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  • Why have we never heard the name Jeanne Assam mentioned in the past few days? On any channel?

    06/20/2015 9:58:04 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 33 replies
  • Colorado Springs vs. Charleston: The Church Massacre That Ended Differently

    06/19/2015 6:32:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies ^ | 6/19/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    A former police officer, Assam, 42, was on security duty Sunday morning at New Life Church here. Hours earlier, a 24-year-old who had been rejected from a missionary school in a Denver suburb had shot and killed two staffers there. Now he was spraying New Life's parking lot with gunfire and pushing through the doors to the sanctuary.
  • Islamic violence in Assam, India

    07/25/2012 12:41:06 PM PDT · by Milagros · 2 replies
    July 20, 2012: Muslim settlers' murder of 4 indigenous Bodo youths in Assam, India sparks "ethnic" clashes, 35 die, thousands flee.India: Ethnic Clashes in Assam Global Voices Online Posted 25 July 2012 0:01 GMT Fighting between indigenous Bodo tribes and Muslim settlers in the Indian State of Assam killed at least 32 people and wounded many more. The trouble started on the night of Friday 20 July, 2012, when unidentified men killed four youths in Kokrajhar district, which is dominated by Bodos. In retaliation, armed Bodos attacked Muslims and burnt their villages, suspecting them to be behind the killings. According to...
  • NOREEN: New Life's hero comes out — heroically(CO)

    03/01/2011 3:44:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 24 February, 2011 | BARRY NOREEN
    Thanks for saving our lives, but please leave now, because we don’t like what you stand for. That is the message Jeanne Assam says she received last year when she informed the powers-that-be at New Life Church that she is gay. It was Assam, you’ll remember, who was widely hailed as a hero for ending a murderous rampage at New Life Dec. 9, 2007. On that morning, 24-year-old Matthew Murray shot and killed two New Life parishioners after having murdered two others the night before at a training center for Christian missionaries in Arvada. Heavily armed, Murray would have killed...
  • New Life Church hero says she was asked to leave because she's gay

    02/28/2011 9:26:48 AM PST · by ironwill · 247 replies · 2+ views
    FOX 31 KDVR - DENVER ^ | 2011.02.28 at 06:53 AM MST | by Web Staff
    COLORADO SPRINGS - The security guard who saved lives by shooting a gunman at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs has apparently been asked to leave. In December 2007, Jeanne Assam - working as a volunteer security guard - shot Matthew Murray after he killed two people outside the church. He killed two others the night before at a training center for Christian missionaries in Arvada. Assam was honored for her quick action. Murray likely would’ve killed more people at the church if she had not shot him repeatedly then pinned him down. Assam says last year when she...
  • New Life Security Guard Speaks to Local Group About Shooting (CO)

    07/11/2009 5:39:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies · 1,002+ views
    kktv ^ | 11 July, 2009 | McKenzie Martin
    When a gunman went on a spree at New Life Church back in December of 2007, security guard Jeanne Assam stepped in and took down the shooter before he could take any more church members' lives. Assam has only spoken a few times in public about what happened that day. Thursday night she told her story to members of the Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition. She says a lot of what happened that day hasn't been told. She says she actually wasn’t even supposed to be working on that Sunday as a security guard at New Life. She planned to take...
  • India’s Assam State Reels under New Year’s Terrorist Offensive

    01/15/2009 4:11:55 PM PST · by Cindy · 1 replies · 175+ views
    Publication: Terrorism Focus Volume: 6 Issue: 1 ^ | January 15, 2009 05:35 PM | Animesh Roul
    India’s northeastern state of Assam has endured a series of terrorist incidents, including bomb blasts, attacks on trains, and a fierce gun fight between security forces and terrorists, all within the first ten days of the New Year. On January 1, terrorists suspected of belonging to the separatist United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) triggered serial explosions targeting busy market places like the Birubari, Bhootnath, and Bhangagarh areas in Guwahati city, killing five persons and injuring over 50 others (Assam Tribune, January 2). The state police suspected the involvement of ULFA’s 709 Battalion in the serial blasts, though the group...
  • A year after she defended her fellow church members, CHL-holder Jeanne Assam reflects

    12/20/2008 7:24:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies · 1,303+ views
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 19 December, 2008 | cbaus
    The Associated Press is reporting that after a year of accolades that followed her shooting of a gunman who killed two teenage sisters at her church, concealed handgun license-holder Jeanne Assam remains "low key" and says she thinks of the family of gunman Matthew Murray. From the story: “He didn’t start off to be mixed up and confused. He started off to be a good person but he went down a wrong path,” Assam said during a news conference after a church service Sunday. A former police officer, Assam said that now she is hoping to join the Colorado Springs...
  • India Hit Again:Bomb Blast Attack on Train

    12/01/2008 10:43:58 PM PST · by Islaminaction · 25 replies · 1,041+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | Dec. 1st 2008 | Christopher Logan
    Just days after the major Islamic terrorist attacks in India that killed 172 people and injured 239 more, another attack has occurred. Mark my words, if we do not end all Muslim immigration eventually we will be hit by these constant attacks also.
  • Colorado Heroine May Have Been Legally Prevented from Using Beretta as Security Guard

    12/16/2007 10:43:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 222 replies · 1,719+ views
    Vanity | 16 December, 2007 | Marktwain
    Jeanne Assam, the heroine of the New Life Church shooting in Colorado Springs, would likely have been unable to carry the Beretta that she stopped the shooting with if she had been a licensed security guard. An AP article published on 12 December noted that licensed security guards in Colorado Springs are restricted to the use of revolvers. As Jeanne Assam was a volunteer parishioner who was performing security guard duties because the church did not want to hire “mercenaries”, she was almost certainly not affected by the regulations, which only apply to government regulated security guards. Fortunately, her lack...
  • Colo. heroine wins 'Gun Saint' medal

    12/16/2007 6:14:54 AM PST · by Zakeet · 4 replies · 140+ views
    UPI ^ | December 14, 2007
    The St. Gabriel Possenti Society awarded Jeanne Assam of New Life Church in Colorado Springs its Medal and Certificate of Honor, Society Founder/Chairman John M. Snyder announced in Arlington, Va., Friday. Assam, a former policewoman volunteering as a security guard, fired her weapon to stop a crazed anti-Christian gunman bent on mass murder after he killed two innocent worshippers, Christian Newswire reported Friday. According to news reports, Assam, armed with a handgun for which she has a concealed carry permit, faced down the murderer armed with two semiautomatic handguns and two semiautomatic rifles and carrying 1,000 rounds of ammunition. Snyder...
  • Shooter's Family Meets Relatives Of Arvada Victims

    12/16/2007 6:50:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies · 375+ views
    CBS4 Denver ^ | 12 December, 2007 | George Merritt
    DENVER (AP) ― ...... Colorado Springs police on Wednesday said Murray had an assault rifle, a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun and a 9mm semiautomatic handgun when he entered the church. Investigators found an AK-47 assault rifle in his car and a .22-caliber handgun at his home. Murray purchased the weapons between Nov. 17 and Sept. 11, four in the Denver area and one in Colorado Springs, police spokesman Skip Arms said. Arms said 26 rounds had been fired from the Bushmaster assault rifle Murray had with him and one round from the Springfield 9mm. Arms said Jeanne Assam, the volunteer security...
  • Church Massacre Spurs Calls For Effective Gun Control

    12/14/2007 1:09:55 PM PST · by NonZeroSum · 85 replies · 851+ views
    Transterrestrial Musings ^ | 12-14-2007 | Rand Simberg
    December 14th, 2007 COLORADO SPRINGS (APUPI) As a mass memorial service was held today for the seventy-three victims of the massacre at the New Life Church, one of the largest such grim tolls in the nations' history, gun-control advocates pointed out the continuing folly of allowing civilians access to pistols and assault weapons. "This never would have happened had Matthew Murray not been able to get his hands on those weapons, " said Sarah Brady, head of Handgun Control, Incorporated. "He had two handguns, an assault rifle, and a thousand rounds of ammunition. Seventy-three people are dead now, because the...
  • Colorado hero shows gun law must change

    12/13/2007 6:45:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 45 replies · 271+ views
    The Daily Telegram DAILY (MI) ^ | December 12, 2007 | MASTHEAD EDITORIAL
    At issue: A woman using a handgun to stop a killer in a “soft target,” a church. Our view: The case shows why Michigan school staff need an option for training and concealed carry, not “gun-free zones.” Another month has brought more shooting sprees in what commonly are “gun-free zones.” Four died in two separate shootings Sunday in Colorado. Eight were murdered last Wednesday in an Omaha, Neb., shopping mall. Seven students were slain recently in Finland. That followed a Cleveland school shooting in October. Only in the latest attack did an adult have a right to a gun to...
  • Hero Praises God for Steady Hand

    12/13/2007 11:52:02 AM PST · by Screaming_Gerbil · 26 replies · 259+ views
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 11, 2007
    Jeanne Assam was in the middle of a religious fast and in the middle of the church lobby when she shot a 24-year-old gunman who had already killed four people at two religious sites and was bent on killing more Christians. Church's 'Hero' Security GuardInvestigators have announced this afternoon that Assam's bullets struck gunman Matthew Murray, identified late Monday as the man responsible for both Sunday shootings in Colorado, several times but that ultimately he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the El Paso County Coroner's Office announced today. Regardless, officials have credited Assam for calmly and coolly stopping the...
  • Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

    12/13/2007 5:49:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 485+ views ^ | December 13, 2007 | Cal Thomas
    I have been waiting for this to happen. For years we have witnessed the carnage when innocents were mowed down at schools, colleges, shopping malls and post offices. The unarmed (disarmed?) were easy targets for crazed gunmen armed with grievances, weapons and ammunition. Now someone has shot back, probably saving many lives. All of the gun-control laws that have been passed and are still being contemplated could not have had the affect of one armed, trained and law-abiding citizen on the scene like 42-year-old Jeanne Assam, a volunteer security guard at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs. The gunman,...
  • Praise the Lord . . . and the armed security guard (Reinhard)

    12/13/2007 9:15:27 AM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies · 446+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | December 13, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, December 13, 2007 What can you say about the Sunday slaughter at a megachurch and missionary training center in Colorado? What can you say when a 24-year-old man who said he "hates" Christians shoots two twentysomethings dead at the Youth With a Mission office in Arvada, before killing two teenage girls at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs? That we'll never have an ample explanation for such blood-soaked depravity this side of paradise? Yes. That a special wickedness is afoot in the world when this kind of evil runs amok in a house of God? Surely. That there's...
  • Coroner : Colorado Gunman Killed Himself (Left post on Christian website)

    12/12/2007 2:52:24 PM PST · by Lorianne · 28 replies · 83+ views
    JOURNAL CHRETIEN ^ | 12 décembre 2007 | Jeremy Reynalds
    Matthew Murray, the man who police say shot and killed four people at two separate locations in Colorado on Sunday, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the coroner’s office said Tuesday. “The death of Matthew Murray has been ruled a suicide,” CNN reported the El Paso County Coroner’s Office said in a statement. “It should be noted that he was struck multiple times by the security officer, which put him down. He then fired a single round killing himself.” Police Sgt. Skip Arms told The Associated Press that Murray shot himself in the head. Police say before Murray, 24, went...
  • A Dirty Harriet Saves Day In Colorado

    12/11/2007 5:40:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies · 514+ views
    IBD ^ | December 11, 2007
    Second Amendment: As the Supreme Court ponders what the Constitution means, a volunteer security guard in Colorado shows that the problem with society may not be who has guns, but who doesn't.Every time there are multiple shootings, like those that occurred over the weekend at the Youth With A Mission missionary training center in Arvada, Colo., and later at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, we are lectured about the easy access to firearms in the U.S. and the dangers it creates. But many are thankful today that Jeanne Assam, a volunteer security guard at New Life, had easy...
  • "The Bravest Thing I've Ever Seen"

    12/10/2007 3:19:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 380 replies · 628+ views
    via Hugh Hewitt ^ | Monday, December 10, 2007 | unknown
    Bourbonnais yelled at the gunman to draw his attention, he said. "First, I called him 'Coward' then I called him 'S---head' " Bourbonnais said. "I probably shouldn't have been saying that in church." That's when the shooter pointed one of his guns at Bourbonnais and fired, he said. Bourbonnais ducked behind a hollow, decorative pillar and was hit in the arm by a bullet and fragments of the pillar. At about that moment, a female guard with a drawn handgun turned a corner and walked toward the gunman and yelled "Surrender!" Bourbonnais said. The gunman pointed a handgun at the...
  • CO gunman killed self

    12/11/2007 12:01:33 PM PST · by ironwill · 253 replies · 1,114+ views ^ | Dec 11 02:47 PM US/Eastern | By JUDITH KOHLER
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The man who killed four people at a church and missionary training center died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound, police said Tuesday. Matthew Murray, 24, was struck multiple times by a security officer at New Life Church Sunday but died after firing a single shot at himself, the El Paso County Coroner's Office concluded after an autopsy.
  • Police: Church Gunman Killed Himself

    12/11/2007 12:43:18 PM PST · by jamndad5 · 82 replies · 796+ views
    Brietbart ^ | 12/11/2007 | JUDITH KOHLER
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The man who killed four people at a church and missionary training center died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound, police said Tuesday. Matthew Murray, 24, was struck multiple times by a security officer at New Life Church Sunday but died after firing a single shot at himself, the El Paso County Coroner's Office concluded after an autopsy.
  • Church guard's courage under fire awes Vietnam vet

    12/11/2007 4:16:27 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 94 replies · 777+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 11 December 2007 | Kieran Nicholson
    Church guard's courage under fire awes Vietnam vet By Kieran Nicholson The Denver Post Article Last Updated: 12/11/2007 12:57:27 AM MST Larry Bourbonnais, a combat-tested Vietnam veteran, said it was the bravest thing he's ever seen. Bourbonnais, who was among those shot by a gunman Sunday at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, watched as a security guard, later identified as Jeanne Assam, calmly returned fire and killed the shooter. "She just started walking toward the gunman, firing the whole way," said Bourbonnais, who was shot in the arm. "She was just yelling 'Surrender!' walking and shooting the whole time."...
  • Four People Shot Outside Colorado Springs New Life Church

    12/09/2007 12:49:26 PM PST · by aomagrat · 2,809 replies · 9,919+ views
    Fox News ^ | 09 DEC 07 | Fox News
    <p>COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — At least four people were shot outside of a Colorado Springs church on Sunday, but it was not immediately known whether the shootings were related to an earlier shooting about 70 miles away, authorities said.</p>
  • What Will You Do If They Shot Up Your Church? (Pray And Pack A Gun Alert)

    12/10/2007 10:10:25 PM PST · by goldstategop · 61 replies · 165+ views ^ | 12/11/2007 | Joseph Farah
    As American Christians find themselves threatened by such attacks today and in the future, it's time for them to begin thinking and praying about how they should prepare. Should the defense of the innocent be left to others? Is the defense of the faithful the sole responsibility of government? What does the Bible say about the right and duty of armed self-defense? Thank God for that young heroine in Colorado Springs. Thank God Charl Van Wyk was armed that day in South Africa. Thank God there are responsible Christians in the world who won't permit the slaughter of believers at...
  • Mika on Church Shootings: 'Inane' To Think Armed Citizen Can Make a Difference

    12/11/2007 7:00:29 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 98 replies · 367+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Don't confuse Mika Brzezinski with the facts. She's anti-gun and is not about to let some stunning counter-evidence change her mind. If ever there was an illustration of how an armed citizen can make a difference, it is the case of Jeanne Assam, the brave woman who took out the killer at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs. And yet . . . On today's Morning Joe, Mika -- in newsreader mode -- dutifully reported the incident. But when Joe Scarborough sought to draw the obvious implication, Mika put her anti-gun foot down. View video here.
  • Pictures of Today's Heroine, Jeanne Assam

    12/11/2007 5:05:15 AM PST · by AmericanMade1776 · 248 replies · 1,721+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Dec 10,2007
    Jeanne Assam, the security guard who gunned down a gunman as he terrorized worshippers after the Sunday service at New Life Church, talks about the shooting at the church in Colorado Springs, Colo., during a news conference on Monday, Dec. 10, 2007. Two women died from the shooting at the church, which was one of two church shootings in Colorado on Sunday. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski
  • How Many Lives Did The Concealed-Carry Licensee Save?

    12/11/2007 5:16:00 AM PST · by HD1200 · 46 replies · 113+ views
    Jeanne Assam carried her pistol with her to church on Sunday. She did so legally, having received a license to carry a concealed weapon. If a weapon in church seems incongruous, it also became providential on this particular Sunday, as Assam stopped an assault that may have killed many more people than it did.

    12/11/2007 5:35:12 AM PST · by Sopater · 102 replies · 173+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 10, 2007
    Col. Jeanne Assam said her hands were steady as she aimed her gun at a young man firing a high-powered rifle in the crowded foyer of the New Life Church. And she prayed for divine guidance. I was given the assignment to end this before it got too much worse, the volunteer security guard said yesterday, a day after police say the same man killed four people at the church and a missionary training school in a nearby city. I just said, Holy Spirit, be with me, Assam said. My hands werent even shaking.
  • Former Minneapolis cop says 'God was with me' when she shot gunman in Colorado church hallway

    12/11/2007 5:35:41 AM PST · by Caleb1411 · 57 replies · 181+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 12/11/07 | ELECTA DRAPER
    Amid deafening cracks of gunfire, smoke-spewing canisters and the evacuation of thousands of New Life Church members, security guard Jeanne Assam, a former Minneapolis police officer, said she suddenly saw the hallways clear and a gunman come through the door. "I took cover. ... I identified myself. I engaged him. I took him down," the 42-year-old former law officer and volunteer church guard said Monday at a news conference in the Colorado Springs police station. "I just said, 'Holy Spirit, be with me.' I wasn't even shaking," Assam said. "I give the credit to God. I say this very humbly....
  • A Hero Among Us

    12/10/2007 8:56:33 PM PST · by joanie-f · 141 replies · 515+ views
    10 December, 2007 | joanie-f
    Since the tragic shootings yesterday at the two churches in Colorado I have been intrigued by the story of Jeanne Assam, the volunteer civilian security guard who took down the shooter at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs. I watched an online interview with her – her first since the shootings – this afternoon, and came away with the knowledge that standing before me was a genuine modern American hero ... and a true soldier of God. Many in the media will downplay her heroism, for reasons that are obvious to those of us who are school in...
  • Female Church Member With Personal Pistol Kills Assassin, Saves Lives

    12/10/2007 4:51:43 PM PST · by Bob Leibowitz · 36 replies · 89+ views
    Leibowitz's Canticle ^ | December 10, 2007 | Leibowitz
    Condolences and prayers are due those church members in Colorado whose family members were killed or wounded by the deranged loser who attacked young people at two locations on Sunday. Prayers of thanks are due for the heroic actions of the church member, a civilian, a volunteer with a gun who killed the 24-year old assassin before he could do more damage.
  • Security Guard: 'God Guided Me And Protected Me'

    12/10/2007 5:17:49 PM PST · by kellynla · 127 replies · 297+ views ^ | December 10, 2007 | staff
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Jeanne Assam appeared before the news media for the first time Monday and said she "did not think for a minute to run away" when a gunman entered the New Life Church in Colorado Springs and started shooting. There was applause as Assam went before reporters and TV cameras saying "God guided me and protected me." New Life's Senior Pastor Brady Boyd called Assam "a real hero" because Murray "had enough ammunition on him to cause a lot of damage." When asked by a reporter if she felt like a hero, Assam said, "I was given...
  • Guard's hands "didn't even shake" as she shot gunman

    12/10/2007 5:18:47 PM PST · by avacado · 125 replies · 152+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 12/10/2007 | Demetria Gallegos
    Guard's hands "didn't even shake" as she shot gunman The guard who saved untold lives at New Life Church gives credit to God for giving her cover, and boosting her firepower as she shot a heavily-armed gunman. "I give credit to God. I say that very humbly," said Jeanne Assam. "God was with me, the whole time I was behind cover. Based on the firepower he had, compared to mine." [snip] "I just prayed for the Holy Spirit to guide me my hands weren't even shaking."
  • Guard: 'It seemed like it was me, the gunman and God'

    12/10/2007 4:34:33 PM PST · by Reagan Man · 36 replies · 650+ views
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | December.10, 2007 | Tom Roeder
    A frustrated would-be missionary kicked out of a youth program three years ago sought revenge Sunday night by killing four people in Arvada and Colorado Springs, court papers say. Matthew J. Murray, 24, of Englewood, was shot several times and killed in the lobby of New Life Church by a security guard, Jeanne Assam, 42, Sunday afternoon after he took the lives of two sisters and wounded their father and two others, authorities say. That was 12 hours after he had opened fire at Youth With a Mission in Arvada, killing two people, Colorado Springs police said in an affidavit...
  • Persecution of Assam's Hindi speakers

    05/23/2007 5:56:32 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 5 replies · 549+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, May 23, 2007 | Subir Bhaumik
    There has been a mass exodus of Hindi-speaking migrants (All pics by Subhamoy Bhattacharjee) Hindi-speaking migrants have started fleeing India's north-eastern state of Assam again after a week of massacres and bomb attacks left nine dead and more than 20 injured. Separatists of the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa) were blamed for the nearly 10 explosions in the third week of May, when attacks on migrants resumed in the northern districts of Dibrugarh and Sibsagar after a lull of three months. Then followed a spate of bombings stretching from the far northern district of Tinsukia to the western...
  • Killer elephant named after Osama bin Laden shot dead in northeastern India

    12/17/2006 3:38:24 PM PST · by jome · 21 replies · 897+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | 17-12-06
    GAUHATI, India (AP) - Sharpshooters in India's northeast have killed a rogue elephant blamed for 14 deaths in the region and was so feared that villagers named him after Osama bin Laden, wildlife officials said Sunday. "Dipen Phukan, a licensed shooter, shot and killed the three-meter-tall bull near the Behali forest reserve in northern Assam," wildlife warden Chandan Bora said. Wildlife authorities had ordered that the elephant be shot and killed by Dec. 31. The order came after the bull, dubbed "Laden" - which has twice evaded attempts to kill him - was blamed for the death of a woman...
  • Assam plans to cash in on bird suicide village

    06/11/2006 9:39:51 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 13 replies · 583+ views
    Times of India ^ | June 11, 2006 | Kounteya Sinha
    NEW DELHI: It's a phenomenon nobody has been able to explain for sure. But Jatinga's mysterious annual ritual of migratory birds committing mass suicide is all set to become Assam's latest tourist attraction. Assam's tourism ministry is currently preparing a detailed development plan for this village, which is located in North Cachar Hill district, 330 km south of Guwahati. The village's interior setting and lack of proper infrastructure has been limiting the arrival of tourists, keen to witness the rare phenomenon of bird-suicides, that has baffled ornithologists for more than a century now. According to Assam's tourism secretary S C...
  • Secular vend for Islamist cause

    04/07/2006 6:11:44 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 229+ views
    Delhi Pioneer ^ | Apr 6, 2006 | Balbir Punj
    "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana The beeline that 'secularists' of various hues - the CPI(M), Congress and Muslim League - are making to the Coimbatore Central Jail to pay their political obeisance to Abdul Nasser Madani will astonish only the uninitiated. The jailed jihadi reportedly masterminded the February 14, 1998, Coimbatore serial blasts that killed 59 people, but narrowly missing the main target, then BJP president LK Advani. Madani's communally inflammatory speeches predate his involvement in the Coimbatore blasts. Because of all these 'qualifications' he is a 'secular' icon in the...
  • He shot their teacher, they chased, caught ULFA man

    11/25/2005 8:39:00 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 6 replies · 516+ views
    The Indian Express ^ | Friday, November 25, 2005 at 0308 hours IST | Samudra Gupta
    CHHAYAGAON(KAMRUP, Assam, India, NOVEMBER 24: Eighteen months ago, on May 10, 2004, when two militants gunned down their favourite teacher just in front of their school, Ratul Rabha (15) and Rituparna Boro (16) didn’t think twice. With the innocence and instinctive courage of their age, they chased the two ULFA militants. They also made themselves eligible for the Bharat Award, India’s top bravery award. ‘‘We heard a gunshot outside our school. First we thought it was a tyre burst,’’ recalled Ratul, ‘‘but when we heard some of our teachers shout, we ran out of the examination hall, and saw two...
  • Troop Alert After Assam Massacre

    10/20/2005 8:23:19 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 3 replies · 360+ views
    BBC ^ | 18 Oct 2005 | Subir Bhaumik
    Security forces in the north-eastern state of Assam have been told to shoot on sight after tribal clashes claimed 34 lives in the past two days. An indefinite curfew is also in force in Karbi Anglong district, where violence erupted late on Sunday. In one attack, Dimasa tribal militants massacred 22 members of the rival Karbi tribe, eight of them women, police say. Another 12 Karbis were killed later. The two tribes have a long history of feuds over territory in the state. Set alight Police officials told the BBC that 22 people belonging to the Karbi tribe were dragged...
  • Rebels Cut Indian Northeast Frontier Pipeline

    08/07/2005 7:18:40 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 13 replies · 446+ views
    BBC ^ | 7 Aigust 2005 | Staff
    An explosion has badly damaged an oil pipeline in the north-east Indian state of Assam, police say. Police said they suspect the involvement of the separatist rebel group, the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa). They said the blast, which took place on Saturday night, set off a huge fire in Assam's northern Shibsagar district. The damage to the pipeline forced the authorities to suspend oil supplies to two oil refineries in the state. It took several hours to control the fire. "There was a big fire immediately after the blast and several houses nearby caught fire," Reuters quotes a...
  • India tea workers agree pay deal

    07/26/2005 3:31:48 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 2 replies · 199+ views
    BBC ^ | 26 July 2005 | Subir Bhaurnik
    Nearly 500,000 tea workers have ended a strike in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal after unions agreed to accept performance-related pay. The strike had brought production at more than 300 tea gardens to a halt. Unions settled for a 15% rise in daily wages, and agreed pay would be linked to productivity. They had long resisted the move and wanted pay doubled. Tea is West Bengal's main export and the state government intervened in the strike which began on 11 July. Weekly target The final settlement was signed by representatives of 14 tea workers' unions and representatives of...
  • Tempest In a Teacup: Assam Losing the Edge on Its Famous Brew

    07/25/2005 7:18:34 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 2 replies · 276+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 24 July 2005 | Anjana Pasricha
    India's tea industry is facing tough times due to labor problems, declining demand at home and strong price competition abroad. India has traditionally been the world's largest producer of tea. India's sprawling tea estates that spread over the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges usually hum with activity at this time of the year, as laborers pluck the leaves of the blooming tea bushes. But this year, a strike called by a 250,000 tea estate workers has crippled operations for the past two weeks in West Bengal, one of India's two main tea-producing regions along with Assam. The laborers, who are paid...
  • Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims flee India

    05/19/2005 3:44:31 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 23 replies · 805+ views
    Reuters / The Indian Express ^ | Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 1532 hours IST | Reuters
    Guwahati, May 19: Thousands of Bangladeshis have fled India's north-eastern state of Assam following threats by anonymous groups against migrants and a campaign asking locals not to employ foreigners, officials and residents said. The unidentified groups in the troubled state's Dibrugarh district have circulated leaflets and sent text messages on mobile phones in the past week, warning Bangladeshi nationals to leave immediately or face unspecified action. Mobile phones in Assam are being flooded with text messages saying, "Save the nation, save identity. Let's take an oath ... no food, no job, no shelter to Bangladeshis" while leaflets seeking an "economic...
  • Voice of "Azzam the American" Matched to Previous Al-Qaida Video About 9/11 Suicide Hijackers

    10/31/2004 12:01:52 PM PST · by anonpenetfi · 2 replies · 400+ views ^ | 10/31/04 | (10/31/04): The voice of an alleged American Al-Qaida terrorist operative featured in a video broadcast last week has been matched to audio taken from a previous As-Sahab video production documenting the planning behind the September 11, 2001 suicide hijackings. During the latter video from November 2001, "Azzam al-Amriki" applauds the mission of the 9/11 hijackers to "destroy the economic fortresses" of America.
  • Drunken elephants trample three

    10/27/2004 5:49:09 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 22 replies · 431+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 27 Oct. 2004 | Herald Sun
    DRUNKEN wild elephants trampled to death three people and injured two in a tribal village in India's north-eastern state of Assam, wildlife officials said today. A herd of a dozen elephants entered the village of Marongi yesterday and ran amok after taking long swills of rice beer brewing in casks outside the homes of the tribal people. "The elephants, after entering the village first guzzled locally made rice beer kept in drums and then went on a rampage killing three people, including a woman," a forest official said. The two people hurt suffered multiple injuries. The attack was the latest...
  • Blast during I-day celebration in Assam, 15 killed

    08/15/2004 12:07:22 AM PDT · by familyop · 2 replies · 249+ views
    IANS, Times of India ^ | 15AUG04 | IANS
    GUWAHATI: At least 15 people were killed on Sunday, when militants exploded a powerful bomb during Independence Day celebrations in an eastern town in Assam, police said. The blast, blamed on the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), occurred at 9.30 am during the official celebrations at a parade ground at Dhemaji town. Most victims were reported to be students participating in the Independence Day parade in the district headquarter town. Inspector General of Police Khagen Sharma said the attack was suspected to be the handiwork of ULFA. Chaos and panic prevailed at the Dhemaji ground following the blast and...
  • Separatist guerrillas kill 15 people in India's remote northeast

    08/19/2002 10:23:59 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 2 replies · 341+ views
    BostonGlobeAP ^ | 8.19.02 | By Wasbir Hussain
    <p>GAUHATI, India (AP) Separatist guerrillas ambushed a truck loaded with passengers Tuesday and killed at least 15 people after lining them up on a roadside in India's remote northeast, police said.</p> <p>Twenty-five other people were seriously wounded in the attack in Raksamgiri, a village nearly 250 miles west of Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya state, L. Sailo, the state police chief, said.</p>