warming" experience.
"People sometime ask, 'Modi ji, don't you get tired?' I say that it feels there is no tiredness after visiting the northeast."
"People there gave me love. The sense of belongingness they showed towards me was heart-warming."
The northeast region has eight states -- Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
Bengaluru/Kolkata, Dec 13 (IANS): In an arrest with international ramifications, Indian business executive Mehdi Masroor Biswas, whose Twitter handle @ShamiWitness was alleged to be the most prolific for jihadist terror group Islamic State, was held from a Bengaluru suburb early Saturday. His family claimed he was not linked, but his account was "hacked".
Biswas, 24, who hails from West Bengal, was arrested two days after Channel 4 News reported from London that he was part of the dreaded IS' twitter activities and was regularly tweeting from Bengaluru.
He was picked from his one-room rented house in the northeast suburbs of the city and sent to police custody after preliminary interrogation, Karnataka Director General of Police Lal Rokhuma Pachau told reporters in Bengaluru.
"Mehdi was found asleep in a one-room tenement when our probe team knocked on his door in the early hours. He was detained, interrogated and arrested on confessing that he was a radical Islamist," Pachau said.
Tura, Dec 14: In a first for the state, the A’chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC) and its breakaway faction ANVC(B) will be disbanded at a ceremony to be held at the newly renamed Diki Bandi stadium, Dakopgre here on Monday. While preparations have been on for the past few days, including detailing members of the group, the program may just provide the fillip for peace within the region.
According to sources, the ANVC has listed more than 447 members within its fold while the ANVC(B) has provided a list of about 253 members. The member list includes hardcore cadres as well as ordinary workers working for the outfits.
NONGSTOIN, Dec 14: A musical event titled ‘Voice Hunt’ being organized by A=Apple Society, Nongstoin, in collaboration with the District Arts & Culture Society will hold its auditions in West and South West Khasi Hills (WKH and SWKH) districts. The event promises to be first of its kind and has arranged for auditions in four different blocks.
Addressing media persons at the office of the Apple Society at Nongstoin on Sunday, Chairman cum Director of the Apple Society, Kyntonbor Mawsor informed that the auditions for the Voice Hunt of South West Khasi Hills will be held on December 20 at Mawkyrwat, Maharm Higher Secondary School from 9 am onwards. No age limit has been set for the contest.
Kolkata, Dec 13 (IANS): Alleged pro-Islamic State (IS) sympathiser and publicist Mehdi Masroor Biswas, arrested in Bengaluru, has reportedly admitted to the charges but his father Saturday refused to believe that his son has any links with the terror group and claimed his account was hacked.
The terror suspect's father said he had no knowledge about his son's arrest as his phone was switched off. "But now, we have decided to go there."
A resident at Koikhali in the north eastern fringes of the city, N. Masroor Biswas said police or intelligence agencies have not got in touch with him so far.