The year that was
AAP EYES NE
After its stunning debut in Delhi elections, AAP has geared up its activities in the Northeast. The region where Congress rules five of the seven states, the AAP plans to take the Congress challenge head on by fielding its candidates in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Gauhati High Court shocked the nation by declaring the CBI unconstitutional. The high court ruled that very creation of the investigating agency, through a resolution on April 1, 1963, as ultra vires.
NEW HIGH COURTS
The Centre in January constituted three new high courts for Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura.
DEAL OF CONTENTION
The land-swap deal signed between India and Bangladesh in 2011 continued to be one of the most contentious issues in the state this year also as the Centre introduced a constitutional amendment bill in Rajya Sabha to implement the deal.
A draft law prepared by the Assam government to prohibit bandhs evoked strong protest from civil society groups and the intelligentsia. Spearheading the protest, the KMSS threatened to step up protests if the government enacts the law.
Veerangana (women warriors) — an all-women commando unit formed to tackle crime against women — hit Guwahati streets.
FRiENDS OF PEOPLE
Guwahati traffic police in August deployed women constables on the streets to help pedestrians cross the roads safely. The constables — named Friends of People — are helping schoolchildren, women and the elderly to cross the roads amid the growing traffic.
AUTO METERS & SAFETY BELT
Assam transport department cracked the whip against autorickshaw drivers who refuse to run on meters by impounding their vehicles. Secondly, as very few behind the wheels are using safety belts in Guwahati, traffic police launched a drive in September to ensure compulsory use of seat belts by drivers and those sitting at the front.
OUT ON BAIL
NDFB chief Ranjan Daimary, the prime accused in the October 30, 2008 serial blasts, walked out of prison with the government facilitating his release in the ‘larger interest of initiating peace talks with the militant outfit’.