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Severe blow to UDLF (B) in Assam

Dimapur, February 8 (MExN): In a major operation based on specific information 33 Field Regiment of the Red Shield Division eliminated three cadres of United Democratic Liberation Front (Break away), UDLF (B) and apprehended one cadre.  On specific information regarding presence of armed UDLF (B) terrorists in general area of Upender Basti, Hailakandi, Assam, troops of 33 Field Regiment along with police representatives launched an operation in the area.  Seeing the Army the terrorists opened fire. The troops retaliated and in the ensuing gun fight three UDLF (B) cadres were killed and one cadre was injured.  One AK 56 Rifle, one point 303 Rifle along with a large quantity of ammunition and magazines were recovered from the terrorists.  The apprehended cadre was given first aid and handed over to the Police Station Ramnathpur, Hailakandi along with the mortal remain of the three terrorists slain in the encounter.

9 Gorkha Rifles foils sabotage attempt

Dimapur, February8 (MExN): Troops of 5/9 Gorkha Rifles of Logtak Brigade under the aegis of Red Shield Division  foiled a sabotage attempt by unknown miscreants in the house of Joy Lali, village Pradhan Thamanpokpi, Post Office Moirang of Bishnupur District on February 7,  2012. On receiving information about a suspected grenade planted in the house, the affected area was cordoned and search was carried out by the troops.  One Chinese Hand Grenade along with two live detonators were found in a grease container in the house which was destroyed safely and thus extensive damage to life and property was averted in time.

Three tribal youth get life terms for murder

Aizawl, February 8 (IANS): A court in Mizoram Wednesday sentenced three tribal youth to life terms for robbing and killing a couple belonging to their community in 2009, police said. "The district judicial magistrate's court awarded the life sentence to the three Reang tribal youths, aged 21 years to 27 years, for murdering a tribal headman and his wife in July 2009 at Rasdali village in northwestern Mizoram," a police spokesman told reporters. The couple was returning home after collecting their wages in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme when the killers robbed them of Rs.70,000 before murdering them.

ONGC official held for bribe sent to judicial custody

Guwahati, February 8 (IANS): A CBI special court here Wednesday sent an official of the Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) to 14-day judicial custody for taking a bribe of Rs.40,000 from a contractor. P.K. Borah was arrested Tuesday from his office in Assam's Sivasagar district while accepting the bribe, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sources said Wednesday. Borah was working as general manager (civil) in Sivasagar, about 300 km from Assam capital Dispur. "Although we sought 14-day custody of the accused, the court sent him to judicial custody," a CBI source said. A case has been registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

SC permits recruitment of primary teachers in Assam

Guwahati, February 8 (UNI): Supreme Court today cleared decks for the recruitment of over 80,000 primary school teachers in Assam. A bench comprising Justices Deepak Verma and K S Radhakrishnan allowed the petition of state of Assam against the Gauhati High Court order banning further appointment of primary school teachers in view of alleged large-scale bungling in the recruitment drive. The state of Assam contended that it was not able to implement the fundamental right to education guaranteed under the Constitution as it was not being allowed to fill up about 82,000 vacancies in the state. The apex court lifted the stay and permitted the state government to go ahead with the appointment of teachers in accordance with law. There were around 95,000 vacancies, and the High Court on the application of the state government had permitted the recruitment of only 12,000 teachers.

Vangchhia village to be declared as important place: INTACH

Aizawl, February 8 (PTI): Leaders of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Mizoram chapter today said that the Government of India would soon issue an interim order to declare Vangchhia village in Mizoram-Mynammar border Champhai district where 170 menhirs were protected as an important place. Addressing a press conference here, INTACH leaders said that the Archaeological Survey of India, after on the spot study of the site decided that the village deserved to be regarded as a monument of national importance. "The village would make Mizoram appearing in the Archaeological map of India," they said, adding that experts found the menhirs as quite unique. INTACH leaders also said that the fight to restore the two historic cannons to the Mizo people continued. The two cannons used in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 have been kept in Aizawl since 1892 were taken away by the first battalion of the Assam Rifles in 2003 regarding them as a war trophy won by them. The INTACH claimed that the two big guns have immense historical importance and attachment to the Mizo people and the state and are of high heritage value and should be restored to the rightful owners - the people of Mizoram.

Railway Budget 2012-13: Tarun Gogoi seeks new trains for Assam

Guwahati, February 8 (IANS): Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has requested Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi for more trains for Assam, particularly to link Chennai and Mumbai. Trivedi will present the Railway Budget 2012-13 on March 14. The Assam chief minister made the request to the railway minister in New Delhi on Tuesday. He urged Trivedi to declare the Northeast Frontier Railway as a dedicated rail zone exclusively for northeastern states. Gogoi said Assam badly needed a new daily express train between Guwahati and Chennai via Kolkata and another between Guwahati and Mumbai, bringing to light that currently, it takes very long for people in Assam to travel to the southern and western parts of the country. The chief minister also sought a new superfast express train connecting Jorhat-Sivasagar-Moran-Dibrugarh. "If this happens, the travel time between Guwahati and Upper Assam will be considerably reduced," Gogoi said.

Congress MP extends support to anti-dam agitation

Lakhimpur, February 8 (PTI): Congress M P Ranee Narah from Assam's Lakhimpur on Tuesday extended her support to the anti-big dam agitation against the Lower Subansiri Hydro Electric Project on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. Welcoming the anti-dam movement, Narah told reporters here that the people's movement was a "reasonable one" as the dam would create problems for the people. Claiming the agitation was taking place at the "right time", the MP said, the government should take a pro-people decision on the big dam issue. Describing it as a "democratic and a non-violent one", the MP said she was with the people and would speak for them to the government.

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