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, 05 Sep 2015 02:23:55 +0530 News Post en-gb Saradha scam: CBI searches premises of Himanta Biswa Sarma and Anjan Dutta http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/saradha-scam-cbi-searches-premises-of-himanta-biswa-sarma-and-anjan-dutta.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/saradha-scam-cbi-searches-premises-of-himanta-biswa-sarma-and-anjan-dutta.html

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday carried out searches at 22 locations including the homes and offices of two former Assam ministers — Himanta Biswa Sarma and Anjan Dutta —in connection with its probe in alleged swindling of investors’ deposits by Saradha group.

CBI sources said searches were conducted at 12 locations in Guwahati, two in Dhubri, Assam, seven in Kolkata and one place in Mumbai in connection with the scam.

Those whose premises were searched in Thursday’s operation included former Assam Ministers and MLAs Himanta Biswa Sarma and Anjan Dutta, former DGP of Assam Shankar Baruah and singer Sadananda Gogoi.

Mr. Sarma was a powerful minister in Tarun Gogoi Cabinet since 2001 but was dropped by the Chief Minister after he spearheaded a campaign to dislodge Mr. Gogoi. Mr. Dutta is considered a Gogoi loyalist who handled important porfolios like transport.

In Kolkata, premises of one Bapi Karim, who was a personal assistant to a minister, industrialists Sajjan and Sandhir Agarwal, a former IPS officer Deben Biswas and one Asif Khan were searched.

There are four FIRs against Saradha Group in which it is alleged that thousands of investors were allegedly duped by the company officials and their associates who swindled their deposits. Besides, there are 44 FIRs in Odisha against ponzi companies.

The Supreme Court had handed over the Saradha chit fund scam probe to CBI and asked the State governments to provide all logistical help to the CBI team investigating the matter.

CBI has formed a Special Investigating Team (SIT) headed by Joint Director Rajeev Singh to also probe the role of Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and RBI.

“Investigation conducted so far puts a question mark on the role of regulatory authorities like SEBI, Registrar of Companies and officials of RBI within whose respective jurisdictions and areas of operation the scam not only took birth but flourished unhindered,” an apex court bench headed by Justice T.S. Thakur had said in its order.

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Include Gaidinliu in NCERT books: Manipur CM to Centre http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/include-gaidinliu-in-ncert-books-manipur-cm-to-centre.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/include-gaidinliu-in-ncert-books-manipur-cm-to-centre.html PM Modi Honours Naga Freedom Fighter...
Guwahati: Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Monday urged the Centre to include the history of freedom fighter from Nagaland Rani Gaidinliu in NCERT text books.

Born in 1915, Rani Gaidinliu is best remembered for her fight against the British.

Speaking at an event in New Delhi to mark the birth centenary of Rani Gaidinliu, Ibobi Singh praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union culture ministry for organizing celebrations to pay gratitude to the leader who hailed from Manipur.

Ibobi Singh said, "Rani Gaidinliu is an inspiration for all young Indians. She is, in particular, an embodiment of women power which all of us must respect." The Manipur chief minister drew Modi's attention to a recommendation to the Union HRD ministry for the inclusion of age-appropriate texts on the life of Rani Gaidinliu in NCERT books for Classes I to X. He said, "This will go a long way in promoting national integration, as well as women's empowerment."

Ibobi Singh further said, "Observing the birth centenary of Rani Gaidinliu will make her contribution to the freedom movement known to all."

During the function, Modi released Rs 100 and Rs 5 coins to commemorate her. The Union home minister, Rajnath Singh, finance minister Arun Jaitley, culture minister Mahesh Sharma, DoNER minister Jitendra Singh, Nagaland and Assam governor PB Acharya and Nagaland chief minister TR Zeliang were present at the event.

Modi recalled Rani Gaidinliu's contribution to the freedom struggle and said the country must ensure that the legacy of the freedom fighter was passed on to the succeeding generations. The Prime Minister said, "It's our misfortune that people like Rani Gaidinliu have either not been remembered adequately, or have been deliberately forgotten." He reiterated that the progress of the northeast would provide a big boost to the development of the nation.

A Zeliangrong Naga from Manipur, Gaidinliu headed a guerilla unit at the age of 16. Three years before that, she had joined Heraka, a religious movement started by her cousin Haipou Jadonang. In 1931, Jadonang was hanged by the British, which prompted her to fight against the foreign rulers. Initially, Gaidinliu exhorted Zeliangrong Nagas not to pay taxes to the British. She received donations from locals, many of whom joined her as volunteers. She moved from village to village in what are now Assam, Nagaland and Manipur to evade arrest by the British.

The British announced cash rewards for her capture. Her forces fought with Assam Rifles in North Cachar Hills and Hangrum village in 1932. In the same year, she was captured by the British and taken to Imphal where she was sentenced to life imprisonment after a 10-month trial. She was incarcerated in Guwahati, Shillong, Aizawl and Tura jails from 1933 to 1947.

In 1937, Jawaharlal Nehru met her in Shillong Jail and bestowed her with the title of 'Rani' or queen of the hill people. He even wrote to British MP Lady Astor to secure the release of Gaidinliu, a request that was ultimately rejected.

In 1947, she resumed her work for the uplift of her people after her release from prison. In 1992, she was conferred the Padma Bhushan. A year later, she returned to Langkao, her birthplace, and passed away.

The freedom fighter, however, remains a divisive force in Nagaland. The Naga tribes of the state, mainly Christian, believe she had no contribution to the cause of Naga sovereignty. They say Gaidinliu resisted British invasion not because of political differences with them, but because of religious differences.

Churches in Nagaland have not officially commented on the issue. Sources say, however, that many church leaders were unhappy with the Centre's decision of promoting her. A move to erect a statue of Rani Gaidinliu in Kohima last year faced opposition. A museum in memory of Gaindinliu, now under construction, also faced criticism.

"There is absolutely no justification behind the Nagaland government honouring Gaidinliu over a host of genuine, bona fide pioneers of modern Nagaland. In giving such recognition to a non-indigenous person, the state has done injustice to the leaders of Nagaland," a Naga tribal leader added.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Include-Gaidinliu-in-NCERT-books-Manipur-CM-to-Centre/articleshow/48658720.cms

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Nagalim demand to dictate NE politics http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/nagalim-demand-to-dictate-ne-politics.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/nagalim-demand-to-dictate-ne-politics.html The demand for Greater Nagaland or Nagalim, which the Nagas call Naga integration, will dictate the future course of politics and insurgency in the three NE states of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh....
GUWAHATI: The demand for Greater Nagaland or Nagalim, which the Nagas call Naga integration, will dictate the future course of politics and insurgency in the three NE states of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

NSCN(IM) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah, a Tangkhul Naga from Manipur's Ukhrul district, signed the 'framework agreement' with the Centre's interlocutor, RN Ravi, in New Delhi last Monday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Though NSCN (IM) has already dropped its demand for 'sovereignty', the bone of contention ever since the outfit signed a ceasefire agreement with the Centre in 1997 was its core demand for integration of contiguous Naga-inhabited areas under one administrative roof. The Nagaland government, too, supported the demand for Naga integration.

The three states of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, however, strongly opposed any move to alter their boundaries. Manipur has been the most vocal.

A Greater Nagaland means slicing parts of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and merging it with Nagaland.

Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju and Nagaland governor PB Acharya said the existing boundaries of NE states will not be touched by the peace accord and explained that the agreement is aimed at bringing overall peace to the northeast.

But the assurances by these leaders have failed to convince the people in the three states as they questioned the Centre's lack of transparency in dealing with the issue. The worrying point is the fact that NSCN(IM) leaders insist that Naga integration will be part of the agreement.

"Why is the Centre keeping everyone in the dark? If the Centre is going to sacrifice Manipur's boundary to please an armed rebel group, then people of the state will also start believing that they cannot achieve anything under Indian democracy without taking up arms. This is not a good sign for democracy," argued Congress MLA and former minister N Biren Singh.

Biren Singh warned the Centre that it cannot alter Manipur's territorial integrity without consulting the state government. "When the Manipur kingdom merged with Indian Union in 1949, it merged with its territory. The Centre should remember this historical fact," he said.

Any failure to handle this tricky issue by the Centre could lead to a bigger problem in the region. While chief ministers of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh asked the Centre to make the agreement public, Congress president Sonia Gandhi slammed the Modi government over the accord, accusing it of not taking the three chief ministers into confidence and terming it an insult to the people these three states.

The outbursts by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi will only create further trouble as the three states that surround Nagaland are ruled by Congress.

June, 2001, is a glaring example when then NDA government extended the ceasefire with NSCN (IM) beyond Nagaland. There was a public uprising in Manipur valley leading to the burning down of state assembly, CM's secretariat and official residences of ministers and MLAs by protestors. Altogether, 18 people died in the police firing and the month-long violent protest forced the Centre to make a U-turn, limiting the ceasefire within Nagaland.

"Since the Centre has not yet made the clauses of the agreement public, we are concerned about the future of the people of Assam living along the Nagaland border. We fear that the Centre has fulfilled NSCN(IM)'s demand to include Naga-inhabited areas of Assam in Nagalim," said Bhasco De Saikia, joint general secretary of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), a powerful organization in Assam.

With the Assam assembly election slated for early next year, the issue has already dominated newspapers and TV debates in the state with politicians opposing the Greater Nagaland demand.

In Manipur, Congress, led by Okram Ibobi Singh, came to power in the 2002 election on a solemn promise to safeguard the state's boundary and the party has since been on a winning spree. Since then, BJP has failed to win a single assembly seat.

"We just managed to win some seats in the autonomous district council election in hills this year after 2001. We are hoping for a good show in the 2017 assembly polls. But we do not know whether the party will survive this time when the Centre's silence on the accord has only increased the public anger," said a state BJP leader.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Nagalim-demand-to-dictate-NE-politics/articleshow/48387240.cms

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Nagalim demand to chart course of NE politics http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/nagalim-demand-to-chart-course-of-ne-politics.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/nagalim-demand-to-chart-course-of-ne-politics.html
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Guwahati: The demand for Greater Nagaland or Nagalim, which the Nagas call Naga integration, will dictate the future course of politics and insurgency in the three NE states of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

NSCN(IM) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah, a Tangkhul Naga from Manipur's Ukhrul district, signed the

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Oinum.Sunil@timesgroup.com

Guwahati: The demand for Greater Nagaland or Nagalim, which the Nagas call Naga integration, will dictate the future course of politics and insurgency in the three NE states of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

NSCN(IM) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah, a Tangkhul Naga from Manipur's Ukhrul district, signed the 'framework agreement' with the Centre's interlocutor, R N Ravi, in New Delhi last Monday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Though NSCN (IM) has already dropped its demand for 'sovereignty', the bone of contention ever since the outfit signed a ceasefire agreement with the Centre in 1997 was its core demand for integration of contiguous Naga-inhabited areas under one administrative roof. The Nagaland government, too, supported the demand for Naga integration.

The three states of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, however, strongly opposed any move to alter their boundaries. Manipur has been the most vocal.

A Greater Nagaland means slicing parts of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and merging it with Nagaland.

Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju and Nagaland governor PB Acharya said the existing boundaries of NE states will not be touched by the peace accord and explained that the agreement is aimed at bringing overall peace to the northeast.

But the assurances by these leaders have failed to convince the people in the three states as they questioned the Centre's lack of transparency in dealing with the issue. The worrying point is the fact that NSCN(IM) leaders insist that Naga integration will be part of the agreement.

"Why is the Centre keeping everyone in the dark? If the Centre is going to sacrifice Manipur's boundary to please an armed rebel group, then people of the state will also start believing that they cannot achieve anything under Indian democracy without taking up arms. This is not a good sign for democracy," argued Congress MLA and former minister N Biren Singh.

Biren Singh warned the Centre that it cannot alter Manipur's territorial integrity without consulting the state government. "When the Manipur kingdom merged with Indian Union in 1949, it merged with its territory. The Centre should remember this historical fact," he said.

Any failure to handle this tricky issue by the Centre could lead to a bigger problem in the region. While chief ministers of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh asked the Centre to make the agreement public, Congress president Sonia Gandhi slammed the Modi government over the accord, accusing it of not taking the three chief ministers into confidence and terming it an insult to the people these three states.

The outbursts by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi will only create further trouble as the three states that surround Nagaland are ruled by Congress.

June, 2001, is a glaring example when then NDA government extended the ceasefire with NSCN (IM) beyond Nagaland. There was a public uprising in Manipur valley leading to the burning down of state assembly, CM's secretariat and official residences of ministers and MLAs by protestors. Altogether, 18 people died in the police firing and the month-long violent protest forced the Centre to make a U-turn, limiting the ceasefire within Nagaland.

"Since the Centre has not yet made the clauses of the agreement public, we are concerned about the future of the people of Assam living along the Nagaland border. We fear that the Centre has fulfilled NSCN(IM)'s demand to include Naga-inhabited areas of Assam in Nagalim," said Bhasco De Saikia, joint general secretary of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), a powerful organization in Assam.

With the Assam assembly election slated for early next year, the issue has already dominated newspapers and TV debates in the state with politicians opposing the Greater Nagaland demand.

In Manipur, Congress, led by Okram Ibobi Singh, came to power in the 2002 election on a solemn promise to safeguard the state's boundary and the party has since been on a winning spree. Since then, BJP has failed to win a single assembly seat.

"We just managed to win some seats in the autonomous district council election in hills this year after 2001. We are hoping for a good show in the 2017 assembly polls. But we do not know whether the party will survive this time when the Centre's silence on the accord has only increased the public anger," said a senior state BJP leader.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Nagalim-demand-to-chart-course-of-NE-politics/articleshow/48381029.cms

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