4,000 Years of History on One Small Island

The occupation of this precious island, Ile Saint-Bernard, located at the confluence of the riviere du Loup (Chateauguay) and lac Saint-Louis, probably goes back 4,000 years. Ideally suited for fishing, farming, and to some degree hunting, it attracted the Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) at different times, to varying degrees. With the arrival of European settlers,…

‘Persecution by Past Govts’: MEA’s Damage Control After Bangladesh Foreign Minister Cancels India Visit Over CAB

New Delhi: Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has called off his scheduled two-day visit to India, a day after he said the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill could weaken India’s historic character as a secular nation and rejected the allegations that minorities are facing religious persecution in his country. The visit was cancelled just hours…

Amid Anti-Citizenship Bill Protests, Suspension of Internet Extended for 48 Hours in 10 Assam Districts

Internet services were suspended at 7 pm on Wednesday amid massive protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. PTI Updated:December 12, 2019, 2:56 PM IST Congress supporters shout slogans during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). (Reuters) Guwahati: Suspension of internet services in ten districts of Assam was extended for 48 hours on Thursday,…

‘Declare National Emergency’: Environmental Groups Urge Modi as Country Reels Under Severe Air Pollution

Environmental organisations on Thursday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enforce existing laws on trash and biomass burning strictly and focus on controlling emissions arising from all sources urgently. PTI Updated:December 12, 2019, 3:04 PM IST File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi New Delhi: As pollution levels in the entire north India rose alarmingly…

Citizenship Bill Will Damage Culture of Northeast, Create Hindu-Muslim Divide, Warns Former Assam CM

New Delhi: The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is a “divisive tool” that will damage the composite culture of the Northeast and must be immediately scrapped, two-time Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said on Thursday as massive protests against the proposed legislation rocked the region. The CAB has been brought in to create a Hindu-Muslim divide,…

Guwahati Police Chief Replaced, Several Officers Transferred as CAB Protests Rock Assam

Guwahati police chief Deepak Kumar was removed and Munna Prasad Gupta was appointed in his place, Commissioner and Secretary (Home and Political) Ashutosh Agnihotri said. PTI Updated:December 12, 2019, 4:17 PM IST Security personnel patrol a street during curfew a day after unrest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, at GS Road in Guwahati, Thursday, December…