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Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh meets family members of the three Assam Rifles soldiers who lost their lives in an ambush by terrorists in Chandel district of Manipur near the border with Myanmar, in Imphal.

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The fearsome Naga spear is a dancer’s plumed prop in peacetime

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Game at Nagaland Cricket Stadium in Dimapur

A game at the picturesque Suaka Cricket Ground near Aizawl, Mizoram

Under-16 match in progress at the JN stadium in Shillong

Vehicles from Nagaland burned during the blockade

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Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh

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Political activist Irom Sharmila

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Amida Begum’s village is in India, but the common well lies in Myanmar

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The bridge over the Minal in Moreh, on the India-Myanmar border

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the students, faculty & staff of the Higher Education Institutions of North East India, in Guwahati, Assam.

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Another Beginning Lakhimi (right) opened the Sivasagar branch in 2014

Players of Delhi Dynamos FC look on as Northeast United FC score a goal by free kick during the ISL match at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

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Chief Minister of Nagaland T R Zeliang calling on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.

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Irom Sharmila The Cause Has been on fast since 2000 for repeal of the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act in her home state Manipur The Effect The injustice persists, as does the Iron Lady’s fast. She was released in January this year, only to be arrested again a day later.

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi chairing the meeting with Chief Ministers of the North Eastern states, in New Delhi.

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People protesting against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) and the detention of activist Irom Sharmila at a rally in Imphal.

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Anjali Mahanta, 48, sweats, as she stands dressed as Hindu goddess Kali anticipating alms from devotees at the Kamakhya Hindu temple during the annual Ambubasi festival in Gauhati. Hundreds of Hindu holy men have arrived here to perform rituals during the five-days long festival.

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A devotee cleans a statue of Lord Buddha at a monastery ahead of Wesak in Agartala, the capital of Tripura.

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A man dressed as Goddess Kali dances during the Suwori festival in Boko about 75 kilometers (47 miles) west of Guwahati.Traditional elephant fights, elephant races, tug of war and dances mark this festival which coincides with the Assamese Rongali Bihu, or the harvest festival of the northeastern state of Assam.

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Assamese girls playing tug-of-war during the 'Assam-Nagaland Festival' at Haluwating, near Assam-Nagaland Border in Sivasagar district of Assam.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Chief Ministers of Indian North-Eastern states ahead of first meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog in New Delhi.

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Students Federation of India (SFI) members protest in Guwahati against the BJP's Vision Document for the Delhi assembly polls. The BJP's vision document referred people from north eastern states as "immigrants".

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Dr. Jitendra Singh taking charge as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region, in New Delhi.

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Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge), External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs, General (Retd.) V K Singh with Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on the first day budget session at Parliament house in New Delhi.

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Eastern Lilies The Sunsilk Mega Miss Northeast 2014 proves yet again how beauties from the region are a joy to behold. We cheer for winner Natasha Wahlang from Meghalaya, and first and second runners-up Archana Barman (right, Assam) and Leni Ralte (left, Trirpura).

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Four states that went to polls.

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India’s oldest parliamentarian Rishang Keishing

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India’s oldest parliamentarian Rishang Keishing

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Protesting employees of the closed Prime News in Guwahati

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Anti-throttle A protest in Itanagar against the 2012 attack on journalist Tongam Rina

Nido Tania's family members after meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence in New Delhi.

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North-East people at a candle light vigil at Jantar Mantar protesting against racism and the beating and killing of Nido Tania, in Delhi.

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Students protest against the death of the 20-year-old Arunachal student Nido Tania in Delhi, in Guwahati

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Students from northeastern states meet Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to demand justice for 20-year-old Nido Tania, at his new residence at Tilak Lane in New Delhi.

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Students from northeastern states hold placards as they participate in a protest in New Delhi. The beating and subsequent death in New Delhi of 20-year-old Nido Tania university student from northeast, has sparked a furious outcry against racism and criticism of police in the capital.

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Students from northeastern states shout slogans during a protest, in New Delhi.

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Students from northeastern states participate in a protest demanding justice for 20-year-old Nido Tania, at Lajpat Nagar Police Station in New Delhi.

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Students from northeastern states show a placard as they participate in a protest demanding justice for 20-year-old Nido Tania, at Lajpath Nagar Police Station in New Delhi.

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North Eastern coast of India as seen by IRS1C WiFS. The two major rivers Brahmaputra & Haldi are clearly seen. The mangroves on the coast & discharge of sediment plumes into the Bay of Bengal can also be seen

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Boatmen at the Brahmaputra beach festival

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Anthuriums at the Mizo festival celebrating flowers

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Ceremonial boat at Heikru Hitongba

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Tribal dance performance at Hornbill festival

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The idols of Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra at Kang Chigba

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A sadhu at the Kharchi Puja festival

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A performance of the Chham dance, Torgya

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A Khasi boy in traditional costume

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A band performance at Ziro

A dancer at the Ali-Ai-Ligang

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A performance at the Shillong Autum festival

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A member of the Nyishi tribe, Arunachal Pradesh

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Assam's harvest festival, Bihu

The Hundred Drums Wangala festival

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The awe-inspiring bamboo dance of Mizoram

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A village girl with her sibling walking up to the border pillar at Lungwa

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Vintage cars at the Treasured Wheels museum at the Pathalipani treehouse resort

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The forest camp beside the Doyang reservoir

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Manish at the Doyang camp

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A treehouse near Pathalipani in Assam

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Elephants in Kaziranga

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The army helipad in Lungwa

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Negotiating a landslip near Kohima

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Handicrafts on sale in Lungwa

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School kids in Lungwa

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Nishant firing a muzzle loader

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Our host in Lungwa

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Crossing the Doyang reservoir

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Riding through a tea garden near Kohora in Kaziranga

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Crossing a bridge on the Doyang

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Camping along the Doyang river reservoir

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BJP spokesprson Ravi Shankar Prasad (right) and BJP Chief Ministerial Candidate Dr. Harsh Vardhan during 'A Get Together of Brothers & Sisters from North East" organised by North-East Sampark Cell in New Delhi.

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Armed & Shielded The Northeast—whose natural splendours, many tribes and their colourful customs have been much extolled yet seldom tasted by most Indians—is in the midst of a presidential visit. Pranab Mukherjee, in Naga attire, opens the state's annual Hornbill festival.

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Northeast by bike This great eastern frontier offers some great on-road experiences for the intrepid biker, especially along the long Highway 52. The floodplains of the Brahmaputra, the Mishimi hills and the Lohit and Dibang river valleys all offer a variety of thrills: from biking through the rolling tea gardens of Assam, over dry riverbeds, and on swaying suspension bridges in Arunachal. Head to Parashuram Kund on the Lohit or go all the way to the oilfields of Digboi and Namdapha National Park. Stay in camps, and chart your route as your fancy—and the uncertainties of the road—dictates. How to do it: Many outfitters can help you with biking trips here, from expensive ones like Ride of My Life (rideofmylife.in) to more affordable ones like Life Away from Life (lifeawayfromlife.com). If you plan ahead, you could easily do it on your own.

President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates the National Seminar on “Continuing Legal Education and Children and Law” at the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim at Rabindra Bhawan in Guwahati.

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Women from all North-Eastern states in their traditional wear during a North-Eastern Region Regional meet in Guwahati.

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Couples tie the knot at a mass marriage ceremony in Nagaon in Assam.

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President Pranab Mukherjee flags off the first ever 'North East Expedition to Mt. Everest' at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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An elderly woman being carried to exercise her franchise at a polling station for the 13th Tripura Assembly Elections Agartala.

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Namdapha National Park This biodiversity hotspot, one of the few rainforests in the country, is in Arunachal Pradesh. Cloud forests and eco camps are highlights.

Jaintia Hills The extraordinarily scenic hills in eastern Meghalaya are endowed with plateaus, enchanting valleys and cascading waterfalls. And riven by the Myndtu river.

Dzukou Valley Located at the Nagaland-Manipur border, this little valley of wild flowers is framed by verdant hills, lush forests, natural caves and serpentine streams.

Rahul Gandhi shakes hands with supporters over a bamboo barricade during an election campaign rally for the upcoming Tripura assembly elections in Sonamura near Agartala.

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Garo people dance on drum beats during New Year celebration in Nishangram.

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Hate crush It’s a train from Bangalore, their place of work. Terror-stuck Northeastern people rush out in Guwahati station. “We RSS members are trying to build confidence in Northeasterners. We tell them we’re all brothers, they need not worry.” Karunakaira Rai RSS representative in Bangalore

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Sumi tribesmen take part in a traditional game during the celebration of Ahuna festival in Dimapur.

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Members of Northeast Sikh Foundation and Sikh Sangat distributing food to flood affected people in Kamrup district, Assam.

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A man rows a boat past partially submerged houses in Burhabrhi village near Guwahati Assam.

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Villagers wade through floodwaters at Nalbari district in Assam. Heavy rainfall in neighboring Arunachal Pradesh state has led to the downstream flow of rainwater into Assam flooding several parts of the state, according to news reports.

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People walk to board a special train to transport them back to Bangalore, from where they had fled last month, at a railway station in Guwahati. Thousands of panic-stricken north-easterners had fled Bangalore spurred by rumors they would be attacked in retaliation for communal violence in their home state. Assam has been simmering with tension since riots broke out between ethnic Bodos and Muslim settlers in late July.

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19-year-old student Niki Sahi, from Meghalaya, waves to her cousin after boarding a special train transporting her back to Bangalore, from where she had fled last month, at a railway station in Panbari. Thousands of panic-stricken people from the northeast had fled Bangalore spurred by rumors they would be attacked in retaliation for communal violence in their home state. Assam has been simmering with tension since riots broke out between ethnic Bodos and Muslim settlers in late July.

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North East poeople on-board a Guwahati-Bangalore special train, in Guwahati.

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A shopkeeper looks out from inside a closed shop during a 12 hours general strike called by Bajrang Dal in Guwhati, Assam.

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Ganeshguri flyover wears a deserted look during the 12-hour Assam Bandh called by Bajrang Dal in Guwahati, demanding protection of Northeast students and professionals.

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A policeman assists five-year-old girl who was injured in violence in Kokrajhar, Assaam.

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People hold candles expressing solidarity with those affected by the recent ethnic violence in Assam during a protest at the India Gate in New Delhi.

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Students from northeastern states look at help line phone numbers displayed at a railway station after disembarking from a train from Bangalore. Home Secretary R.K. Singh has accused websites in Pakistan of spreading false rumors that caused thousands of people from northeast to panic and flee Bangalore. They feared they would be attacked in retaliation for ethnic violence in their home state.

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A woman and her child rest after disembarking from a train from Bangalore. Home Secretary R.K. Singh has accused websites in Pakistan of spreading false rumors that caused thousands of people from India's remote northeast to panic and flee Bangalore. They feared they would be attacked in retaliation for ethnic violence in their home state.

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