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Has AG P lost its sheen?

An Overview

Dwaipayan Dasgupta

Those who have even the least bit knowledge about the politics of Assam, would be very well acquainted with Assam’s very own political party, Assam Gana Parishad (AGP). The very existence of AGP came into being after the six year long Assam Agitation against illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. 

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In quest of Solace...

Indrajit Tingwa

Each of the eight states of the Northeast India has a specific beauty of its own. Be it the mighty Brahmaputra in Assam or the Limestone caves of Meghalaya or the temples and palaces of Tripura or the rest of other northeastern states. Each is unique in its own way. 

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Man - elephant conflict

Searching for the reasons behind

Ripunjoy Das

Ma n - elephant c o n f l i c t isn’t something unheard of in Assam. Almost regularly we get to hear news of elephants straying into paddy fields and destroying crops or elephant dying on the railway tracks or being electrocuted.

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Umkhrah : what has thou to tell? 

Dondor Giri Nongkhlaw

 Lately Umkhrah river has been a burning topic of discussion because of its dreadful conditions, it really is a topic of grave concern, environmentally in terms of pollution, culturally and spatially in terms of unplanned proliferation of settlements on its banks. It is a river that people have praised, that poetry have been composed and songs sung and as people have come so people have gone its name would be etched forever in the geographical landscape of the Shillong Plateau as long as it flows whether clean or dirty. 

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National green tribunal

steps over vague policies

Sumar Sing Sawian

The Lukha River in Jaintia Hills, near the border with Bangladesh, runs Gatorade blue due to sulphate pollution from Meghalaya’s coal mines.The state government is now in a quandary, as how to wriggle out, over the total ban of haphazard and wanton mining of coal in the state, which was imposed by the National Green Tribunal since April 17 in the year 2014. Because of the indifferent and callous attitude of the government, which had allowed for so long the primitive method of coal mining, the government has to now to bite the dust. Since the inception of Meghalaya, forty years ago, the state is now facing an annual revenue loss of rupees six hundred crores. The government had allowed the coal barons to rule the roost, at the cost of environmental degradation, which can never be recuperated overnight.

The financial wizards of the state, are now in a fix and have to possibly satisfy themselves in a shoe-string budget. It is indeed a lesson to be learnt in a hard way by the government, in taking for granted of the coal resource and also other minerals such as limestone, which cannot be taken for a ride. In fact the state government had prepared a policy on mining of minerals since the year 2012, but strangely enough, this policy had been kept in cold storage, less it offend the coal barons, who have been given a free hand in the exploitation of the miners, without any reserves.

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