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Northeast India and everything else

On China frontier, old men handle law and order in India’s Arunachal Pradesh


GADGETS DO the job these days. But the armed forces often rely on a 78-year-old’s eyes and ears for information on the China frontier. As a long-time gaonbura (GB, village elder) of Mangang village, Dorjee Purba Chukla’s primary job is … Continue reading

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From nigh-watchman to chief minister: An Arunachal Pradesh orphan who hoisted national flag to survive and study


If western India’s Gujarat state had a tea-seller chief minister turned prime minister, eastern India’s Arunachal Pradesh has a CM who was a night-watchman Continue reading

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New heroes make northeast India a good sport


THE FLAG-BEARER of independent India’s first Olympic (London, 1948) contingent was Talimeren Ao. He was also the captain of the Indian football team that went down 2-1 to France in the second match. In the 1966 Bangkok Asiad, Assamese sprinter … Continue reading

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Prawns and chicken are now two varieties of edible snakes


WHILE NARENDRA Modi, India’s Prime Minister who hails from a state known for its snacks, was snacking it up in the US, a Chinese restaurant in Guwahati, Assam, proved through its menu that prawns and chicken are essentially two varieties … Continue reading

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A cricket match should be over in 11 balls


CRICKET IS a batsman’s game? My footwork! It is a bowler’s game because a batsman’s score depends on how good or bad a bowler bowls. As a mediocre leg spinner whose googly was the right ’un – I still have … Continue reading

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Spooner the better


THIS IS William Archibald Spooner, reporting from Dew Nelhi. There’s been some pyreing by Fakistan in the Koonch area of Pashmir. Some called it koonchkawaz while others said people go there to die jawan. We tried to get them on … Continue reading

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Ways you never knew an on-field cricketer can signal a bookie


INDIA DISCARD pacer Shantakumaran Sreesanth allegedly used a towel. Left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan reportedly rotated his watch around his wrist. Offie Ajit Chandila forgot to flash the code. Sreesanth and Chavan might have copied the codes from the spot-fixers of … Continue reading

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She spent Rs 1lakh to get Rs 3lakh for son’s death


TIGERS OFTEN threatened to kill the residents of Malasi Nanke Gaur village in central Assam’s Karbi Anglong district. But death came from the barrel of cobras sent to counter members of the militant Karbi People’s Liberation Tigers (KPLT) – to change lives and … Continue reading

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Sopping the choppper


PASS THE sopping board, the friend said. Huh? Let me sop the onions, he said. For a second I had forgotten he – like many in Assam – pronounced ‘ch’ as ‘s’. This sopper needs more cutting-edge but I can … Continue reading

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Global pat for Shillong surgeons’ feat on TB


A SIMPLE surgery for a complicated life-threatening disease has added firepower to the fight against tuberculosis (TB). Two Shillong-based doctors – neorusurgeon Bernard Trench Lyngdoh, 41, and gastro surgeon Mohammad Shamsul Islam, 58 – have modified a technique tried only once in 1958 … Continue reading

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