SoO Mantra

The government of India representatives has all along been saying that it would take up… more »

The government of India representatives has all along been saying that it would take up appropriate action against those groups violating the agreed ground rules of either ceasefire or suspension of operations. We will not discuss here the action taken report of the government of India as we have still not seen any action so far. What matters most is that the Indian government has not spelled out in clear terms as to what kind of action they are proposing to take up in case of violation of the ground rules takes place. We have heard enough warnings of actions being taken up in the meetings of the Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committees, yet actions do not follow. The groups also know that the warnings are simply meant for those who are demanding action and thus the groups seldom takes such warnings seriously. We shall not mention cases of armed incursions in the state of Manipur by the NSCN groups as the ceasefire is not in operation in the state. Besides running a parallel government in the Naga dominated areas, it had opened three base camps inside the state of Manipur which had come out in the open during the Shiroi standoff between Assam Rifles and the NSCN-IM. There are several reports of the NSCN groups resorting to extortion and forcible taxation in Nagaland specially in the case of Manipur bound trucks, besides instances of cadres moving in uniform with arms in various towns of Nagaland since the groups entered into ceasefire agreements with the Indian government. There are also cases of standoffs between the NSCN and paramilitary forces specially the Assam Rifles. These cases have been discussed in the meetings of the Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Cells and warnings have supposedly been given. Despite the supposed warnings, the groups continue to violate the ground rules. In such a backdrop, the Union Home Ministry’s warnings to the signatories of the SoO agreements remain a joke. The complaints of intervention by SoO groups in the recent Manipur Legislative Assembly elections from both political parties and individuals remains to be addressed either by the Election Commission of India or the Union Home Ministry. The Home Ministry has acknowledged the receipt of such complaints. Yet, it is still confused to what action they are supposed to take up. Which is simply why, the Ministry officials are engaging in mere rhetoric.

On the other hand, the most interesting part of the Home Ministry official’s statement is regarding his ignorance of the ideology and demands of the various Kuki groups who have signed the SoO agreement. Joint Secretary Shambhu Singh of the Home Ministry on the sidelines of the signing of tripartite agreement with two new groups United Tribal Liberation Army (UTLA) and Pakan Reunification Army (PRA) had said, most of these groups have been operating to make money and make the life of people miserable and that he do not know if the groups have any ideology. The statement while not only exposing the attitude of the state towards those groups with whom they had signed the SoO agreements, also reveals how the Indian government operates while dealing with such groups. The Indian government’s main concern is how to ‘immobilize’ such groups and gain brownie points. Immobilization had become a misnomer in the post-SoO phase with most of the militant groups operating at will from the designated camps with the security forces and the police turning a blind eye to the gross violation of the ground rules. The state is not worried as long as there are no complaints. They are only concerned about the statement they could regularly make to the press and the public that they have been able to successfully rein in militant groups operating in the northeastern region. It is their mantra. They are not concerned about the other realities which are threatening the region.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2012/03/soo-mantra/

SoO Mantra

The government of India representatives has all along been saying that it would take up… more »

The government of India representatives has all along been saying that it would take up appropriate action against those groups violating the agreed ground rules of either ceasefire or suspension of operations. We will not discuss here the action taken report of the government of India as we have still not seen any action so far. What matters most is that the Indian government has not spelled out in clear terms as to what kind of action they are proposing to take up in case of violation of the ground rules takes place. We have heard enough warnings of actions being taken up in the meetings of the Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committees, yet actions do not follow. The groups also know that the warnings are simply meant for those who are demanding action and thus the groups seldom takes such warnings seriously. We shall not mention cases of armed incursions in the state of Manipur by the NSCN groups as the ceasefire is not in operation in the state. Besides running a parallel government in the Naga dominated areas, it had opened three base camps inside the state of Manipur which had come out in the open during the Shiroi standoff between Assam Rifles and the NSCN-IM. There are several reports of the NSCN groups resorting to extortion and forcible taxation in Nagaland specially in the case of Manipur bound trucks, besides instances of cadres moving in uniform with arms in various towns of Nagaland since the groups entered into ceasefire agreements with the Indian government. There are also cases of standoffs between the NSCN and paramilitary forces specially the Assam Rifles. These cases have been discussed in the meetings of the Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Cells and warnings have supposedly been given. Despite the supposed warnings, the groups continue to violate the ground rules. In such a backdrop, the Union Home Ministry’s warnings to the signatories of the SoO agreements remain a joke. The complaints of intervention by SoO groups in the recent Manipur Legislative Assembly elections from both political parties and individuals remains to be addressed either by the Election Commission of India or the Union Home Ministry. The Home Ministry has acknowledged the receipt of such complaints. Yet, it is still confused to what action they are supposed to take up. Which is simply why, the Ministry officials are engaging in mere rhetoric.

On the other hand, the most interesting part of the Home Ministry official’s statement is regarding his ignorance of the ideology and demands of the various Kuki groups who have signed the SoO agreement. Joint Secretary Shambhu Singh of the Home Ministry on the sidelines of the signing of tripartite agreement with two new groups United Tribal Liberation Army (UTLA) and Pakan Reunification Army (PRA) had said, most of these groups have been operating to make money and make the life of people miserable and that he do not know if the groups have any ideology. The statement while not only exposing the attitude of the state towards those groups with whom they had signed the SoO agreements, also reveals how the Indian government operates while dealing with such groups. The Indian government’s main concern is how to ‘immobilize’ such groups and gain brownie points. Immobilization had become a misnomer in the post-SoO phase with most of the militant groups operating at will from the designated camps with the security forces and the police turning a blind eye to the gross violation of the ground rules. The state is not worried as long as there are no complaints. They are only concerned about the statement they could regularly make to the press and the public that they have been able to successfully rein in militant groups operating in the northeastern region. It is their mantra. They are not concerned about the other realities which are threatening the region.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2012/03/soo-mantra/

Women`s rights & men`s role

By Gwangphun Gangmei I am a man born of a woman. I am morally obliged… more »

By Gwangphun Gangmei
I am a man born of a woman. I am morally obliged as a man to stands,  and  to speak for the welfare and security of women. Today in a men dominated society, it is indeed very hard for women to really express their pains and rights to be heard and get comforted, secured or relieved.  The dominant attitude of men still holds strong refusing to listen to and understand the position of women. Today, women, girls or female human being are being greatly devalued, lowered their dignity below humanity. By culture or fashion of the world, Women’s value and dignity have been greatly damaged and their position as equally human being are so unnaturally lowered. They are made as an object for men’s gratification. They  can be sold, bought or bartered. They are used as beast of burden or slaves in the homes. Many a time, they are beaten, treated and even killed for no false of their own. Being weaker vessels, helpless and beautiful in form and structure, men folk’s attempts to molest rape or tease much against their will.
What an inhumane world is our world becoming? What shall we as men do about changing this wicked scenario?  Men must realize and enlightened. Women must awake onto their status and rights to live a free life together with men. This generation must be changed to generation of love, hope and prosperity.

The reality and unwanted truth is, women are not an animal or lower human being. They are equally human being in all manner and nature. I states, that women are complement part of men; man without woman is not a complete humanity.  Therefore human society consists of both man and woman. Half or more of Human population is women. If man advocates inequality of status with women or put women lower being than men, on what authority is such sanctioned against the will and plan of the creator? What gain or good will man profit other than prideful dominant ruling which naturally leads to human downfall? What is better than mutual sharing, understanding, helping and mutual living together with women? Man needs woman to build a home, society and nation. I am pain to see disparity and discrepancy in today society where women are compelled and conditioned, subjection to men’s wilful imposition. I don’t read books on women’s rights neither intend to gain their favour nor bribed. I only feel and understand their conditions by observing their plights not by hearing their report of grievances but by listening, observing and sensing their pain through their unspoken languages. I feel like am intervened by unseen touch, to spell out the truth about the other person called Woman. I accepted this inspiration and moved to write on Women’s reality left in obscured region of humanity induced or shaped by patriarchal system of human society. Women silently suffer throughout generations in the hands of men as systemized in the given society. Men remain stiff-necked and go on about doing their will upon women. Some blame women pointing to the event of Eden incidence and justifies that it is the creator’s designed, or as penalty given to women for committing the first sin. Any excuse or blame men may put on women to make their rights justified can never suffice  the reason for their action against the will and rights of women. However, strong the justification we Man may put on the issue, the truth remains and some day, the light of trut
h will shine upon the stiff-necked and eventually women-kind will be emancipated forever from the man-made imposition of authority over women.

Nature bears witness that Woman painfully generates mankind. Naturally Men are made to be loving and kind to women for painfully bearing human generation. Man was alone and incomplete without woman and so God made woman out of man to be with man as better half-of human being. Woman is said to be the better half of man. Man the stronger half of woman. Therefore, the biblical psalmist states, Man(man & woman) are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Unnaturally and unfortunately, women are being treated by mankind as server or servant to man. This mentality of man over woman is predominantly shaped as human culture. I said, this is not right. This is not what God made woman to be so. I believe, God made woman to be definitely with man as equal being having equally different functions, role and responsibility in all spheres of life. God made no lesser brain for woman and no lesser heart for man. The difference is in the use of it. Man’s brain and woman’s heart must work together to make a perfect whole of humanity. Man tried to use their brains without woman’s   to run the human society. The spoiled is irreparable and humanity is kept imbalanced. The sorrow of humanity results due to imbalance system of human society created by mankind. Womankind and mankind together makes humanity balance and perfect. Restoration of humanity to its balance position depends on man’s realization of their wrong mentality and woman’s as well their accepted condition. Woman must realize that they are equally human being having equal responsibility for the good or bad of the society. Men too must sense that women are equally responsible for the bad or good of the society. Having sense this equableness can humanity live together in harmony as designed by the Creator. In order to maintain peace, justice and harmony in the society,  both the sexes must equally sense the need for each other, respect each other and help each other in all affairs of life; social, political, spiritual and day to day personal and inter-personal activities. Man and woman must work together, shouldering the responsibility to care, preserve and protect life not only of man but also of animal and plants. The work of  Human welfare lies in both the sexes. Nature defines clearly the role, function and duty of man and woman, each to perform in relation to each other and for each other. God never give greater responsibility to man and lesser to woman. It is wrong to think the other way too. Man cannot reproduce without woman and vice-versa. Man therefore cannot live without woman and woman as well. Humanity needs each other for the purpose of human race to continue here on earth. In every consideration both the sexes must necessarily be included. Both are equally responsible and contributive. It is wrong to think that different in sex makes the difference in social status or rights. Human rights speak of both the sexes in equal term and volume. Man and woman are born free and given equal liberty to choose or do as he or she likes. Each is responsible for one’s own action or choice.  The false and sin of man cannot be transferred to woman and vice-versa. Therefore God judges man and woman as per his or her work. The dignity of   man   and woman as a human person is equal in the eye of God and so we must view as God views it. In the context of Naga society, where belief system is being shifted from animism or olden deity worship  to Christianity, there arose certain thinking pattern; some thinks to purely preserve the customary practices, some thinks to modify to suit the Christian society, while others totally rejects the customary and traditional practices. In all the thinking pattern and beliefs, there exists a sort of discrimination against women in one form or the other. Therefore, what we need today is, to understand, accept and apply which is relevance, universal, and practical to our context. According to Art.371 A of the constitution of India, Nagas have every right to accept or reject or modify or amend any laws of parliament or even to apply it in the Naga society provided the Nagaland state Assembly pass it as laws.

My appeal to the Govt of Nagaland and all the representatives in the state assembly is to broad-mindedly consider and render a better position for woman; accepting women as part of men in all decision making level or forum so as Naga society can also cope with the changing and growing reality of the present generation, not lagging behind, dwelling in the old and darkened customary binding. 33% reservation is Indian system prompted and tempered by their Hindu culture, and traditional practices trying to apply in our Naga society as legal imposition in the process of indenisation of Nagas till all Nagas are Indian by culture, belief and practices. It implies that, so long as Nagas remain under Indian system of governance, the Indian laws and regulations binds and we are bounded.  Providing only 33% reservation to women can be conditionally accepted and understood as actualisation of man’s role toward women as fellow human being. In the process of realising and understanding women in the Naga society, men should be happy and well-come out the status given. I propose that women should be given equal status, rights in the society for them to work alongside with men in all social interactions and development.  Only when Naga men realize the indispensable reality of Naga woman to work together with man as equally human being responsible to each other and for each other, then a new and better generation of hope, prosperity and Peace will be actualized. It is time for Naga to think and live in term of pragmatic and realistic reasoning prompted by the current world of changing  and growing, not just speaking or doing things as accustomed to by culture or tradition. We need a changed mentality to transform old and obsolete norms and lifestyles into a realistic and awakened understanding.  Some one rightly put the words this way; “It is not the sins of the fathers that descend unto the third generation, but the sorrows of the Mothers”. The unexpressed pains and unrecognized rights of women remain unaddressed or not listen to adequately. This is a failing part of the Naga society. It is men’s role to restore and rebuild the lost image of women being, their status and rights as equally human being so as dignity of human person is recreated. I believe women in leadership roles can help restore balance and wholeness to our society.

This article is published with an intention to bridge the gaps of understanding between men and women and to build a mutual sharing of responsibility in building and shaping the Naga society, If there be any mistaking or misgiving found in this article or create negative impression, the writer holds the responsibility as a person to clarify or to claim responsible. For any query or feedback, readers may contact the author through the given No. 09612848686 or email add. fitawelfaremin@yahoo.co.in.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2012/03/womens-rights-mens-role/

Women`s rights & men`s role

By Gwangphun Gangmei I am a man born of a woman. I am morally obliged… more »

By Gwangphun Gangmei
I am a man born of a woman. I am morally obliged as a man to stands,  and  to speak for the welfare and security of women. Today in a men dominated society, it is indeed very hard for women to really express their pains and rights to be heard and get comforted, secured or relieved.  The dominant attitude of men still holds strong refusing to listen to and understand the position of women. Today, women, girls or female human being are being greatly devalued, lowered their dignity below humanity. By culture or fashion of the world, Women’s value and dignity have been greatly damaged and their position as equally human being are so unnaturally lowered. They are made as an object for men’s gratification. They  can be sold, bought or bartered. They are used as beast of burden or slaves in the homes. Many a time, they are beaten, treated and even killed for no false of their own. Being weaker vessels, helpless and beautiful in form and structure, men folk’s attempts to molest rape or tease much against their will.
What an inhumane world is our world becoming? What shall we as men do about changing this wicked scenario?  Men must realize and enlightened. Women must awake onto their status and rights to live a free life together with men. This generation must be changed to generation of love, hope and prosperity.

The reality and unwanted truth is, women are not an animal or lower human being. They are equally human being in all manner and nature. I states, that women are complement part of men; man without woman is not a complete humanity.  Therefore human society consists of both man and woman. Half or more of Human population is women. If man advocates inequality of status with women or put women lower being than men, on what authority is such sanctioned against the will and plan of the creator? What gain or good will man profit other than prideful dominant ruling which naturally leads to human downfall? What is better than mutual sharing, understanding, helping and mutual living together with women? Man needs woman to build a home, society and nation. I am pain to see disparity and discrepancy in today society where women are compelled and conditioned, subjection to men’s wilful imposition. I don’t read books on women’s rights neither intend to gain their favour nor bribed. I only feel and understand their conditions by observing their plights not by hearing their report of grievances but by listening, observing and sensing their pain through their unspoken languages. I feel like am intervened by unseen touch, to spell out the truth about the other person called Woman. I accepted this inspiration and moved to write on Women’s reality left in obscured region of humanity induced or shaped by patriarchal system of human society. Women silently suffer throughout generations in the hands of men as systemized in the given society. Men remain stiff-necked and go on about doing their will upon women. Some blame women pointing to the event of Eden incidence and justifies that it is the creator’s designed, or as penalty given to women for committing the first sin. Any excuse or blame men may put on women to make their rights justified can never suffice  the reason for their action against the will and rights of women. However, strong the justification we Man may put on the issue, the truth remains and some day, the light of trut
h will shine upon the stiff-necked and eventually women-kind will be emancipated forever from the man-made imposition of authority over women.

Nature bears witness that Woman painfully generates mankind. Naturally Men are made to be loving and kind to women for painfully bearing human generation. Man was alone and incomplete without woman and so God made woman out of man to be with man as better half-of human being. Woman is said to be the better half of man. Man the stronger half of woman. Therefore, the biblical psalmist states, Man(man & woman) are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Unnaturally and unfortunately, women are being treated by mankind as server or servant to man. This mentality of man over woman is predominantly shaped as human culture. I said, this is not right. This is not what God made woman to be so. I believe, God made woman to be definitely with man as equal being having equally different functions, role and responsibility in all spheres of life. God made no lesser brain for woman and no lesser heart for man. The difference is in the use of it. Man’s brain and woman’s heart must work together to make a perfect whole of humanity. Man tried to use their brains without woman’s   to run the human society. The spoiled is irreparable and humanity is kept imbalanced. The sorrow of humanity results due to imbalance system of human society created by mankind. Womankind and mankind together makes humanity balance and perfect. Restoration of humanity to its balance position depends on man’s realization of their wrong mentality and woman’s as well their accepted condition. Woman must realize that they are equally human being having equal responsibility for the good or bad of the society. Men too must sense that women are equally responsible for the bad or good of the society. Having sense this equableness can humanity live together in harmony as designed by the Creator. In order to maintain peace, justice and harmony in the society,  both the sexes must equally sense the need for each other, respect each other and help each other in all affairs of life; social, political, spiritual and day to day personal and inter-personal activities. Man and woman must work together, shouldering the responsibility to care, preserve and protect life not only of man but also of animal and plants. The work of  Human welfare lies in both the sexes. Nature defines clearly the role, function and duty of man and woman, each to perform in relation to each other and for each other. God never give greater responsibility to man and lesser to woman. It is wrong to think the other way too. Man cannot reproduce without woman and vice-versa. Man therefore cannot live without woman and woman as well. Humanity needs each other for the purpose of human race to continue here on earth. In every consideration both the sexes must necessarily be included. Both are equally responsible and contributive. It is wrong to think that different in sex makes the difference in social status or rights. Human rights speak of both the sexes in equal term and volume. Man and woman are born free and given equal liberty to choose or do as he or she likes. Each is responsible for one’s own action or choice.  The false and sin of man cannot be transferred to woman and vice-versa. Therefore God judges man and woman as per his or her work. The dignity of   man   and woman as a human person is equal in the eye of God and so we must view as God views it. In the context of Naga society, where belief system is being shifted from animism or olden deity worship  to Christianity, there arose certain thinking pattern; some thinks to purely preserve the customary practices, some thinks to modify to suit the Christian society, while others totally rejects the customary and traditional practices. In all the thinking pattern and beliefs, there exists a sort of discrimination against women in one form or the other. Therefore, what we need today is, to understand, accept and apply which is relevance, universal, and practical to our context. According to Art.371 A of the constitution of India, Nagas have every right to accept or reject or modify or amend any laws of parliament or even to apply it in the Naga society provided the Nagaland state Assembly pass it as laws.

My appeal to the Govt of Nagaland and all the representatives in the state assembly is to broad-mindedly consider and render a better position for woman; accepting women as part of men in all decision making level or forum so as Naga society can also cope with the changing and growing reality of the present generation, not lagging behind, dwelling in the old and darkened customary binding. 33% reservation is Indian system prompted and tempered by their Hindu culture, and traditional practices trying to apply in our Naga society as legal imposition in the process of indenisation of Nagas till all Nagas are Indian by culture, belief and practices. It implies that, so long as Nagas remain under Indian system of governance, the Indian laws and regulations binds and we are bounded.  Providing only 33% reservation to women can be conditionally accepted and understood as actualisation of man’s role toward women as fellow human being. In the process of realising and understanding women in the Naga society, men should be happy and well-come out the status given. I propose that women should be given equal status, rights in the society for them to work alongside with men in all social interactions and development.  Only when Naga men realize the indispensable reality of Naga woman to work together with man as equally human being responsible to each other and for each other, then a new and better generation of hope, prosperity and Peace will be actualized. It is time for Naga to think and live in term of pragmatic and realistic reasoning prompted by the current world of changing  and growing, not just speaking or doing things as accustomed to by culture or tradition. We need a changed mentality to transform old and obsolete norms and lifestyles into a realistic and awakened understanding.  Some one rightly put the words this way; “It is not the sins of the fathers that descend unto the third generation, but the sorrows of the Mothers”. The unexpressed pains and unrecognized rights of women remain unaddressed or not listen to adequately. This is a failing part of the Naga society. It is men’s role to restore and rebuild the lost image of women being, their status and rights as equally human being so as dignity of human person is recreated. I believe women in leadership roles can help restore balance and wholeness to our society.

This article is published with an intention to bridge the gaps of understanding between men and women and to build a mutual sharing of responsibility in building and shaping the Naga society, If there be any mistaking or misgiving found in this article or create negative impression, the writer holds the responsibility as a person to clarify or to claim responsible. For any query or feedback, readers may contact the author through the given No. 09612848686 or email add. fitawelfaremin@yahoo.co.in.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2012/03/womens-rights-mens-role/

State boxers sizzle at Asian championship

IMPHAL, March 25: Two boxers from the state Mary Kom and L Sarita Devi snatched… more »

IMPHAL, March 25: Two boxers from the state Mary Kom and L Sarita Devi snatched Gold medals in their respective weight categories to help India get the Runners Up trophy at the 6th Asian Women’s Boxing Championship at Ulaanbaatar.

India finished with 2 Gold, four silver and two Bronze medal to stay at the Runners up podium.

“Mary Kom in the Olympic weight category of 51 kgs defeated twice World Champion & Asian Games 2010 Gold Medalist Ren Cancan of China on points 14:8”.

“At the end of Round 1 Mary was leading by 2:1 which increased to 7:3 by the end of Round 2 and to 11:6 by the end of Round 3 and 14:8 by the end of Round 4” stated a press statement of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation”.

“Magnificent Mary was simply unstoppable today and she has proved her mettle by taking sweet revenge on her Asian Games 2010 loss to Ren Cancan” it added.

Former World Champion in 2006, L Sarita Devi took the other yellow metal for India in her 60 Kgs weight category which is another Olympic Games weight category.

“In the 60 kgs which is another Olympic Games weight category, former World Champion in 2006 Sarita Devi defeated last Asian Championship Gold Medalist Chorieva Mavzuna of Tajkistan on points 16:9. At the end of Round 1 Sarita was leading by 5:1, which increased to 9:3 by the end of Round 2 and becane 13:5 by the end of Round 3 and ended Round 4 with a final score of 16:9”.

“Sarita had beaten current Asian Games Gold Medalist and former World Champion Cheng Dong of China in the semifinals yesterday by a large margin of 26:15. In the last World Championships at Barbados, Cheng Dong had lost a very close bout to Katie Taylor of Ireland and had to settle for the Silver then” the statement added.

In the 48 kgs Pinki jangra lost a very hard fought clsoe bout to Bolortuul Tumurhuyag of Mongolia on points 22:24.

It was the local crowd support and cheering which helped the Mongolian girl to edge ahead in the final tally although Pinki had put up a gallant fight.

In the 54 kgs Sonia Lather fought bravely but lost on points 8:12 to Ke Jia Luu of China and had to settle for the Silver medal.

In the 69 kgs Monica Saun lost to Dong Mei wang of China on points 10:13. Monica fought courageously and was close on the heels of the Chinese boxer but experience helped the Chinese boxer to win the Gold and Monica the Silver.

In the third Olympic Weight category of 75 kgs Pooja Rani lost to the World Champion and Asian Games Gold Medalist Jinzi Li of China on points 8:15.

Further according to the statement, “Abhay Singh Chautala, president, Indian Amateur Boxing Federation congratulated the whole Indian Contingent for the stupendous performance by the boxers and the coaches as well as the support staff of Doctor, Physiotherapist and Masseurs and hoped that this performance will be bettered at the World Championships and Olympic Qualifying Tournament at China in May 2012”.

“Special mention needs to be made about the Coaches Dronacharya Awardee Anoop Kumar and Dronacharya Awardee D Chandralal and their team of assistant coaches Hemlata Bagadwal and Geeta Chanu who have made this dream performance come true. They were ably supported by the Team Doctor Dr Sanjogita Soodan and the Physio Hema Valecha” the statement added.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2012/03/state-boxers-sizzle-at-asian-championship/

No expansion till March-end

IMPHAL, March 25: There will be no expansion of the Ibobi led Congress ministry before… more »

IMPHAL, March 25: There will be no expansion of the Ibobi led Congress ministry before the March 31, according to sources close to the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh had himself told newsmen that expansion will not be possible before March 31, on the sidelines of the swearing in ceremony of three senior ministers including Gaikhangam on March 16. Yet, rumors about possible expansion and the composition of the new ministry persist in certain sections of the public.

The possibility of Yumkham Erabot Singh in the Ibobi Cabinet and whether Ibobi wil part with the crucial portfolio of Finance is still a hot topic in the corridors of power and the roadside hotels.

Reliable sources in the Congress said, the compromise formula as worked out by the AICC High Command is seven representatives from Ibobi camp including himself and five from the Gaikhangam camp.

After the first expansion of his ministry, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has already two of his loyalists in the cabinet. They are Th Debendra Singh and Phungzathang Tonsing.

According to informed sources, Gaikhangam had proposed the names of Govindas Konthoujam of Bishnupur District, Victor Keishing of Ukhrul District, Ngamthang Haokip of Senapati District, Yumkham Erabot  of Imphal East district and L Nandakumar of Imphal West district.

While on the other hand the Chief Minister had proposed the names of Moirangthem Okendro Singh of Thoubal District, DK Korungthang of Chandel District, I Hemochandra of Imphal West District, Md Amin Shah of Imphal East District and AK Mirabai on women’s quota.

Sources further said, M Okendro’s name been proposed by both camps in the Congress. The party is still in the process of identifying as to who would be inducted as chairman and vice-chairman in the various government undertakings.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2012/03/no-expansion-till-marchend/

No expansion till March-end

IMPHAL, March 25: There will be no expansion of the Ibobi led Congress ministry before… more »

IMPHAL, March 25: There will be no expansion of the Ibobi led Congress ministry before the March 31, according to sources close to the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh had himself told newsmen that expansion will not be possible before March 31, on the sidelines of the swearing in ceremony of three senior ministers including Gaikhangam on March 16. Yet, rumors about possible expansion and the composition of the new ministry persist in certain sections of the public.

The possibility of Yumkham Erabot Singh in the Ibobi Cabinet and whether Ibobi wil part with the crucial portfolio of Finance is still a hot topic in the corridors of power and the roadside hotels.

Reliable sources in the Congress said, the compromise formula as worked out by the AICC High Command is seven representatives from Ibobi camp including himself and five from the Gaikhangam camp.

After the first expansion of his ministry, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has already two of his loyalists in the cabinet. They are Th Debendra Singh and Phungzathang Tonsing.

According to informed sources, Gaikhangam had proposed the names of Govindas Konthoujam of Bishnupur District, Victor Keishing of Ukhrul District, Ngamthang Haokip of Senapati District, Yumkham Erabot  of Imphal East district and L Nandakumar of Imphal West district.

While on the other hand the Chief Minister had proposed the names of Moirangthem Okendro Singh of Thoubal District, DK Korungthang of Chandel District, I Hemochandra of Imphal West District, Md Amin Shah of Imphal East District and AK Mirabai on women’s quota.

Sources further said, M Okendro’s name been proposed by both camps in the Congress. The party is still in the process of identifying as to who would be inducted as chairman and vice-chairman in the various government undertakings.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2012/03/no-expansion-till-marchend/

Maoists release one abducted Italian

BHUBANESWAR, March 25 (agencies): Maoists Sunday released one of the two Italian hostages they had… more »

BHUBANESWAR, March 25 (agencies): Maoists Sunday released one of the two Italian hostages they had abducted March 14. The rebels said they will release the other Italian only after the government fulfills some of their demands.

After his release Claudio Colangelo said it was a frightening experience for him. He said he wants to visit India again but will be foolish to visit areas where there are Maoists. He said he wants to return to his native country Italy as soon as possible.

Appealing to the Maoists to release the second Italian immediately unharmed, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said he will request the two mediators who were named by the rebels to resume talks to speed up the process.

State Home Secretary U.N. Behera said the state government will continue its efforts to secure the release of the other Italian, Bosusco Paolo, and a Biju Janata Dal legislator.

Rebel leader Sabyasachi Panda, who is named as `Sunil`, handed over Colangelo, 61, to a select group of three journalists somewhere in Kandhamal district. The Maoists released the Italian following an “appeal from people and a cross-section of society”, Panda said.

The guerrillas abducted Paolo and Colangelo from a forested area on the border of state`s Ganjam and Kandhamal district March 14.

On Saturday, the rebels kidnapped ruling BJD legislator and a popular tribal leader Jhina Hikaka, 37, in a hilly area of Koraput district.

However, Panda said he is not responsible for abduction of the BJP legislator and it has not been done by his group.

The rebel leader also said he released Colangelo because the state government halted negotiations with the Maoist-named mediators citing violence from the Maoist side.

He asserted that there was no violence in the area commanded by his group after declaration of ceasefire by him. Panda is the organising secretary of the Orissa state committee of Communist Party of India-Maoist.

The two Maoist mediators, tribal expert B.D. Sharma said social activist Dandapani Mohanty, who had withdrawn from mediation expressed his happiness over the release of Colangelo and said the government could resume dialogue for the release of the other.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Sunday appealed to the rebels to also release the legislator immediately.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2012/03/maoists-release-one-abducted-italian/

Maoists release one abducted Italian

BHUBANESWAR, March 25 (agencies): Maoists Sunday released one of the two Italian hostages they had… more »

BHUBANESWAR, March 25 (agencies): Maoists Sunday released one of the two Italian hostages they had abducted March 14. The rebels said they will release the other Italian only after the government fulfills some of their demands.

After his release Claudio Colangelo said it was a frightening experience for him. He said he wants to visit India again but will be foolish to visit areas where there are Maoists. He said he wants to return to his native country Italy as soon as possible.

Appealing to the Maoists to release the second Italian immediately unharmed, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said he will request the two mediators who were named by the rebels to resume talks to speed up the process.

State Home Secretary U.N. Behera said the state government will continue its efforts to secure the release of the other Italian, Bosusco Paolo, and a Biju Janata Dal legislator.

Rebel leader Sabyasachi Panda, who is named as `Sunil`, handed over Colangelo, 61, to a select group of three journalists somewhere in Kandhamal district. The Maoists released the Italian following an “appeal from people and a cross-section of society”, Panda said.

The guerrillas abducted Paolo and Colangelo from a forested area on the border of state`s Ganjam and Kandhamal district March 14.

On Saturday, the rebels kidnapped ruling BJD legislator and a popular tribal leader Jhina Hikaka, 37, in a hilly area of Koraput district.

However, Panda said he is not responsible for abduction of the BJP legislator and it has not been done by his group.

The rebel leader also said he released Colangelo because the state government halted negotiations with the Maoist-named mediators citing violence from the Maoist side.

He asserted that there was no violence in the area commanded by his group after declaration of ceasefire by him. Panda is the organising secretary of the Orissa state committee of Communist Party of India-Maoist.

The two Maoist mediators, tribal expert B.D. Sharma said social activist Dandapani Mohanty, who had withdrawn from mediation expressed his happiness over the release of Colangelo and said the government could resume dialogue for the release of the other.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Sunday appealed to the rebels to also release the legislator immediately.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2012/03/maoists-release-one-abducted-italian/

Fake encounter slur on SF

IMPHAL, March 25: A man, who was reportedly gunned down by a combined team of… more »

IMPHAL, March 25: A man, who was reportedly gunned down by a combined team of Imphal west police commandos and 18 Sikh Regiment during an encounter at Naran Konjin under Wangoi police station on March 23, was an innocent bread-earner and not a militant, his family claimed Sunday.

Md Firoz Khan, 25, son of (L) Hesamuddin of Lilong Haoreibi Makha Leikai was reported to have been shot dead in an encounter with security forces at Naran Konjin on March 23, but his family has claimed otherwise. The family has claimed that Fioz was picked up by security forces and later killed in a fake encounter.

Firoz is survived by three daughters and his six-month-old pregnant wife and that he was a daily wage earner, according to his family.

He left home on March 23 evening around 6pm along with his two friends identified as Md Abdul Rajaq, 23 of Lilong Chandakhong and Md Rasim Khan, 23 of Lilong Haoreibi Konjin Leikai in Thoubal district.

The two individuals were caught by locals yesterday afternoon from their respective houses and later the residents grilled them over the killing of Firoz, the family maintained.

According to the duo, on that day March 23, the three friends were going for a walk at Sawombung Penakhong. They started running from the area when they spotted a commando team approaching them. The team later on picked up Firozand opened fire towards the two friends while taking away Firoz from the scene, the family quoted the two friends.

Meanwhile, the body of Firoz was handed over to his family on Sunday after conducting autopsy at RIMS.

His body had received 11 bullets on his chest, his family source said.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2012/03/fake-encounter-slur-on-sf/

Police rescue man from kidnappers

IMPHAL, March 25 (Newmai News Network): A salesman was rescued by the security force personnel… more »

IMPHAL, March 25 (Newmai News Network): A salesman was rescued by the security force personnel in the late afternoon of Sunday from Manipur`s southern district Churachandpur from armed men.

According to the police, one Kh. Ibungojaoba (41) was abducted by three gunmen from Churachandpur market at about 7:30 pm on Saturday.

The kidnappers then demanded Rs 1 lakh for the release of Ibungojaoba from his employer.

Ibungojaoba who hails from Khumakjam Leikei of Churachandpur works as a salesman in a butcher shop which mostly deals in chicken in Churachandpur market.

At around 5:30 pm today, following a tip-off from certain quarters, a combined team of Churachandpur police and Assam Rifles personnel rushed to Bollen village, some 6 km from Churachandpur police station and rescued the man. The security personnel also arrested two of the three abductors. Though it is yet to confirm but the police suspect that the abductors are cadres of the Kuki National Front, KNF (S) which is a party to the Suspension of Operation (SoO).

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2012/03/police-rescue-man-from-kidnappers/

Police rescue man from kidnappers

IMPHAL, March 25 (Newmai News Network): A salesman was rescued by the security force personnel… more »

IMPHAL, March 25 (Newmai News Network): A salesman was rescued by the security force personnel in the late afternoon of Sunday from Manipur`s southern district Churachandpur from armed men.

According to the police, one Kh. Ibungojaoba (41) was abducted by three gunmen from Churachandpur market at about 7:30 pm on Saturday.

The kidnappers then demanded Rs 1 lakh for the release of Ibungojaoba from his employer.

Ibungojaoba who hails from Khumakjam Leikei of Churachandpur works as a salesman in a butcher shop which mostly deals in chicken in Churachandpur market.

At around 5:30 pm today, following a tip-off from certain quarters, a combined team of Churachandpur police and Assam Rifles personnel rushed to Bollen village, some 6 km from Churachandpur police station and rescued the man. The security personnel also arrested two of the three abductors. Though it is yet to confirm but the police suspect that the abductors are cadres of the Kuki National Front, KNF (S) which is a party to the Suspension of Operation (SoO).

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2012/03/police-rescue-man-from-kidnappers/

Crisis of potable water: Is there a way out?

IMPHAL, March 25: A one day consultation program on “Crisis of potable water in Manipur:… more »

IMPHAL, March 25: A one day consultation program on “Crisis of potable water in Manipur: Is there a way out” was held today at EEMA conference hall, Keishampat Junction, Imphal. The function was attended by many organizations, students as well as individuals from different parts of the state.

The consultation program was chaired by Kheidem Mani, senior advocate, Yambem Laba, senior journalist and Meihoubam Rakesh, director, Human Rights Law Network, Manipur as moderators.

Addressing the keynote, Meihoubam Rakesh stated that we don’t have water problem but we lack potable water, even though we have Public Health Engineering Department running with thousands of employees.

Declaring that right to water is a basic fundamental right, Meihoubam Rakesh concluded his keynote address saying that the consultation program is the first step of protest towards the government’s failure to provide potable water to the general public.

Later, during the knowledge sharing session, K. Rabei, a practicing lawyer at Guwahati High Court said that if the government is responsible for the crisis so as the people, since India is a democratic country. He also said that we should take legal action with the help of legal experts.

Further, women folk who were present have expressed their anger, saying women folk suffer more, so they will take more initiative and support the cause in every possible way. Other organization representatives, students and individuals also expressed their anger towards the failure of the Government.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2012/03/crisis-of-potable-water-is-there-a-way-out/

Crisis of potable water: Is there a way out?

IMPHAL, March 25: A one day consultation program on “Crisis of potable water in Manipur:… more »

IMPHAL, March 25: A one day consultation program on “Crisis of potable water in Manipur: Is there a way out” was held today at EEMA conference hall, Keishampat Junction, Imphal. The function was attended by many organizations, students as well as individuals from different parts of the state.

The consultation program was chaired by Kheidem Mani, senior advocate, Yambem Laba, senior journalist and Meihoubam Rakesh, director, Human Rights Law Network, Manipur as moderators.

Addressing the keynote, Meihoubam Rakesh stated that we don’t have water problem but we lack potable water, even though we have Public Health Engineering Department running with thousands of employees.

Declaring that right to water is a basic fundamental right, Meihoubam Rakesh concluded his keynote address saying that the consultation program is the first step of protest towards the government’s failure to provide potable water to the general public.

Later, during the knowledge sharing session, K. Rabei, a practicing lawyer at Guwahati High Court said that if the government is responsible for the crisis so as the people, since India is a democratic country. He also said that we should take legal action with the help of legal experts.

Further, women folk who were present have expressed their anger, saying women folk suffer more, so they will take more initiative and support the cause in every possible way. Other organization representatives, students and individuals also expressed their anger towards the failure of the Government.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2012/03/crisis-of-potable-water-is-there-a-way-out/

Adhoc committee dissolved

IMPHAL, March 25: “As the Sishu Nistha Niketan authorities and parents and guardians of the… more »

IMPHAL, March 25: “As the Sishu Nistha Niketan authorities and parents and guardians of the students have failed to recognise the Adhoc Committee of Parents/Guardians Association, the adhoc committee has been dissolve today”, said Ch Rajen Singh convenor of the adhoc committee during a press conference held at the conference hall of the All Manipur Bar Association.

Further briefing the media persons, he stated that the committee had convened a general  body meeting at Manipur Press Club on March 17 which was also attended by parents and guardians of students to discuss the fee structure of the school.

During the said meeting the committee and the parents/guardians decided the adhoc committee should continue for the time being and also proposed a new fee structure. The resolutions were further submitted to the school authorities, he stated.

The school authorities in their reply have after due deliberation and discussion has come up with a new fee structure which may be accepted and approved.

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Adhoc committee dissolved

IMPHAL, March 25: “As the Sishu Nistha Niketan authorities and parents and guardians of the… more »

IMPHAL, March 25: “As the Sishu Nistha Niketan authorities and parents and guardians of the students have failed to recognise the Adhoc Committee of Parents/Guardians Association, the adhoc committee has been dissolve today”, said Ch Rajen Singh convenor of the adhoc committee during a press conference held at the conference hall of the All Manipur Bar Association.

Further briefing the media persons, he stated that the committee had convened a general  body meeting at Manipur Press Club on March 17 which was also attended by parents and guardians of students to discuss the fee structure of the school.

During the said meeting the committee and the parents/guardians decided the adhoc committee should continue for the time being and also proposed a new fee structure. The resolutions were further submitted to the school authorities, he stated.

The school authorities in their reply have after due deliberation and discussion has come up with a new fee structure which may be accepted and approved.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2012/03/adhoc-committee-dissolved/

Cylinder blast destroys properties worth lakhs, no human casualties

IMPHAL, March 25: A fire broke out this morning at around 6:25am at Mantripukhri. The… more »

IMPHAL, March 25: A fire broke out this morning at around 6:25am at Mantripukhri. The fire started when a gas cylinder exploded at a building between the office of the All Manipur Road Transport Drivers and Motor Workers Union and Vishnu Auto Mobile workshop. The fire also charred a rice hotel lying in the vicinity.

The fire destroyed four rooms of the transporters union office and other office properties amounting to around Rs 10 lakhs.

Four four-wheelers from the automobile workshop were also destroyed by the fire. Fire tenders arrive soon on receiving news about the fire and managed to control the fire from further spreading.

Meanwhile, a statement of the 69 bn CRPF has stated that on noticing smoke and fire in the sky, the battalion which is sitated about 800meters from the incident site rushed to the spot and helped in controlling the fire.

The battalion pressed its water trucks and personnel in to service, it added.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2012/03/cylinder-blast-destroys-properties-worth-lakhs-no-human-casualties/

Cylinder blast destroys properties worth lakhs, no human casualties

IMPHAL, March 25: A fire broke out this morning at around 6:25am at Mantripukhri. The… more »

IMPHAL, March 25: A fire broke out this morning at around 6:25am at Mantripukhri. The fire started when a gas cylinder exploded at a building between the office of the All Manipur Road Transport Drivers and Motor Workers Union and Vishnu Auto Mobile workshop. The fire also charred a rice hotel lying in the vicinity.

The fire destroyed four rooms of the transporters union office and other office properties amounting to around Rs 10 lakhs.

Four four-wheelers from the automobile workshop were also destroyed by the fire. Fire tenders arrive soon on receiving news about the fire and managed to control the fire from further spreading.

Meanwhile, a statement of the 69 bn CRPF has stated that on noticing smoke and fire in the sky, the battalion which is sitated about 800meters from the incident site rushed to the spot and helped in controlling the fire.

The battalion pressed its water trucks and personnel in to service, it added.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2012/03/cylinder-blast-destroys-properties-worth-lakhs-no-human-casualties/

Bamboo cycles to be produced in Manipur – Assam Tribune

Bamboo cycles to be produced in ManipurAssam TribuneIMPHAL, March 25 – In an effort to promote employment generation projects besides propagating a healthier and pollution-free environment, South Asia Bamboo Foundation (SABF) in collaboration with Ma…

Bamboo cycles to be produced in Manipur
Assam Tribune
IMPHAL, March 25 – In an effort to promote employment generation projects besides propagating a healthier and pollution-free environment, South Asia Bamboo Foundation (SABF) in collaboration with Manipur Cycle Club (MCC) is planning to produce 'Bamboo
Manipur working on India's first bamboo cyclesHindustan Times
Workshop points out State`s Bamboo potentialKanglaOnline

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Mary Kom, Sarita Win Gold At 6th Asian Boxing Championship

New Delhi: Five-time world champion MC Mary Kom and L Sarita Devi of Manipur, on Sunday, clinched gold medals in the 6th Asian Boxing Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, helping India finish a…

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New Delhi: Five-time world champion MC Mary Kom and L Sarita Devi of Manipur, on Sunday, clinched gold medals in the 6th Asian Boxing Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, helping India finish a…

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