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MEGHALAYA: An important meeting was held on Saturday, October 9th at Assam in Silchar to focus on the border dispute between Meghalaya and Assam.

Previous meetings between Assam and Meghalaya

Conrad Sangma and Himanta Biswa Sarma, chief ministers of the two nearby-situated states, had met earlier on two different dates, to converse over the issue on July 23 and August 6.

Border Issues between Assam and Meghalaya

Essentially, the two states have had a border issue over twelve areas. But as for the initial discussion, the focus will be on six areas. They are, Baklapara, Gijang, Phalia, Pilingkata, Tarabari and Khanapara.


According to Meghalaya, these areas fall under its territorial jurisdiction at West Khasi Hills, East Jaiñtia Hills and Ri Bhoi. While, Assam claims they lie within its territory in Kamrup Metro, Kachar and Kamrup Rural.

ARUNACHAL PRADESH: Ziro Butterfly Meet documents 93 species on occasion of 67th National Wildlife Week celebrations

Ziro Butterfly Meet (ZBM) successfully observed its 8th edition on the occasion of the 67th National Wildlife Week celebrations.

93 different species of butterflies along with the female species of Eastern Courtier butterfly (Sephisa Chandra) were documented at Pange.

The Eastern Courtier (Sephisa Chandra) belonging to the Nymphalidae family is commonly found in India, Nepal to Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.


A female Eastern Courtier had been photographed in the process of laying eggs which came through as the first of its kind to have been captured in Arunachal Pradesh.

In addition, Brown Forester (Lethe serbonis), Manipur Ace (Sovia malta) earlier known to only be found in Manipur and Mishmi Hills, Hockeystick Sailor butterfly (Neptis Aspasia) spotted after 68 years, Giant Hopper, White Owl, Yellow Owl, Bhutan Glory, female Brown Gorgon, Blue Caliph and three separate species of Wood Browns, were among the important species that were explored.

These species are legally protected in India under Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

The event was organised by Hapoli Forest Division in collaboration with Ngunu Ziro – a local conservation group.

The meet was initially aimed at exploring different species of butterflies and moths inhabiting the Tale Valley, specifically Pange area of the Tale Wildlife Sanctuary.

It was recorded that the sightings exponentially increased this year by 58%. A total of 59 sightings were documented in the previous edition; comparatively less than 93.

Abhinav Kumar, DFO, Hapoli Forest Division acknowledged the programme to be a grand success.

Further, Pura Tama, president of Ngunu Ziro assured that many such efforts will be undertaken for the conservation of butterflies inhabiting the Tale Sanctuary.

ASSAM: CM Sarma says BJP does not need Miya Community votes

Miya People are also known as Na-Asamiya are the descendants of migrant Muslims. They are a community of Bengali origin.

Conversation with Assam’s CM Sarma

In conversation with India Today, the CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “I don’t want Miya votes, we live in harmony. I don’t go to them for votes, and they also don’t come to me.”


Himanta Biswa said that Assam has lost its culture and identity. Many people blame the immigrant Muslims for it.

Immigrant Muslims root cause for enroachment in Assam: HBS

He further noted that encroachment took place for the reason that immigrant Muslims were producing in multitude. “Many Assamese people think this way. This process started before Independence. I am carrying this burden of history with me”, he added.

MANIPUR: Day ahead of JP Nadda visit to Manipur, Congress leader joins BJP

Two-time Congress MLA Moirang Assembly Constituency, Congress leader M Prithiviraj Singh joined BJP on 8th October, just before the BJP national president JP Nadda’s visit to Manipur today morning.

As per information, he resigned from the post of MPCC general secretary and quit the party.

Manipur CM N Biren Singh, Sambit Patra, the BJP Manipur in-charge and National BJP Spokesperson, the general secretary of BJP Organisational Abhay Kumar Giri, president of BJP Manipur Pradesh A Sharda Devi attended the Singh’s introduction meeting into BJP.

Meanwhile, the national president JP Nadda addressed a gathering at SAI ground in Utlou, Manipur today. However, he will also meet some well-known personalities of Manipur and inaugurate the newly constructed BJP state office located in Nityaipat Chuthek, Imphal in his 2 days visit to the state.

MIZORAM: Nominations are filed for the upcoming Tuirial by-election

On October 8, an official announced that four candidates had filed nominations for the impending by-poll for the Tuirial assembly seat, which is set for October 30.

The death of incumbent MLA Andrew H. Thangliana, who died in August, caused the by-poll for the Tuirial seat.


“Four candidates from four different parties have filed nominations for the by-poll till 3 pm on Friday, the last date of filing nomination papers,” said Kolasib additional deputy commissioner Lallawmawma, the returning by-polls officer.

K. Laldawngliana is the candidate of the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF), while Laltlanmawia is the candidate of the major opposition ZPM, he claimed.

On October 8, he added, Congress candidate Chalrosanga Ralte and BJP nominee K. Laldinthara also filed nominations. The nomination papers will be scrutinised on October 11th, with the deadline for withdrawal of candidate being October 13th.

On October 30, a by-election for the Tuirial assembly seat will be conducted alongside three parliamentary constituencies and 29 other assembly seats in several states. The ballots will be counted on November 2nd.

More than 17,900 voters are anticipated to exercise their right to vote in 27 polling stations, according to Lallawmawma. However, he stated that the final roll has yet to be released.

According to him, 663 of the total voters are Brus, who are now residing in transit camps in Tripura and have been allowed to permanently reside in that state under an arrangement signed in January last year.

He stated that the Election Commission of India (ECI) has not yet decided whether or not to set up special polling booths for Bru voters.

NAGALAND: Dimapur hits highest rise in single day Covid-19 cases

As per the report, Nagaland registered the highest number of Covid cases of 24 out of which 13 were from Dimapur and Kohima, Mokukchung, Phek recorded 5,5,1 respectively.


The state tally rose to 31,397 while 29,411 people are discharged from the hospital. The state has 313 ongoing cases and the death reached 668.

Till now a total of 3,79,801 tests have to be done and 6.93 lakh people have been vaccinated of which 3.96 lakh have got both doses of the vaccine.

SIKKIM: North Sikkim introduces the making of cardamom fiber mats

At Noom Panang village in North Sikkim’s Upper Dzonguwhich, a 10-day training session on the preparation of table mats using huge cardamom stems was held.

The event, which was held as part of North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Limited’s (NEDFi) CSR effort, ended on October 6.

During the closing ceremony, Ashim Kumar Das, Deputy General Manager, NEDFi, Guwahati, spoke about NEDFi’s collaboration with the Spice Board of India to promote the skill in Northeast cardamom planting areas.


Three pilot projects in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Sikkim were chosen by NEDFi. The village-level programmes in the other two states were completed by March, while the North Sikkim programme was delayed due to travel restrictions enforced to limit Covid19.

4-5 beneficiaries from each of these project groups will be invited to a Residential Advanced Training programme in Guwahati, where they will receive training on how to prepare additional value-added products, according to Das.

Because water hyacinth is not available in hill states, NEDFi introduced huge cardamom fibre, which is a useful raw material for craft goods, as part of their CSR programme.

The Chief Guest, Sonam Lepcha, extra district magistrate of North Sikkim, stated that this will aid in the efficient utilisation of discarded cardamom stems, which had previously been a problem. He emphasised the importance of the Lepcha community’s traditional crafts being preserved.

TRIPURA: Anganwadi employees to receive Durga Puja advance of Rs five thousand

A memorandum dated 08-10-21 was passed by the government of Tripura, Department of Finance stating that an advance of 5k will be granted to ‘Anganwadi’ employees, Helpers and Home Guards on the auspicious occasion of Durga Puja.

The memorandum also stated that all terms and conditions for sanction of Festival Advance continued in earlier memos of the Finance department shall remain unchanged.

CM Biplab Kumar Deb sharing the memo on Twitter typed, “They will definitely benefit from this.”

Meanwhile the Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) in a mass protest today questioned the central government’s inaction on the current price hike on petroleum products and natural gas.


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