News Post - Live, Latest and Breaking news from Assam & India. The new Assamese News Portal on Politics, Business, International news, Bollywood and much more http://www.newslivetv.com/ Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:29:07 +0530 News Post en-gb 13k cr meant for NE devpt still unused: VK http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/13k-cr-meant-for-ne-devpt-still-unused-vk.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/13k-cr-meant-for-ne-devpt-still-unused-vk.html The Union minister of development of northeastern region (DONER), Gen (retd) V K Singh, said funds worth about Rs 13,000 crore meant for development of the region have remained unused over the years....
The Union minister of development of northeastern region (DONER), Gen (retd) V K Singh, said funds worth about Rs 13,000 crore meant for development of the region have remained unused over the years.

After the two-day meeting with northeast chief ministers on accelerating development in the region, Gen (retd) Singh said here on Friday that the money remained unused primarily because the mandatory 10% earmarking of funds from all ministries to the Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) was "notional" for a long time.

"This Rs 13,000 crore is a notional amount. Our government at the Centre is trying to ask the ministries to quantify how much money under the 10% norm is to be allocated under NLCPR. We have taken steps to streamline the previous shortcomings in terms of funding. DONER's task has also been cut out to accelerate development and growth in partnership with the state governments here," Gen (retd) Singh said.

The DONER minister said that floods in Assam are nothing new and there should be a fresh study on the dynamics of the Brahmaputra, which is the cause of annual deluge in the state.

"I will recommend to the ministry of water resources to take up a comprehensive study on the Brahmaputra and devise plans for mitigating floods in Assam," he said.

Assuring to expedite development work in the northeast, the DONER minister also said that there are several projects in the region which were inordinately delayed. He added that he has asked the state governments to do fresh appraisals of the projects which need to be abandoned because of infeasibility.

"I have asked the state governments to come up with proposals on projects which need to be pushed forward," the minister added.

While promising assistance in funding projects, Gen (retd) Singh emphasized that state governments should also increase its own revenue generation on their own.

"The Centre definitely helps the states when there is not sufficient revenue generation. But you cannot have a condition where the revenue generation is zero. I recommend the states ensure that enough revenue is generated and people can reap the benefit," he suggested.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/13k-cr-meant-for-NE-devpt-still-unused-VK/articleshow/40712757.cms

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After Majuli, Ahom Landmark Enters Tentative List http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/after-majuli-ahom-landmark-enters-tentative-list.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/after-majuli-ahom-landmark-enters-tentative-list.html Heralding good times for state tourism, Charaideo has found mention in a tentative Unesco list of World Heritage Sites. The historic Ahom burial site finds itself among other significant sites in the recently-released list....
Heralding good times for state tourism, Charaideo has found mention in a tentative Unesco list of World Heritage Sites. The historic Ahom burial site finds itself among other significant sites in the recently-released list.

The state had earlier approached the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for Charaideo's inclusion in the list. ASI, in turn, had taken up the matter with Unesco, Sivasagar deputy commissioner S S Meenakshi Sundaram said on Friday.

"ASI's superintending archaeologist Milan Kumar Chauley is coordinating the entire process. We will follow up on Charaideo's inclusion in the final Unesco list," the DC said. Located about 28 km from Sivasagar town, Charaideo was the first capital of the Ahom dynasty. The hillocks of Charaideo used to be the burial ground of the kings and members of the royal family. Its numerous vaults, known as "maidams", resemble Egypt's pyramids. After Majuli, this is the second monument from Assam to be included in the prestigious list. The site's historical significance has not prevented it from being encroached upon.

Of the site's two parts, one is under ASI and the other, under the state archaeological survey. With the demarcation process being completed in August, only installation of concrete pillars remains.

"Demarcation was done so late because there had been no proper initiative before this. There are close to 42 maidams or tombs. Before demarcation, the site covered over 578 bighas. The present land status is not yet known as detailed maps of the site is still being prepared," said a district administration official.

During the land survey, records were studied and encroachments along the historic site came to light. The examined land records showed that some other monuments and historical sites were notified simply as government property.

"We are trying to rectify such anomalies. Circle officers have been instructed to correct the mistake. A database was released in July to properly assess the monuments of Sivasagar," added the official.

Charaideo has more than 100 maidams or tombs, of which 40 are being protected. The tombs contain metallic, ivory and wood fragments.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Assam-takes-2nd-shot-at-Unesco-heritage-list/articleshow/40712807.cms

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3 persons found dead in city http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/3-persons-found-dead-in-city.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/3-persons-found-dead-in-city.html At least three persons were found dead in separate cases in Guwahati on Friday. While a newly married woman was found dead in the city’s Sixmile area, a truck driver was hanging inside his truck in a railway yard....
At least three persons were found dead in separate cases in Guwahati on Friday. While a newly married woman was found dead in the city's Sixmile area, a truck driver was hanging inside his truck in a railway yard.

Another unidentified body was found in the Maligaon area. "In the first incident, the charred body of Mithumoni Das Mali (26), who was married to Kabir Mali, a businessman, was found at her in-laws' place. She married Kabir six months ago. We have picked up Kabir for quizzing," said police. Mithumoni's family alleged that she was killed by her husband. Truck driver Ananta Ronghang's body was found inside his truck at a railway yard in the Noonmati area here. Sources said Ananta was possibly murdered. Police are probing the cases.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/3-persons-found-dead-in-city/articleshow/40712846.cms

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WARRING SISTERS http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/warring-sisters.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/warring-sisters.html Assam, which existed as the composite Assam Province under British rule, and the four new states carved out of it post Independence, are yet to come to terms with their demarcated boundaries.The result — bloody border clashes...
Guwahati: Assam, which existed as the composite Assam Province under British rule, and the four new states carved out of it post Independence, are yet to come to terms with their demarcated boundaries.

The result — bloody border clashes.

Barring the two princely states of Tripura and Manipur, which were not annexed to Assam by the British, the four new states of Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram all have interstate border disputes with Assam.

The clashes along the Assam-Nagaland border, which broke out in Uriamghat in Golaghat district on August 12, spread to interior areas of Assam, resulting in a major law and order problem. At least 14 Assamese villagers were shot dead by armed Nagas and their houses burnt. Protesters in Assam directed their ire against the state government and accused it of failing to protect the border from the Nagas.

What followed were week-long clashes between protesters and Assam Police in Golaghat district till the Army was called in on Wednesday. Three agitators were killed when police opened fire to quell the protests.

For Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, the recent border trouble has been the most serious crisis he has faced since taking charge in 2001. People and his political rivals hold him responsible for giving Naga attackers a free run along the border.

Gogoi told TOI, "The border disputes started after the states were formed. We moved the Supreme Court to end the dispute with Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. Several border commissions have been set up to settle the issue with Nagaland, Arunachal and Meghalaya, but the other states have not accepted the recommendations of these panels. We are waiting for the Supreme Court's verdict because these commissions can only provide recommendations. They cannot ensure that they are binding."

Nagaland was the first to be carved out of Assam in 1963, followed by Meghalaya in 1972. This was followed by the creation of Mizoram as a union territory in 1972 (it became a state in 1986). Arunachal Pradesh, formerly known as North East Frontier Agency (NEFA) and annexed to Assam, attained union territory status in 1972 before becoming a full-fledged state in 1987.

Gogoi said, "Assam accepts the constitutional boundary defined at the time of creation of these states. But they (Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh) say they will accept only historical boundaries, instead of constitutional ones." By historical boundaries, these states mean boundaries which existed long before the country's Independence.

A government official said Nagaland is the biggest troublemaker along the border. The flashpoint of the Assam-Nagaland border conflict has always been Merapani in Golaghat district. In 1979, Nagas killed at least 70 Assamese villagers and Nagaland Police were alleged to have lent a helping hand. In 1985, another violent clash between the police forces of both states left 50 dead and several wounded. Many casualties were from Assam Police.

Minor clashes have been reported from the Assam-Mizoram border. Only the borders with Manipur and Tripura have been relatively peaceful so far.

Assam government records say that Nagaland has encroached upon 19,819.619 hectares of Assam's land, while Arunachal has captured 5,756.02 hectares and Meghalaya, 65.62 hectares, since 2001.

It is not just Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland or Arunachal who have rejected the suggestions of the border commissions. Assam recently rejected recommendations by mediators appointed by the Supreme Court.

Nagaland and Manipur have locked horns over administrative control of Dzuko Valley, spread over Senapati district in Manipur and Kohima in Nagaland. Travel brochures of tourism departments of both states lay claim to the valley, known for its flowers.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/WARRING-SISTERS/articleshow/40712273.cms

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