Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sikha nungak in pimang

Sikha nungak in pimang

Zodawn a Mautaam kial thuakte en khia leh Survey bawl ding a kuan Manipur Hills Journalist Union ( MHJU ) member khat August 27 nitak dak 10:00 in Sinzawl te lou lai ah Sikha nungak khat in kidnapped hidan in muanhuai tak apat thutut kingah hi. A kigendan in tua mipa’n Sazu kua khat lim la a, Camera a limlakte a etkik leh Sikha nungak khat in Vaimim Gap/gah Nawi pe lai mu a, aman leng lamdangsa lua in, alawmte’n mu ut ding chia a Camera a ngawng ah kuah zok a, a lawmte omna lam ah paidia akisak leh tua Sikha nungak in a nung ah man ngal in, loutaw lam ah tonpih suk in, alawmte toh kithuzak theihnawnlou in om hi. Hiai thu alawmten leng theipahlou ua, nitak lumdia kisak ualeh a lawmpa uh omlouh lam theipan uh hidan in kigen hi. Amah zankhua vak in sikha nungak in mun tuamtuam ah pi koikoi a, a ni nawn Sinzawl khua Gamvak siam leh Samat siam bangzah hiam banah Uisa siam toh hahtak in zongna nei ua, kidnap a omna mun apan gamla sim lou nawl a gamlak ah August 28 zing dak 9 vel a muh khiak in om hi.

Voice of New Lamka in hiai thu azakphet in Sinzawl khua a tua mipa zong ding akuante lak a khat phone in houpih ngal a, aman gendan in hiai mun nidang in bangmah chi ngeilou a, tua pen a khatveina hi a, lamdang asak thugen hi. Sikha in a kidnap namun lak ah buh kung puk zelzul a, himahleh apaina ding mun leh sul nung muh ding omlou a, Sazu zawi dan in munlianlou ngil vetvut om in, tua zui a a zong uhleh mu pan phet uh hidan in gen hi. Azong a kuanten a genzelna uah, aman khuaphoklou in om den a, amuh ua patkhua phok pan hidan in leng gen uhi. Camera zatlai pen muhkhia hilou a, himahleh van dangte bel kimtak in mu kik ua, camera pen sikha in tuahmang hiding a gintak ahi hi. Amah sapum tung ah liamna ma muh ding om zek a, tuni tan ihmu ngamlou in, a ihmut dek chiang in Sikha te’n man ding leh tuahkhia ding in kisa zel uh hidan in leng kigen hi.

Hiai bang a MHJU in tuahsiatna a tuah ziak un Sinzawl ah zannih giak ua, Aug 29 in in Tipaimukh zuan ua, Sept 2 vel in Lamka hongtung kik ding uh hidan in kigen hi. Tua Kidnap a ompa leh a lawmte khat bel Aug. 29 in Lamka hongtung kik uhi. VNL apan in leng H. Jamzachin leh S. Muandoulian te hiai tour ah va ki zel ua, Inn mun a om ten ki awlmoh mahmah hi. Thukingahdan in Pachin leng a meh huan ding toh a mizong ding toh buai petmah in buai a, Tangval Lianno pen bel kipasak in lau sinkom pipi in om a, a nawl ah leng lum ngamlou a, nitak chiang a hiai thu kuaman genpihlou ding ahi.


6th CPC resolution and notification Released

Here is the full report of gazette notification and resolution of sixth pay commission, released on 29th august 2008 by the Indian Government. Indian Government pay fixation rule and pay scale is almost same as shown by this calculator. Main features of this report is at here.

Applicable DA (dearness allowance) and other allowance information are not given in this notification. You can expect DA notification soon.

Here you can download the gazette notification and resolution of 6th pay commission report.

  • Notification & Resolutions

    All other state like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Tamil Nadu ,Chhattisgarh, new delhi and West Bengal already decided to impediment 6th pay report for state gov employees. Employees of these states will also get the same pay.

    Here is how the pay is fixed in this notification-

    Illustration 1 : Fixation of initial pay in the revised pay structure

    1. Existing Scale of Pay Rs.4000-100-6000
    2. Pay Band applicable PB-1 Rs.5200-20200
    3. Existing basic pay as on 1.1.2006 Rs.4800
    4. Pay after multiplication by a factor of 1.86 Rs. 8928 (Rounded off to Rs.8930)
    5. Pay in the Pay Band PB-2 Rs.8930
    6. Stage in the Pay Band after including benefit of bunching, if admissible Rs.8930
    7. Grade Pay attached to the scale Rs.2400
    8. Revised basic pay – total of pay in the pay band and grade pay Rs.11330

    Illustration 2 : Fixation of initial pay in the revised pay structure of medical officers

    1. Existing Scale of Pay Rs.10000-15200
    2. Pay Band applicable PB-3 Rs.15600-39100
    3. Existing basic pay as on 1.1.2006 Rs.10000
    4. Pay after multiplication by a factor of 1.86 Rs.18600
    5. Existing Non Practising Allowance (NPA) Rs.2500+Rs.1250
    6. DA on NPA Rs.900
    7. Pay in the Pay Band PB-3 Rs.18600+Rs.900=Rs.19500
    8. Stage in the Pay Band after including benefit of bunching, if admissible Rs.19500
    9. Grade Pay attached to the scale Rs.6600
    10. Revised basic pay – total of pay in the pay band and grade pay Rs.26100
    11. Revised NPA Rs.6525

    Illustration 3

    Stage 1 : Initial fixation of Group D employee in -1S

    1. Existing Scale of Pay Rs.2500-55-2660-60-3200
    2. Pay Band applicable -1S Rs.4440-7440
    3. Existing basic pay as on 1.1.2006 Rs.2840
    4. Pay after multiplication by a factor of 1.86 Rs.5282 (Rounded off to Rs.5290)
    5. Pay in the Pay Band Rs.5290
    6. Stage in the Pay Band after including benefit of bunching, if admissible Rs.5290
    7. Grade Pay attached to the scale Rs.1300
    8. Revised basic pay – total of pay in the pay band and grade pay Rs.6590

    Stage 2 : Fixation of Group D employee possessing requisite qualification or after retraining

    1. Existing Scale of Pay Rs.2500-55-2660-60-3200
    2. Pay Band applicable PB-1 Rs.5200-20200
    3. Existing basic pay as on 1.1.2006 Rs.2840
    4. Pay after multiplication by a factor of 1.86 Rs.5282 (Rounded off to Rs.5290)
    5. Pay in the Pay Band PB-1 Rs.5290
    6. Stage in the Pay Band after including benefit of bunching, if admissible Rs.5530
    7. Grade Pay attached to the scale Rs.1800
    8. Revised basic pay – total of pay in the pay band and grade pay Rs.7330

    Illustration 4 : Pay fixation in cases where posts have been upgraded

    1. Existing Scale of Pay Rs.6500-200-10500 (Corresponding Grade Pay Rs.4200)
    2. Pay Band applicable PB-2 Rs.9300-34800
    3. Upgraded to the Scale of Pay Rs.7500-250-12000 (Corresponding Grade Pay Rs.4800)
    4. Existing basic pay as on 1.1.2006 Rs.7300
    5. Pay after multiplication by a factor of 1.86 Rs. 13578 (Rounded off to Rs.13580)
    6. Pay in the Pay Band PB-2 Rs.13580
    7. Stage in the Pay Band after including benefit of bunching, if admissible Rs.13580
    8. Grade Pay attached to the scale of Rs.7500-250-12000 Rs.4800
    9. Revised basic pay – total of pay in the pay band and grade pay Rs.18380

    Illustration 5 : Pay fixation on grant of increment in the revised pay structure

    1. Pay in the PB-2 Rs.9300
    2. Grade Pay Rs.4200
    3. Total of pay + grade pay Rs.13500
    4. Rate of increment 3% of row 3
    5. Amount of increment Rs.405 rounded off to Rs.410
    6. Pay in the pay band after increment Rs.9300 + 410
    7. Pay after increment Rs.9710
    8. Grade pay applicable Rs.4200

  • Orissa violence: 45,000 Christian institutions remain shut

    NEW DELHI: Protesting continued violence against Christians in Orissa, nearly 45,000 schools, colleges and other educational institutions run by the community across India remained shut on Friday.

    From Kerala to Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and the trouble-torn Orissa, all Christian educational institutions across the country observed a peaceful protest but there were stray incidents of stone pelting in Madhya Pradesh.

    "All our schools and colleges are closed. Let me clarify, survival is more important than education," said Babu Joseph, spokesperson of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI).

    He said they held peaceful protest rallies to voice concern against continued violence against the community in Orissa, where at least 13 people have died in communal violence since Saturday evening.

    He said there are around five million students studying in these 45,000 institutions and this protest will certainly bring spotlight on the issue.

    Orissa has been on the boil since Saturday when Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, a member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), and four others were killed at his Jalespata ashram in Kandhamal district.

    His killing triggered violence in the state against the Christian community by some Hindu fundamental groups.

    He said their community members have carried out protest marches across the country.

    In Delhi, scores of Christians marched to Orissa Bhawan, the office of the state resident commissioner, to protest the violence.

    "Christians from at least 30 churches across the country participated in the rally in Delhi and chanted slogans against the human rights violation in Orissa," Joseph said.

    Several social activists like Udit Raj and Teesta Setelvad also participated in the protest march to Orissa Bhawan and addressed the gathering there.

    Several schools and colleges in Delhi, including St Stephens College, St Columba's School and Somerville School, were closed for the day.

    Institutions run by missionaries in Shimla, Dharamsala and Dalhousie towns in Himachal Pradseh remained closed.

    "The college is closed to express solidarity for the violence victims," said Shimla's St Bede's principal Sister Melba.

    In Kerala, around 5,900 educational institutions remained closed. The institutions that were closed in Kerala include four medical colleges and 11 engineering colleges run by the Catholic Church.

    Other Christian denominations like the Church of South India (CSI) and Marthoma Syrian Church joined the protest against the violence.

    "All those attending our institutions will attend work wearing black badges," said an official of Marthoma Church at its headquarters in Thiruvalla in Pathanamthitta district.

    In Orissa, over 100 educational institutes observed the shutdown to express solidarity.

    Over 20,000 students and teachers of Agra's dozen Christian schools stayed away from their classes to protest events in Orissa.

    John Fareira, principal of St Peter's College, said the protest was against atrocities in Orissa and also against increasing violence in society. "We pray to god for peace everywhere," he said.

    But Madhya Pradseh reported stray incidents of stone pelting at few Christian schools.

    "While all Christian schools and colleges in Madhya Pradesh remained closed Friday in protest, a group of people pelted stones at Carmel Convent School, St. Theresa School and Church and St. Paul's Church in Gwalior," said V.K. Suryavanshi, superintendent of police.

    "However, no major loss occurred, except minor damage to the vehicles parked inside the campus of the schools," he said.


    Adios to CHIKIM insurgency movement

    By Donn Morgan Kipgen

    It’s official, Ladies and Gentlemen, the faltering CHIKIMS revolutionary movement has been finally pinned down for good by a second decisive thrust from the State Govt. It’s also emphatically official that the optimistic ideas of Kukiland, Kukigam, Zalengam and Zougam are painfully out of question. There will be no agenda for Kuki independent homeland in upcoming “talks” (What talks for what ?) with both the Union and State Govts. A suicidal tragedy called Suspension of Operations (SoO) which was unconditionally signed between the Kuki UG outfits and Union Home and Defence Ministries about 4 years ago led to politically charged internecine factional armed clashes and bloody fightings amongst “rival” CHIKIMS UG outfits which also cost the lives and limps of hundreds innocent civilian. The game of death orchestrated by Politico-Military nexus led to shocking assassinations and brutal murders of top leaders and senior Commanders of all the misled CHIKIM UG outfits during the murky SoO. It had been a costly price to pay for almost nothing concrete in return, except the unspecified amount of money paid for SoO contract honorarium on regular basis. Ceasefire and unconditional peace bought with money power are always temporary and most liable to be followed by even greater violence. History tells us that sincere and long lasting peace cannot be bought with all the treasures on Earth in bi-partisan armed conflicts. However, with all its defects, the unconditional SoO with both the Union and State Govts is most welcome, on the hindsight.

    The signing of the tripartite SoO is the beginning of the end of the 20 year-old Kuki insurgency movement. The founding leaders of well-known Kuki UG outfits would be crying their hearts out deep in their graves over this “sold-out” episode. No genuine revolutionary leaders would sign anything without seeing their primary objectives printed in any form of ceasefire or SoO, much less taking few bundles of bank notes for ceasefire’s signatures. It’s so incredible that the Heirok’s SPOs have been trained, armed and to be paid Rs 3000 monthly “stipend” whereas only Rs 2000 is officially sanctioned for each regular Kuki UG cadre; that’s as cheap as they come. As we all know, the precious life of one innocent Kuki is Rs 1 lakh, but 25% of ex-gratia money goes to “expert negotiators”. Now, the question in every intellectual’s mind is, “How much would the CHIKIMS UG outfits received for this SoO and what could possibly be ground conditions?” And how could the ground rules be enforced in this tripartite SoO drama? Will the much demanding extortions, highway taxation, percentage collection, threats and killings stop? The guestimate answer is no, very unlikely. As for the cushion money for signing of a probably one paragraph-size SoO paper, the amount given to each UG outfit would definitely differ according to the strength of each of participants. It would be mostly just in terms of lakhs, not even half a crore since there are far too many CHIKIM UG outfits. It would really be hard to memorise or recall each of the outfits’ full names and thus would be a nightmare for the Law enforcers. But the worst nightmare would most certainly be the ground rule’s Observers and armed Law enforcers since the ground-conditions would not be properly known specifically by many low-ranking veterans and uneducated cadres to the fullest as required. We have the most unwelcome honour to read and hear news reports of savage armed confrontations and gory factional killings, mass armed extortions, kidnaps for ransom, open gun-battles, etc, over the 2 1/2 years (later part of 2006 upto mid-2008) outrageously against the primary ground rules of the SoO. It could be an understatement to say that all those blatant murders, manslaughters, systematic extortions, bloody factional clashes, high profile kidnappings for ransoms, other internecine rivalries, etc, were Politically-Motivated with moral support from few local military units. The hawkish political leaders are actually the “negotiators-cum-political advisors” with almost final authorities since many Kuki UG leaders are apparently not as intellectual as Dr Ernesto Che Guevera and Fidel Castro, Mao-tse-Tung, Ho-chi-Minh or Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Some honourable CHIKIMS UG leaders and senior Commanders have already been well and truly sucked into the murky world money-ridden politics. Well, after all, they are the Bosses and no one is openly complaining but it left a crack and sense of distrust among the rank and file of all UG outfits which had been clearly recorded in world history’s revolutionary movements. This is clearly learnt by other Manipuri UG outfits who steadfastly refused to have anything to do with SoO or any form of ceasefire with the Govt.

    It took about 10 years to break the “Military and Will- power” of the NSCN (IM) and downgraded the erstwhile influential status of its Leadership. At the same time, the rival NSCN (K) faction has somehow given the freedom to enlarge their rank and status with equal fire-power which now pose a great danger to IM group as a legitimate UG fighting forces for completely independent nation. The once fearful IM group has now been given a rather hard time by a breakaway NSCN (U) faction in a politically-motivated underhand coups. Now, the 12 year GoI-NSCN (IM) ceasefire has now taken a real big toll with internecine and devastating armed confrontations, all without a single advantage as far as the result their clashes were concerned. The visibly subdued NSCN (IM) Leadership would find it very difficult to keep the image and fearful status of the IM in another 10 years period or so to come, considering the nature of the peace-talk process and the sincere adherence to ground rules. But, atleast, the IM group has the Greater Nagalim agenda in their Kit-bag and more honourable conditions to stand for proudly. Unfortunately, the CHIKIMS UG outfits have no ground conditions for autonomous homeland nor promising agenda to protect the overall image of the once fearful CHIKIM Nation which gave the largest number of casualties to the British Indian Army since the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 in history of India. No other Indian princely State or Native rebels caused such fear of God and genuine professional respect since the early days of Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan. Now, the SoO with both Central and State Govts shall show the real mental, moral, intellectual and tactical prowesses in all the SoO days to come. The general public expects peaceful and safety environments in all parts of the State with honour and responsibility.

    The Sangai Express

    Bomb found inside CCpur bound bus

    The Sangai Express

    IMPHAL, Aug 29: Confusion and panic reigned among the people when a Chinese-made hand grenade was found inside a passenger bus plying between Imphal and Chura- chandpur while it was stationed at Churachandpur Bus Parking at Keishampat here today.

    The bomb was later retrieved by the bomb experts of the police who arrived at the site.

    The registration number of the bus ‘Yaipubi Express’ in which the bomb was found is MN01-1199. The owner has been identified as Thounaojam Inao of Kwakeithel Thounaojam Leikai.

    Talking to mediaper-sons, the bomb experts informed that the bomb was a Chinese made hand grenade. But the detonator was missing so it could not have exploded on its own.

    Owner of the bus Thounaojam Inao told mediapersons that the bus had gone out from home at around 10.30 am today for the 11.30 am trip to Churachandpur but the bomb was found lying inside the cabin of the driver at around 11.15 am.

    Inao said he did not have any idea why the bomb had been placed in his bus and who are responsible for it. He also informed that he had not received any demand or threat from any UG group.

    RK Setu (55), the bus driver, who first detected the bomb, recalled that as the passengers started boarding the bus for the 11.30 am trip, he climbed up and went inside the cabin where he found the bomb lying.

    One of the passengers said that as it was too hot sitting inside the bus, he went out to take pan from a shop.

    After a while, people started talking about the bomb lying inside the bus.

    Condemning the incident, the passenger said such incidents of creating fear and panic among the people should not be repeated.

    To the eye of a civilian, it does not make any difference whether it was a live bomb or not. It was only after the bomb experts arrived that the passengers were assured that it was a bomb which would not exploded, the worried passenger reasoned.

    Friday, August 29, 2008

    KNO, UPF and the SoO: Long walk to talk

    - David Buhril

    Eighteen armed groups from the camps of KNO and UPF recently signed for suspension of operations with the Government of Manipur and the Centre. With a long way to go, the agreement has finally put the horses before the cart. The question is how long will it run when it starts running?

    Positive signs of peace and progress are on the tracks as the Kuki National Organisation (KNO) comprising 11 armed groups and the United Peoples' Front (UPF) consisting of another seven armed groups, formally entered into tripartite agreement and signed the Suspension of Operations (SoO) on August 22, 2008. The three parties included the 18 armed groups that constitute the KNO and UPF, the Centre and the Government of Manipur. Naveen Verma, Joint Secretary (North East), Ministry of Home Affairs, signed the SoO documents on behalf of the Centre and DS Poonia, Principal Secretary (Home), was the signatory of the Government of Manipur. According to sources, the SoO was duly signed with an agreement for all the parties involved to abide by the Constitution of India and the territorial integrity of Manipur.

    It may be remembered that SoO agreements between the Indian Army and the constituents of KNO and UPF have been in force since August 1, 2005. After three years of near atrophy, with the Government of Manipur not being a party to the previous SoO, peace prospects have severely met hurdles on all tracks. Excluded from being a party to the previous SoO agreement, the Government of Manipur has been holding the whip when it comes to dealing with the KNO and UPF, which was and still is seen by the KNO and UPF as signs of “hesitancy”, “immaturity” and “half-heartedness” to their interest. That climate has slowed the peace prospects and the confidence building process was also injured.

    However, the Centre walked the much needed extra miles to explore the prospects of Tripartite agreement, which finally resulted with the SoO agreement on February 4, 2008. With that the Government of Manipur is also a party to the talks and the feet dragging game came to an end. Both the representatives of the KNO and UPF expressed that the tripartite agreement for the SoO would still be in a mire without the significant role of the Centre. The instruments of the SoO are initially agreed upon for a period of one year.

    Despite the signing of the SoO agreements, both the KNO and UPF were confronted with one sticking issue that demands them not to disturb the territorial integrity of Manipur. Much before the political dialogue begins “unnecessary hurdle” stacked the defining of the ground rules, which tolled too long of a time. “We had to cross lots of hurdles to reach this stage”, Seilen Haokip, spokesman, KNO said. “We had to go through unnecessary process, which was time wasting. The reason being, the first meeting was substantially to discuss the ground rules for the SoO, which itself makes it quite clear what it should be all about. It was not the time to bring in any political element in it. However the Government of Manipur set a pre-condition for the talks. We have said to the Government of India that we are responding to the olive branch handed out by the Prime Minister of India to all groups who would want to resolve their problems through dialogue. When we responded to that we even went to the extent of saying that we wanted to have our dialogue within the Constitution of India. It is a commonly understood and accepted fact that where there is to be a dialogue, it should be without preconditions. However, we said we don't mind the Constitution of India, not as the pre-condition, but within that. Actually, even the Constitution of India should not be the pre-condition. But we said, barring that there should be no other conditions for talks. But the Manipur Government inserted a clause that says that the territorial integrity of Manipur should not be disturbed to which we objected to. And we objected in a rational manner, saying that we are aware that this is a sensitive issue and it would be primary in the minds of the government. However, this is not the time and place to disclose. We went to the extent of saying that this is an issue that should be brought out in the political dialogue, not here. The Manipur Government's representative then said that they had to take the matter back to the State Government. So this went back and forth over this trivial matter. Well, I admit that we have come round to a point, despite all the odds. That's the point where one always finds the SoO with that factor of territorial integrity in it because without that the Government of Manipur was instable. However irrelevant and incongruous it was, it insisted. So we said that KNO can, maybe, understand that their might be certain compulsions for the State Government to insist on this. So we will accommodate that and go ahead and sign the SoO based on that document, with the territorial integrity in it, provided we reserve the right to raise our political demands when the talks begin. We handed that in writing and it was addressed to the Ministry of Home Affairs and a copy to the Government of Manipur. So the fact that they accepted that paper and the fact that they also signed and allowed us to sign means we reserve that right. It is our fundamental right to raise any issue that we want. This is a common feature in any dialogue. The delay and whole obstacle only reflect the immaturity and the insecurity of the Government of Manipur. It is embarrassing. It is very immature. Just because they have that included, it can never mean that when the dialogue begins that we cannot raise our issues”, Seilen Haokip said.

    Calvin H, member of the UPF also said that the UPF signed the SoO agreements after an “assurance” from the Centre, which the Government of Manipur is also aware of. “If one wants to raise any agenda, which is under the Constitution, any citizen has the right and liberty to raise any political agenda one likes. It is not a crime”, Calvin added. Calvin also opines that if there was no mediator like the Centre, signing of the SoO would not materialise. He also said, “Confidence building would still take time for the government as well as for the groups. That would be tested in the future.” Calvin strongly asserted that despite the stand of the Government of Manipur, there is no binding clause in the Constitution that says that State boundary cannot be changed. “According to the Constitution, we have the rights to put forward a host of agendas”, Calvin added. Calvin also said that the UPF was not expecting the issue of territory to come up as early as when they were defining the ground rules. “What surprises us is that it comes up too early. We were expecting this to surface when we have the political talks. Rather it comes up in the ground rules.”

    With the sticking point that could change the course of political dialogue, Calvin said, “UPF has the liberty to back off at any point of time if they feel insecure or if they felt that they are not meeting the mark that is expected of the government. That can always happen.” Seilen Haokip, on the other hand, said, “Dialogues will have to begin with the State expressing its view candidly and also the KNO doing the same with the Centre participating in it. And after having discussed the issues thoroughly, the reasons should prevail. I don't see why KNO or the Kuki people would not get what is their due. If they don't , then they are not living in a democracy. They are, instead, living in a totalitarian state. Since it is going to be discussed within the Constitution of India, I believed there will be a solution in dialogue.”

    Both the KNO and UPF representatives regarded the signing of the SoO agreement as a significant step and felt the need to take a careful step, one at a time. With Manipur embarking on the first ever SoO with the armed groups within the State, it has, from what it has today, to prove whether it would chose to be serious in finding a lasting solution despite the many odds that would be inevitable, or whether to pull the plug to return to square one. With big stakes involved, there is an immense need for all parties involved to tread all tracks and walk the talk.

    Paudoumang in ngohna nial

    The Lamka Post August 29, 2008

    NREGA Rules diktak a zuih hileh a suakta ding omlou - Behiang Hausapa

    LAMKA, August 28: NREGS tungtawn a 2007-08 nnasepna’ng a a khua ua dia fund thelthangsak chih ziak a Mr. Paudoumang Ngaihte, Chief of Behiang tung a Singngat Police Station a criminal case file a om toh kisai in Behiang Hausa Mr. S. Paudomang Ngaihte in a tung a ngohna nial a, ama nna mah sepna dia sorkar in tha a laksakna sum negulou ahihdan tuni’n thusuah bawl hi.

    Hiai press release in a taklat dan in, fund tampi negu dan a thukizaknate a tangkou khum ahihbanah ‘shoot at sight’ order puankhum himahleh Imphal a a giah ziak in suakta kha ahihdan taklang hi. Huai press release in ataklat dan in NREGA tungtawn in Behiang khua ah job card 296 bawl hi a, huaite Village Authority-te hawmsak ahihbanah huai khua group 7 suah hi a, VA member-te Attendant dia seh in om uhi. Behiang khopel Behiang (V) leh Behiang Suangphuh a Hausa kineih Mrs. Jubilee Moi mizat Mr. Ginzasoi, Mr. Langsuanlian, Mr. M. Zamzakham leh Mr. Thanglianlam makaih in Job Card neite sukbuai sawm mahle uh 1st Phase leh 2nd Phase ah lohsam ua himahleh Singngat SDO/BDO ding a Mrs. Mannuamching a om apat Government order omsate nelhsiah in Hausa kineihte gum in 3rd phase ah lohching uh hi’n taklang hi.

    Singngat SDO/BDO in nnasem khin group 5te Muster Roll Bill-te May 25, 2008 in pelut a, SO kiang ah nnasemlou group 2-te bill pass theihlouh ding chimahleh a khonung a pelut in June 2, 2008 in nnasemlou group 2-te thaman BDO makaih in Hausa kineihte toh hawm in social audit leng bawl uh hidan in taklang hi. June 6, 2008 in hiai hawmkhiat a om nnasemlou group 2-te muster roll bill ding VA leh Office mi hilou midang 2 bawlsak in om a, BDO in nnasemlou group 2-te 3rd Phase fund 2 lakhs val nemang in BDO leh APO in DC/CCpur kiangah Behiang Hausa in sum tampi nemang dan in repot pia ua, DC/CCpur in leng Show Cause Notice pia a, Behiang Hausa in leng a gelhthoh leh a thu in hilhchetna pia hi. Himahleh, Behiang machete ah BDO in NREGA nnasep direct a implement ding in order suah a, BDO in leng Hausa kineihte Development Committee Chairman khawng hisak in Implementing agency hihsak sawm a, himahleh Behiang Hausa in Government Gazette No. 396/18-2-2008 leh NREG Act pansan in review ding in DC/CCpur kiang ah ngetna khia a, huchiin group 5-te bill May 25, 2008 a kipelut koihdap a ompen June 28, 2008 in a bill passed a omkhong hidan in hiai press release in taklang hi.

    Huailou in Border Area Development Programme (BADP) toh kisai in Rs. 18.75 lakhs man work 3 piak in om a, 1st installment ding 60% lakkhiatna’ng in blank cheque 3 ah Research Inspector (RI) in DC/CCpur in signature compare masa ut chih paulap in suai kaisak a, himahleh nnasemlou chi’n a cheque midang kiang ah pia ua, huai banah nnasemlou chi’n DC/CCpur in Show Cause Notice pezomah hidan in leng hiai press release in taklang hi. Huai cheque a piakna pa’ apan in Rs. 2.lakhs kia mu a, sumdang leitawibeh in nnasem a, a nnasep Lime farm bawl ding pen leng Behiang (Suangphuh) mun a bawl ding hi a, himahleh huai mun a Hausa kineihte sukbuai ding leh kel hong zoulou ding chihziak in RI lemsakpihna in Behiang khomunlui ah bawl hi. Himahleh DC/CCpur in lemsalou a, BADP 2007-08 a work a tan ding bangzahhiamte lak a Behiang (Suangphuh) a ding pen SDO in Hausa kineih a Behiang Hausa thahsawm Mr. Thanglianlam specimen signature pen DC/CCpur kiang ah recommend bawl a, himahleh Behiang Hausa in huai thu a theihphet in objection petition DC/CCpur kiang ah pia in blank cheque a suaikaisak a midang ana piak uh toh kisai a gelhlat khak ziak in DC/CCpur heh in ‘some other party’ toh sum na nek mang uh nang leng na ‘admitted’ na dit ding ahi chihsan hidan in leng hiai press release in taklang hi.

    Huailou in CCpur District Chief Council a Vice-President ahih dungzui in executive meeting a member-te lemsakna bang in Joint Action Committee a Chairman hi a, meeting resolution dungzui in NREGS tungtawn a Job card nei peumah in a kikim a tha 100 chiat sepna ding DC/CCpur ah phut ding thupukna nei uhi. Thagum a ngetna neih sang a dan dungzui a nget ding lemsa in ukil tungtawn in legal notice pesak ua DC/ CCpur in lauh leh heh thuah in legal notice zukkik ding a ngen in Chief Council President tung ah phuba laksawm hidan in hiai press relase in taklang hi.

    Singngat SDO/BDO/PO(NREGS) Mrs. Mannuamching, MCS in Behiang khopel a Hausa hihsawmte NREGS a saisak utman a VA Act kalh in Chief lah chi ngamlou in Development Committeee Chairman a hihsak mawk lamdang a sakthu taklang kawm in NREGA Rules leh Guidelines diktak a zuizolou teng FIR bawl khum ding hileh DC apan VLW, Chief Chairman/Chairman (VA) apan Job Card nei teng kuamah suakta omlou ding ahihdan leh nikhat a dakkal 7 sep a Rs. 81.40 loh ding pen dakkal 2/3/4 lel sem a Rs.81.40 loh ngen ahihdan Behiang Hausa Paudoumang Ngaihte in tuni a a thusuah ah taklang hi.



    Source: PUZO Net

    ZO Ngaina thupi penpen khat a kiciemte ahi Zo Khuodo pawi pen kumkhat ciengin khatveita behma kibawl ahi'a, tukum zong "GINUA KHUODO" pawi bawlding GZO in ngimna lienpi kinei ahihi, tuami son ah tukum Zo Khangno'te pattahna in a min zong "ZO KHANGNO KHUODO-2008" ci min ka vaw vuh hi, Yangon khupi sung aom Zo khangno'te sungah minam itna leh I ngaina'te a manghil lo na ding vuh, thuhilna leh Zo ngaina zieletong'te theisahlo phamaw ahihi.

    Yangon aom Zo Khangno'te pen Kawl bulom lah a om vuh ahina dungzui in Zokam siemlo zong tampi omta a, Zo ngaina bangteng ahei ci'a athei om khol nawnlo in, a kan zong om nawnlo mawh hi, tua'te tungah Pu ZO suonlehah'te in tuni cieng dong khotah leh kiptah a inei a hi, ngaina lam, la, khangthu ci'te hil huoi mama a, tupet a I theisah man sih leh minam itna hing kiem ding a, Kawlta, Vaita po tawh hing kitengin, mi mangthangh suah ding vuh ci pen mit a, mu masah ahihi, limtah in ngai sun lei tami thu pen minam tam'te in minam neu'te a vuanelh dan a, Kawlte in ei vuanelh thei ding vuh ahi zieh in Pyo, Thet minam'te dan in a maiming I sualo na ding No.1 a ikoih ding thupi hi. GZO in Khuodo ding vai tawh kisai in meeting ka nei vu atua meeting sung ah zong kipiehna nei pei in, a kitangsam lai ding teng pen Gamdang a om. Minam itna anei, minam avei, akhuol lainatna anei'te kungah nget ding thu khensatna ka nei vuh hi. Sum tawp ding za pen,

    Hotel kawm man 300,000/-
    Neh le dawn 300,000/-
    Video 100,000/-
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    Ci bangdan in ka she vua, tua sung pan in a nei a tengin kipiehna ka nei masa vuh hi;

    Pa Kham Khen Thang 10,000/-
    Pa Leet Suon Khai 30,000/-
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    Pa Kham Kho Cin Thang 50,000/-
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    Khuodo pawi ah Zo ngaina teng lahna leh thugenna limlien tah in kibawl masa ding a tua zaw ciengin State Show zong kibawl suah ding hi, tuami ah lasa ding'te pen, Kawlgam a aminthang pienpien melthei pawl khat leh Meikaam vutdi in a vua bang a a kithei kholo a lasah siem mama i Zo sungah zong tampi om ahiman in, tua'te tathiem ding ngimna bulpi khat zong ahihi. Tua sungpan a lasiem teng ki kaikhawm kia ding a sponsor ding imi sungah a kinga zo leh Lakhui (CD, VCD) bawl ding zong ngimna kinei ahihi.

    Tammi thu tawh kisai in, huna pienuom mun tuomtuom aom sanggam ulenau in minam itna bulphu a, a mangthangh thei ding I Khangno'te kepding huoi ding na hlangaih vuh leh na neisa sumlepaai tawh ahi zongin nangma tehteh kihal in a hizongin itna leh lam-etna tawh kang cial vuh hi.

    Zo Ngaina Manphatdan thugen dingin mun tuomtuom pan zong a kisapna dungzui in ka han ding a, Khangno'te huah sugnah minam itna leh Ngaina thupi dan kiguang nuom penpen ahihi.

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    SoO: A pincer movement?

    By : Iboyaima Laithangbam [Imphal Free Press ]

    With the signing of the Suspension of Operations (SoO) agreement with the Kuki and the Hmar tribal militant outfits on August 22, 2008 in New Delhi the state and the Central forces are in a position to concentrate on the valley militants who are "floundering at the pincer movement". Top ranking police officials who do not want to be named said that as there is no need for counter insurgency operations in the hills since the Naga, the Kuki and the Hmar tribal outfits had signed the ceasefire now available forces will concentrate on decimating the valley militants.

    The 19 tribal outfits which had signed the SoO are USRA, UKRA, KNF(MC), KNF(J), KNA, KRA(U), ZDF, ZRF, KNF(P), ZRO/ZRA, HPC(D), UKLF, KRA, KLO/KLA, KNF(S) and KNF. Prominent features are that they have now stopped demanding separate homelands and will protect the territorial integrity of Manipur. They will also surrender all weapons and the armoury will be double locked by their representatives and the army. The designated camps where they must stay should not locate in the immediate vicinity of the international border, the highways and villages,etc. They will refrain from extorting taxes, fines, kidnapping for ransom,ambushing police and security personnel. Significantly, there is no clause which forbids the militants from killing members of other factions. Members of the Naga underground factions have also been killing each other almost every week. Though they do not attack the state and the central forces all Naga inhabited areas have been experiencing bloodshed notwithstanding the ceasefires. This may be same story with the Kuki and the Hmar militants. In fact, the SoO agreement was signed at Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi in well gapped two batches so that the feuding rivals do not come across each other.

    Angami Zapu Phizo of Nagaland, then the Naga Hills, a part of Assam, was the first rebel leader who took up arms soon after independence in this region. But his five close associates signed the peace accord in Shillong, the capital of the undivided Assam on November 11, 1975 paving the way for massive surrenders with weapons. The signatories said that they accepted the Constitution of India.

    In protest against the accord the hardliners broke away and formed the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) in 1980. It was split into the NSCN(IM) and the NSCN(K) in 1988. The NSCN(IM) signed a ceasefire with the Indian government on June 25, 1997. It was extended "without territorial limits" on June 14,2001. It meant that the ceasefire would be effective in Nagaland and all "Naga inhabited" areas in the NE region. As the extension of the ceasefire had far reaching implications the people of Manipur took up the cudgels on June 18, 2001. The State Assembly complex, offices of several political parties,residences of the Chief Minister and other elected representatives were torched. Altogether 18 persons died during the mayhem. New Delhi hastily withdrew the ceasefire from Assam,Manipur and Aurnachal pradesh. However instances are not lacking to show that it is extended to Manipur "informally". Several rounds of talks have been held between the Indian government and the NSCN(IM) under the provisions of the ceasefire. However these have been infructuous since New Delhi cannot agree to the demand for the unification of the Naga inhabited areas in view of the objections by the governments and peoples of the neighbouring states. In fact one important agenda of the UPA is that the existing boundaries will not be altered. The NSCN(K) had also signed a ceasefire with the Indian government in April 2001 although the militant leaders are yet to come to the negotiating table. Earlier, the ceasefire with the NSCN(IM) was extended in terms of six months or one year. But it was extended indefinitely from July 31,2007.

    The army brought about a rapprochment with the Kuki and the Hmar rebels in Manipur. In fact some valley outfits said that some Kuki militants had joined hands with the army in attacking their camps in the inaccessible mountains. The army had signed the SoO with the Kuki and the Hmar rebels on August 1, 2005. However the Manipur government refused to honour it.Chief Minister Okram Ibobi who is also in charge of Home said that the state government was not taken into confidence.As per provisions of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 the army was called in to assist the civil administration. Police and paramilitary forces continued to kill and arrest the Kuki and the Hmar militants. Lots of strings were pulled and Ibobi was summoned to New Delhi time and again.Because if a ceasefire is signed with these tribal outfits there will be peace in the hills with the result that the available forces could be used in tackling insurgency in the valley areas. During the meetings Ibobi is understood to have pointed out that unless there are fool-proof and acceptable ground rules the militants will misuse the ceasefire to strengthen their organisations and burgeon the armed movement. Once the loopholes were plugged the Manipur government gave its approval to the SoO on July 29, 2008. At Ibobi's insistence a monitoring cell comprising the state and the central officials was formed. On the basis of the reports of the monitoring cell on the flagrant violation of the ground rules,if any, the Manipur government reserves the right to launch counter insurgency operations operations against the Kuki and the Hmar rebels. The valley insurgents are keeping their fingers crossed while waiting and watching the developments.

    The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 gives the central forces carte blanche while dealing with the militants and their accomplices. Made of sterner stuff, the valley militants had spurned peace talks offers by three successive Prime Ministers. They have not signed any ceasefire or accords and over the decades less than 500 armed militants had surrendered. Though the government had reserved all grade three and four government jobs for the surrenderees some of them had joined police and paramilitary forces for their own security. Even armed policemen who elected to come to their homes once in a blue moon were gunned down by the ubiquitous militants.

    The valley militant groups who are ruling the roost in the valley are the UNLF, the RPF, the KYKL, the PREPAK, the KCP, the KCP(MC), the Islamic militant group, the PULF,etc. When the army was called in at the fag end of 1980 the officers said that it was for the first time that they were facing the urban guerilla warfare in Manipur. When peace talks were offered all but one underground organisations ignored them. The Revolutionary People's Front said that the only issue it will talk with the Indian government is the modality of restoring the independence to Manipur.

    Manipur in its ancient name,Kangleipak, had been an indepdnent kingdom with a royal chronicle listing the reigns of the kings for over 2000 years.The Britishers had conquered Manipur on April 23, 1891.On the eve of independence Manipur and other princely states were restored their independence. But King Churachand of Manipur who was put under house arrest in Shillong had to sign the merger agreement on dotted lines on Sept 19, 1949. Manipur and Tripura, another princely state of the region, were formally merged to the union of India on October 15,1949. However it was pointed out that the king who was merely a titular head had no power to sign such a document. Because in 1946 a legislative council was set up replacing the darbar. The Manipur State Constitution Act, the Manipur State Eelection Act,etc were enacted in 1948. The king could sign a document only with the approval of the State Assembly. However the state Assembly never discussed the merger issue.

    The battleline is drawn between the police,security forces and the valley insurgents in Manipur.

    Divide and rule in scheme allotment, says KPF chairman

    The Imphal Free Press

    Chandel, Aug 28: In an interaction with media persons at Sahumphai Village,Yangkhaopau Haokip, Chairman of the Kuki People Forum, Chandel called for equitable distribution of the benefits under various developmental schemes to both Kuki and Naga people.

    Maintaining that there have been many examples of disparity between allocation of funds and schemes to the Naga and Kuki people in Chandel, he said, “Out of a total of Rs.105 lakhs under the District Common Fund (2007-08), only 23 lakh was allotted to Kuki areas while the remaining Rs. 82 lakhs went to Naga areas.” According to the Chairman, the projected fund allocation for the future also shows this disparity as the financial allotment for 2008-09 of a total Rs.241 lakhs has Rs. 222 being allocated for Naga areas against Rs.19 lakhs for Kuki areas; Rs. 165 lakhs for Nagas and Rs. 76 lakhs for Kukis in 2009-10; 194 lakhs for Nagas and 47 lakhs for Kukis in 2010-11 and the same allocation for 2011-12 again.

    “Such a distinct demarcation is nothing but divide and rule policy”, he alleged. He also said that when the matter was brought to the notice of the Deputy Commissioner of Chandel, he maintained that special packages for Kukis under the Central Government are being implemented in Khengjoi area.

    Questioning the rationale behind keeping an official who does not know the difference between a special package and the District Common Fund, the Chairman has called for the removal of the current DC and to appoint someone who is knowledgeable about the area. “The list for fund allotment for the period of 2008-2012 needs to be reviewed within September 10, failing which we will launch a series of agitations”, he further added.

    PDS: Mautam douna diinga long term measurement

    "Singngat taang, hei tah taang, Behieng dung chite khen tuom um lou, mun chin a kiel tung ahita hi. Ha pan a i pan uh a ngaita" - Pu Khupsuonmung Phiamphu, Working Chairman, ZEPADA

    (FCI godown toh kisai CDSU in a taklatna uah, kitatsatlou a niteng poimoh nek-le-tak a om theihna ding leh PDS nuai a deihhuailou pawl khenkhat a kigolhtheite a tatlouhna ding ua state sorkar in a kintheipen a FCI godown bawlna ding recommendation a bawl uh deihthu taklang uhi.) The Lamka Post August 27, 2008

    Thu za dan abah leh State Solkar sukha lou a Dimapur apat Lamka tan direct a tun theina diing in Center in Churachandpur District adiing in Public Distribution System (PDS) bawlna di'n sil bangkim zouta chi thu kiza hi. A nna zong pat thei diing dinmun a umta ahiban ah amun leh muol zong DC in kawmu zouta ahidan thei in um hi. Hinanleh, alang khat lam a apoi mama khat ahileh Eimi Elected MLA te khat in FCI leh PDS te apat hamphatna (mahut amu nailou zieh himai thei) mu sawm tin ten ahiman in nasep pen pan thei nailou dan in thu um hi. Zo suon ten kiel a tuo lai ua tam bang a i teel ching ngel ngel khat in bang diing a kiel huhna di'a panla theina um sun a kha tan ahiei?

    Rishang Keising ana lal lai in Ukhurl ah PDS hoitah in ana bawl hi. Tunitan in Ukhrul ah kiel tungkha nawilou, tua Food Security anei man un Louma hawsuo, haichi, singnou, thei leh farming lam ah a law ching mama uhi. Bang diing a eima teel ching ngel ngel khat in Zogam khan touna diing lampi akha tan ahiei?

    Lamka a PDS Godown bawlna di'n order leh sil bang kim felta, hinanleh State FCI toh a memat sawm teitei zieh in Churachandpur S/C MLA in tunitan in recomendation bawl nailou chi thu leng za ahi. A thu dih pen lamkai lam ten hing suichien uleh dei huoi hi. Mi houlimna ja sawn ahi. I gam adiinga hamphatna lampi khatan a ka thei man a 100% sure sih nanleng a thudih sui thei a hina ding a ka hing gel ahi.

    MAUTAAM: Manipur Governments' Eye Wide Shut

    Manipur Governments' Eye Wide Shut

    Well aware of the grave famine situations prevailing in Manipur especially in Jiribam, Chandel, Tamenglong and Churachandpur districts due to the current Mautaam which caused large-scale devastation of crops leading to total harvest failure of rice, the main staple food in the area. These shortages are due to the increasing p[opulation of rats in the jhuming hills. No crops, no produces to harvest. One year hard labours are in vain.

    A suun a zaan umlou in zusa ten Zodawn silpiengte maichai

    Zu thanga aw


    ‘Must the hunger become anger and the anger fury before anything will be done.’
    (John Steinbeck, US novelist)

    The 50-year cyclical bamboo flowering phenomenon, quite peculiar to this region of the North-East is called Mautaam locally.

    To put this phenomenon in perspective, it was the indifference of the Assam (undivided) Government to the starvation deaths of the Famine of 1959-60, in erstwhile ‘Lushai Hills’/‘Mizo District’ that led to the secessionist call by the Mizo National Front (MNF), and the eventual birth of the present state of Mizoram. The food crisis was then – as is now - caused by what Maj. Gen. D.K. Palit in his book, ‘Sentinels of the North-East – The Assam Rifles’ put it: “The subsequent flowering of the young bamboo plants brings with it, also as part of the cyclical scourge, an astronomical increase in rodent population and their feeding on young plants and seeds. When the bamboos are devoured the hordes of rats move on to the paddy fields and devour the young stalks, the grain stalks and grain-stores, as happens during every recurring (Mautaam).” It is this Mautaam’s revisitation in Churachandpur District of Manipur, and its surrounding areas, that this APPEAL is all about.

    It is pertinent to point out here that today’s Mautaam is concurrently affecting the contiguous areas of Mizoram State. However, the glaring and unhappy difference is that the government of Mizoram is quite ably managing the crisis in their areas. In fact, their relief measures are successful to the extent that some of Manipur’s affected villages are buying rice at the lowest of rates as supplied by that government to its affected villages that border ours!

    Today Churachandpur and its surrounding areas – sans the inadequate State Government effort - have been fighting a lonely and losing battle against this frightening occurrence that showed its fangs from late 2006. The exponential increase of rodent population has devoured and laid waste to standing crops since then. This cyclical visitation has always been disastrous for the hill-folk of the region from time immemorial. Even in the 21st Century it is directly threatening the very existence of the affected, because more than 75% of the people still depend on traditional jhum cultivation. And two years of Mautaam has led to drastic fall in annual foodgrain production and a food crisis. In the southern region of Manipur, this sequence of events is a feared and known fact which, inexplicably, is still being ignored by the powers that be. Further, in this particular Mautaam, the problems are compounded by several unexplained events, viz. the sudden deaths of more than 30 children in Thanlon and Tipaimukh Sub-Divisions; animal plague and emergence of swarms of locust-like creatures. By now, the situation is so grim that the affected people are in the throes of a famine/death-like situation, in spite of interventions by the government. And laudable as the successful implementation of the NREGS is in the affected areas, the plight of the people remains unchanged, simply because what was supposed to be a flagship programme of the Central Government is just filling the yawning gap made by the State’s indifference.

    According to official estimates the annual foodgrain production in 2007 was only 15% of what was expected. The production for 2008 is bound to fall even further. The District Administration estimated that, in 2007 a total of 16,050.13 hacs of cultivated land was damaged and directly affected 1,03,558 persons (58,179 adults and 45,379 minors) from 14,307 families in 264 villages ( out of 359 villages in Tipaimukh, Thanlon, Henglep and Singngat Sub-Divisions) of the District. Mention may be made of Sangaikot TD Block of Churachandpur Sub-Division which was not included in the initial estimates but subsequently suffered the same calamity. The financial requirement for providing famine relief was calculated by the District Administration at Rs. 19 crores. The additional foodgrain requirement was worked out to be more than 8000 qtls of rice per month. The Inter-Ministerial Central Team who surveyed the area between 2nd & 3rd April, 2008 observed: “With or without Mautaam famine the people are already suffering from severe poverty”.

    Meanwhile, as on August 2008, the government distributed only 4,500 qtls of rice under its ‘Mautaam relief’. Some concerned NGOs like Aid Zomi Japan, Chennai ZCF, EFICOR, etc have been extending assistance in terms of a truck-load or two. But such help is frightfully inadequate, considering the enormity of the calamity. Providing sufficient rice - the staple diet - to the affected people is undoubtedly a gigantic task. So given the smallness of the state government’s relief measures till date, it would be unrealistic and dangerous to expect that the government alone will be able to ensure food security to each affected citizen for several years.

    As such, the situation may be taken as opening an opportunity for the entire country to reach out to one small neglected corner of its land. Every concerned person or group from government to semi-government agencies to NGOs; from corporate houses to businessmen; from private or government employees … in fact each and every individual not directly affected by Mautaam famine … to extend all possible help to their fellow beings facing the threat of death by starvation!

    We should collectively shoulder the responsibility of saving life … it’s a mission, a call … that one cannot ignore. It is a challenge that we must face, and a noble war that must be fought to be won.

    Unless we do what can be done today, tomorrow may be too late for the hungry and hopeless who are anxiously awaiting your helping hands.

    This humble APPEAL is made to all concerned individuals and groups to become a participant in the herculean effort to mitigate the suffering and fear of death … by starvation … of one’s own citizens, the more so because the affected inhabit a remote unheard corner of India, that is Bharat.

    The undersigned are, therefore, co-ordinating a –

    (Mautaam Puuktaw)

    The entire exercise will conclude with a –
    5th September, 2008

    This Concert is to be organised by the MIZO ZAIMI INZAWMKHAWM and ZOGAM ARTISTS ASSOCIATION with representative Artistes from ZOMUS.


    1. DONORS are requested to fill up the attached Mautaam Puuktaw Participation Form and may donate in cash or kind.

    2. Online submission of Form is available at e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

    3. Cash contribution can be made through Chairman ZEPADA A/C No.11343708035, SBI/ Churachandpur Branch, Manipur.

    4. All contributions and its subsequent distribution will be made fully transparent. The distribution will be non-partisan giving priority to the most affected areas. The List of contributors and amount contributed shall be acknowledged in a BOOK OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, highlighting the 50yrs cyclical visitations of Bamboo Flowering (Mautaam) in this part of the world.

    5. The above drive/programme - First Stage - is being organised in a hurry considering the plight of the affected people and the fact that this time of the year is the leanest period in the region (even under normal conditions). However, any willing DONOR may donate even after the First Stage of the programme that culminates on 5th September 2008 because the effect of Mautaam shall not end so easily.

    We volunteer to fight the war on hunger for and on your behalf.

    Kinepna dang i nei nalai hi? A hawm ngen ahitai!

    Louma pieng haichi zungteng kei tan in um

    Learning to Love Ourselves…!

    - Samuel Samte

    Who is the most important person in the world? To this, a famous Indian writer says- YOU.

    From childhood, we are taught to cut down our ego and love others. Ego is believed to be the root cause of all evil and till you start considering others before self, you are doomed to disaster. Most religion teachings contain this basis. Humans’ most basic instinct is self-preservation. Not surprisingly, ‘i’ is the only form of reference apart from reference to God Himself that uses a capital letter!

    But is there harm in loving ourselves? I hope not. At least not till that loving is reasonable and allows you to be somewhat detached and objective too. In fact, it’s proven that if you have a high self esteem, you are likely to be a happier individual, someone who is more likely to face challenges and also bounce back in the face of adversity.

    An article in encourages you to generate your own love. It went to suggest that perhaps the reason for so many, relationships failing is that we haven’t learnt how to love. It’s not possible to love anyone until you have learnt to love yourself. This holds water for the man in uniform at battlefield. I think I know now why the Interviewing Officers at SSB (Defence) are very specific on the candidates self esteem, his role and responsibilities at home. I failed to catch this vital point and conceded a mistake at the SSB I faced recently. For them, the funda is clear: “If a person doesn’t think well (love) of himself and doesn’t have a proper/satisfactory role to play at home, it would be unwise and hard to buy their claim of being patriotic.” They went on to the extent of saying that ‘you’ are not just a VIP, but a MIPW, the most important person in the world.

    The famous teaching Love your neighbors as you love yourself of Jesus revolve around here. To be in a position to love others, we must first be fair with ourselves.

    Orissa: Violence continues despite shoot-at-sight order

    BHUBANESWAR: Notwithstanding the shoot-at-sight order imposed in eight blocks of riot-ravaged Kandhamal, violence continued on Thursday in remote areas of the communally sensitive district in a backlash to the killing of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati claiming ten lives in Orissa so far. ( Watch )

    Information about some incidents were received from some remote places of Tikabali, G Udaygiri and other, District Collector Krishan Kumar said.

    "Though tension prevails, the situation has been brought under control in 6/7 out of the 12 blocks of the district," he said adding shoot-at-sight order and curfew remained in force in eight blocks as part of efforts to restore normalcy.

    Deputy Inspector General of Police R P Koche said there has been 'substantial improvement' in the situation though some violence was reported from Kotgad area and "We are gathering details about the incident." Some additional central forces have arrived in troubled areas while more were expected soon, he said.

    The BJD-BJP government headed by Naveen Patnaik has come under sharp attack from different quarters with all major political parties including Congress, demanding his resignation, following the killing of Saraswati on the night of August 23 and unabated violence since then.

    The government has also been indicted by the Centre with Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal voicing displeasure over steps taken to contain violence.

    Violence spread to areas outside Kandhamal too with some incidents reported from Sundergarh, Rayagada, Gajapati and Bolangir districts.

    Though officials confirmed ten deaths in the state due to the violence, unofficial sources put the toll at 15. Prominent Christian organisations and leaders claimed that at least 13 persons, including one in Bargarh district, were killed in the violence.

    As Kandhamal was on the boil, shoot-at-sight was ordered on Wednesday in places like Phulbani, Baliguda, Tumudibandh, Raikia, Nuagaon, G Udaygiri, Tikabali and Sankarakhol, a senior official said, adding anyone found indulging in arson and rioting would be shot.

    Raikia, which remained virtually unaffected during the communal riots in December last year, was hit this time where large scale violence took place and two persons were critically injured in mob attack, said a senior official, who has been camping in the district.

    Kandhamal remained a 'no entry zone' to prevent outside and unwanted elements from entering the district, he said adding that all entry points were sealed, while prohibitory orders under Section 144 were in force in entire district.
    Alarmed at escalating violence, Christian leaders demanded a CBI probe into the entire chain of events since the killing of Saraswati for establishing truth, arrest of culprits and trial by a special court, rehabilitation of riot-hit people and immediate measures by the Centre and state government to end violence.

    Angry over the killing of Saraswati and handling of the subsequent incidents, several BJP MLAs and ministers wanted withdrawal of their party from coalition government in Orissa. However, party leadership asked them not to destabilise the government which is trying to restore normalcy in Kandhamal.



    NE Christians condemn Orissa violence, seeks PM's intervention

    Shillong: Expressing concern over the "atrocities" committed on Christians in Orissa after the murder of VHP leader Swami Laxmananda Saraswati, the North East India Christian Council, apex body of Christian churches in the region, has sought intervention of the President and Prime Minister.

    In a statement issued here, NEICC secretary Rev N Sandiwell Phawa urged the Centre and the Orissa government to take steps to defuse the situation through "confidence building measures".

    He also appealed to all Christians in Meghalaya and the Northeast to make August 31 as a day of special prayer for return of peace and normalcy in Orissa.

    Reverend Phawa said that the National Christian Council of India, Catholic Bishop Conference of India and Evangelical Fellowship of India had jointly sent messages to the President and Prime Minister seeking their intervention in the crisis.

    In another development, an emergency meeting convened by the Catholic Association (Khasi and Jaintia, Shillong) on Wednesday, endorsed the decision of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) to shut down all educational institutions run by the Catholic Church falling under the Shillong Archdiocese on Friday to express solidarity with Christians.

    It also decided to observe a day of prayer and fasting on September seven and a peace rally on September eight.


    Thursday, August 28, 2008

    Refugees from Mizoram threaten to boycott assembly polls

    Agartala, Aug 28 (IANS) Refugees from Mizoram camping in Tripura have threatened to boycott the assembly election in their state if they are not repatriated to their home soon.Over 31,000 members of the Reang tribe are living in relief camps in Tripura for the past 11 years following ethnic clashes with the majority Mizos in Mizoram. The Reangs are a Hindu minority in Christian-majority Mizoram.

    “We may boycott the assembly polls as both the central and the Mizoram government are not sincere to solve our decade-old problem, and (have) failed to fulfil their commitment on a number of occasions,” said Elvis Chorkhy, president of the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF).

    Elections to the 40-member Mizoram assembly are due in November this year.

    Militant-outfit-turned-political-party, the Mizo National Front (MNF) has been ruling the mountainous state for the past 10 years.

    Mizoram is reluctant to take back the Reang refugees, also known as Bru, prompting them to organise a series of agitations over the years.

    The week-long hunger strike they organised last year in Tripura was withdrawn following assurances by the home ministry to fulfil their 16-point charter of demands, including repatriation to their home state.

    “But unfortunately nothing was done to settle our problems. The inmates are asking how long they would remain refugees in their own country,” Chorkhy told IANS.

    Union home ministry teams have visited the refugee camps in Tripura and held inconclusive talks with the Mizoram government to resolve the issue.

    After 14 rounds of talks, the Mizoram government and the militant Bru National Liberation Front (BNLF) signed an agreement in April 2005 to resolve the ethnic crisis, leading to the surrender of about 1,040 militants belonging to the BNLF and Bru Liberation
    Front of Mizoram (BLFM).

    Both the outfits had been fighting to set up an autonomous council for the Reang refugees.

    Demanding immediate four- corner talks between the centre, Mizoram and Tripura governments and MBDPF, the refugee leader said: “These series of events - signing of agreement on surrender of militants - proved futile.”

    The refugee problem had led to socio-economic unrest in Tripura. “Due to the stay of the tribal refugees since October 1997, Tripura is facing serious socio-economic problems,” Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said.

    A high-level team comprising officials of the Election Commission and the Mizoram government will visit the north Tripura refugee camps Saturday to examine the eligibility of about 11,000 refugees, whose names are yet to be enrolled in the Mizoram electoral list despite their becoming 18 years old.

    “Of the 31,000 refugees, only 7,524 persons are voters and got their names included in the state’s voters’ list,” an official added.

    Rs. 8.67 cr unspent police modernisation fund amount shown as incurred

    The Imphal Free Press

    IMPHAL, Aug 27: A comment of the audit on Comptroller and Auditor General, CAG-2006-07 said that an unspent amount of Rs. 8.67 crores under the modernization of police forces during the period from 2002-07 was reflected as incurred.

    The comment of the audit was made on the CAG finding at its para 3.1. 9 which related with the implementation of the modernization of the police forces in the state with the funding of the Central government.

    The para said, “Although the Manipur Police housing Corporation has spent only Rs. 7.02 crores upto March 2007 out of Rs. 18.97 crore placed (2002-07) at its disposal for construction of police stations, building barracks, the department had shown the entire amount as expenditure.”

    According to a document on comments on audit CAG-2006-07 finding, it said that the Manipur Housing Corporation (MD/MPHC vide letter no. AG/14(vol-II)/2005-MPHC/2925) furnished on June 17, 2006 had shown the entire fund of Rs. 18.97 crores as expenditure.

    It further said that a total of Rs. 7.02 crores was reported to have been spent at the end of March 2007. However, as the works have been progressing, a total expenditure of Rs. 8.67 crores has been incurred at the end of March 2008.

    As the amount (Rs. 18.97 crores) had been drawn from the government account and placed at disposal of MPHC, the amount has become government expenditure which hinted that the expenditure could be treated as expenditure under the police modernization scheme.

    Here, it is pertinent to mention that usually, at the last minute of the closing of fiscal year, the state government used to withdraw unspent funds for various schemes and projects with Central funds and deposit to the state account apparently to avoid return of the funds which could not be spent during a particular financial year.

    This has been clearly indicated by the fact that more than half of the funds released under special plan assistance, SPA during the fiscal year 2007-08 which ended March 31, 2008, had been withdrawn by the state government and deposited in the state account.

    And after a quarter of the fiscal year 2008-09, due to delay in the submission of the utilization certificates of the projects and schemes, the state is facing delay in the release of the SPA funds for the current financial year 2008-09.

    State chief minister O Ibobi Singh is currently camping in New Delhi to press the Planning Commission of India to release the funds at the earliest apart from other official works.

    The scheme 'Modernization of police force' is an important initiative of ministry of home affairs, MHA and is under implementation in Manipur since 1969.

    Manipur has been classified as 'A' category state under the scheme and accordingly receives 100 percent Central assistance for modernization of police force.

    Under the scheme construction works of police stations with additional infrastructures have been taken up since 2002.

    Construction of police stations with additional infrastructure and improvement of infrastructures of posts of state security forces have been implemented in 50 places.

    Out of the 50 police stations, construction of 22 are completed as per latest access report and the works for another 23 police stations are under progress.

    But the construction works at five police stations are yet to commence.

    As per the status report as on June 2008, improvement of Porompat police had been completed during 2002-03.

    Construction works at Mayang Imphal police station, construction of finger print bureau building phase-II at Pangei, construction of Chandel, Tengnoupal (phase-I), Nungba (phase-II and quarters) police stations have been completed during 2003-04.

    Construction of Sugnu, Nambol and Singhat PS were also completed during the year and the handing and taking over are in process.

    Under the same scheme, the construction works of Churachandpur police station, Chakpikarong and construction of sentry post at Tengnoupal police station had been completed during the year 2004 and 2005.

    Construction and improvement works of Ukhrul, Tamenglong, Bishnupur, Thoubal, Saikul, Jessami, Khoupum, Kumbi, Tengnoupal, Chakpikarong police stations were completed during the same year, it said.

    Works completed during 2005-06 include construction of infrastructures at Pangei MPTS, Wangoi, Mayang Imphal, Tengnoupal, Irilbung, Singhat, Chingai police stations, 1st MR, Bishnupur police, 5th MR and home guard headquarter at Lamphel.

    Ten different works of improvement of police stations were completed during the year and handing and taking over are in progress. The work places were at Singjamei, City, Kumbi, Churachandpur, Kangpokpi, Senapati, Litan, Chasad and Patsoi police stations.

    Currently, construction of quarter at CMTW which commenced from 2004-05 is under progress.

    Other works started during 2006-07 which are under progress are construction of barracks at MPTS, Pangei, Phungyar (phase-II), Jessami (Phase-I), Nungba, Tamei stations, construction of conference hall cum control room of 1st MR, Imphal, construction of Senapati district police, and barracks of 5th MR, Tamenglong.

    The ongoing works under the funding of the same scheme, modernization of police forces during 2006-07 are construction of Wangoi, Chakpikarong, Thanlon, Parbung, Henglep, Kangpokpi, Mao and Kasom Khullen police stations.

    However, the report said that the construction works of Lamshang, Lamlai, Pallel which was earmarked during the fiscal year 2006-07 are yet to commence.

    Manipur Pineapple Festival neih hiding, Horticulture Minister T. Phungzathang in Khuallian hihna toh uap ding

    Manipur Pineapple Festival neih hiding, Horticulture Minister T. Phungzathang in Khuallian hihna toh uap ding

    LAMKA, August 27: Manipur Pineapple Festival Committee saina in hongtung ding August 30, 2008 chiang in Khousabung khua ah 1st Manipur Pineapple Festival neih hiding hi.Hiai hun ah Manipur Pineapple Queen contest leng neih ahih ding banah Pineapple Musical Concert for Peace leng neih hiding hi.

    Horticulture Minister T. Phungzathang in Chief Guest hihna toh Manipur Pineapple Festival uap in festival hongkhe ding a, MTDC Chairman MLA T. Manga Vaiphei in leng hiai festival Function President hihna toh uap ding hi. Huai banah, DC/CCpur Sumant Singh, IAS in Guest of Honour hihna toh a uap ding banah social worker Amrik Singh Pawa in leng Special Guest hihna toh uap ding hi.

    Hiai festival ding toh kisai in Manipur Pineapple Festival Committee in tuni sunnung dak 3:30 in DFO/CCpur tenna inn Chiengkawnpang ah thuthaksaite kimuhpih uhi. MPFC Secretary Gin Gangte in a gendan in, Manipur a lengthei chiin masaknapen ding in 1947 kum in Mr. Songpu Gangte in Lakhipur apat lengthei nou 40 Khousabung potung in suan hi. Songpu’ lengtheite’n gah a hon suantak in lengthei chiin theih ahihdan theisuah in a vengte leng lengthei nou poding in kuan ua, huchia Manipur a lengthei chiin hong kipan hidan in gen hi.

    Manipur a district 9-te ah lengthei chiin hivek mahleh CCpur a Khousabung bial apat kum teng in lengthei lakh 70 piangkhia in Manipur a a tamnapen ahihdan Gin Gangte in gen hi. MPFC in survey a bawl dan in kum teng in CCpur district apan in lengthei lakh 70 piang a, Thoubal district apat lakh 45 leh Senapati district ah lakh 40 piang hi. Huai banah, Imphal West apat lakh 35 piang a, Imphal East apat lakh 30 leh Chandel district apat lakh 10 piang hi. Ukhrul district ah lakh 5 piang a, Bishnupur district ah lakh 3 leh Tamenglong district a lakh 2 piang hidan in suikhia uhi. Huai banah, gam acre 1 a lian sung a lengthei 10000 chiin theih ahihdan leng MPFC Secretary in gen hi.

    Lengthei chituamtuam130 lak ah tulel in Manipur ah chi 2 kia kichiing lel a, huai lak a khat Kew Variety pen State Fruit hihsak ding leh Pineapple Festival pen State Festival khat bang a pom ding in Manipur Governor kiang ah Manipur Pineapple Festival Committee in apaisa August 14, 2008 in ngetna pelut uhi.

    Huailou in, hongtung ding September 15-17, 2008 chiang a Shillong a ‘North-East Business Summit-2008’ neihna hun a tel dia Manipur Pineapple Festival Committee in palai sawl sawm uh hidan in MPFC Secretary in gen hi.

    MLA T. Manga Vaiphei in Kangvai Community Hall honna nei

    LAMKA, August 27: Infrastructure Development Programme tungtawn a Rs. 12 lakhs zang a Kangvai khomipte a dia Community Hall kibawl zohsiang ahihtoh kiton in tuni sunma dak 10 in bialtu MLA T. Manga Vaiphei, Chairman, MTDC in Chief Guest hihna toh uap in Community Hall honna nei hi.

    Hiai hunzatna ah Kangvai V/A in Chief Guest kiang ah Vaiphei puandum khat pia ua, Kangvai Women Development Society (KWDS) in leng Vaiphei puandum khat mah pia uhi. Kangvai Block VPC President Lalzakhai in Function President hihna toh uap a, SDO Henglep Ranjan Yumnam in Special Guest hihna toh uap hi. Function President in a thugenna ah tulai mipite lungsim putzia hoihlou in mi’n thilhoih hihsak/bawlsak lehleng kipahna chang theilou in kep-le-zuun naksang a suksiat ding kia lunggel a neih pen khanmohbawk ahihman in kuapeuh in huchibang ngaihdan paih tuak ahihdan gen hi.

    Chief Guest MTDC Chairman T.Manga Vaiphei in a thugenna ah Kangvai khua a Zillai Golden Jubilee lop hunlai a hall gina neihlouh ziak a haksatna tamtak tuah ahihbanah tha-le-zung tampi sen ahihlai in Community Hall hoihtak ding lunggulhna lianpi a neih tua tangtung ahihna ah kipak mahmah ahihdan gen in maban a leng thil dangdang bawl hilai ding ahihdan gen hi. Hiai Community Hall bel duhthusamtak a bawl ahihman in a bawlna’ng Government in a sanction zah sang a tamzaw lut ahihdan gen a, Kangvai Area bel constituency dan in Henglep nuai ah om mahleh Tuibuang TD Block nuai ah omkha a Tuibuang ahihleh Saikot A/C sung a omkhazel ahihman in hichibang limliam ziak a development scheme khenkhat deih bang a laihlut haksatloh ahihdan gen hi.

    MOBC nuai ah school bangzah hiam bawlna dia proposal piaklut ahihbanah maban ah BRGF tungtawn in Community Hall leh mawltual bangzah hiam bawl hiding ahihdan leng Chief Guest in gen hi.Vantaang a dia thilhoih kibawlte mahni a ahihlouhman a suksiat ding lunggel neih pen haihuai ahihdan gen in lampi, community hall, mawltual hi’n mipi a dia phatuam khatpeuh sepsuah ahihchiang a kuaman subuailou a kithuahpihzaw ding leh sepsuah a omte quality neitak a sepsuah ahi hiam chih enkai ding a ngetna neikawm in a semsuahtute’n leng quality hoihtak nei dia sem ding in theisak hi. Vau leh lauhsak himahle uh mipite’n a vote ziak ua lohching a hichibang a thilhoih semthei ahihman in tha petu mipite a dia septheih teng sep ding a mohpuakna ahihdan gen hi.

    Chief Guest in Kangvai Hausa tel in kho Hausa mi 14 kiang ah puansan pia a, contractor hikei mahleh hiai community hall diktattak a bawl leh enkaitu Mr. Pautinlam kiang ah belpi khat pia hi. Huai banah, Rs. 2000/- in KWDS phungvuh a, Kangvai YVA kiang ah football 1, volleyball 1 leh Rs. 2000/- pia in Cultural Troupe leng Rs.1000/- pia hi.

    SDPO/CCpur training in kuan ding

    LAMKA, August 27: Police Foundation Course a tel di’n Sub-Divisional Police Officer/CCpur K. Kabib IPS in zingchiang in Missouri, USA zuan in Lamka nuse ding hi. Aman November 28, 2008 tan training ding a, a omlouh sung in SDPO/Moirang in SDPO/CCpur dinmun lenkhawm ding hi.

    Cheng 1 sik valh kha

    LAMKA, August 27: Baby Hathoihkim (5) d/o Lianlallem of Lingsiphai in an sunma dak11:30 vel in school kaina mun ah sum Cheng 1 sik valh kha in a gawl ah tang a, a gen ngam zoklouh ziak in zan nitaklam dak 4:00 vel in a sungte’n theikhe pan uhi. A theihphet ua kintak a doctor a etsak ua leh zan nitak dak 7 in Lamka damdawi inn ah doctor in emergency operation bawl ngal a, Cheng 1 sik aat khia hi. Doctor in a gendan in hiai naupang pen kintak a aat theihlouhna mun singtang mun gamla a om bang hileh si thei dinmun hi’n gen hi. Hiai sum Cheng 1 sik ahihleh a pa’n school a kaina a nektheih a leina dia Hathoihlam a piak hi a, aman a kam a a muam a leh valhkha hidan in thutut kingah hi.

    Mi 2400 val in application form lata

    LAMKA, August 27: Manipur Home Deptt. nuai a post awng tuamtuam 3 lakna ding ah tunitan in mi 2400 val in SP/CCpur Ofice ah application form lata uhi. IRB Riflemen post 1404 a ding in mi 1700 in form la ua, Women Police Constable post 366 a ding in mi 556 in form a lak banuah Police Driver post 60 a ding in mi 129 in form la uhi. Application form fill-up khinsate’n ahihleh Distrit Employment Office ah piak lut theih ding hidan in thutut kingah hi.

    Loukaihna khawl hawm ding

    LAMKA, August 27: Horticulture & Soil Conservation nuai a loukaihna khawl Kabutar Power Tiller leh Water Pump subsidized rate a dia sum pekhinsate’n September 6, 2008 in Imphal ah lak theih ding a, huai toh kisai a thuchian thei nuamte’n District Oficer (DO) Horticulture & Soil Conservation Churachandpur kimuhpih ngai ding hi.

    Mobile Sale in APL anntang zuak

    LAMKA, August 27: FCS Deptt./CCpur in tuni sun dak 12:00 in Lamka Police Station ah APL anntang mobile sale in zuak ua, anntang deih mi tam mahmah ahihman in zuak bei pah ua, a kuanhakte’n tangkhalou uhi.

    Henglep lampi kihongta

    LAMKA, August 27: Tuktui kiak ziak a menchimte’n Henglep bial toh kikawmtuahna lampi naktak in subuai mahleh PWD/CCpur a Section Officer Loken makaih in special contractor T. Lala in tuni’n lampi hong suakta uh hi’n thutut kingah hi.

    Thutut kingah dan in Henglep lampi mun 8 ah menchim in gari taitheilou ding in lamlian khak tan a, himahleh JCB zang in tuni’n hahsiang in om hi. Lamlian khaktan menchim 8-te banah hawktui luanna lampi khaktan menchim mun 30 ah om a, huaite teng leng hahsiang a om hidan in thutut kingah hi.

    Gari number MN-02A in kipanta ding

    LAMKA, August 27: District Transport Officer/CCpur apat thutut kingah dan in, MN-02 nuai a gari registration number kipekhe ding zah a piak khiak khittak ziak un DTO-cum-Regional Transport Office, CCpur district nuai a gari registration kibawl tengteng, bang gari hitaleh, August 25, 2008 apat MN-02A nuai ah registration number piak pat in omta hi.

    NE-TV in COMFA’ video documentary ngen

    LAMKA, August 27: Mautaam kialpi dou dia kiphutkhia Committee on Mautaam Famine Aid in panlak kisan mahmah ua, tuni’n leng COMFA palai bangzah hiamte’n kial douna ding toh kisai Imphal zinsuk uhi. Huai banah, Zomi Youth Association makaih a inn chih kiang a ngetna hawm ding in COMFA kisalel a, kuapeuh in ngaipoimoh ding in leng ngen uhi. Tuma a Mautaam zusate’n haichi a neksiatlaitak uh video documentary a bawl uh leng North East Television in a nget dungzui un COMFA in pekhia hi.

    Tuabanah, September 5 chiang a Concert For The Hungry neihna ding a stage bawlna a zat dia khuam bangzah hiam thoh ding ahihdan special contractor Thangnon in ZAA theisak hi. ZAA leng hiai concert a di’n naktak in kisakhol ua, tulai in lazilna uangbawl mahmah uhi. Concert For The Hungry neihna dia van poimoh tuamtuamte mimal phatuamngai bangzahhiamte’n tamtak thohkhawmta uhi.

    Jeevan Madhun plan hongkhe ding

    LAMKA, August 27: Life Insurance Corporation nuai a Micro Insurance Plan No. 182, Jeevan Madhur Plan kichi August 28, 2008 sunma dak 11 in Synod Hall, IB Road a honkhiak a om ding hi.

    Hiai plan ahihleh Jeevan Madhur Micro Insurance Policy, Silchar Division a Manager S. Kar in hongkhe ding a, LIC/CCpur Branch a Manager Seikholet Kipgen in leng thugenna hun zang ding hidan in hiai policy agent Covenant Children’s Home apat thutut kingah hi.

    Sum muhna nei hoihlou migentheite a ding bik a kibawlkhia hiai plan ahihleh September 28, 2006 in India President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in New Delhi ah ana hongkhe khinta hi.

    MHJU in louzau veh

    LAMKA, August 27: Mautaam kial toh kisai a a nihveina ding in Manipur Hills Journalist Union (MHJU) team in tuni’n Guite Road tawn in Lamka nusia ua, nitak dak 6 vel in Sinzawl khua tung uhi.

    Mautaam ziak a zusa pung mahmahte enkhe di’n Sinzawlte louzau ah tuzan in MHJU team vakkual ua, zan giak di’n Sinzawl khua ah kiknawn uhi. Amau zingchiang in Parbung zuan nawn ding uhi.

    Nupa khat Tuivai ah kelum

    SINZAWL, August 27: Muanhuaitak apat thutut kingah dan in apaisa August 24, 2008 Pathianni in Sinzawl kho kiang a Tuivai lui ah nupa kop khat kelum uhi. Tui a kelum nupate hihna leh min uh theih hikei mahleh amau Mimbung khua a sing aatsa nawn a kiloh a om Burma mi hi uhi.

    Thutut kingah dan in, hiai nupate tui a a kiak un a pasal in suang mankha in a zi’n leng a pasal puanak mankha hi. Himahleh, a pasal puanak in a khouhlouh ziak in nupinu tui in tai a, a pasal leng a tha bei gawp man ahihman in a khonung deuh in tui in tai hi.

    Kho kiim kho kiang a mipi’n hiai nupate siluang zong pah mahle uh tunitan a munailou uh hi’n thutut kingah hi.

    The Lamka Post August 28, 2008

    New chapter for Manipur

    Imphal, Aug. 27: Students in Manipur who are studying in government schools could stop worrying about lack of fluency in speaking English after graduating from school.

    The Okram Ibobi Singh government has decided to convert at least three high school-level institutions to English-medium schools on a trial basis as part of its plans to revamp the education system.

    “Yes we have decided to convert at least three government schools to English-medium school on a trial basis. If the effort is fruitful, more schools will be converted to English-medium schools,” education minister L. Jayentakumar Singh said today.

    The move comes after the state education department finally admitted that the students of government-run schools are unable to compete with those of private schools and convents who are fluent in English.

    Manipuri, the state language, is the medium of instruction in all the government-run schools in Manipur.

    Though the government offers the option of choosing either English or Manipuri as the medium of instruction, all the government-run schools opted for the Manipuri medium because of the teachers’ preference.

    “The failure of the students who have passed out of Manipuri-medium schools to compete with the students of other states in public examinations has prompted the government to take the decision,” Jayentakumar Singh said.

    Education department sources said the department would train teachers from among those recently-recruited on a trial basis. The students for these schools will be selected through entrance examinations.

    “Students who could not get admission to private institutions because of poverty or deficiency in marks could go to the English-medium schools run by the government. The plan is to make English medium compulsory for selected schools,” a source in the department said.

    The government is also finalising a plan to convert some of the existing schools into residential ones.


    An earthquake shook parts of the Northeast on Wednesday morning, reports PTI.

    Officials at the seismological observatory said the magnitude of the earthquake was 3.9 on the Richter scale. It was also felt in Guwahati, Shillong and other parts of the region.


    SPORTS: 1-0 victory for North Eastern - Lone goal by Ibochou Singh

    Manipur League

    Imphal, Aug. 27: A solitary goal by M. Ibochou Singh ensured that North Eastern Re-Organisation and Cultural Association edged past Youth Welfare Club to fetch three points in the 3rd Manipur State League, 2008 at Khabeisoi in Imphal East today.

    North Eastern Re-Organisation team tasted defeat in the opening match of the league in the hands of defending champions North Imphal Sporting Association by 3-1 goals three days back. But today it seemed a resurgent North Eastern team as they dominated the entire 90 minutes of the match.

    After a goalless first half, both teams went for the kill in the second half. The North Eastern men had the edge as they came up with the goal in the 52nd minute from M. Ibochou Singh to cling on to the solitary lead for the win today.

    Referee Magho Singh booked three Youth Welfare Club players, Lanrailung Pamei, L. Sumin Singh and P. Ajit Singh, followed by T. Ajit Kumar of North Eastern with yellow cards.

    In the other matches, Henkhosuon Touthang delivered the lone winning goal for Tiddim Road Athletic Union against Eastern Sporting Union today.

    North Imphal Sporting Union registered their second win against New Lamka Youth Club by 3-1 goals at Sekmai ground. S. Herojit Singh struck twice for North Imphal while S. Bikram Singh added one goal. For the New Lamka team, Ginthialal proved the only resistance scoring the lone goal in the first half.

    The remaining three matches involving Southern Sporting Union against All Moirang Football Association, United Sporting Association versus Manipur Police Sports Club and the last one between Tiddim Road Unique Gamy Players Union and Phoudel Youth Club ended in a goalless draws today.

    Inter-district soccer

    District Sports Association, Kakching humbled District Sports Association, Churachandpur by 4-2 goals in the 12th under-15 boys’ Inter-District Football Tournament at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex today.

    The better part of the first half was a midfield tussle, but the Kakching team finally opened its goal account with a corner kick.

    Y. Sindas took the corner and found A. Somorendro who gave the final tap to the goal in the 24th minute. Five minutes later, the increased pace paid off for Kakching as S. Bhumeshor Singh, running on the left goal line, made a clean pass to M. Somananda Singh who banged it home to give a 2-0 lead in the first half.

    In the second half, the Churchandpur boys came up with a goal in the 40th minute, when a Kakching defender tried for a clearance but instead hit the back of Suanlin and the ball rolled into the net.

    But the Kakching boys in the 55th minute, added a third goal from a free kick at the penalty edge. Skipper Stephen Touthang scored with a powerful kick to get the score to 2-3. S. Bhumeshor Singh solo run got them the fourth goal in the 82nd minute to take the match by 4-2 goals.


    Wednesday, August 27, 2008


    - Kamkhansiing @ Zosiing

    After several years, I finally have the chance to go home. I set out on my sojourn in the early morning of 30th May, 2008. Being rather unexcited about it, I try to keep it as simple as going home to meet my aged parents. However, once on the ground my thought tends to veer around the many things that confronts the people in and around my village.

    Finally, I landed up at Lamka about 13.30 hrs. of the day. After the ordeals and depression I have gone through till recently, I have nothing much to talk about with my relatives. Nor was there the excitement in meeting them. It was tasteless. As if to jolt me out of my slumber, my cousin’s phone rang and broke the silence with an unexpected news. Lo and behold, yet another accident again occurred in the Behiang – Singngat Sector at 11.30 am earlier in the day. The news left me gasping for my breath fearing some near relative might be amongst the dead. Fortunately, none of my immediate relatives were there. Yet, the accident itself and the death of some well-known people left a bad taste in the mouth. It left four dead and 32 persons injured. Several of them will require prolong treatment. Considering the fragile economy the victims are besotted with, one’s mind could easily fathom the problem they will be facing in the very near future and thereafter. “Living on prayer” sings Bon Jovi, but these are people who are practically living on prayer. The accident was the second such fatal incident within the span of a few months. During my presence, several organizations were engaged in reaching a compromise between the victim’s families and vehicle owner, which later reached and done as per customary practice in which the vehicle owner pays some amount to the victim as compensation. One thing that cross my mind is: will that small/token amount compensate the family of the victims? What about the victim who is the lone bread earner of the family? Indeed, no monetary benefit can compensate for the loss of a family member. Traditional practices are fine; it settles disputes without the necessity of court intervention. However, since modern amenities have provided more security to such frailties of life it may be worth exploring. There might be ways and means to ensure that minimum damage is caused to the owner of the vehicle in such situation while the victims are compensated better. Here lies the necessity of insurance. In the instant case, it is hard to say whether the vehicle is insured or not. Insurance of vehicles used for public transport are mandatory by law. It would be more beneficial that the same is also enforced in our part of the country.

    While residing in our locality, one could never fathom the problem in its entirety. However, after several years of stay in other place with better transport facilities, I felt sorry that the people in Behiang area have to be dependent on a road constructed for plying of military vehicles during war. The first thing that comes to the mind is; whether the road is worthy for bus services? If I were the bus owner I would have many thoughts before permitting my bus to ply on the road. I could only appreciate the dare devilry of the under-paid and hardworking Drivers who thus far safely steer the bus on its way up and down in this narrow road through the gorges and hills.

    The story of transportation problem in Behiang area is as old as the oak trees that adorn the hills in the village’s suburb. Let’s first dwell on the road before we could come to any programme initiated by the Government of Manipur for its improvisation. But it will have to be punctuated with a big clause ‘if any’.

    The stretch between Singngat - Behiang was initially constructed by the British Army in the early 40s. This was practically meant for war (Japan gal) purposes, which might do not necessarily take into account the plying of public transportation services. After the war, after India gained independence no construction or improvisation in the existing road was made. The general public use it out of necessity.

    Until the late 90s, the road was used by small vehicles such as jeeps and the likes all throughout the seasons. Heavier vehicles such as trucks ply only in dry seasons when agricultural produces were ready for sale. This was the period when the economy of the village and its surrounding was agrarian. The fragile economy was blown to pieces by the problem erupting in the District in 1997 and its aftermath. Many residents of the area were forced to run hither-thither in search of safety from the raging madness. Economy and prosperity was not first in the mind at that point of time. Finally, when life took some semblance of normalcy, they have to start from scratch.

    Under the given condition, burning of trees for charcoal becomes the easiest means of getting two square meals a day. Since the products have to be sold at the district or state capital, this necessitates the use of heavy transportation. Until such turnaround in the economy, transportation problem in the area do not really concern the people. What was in existence could serve the necessity of the people. This is the brief story of the famous Tedim Road in the stretch between Singngat – Behiang.

    From the grapevines, one heard that the road to Behiang is recorded as already black topped as per record of the Government of Manipur. It is hard to say about the correctness of this rumour unless it is confirmed from the Government’s record. The only improvisation that happens as per my understanding is that, sometime in 1977/78, an alternative road was constructed. I recall that as a child I and my friends were watching the working of the bulldozer in great amazement and admiration. However, beyond making a raw road, no other improvisation happened. During my visit, I heard many rumours about construction of Behiang road. If not recorded so far, the road to Behiang should now be finally recorded as black topped in the record of the Government of Manipur. But on the ground the reality is something else. I cannot say about the many things I hear, but I am sure of one thing: that we are besotted with greed far beyond our imagination which was compounded by the naivety of the Village Headmen in the area which was further exploited by the fox like cunning politicians and their friendly contractors. I hear that the area MLA had raised a Question in the Legislative house on the issue of construction of the Behiang road. Still, I am not sure of his intent whether it is for the good of the populace or just to pin down an uncooperative contractor. The people of the area certainly deserve a better road and I just pray that God granted them a better road.

    As I move uneasily towards Behiang, I happen to have an unexpected chat with a junior officer of the Armed forces at a check-point as his staffs were engaged in their duties. I ask him how he found the area. Though I was asking about the generality, he gave me a clear and unabashed view of what he thought about the whole of Churachandpur District. He told me there are three aspects/problems which have to be taken care-of if the people really want development for the District. The problems as outlined by him are:

    1. Chiefs
    2. Transportation and Communication
    3. Electricity

    I gave immediate ‘Amen’ the last two points, while the first one needs serious thought. The Chief’s role in public life has been a big question since quite some time. To me it appears, generalization of the issue might be somewhat harsh. I have a nagging feeling that the existence of Chiefship in Zo villages is a distinct characteristic of Zomism. To that extent it appears good. However, on developmental aspects their role has to be scrutinized more exhaustively. As the adage goes, action speaks louder than voice; they will have to be judged on the basis of their performance. If the news reports relating to implementation of the well intended programme of the Government of India called NREGS are to be taken as a base, it left much to be desired. In many cases, it reflects very poorly on some Chiefs though there are some who did exceptionally well. I will leave the judgment to the conscience of each individual. In my personal opinion, it is time to make the Chief titular head while administration is democratised.


    Does the news on the filing of FIR against the Chief of Behiang(?) surprise you?

    “20% commission was being pocketed from the ex-gratia amount granted to the accident victims in the Ngasuan Bridge tragedy”.