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Why There Was Nothing ‘Surprising’ About Assam’s Kokrajhar Attack

The intelligence inputs gave more than a hint of what was to come. On 29 July 2016, a week before suspected National Democratic Front of Bodoland-Songbijit (NDFB-S) militants killed 14 civilians in Assam's Kokrajhar district, an Assam Police source had told the media, "The ULFA and the NDFB have not been able to carry out any major attack in the past several months, as a result of which they are now desperate to strike in a big way to prove their existence."
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Caught In A Time Warp: Meghalaya's Forgotten Minorities

The plains belt of the West Garo Hills remains one of the most neglected regions in Meghalaya. Housing two non-reserved constituencies -- Phulbari and Rajabala -- the region is marred by wide-scale unemployment, poor educational and health indicators, unchecked crimes such as kidnapping and extortion, and river erosion-induced displacement triggered every year by floods in the Brahmaputra…