Security forces claimed to have killed a hardcore ULFA man during an encounter in Goalpara district on Monday. The encounter took place at Krishnai bordering Meghalaya in the wee hours when police launched an operation against the ULFA men who have been hiding in the area. Identified as Ruhit Rabha, the ULFA militant died on the spot while four others managed to flee from the spot. Later, police recovered some arms and ammunition from the spot. Operation is on to trace the four other militants.
The 1st North East Indian Mt. Everest expedition has set off for the final summit for the Mt. Everest from the Everest Base camp. Altogether, 22 climbers from the North Eastern States are participating in the exhibition. The Programme is sponsored by the North Eastern Council and the Manipur Government for Rs. 300 lakh. A programme in this connection was flagged off by the President of India on February 25last.
It may be mentioned that this is the first time that a team consisting entirely of a North Eastern Climbers are attempting to climb the Mount Everest. It is being implemented by Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA). Dr. L. Surjit, President, MMTA is leading the expedition.
A team of 11 climbers has reached Camp-III on 15th May, 2013 which is located at 7320 metres (24000 ft) approx. The 11 climbers of the team to have reached Camp-III are N. Chingkheinganba (Manipur), Kazi Sherpa (Sikkim), Ansu Jamsenpa (Arunachal Pradesh), A. Robert (Manipur), N. Bidyapati (Manipur), Wansuk Myrthong (Meghaylaya), Nima Lama (Arunachal Pradesh), Manish Kumar Deka (Assam), Tarun Saikia (Assam), Anand Gurung (Sikkim) and David Zohmang (Mizoram).
The team is expected to make the final summit on today depending on the weather. Mr. Puyamcha Mohon will make an attempt to summit on May 19 next. Further, depending on the permission from the Nepalese authority, few of the expedition team members will be making an attempt for second summit.
During the acclimatization, the expedition team had reached Camp-III on April 30 last after which they returned and went with the final push for the summit.
The Keshai Khaity puja was held by the Lalung community of Nagaon district April 26. It is believed that a Keshai Khaity temple was established by the forefathers of the tribe in the year 1266 A.D.From then onwards worship is being carried out by every generation yearly in the month of April. It is very interesting to note that only the male counterpart of the community can take part in the worship, the females can only be the spectators from a distance.
About more than 200 birds were sacrificed, used to be collected from each family of the village as a tradition. More than 300 devotees participated in the event.