Saturday, June 21, 2008

Villagers accused of helping kidnappers fined by Junta

June 20, 2008 - The military authorities in Chin state in Burma have accused villagers of helping unknown Chin language-speaking assailants, who had earlier in the month kidnapped two villagers.

Captain Thang Cing Thang, Camp Commander of the military outpost of Light Infantry Battalion (20) stationed in Shinletwa village in Paletwa Township in southern Chin state has fined the villagers, who have been accused of supporting the kidnappers, Kyat 6,000,000 (US Dollar 5,000) in cash as penalty.

Moreover, the Captain also threatened to set fire to the whole village unless the villagers met his demands, a villager from Paletwa Township said.

"He (the Captain) came to our village and said that we must pay Kyat 6,000,000 as penalty for lending a hand to the kidnappers," a villager said.

On June 9, four unidentified gun men had kidnapped two villagers from Pawng Hmu village in Paletwa Township and demanded Kyat 7,000,000 ( US dollar 5,833) as ransom. One of the hostages is believed to be a nurse and the other is a student from Rangoon University.

The kidnappers kept the hostages for six days and then set them free after receiving a ransom of Kyat 2,000,000 (US dollar 1,666) from the Pawng Hmu villagers.

The kidnappers, who wielded guns, are believed to have used Chin language, while communicating with the villagers.

The military authorities targeted villagers from Ma U village as the unknown kidnappers were said to have used that village as a hideout for the kidnapping.

The Ma U villagers have no idea regarding how to garner the amount of money demanded by the military authority.

"We don't know where to find that much money when we are living in such a poor condition," another villager said. He also added that if the people were not in a condition to pay, they might have to flee from the village as another option. – Khonumthung.


Posted by: KL Awm

We, Burma Campaign India (BCI), the 28 member organizations of Burmese democratic forces based India issue this statement to day, 19th June 2008, the 63rd anniversary birth day of Aung San Suu Kyi.

First and for most, We would like to state that the respected Aung San Suu Kyi is the daughter of General Aung San, the national father of Burma and she is the General Secretary of National League for Democracy (NLD), the winner party of 1990 general election but military dictatorship refused to hand over the state power.

Moreover, she is honored with the Noble Prize for Peace on 14th October 1991.

And also, we would like to state again that Aung San Suu kyi was put under house arrest start on 20th July 1989 by military dictators and released on 10th July 1995. She was once again put under house arrest on 21st September 2000 and released again on 6th May 2002. Aung San Suu Kyi and her entourage are ambushed by mobs organized by the SPDC government at Depeyin near Mandalay, in Northern Burma on 30th May 2003 and she was put under house arrest again on 27th September 2003. After last for 5 years, the military dictatorship made one year extension again her house arrest on 27th May 2008.

And also, we would like to express our view that the world recognized Aung San Suu Kyi is the leader of Democracy and Human Rights movement in Burma and she is honored many prizes but those are no useful for her to release from house arrest. The worrisome situation of till to day for Aung San Suu Kyi and her people is the question of who can rescue them practically.

Moreover, we would like to express that we disappointed on some of the silent country governments especially India for Aung San Suu Kyi and political prisoners in Burma. Really, Aung San Suu Kyi and Political prisoners who are the ethnic nationalities leaders are the main key of the solution for democracy and human rights restoration of Burma.

And also, we would like to express our opinion that the world community include UNO should know non-violent strategy will not change the dictatorship of Burma and terminate military rule. We would like to request the world community include UNO especially USA and EUROPE to make intervention by force to rescue Aung san Suu Kyi, political prisoners and all the victim people under the military dictatorship of Burma because the life of people is more important than a group of military dictatorship’s perpetuation.

In conclusion, we, Burma Campaign India (BCI) state that our ultimatum to SPDC, the military dictatorship government of Burma is “to release Aung San Suu Kyi and political prisoners immediately”.

Burma Campaign India (BCI)
Date: 19th June 2008


(1). All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF)
(2). All Burma Students League (ABSL)
(3). All Burma Democratic Lushai Women Organization(ABDLWO)
(4). All Burma Muslin Union (ABMU)
(5). Arkan National Council (ANC)
(6). Arkan League for Democrcy (ALD)
(7). Arkan League for Democrcy –Youth (ALD – Youth)
(8). Burmese Women Union (BWU)
(9). Burmese Community Resource Centre (BCRC)
(10) Cho Youths Association (CYA)
(11) Chin Youth Conference (CYC)
(12) Chin Students Union (CSU)
(13) Democratic Party of Arkan (DPA)
(14) Democratic Party for New Society (DPNS)
(15) Kuki Students Democratic Front (KSDF)
(16) Kuki Women Human Rights Organization (KWHRO)
(17) Khumi Women Advance Organization (KWAO)
(18) Matu Women Union (MWU)
(19) Matu Youth Orgnization (MYO)
(20) Naga National League for Democracy (NNLD)
(21) Naga Youth Organization (NYO)
(22) National League for Democracy (NLD)
(23) Women League of Burma (WLB)
(24) Women League of Chinland (WLC)
(25) Women Rights and Welfare Assocition of Burma (WRWAB)
(26) Zo National Union (ZNO)
(27) Zomi Youth and Student Organization (ZSYO)
(28) Zomi Women Union (ZWU)

EURO 2008

Ah, Just to Get Some Attention..!

- Lyan Samte

Looking around our so-called Zogam (rather rough, isn’t it), it is simply evident that we caught ourselves in an isolated island where the theory of evolution fit us to the hilt. ‘Survival of the fittest’ is the war cry, and naturally, while the poor risked their head and tooth in digging out wild roots, fruits and leaves for their daily survival, the richer and fitter class come, straight facedly cheated and shamelessly snatched them away.

Even though every square metre of our land is infested with Churches, the absence of morality and ethics seems to make them nothing but a fraud, and indeed, they are. It seems like we have a chronic diseases that will never heal again. The people, who needed the prescription didn’t realize that they really are sick, and even those who realize their sickness, are helpless without any help insight. On the other hand, those who are capable of making a prescription are too busy chasing scholarship money, or prefer to live outside, lest they will be infected as well.

So, hey how about a blind man leading another blind man? The only thing is, we just have to trust each other, hold our hands and be ready to fall down the drain, in case we fall down the drain. Here are a few suggestions from a blind man for the blind men on how to overcome the vicious circle of trouble that we caught ourselves in.

Insurgency is often cited by the government as an alibi for not doing any developmental work, but isn’t it rather the outcome of it. Well, till now we flocked towards the government since it pay us more than the insurgent groups, why don’t we threaten the government that we will flock towards and give full moral and physical support to the insurgents, don’t you think that will at least force them to take a little notice provided we beat the drums loud enough to reach the mainland media?

Give a toy gun to everyone, from grandmother to granddaughter and take picture of ourselves and put them up in youtube, blogspot, wordpress, facebook, orkut, myspace, flickr, etc like it is the actual ground situation and try to get some international attention.

Apparently the butch of women protesting naked in front of the Kangla Fort had stirred worldwide attention, why don’t we think more on that front to get some ‘official attention’ (of course, to our situation, Idiot!). (The men can also do, there are quite a number of influential gay men especially in the west).

Some of us in Delhi can get arrested while plotting to kidnap the Prime Minister (or better still, Sonia Gandhi) and said desperation forced us to do this, i.e. to get national media attention.

Why don’t we all go back to the jungle, i.e. to the wild with lion cloths and no sign of settlement? We will at least catch the attention of some anthropologist and well, environment conservators as well as social activist.

Talking of conservators, why don’t we all become green i.e. vegetarian and environmentally friendly, etc., and write to all the major newspaper of the world crusading as if we were Chief Seathl’s children, and we can ask the PETA and the Green Peace to adopt us.

In the other extreme, we can shout to the world that we eat Dog’s Meat –at least we will get the attention of the PETA and Bridgette Bardot.

The most practical one, and seriously, is to join the Marxist. Marxist have the best grass-root level organization, and gosh, since we won’t be able to climb to the leadership level or as they said, the politburo level, it might just suit us fine. And with the excuse of capitalism, we can lynch all those corrupt officials getting damned rich with bribe money, and the best part, we will have the like of the Karats and Yechurys standing up on our behalf in the Parliament and justifying all our actions.

Talking of bribe, why don’t we do more of what we have been doing all this year to get us into the World's Most Corrupt State? After facing so many hardships because of this, it’s disappointing to still not make it to the list! Come on guys, this is our speciality!

Let’s do ’97 again… Oh! No-no-no not again! Sorry I started this… My Sincere Apologies… (Even thought the attentions Darfur get and the Celebrities involved in are something… Blah! Never Again. Sorry, my Sincere Apologies –once again…).
Okay, now I said ‘blind man leading another blind man’, so if you are offended by what I wrote, which is not intended at all, I want you to know that you’re not blind –and that you are reading something that isn’t for you. Anyway, thanks for reading…

No Pun Intended!
No Harm Intended!
No Offence Intended!


More than 6 lakhs seeking jobs in Manipur

By : A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL, Jun 20: The total number of job seekers in Manipur registered with the state employment exchange is 6,07,169 till May last which indicates a rise of 552 from the previous month of April when it was 6,06,617.

Out of the total job seekers 4,37,340 are male while the remaining 1,69,829 are female, said a statement of the employment exchange office, Lamphelpat through the DIPR.

Imphal west district has the highest number of job seekers with 2,08,576 including 63,986 female and 1,44,590 male while Tamenglong district registered the lowest with 17,818. Out of this total number of job seekers in Tamenglong district, 13,588 are male and the remaining 4,230 are female.

A total of 85,893 job seekers registered in Imphal east district. Out of this, 60,922 are male while 28,971 are female job seekers.

Thoubal district registered 88,715 including 69,535 male and 19,180 female, Bishnupur district registered 55,387 with 40,401 male and 14,866 female.

The total number of job seekers registered in Ukhrul district till May this year is 24,126 including 16,855 male and 7,261 female. In Senapati district, the total number is 44,363 and out of this 32,260 are male while 12,103 are female.

In Chandel district, out of 20,648 persons registered 14,120 are male and 6,528 are female.

Persons registered under the special employment exchange for physically handicapped persons is 5,065 including 2,856 male and 2,606 female.


Activating process of Heirok SPOs starts, First batch head for 1 month training at Pangei

By Our Staff Reporter

IMPHAL, Jun 20 : Out of 300 SPOs selected from Heirok, 175 personnel have headed to Manipur Police Training Centre, Pangei for arms training. Thoubal District Police made the whole arrangement for transportation of the SPOs from Heirok to Pangei today.

Thoubal District Police made a publicity campaign this morning at Heirok asking the selected SPOs to assemble at the IRB post located at Heirok Part II. To the publicity campaign of the Thoubal District Police, many selected SPOs responded and came to the IRB post but there were many other selected SPOs who refused to come out.

On the other hand, there were some people who lined up the road and cheered the SPOs when they came out with their beddings, bags and trunks for arms training at Pangei. The SPOs were then taken to Pangei in eight buses amidst police escorts.

The remaining SPOs who refused to come out today would be taken to Pangei after asking them to report at the Heirok Part II IRB post tomorrow morning.

Interacting with media persons, some people of Heirok said that Assam Rifles troops, BSF personnel, IRB and commando personnel have been patrolling the limits of Heirok in the night time following restrictions imposed by the proscribed UNLF and KYKL upon the movement of Heirok people in the aftermath of the establishment of SPOs.

Before the Government came up with the initiative to set up SPOs in response to the demand of Heirok people for guns for self-defence, Meira Paibis used to keep vigil in Heirok localities at night, they conveyed.

Disclosing that the movement of Heirok people have been severely curtailed, they informed that sometimes commandos provided security escorts to some Heirok people while going to neighbouring Wangjing.

Moreover, 12 passengers which earlier plied along Imphal-Heirok route has also suspended their service. If any villager wish-es to travel to Imphal, he or she must go to Wangjing first in an auto-rickshaw before he/she boards a bus there for Imphal.

Meanwhile, a public meeting was held today at Heirok Umang Laikol on the unfolding situation in the locality.


Clash between KRA and KNA, Villagers reduced to refugees status

IMPHAL, Jun 20: The hardships being faced by the innocent civilians due to clash between UG groups continue as nearly 500 villagers of Waakan area of Sadar Hills (Senapati district) under Saikul Police station had fled from their respective homes and are taking shelter at nearby Purum Likli and Champhai villages since June 16 as nearly 200 cadres of KRA and KNA have taken up positions indicating a looming fierce gunbattle.

Nearly 250 villagers including women and children of Maibung Likli and Wakonphai villages are taking refuge at eight 'worm rearing sheds' of Sericulture Department at Purum Likli, while around same number of villagers from Waakan, Khokon, L Songphel and H Molnoi villages are taking shelter at various houses of Champhai village.

According to Purum Likli Church secretary K Ningthou, Government has not extended any help despite the fact that the SDO Saikul had witnessed the helplessness of these villagers during his visit to the relief camp some days back. He however conveyed that a medical team accompanied the SDO when he visited the camp. Kuki Inpi, KSO Saikul, Komrem Union and KKL come to the camp regularly with relief materials, Ningthou added.

Ningthou conveyed that the main concern in the camp is seasonal diseases and foodstuff. A pregnant woman from the camp was hospitalised at PHC Sagolmang for delivery, while some children are sufering from diarrhoea, he said and added that it may spread to other villagers if adequate medical aid is not provided soon.

Purum Likli chief Rinneichuong Chongthu appealed to the UG groups concerned to end their standoff so that the villagers may return to their respective homes soon as the sowing season for the year has already begun. If they do not sow the paddy in time, the villagers would be in trouble, he added.

This reporter could witness villagers sleeping on the floor using plastic sheets and cement bags instead of mattress. They were also not having mosquito nets and blankets. A villager said that 40 campers have to stay in the 40x23 ft worm rearing shed.

Narrating the clash between KNA and KRA, a villager who is one of the 250 villagers taking refuge at the shed at Purum Likli told The Sangai Express that around 100 cadres of KRA arrived early morning of June 16 from the Molkon side to disperse around the same number of KNA cadres who had taken control of Waakan area since the past four/five years. It might also be a revenge ploy by the KRA after the KNA launched a massive attack some days back at Molkon area, which is known to be a stronghold of KRA, he speculated.

Meanwhile, a team of United Committee Manipur headed by its president Konsam Langamba visited the relief camps today.

The team extended help with six and four bags of rice (50 kg each bag) to the camps at Purum Likli and Champhai village respectively. The team also donated Rs 500 to the relief camp of Purum Likli.

Speaking to the villagers, Langamba said that UCM would try its best to press the Government to do the needful for the villagers. He also appealed to the UG groups to end the clash that has severely affected the villagers.

It may be mentioned that two KNA and one KRA cadres were on June 9 during a clash at Molkon area, while a civilian was killed on June 13 as he was hit by stray bullets during a clash at Saikul area.


Saikot plant, Govt acknowledges MSTD report

Newmai News Network

Imphal, Jun 20 : The State Government has formally given the official acknowledgement on the finding of an Advisory Committee set up by the Manipur Science and Technology Department on the ‘miracle cancer curing plant’ known locally as Chawilien Damdawi.

Announcing this in a press conference today at the New Secretariat conference hall, Imphal, S Budhichandra, Commissioner of Manipur Science and Technology (MASTEC) said that MASTEC took the initiative and set up an advisory committee with the officials of the Science and Technology Department to study what steps should be taken with the discovery of the plant Croton Caudatus Geiseler in the general interest of the State.

The finding on Chawilien Damdawi by the Committee has already been submitted to the State Government. The Government has acknowledged the findings of the committee on Friday.

He said that a team of experts has been set up to find the practicability on the plant mainly focused on the patent rights, removal of toxic ingredients, and hygienic way of extracting the potion with quality water supply facility.

Budhichandra said that the finding of the team will be highlighted during a joint discussion session on Saturday at the New Secretariat conference hall here to be attended by officials from the Health and Public Health Engineering Departments, Professors and researchers from Manipur University, Bio-Resources and Sustainable development.

He further said that the patent rights holding department of the plant will also be decided during the meeting on Saturday.

Friday press conference was also attended by various members of the Advisory Committee including Prof N Rajmuhon, Dr Th. Brojendro Singh, Dr Sobita Devi, Dr H Birkumar Singh, Sukumar Haobam, Dr H Natabar Shyam, and UC Laishram.

It is worth mentioning that the preparation of Chawilien Damdawi, which is said to have cured many ailments including cancer, diabetes, etc, has been enjoying its popularity in the region.

It was first discovered by a local healer Chawilien Hmar of Saikawt village in Churachandpur district, whom the plant has been named after. Scholars and biologists have studied the pharmaceutical contents in the plant after it attracted huge numbers of users across the state and even to neighbouring states. More than one lakh people are estimated to have taken the preparation.


Friday, June 20, 2008

The influence of Korean TV dramas

Oliver Intoate Hmar *

Of all the TV dramas produced by Korea film-makers every year, the top-ten rated shows constantly include seven or eight play sequences. In 2006 alone, over 100 play-series were produced representing one of the world most creative outputs of this kind. What must be the causes behind the immense popularity of TV dramas among Asian viewers?

Certainly, the remarkable exaltation of drama programs in Korea has helped to crypt Korean TV dramas to all-new heights, in terms of quality and variety, which have also captured the attention of fast-growing audiences around the globe. As such, the Korean TV dramas which have been a corner-stone of the Korean wave phenomenon, have swept across Asia, and also have come to exert far-reaching influences on North East India's cultural and entertainment scene.

My niece who studied at Nirmalabus School, while writing her exam paper was asked by her teacher "What TV programs do you guys watch these days mostly?" The answers from the entire students was none other than ARIRANG TV.

Nevertheless, people who didn't get the chance of watching Cable network mostly talked about Manipuri's film and its actors like Kamala, Devita, Maya, Sadananda, Kaiku, Dinesh and the like. What step should our film makers take in order to spread out dramas and films as it's greatly influencing the life of the society and the youth in particular?

Of the Korean films, Kang Myoung Seok (Cultural critic) said: "Ever since Korea's first TV drama was aired in 1962, Koreans have displayed an unwavering love for all manner of drama programs. As for the factors behind this fanatic popularity of TV dramas among viewers in Korea, much can be explained by the socio-historical characteristics of Korean society".

While "Love and Ambition" (Saranggwa Yamang), a very well-liked drama series broadcast by MBC-TV. The use of water would decrease nationwide, and there was no traffic on the streets. Even phone call at this hour was out of question. There was a speculation that this was because curfew was imposed and everyone must be at home after dark.

However, the fact is that people could not stand to miss a single episode of these episodes "Love and Ambition" This was one example which a hit drama program could influence the life of people. Nowadays, with the technology advancements and a diversified media environment, people can watch TV dramas wherever and whenever they want.

Cable networks are accessible to all district towns in Manipur as well. Film makers are to be well aware of the fact that the type of dramas or films they made is going to influence the society. Here I must say as an oriental, our films should also focus on our culture and tradition.

In Korea, TV dramas have long been dominated by melodramas with family-centered story lines, while history-theme series have also begun to gain growing popularity recently. Programs related to science fiction, suspense and mystery thrillers have been rarely produced.

However, this doesn't mean that the dramas only provide a mirror image of the Korean life style. The producers of Korean dramas strive to offer encouragement to viewers, many of whom prefer to have a brief break from a demanding day's work.

Consequently, Korean dramas will often feature fanciful plots of a rather ordinary person who encounters a life-changing experience. In large part, the basic formula for successful TV dramas in Korea calls for lead character, a kind of regular person that Korean viewers can commiserate with, and actors who wind up having an out-of-the-ordinary romance or whimsical experience, and in the end, lives happily ever after. Though there are a number of tragic ending dramas such as "Stairs to Heaven, Autumn in my Heart etc".

Because viewers can strongly identify and sympathise with these ordinary characters, the Korean dramas seem to invariably end with the triumph of good over evil. Although these dramas might be criticised for their tendency to moralies and oversimplify, they have enjoyed wide appeal across all ages and classes in Korea, and more recently have captured the fancy of viewers all over Asia.

For viewers in Asia, who share Confucian principles and place a strong emphasis on family values and true love, they can readily embrace the common themes of Korean dramas, such as rewarding the virtuous and punishing the wrongdoers.

The Korean dramas have gained popularity among Asian viewers by weaving scenes about traditional Korean cuisine into its main good-versus-evil plot line, and without passing judgment on cultural differences. In this way, Korean TV dramas have enjoyed a unique and universal appeal, which heretofore was hardly imaginable.

Nevertheless, Korean dramas are now venturing into new territory, while moving away from real-life experiences of the ordinary world to fantasy adventures that unfold in mythical or supernatural realms. Korean dramas can broadly be categorised into melodrama and historical drama. Due to the mixed results of various suspense-thrillers, crime-story, and comedy programs, the dominance of the melodrama and historical drama nevertheless appear destined to continue for some time in Korea.

Korean TV dramas have rapidly gained noteworthy popularity among viewers in several countries around the world. Over the past few years, the Korean dramas have been at the forefront to the Korean Wave pop culture phenomenon, along with becoming one of the most far-reaching cultural influences of the Asian region.

Through the establishment of the close relations with the film, showbiz, tourism, and publishing industries, Korean dramas have in fact moved well beyond the realm of TV. How can you explain the ability of Korean TV dramas to appeal to viewers in countries with a historical background, political environment, and traditional values which are so different from that of Korea?

For this, it would be helpful to reflect upon the insights of local specialists from Chile, Japan, China, and Vietnam, who have been tracking viewer reactions to the broadcast of Korean drama series.

There are many dramas that realistically depict love and personal relationship, but not many that deal with romantic love, as in the Korean melodramas. The most distinctive of Korean dramas is their visually striking depiction of romantic love, while the fashion and accessory items featured on screen add to the aesthetic enjoyment.

One of the main reasons that the dramas have been received so passionately by viewers across the universe is that the dramas need not be preoccupied with worldly interests or real-life problems, and therefore viewers can easily become emotionally attached to fanciful experiences.

Family relations is another time-honored theme to which viewers of all age groups can relate. In fact, other countries also produce its own family-centered dramas, of which many are excellent but they do not hesitate to reveal negative aspects of the family and society.

In contrast, Korean dramas tend to project a society that is caring and benevolent. The Korean "Men of the Bath House" deals with the mundane life of ordinary people, while at the same time attaining a high level of artistic refinement.

This drama does not resort to indecency of exaggeration, nor does it indulge viewers with special effects or picturesque landscapes. It simply tells the story of an ordinary family that operates a public bathhouse. But this quaint charm is what makes the program so appealing to viewers, who invariably enjoy a sense of genuine warmth from the personal interactions.

"'Men of the bathhouse' also reveals the traditional customs of Korea through a family's life story. It is noteworthy that traditional culture can be so deeply ingrained in the daily life of ordinary people. In particular, this drama made me realise the extent to which traditional culture is steadily disappearing from Chinese daily life" said by Li Sheng Li. (The Korean TV Drama from a Chinese Perspective)

Many get to know about Korea and develop favorable impressions of Korea. This awareness encourages viewers to purchase Korean-made product, clothing and hair style. Korean TV dramas are generating not only economic benefits in Asia and North East India but are also promoting positive social and cultural values as well.

Our State, Manipur, known as a land of insurgents, but bountifully rich with beautiful cultural and social values should also attract the world through our documentary films and dramas

* Oliver Intoate Hmar wrote this article for The Sangai Express . This article was webcasted on June 02, 2008.

48 Days to go...........!!

The official emblem of Beijing 2008 entitled "Chinese Seal-Dancing Beijing" cleverly combines the Chinese seal and the art of calligraphy with sporting features, transforming the elements into a human figure running forward and embracing triumph.

The figure resembles the Chinese character "Jing", which stands for the name of the host city and represents a particularly significant Chinese style.

The artwork embodies four messages:

- Chinese culture,
- the color of red China
- Beijing welcomes friends from all over the world
- to challenge the extreme and achieve the perfect and
promote the Olympic motto of "Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger).


Opening Ceremony
Closing Ceremony
Canoe/Kayak -- Flatwater
Canoe/Kayak -- Slalom
Cycling -- Track
Cycling -- Road
Cycling -- Mountain Bike
Cycling -- BMX
Equestrian -- Jumping
Equestrian -- Dressage
Equestrian -- Eventing
Artistic Gymnastics
Gymnastics -- Trampoline
Rhythmic Gymnastics
Wrestling -- Greco-Roman
Wrestling -- Freestyle
Aquatics -- Swimming
Aquatics -- Syn. swimming
Aquatics -- Diving
Aquatics -- Water-polo
Modern Pentathlon
Table Tennis
Beach Volleyball


The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will give friends from all over the world an opportunity to experience Beijing, the capital city of China.

Beijing is both a tribute to China's proud history and a gateway to China's future. The capital city during the Liao, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, Beijing has long been the political, cultural, and diplomatic center of China. It is now an international metropolis, home to 11 million people from all walks of life.

Alongside 7300 cultural relics and historic sites and more than 200 scenic spots -- including the world's largest palace, the Forbidden City, as well as the Great Wall, Summer Palace, and Temple of Heaven -- Beijing boasts an impressive modern skyline, a reflection of its rapid economic development. The recently expanded Beijing Capital International Airport is China's largest and most advanced airport.

August and September mark the end of summer and the beginning of autumn in Beijing, with temperatures ranging from 18 to 30 degrees Celsius. This is the best season to visit, with clear, blue skies allowing visitors to fully witness the charm and vastness of the city.


Repression continues in China, three months before Olympic Games

When the International Olympic Committee assigned the 2008 summer Olympic Games to Beijing on 13 July 2001, the Chinese police were intensifying a crackdown on subversive elements, including Internet users and journalists. Six years later, nothing has changed. But despite the absence of any significant progress in free speech and human rights in China, the IOC’s members continue to turn a deaf ear to repeated appeals from international organisations that condemn the scale of the repression.

From the outset, Reporters Without Borders has been opposed to holding the Olympic Games to Beijing. Now, a year before the opening ceremony, it is clear the Chinese government still sees the media and Internet as strategic sectors that cannot be left to the “hostile forces” denounced by President Hu Jintao. The departments of propaganda and public security and the cyber-police, all conservative bastions, implement censorship with scrupulous care.

Around 30 journalists and 50 Internet users are currently detained in China. Some of them since the 1980s. The government blocks access to thousands for news websites. It jams the Chinese, Tibetan and Uyghur-language programmes of 10 international radio stations. After focusing on websites and chat forums, the authorities are now concentrating on blogs and video-sharing sites. China’s blog services incorporate all the filters that block keywords considered “subversive” by the censors. The law severely punishes “divulging state secrets,” “subversion” and “defamation” - charges that are regularly used to silence the most outspoken critics. Although the rules for foreign journalists have been relaxed, it is still impossible for the international media to employ Chinese journalists or to move about freely in Tibet and Xinjiang.

Promises never kept

The Chinese authorities promised the IOC and international community concrete improvements in human rights in order to win the 2008 Olympics for Beijing. But they changed their tone after getting what they wanted. For example, then deputy Prime Minister Li Lanqing said, four days after the IOC vote in 2001, that “China’s Olympic victory” should encourage the country to maintain its “healthy life” by combatting such problems as the Falungong spiritual movement, which had “stirred up violent crime.” Several thousands of Falungong followers have been jailed since the movement was banned and at least 100 have died in detention.

A short while later, it was the turn of then Vice-President Hu Jintao (now president) to argue that after the Beijing “triumph,” it was “crucial to fight without equivocation against the separatist forces orchestrated by the Dalai Lama and the world’s anti-China forces.” In the west of the country, where there is a sizeable Muslim minority, the authorities in Xinjiang province executed Uyghurs for “separatism.”

Finally, the police and judicial authorities were given orders to pursue the “Hit Hard” campaign against crime. Every year, several thousand Chinese are executed in public, often in stadiums, by means of a bullet in the back of the neck or lethal injection.

The IOC cannot remain silent any longer

The governments of democratic countries that are still hoping “the Olympic Games will help to improve the human right situation in China” are mistaken. The “constructive dialogue” advocated by some is leading nowhere.

The repression of journalists and cyber-dissidents has not let up in the past seven years. Everything suggests that it is going to continue. The IOC has given the Chinese government a job that it is going to carry out with zeal - the job of “organising secure Olympic Games.” For the government, this means more arrests of dissidents, more censorship and no social protest movements.

This is not about spoiling the party or taking the Olympic Games hostage. And anyway, it is China that has taken the games and the Olympic spirit hostage, with the IOC’s complicity. The world sports movement must now speak out and call for the Chinese people to be allowed to enjoy the freedoms it has been demanding for years. The Olympic Charter says sport must be “at the service of the harmonious development of man, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.” Athletes and sports lovers have the right and the duty to defend this charter. The IOC should show some courage and should do everything possible to ensure that Olympism’s values are not freely flouted by the Chinese organisers.

The IOC is currently in the best position to demand concrete goodwill gestures from the Chinese government. It should demand a significant improvement in the human rights situation before the opening ceremony on 8 August 2008.

And the IOC should not bow to the commercial interests of all those who regard China as a vital market in which nothing should be allowed to prevent them from doing business.

No Olympic Games without democracy!

Reporters Without Borders calls on the National Olympic Committees, the IOC, athletes, sports lovers and human rights activists to publicly express their concern about the countless violations of every fundamental freedom in China.

After Beijing was awarded the games in 2001, Harry Wu, a Chinese dissident who spent 19 years in prisons in China, said he deeply regretted that China did not have “the honour and satisfaction of hosting the Olympic Games in a democratic country.”

Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky’s outraged comment about the holding of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow - “Politically, a grave error; humanly, a despicable act; legally, a crime” - remains valid for 2008.


Rebel outfits drive villagers out from Chin state in Burma

June 19, 2008 - The Meitei rebel outfit of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and United National Liberation Front (UNLF) has moved villagers out of their native village in Chin state to another village in Burma. The Meitei rebel outfits from northeast India operating on the Indo-Burma border, is believed to have given Kyat 300,000 each to villagers from Phaisat village in Tonzang Township in the northern part of Chin state. They were then told to leave the village from the first week of June, according to villagers from Phaisat.

"I have also heard that the rebel outfits warned the villagers from Phaisat that there is a possibility of gunfire and asked them to move away after providing them with money," Min Thang from Zomi Human Rights Network based in Manipur state, northeast India said.

"Actually, it is a plan to set up another rebel camp in that village," he added.

There are around 100 villagers (40 households) living in Phaisat village in Tonzang township.

Some villagers have begun to move from Phaisat to other places like Kalay town and Tamu town in Sagaing division of Burma, according to a villager from Tonzang Township.

The nearby areas of Phaisat village in Tonzang Township and Cikha sub-town in Chin state have become a safe refuge for militant outfits from PLA and UNLF to take shelter as the local authorities have a strong tie with them, according to locals from Cikha sub-town.

"Some rebel groups have their own houses and are moving freely with vehicles in broad daylight in Cikha sub-town," a local from Cikha said.

Moreover, these rebel outfits had cultivated about 200 acres of land in areas adjoining Phaisat village, according to the villagers. They had grown poppies on the land.


‘Miracle’ plant

IMPHAL, Jun 19:Even as some experts have started cautioning the users of the potion extracted from Croton Caudatus Geiseler healing shrub for having side effects, the presence of the much hyped miraculous plant known locally as Chawilien Damdawi has been found in abundance in other parts too. Otherwise people have been rushing to Saikot village of Churachandpur district.

The latest place identified to be the home of Croton Caudatus Geiseler in abundance is said to be Thangjing hills in the northern part of Churachandpur district. Local women of the area have found a profitable business by selling the leaves of the plant in Imphal area which fetch them a good amount of money in a day. The local women are selling a load of small polythene bag of the leaves for Rs 50 each, while larger ones have been sold for Rs 300 each. A woman from Khousabung village under Moirang police station in Churachandpur district, who sold the leaves in Imphal area door to door, said that she managed to earn at least Rs 1000 a day. She said people of Khousabung area are gathering the leaves in large numbers for sale in the market. It may be mentioned that the preparation of Chawilien Damdawi, which is said to have cured many ailments inclu-ding cancer, diabetes, etc, has been enjoying its popularity across the state as well as the region for quite sometime now. It was first discovered by a local healer Chawilien Hmar of Saikawt village in Churachandpur district, whom the plant has been named after. Scholars and biologists have studied the pharmaceutical contents in the plant after it attracted huge numbers of users across the state and even to neighbouring states. Long queues of different communities of the state are formed in Saikawt village to get the medicine. Now, the plant has been discovered in other places too. Thangjing hills may be the next Saikawt if report of the presence of the leaves is proved. Meanwhile, the head of department of Radiotherapy of the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal Prof Th. Tomcha has cautioned that the use of Chawilien Damdawi could invite unwanted results in the future if proper and timely steps are not taken by the state Government to check the rampant use. Prof Tomcha also said that side effects on persons who use the local medicine were found suffering with diarrhoea and allergy.


Thursday, June 19, 2008


- Shang Samte

Zo mi lou na lwi na pai ten ‘Nang nu/pa mawng mawng Zo hi mawngmawng vateh. Kahing thei hi. Kang thei na khat um’ , ‘lawm zote hi va the maw?’ ahiei… (blah…..blah ….) ang chi ngai uai?? Hing chi ta le uh bang chin na dawng diei?? Zo nahi naki zuumpi kha ngai ei ? ZO te ding in siam na chia,pil na chia ,maw na chia bang na chia hing ki chi leh na lung a thah diei ??? (A dang dawh thei ding geen ding tampi um nanleh hitan in hunsah phot vai maw???.)

ZO la ate nou ngai thei vangei nasai?? A dangte ngai lou gil lou ka chi na hilou in tam a nuai a laa ngai seng ka sah man in kang tah lang hi. A phuohtu, asatu,a producer te jal in Pasian min ngainou ka pahtawi hi. Lawm aw, ana sim suah inlen ana kingai tuo mawngvoi??? Bang bang pi na ngaituona ah ang um ei??? Pu TT Thangpi ZO ham jang siam diah ka sa a , alaa gel hoi ka sa a ka ngai chim thei sih hi.Pu Josheph Suanlien, a ‘aw’ ngai sa in ka bil haa ah a thaam den hi. A picture jongh Zogam mun tuomtuom I tawndaan te bangte ban ah Malaysia ki kap hinalai !!! Gen seng siei. Ana en mawng voi. Kei na bah leh bang bang e pi ngaisun va teh chi ing .


Phuo : T.T. Thangpi
Sah : Joseph Suan Lien
Limlah : Mihon
Producer : MALAYSIA ZO INNKUON (????)

Tanglai Pu ZO hun a ki pan Tutan vei downg lungzeei sieng ih kibuol zie un Mite ha tung kaa in gamdiel khai zouta ZO vontowite a mi za lai ah Ih nammin talowm mansou ding ii ZO vontawi aw.

Ciillai I ZOLAI simbu sungh ahh jong, siem thei chiil hawn ZOHAaM ham sa ci’n giel uh Sangam haw ding thei haa telh haa nan zong leh ZO vawntoite ii towngsuo hi zumi sih vai Ei a ding aa sien dei hibou.

Pu ZO suonte ih nam min uh kem ching vai Ih ZOHAM zong zumpi sih vai Ih ZO tangthu sut kia vai ZO deih guollia ah Pu ZO vontowi te ih hi vuh Sien ciepte sa ZO deih nam min Singdang guol aw , ei theipi ta vun.

ZO vontawi Sienmang leh minam a ding in Pilleh siamna ittlou in ZO mun zuonvai
Na zowng zawng in nahau zong in Ih minamin tuolkhiet theilou in Zumpi sih vai a towpna ah ZO, ZO ihi ki khel theilou.

Pu ZO suonte ih nam min uh kem ching vai Ih ZOHAM zong zumpi sih vai Ih ZO tangthu sut kia vai ZO deih guollia ah Pu ZO vontowi te ih hi vuh Sien ciepte sa ZO deih nam minSingdang guol aw , ei theipi ta vun (4.22 Minutes) (with apology to the copyright holders).

Tam a tung a laa a video a a subtitle dan tah hisih nanleh ahitheitan in ahi bang ka jangh hi.

Tam laa in Zo mi laa phuh/sah siam I pu I pate ban ah Pu Thawngpau, Pu Toulpi, Pu Thangkhanlal, Pu Zamkholian, Pu Thangchinkhup, Pu Khamzakap, Pu Mangzathang, Pi Bawiniang leh a dangdang te ban ah I laa sah siam tuamtuam tampi te ka lung ah ahing ki lou sah hi. Amin te uh I gen/giel kim jou sih a ang ngai siam uh jong ka ngen sawnsawn hi. Amaute jal in I ham I kam te thuh daan ,gildan kilawm dante I thei be a I bieh uhi.

Genbe nalailai leh Pu TT Thangpi laa in tampi a koval a, a samlap in a bawn in a geen sieng kei phiel hi. I Pusa bieh dan te a hing pan in I nam in man suo lou ding daan, Pasian in eite a ding a a dei ahi dan,I Zo ham,I tangthu,ngaina te uh juun tha kia ding a poimaw daan te tan a bawn in a gensieng kei hi. Tuoban ah thupi ka sah dieh in “Pu ZO vontowi te ih hi vuh,Sien ciepte sa ZO deih nam min,Singdang guol aw , ei theipi ta vun” chi’a hang tah a a geen ngam mama ahi. Tulai ham hileh Gum kasa a, Paa kasa a ,thupi ka sah ban ah COOL kasa dieh hi.

A rejoinder jong hithou, komen jong lah hiveve chi dan in ken jong tamlou kupbe ut ka nei hi. Bangma aki jopna, aki bang na um vateh sih nanleh ka lungsim a um tamlou ka gel khiet man teng giel leng ka ut man ahi jo hi. Ki suanglaa loutah in aw…..

Ka ngaituo leh ZOte pi Literachal,Kalchal chivel a hausa mama te ihi uhi. I pu I pa te hunlai toh te in tuhun a khangnou te I Literachal,Kalchal chi te a nausen bang giep ihi ta uhi. Ka chi na in I pu I pa ten ‘Thu khu Laa ahia,Laa jong Thu ahi’ ana chi uhi. A thu a a genkhiet ngamlou uh, a gensiamlou te uh laa a ana saek lel dan uh ahi. Eiten tuabang in I bawl thei ngel na ding uai???? Bai sa kikhaat mama ding hi. Kei ngel jong I laahaam te a mawl mama khat kahi. Nanleh ka ngaisang thrapz. Thei kim vateh sih nanlengh. Saanneem laate bang bang a geenna e chi I thei lou, I matlou tamta hi. I pu I pa te vang Genius mawngmawng uh maw??? I Literachal,Kalchal leh a dangdang toh kisai deu tam lou ka mai khah dandan in ka ngaidan/du thu saam, ka sunmang te hing lui khe mawng vong. Bang ngaidaan I nei ding uai mah. Hoi nang sah pi ua,thulah tah nang sah uleh aban masawn ding daan sui khawm tou jel vai chiin hing chiel ing. Ban ah bangpi hisih,aki geen geen sa hi na chi ua ,ahisih leh a dihlou a kimlou a um khah jenjen leh kiphalam lou hial in hing kum mai un aw??? KOI.


1. ZOLAI nidang lai a savun lai a ina kep uh, I Ui ten bangjat ahei ang na ne pi uh,amang bang a I koi uh, Pasian in amangden ding phal lou a Pu Siahzathang tung tawn a ahing pieh kia I ZO LAI MAL uh (A, Ba, Ou, Da, Li, Ga, Pa, Ha, Fi, Na, I ……….. Za,Y ,Laa.) te simtha kia in thei sawm chiet lei bang a chi diei?? I Mison Sang Innte uleh I Gam ua Sang Inn te ua kompolsari sabjek dan in ki koi thei leh bang a chi diei?? Sang kaa nonlou te a ding in ZOLAI sinna ding SangInn khat mawng mawng kiphut/hong leh….

2. LAA BU: I Laa Bupi,Laatha Bu te uh ban ah Khanglai te Phatna late(a khanglai laa deute), Mipi kikhop chiang a I sah uh late,Pasian phatna a laa ki phuah te,kisate(audio keset,CD leh adgg. te) ban ah I Laapawl te uh, khawp thei tan ki khawm hen len abu in a tuom tuom in ahilou tawp in bukhat ah kibawl thei leh (compile), chipen, LaaPawl teng a tuom ah, Naupang laa a tuom ah,khanglai laa a tuom ah, ki bawl thei/jou leh… Tuoban ah I Gamngai laa teuh jong a tuam in ki bawl hen len, Zawl laa/Ki Itt Ki ngai late/Guollel late(????) a tuam in ki bawl leh… LEENLAI LABU kichi khat jong ana ki bawl kha ta hin ka thei hi. Tuami banjom ding in Zawllaa a tha deu teng Leenlai laabu a tuanglou laatha ki siamteng bukhat ah ki bawlbe leh.. Leenlai Labupi ban ah Leenlai Laatha Bu jong a um thei veve ahi. Tuoban ah ahi thei tan a I siam dandan a laa I phuh uh jongh sil hoi nou khat ahi. Ahin, laa phuah,siam chivel mijousie bawl thei vang ahi sam sih hi.

3. LAIBU / THU :

(A) I Taangmi te uh: Namlui leh nam Upa ma ihi ding uhi, taangmi jong I haw leulou uhi. Tamte Ipu I pa ten ahing nuasie uh GOU MANPHA ahilam I thei uh pawimaw hi. I taangmi (mythology) te uh abu a I bawl hunta ahi. Ahilou leh Ki manghil siang man ding ahi. Gente na in Khupching leh Ngambawm te tangmi bang, Lengtanghoi tangmi, Mawngphung bawtpa, Lamdil,Galngam leh Hangsai leh a dngg. te bang gelthu a koi hun ahi ta hi. Pu Phillip Thanglianmang in Phudil leh Nantal Tangmi a giel khia a, silhoi mama ahia, chiin tah ka sa hi.

(B) Eiham ma a laibu tuam tuam tampi I gel uhi tulai literachal gal hun ah poimaw ta hi. Pasian thu toh kisai mai hilou in lamchin teng a jong I bawl ua, I gel uh hunta hi. Laiteng a gal dou I pat lou uleh I ham I kam uh shi thei ding hi. The Outlook Magazine ka sim khah na khat ah(a issue nambat vang thei chet non sing…) eima ZO HAM jong ham mangthang ding a kisa hamkam te lah a khat dan in a geen a ka paw naa hi. India maimai a ham mang ding a kisa a sing a sim um ahi lam thei in I ham I jong tuote lah a khat ahia, I SAVE thei na ding in I khut gel, I kam ham I jah ngai mama ta ahi chi manghil sih vai. Lai giel ding in ki han thawn thei chiet lei daahuai lou ding hi. “Koima a siam sa piang ki um lou ahi ban ah Resars bawl te mai lai giel thei ding china um tuonlou ahi” chi ka ngaidaan ahi.

(C) Tuhun ah midang te literachal a I phah thei na ding un midang namdangte lai gel te jong a tam thei pen a I le(translate) uh poimaw hin ka mu hi. A diahdiah in Mangham a ki att,laibu tul thei lou tampi a um a tuate bang eiham in nei thei lei a dei huai hi. Drama chi bang bangham bangham hitaleh let lei I literachal in hau law mama dinghy. Tuoban ah ei ham mama in drama ,play chite bang giel lei val lou ding hi. I gel thei dandan a I gel uh pen I tu I ta khang a ding ua a GOU uh hidinghi.

(D) Ka Sangsia te uh khat in chiemnui thutah in ‘Naga ten Research ha bawl a bawl in Kuki te history a tha sah uhi’ a chi ahi. Tambang pen tulai laigel khang ah sil hithei ahi man in a hunlai pet in ahithei tan in research bawl in I Minam, IHam te tung tangh haa gel in giel thei lei maban a I khetbu hilou in I neh ding ki khawl I hi ding hi. “Unau Thadou ten laa haa phuah seng uh Gangte te’n laa a phauh teng uh Thadou ham a na um jou siang ta , a phuah ding uh um non lou, C Lienzapau khat ana um kha sih leh….” Chi cheimnui na khat ka jaa kha hi. Sil hihei veve khat hin ka koi hi.

(E) Tulai a hamphat huai na khat in Laibu I bawl jou lou tawp in jong News paper te ahiei ahi sih leh Internet chite ah lai I dei bang un I giel thei ta ua, I laigel te uh mi mu ding in I tah langh thei ta uhi. Tamte ahithei tan a ki hasuan ding ahi ban ah a bawl ding daan jong I ki hil uh silhoi ahi. Tuaban ah tam Internet site te ei ham ahi pou leh thu namanlou pou ,milim pou etna sang a I sim uh silhoi ahi. Tuachi leh eiman jong ki phattuom pi mama ding hi.


1.I Tawn daan uah: Tulai in Western kalchal in eima neisa I kalchal kit up tah te nahpi tah in a ne sie a, a Susie hi. I kalchal pen western kalchal lung in a khawn ding kuan ahi ta hi. Tamte pen ahithei tan a I dou ding uh ahi. Ahisih leh kalchal bei,mangthang a ki um khong ding ahi. Ahin tulai leh nidanglai chi khat a um veve a tua pen I buh siam mama ding uh ahi. Ahilou leh ei leh ei ki tuisa buah I suah thei ding uhi. Khristian I hi vang ua Pawi bawl thei non lou, Ton thei nonlou china a um sih hi. Khristian dan a jong tongh thei a pawi bawl thei ahi. I sakhuo un I tawndan uh a suhsiat lou ding ahi. Ahin,kit hoi,ai chi vel I sakhuo u toh ki tuoh nonlou ahi man in I tawp san uh sil sia ahi lai jang sih hi.I Ginna jal ua ahi ding mawng ahi. Tamte I theisiam mama ding uh a pio maw ahi. Ahilou leh Tulai I chichi uh jong I chi man umlou suah ding ahi.

2. I Laa te uh jong I kepbit uh poimaw ahi. ZO ham in a pumpi a gawm in Laa chi tuam tuam,kai daan tuamtuam 16/17 bang a um hi. Ton laa ,shimai laa,Toumun laa, jangta laa,…… laa kaile leh a dngg. te bang ahi uhi. Tamte I pilvang lou a pan I lah ki lou leh bei mang mai ding ahi. A sah dan a kai dan a thei a um lai pet a a mang thei nonlou ding a Record khiat a koi hun ahi ta hi. Cultural Song I chi chiang a Jangta laa leh Laa leh mai mai sah thei ding hi khol lou ding ahi.A diei??? Tuo ban ah tulai a I Tapidaw late te uh jong nidang alai a I Pu I pa te laa kai a kai thei veve thou ahi. Eima ham in,eima laa toh eima laa kai a kai in I Pasian uh phat lei Pasian jong nuam dieh leh kilawm hi. Nuam dieh ding in jongh gintat huai hi. Kei mai hilou, midang tampin jongh tambang ngai dan nei uhi. Ei lah ah ka thei phah tan in Pu Khamzakap in Tapidaw Zaidei Awi Pawl chiin mapan hi. Etton tah ka sa hi. Tuama bangin LEIDI Party te jong pah tat huai uh ka sa a Encourage mama ding in hoi ka sa hi. A School bang hongh thei tuah ule dei huai kasa nalai hi.

3. Upa ten ‘Mihing luang leh Dawl luong mang lou’ a chi bang gual un I pu I pa te pen I mang hil a theiphalou a I um mawh pen silhoi hilou ding hi. Khenkhat in Lungneu huai chi bang ngaidan a nei mai thei uhi. A lung neu man uleh a mawt man uh hiva ka chi lel hi. I pu I pa khang thu. Ei khang thu te I thei mama ngai ahi. Pasal geenlou Numei in jon I thei ding ua hoi ahi. Tawndan khandan, khang thu, I piandan I meendan te I thei ngeingei ngai ahi, singhawm suanghawm a piang ihi lou man un. Tam jieh a I pu I pa ten PUSA a na bieh ih ahi. Ama khangthu theilou khu mimaw leh mibanglou ahi hi.

Tuoban ah, thu dang kia khat ah , ZO te Sien huai lou I ta diei, bang paap khat jong a diei Kawlgam leh Vaigam ah I um ua(Bangladesh ah jong ki um nalai hi) deibang in I gam solkal kibah lou jieh in GAP a um a tuajong a kinthei lam a suh mat ding sil hoi ahi. Hattuam thu in bang, Thu leh laa ah bang I ki nai un iki gawm thei uhi. Laabu kibang ,Laisiangthou kibang bang tawi thei lei ki jop mat thei na thupi tah um ding hi. Tua hileh I khan touna rate uh jong tu a sang in ale li ale nga in khang ding in gintat huai hi. Khat tang in khat dingthei ding a, khat min in khat chi jong hing um thei ding hi. Tuo hileh Zogam hing pallun ding a ki muan huai mama ta dinghy. Tuoban ah Pasian jal in PU ZO suonte jong khovel ninglii ah I um thei ta uhi.

Tamte tengteng ki khaikhawm na ding in International Zo Forum chi bang din khiat hithei leh a dei huai hi. Tua hileh Political movement bang jong thupi tah I nei thei ding ua , I neisa uh a shi bang a um, I phawh ding kal ngah laa I Zogam jong thang pha mama in hing gual jawl ngei ding in lam et huai hi. A nai??? Hina maw??? Tua hileh Singneimi thupi tah jong I nei thei tading a,jong I poimaw non sih ding a,a deihuailou dan leh a hoilou dan te ing thei ta ding ua i nei nonsih ding uhi.

IN GOD WE TRUST ZOGAM chithei talei I Pasian uleh I Tunnu Zogam jong nuam samma ding hi ven maw????????

Nang leh kei jal in ahi thei hi. Ahi nai???? Hina lou amah?????

…………Pu ZO suonte ih nam min uh kem ching vai, Ih ZOHAM zong zumpi sih vai,Ih ZO tangthu sut kia vai, ZO deih guollia ah,Pu ZO vontowi te ih hi vuh, Sien ciepte sa ZO deih nam min Singdang guol aw , ei theipi ta vun……………….. ZO vontawi Sienmang leh minam a ding in

Pill eh siamna ittlou in ZO mun zuonvai, Na zowng zawng in nahau zong in ,Ih minam min tuolkhiet theilou in Zumpi sih vai a towpna ah ZO, ZO ihi ki khel theilou…………………………….


Ayush doctors to conduct test on Saikot plant | Rs. 11.70 lakhs meant for Khuga workers salary looted

IMPHAL, Jun 18: a team of ayush doctors has been entrusted to investigate/conduct test for confirmation whether the Chawlien (Ranlung) Damdawi plant of Saikot has anti-cancer properties as well as herb extraction processes. Conveying the matter to The Sangai Express today, Health Minister Ph Parijat, who is currently in New delhi said the ayush team, apart from carrying out initial studies with regard to side effects of the herb extract would also provide feed-back to the Government on the hygiene context of the processing methods. Further informing that the doctor team had been advised to examine medicinal ingredient of the plant, Parijat said in case curative properties could be found necessary steps for its further studies and research would be initiated by the Government.


Rs. 11.70 lakhs meant for Khuga workers salary looted

IMPHAL, Jun 18: Two gunmen looted money in cash amounting to Rs. 11.70 lakhs in broad daylight today from the officials of the irrigation and flood control department from Khuga multipurpose project in Churachandpur.

Reports said that the two gunmen snatched away the money from the officials of the IFCD Khuga head work division who were traveling in a Maruti car before they could reach their office at the Khuga dam site at around 11.45 am.

The officials were travelling in the car without any escorts.

The amount was meant for distribution of salaries of the employees for the months of March, April and May, the report said.

The amount was for payment of salaries of 25 employees of the IFCD posted in the division, according to the report.
Source: Imphal Free Press

Banghang-in Noble Prize Kipia-hiam?

- Zokhai

Hih Mikaang laaibu 3 agelh mite-pen leitung-a thuhoih lianpi abawl mite akipia Noble Prize banghang-in kipia-hiam cihthu alungngaihhuai mahmah ahihlam phawk kahihman-a hongphuak khiapak kahihi. Anung-a thu-tawm hongguang kahihman-in Deihna leh saanna akibanglo sanggamte (i-omleh) telsiamna hongngen masa-ing. Hongtelsiam-un!


John Galsworthy 1867 - 1933. Hihpa-pen British Mikaang papi-khat hi-a, "Revolt at Rogers" laaibu-tawh 1932 kum-in Noble Prize kipia-hi. Athugelh atom-in; Lungsimtawng ahoih mahmah papi-khat akikepna leh asahkhua (Standard of living) khauh mahmah ahihman-in atate' eengbawlna thute ciamnuihtawh athuukmahmah-a agelh ahihi. Ciamnuih abat hang-in khangthakte' haina leh khangluui papi akhauhlua aki thulim lohna hongphawkthaksak ahihi.


Pearl S. Buck 1892 - 1973. Hihnu-pen American Mikaang nupi-khat hi-a, "The New Road" laaibu-tawh 1938 kum-in Noble Prize kipia-hi. Athugelh atom-in; Amahpen Seen (China) gam-ah khalii aphaak-a kipan kum 17 aphaakdong akhangliankhat ahihtawh kizuui-in Seen gam-a khangluui sahkhua nunkhua leh khangthak sahkhua nunkhua saaikaak-a agelh hi-a, khangluui khuasak hoihte bangzah-in it-huai-a khangthak khuasak hoihte bangzah-in deihhuai cihthute aphuangkhia laaibu ahihi.


William Faulkner 1897 - 1962. Hihpa-pen American papi-khat hi-a, "A Rose for Emily" laaibu-tawh 1949 kum-in Noble Prize kipia-hi. Athugelh atom-in; khangluui sahkhua leh khangthak sahkhua aki thuhual theihlohna azumhuai numei nihte' thu aphuah hi-a, aki hualtheilo sahkhua azumhuaizia honglak-hi.

Hihlaaibu 3 agelh mite banghang-in leitung aphatuamsak sil-lianpi aseemte' lak-ah kihel-hiam cihleh (kei' muhna-ah) khangluui sahkhua ci-teeltaal thamlo-in khangthak sahkhua athusim vetlo mite bangzah-in taangpi-mi' lak-ah dongkholh-in ninhuai-a, khangthak sahkhua-bek ci-teeltaal-a mikhangtote baanzo ngaplo khangluui sahkhua athusimlo, aneubawl mite bangzah-in dongkholh-in ninhuai-hiam cihthu hih laaigelhte-in hongpulaak bek-hilo, khangluui khangthak sahkhua anih-a asaangsiamlo agawmsiamlo mite ciamnuih-alsawhna ahihleltakzia kilanghsak ahihman-in aluui athak gawmsiamna-in leitung phatuamsak thu-lianpi ahihlamtak thuneite-in theician ahihman-a Noble Prize apiak-uh hidinghi.

Kongbehlapnop thu-in, tuhun-in Zomi khangluuite igenkei ding-a, khangthak thumu thuthei akisa Zomi ulehnaute tawmkha iki-etding kisamhi. Amasapenpen-in khangthak ihihmahbang-in khangluui-thu atelngiatdingte ihihi, banghanghiam cihleh khangluui pan-in khangthak hongpiang hibek-a, khangthak pan-in khangluui piangthei ngeingeilo-in khangthak bekmah piangtheihi. Khangthak hi-a khangluui-thu atheilo ahihkeileh athei nuamlo ahihkeileh a-awlmawhlo mite-pen atung-a laaigelh siampite-in agelh-uh adongkholhhuai aninhuai mite mahtawh akibang ahihi.

Banghang-in na-pianna i-pa ahihkeileh i-nu theilo-in omding ihihiam? Ahihkeileh banghang-in i-nulehpa' pianna i-pu i-pi theilo-in omthei peuhmahding ihihiam? Zomi isanggam dangte-in hongtheih kimkei phiallehzong Pasian leh isanggam hongthei pawlkhat omhi! Tuahileh banghang-in i-khua-a i-sahkhua, i-haksatna, igentheihna lungngai lo-in, gamdangmite' hai sakzahkhop-in ituntunna gam-ah khuasa peuhmahding ihihiam? Hilo-hi! I-nu i-pa, i-pi i-pu (hong nusia-khin phialzong-in) ngilh peuhmah loding hihang. Igam phawkdending hihang, banghanghiam cihleh hihthu' hang ahihi;

Nasep hoihpi ngah-in inn mantam mahmah-ah om-in, atammanpen mawtaw tuang-in, vanhoihpente neizo zanghzo-in, Mikaangte (ka-omna gammite) demzo phialmahleng Zomi leh Zogam ka-awlmawh keileh bang phattuamna om-ahihiam? "Zokhai, Laitui khua-mi hilel lohiam? Kawl kumpi' ukna nuai-a agenthei acimawh Zomite' lak-ah khat hilel lohiam? Zaandiak mah-a vaaimiimciim leh buhciim-mah ane hilel lohiam? Akhua-ah zasan-kawlsiing-mayaa-thaksik mehlimzong ane zolo-mi tampi om hilohiam? Niiklehpuan gina neizolo tampitak omlaai hilohiam?" hongkicilel ding-a, kumpi innsung atun ciang-a kumpipa zahtaakna apia-nuam nawnlo thankiik ahihkeileh kumpipa-in ziiding-a alaak khitciang-a asuaklu zuakpih numeite aki-theihmawhbawl kumpinu asuak, suakluzuak numei(Kawlte' taangthu)tawh kibanglel dinghi'ng.

Pasian-in banghang-in Faro zom-a alianpen ding-in Joseph bawl-hiam? ahihkeileh kumpinu ding-in banghang-in Esther bawl-hiam? ahihkeileh banghang-in Faro' tapa dinmun-ah Pasian-in Moses koih-a, kumpi pilnateng ngahsak ahihiam? Banghang-in kumpi anpia dinmun-ah Pasian-in Nehemiah koih-hiam? Daniel-e? Hih mihingte-in Pasian' koihna munsaang atun khit-uh caing-in banghang-in a-minamleh a-Pasian-uh khual mahmah sese uhhiam? Kumpi David leh Solomon apata-uh'n kumpi asuahnungsang a-minam leh a-Pasian-uh banghang-in itzaw seem-in thuhilhna laai leh late hihzah-in gelh-uh ahitam?

Sanggamte-aw, banglehbangleh thu igenciang-in Pasian leh minam itna kammalmah genpi-in nei-in, laai igelh ciang-inzong Pasian leh minam itna laaimalmah gelhpi-in nei-lehang alampi hongmaan theipan dinghi, banghanghiam cihleh Itna-tawh akizomlo kampau gamtat khempeuh Itna ahi Pasiantawh kizomlo ahihna, itna neilo mihau miliante puanhoih niik-hoihtawh akizeem misiluangbanglel ahihna naakpi-in lungngai-in itna-tawh kipanni!

Khangluui-thu thei-in khangthakthu i-theihtelding haanciam-in maa i-nawt ding-a, khangluui khuasakzia hoihte pomkip-in khangthak khuasakzia apha-tetawh gawnsiam lehang Zogam paalluunding hilo-in, Zogam Paalluun Khinta hizaw-hi. (ZAM leh ZAA motto: Itna Sung-a Pankhawmna-in Gualzawhna Hongtun Khinzo Hi) Gualzawhna hongtun phiingding hinawnlo-in i-pankhop limlimleh agualzo (victorious) ihi-khinzohi. Hih gualzawhna la-khawm, neikhawmding hihang!

Day of shame as fisti-cuffs break out at Kekrupat during June 18 function

By Our Staff Reporter

IMPHAL, Jun 18 :It was a day of shame as fisti-cuffs and raw violence marked by throwing chairs between two groups of people broke out even as numerous mourners were paying their tributes at Kekrupat where the UCM was holding the the 7th Great June Uprising Day to pay respect to the departed souls.

Five persons were reportedly injured in the fracas.

Poirei Leimarol Meira Paibi Apunba, Manipur, however, claimed that in all eleven women were hurt in the clash and identified them as Konjengbam Pramoda (45) of Moirang, A Brojeshori (55) of Ningthoukhong, N Thamballeima (60) of Nachou, S Ibeyaima (35) of Elangbam Leikai, B Kamala (40) of Thoubal, O Subadani (40) of Sagoltongba, M Shanti (50) of Nambol, Y Maipak (55) of Thoubal, L Bimolata (40) of Nongada, I Sobashini (40) of Thoubal and S Medha (70) of Lamlai.

In a statement, president of the women body L Memchoubi has also strongly condemned the incident.

On the other hand, addressing a press conference late in the evening, UCM president Langamba has also condemned the incident and appealed to all concerned to ensure such unfortunate incident do not recur maintaining that observance of June Uprising at Kekrupat is the aspiration of the people of Manipur.

The violent incident erupted just after noon past when a group of people came and started shouting slogans against holding meeting at Kekrupat and calling for organising the meeting jointly at another place.

The observance function held at Kekrupat along with a public meeting was organised under the aegis of United Committee, Manipur.

The clash lasted for a few minutes, though it did not affect the people coming to offer floral tributes to the integrity pillar as well as to the Sacred Memorial Complex of the Great June Uprising where the mortal remains of the 18 martyrs have been laid to rest.

After the clash, the meeting resumed without any untoward incident with UCM president Konsam Langamba, community leaders and other eminent persons taking the dais as presidium members.


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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Suu Kyi celebrates birthday with no hope of being freed soon

Larry Jagan

Millions of people throughout the world will mark the birthday of Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on June 19. The co-ordinated campaign around the world, which will take place in almost every major city in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America, is trying to highlight the plight of one of the world's best known freedom fighters, languishing under house arrest in her lakeside residence in Rangoon.

But Burma's military rulers are likely to remain totally unmoved by the millions of Burmese and international protesters demanding her immediate release. "They can jump up and down and make as much noise as they like, General Than Shwe couldn't careless," according to a senior government official. As a matter of principle, the ruling junta will not be pressured into being conciliatory.

Aung San Suu Kyi has spent 13 of the last 19 years in detention. She is currently spending her third term under house arrest. The regime locked her up again after a brutal attack on her and her entourage as they were travelling in the north of the country in May 2003. She has been in detention ever since, and in the last four years she has been in virtual solitary confinement, seeing her doctor irregularly and meeting the UN envoy, Ibrahim Gambari five times in the last two years.

For the Burmese people, trampled for more than forty years by a repressive military regime, Aung San Suu Kyi represents their aspirations, and above all their desire for freedom and democracy. She was placed under house arrest the first time ten months before her party, the National League for Democracy overwhelmingly won the national elections – but was never allowed to form a government.

The irony is that Aung San Suu Kyi herself would probably disapprove of the world making a fuss over her birthday. She has continuously shunned personal attention. And even when her husband and sons accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, her acceptance speech smuggled out of the country at the time said it was not for her alone, but for all Burmese people in their struggle for democracy.

There has always been a self-effacing touch to Aung San Suu Kyi. Since her return to Rangoon to look after her ill mother in 1987, she has always put her personal concerns aside for the sake of the Burmese people.

"I draw inspiration from the courage and sacrifice of the ordinary Burmese people," she often said to me in interviews on the phone during the few years she was freed from house arrest for the first time in 10 July 1995, after six years under house arrest.

But Burma's military leader, senior General Than Shwe cannot even tolerate hearing her name. "The mere mention of her name sends the old man into a silent rage," according to a senior military source close to the top General.

Asia's foreign ministers were warned by their Burmese counterpart at the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh in 2002 to avoid mentioning her name in his presence. The former intelligence chief General Khin Nyunt frequently warned the UN envoy Razali Ismail to minimise the mention of Aung San Suu Kyi's name in front of the top general.

Indonesia's foreign minister Dr Hasan Wirajuda confided to UN officials that there was a marked change in Than Shwe's demeanour when he mentioned Aung San Suu Kyi. "His eyes glazed over and his facial muscles tensed; clearly our discussion had come to an end," he reportedly said.

This remains one of the key obstacles to resolving Burma's political deadlock. Burma's top generals are not interested in a concrete dialogue with the pro-democracy leader. "We've been trying to get them to the negotiating table for 14 years but they have never been keen on the idea," she told me the last time we met in March 2003.

Aung San Suu Kyi on the other hand has repeatedly offered to discuss the country's political future with the Generals. Everything is negotiable if they start meaningful talks, she told me weeks before she was detained for the third time more than two years ago following an attack on her and her entourage by pro-government thugs in what is now called Black Friday.

"We are in opposition to each other at the moment but we should work together for the sake of the country. We certainly bare no grudges against them. We are not out for vengeance. We want to reach the kind of settlement which will be beneficial to everybody, including the members of the military," Aung San Suu Kyi said to me in one of her last interviews before her fateful trip in 2003.

During Aung San Suu Kyi's second long period of house arrest, after she was detained trying to travel out of Rangoon in late 2000, the regime started tentative contact with the pro-democracy leader. The secret talks were largely brokered by the then UN special envoy for Burma Razali Ismail. Although this contact was never really substantive, it raised hopes inside Burma and abroad that political reform may be the agenda.

A process of national reconciliation was started, ostensibly involving senior representatives of the military regime, pro-democracy leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, and the ethnic rebel groups, many of whom have been fighting for some form of autonomy for more than five decades.

At the time there were high hopes, although many leading Burmese dissidents abroad and diplomats in Rangoon remained highly sceptical, believing the Burmese generals had no intentions of negotiating and were only concerned about hanging on to power at any cost.

In 2001 the Singaporean Prime Minister, Goh Chok Tong told me privately that the generals were incorrigible and would never give up power voluntarily. Most Asian leaders probably did not disagree with the eminent Singaporean politician at the time – or even now -- but all of them preferred to coax Burma's top military leaders to change, rather than pressure them.

Even East Timor's president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos Horta has suggested that pressuring the Generals in Rangoon was counter-productive. "Threats and deadlines have had no affect on the junta except hardening their position and forcing them to retreat into isolation," he told me several years ago.

But Aung San Suu has persisted trying to convince the regime that she at least was prepared to negotiate and that meant making concessions. "What we've always said is that dialogue is not a competition," she told me as we chatted in Rangoon over two years ago.

"We don't want a dialogue in order to find out who is the better person, or which is the smarter organisation. We have always said that the only winner, if we settle down to negotiations, the only winner, will be the country," she said.

Aung San Suu Kyi has repeatedly made conciliatory gestures towards the regime. As the daughter of the independence hero and founder of modern Burma, General Aung San, she understands the military mentality and is prepared to work with them.

"We have genuine goodwill towards the Burmese military. I personally look upon it with a certain amount of affection because of my father and I want it to have an honourable position in the country," she told me as we sat together talking at the NLD headquarters, weeks before the regime showed its true colours.

During yet another "honey-moon" period, after the new Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt announced the seven-stage road map to democracy and the regime started plans to reconvene the National Convention to draft a new constitution, there was a glimmer of hope that Burma's military leaders may at long last include Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD in the process.

In 2004, at the suggestion of the Chinese, Aung San Suu Kyi even wrote to Than Shwe suggesting that they put the past behind them and move forward in a new era of cooperation. It fell on deaf ears.

Burma's top general is convinced that by keeping Aung San Suu Kyi in detention he can marginalise her and reduce her influence in the country. It is a vain hope as the protests and parties across the world will testify to. Aung San Suu Kyi is not only a massive icon in Burma, but throughout the globe.

Shortly after Kofi Annan took over as the UN secretary general he had to find some-one to lead the UN Commission on Human Rights. "I have a great idea, he told a close mutual friend, we'll make Aung San Suu Kyi the head of the human rights commission." Whether he really meant it or not we may never know.

But of course Aung San Suu Kyi who at the time had just been released from house arrest for the first time would never have taken the post as her over-riding commitment is to the cause of democracy in Burma.

At this point of time, with Burma having experienced its worst natural disaster in living memory, the detained opposition leader's thoughts will definitely be with those victims who have lost everything in the devastating cyclone that hit Burma more than six weeks ago. Their suffering has been made all the worse by the military's slow response to the disaster and their attempt to completely control the current relief efforts and any reconstruction plan in the future.

The contrast between the diminutive democracy hero and the generals in charge of Burma has never been so stark. Following what would be Aung San Syy Kyi's lead if she was free or able to talk, the NLD has offered to put aside their differences with the regime in the interests of working together to provide relief to more than three million victims, many of whom are still waiting to receive fresh water and food, and after that help with the rehabilitation and reconstruction phase.

Instead, Than Shwe and his fellow generals remain steadfast in believing they can do it alone. The horrible irony of course is that their secretive approach to ruling the country in part resulted in the damage being greater than it might have been, Warnings were not broadcast to the Delta or Rangoon before the cyclone hit – though the regime knew for days that the storm was brewing.

On the eve of the cyclone hitting Burma, government officials were ordered not say anything publicly – instructions from Than Shwe himself, according to government sources. Instead one civil servant, U Tun Lwin the director general of the meteorology department, when he was told directly by a government minister not to issue a public warning because it would cause people to panic, sent a warning SMS to as many of his friends in Rangoon as possible after midnight.

Air force fighters and private passenger planes, from Bagan Air – believed to be a joint venture between Than Shwe's family and the Burmese business tycoon Tay Ze -- and Air Mandalay were moved the evening before the cyclone from Rangoon airport to Mandalay for safety.

"This is symptomatic of the military leaders' total disregard for the safety of ordinary citizens and placing the protection of the military's interest above all else," a Burmese government official told Mizzima on condition anonymity.

For Burma's top general, Than Shwe, there is no need to compromise. This is symptomatic of the absurd irrationality that prevails amongst the military rulers. When any other national leader would be looking to promote national reconciliation and reconsolidation – the junta remains interested only in their own survival and holding onto political power, no matter how petty this is, when Burma is facing such a mammoth catastrophe.

The last time I met Aung Sann Suu Kyi – the last foreign journalist to talk to her before the ill-fated trip up-country -- we talked about the sort of Burma that could emerge if there was real political change and democracy. "You'll be exhausted because of so many things going on, because it's a dynamic country, she mused.

"At the same time I would very much like Burma to retain some of its traditional charm which has something to do with the fact that we are not as frantic as other countries. In some ways perhaps the fact that we are developing later than other countries can become an asset in a sense, that we learn from the mistakes of other countries and we learn how to get the best out of development while avoiding some of the worst aspects," she said.

Now more than ever the Burmese military regime should take heed of her continual offers to work together and solve Burma's problems. In the midst of perhaps the worse horror to have befallen Burma, it is time for Than Shwe to listen. Aung San Suu Kyi has repeatedly made conciliatory gestures towards the regime. As the daughter of the independence hero and founder of modern Burma, General Aung San, she understands the military mentality and is prepared to work with them.

But Than Shwe believes he does not need her and that unseen she will fade away. Nothing could be further from the truth. Aung San Suu Kyi is undeterred by the years of incarceration. When I met her on the day she was released last time – 6th May 2002, she confided that the isolation have given her plenty of time to read, reflect and meditate.

During the last five years of isolation in her Rangoon residence, I am certain she continues to draw inspiration from her father and the sacrifices of the Burmese people. "I always have been strengthened and inspired by my father. Even now, sometimes when I go over his old speeches, they are as relevant now as they were then -- he was indeed a man of vision," she confided to me as I left the NLD headquarters.

"He was a truly inspirational. I am also proud of the fact that he gained nothing. He gave but he didn't take anything from the nation. He gave the country a lot and took nothing from it. I am very proud of that and that inspires me," she said. It is a pity that the current leaders of the army, which General Aung San founded, cannot find the same inspiration, at a time when the country needs it most.

As she sits alone in her Rangoon residence now, I am certain she is continuing to draw inspiration from her father and the sacrifices of the Burmese people. She would be keen to help and is probably fretting that she cannot. It is the intransigence of the generals that is now not only delaying the return of democracy to Burma, but perhaps putting millions of lives at risk.

Now Burma's top general should at least talk directly to Aung San Suu Kyi and see how she could help the reconstruction effort. They would of course need to put genuine political dialogue with the NLD on the table in the future. But the opposition leaders' commitment to improving the lives of the Burmese people would no doubt mean she was prepared to compromise in the interests of getting the whole international aid effort into full swing.


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Two Chin teenaged girls raped in Burma: Rapists arrested

June 17, 2008 - In an incident which reveals the debased nature of some people in authority in Burma, a Burmese Army major and a lawyer allegedly raped two teenaged girls in Thangtlang town in Chin state, northwest Burma on June 8.

On June 8, Major Soe Thaik Aung of the Light Infantry Battalion No (268) and lawyer U Myint Phone from the township court in Thangtlang town in Chin state raped Ngun Chin (13) and. Par Ku (14) both from Thangtlang town in lawyer Myint Phone's house at around 4 p.m. according to locals in Chin state.

After the girls were raped, they were locked up in U Myint Phone's house.

The father of one of the rape victims is a policeman. He filed a case in the police station in Thangtlang as soon as he learnt that his daughter had been raped and locked up in the lawyer's house.

Thangtlang police personnel rushed to the house of the lawyer and rescued the girls, a local from Thangtlang said.

A medical check up in Thangtlang hospital confirmed that the girls had been raped. U Myint Phone was arrested and is being detained in Thangtlang police station. Major Soe Thaik Aung is being detained in Hakha police station, according to a local.

One of the rape victims, who has not been identified, is hospitalized in Hakha because she was seriously injured after being sexually abused.

A political person in Hakha town on condition of anonymity told Khonumthung News that he had heard that a seriously injured girl has been hospitalized in Hakha town. – Khonumthung.

Sex: The Stress Buster


According to a survey, revealed at an Indian Psychiatrists Society (IPS) seminar held recently, more and more couples are turning away from sex simply because they are too tired after work.

This is especially true of young couples in metros who are too busy running the rat race to devote time in the bedroom. The keeping up with the Joneses syndrome has overtaken all desire for physical intimacy.

So, is it time to push the alarm button? Yes, say experts who feel that physical intimacy between couples is the key to a happy and stress-free relationship. Sex is much more than just a physical act and is very important for one’s physical and emotional health. Some recent studies claim that sex practiced in a cozy atmosphere works as an effective stress buster.

Because of deep breathing and touching involved in sexual activities, our body produces hormones called ‘endorphins’. These hormones are also known as ‘feel-good’ hormones, because of the moment of pleasure they bring along. Therefore, sex does not only bring in a feeling of well-being but a calming effect too.

Shriya Gupta, a homemaker opines, “Though it’s only for a short period but sex actually relives you from all your worries and you feel much better. Not only intercourse but foreplay also helps in decreasing the stress level to a certain extent. Sex is a way of expressing your feelings with your physical self involved in it. I think it is a very romantic way of relaxing with your spouse. Above all, it really helps you in burning so many calories.”

Many individuals believe that because of their healthy sex life, they feel more emotionally involved with their partner. However, we cannot forget that only pleasurable sex can increase the sense of attachment between couples.

Noted psychiatrist Dr Sameer Parikh says, “There is a very scientific way to look at it as merely sex will not help much. If you consider sex as one of the daily chores then you will not get any satisfaction out of it. Sex demands your physical as well as mental involvement. I think it is an extension of a relationship which strengthens the bond between two individuals.”

Model Amanpreet Wahi, who is all set to tie the knot shares, “I know a lot of couples who have a healthy sex life and it does translates into great chemistry between them. It is a beautiful thing that binds two people together. Sex is also one of the ways of loving each other as saying ‘I love you’ is not enough sometimes. I know a couple, both of them are approaching 50 but they still have sex regularly as they think it enhances their bond.”

Unfortunately, in the quest of attaining a stress-free life, sex is taking a back seat. The desire for material pleasures is killing the basic desire of pleasuring each other.

Kunal Sharma, software professional admits, “After a close encounter with my wife I feel relieved and sleep well at night. However, many a times, my mind is so occupied with several other things that I can’t concentrate on sex. If I push myself for sex, I don’t enjoy it and it becomes tough to keep myself involved.”

Sex is a dimension of love and experts believe that ignoring yours and your partners’ sexual desires can be hazardous for a relationship.

Dr Rachna Singh, holistic medicine and lifestyle management expert says, “With today’s fast paced life, pressure on relationships has increased. With demanding professional lives, most of us end up ignoring our personal needs. Not having a good sex life can result into dissatisfaction between couples. ”

Priyanka Tiwari says, “My husband and I work with a BPO. Our timings are completely different and we hardly get time for each other. Most of the time, we end up fighting or yelling at each other over petty issues. We hardly have any sex life now. Whenever I want to make love, he says he is too tired and when he pursues me, I think of my early morning shift and prefer to sleep. ”

The fast pace of life today is leaving us with no time for basic and simple pleasures. With our busy schedules, it is quite easy to forget about your partner’s needs. Experts feel that couples should set themselves extra time for those special moments – after all, there is no simpler and effective stress buster than some action between the sheets.

Ramneek Pantal, model thinks, “If you don’t get time on weekdays you can always plan out something special for weekends like a small vacation, a long drive or simply a romantic dinner. Sometimes you have to go out of your way to please your partner but it’s worth it.”


I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT ! (Na bawlthei diing hi chi kathei ahi)

- Khaiminthang Samte

Tami thuguol khu ka lungsim sungah sawtpi apat ana um zing hi. 2004 lai in East Lansing, Michigan a Mall a na kaseplai in "Galyan" kichi departmental store khat ah outdoor leh sports lam tawh kisai sil zousie a kizua hi. Tuamun ah muoltung kana dan a kibawl innbang sangtah khat khu muolsang bangin a kibawl a, mite tuami taang a ka zel uhi. A taang kadan khu a hamsa mama a, tuuh diing leh tot diing zong atam kholsih a, a tunna na uah a khau puoh uh ama uh kikhina pen a khi toutou uhi. Tuabangin a tawpna tunna diingin a kilumle pheil a ka ngai ahia, a dawn tuon kuon lahteng a hamsat tuoh mama hi.

Kihanthawnna Dih: Nikhat nuta khat leh a lawmte uh tua store ah hing vah in a naupang nu uh tua taang tunga kaa diingin ang kipanta hi. A patna lamah nuom asa mama a, ang san deudeu leh hamsa asa deudeuta hi. A nu'n zong a bul apat a kalkhat asuon zou chienga, "Yes, there you go" ana chi toutou ahi hi. Tuachi'n hing sangtou hiei hiei in, a dawn ang tunkuon tah in a taang umdan khu a kilumle phiel ahiziehin tuana a kaa zouna diingin kilumle leh a taang tunga a tuuhthei suong mong khat le ni maimai ah ang kiluoita hi. Tomkhat a kiluoi zou in a nu kungah, "Mom, I can't do it anymore" ang chita a tawpsan ang sawmta hi. A nu'n zong, "I know you can do it. Just try it, try it" chi'n a tanu ana hanthawn zing hi. A tanu'n anu kammal apat hing kihantawn in a tha neisun ahing lakia a, ang katou ma leh hamsatah vang ahina a, ang kazou a, taangtungah a tuong vilvel hi. A nu leh a lawmte kikou gawpin a khut uh ana beng ziah ziah ua, a tanu'n a nuoi a anu leh a lawmte kipah a khutbeng, laam leh kikoute a ensuh a, a nui hiuhiau a, ameel ah lungdamna leh lungkimna um ahidan khu nielguol ahisih hi. Zogam sungah tambang nu leh pa bangzat aum de aw?

Bawlzou Sih Vang e!: I kipui dan a taangpi a et-in sil hoilou lam i bawl khah diinguh zauna a kipuina abang hi. Sil khat poupou ibawl leh i bawlkhiel khah diing izau ua, i bawlkhiel sang un bawllou in i um ua, khantouna leh lawchinna aum thei tahtah sih hi. Na khat phot ibawl ngailou deu khat ibawl chiengun "Bawl thei sing" chi i thangsah mama ua, tua in i lungsim ngaisutna a shisah paipai hi.

Tuasangin, "Bang chi'n ka bawl thei diei?" chi lei i lungsim sungah dohna ang um diinga, i lungsim ngaisutna i zang (exercise) diing ua, lawchinna ang umzaw himhim diing hi. I pawl pen silkhat ang kibawlsah sawm chiengin "Bawl thei sih vang" chi'n i tawpsan paipai ua, tua in bangma tan ang tut ngaisih hi. Abanah, a bawlthei ngap sunsunte'n zong bawlkhiel diing zauna in bangma i bawl ngam zel sih uhi. "Daching in bawl khiel kha leng" china in i lungsim a pumtuom a, siltha bangma maingap lou in kilamdanna leh kihenna i lamdot (welcome) ngam sih uh hi. Tambanga ing um chiengun i hina uh kilamdang lou in khangtou theilou, mite khangtou zungzung a aum lai un eite khangtheilou in i um mawh uhi. Tampen bawlkhiel diing zauna sangin bawldih diing kilawpna umlou china ahia, a meipuote leh a lawching loute dinmun thupi pente lah a khat ahi hi. Lawsap diing zauna khu lawchin diing thanopna sangin a lienzaw hi. Tuaziehin, supna umlou in i kimawl ua, meetna zong aum dieh sih hi.

A Hiloulam a Thuhilna: Naupangte hi'n khanghamte hitaleh sil khat phot phot ibawl chiengun "bawl maimai" chidan ihau seng uhi. Bawl maimai hilou in bawl tahtah diing; vah maimai hilou in vah tahtah diing; hing maimai hilou in hing tahtah diing ihi uhi. Nu-le-pate'n naupangte a thuhil chiengun zong a hilou (negative) lam vive in ihil uh abang hi. Na bawl lou ngei ngei leh, na sim lou ngei ngei leh, na chilou ngei ngei leh chidan deu in kithuhilna ipan ua, naupangte lungsim sungah thanopna umlou in zauna in pumtuom in silkhat phot abawl chiengun a bawlkhiel diinguh azau ua, a lawching zou tahtah sih uhi. Zauna sangin kithalawpna ah lawchinna aum zaw gige hi. Naupangte khu a hilou lama thuhil sangin a hoilam in thu hil lei a tha uh ang nuom diinga, zong a lawching bai zaw diing uhi.

Pasian Hing leh Dawi leh Kau Biehna: Nidanglai in Pasian hing ibieh masang un dawi leh kaute ina bie uhi. Tuahun lai in pasiente'n a hilou lam vive in ang na galgiih uhi. "Tambang na bawl uh leh hoi diing" chidan hilou in "Tambang na bawl uleh hoilou diing" chidan in ana gaah uhi. Tuaziehin, biehpiehna leh kithoinate zousie i-et chiengin lungdam thu genna hilou in haholna ahizaw hi. Hilezong, tuhun chiengin Pasian hing ihing beta ua, lam-etna leh suohtatna thupitah ineita ua, nasatah in ihing khangtouta uhi. Tutan in Pasian hing na be naisih ulei i society leh silteng ah tu dinmun ah i din zou diinguh ka gingta sih hi.

SIET KIPIEHNA: Zogam sunga lungsim saltanna thupitah khat khu "Siet kipiehna" ahi hi. Mi hausate i en ua, eite tun phahna diingin i ngaisut sih uhi. Mi pil leh siemte i en ua, eite a pil theilou a siem theilou leh amau te tunna tan tung theilou diingin i ki ngaisut uhi. Tampen in nasatah in i lungsim suongkul ah a taangsah hi. Sil kaht ibawl lezong mite a banga hoizou diinga gingta lou, na khat isep ulezong mite sep banga sem zou diinga ki ngaisut lou chibangin i um ua, tua pen adihsih hi. Lou ihou ua, mite'n i louma ang doh uleh i guitam khum ua, bangma zong hizoulou leh thupi lou khat in igen ua, ganta khat leh ni i khawi ua, mite kungah guitam in bangma lou bangin i genthei zel uhi.

I Hindan Ka Theisiemlou Pawlkhat: Zomite pen thunuoilut (humility) kitu lou in zawn (poverty) i kitu zaw uhi. Tua pen lakhiel in zawn i kitu chiengun thunuoilut kitu danin i ngaisut ua, a zawng theipen a kigen thei penpen in a zou zel a, a tahtah a tua a thugen bang lien a zawng diing hileh a gentu a utloupen ahizel hi. Theisiem hamsa sa ing. I innsung thu ang kidongta a, i zi i pasal, i tate leh naute, teehpi leh teehpu hoilounate iban gen siem ua, a hoinate uh i muthei sih hi. I damlai in i ki-iit sih ua, i shini chiengin iitkhem kipang ihiei vang thei sing, i kika semsom ua, a damlai a kihau zingte zong ang shi chiengun ang kika ua, theisiem hamsa kia leuleu hi.

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