Next round of tripartite talk UNC awaits Govt move

SENAPATI, Apr 23 : Tripartite talks involving the United Naga Council (UNC), the Government of Manipur and the Central Government could not be resumed as planned on the district creation issue. In the last tripartite talk on March 19 in Senapati it was agreed upon that the “next round of tripartite talks will be resumed […]

Wanted: Manipur River Protection Force

Rajendra Kshetri The hardly- one month-old newly formed BJP-led government in Manipur has delivered, so to say. The more-than – three – months old Economic Blockade imposed by the United Naga Council (UNC) on the Imphal – Dimapur National Highway (against the backdrop of seven newly created districts by the previous Congress government of Shri […]

Govt-CCpur JAC hold dialogue

Imphal, Apr 7: The State Government and the Joint Action Committee Against ‘Anti-Tribal’ Bills (Churachandpur) held a meeting today at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat with Chief Minister N Biren in the chair. Chief Minister N Biren expressed his desire to let the families of the victims perform the last rites considering the trauma being suffered […]

Acknowledging the stand of NTC Not blindly accepting FA

How successfully has the NSCN (IM) been in taking the people of Nagaland along with their agenda ? This question may seem odd, even hollow in the face of the fact that ever since the NSCN came into being in 1980 and split into the Khaplang faction and Isak-Muivah faction in 1988, the outfit seems […]

The Framework Agreement – A ticking time bomb?

Samarjit Kambam It’s true. Manipur, the small daughter state of India has been decapitated bit by bit, just like an animal in a slaughterhouse. Firstly, the first Prime Minister of India Pt Jawaharlal Nehru gave away the naturally resourceful Kabaw Valley to Burma including the Ningthi Turel, a bountiful river in terms of precious elements […]

Looking at the pre-poll promises of BJP Piped water supply

The BJP led coalition Government has passed the floor test, as expected. So after Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, the BJP gets another North East State under its belt and this is in line with the agenda spelt out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after the BJP swept the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. The Modi […]

Naga leaders bat for unity

DIMAPUR, Mar 21: Naga leaders have strongly voiced for Naga unity and reconciliation. and said without unity and reconciliation the Naga movement will move backward instead of progressing. Celebrating the 38th Naga Republic Day at Camp Hebron, off Dimapur today, leaders from Naga Hoho, Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), Eastern Naga People’s Organisation (ENPO), Naga leaders […]

UNC still against dists creation : Gaidon

IMPHAL, Mar 20 : Even though the economic blockade was lifted after holding the tripartite talk, United Naga Council (UNC) is still against the creation of seven new districts. This was reiterated by UNC president Gaidon Kamei while talking to media persons after he along with information secretary Shangkhel Stephen came out of the Court […]

UNC still against dists creation : Gaidon

IMPHAL, Mar 20 : Even though the economic blockade was lifted after holding the tripartite talk, United Naga Council (UNC) is still against the creation of seven new districts. This was reiterated by UNC president Gaidon Kamei while talking to media persons after he along with information secretary Shangkhel Stephen came out of the Court […]

Lifting the longest ever blockade Spell out agreed points

Finally the United Naga Council (UNC) has lifted the 139 days old economic blockade. This is a welcome development and in as much as credit may be given to the BJP led coalition Government and the UNC for coming to a meeting point, it cannot be helped but ask what are the meeting points that […]

Downfall of Congress party in Manipur and India

TK Haokip The Congress Party has been ruling India for more than 57 years out of 70 years of Independence in 1947 and in Manipur for the last continuous 15 years with Shri O. Ibobi Singh and Shri Gaikhangam as the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively. During this 15 years regime Shri Ibobi […]

What are the Terms of Reference of Negotiation between the GoM and the UNC?

Last Sunday, the United Naga Council (UNC) had called off the 139-day-long blockade of the state’s two national highways, after talks with representatives from the state and Centre and a day ahead of Chief Minister N Biren’s crucial floor test to prove his majority in the Manipur assembly. This must be a good news but […]

Statistics not telling the whole story Second best the first

The longest ever economic blockade has been lifted. The BJP may have missed the 48 hours of Government formation promise set earlier before the Assembly election to get the blockade lifted but it has been lifted and this is a fresh development. The Sangai Express will however comment on the decision of the UNC to […]

Senapati Tripartrite Talk Successful: United Naga Council (UNC) to lift Economic Blockade from midnight tonight

Imphal, March 9: United Naga Council (UNC) to lifts economic blockade from midnight today Senapati Tripartite Talk fruitful with positive result as UNC has announced to lift the 131 days long indefinite Economic Blockade from the National Highways of Manipur from midnight today after 4 hours of talk with representatives of GOI, Manipur Government and representatives […]

Eco blockade: Politics wins, common man loses

Ajay Sharma The economic blockade in Manipur this year has exceeded the 120 days record of 2012, something that seems to have become a ‘way of life’ in Manipur. After four months of continuous blockade of NH 2, has the UNC been able to achieve its stated objectives? Have we the Nagas been able to […]

BJP MLAs, supporting MLAs shifted to Guwahati

NEW DELHI, Mar 18 :Ahead of the crucial floor test in Manipur, 17 BJP legislators have reportedly moved into a hotel in Guwahati along with an independent MLA and one from the Trinamool Congress, in what is being seen as a move to thwart any attempt to poach MLAs. People in the know said these […]

Longest economic blockade Stage set for tripartite talk

IMPHAL, Mar 18: Another round of tripartite talk involving the State Government, the United Naga Council (UNC) and the Central Government would be held tomorrow afternoon at Senapati DC office. Ministry of Home Affairs, North East in-charge Satyendra Garg who would represent the Government of India has already arrived here today. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) […]

How to take along the disparate parties Job cut out for BJP

As expected and predicted in this column, it is a hung House, with the BJP managing to clobber up the needed support of other political parties to form the Government. With a score of 21 MLAs, the BJP managed to rope in four MLAs from the NPP, four from the NPF, one from the LJP, […]

‘Will urge Centre to set up a Manipur Regiment in army … will invite all insurgent groups for a political dialogue’

Former BSF footballer turned journalist turned politician, Nongthombam Biren Singh is BJP’s first chief minister in Manipur and its third in the North-East. Singh, who shifted from Congress to BJP in 2016, spoke to Oinam Sunil about his priorities and the implications of BJP’s inroads into Manipur. You have become Manipur’s first BJP chief minister […]