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BOOK EXTRACT: Indo-Myanmar Cross-Border Trade: A Passage To Asian Prosperity Or A Dead End

End of the Cold War followed by successful conclusion of the Uruguay Round in the last decade of the twentieth century saw a surge in economic integration among countries around the globe. The climate of trans-national economic cooperation opened up the prospect of increased cross-border trade among... 

Delhi Trader Helped Us Uncover NSCN Gun-Running: NIA

NEW DELHI, April 02: A WEST Delhi trader helped the National Investigation Agency (NIA) track the contacts of NSCN (IM) to a Thailand-based shipping agency. The Naga insurgent outfit was taking the help of shipping agent Kittichai Rimkeeratikul to transport consignment of arms and ammunition from China... 

Elections come And Go, But The Immigrant Issue Goes On Forever

A quarter century post the Assam Accord, political parties in the state still seek votes on the issue of illegal Bangladeshi immigration, reports KUNAL MAJUMDER THE BORDER district of Dhubri, sandwiched between the Brahmaputra and Gangadhar rivers in Assam, has traditionally been a river port. After... 

Antipathy To Democracy From India, The So Called Biggest Democracy

It was chilly in Guwahati on 10th Jan 2011’”temperature well below 4’C, atmosphere was saturated from the fog and pollution. My husband and I reached the sessions court at 10.20 am where a special NIA court session was to be conducted for several cases, among which was the appearance of... 

Bangladesh For Peaceful Co-Existence

Manmohan Singh meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina January 11, 2010 in New Delhi. Image Credit: sarkari.com A friendly government in Bangladesh is keen on expanding its armed forces to create ‘an effective deterrent,’ but Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has made it clear that... 

Bangladesh Keen To Increase Trade With North-East India

SHILLONG/AGARTALA, Jan 12: The Bangladesh government is keen to increase trade, business and connectivity with northeast India, officials said here on Tuesday quoting visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. “Chief Ministers of northeastern states have also pleaded for more connectivity... 

Bangladesh Accord Pushes 14 Irrigation Schemes In Tripura

Image Credit: Tripura Institute of Technology AGARTALA, Jan 12: The India–Bangladesh secretary-level talks of the Joint River Commission (JRC), removed four years long deadlock over the construction of 14 irrigation projects along the border in Tripura, officials said here Wednesday. During the... 

Open Society & Economy- And The North-East

Photo Courtesy: Sauvik-antidote.blogspot.com The plight of North-East India was brought to mind by this recent editorial in Mint recommending that the ‘troubled frontier’, i.e. the border with Bangladesh, be ‘fenced and sealed.’ This is a recipe that will cost the taxpayer... 

New ‘Silk Route’ Via Bangladesh To Connect North-East India

AGARTALA, Dec 26: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) will build a new ‘Silk Route‘ via Bangladesh – a 50 km road connecting India‘s landlocked northeastern states with neighboring countries – a top company official said. ONGC will invest Rs.250 million ($5.5... 

Gems Industry Worried At Smuggling, Poor Facilities

AGARTALA, Dec 24: The illegal trade of gemstones and lack of infrastructure marred the prospects of gems and jewellery industries in the northeast India, Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) officials said here Friday. The GJEPC, a society sponsored by the union ministry of commerce, has... 

North-East: Unfinished Business

Pointers towards restructure, reform, reconciliation and resurgence in India‘s troubled frontier. This paper combines the Kamal Kumari Memorial Lecture delivered in Guwahati on April 18, 2002 and two articles entitled ‘Pilgrim’s Progress in Nagaland’ (Times of India, April 4,... 

‘Microfinance 2.0’: New Tools, New Goals And New Ways To Lift People Out Of Poverty

Some of the major misconceptions about microfinance — small loans of under $100 that enable Third World residents to become entrepreneurs — can be summed up by what happened roughly a decade ago, when the pioneering Grameen Bank decided to help female villagers in Bangladesh enter the mobile... 

Meghen Refuses To Budge, Rules Out Talks

GUWAHATI, Dec 3: Chair-man of United National Liberation Front (UNLF), RK Meghen alias Sanayaima was produced in a Special Court in Guwahati today. The Court remanded the militant leader to 13 days with the National Investigation Agency (NIA). According to M Gunedhar Singh, the legal counsel of the UNLF...