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Kohima, Nagaland | Commons

Nagaland village hosts open beauty salon to help locals earn money in lockdown

Snippets from the vibrant Northeast that capture politics, culture, society and more in the eight states.
BJP

Tripura Covid-free state after second patient tests negative, says CM Biplab Kumar Deb

Tripura now has 111 coronavirus suspects under surveillance and 227 others have been placed under home quarantine.

Congress needs to get away from Left as far as possible or nothing will be left of it

Congress party eulogises Kanhaiya Kumar and its leaders retweet his views, but he doesn’t reciprocate the same.
Amit Shah

Bru tribal refugees to settle in Tripura, representatives sign deal with centre & state govt

Over 30,000 Bru tribals have been living in Tripura since 1997. The pact was signed in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah.
Pradyot Bikram Manikya DebBarma

Former Tripura Congressman Pradyot Debbarma launches ‘apolitical’ outfit

Pradyot Debbarma, who hails from the erstwhile Tripura royal family, said the outfit is a social organisation that will work to protect rights of tribal communities.
Citizens protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), in Agartala | PTI

Tripura isn’t anti-Hindu. But we must stop Citizenship Bill, we can’t take in more people

We told Amit Shah that we had done our bit to shelter Hindu refugees, writes head of Tripura royal house PD Barman.
Citizenship (Amendment ) Bill

Protests erupt in Northeast, bandh declared as Amit Shah tables citizenship bill

In Assam, protesters took out 'funeral processions' of Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal for his alleged failure to oppose the bill. In other regions, highways were blocked, public transport was stopped and inter-state buses piled under police protection.
Bru or Reang people protesting in Guwahati

Who are India’s Bru people, the community that doesn’t want to go back ‘home’

Centre has launched 9th attempt to repatriate the over 30,000 Brus from relief camps in Tripura to Mizoram. It insists this will be the last attempt.
Pradyot Debbarma with interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi

RSS has infiltrated Tripura Congress, Pradyot Debbarma says after quitting party

Former Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee president Pradyot Debbarma says party old guard is targeting Rahul Gandhi's team.

Tripura govt offers to pay for private schooling of 3,000 below-poverty-line students

State education minister Ratan Lal Nath said the government will pay for the education of children of BPL families if they wished to study in private schools from the next academic year.

On Camera

PM Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Commons

India must keep Beijing on tenterhooks, and wisely use its economic statecraft

A knee jerk disruption in trade ties will hurt Indian businesses, especially at a time when the economy is beginning to re-adjust to the new normal of Covid-19.
File photo of a Bharat Petroleum Corporation gas station in Mumbai

India’s fuel demand from cars to factories is beginning to bounce back

Provisional fuel sales in June climbed within 88% of 2019 levels from less than half in April in the midst of the world’s biggest lockdown, oil ministry said.

Defence

IAF jets

Defence ministry approves purchase of 33 fighter aircraft for IAF, 248 indigenous missiles

The defence ministry cleared the purchase of platforms and equipment to the tune of Rs 38,900 crore for the armed forces.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

India must believe threat of war is real, even if Chinese build-up is coercive diplomacy

India invented coercive diplomacy with Op Parakram. But unlike Pakistan back then, it must never blink, be prepared for war, and wear out the Chinese.