This Week Northeast: Assam: AGP turns 28

Asom Gana Parishad,the political party that had created a record of sorts by capturing power in Assam within two months of its formation in 1985,turned 28

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Published: October 16, 2012 3:48 am

Assam: AGP turns 28

Asom Gana Parishad,the political party that had created a record of sorts by capturing power in Assam within two months of its formation in 1985,turned 28 on Sunday. While the party organised a rally in Lakhimpur to mark its anniversary,top leaders,including founder president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta,renewed the regional party’s original demand — of detection and deportation of Bangladeshi infiltrators from the state. “Time has come for Assam to revive the movement to oust the infiltrators,because their increasing numbers have already threatened the very existence of the indigenous population,” said Mahanta,pointing finger at the Centre for failing to identify and deport the infiltrators.

Arunachal: Students say no to bandh culture

After Assam,it is now Arunachal Pradesh’s turn to say no to the bandh culture. On Sunday,leaders of student bodies from different districts joined hands with NGOs,citizens’ groups and market committees to constitute a standing committee against bandhs. They promised to assist law-enforcing agencies in the state in nailing those who called for bandhs and disrupted normal life. Hunger strikes,sit-in demonstrations,dharnas and slogans are acceptable forms of protests,but not bandhs,the groups said,and also asked the authorities to demarcate a location in Itanagar,the state capital,where agitating groups could stage their peaceful protests. Arunachal had last year witnessed a series of bandhs that disrupted normal life and affected development in a big way.

Mizoram: Child drug abusers on the rise

The number of child drug addicts has gone up in the recent years in Mizoram. L Mishra,an official of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights,during a visit to the hill state last week said there could be anywhere between 10,000 and 30,000 child drug addicts in Mizoram. The NCPCR official,who wondered why the state was yet to constitute a State Child Rights Protection commission,also called for conducting a detailed survey to assess the problem of drug addiction among children. Mizoram,incidentally,is a dry state with total prohibition in force.

Manipur: tokay gecko reptiles rescued

The state’s wildlife lovers are worried. The tokay gecko,a nocturnal arboreal species found here,will soon be wiped out if urgent measures are not taken to preserve it. Only last week the state police had seized 30 tokay geckos after conducting a raid in a village house in Thoubal district. Luckily,the reptiles — poached from the Bupi reserved forest in the adjoining Churachandpur district — were alive when seized. Two days later,a local court imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each on the two persons from whose possession the reptiles were recovered. Meanwhile,the local chapter of People for Animals has demanded inclusion of tokay gecko in Schedule I of the Protection of Wildlife Act of 1972.

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