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‘No free hand to ministers, they will have to perform’

Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi here on Tuesday created a fresh controversy by saying that he had given free hand to one of his ministers but now he was not going to allow him to take such advantage.

MLAs want Sonia to rein in indiscipline

A delegation of about 28 Congress MLAs, led by former minister and veteran Congress legislator Anjan Dutta, is going to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to seek their intervention to bring discipline in the party in Assam.

Rebels to govt: Talk to Baruah

In what may have serious implication over the ongoing peace process with the Ulfa, a large group of surrendered Ulfa rebels here on Monday organised a rally and demanded that the government should take initiative to hold talks with elusive Ulfa chief Paresh Baruah instead of talking to its chairman Arbinda Rajkhowa-led faction in Assam.

CAG raps Assam on NREGA

If the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) is any indictor, an expenditure of `4060.48 crore to execute the flagshi

CAG finds massive pilferage of funds

If performance report of the comptroller and auditor-general of India (CAG) for the year ended March 2012 is any indicator, the flagship programme of the UPA — the Mahatma Gandhi national rural employment guarantee scheme (MGNREGS) — has failed to achieve its target in Assam.

Foreigners’ issue rocks Assam house

The foreigners’ issue rocked the opening day of Monsoon session of the Assam assembly with Speaker Pranab Gogoi expelling all the 18 legislators of All-India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) for violating the decorum of the House during the question hour on Monday.

Chetia return may take some more days

Deportation of Ulfa general secretary Anup Chetia may be delayed for few more days with Dhaka yet to finalise the date to hand over the custody of insurgent leaders to its counterpart in New Delhi.

DIG under scanner for land deal

In a significant move to check corruption at higher places, the Assam government has directed the state vigilance department to start a regular inquiry against a deputy inspector-general of the Assam police in a case of disproportionate asset.

Task force: Most women victims knew culprits

The task force, which was set up to study crime against women in Assam, has stressed the need of a calibrated approach to check the growing crime against women as it has identified a disturbing trend

‘Corporates, traders fleecing consumers’

In what has exposed the nexus of traders and corporate houses increasing the prices essential commodities exorbitantly, the commissioner of taxes has informed the Assam chief secretary that the price of eggs is `1.09 per egg as against the average price of `4.50 per egg in the market while that of fish is `20 to `25 per kg as against the prevailing market price of `200 and above.

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