articles by Bijay Sankar Bora

India

Local groups in Meghalaya stall key railway projects demanding Inner Line Permit to prevent 'influx' of illegal migrants

An NF Railway official says that opposition by local groups to the resumption of work in the project in Meghalaya brings in elements of uncertainty over timely completion as well as utilisation of funds.

India

Assam NRC sparks tensions in neighbouring states; NGOs, student unions check for 'illegal migrants'

After the publication of the draft NRC, it has become more difficult for people in Assam to travel to neighbouring tribal-dominated states.

Politics

Meghalaya bypoll: Conrad Sangma must win South Tura seat to remain chief minister, Martin M Danggo to try luck at Ranikor

The party position in the 60-member Meghalaya House, which as on date has 58 MLAs, comprises of MDA allies having 35 seats while the opposition Congress has 20 MLAs and two Independent MLAs.

India

NGT bars Assam refinery from building township, golf course by destroying forest cover, disrupting elephant corridor

The NGT in a long-drawn litigation has finally ended on 3 August, 2018, dismissed a review petition filed by the NRL and upheld its earlier order passed in 24 August, 2016 barring the NRL authority from constructing an extended township and a golf course.

India

NRC in Assam: Call for Inner Line Permit grows in North East as local groups launch drives to keep 'migrants' out

A day after the publication of NRC final draft, NGOs in states neighbouring Assam launched drives to check illegal migration to their state. In Meghalaya, non-tribal travellers were harassed at infiltration check posts, in Manipur groups attacked non-local vendors

India

Manipur University crisis: Students, staff to launch indefinite hunger strike from Friday; institute hasn't functioned since 30 May

The crisis at the Manipur University has put the entire higher education atmosphere in the state in a fix, since about 90 colleges in Manipur are affiliated to the university.