Saturday, October 04, 2008

Manipur Passenger buses go on indefinite strike demanding fare hike

The Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, Oct 3: Many passenger buses were smashed or forced to halt on the way by strike supporters Friday as the indefinite chakka bandh called by the All Manipur Bus Owners Association commenced from 5 am this morning on the demand of hiking of fare rates.

Office goers had to take lifts to their work places today owing to the suspension of bus services on all the important main roads.

At least 22 strikers who smashed or forced buses to halt at various places were detained by the police.

Members of the AMBOA are demanding raising of fares by 30 percent of the existing rates lamenting that government failed to revise the fares since 2005 even though the price of fuel had been hiked on many instances.

Today morning, members of the striking body turned out at Sekmai bazar along the NH-39 and blocked the inter-state services leaving Imphal for other places outside the state.

They also broke windshields of at least four inter-state buses for violating the strike and attempting to go ahead with passengers.

Strike supporters also took to the streets along the Tiddim road at Ningthoukhong, Bishnupur as well in Thoubal on the Indo-Myanmar road and Mayang Imphal on the Mayai Lambi road to block the passenger buses. They also deflated the tyres of the vehicles.

Police detained four strikers at Mayang Imphal, five at Bishnupur bazar and 13 at Thoubal while they were blocking and smashing the vehicles.

The empty bus parkings in Imphal were seen crowded by the people who looked for alternate means. Taxi services also took advantage and transported them at higher charges.

Speaking to the IFP, secretary of the striking body, AMBOA, A Priyokumar while justifying the demand for hiking of the fares said that even though the fuel prices since 2005 had increased by Rs. 8 per litre the fares fixed by the state government still remain unchanged.

He also observed that the prices of goods had also hiked manifold since then and owners were facing deficit while running their buses.

“Since long back we have been pressing the state government to make a revision in the fare rates of the passenger vehicles. We have submitted various memorandums and carried out sit-in protests on the same demand, but the state government is still silent on our demands,” he said.

Even though they don’t want to launch such stirs considering the problems to be faced by the people, they are compelled to do so, he said while appealing to all to bear with them.

He also demanded immediate unconditional release of the strikers detained by the police and hinted at intensification of the stir if their demands were not fulfilled by the authorities.

Two resolutions passed in House; Members unanimous on demand for HC

The Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, Oct 3: Two resolutions including a government resolutions and another private member resolution were passed today unanimously by the House on its second sitting of state Assembly.

The government resolutions ‘Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993 (Act No.46 of 1993) was passed today by the House after a thorough discussion.

This Act was enacted by the Parliament for the prohibition of employment of manual scavengers as well as construction or continuance of dry latrines and for the regulation of construction and maintenance of water seal latrines and construction and for the matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The leader of the House chief minister, O Ibobi Singh today moved to pass a resolution for application of the Act in the state of Manipur in pursuance of clause (I) of article 252 of the Constitution of India.

The House unanimously without having much discussion and without much objection from the opposition bench passed the resolution.

However, during the discussion, opposition MLA O Joy made his observation that the resolutions has been already enacted by the Parliament and there is little meaning for more indepth discussions for passage by the Manipur Assembly.

The House also today unanimously resolved on the establishment of a separate High Court for the state for the fourth time after the motion was moved as private members resolution jointly by the opposition MLAs from MPP led by O Joy, Dr Ng Bijoy Dr Ibohalbi and RK Anand in the House today.

While moving the resolution O Joy observed that establishment of separate High Court in the state is a long pending demand and earlier the House had passed the same resolution on three occasions.

He recounted and said it was initially passed in 1982 when Y Yaima was speaker of state Assembly. It was resolution no 28 of the House. The second time resolution was taken during 1997 during tenure of W Nipamacha as Speaker on May 11, 2007.

Since then there has been no follow up from the Central government for the establishment of the separate High Court in the state, O Joy observed.

He further mentioned that it is mandatory under the Constitution of India to establish a separate High Court in a state but the Centre is not converting the spirit of the Constitution into action, he observed.

Its a violation of legal rights in the state, he observed adding that apart from this, various grievances and inconveniences have been facing by the lawyers of the state due to the lack of separate High Court of the state.

He also urged the state government through the House to adopt another resolutions in order to press the Centre.

Dr Ng Bijoy Singh while taking part in the discussion said that considering the enrolled numbers of cases in the Guwahati High Imphal Bench and existing infrastructures, accommodations it is a must for establishing a separate High Court for the state of Manipur.

MLAs I Ibohalbi and RK Anand who also took part in the discussion insisted that having separate High Court is a must for the state considering the existing trend of enrollment cases in the Guwahati High Court Imphal benches.

Due to the lack of separate High Court in the state, many talented lawyers and other legal experts of the state have ended up their exposures at Guwahati. So strong pressures should be given from the state government to the Centre, they insisted.

State law and legislative affairs minister Th Devendro while taking part in the discussion insisted to come to the point by the movers of the resolution in the house while deliberately expressing his desire to take another firm resolution of the House.

After the deliberations from the law minister another resolution which would the fourth one was passed by the House today.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Rahul cultivates son of soil image | Action Speaks Louder than Words

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi takes part in a 'Shram Dan' (voluntary labour activity) at Pinjra village in Rajasthan. (PTI Photo)

Rahul Gandhi interacts with kids at Pinjra village in Baran district of Rajasthan. (PTI Photo)

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi takes part in a 'Shram Dan' (voluntary labour activity) at Pinjra village in Rajasthan. (PTI Photo)

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi takes part in a 'Shram Dan' (voluntary labour activity) at Pinjra village in Rajasthan. (PTI Photo)

KOTA: Rahul Gandhi, after having shared the grief of victims of the temple stampede in Jodhpur, made a 24-hour foray into a tribal region in Kota. He shared dal-roti-aloo with a tribal family, lent a helping hand to villagers in digging a pond as he sought first-hand account of the implementation of NREG scheme and took 'sewai' with a Muslim family. And, on his way back to the airport, stopped for Rajasthani 'Kachori' that was far too spicy for him.

So, was the visit linked to the ensuing Assembly polls in the state? "No", said Rahul Gandhi. Media and local politicians did not get a whiff of the AICC general secretary's visit to the villages near Kota. Some journalists, however, managed to catch up with Rahul Gandhi, at an NREG work site at Pinjani, about about 50 km from Baran district headquarters.

He said he came to the village on Gandhi Jayanti with a social objective. "Youth shall have to play a positive and constructive role in building the nation," he told the media. He said he wanted to see the poor tribals and take a closer look at their problems. "I have been touring the country and staying in villages to understand the rural people and these visits are apolitical," he added.

The Gandhi scion flew into Kota's small airport on Wednesday evening from Jodhpur. After interacting with tribals, including groups of women, in Amrauli village, Rahul had dinner with a tribal, Birbal, and his family members. He went to bed well past midnight and slept on a cot even as SPG provided him a three-tier security cover.

On his way back on Thursday, he stopped by at Pinjani village on Kishang anj-Bhanwarg arh road to meet the labourers engaged in digging a pond under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. He not only spent time with the labourers, but also lifted mud like them during his two-and-a-half hour stay at the work site. At Bhanwargarh, he visited the office of an NGO and stayed there for some time. From Bhanwargarh he moved to Pinjani village.

Source: The Times of India

Zou Sangnaupang Pawlpi, Shillong Branch in Silver Jubilee lawm ding

Kum 1983 a Sangnaupang makai masa ten ana phuon uh. Zomi Sangnaupang Pawlpi Shillong Branch in October 4, 2008 in kum 25 hinna thupitah in Anton Hall. Laitumkhrah, Shillong ah lawm ding uhi. Tua hun a zingun din tua ZSP Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee a Chairman, Pu Ginsuonhao, Special Contractor in zingun hina toh uap ding hi. Tualeh Pu Jampau Lhungdim, Manager, Mizoram Gas Bottling Plant in Guest of Honour hina toh uap dinga, Functional President dinga guont a um ZSP GHQ President, Pu Khamchinmang pen Manipur a Bus Bandh a um zieh in tel thei lou ding chi thutut kimu hi.

Tam ZSP/SB Silver Jubilee aiguon deisahna leh hasotna ZOLENGTHE tungtawn in tam anei a pawlpi teng in hing thot uhi.

Zou Sangnaupang Pawlpi, GHQ
Zou Sangnaupang Pawlpi, Lamka Block
Zou Sangnaupang Pawlpi, Sugnu Block
Zou Sangnaupang Pawlpi, Singngat Block
Zou Sangnaupang Pawlpi, Imphal Block
Zou Sangnaupang Pawlpi, Delhi Branch
Zou Sangnaupang Pawlpi, Mizoram
Zou Sangnaupang Pawlpi, Haupi Block
United Zou Oganisation, GHQ
Zou Wefare Association, Mizoram


(Zou Students’ Association)


Time: 10: 00 A.M (Sharp)
Date: 4th Oct. 2008.
Venue: Anton Hall. Laitumkhrah, Shillong

Chief Guest: Pu G. S. Haupu, Spl. Contractor, Manipur
Guest of Honour: Pu Jampau Lhungdim, Manager, Mizoram Gas Bottling Plant
Functional President: Pu Khamchinmang, President ZSP/GHQ

PROGRAMME Time: 9:30 A.M

Comperes : Tv. Khupmuanlal & Tv. Peter Lianlunthang
Recording Secretary : Nh. Hauniang
Programme Co-ordiantor : Joseph Z. Tungnung
Arrival of the Guests : 10:30 A.M

Opening Song : ZSP Anthem
Invocation Prayer & Salutation of the Departed Souls : Rev. Kamminthang
Presidential Address : Samuel K. Tungnung, President ZSP/SB
Cultural Dance : ARC’s Zotunnu
Declaration of Jubilee’s Father & Mother and speech by them (5mins each)
Speech : Functional President
Freshers’ Introduction : Tv. Edmund Munluo & Tv. Khupmuanlian
Prayer for the Freshers : P/P Mangsuanthang
Speech : Guest of Honour
Skit (Zonam) : Zoustars
Release of the Jubilee Souvenir : Editorial Board
Speech : Chief Guest
Awards Distribution : Education Department
Speech (Special Guests) : If any (5mins.)
Appreciation Award : By President and Secretary
Secretarial Report : S. Joel Lianmang, Secretary, ZSP/SB
Announcement of Mr.& Miss. Freshers : Information & Publicity
Vote of Thanks : Tv. S. Thangboi Zou, Co-ordinator ZSP/SB
Closing Prayer : Upa Haulam, Advisor, ZSP/SB

Special Invited Guests:

01. Pu Phillip Thanglienmang, DANICS, Delhi
02. Pu Kapmuanthang IFS, Assam
03. Pu Gouchinlian, Dy. Manager, SBI
04. Pu L. B. Thanga, Exe. Manager, HPCL, Shillong
05. Pi Chiinngaihkim, Asst. Manager, NABARD,
06. Pu Somkholal, ACIO-I
07. Pu Soiminthang, ACIO-I
08. Pu Stephen Mangsuanthang, Custom Officer
09. Pu. M. Hausei Zou, Custom Inspector
10. Pu Tualzamang, Lecturer, Mizoram
11. Pu Vincent Thanglienmung, SI, Kolkata
12. Pu Ginzamang, Lecturer, Manipur
13. Pu Daiminthang, Librarian, Meghalaya]
14. Pu Zamkholian, Librarian, Assam
15. Pu. T. Zamlunmang, Editor, Zolengthe
16. Pu Chinlunthang, Advoacate, Manipur
17. Pu Lallianmang Samte, Lecturer
18. Pu Dr. David Vumlallian Zou

Guest Artistes:

1. Mr. T. T. Lal Zou
2. Mr. Bobond
3. Miss. Hatbawi
4. Mr. Haumang
5. Mr. Lawrence

Report: Consultation on ST Reservation in Manipur

- Luntinsat

On September 27, 2008 at around 4:00 pm, leaders of the All Tribals Students Union, Manipur (ATSUM) came all the way from Manipur and organise the first ever consultation meeting on the current situation of reservation in Manipur at India Islamia Cultural Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. The meeting was moderated by David Buhril.

Research scholars, student leaders of different tribes, government and non-government employees, lecturers, lawyers, professors and activists shared their views and suggestion after the ATSUM president had briefed on the subject of consultation.

Main points of ATSUM President´s Speech on Reservation in Manipur

According to the `Manipur Reservation of Vacancies in Posts & Services (for SC and ST) Act, 1976´, the ST´s (31%) and SC´s (2%) are entitled to occupy 33% of all government jobs and seats in Manipur but this has never been fully implemented.

The `Manipur Reservation of Vacancies in Posts & Services (for SC and ST) Amendment Bill 2006´ does not mention anything on the penalty to be given to those who do not abide by the said law. The percentage to be reserved for SC/STs was more or less fixed with no room for determining it as per the state´s population. The Bill also almost completely room for promotion of tribal Class II officers to Class I officer in departments such as, PWD, IFCD, Power, PHED, V & AH, Agriculture, etc.

At present standing, tribals are deprived of least 10,000 jobs under the state government.

Education department, which has largest number of employees after Home department, has just 3037 ST employees out of the total 12140 i.e. (25%) and this means that there is a shortage of more than 700 posts (6%) for ST in the department.

The State´s Legislative Assembly Secretariat, the centre of the democratic system, has only 24 tribals out of 305 regular employees - a clear shortage of some 70 posts for ST´s.

Before conversion of Manipur University established in 1980 from `state´ to `central´ university in 2005, MU Syndicate illegally adopted a resolution under No. 30/90/3.9.89 and gave a mere 10% reservation for ST/SCs at the entry level, i.e. `Lecturer level´. Since establishment, only 5 ST have so far been recruited into faculty members. In non-teaching faculty, the University has recruited 67 ST´s (20.8%) out of the total 322.

Now, under Central University as per Central Reservation Norm, reservation would come down from 31% to 7.5% for ST´s whereas that of SC´s will increase from mere 2% to 15%. In such situation MU that usually admits some 130 - 140 tribal students for various courses in one academic year will now be admitting only 30-35 tribal students.

Under pressure, the state chief minister has led the ATSUM to meet the prime minister on March 14, 2008. Also, on August 19, 2008, the State Cabinet passed a resolution `to request the centre (GOI) for amendment of Central Reservation Policy with regard to Manipur University to follow the State Reservation Policy i.e. 31% for ST´s, 2% for SC´s and 17% for OBC´s as a special case.

The meeting came to end at 6:30 pm and dinner was served. The next consultation meeting may be convened where resolutions are expected to be adopted. Anyone who likes to share their views may get set from now.

Governor consents to Mizo Divorce bill

10/3/2008: Mizoram Governor M M Lakhera gave his consent to the Mizo Divorce Bill, bringing smile on the lips of the fair sex.

Welcoming the Bill, Rozami, president of the largest Mizo women body Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl (MHIP), told UNI, ‘It is a victory for the organisation in particular, and the Mizo women in general.’ B Sangkhumi, former MHIP president and chairman, Mizoram Public Service Commission (MPSC), had contributed a lot to the legislation of the much-awaited Bill.

‘After much effort, we had the Mizoram Legislative Assembly pass the Bill, and the Governor has finally given his consent. This is a major milestone in the history of Mizoram and is the result of concerted efforts of the women wings of different political parties,’ Ms B Sangkhumi said.

According to Ms Sangkhumi, who is also adviser of the MHIP, the Divorce Bill will put an end to certain divorce laws under the male-friendly Mizo Customary Law which are highly unfavourable to women.

‘With the enactment of the Divorce Bill, a man will no more divorce his wife by just saying ka ma che (equivalent to Muslim’s talaq talaq talaq). Since the man, who divorces his wife will have to pay a huge amount of financial assistance to the divorced wife, the number of divorces will hopefully be decreased which will further curb social evils,’ she said, adding that many divorced women had to resort to prostitution and illegal businesses due to want of money.


UNC may field Charenamei | IB official to visit Shillong

Imphal, Oct. 2: The United Naga Council (UNC) is likely to field sitting Lok Sabha MP Mani Charenamei from the Outer Manipur seat in next year’s parliamentary elections.

Charenamei, a former government official, contested the last parliamentary election as an Independent candidate and won the seat with strong support from the UNC, the apex body of the Naga community in Manipur.

He is also a strong supporter of the Naga integration issue and voted in favour of the UPA government during the recent confidence vote sought by the Manmohan Singh government on the nuclear deal.

“We have not taken any decision to support the sitting MP till now. But we have not reviewed our support to the MP,” UNC president Samson Ramei told The Telegraph.



IB official to visit Shillong

Shillong, Oct. 2: The additional director of the Intelligence Bureau, Agit Lal, will visit Shillong tomorrow to discuss the security situation in the state after the frequent bomb blasts in the country, including the ones in Agartala last night.

The Centre wants to monitor the movement of Bangladeshi militants who are suspected to have carried out the bomb attacks in Delhi on Saturday, since Agartala, Assam and Meghalaya share large borders with Bangladesh.

Cong flak for BJP: The Meghalaya PCC today slammed the BJP and the leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the party’s youth wing, for contradicting each other about the recent spate of attacks on Christians in Orissa and Karnataka.


ZOMITE MABAN DIING (Basic Steps for Re-Unification)

- Upa N. Chinsum, New Delhi

If you don’t have a cause that is worth dying for, you
very likely don’t have anything worth living for.”
- Unknown

THUPATNA: ‘Zomite Maban Diing’ chih thulu piaka om-a, thumal 2000 apat 5000 kikal gelhkhe dia hamphatna ka tan in, kei-le-kei ka ki-en a, tang lian (tang gol) ka kisa. Kei lam akipan piakkhiak theih om bangbang piakkhiak (gelhkhiak) uthuai sakna nei in ka na kithawi giap sam hi. Ahihleh, thugelh koi-a pan diing? Bangchi paipih diing? Bangchidan-a zou diing? Chih tungtang ah lungbuaina hunpi khat in ahonpha. Siamsinpawlpi, Shillong Branch heutute hon ngetna ‘pianglou diing’ ahi de aw chi’n, kua theihpih louh in, ka na patau sim man hi.

Zomite’ kihumbitna leh hatna Jehovah Pasian, mangbat lai-a huh pahpahpa, naai gige ahi. Laisiangthou Thu pansan in, leh ei sunga sawk phak tan en kawm in thugelh akipan a, mimal muhdan leh ngaihdan bukimlou ahihdan pom in, u-le-nau khenkhatte’ aa telsak pawl leng a-om. August 1995 nunglam Lamka leh a’ sehvel-a hun zangkha ginalou ka hihna ah, pawlpi leh mimal min lawh khaak-a omte’n hon theisiam a, I thugelh-a kilawmlah deuh sak a-om taak leh zong, chillum tawh hon na valhsak hamham di’n k’on ngen masa. I thugelh, Zogam it vaang leh hoih deihna ziak liauliau ahi. Thugelh leh a’ simtute TOUPA’N vualzawl hen!

Koi-ah om in bangteng seem mah le’ng, amah Pu V Paukhansiam @ V Siampu in, LAIZOM TENG AW Keset-a, “Selung mawl in mawl zavei zong le’ng, Ka pianna gamlei ka ngilh thei diing maw…?” ana chih ngoihngoih chihpih mi bangzahhiamte laka khat a kihihna ah, Zomi/ Zogam Thu ahih chia’n limsaang baih in om mahmah. Lawmpa Thangkhanlal Ngaihte in, “…a man standing atop Mission compound hills will get a better picture of Lamka town than someone walking along Tedim Road,” a-na chi. Tua na simsuk diing thu Raisina Hill, New Delhi akipan teenna Zolei en kawm-a gelh, ‘The Alternative Approach’ zong chih theih khat ahi.

IN SEARCH OF IDENTITY (1986): Hiai laibuta ah Pu L S Gangte in ‘Who are We?’ chih pansan in article gelh a, a’ thugelh hibang in pan hi – A quest for identity has been one of the main concerns of the world since the dawn of civilization. All nationalities try to establish their identity and it is for this reason that government of every country has been confronting with political turmoil. With passage of time even dormant nationalities begin to exhibit their identity to the world. This, therefore, shows that, we also as other, ought to know who we really are.

‘Who are We?’ article sung-ah, Pu Gangte in CHIN, KUKI, MIZO, leh ZOMI te hong kipatdan abanban in suutna nei hi. Zomi pen hibang in - The term Zomi is the oldest and generic name of the so-called Kuki-Chin group. The Pong Chronicle (which was translated into Meitei language by Capt. R B Pemberton in 1830) recorded the people as Zomi. The word Zomi is said to have been derived from “Zo” the ancestor. Hiai-a tamlou I taklatte akipan, Pu L S Gangte in thudik omsa a’ gelhkhiak siamdan amuh theih hi.

KIKHAIKHAWMNA: Hoihvek, bukim sipsip chih omlouhna khawvel ah Zo suante khaikhawmtu di’n or, kikhaikhawmna di’n min tuamtuam vawkkhiak ana hita chih I theihdan tangpi ahi. Tua minte lak ah, Indian context a gen in, a naupangpen min khuksak theih tuh ZOMI ahi. A’ khawvak mu masalam Pu T Gougin, M.A. leh mi bangzahhiamte’n 21st January 1972 in Daijang khaw-ta, Ccpur district Manipur ah Zomi National Congress (ZNC) ana pan ua, tua pen Zomi nationalism ei lak-a hong kipatna hidan in a suut theih hi. “Himahleh, mi tampi, masapen a omte tuh, nanungpen in a om diing uh; nanungpen a omte leng masapen in a om diing uh.” (Matt. 19:30).

‘Tulai a Class X/ XII pass-te a naupan theihtheih uh tawh, nidanglai X/ XII te sang banga a’ mark muh uh tamthei zaw thamtham mawk a,’ I chih sek bangdeuh un ‘Zo suan minam sunga ‘min’ vawkkhiak a omte lak ah ZOMI, naupang nave’n, mite hiip in a’ huang (Zomi fold) a omsate mah zong ki-it in kingaina te-tet ve uh aw’ mi dangte honchih diing I utpen leh thumna ahi. Tua hileh Zomi in gam keek, a’ maban limchi ahi diing. Gingtu masate hinkhua akipan bang zil theih I nei ale? “Huan, sawltakte hilh in, kithuah in, tanghou balkham in, thum in phatuamngai tak in a om nilouhlouh uhi. Huan, mi chih in a lauta ua; sawltakte’n thillamdang leh chiamtehna tampi ahih ua. Huan, a gingta peuhmah in bangkim a kikopkhawm uh.” (Nas. 2:42-44).

A tunga I gen tangtunna di’n, A hihkhialsate’ bawlkhelh (mistake) apan I zil sek chih thu akipan lesson lathei minam I hih kisam hi. I chihna in, Zomi meisel tawitute’n a-tawidan siam a, suangtu kibang UNAUTE kikhaikhawmna min dia vawkkhiak a na omta Chin/ Kuki/ Mizo te’ hatlouhna leh kisuihna suangbawk hitheite theihpih (muhpih) kilkel kawma pilvangtaka kalsuan hih diing I gennop ahi. Tua hileh, leitung leh a’ sunga om tengteng neitu, Sian in lumbang honsung dia, ni khat ni chia’n ‘ZOMI puanbuuk’ sung ah Mongolian race Zo suante, “Nou pawl, kou pawl…” kichihnate bei in, itna khau henchip a om in, tawlnga kim thei diing hihang.

A KITHEIDAN IN: I buaina uh I ‘kigawmkhawm sawmdan’ ahi. A ut teng hipah chichip, a utlou deuh pa vakhoih pah sawm; vau pian in, kigawmkhawm nopchi loupi suaksak. Huchia, ‘kigawm’ chih man-a innsung neukha khat a, mimal-a I ngaih khollouh, I theih ngei luatlouh khawng tawh omkhawm di peuh kisa. Uthuai chi salou. Ngaklahhuai salou. A khente bang in kigawm khaak diing bang lau zezen, chih khawng OMTHEI. Antoine de Saint-Exupery kichi mi khat in, “Long hoihtak khat bawlkhiak na ut leh, gamlak-a vahawh a, singte kaikhawm a, aat-a, huai khit chia singpekte kilhkhawm di’n mi sawl het ke’n. Huai sang in tuipi ngaihnat-huaina lampang sinsak zaw in,” a chi.

Shiv Khera in YOU CAN WIN chih laibu a gelhna sung ah, “The best teachers will not give you something to drink, they will make you thirsty,” chi hi. I Makaipa Jesu in, Samari numei hinna-a tangtawn hinna kaaplut (inject) A sawm in, “Tangtawn hinna ka hi (n’on thei hia?),” chipah samlou hi. Minu pen ‘dangtaak-sak’ (kineelsak) phot ahive. Shiv Khera mah in hichi’n a chi: “When our value system is not clear, getting what we want can be a bigger tragedy. The story of King Midas says it all.” I ‘value system’ uh kiveelphat tuak I sa hia? Koilai ah I ding ua?

MUHKHOLHNA: Siamsinpawlpi international’ discussion forum, SSPPNet 11th May 2004 ah, Mumbai-a heutu muanhuai khat in hibang in a’ chi: “Nikhat tak Zogam khopi I hong neih chiangin gamdang tawh business I hong hih ut chiangin, Marketing expert, Sales expert, Human Resources expert te in na siamna uh na hong zang ngei ding uh a, I neihsa Doctor siamte, Engineer siamte leh Civil Services a I muan mahmah official te leh Service dangdang hoih pipi a I Officer/ Manager-te leh inn lam a I nam aa dinga a nasem gige organisation tuamtuamte tawh Pangkhawm zuaizuai ngei ding I hi chih ‘vision’ a nei kawm in I hihna peuh ah chihtakna nei in, hahpan chiat ni… Pathian mahmah Phat in Muang gige ni. I organisation/ department aa dingin muanhuai ni. I heutute aa dingin muanhuai ni. I seppihte tawh kingeih mahmah in amaute ahi I seppih ding chih thei in amaute tung ah kamsiam sawm gige ni.”

KIKHEKNA: Ruskin in, “Change must come but it is ours to determine whether change of growth or change of death” ana chi hi. Rev Dr J M Ngul Khan Pau, Council of Baptist Churches in North East India (CBCNEI) General Secretary in 1995 kum a D Miss. a ngah na’ng a dissertation thulu a’ teel pen, “When the World of Zomi Changed” chih ahi. A’ zawhkhiakna mun Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, Portland, Oregan (USA). Sia Paupu’ thesis in ‘Kikhekna’ (Change) sung-a bangteng tuunkha hiam chih I theih louh lai in leng, Toupa’n pha Asak leh, Zomite’ leitung nuntakna ah KIKHEKNA thupi, tu akipan sim touh kum 50 sung in bel hongtung sam nalou di hia maw? Tua diing-a abul kipan khinta ahihmel zong bang I thei a! “What the mind of a man can conceive, and believe, it can achieve.” ‘Change of growth’ ngim sam ni hang.

Paite National Council (PNC) kichi heutu masa, viz. (1) Rev Nengzachin (2) T Thangkhai (3) Rev Siamkung (4) Van Lalau (5) T C Tiankham, IAS (6) T Tualchin (7) L Nengzatun (8) Thang-au leh adangdang te’n 1949 kum a lungsim ngaihtuahna lianpi tawh “Chin/ Zomite gam khat, Kumpi khat nuai-a gawmkhawm” chih thupi nei-a ana pat uh ahi. Hun hongpai zel in, Tribe khat kia pen National hitheilou, Tribe tuamtuam kigawmte’n Nation/ National name dia ZOMI pomta chih ziak in, PNC Kumsim Khawmpi 48na, thupukna No. 5 dated 27th June 2003 dungzui-in Paite National Council (PNC) pen Paite Tribe Council (PTC) chi-a khek in om. PTC tup-le-ngim point gukte lak-ah, a’ khatna leh gukna I taklang, (1) Zomite gam khat, Kumpi khat nuai-a gawmkhawm; (6) Zomi sung-a nam tuamtuam (tribe-te) pankhawmna dia nasepna.

NGAIHSUT PHAT TUAK: Rev Dr J M Ngul Khan Pau in Khanglai khoppina khat ah hibang in gen: “Martin Luther King Jr., THE STRENGTH TO LOVE chih laibuta gelhtu, America a Civil Rights’ movement bul pantu leng hi in, Khawmial hawlkhiakna diing in khawmial na zat uh leh mial seemseem diing hi. Khawmial hawlkhiakna diing in khawvak zang un. Khawvak hong piilut peuh le-uchin, khawmial taikhe diing ahi. Muhdahna hawlkhiak na’ng in muhdahna zang kei un. Muhdahna pen a hawlkhiak na’ng in itna zang un. Itna a omna peuhpeuh ah muhdahna paikhe diing hi.

…midang it diing ahi. Mi it le’ng maw, mi’n hong mudah lou eive! …mihing pen it sawm diing ahi. Mi pen muhdah sawmlouh diing ahi. Ong mudah le-uchin kua sum zaw ale? Nang sum zaw na’i ve. …Bangzah in ong mudah in ah, santen zen in ong mudah lechin zong, kei, ka an nek diing zah na ne diing in, ka zing thawh hun a na thou diing in, nang agim himai na hi. Mi na muhdah uh leh, NOU gim. …Mi’ khelhna na ngaihdam uh chiang, mi khat in freedom tang. A freedom tang pen, a suakta pen kua hiam, I chih leh, a ngaidampa na hi leltak. A ngaidampa in suahtakna tang in, I ngaihdam pen en a suakta sa in, ‘Na hampha mahmah ve, pai awh’ khawng chi zaw-mah lai…

…midang it ni. Mi it ni, mi simmawh kei ni. Pau dangte simmawh kei ni. ‘Nam dang’ kichite simmawh kei ni; it diing ahi. Tua tan a I nuntak lebel maw, I nuntakna tawldamhuai lua. Ahangin ah, e’n mi mudah kei le, ei kibuailou hiphot a. Tua zawh chiang in, mi’n ei hong mudah sang in hong mudah ngamlou in hong itthuk kiik diing ahihman in. Tuni’n mi dawmsang le, chi’n I kihasuan ahi.” {BYF (EBC) Lamka Division Annual Conference, Upper Lamka, from 5-8 September 2002}. Aw I vek in pang chiat ni, I lungtang leh tha tawh…

I BUAINA NAK: Tuni in, ‘midangte it diing, midangte dopsang diing…’ I chih chia I buaina nak khat uh Tribe vis-à-vis Zomi Identity thu ahi. A khente’n, “Zomi I hih leh Zomi mah kichi ngiatngiat zaw in, a tuamtuam a I kilawhnate uh, eg. PTC, TCU, VNO, etc. paikhia ngam le’ng Zomi hat thei taktak pan diing hi,” chi. Hiai santak ah, ‘Zomi’ pen Zo suan hihna ziaka I hihna khat na hilaw mahleh, Zo suan tribe-te ‘kikhaikhawmna min’ hih thawh phot ahihna phawk tuak hi. Zomi piangta, Zogam piang nailou. Zogam v/s India or Zomi v/s Indian chihte debate ban minam kihilou. India solkar nuai-a bitna leh dinmun hoihzaw lunggulh-a kipeek siangsiang bangdeuh hiphot I vevua.

India Danbupi pansan a I hong ki-et chia’n – I gammi hihna (nationality), Indian; I omkhakna (category), Scheduled Tribe; I sahkhua (religion), Christianity. ST (Paite) nuai-ah hiai lai gelhpa bang Naulak beh, Khristian sahkhua ah ‘Baptist member’ ahive. Hihna (Identity) haute I hi, lah, I hihnate a kikaw-kalh (contradict) om hetlou! Thil chiteng aa diing in hunbi a-om. I beh aa dia ginom mahmah kawm in I tribe aa di’n ginomna I suah thei a, I tribe aa dia ginom mahmah chiat kawm in I kikhaikhawmna ZOMI min-a kiminlawh in leh seem in I khawsa khawm thei lua uhi. Hiai Thu telsiam leh lungsim det nei di’n, simtute, Toupa’n tunglam thupha hongpia hen aw! “Lungsim det neilou tuh a thilhih tengteng ah akip kei hi.” (Jakob 1:8).

Tua ahihman in, Zomite maban diing I ngaihsut lai in, India Danbupi-a gelhlutsa Zomi tribe tuamtuamte’ pankhakna leh poimawhna ngaineu kei hial ni. PTC HQ President, Upa H Nengsong, IFS (retd.) in hichi’n a chi: “Paite mipite lakah Election leh thildang khenkhatte ziakin PTC pawl leh PTC lou chihbang a na omkha a, himahleh tua bang ngaihdante kum 2002-2003 sung in nasatak in ahong kikhengta a, 95% phial (Paite kampau) in PTC mah ka hina chi theita hi. Eite kipumkhat a, tua khit chianga midangte toh leng kigawmkhawm a, nam leh gam bawlkhiak ding PTC maban ahilai hi.” Tribe dang makaite in zong tua bang thuguan nei thei chiat le’ng bang achi dia? Telsuisiam Albert Einstein in, “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labour in freedom,” na chi hi.

Mi khenkhatte’n, ‘Tribe tuamtuam-a I kiminlawhna pen India vaihawmtute’n eite kipumkhat diing lauhman-a khenzaak inla opkhum in chih thuguan hong zatkhumna ahi’ chih ngaihdan nei. Awm dektak. Tribe minte solkar in hong zatkhum ahihna sang in, Zomi innkuan akipan pau tuam zekzek heutu masate ngetna’ dawnna hizaw. ‘Tribe recognition’ ana ngetna ziak uh, The People’s Representative Act 1950 in, “A candidate seeking for Election both in the State and Parliamentary Constituencies must be recognised group not others” ana chih chet ziak bang ahideuh hi.

A mawngmawng thu’n, India solkar in ei namniam leh tawmchikte tribe tuamtuam-a khenzaak-sawn chih lamlam sang in, gam lailung lama teengte tawh tanbang I kim theihna diing lam thuguan (policy) nei hilim ahi. Scheduled area, Scheduled list, rural upliftment Schemes leh tribal quota chihte Solkar in ei nam tomte hong cheina, hong angvanna hi.

Hichi’n gen beh le’ng. “INDIA kivaipuakna hatsak na’ng in HINDU kichih ngiatngiat poimawh; a tuam a kilawhna, viz. Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese, etc. min tawh Pawl omte phiat diing ahi,” chih thu om ngei nailou. Imposition hibang thu om taleh, Unity in Diversity buaipha diing, gamsung kipumkhatna liing di aive! W Bengal state akipan, Rabindranath Tagore in Nobel Peace Prize angah pen amah mimal, a’ innkuan, leh Bengali minam minthanna ahi. Huan, India gambup min hoihsaktu zong ahi. Vaiphei, Simte, Zou, Mate, etc. min-a sep-le-bawl omte mah zong ‘Zomi minhoih or minsiat ngahna hi,’ chidan in ana saang chiat phot le’ng… Huan, ‘Zo suan- Zomi’ hihna lam kitheihsiamsakna apai kawm in, pangkhawm-a ZOMI min tawh sep diing common issue omte ngentel deuh-a en-a bawhzui theihte bawhzui sim hehu hoihlou diing adiam?

I DINNA LAI: Bungmual Weekly News (BWN), 9th March 2003-a suak, peek khatna headline item ah, “ZRO Hqtrs Makaihna in Social Work Thupitak Om” chih thu tuang. Banah, BWN, 23rd March 2003 issue news item ah – “Tarikh 18/3 zingkal in ZRO makaihna in Social Work om nawn a, kikuan hoih mahmah, lampi bawl in,” chih thu tuang leuleu. Naa-taang, sepkhawmna kichi thil sia hilou hi. I gam khantouhna dia poimawh ahi. Solkar-a Department-te I ngensiah theih ma I sep touh lai diing uh leng ahikha diing. A sepkhiakna ah, Paite Zomi opkhum bial or khawsung vai ahihleh, huai bial Paite Zomi makaite set hipah henla, Zomi makaite lemtheihna-a kiseem ahihtak leh leng, Zomi Pawlpi min pen kidaihlah kei maileh, BANG ACHI DIA?

Lamka Post, 13th February 2004 a suak news item ah, “Lamka District Hospital Operation Theatre vanzat omlouh ziak-a sawtpi kikhak nung in kihong nawn a, CMO, Surgeon leh staff-te tung ah Zomi Re-Unification Organisation (ZRO) in kipahthu puang uhi…” chih thu tuang. A seem hoihloute etzui-a, a’ seem hoihte akiphu bang uh pahtawina piak diing hithou mahleh, a tunga I gendan mah, Zomi makaite lemtheihna-a O.T. kihong ahihtak leh leng, Zomi Pawlpi min pen dawksak hikei maileh, bang achi dia? Ahi a, mimal leh pawlpi in Newspaper-a Kipahthu Genna I zarbawl mahmah lai un, kipahthu I genna/ tutna diingtak Van Pasian hizaw ahi. Hiai pen mangngilh I hih uh leh, kibawlpha meng ni - Zogam hongmial seemseem louhna diing in.

ZNC phutkhetu President Pu T Gougin in, DISCOVERY OF ZOMI RESURGENCE chih laibuta a’ gelhna sung ah, “Whether Zomis shall sink in or swim across the storming sea of the modern world will depend on their ability to unify the scattered Zomis here and there into one single family or one nomenclature on the basis of their blood relationship and ethnical oneness…Shall we remember and recall the living words of late President Kennedy who stirred his people and the world with these words, ‘United there is little we cannot do in a host or cooperative venture. Divided there is little we can do.’ The word Zomi is not so selfish as we, who are still the slaves of selfishness… When we like to come under the name Zomi we can think of bigger aims, bigger plans as our American brothers do under the common name of America,” ana chi hi.

I MABAN-A CHOUNA: Peter Drucker in, “Ideas move mountains, but it’s the bulldozers that do the job” ana chih bang in, Zomi Pawlpite ah a’ idea hong kipan henla, Zomi bawlkhia tribe-te a’ bulldozer hisak pah le’ng, i kikhaikhawmna ‘Zomi’ puak kungkung mailou diing hia? Zomi apom tribe bingte’ ginomna, hatna leh kithutuahna zahzah in Zomi hat in khang diing hilel hi. Mi dangte in Zomi amuhsit theihna uh leh belhtaak asaktheihna uh zong Vaiphei Zomi, Simte Zomi, Zou Zomi, Mate Zomi leh adangte kilatdan leh sepdan ah bangtanhiam a-kinga. Zomi pom tribe-te sung-ah leng, mimal muanhuaina nei leh innkuan kithutuak (Pasian kihta innkuan) atamna bang zel in…hilai!

“The strength of a nation is derived from the integrity of the home,” chih thudik ahi. Mahni kithunun lou-a, ‘Innsung vai’ zong hawm lah-a; innsung sanga lianzaw Kipawlna-a vaihawm dia kipan mi a-om leh, a’ pii mipite’ thumpihna nasapi’n a-kisam chihna ahi. (Sam 127 sim mah in).

Zomi Re-Unification Organisation (ZRO), 1993 kum in Phapian, Kachin state of Myanmar ah piang chih I na theihdan ahi. A’ phutkhetu President Pu K Guite in a’ genna ah, “A land or people which was once a union need to be re-unified… A broken nation needs to be patched up. Hence, Re-Unification,” chi hi. Zomi nampi (Zomi nation) gen leh zuun tuakte zuun dia Pawlpi phuhkhiak ahihlai in, tua Pawlpi in kazam tuamtuam, viz. ZC, ZIC, ZCF, ZSF, ALSOSA, ZYA, ZMA, ZAA, etc. anei hi. Tua kazamte’n tribe sunga a’ kigui-zoppih pawlnou zelte, eg, ZC-PTC, tha a-piak siamna ah (as a facilitator) leh kikoptheih vai (larger interest/ common issue) a’ geelkhiak siamna ah ‘ZOMI’ maban diing nasapi’n kinga hi

John Haggai in, “The leader seeks to communicate his vision to his followers. He captures their attention with his optimistic intuition of possible solutions to their needs. He influences them by the dynamism of his faith. He demonstrates confidence that the challenge can be met, the need resolved, the crisis overcome,” a chi. Hiai John Haggai thugen-a ngaihnathuai I sakbiik ‘capture attention of followers’ chih ahi. Ei sung ah, pawl atam mahmah. Pawl minlawh tuam omlou in, I pii-te’ attention mankha Makai khat I hih leh I lamzang-in, I maitaang lai diing. Tua hilou a, a’ bangbang uh hiam mankha phet I hih leh, lungmuang theilou diing, hi tutuih diing I hi.

‘Zomite Maban Diing’ thuneu lou hial ahihna ah genkhawm keukeu mah, kikupkhawm timtim mah, leh kaang khakha-a kalsuan mah NAM DAMNA hikha diing hi. Nam damna a’ manpha ngal a! Huaiziakin, mi piching 87 telna “Zomi Leaders and Intelligentsia Consultative Meeting”, 5th August 1998 a Lamka zaang a sai-a na omta bangbang “tu hun-a” sap (call) nawn zai rel hileh hoihlou diing adiam? Thau a-gin louh ziak leh bandh bawl omlouh ziak mai-a ‘huntawksa’ I hih khak leh, “True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice,” (Martin Luther King Jr.) chih hilai dan eive. Tehkikna, evaluation kibawl zelzel tuak ahi, lawmte.

A tunga I gen, 5th August 1998 meeting-a thupukna laak-a om point thumte lak-ah, “Zomi re-unification awareness campaign shall be carried out by all Zomi Organisations,” chih tel. Kipahhuai. Solkar-a nget I neihnop le-zong, tua pen genkhiak ahihma-a moral-social integration om theihna dia Zomi awareness campaign apai ngakngak phot mah hoih hikha diing hi. A’ihleh Zomi Pawlpi & a’ kazam tuamtuam - ZC, ZSF, ALZOSA, ZYA, ZAA, etc. te’ progress report card ah bangbang atuang a, tuni’n? Demand nop pen genkhiak ma-a off record-a debate neih masak, expert committee phuan, leh heutute’ thu zuih diamdiam chihte thil demand nei, pawl ettontaak khenkhatte lampi tot ahi.

A tunga I gen ‘lampi’ namdangte’n atot theih leh, ba’ Zomite’n tawn theilou tuan diing?

“Khai le I mit zang ni, khaile I bil zang ni,
Khai le I khut zang ni, khaile I khe zang ni;
Khai le I khuak zang ni, Lungtuak’n ma-zam khawm le’ng,
Ei zong Sian’ siam hi hang, kuata’n khing zoulou diing.

Tualniam seinou zatam domsaang diing in,
Ma-zam khawm le’ng;
Mualdawn khuak bilh ningzu bang hongthou dia,
Kaangtui vualte’n ei sulnung zui diing hi.” (J C Mangte)

Zo suan sunga tribe tuamtuamte kigawmkhawm theihluat ahi chih a-gingta, lawmte khat in hichi’n gen ngei hi: “I ‘hihna’ paaikhe tuanlou a kigawmna leh pankhawmna omthei ahi chih genkhiak siam angai. Tulai a kigen-gen, Coalition Government bang lesson laak theih luatna ahi. Nambing teng I hihna paikhe ni chih hek-hawk mawk sang in Common Minimum Program (CMP) hiam, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) bang kikumkhawm in, hiai lam ah hichibang in I pangkhawm di ua, huai lam ah noulam in mawh honpua unla…chi’n MOU bang signed thei le, kizil patna dia hoih mahmah kha diing hi. Coordination leh review lam dia lah I ZRA hiam O te hiam hoih law di hia.” ZNC or ZC bang le omlai…

THUMAL NIH: Leitung mun tuamtuam a kizang, lah a’ success rate gina hetlou thumal nih a om. Tuate ‘imposition’ leh ‘prohibition’ ahi. Pasian sinsakna kalh zong ahi. Huaiziakin, hiai thumal nihte ZOMITE mailam nawt zelna ah zat leh genkhak hinawn takei hen! “Kihazatna leh kidemna omna ah buaina leh thilhihkhelhna chiteng a om naknak ngal a. Tunglam akipan pilna bel, a tung in a siangthou phot a, huai khit in kituah a ut-a, a nunnem a, a chihnuam a, hehpihna leh gah hoih in a dim a, khentuam a nei kei-a, a lepchiah kei hi.” (Jakob 3: 16,17). Huaiziakin, “Let there be love shared among the Zomis, Let there be love seen in our eyes; Let NOW our love sweep this nation, Cause us O Lord to arise. Give us a fresh understanding, O Brotherly Love that is real,” I chi hi.

Hinna pia leh lakiik thei khat kia a-om. Huai tuh Van Pasian ahi. Ama’n huai thuneihna kuamah A pesawn kei. Huaiziakin, Agenda I neih khat paulam-a ‘thununna leh gawtna pia’ I kichih lai in leng Pasian phalna tan thei kiukiau in, pilvang mahmah ni. Pasian’ thuneihna tuh (zatsak) mi khat or pawlpi khat hikei ni maw. Lungtang tengteng-a Amah it diing, leh Amah hon-it bang ngiat-a eite khat-le-khat na ki-it a, huchia awilou mite’n Amah aa I hihdan amuh diing uh Pasian thiltup ahi. Love is patient. Hehna I neih leh zong, hehden mawklou in, Pasian awn ni. Ama’n hon ngaihdam taak bang in ‘kingaidam ni.’ ‘The one who forgive first wins the day.’

Gamlei neipa Pasian. Ama’n minamte zong bawl. A’ utte tungding/ kaainiam, a khente bang chiman zaw-mah. “Minam na itluat leh minam aneilou Jesu tawh na kituak thei kei diing,” Billy Graham in a’ chi. Minam it Zomite, Laisiangthou pansan in ki-enchian zelzel ni. Laisiangthou-a I muh, Tapa taimang kiiknawn, a’ pa kipahna ah a-lut. A’ u pa, dik leh hoih kisa mahmah pen, mi buaihuai asuak. A’ naupa it loupi khat ana hilai! Mahni dik kisak luatna Pasian tawh kigamlatna hi. Sanggam it, na kiikna diing ‘Pa’ khat a-om. Tua kiang’h na kiikta hia? “Mi gentheite vakna diing in ka sum tengteng pe vek…mahle’ng, itna ka neih kei leh, kei diing in bangmah a phatuam kei hi,” (1 Kor. 13: 3). Zakna diing bil nei in za hen!

TEHKIKNA: Paw-lam, a’ gal akipan I sung uh et ahih chia’n, gen-le-sak neneuh, kimawhsakna lam atam hi. Hiai pen, kithuzaktuahna atawm ziak, leh thunung-thuma & thiltung lel kitheihsiamsakna lam apai tawm deuhlai ziak ahi diam, chih in a om. Vantang sim theih dia Thu I suah sunte lah VAUNA, viz. ‘A huchih leh amawh a-kipuak diing,’ etc. tawh ton vek tel-a. I vai uh, Lal leh Van Vaihawmpa hawmsaklou I hikha diing uh e! Mipi vaihawmna solkar nuai-a, ei, ‘sepaih thuneihna’ tawh ana kipaw-sawn bang dekdek I hi. Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab-a Khalistan hel kibute luhkhiakna-a makailian, Shri K P S Gill, IPS in, “Transparency and openness had been one of the reasons for the success of Punjab Police,” a chi. E’n la, lawhchinna/ lawhsapna leh aziak bang gen diing I nei-a?

Dr V C Pau, Chairman, SSPP HQ S/C in, “Credit taking mimal hiam pawlpi hiam hilou a, credit giving minam I hihleh, I khangtou diing,” chi. A tangpi thu in, Pawlpi vaipawte hi’n mipi vantaang lam hile-hang, gen tam, seem tam leh thawh tam kisa baih theilaw deuh I hikei uh maw? Toupa Jesu’n zaw, “Na khut taklam in ahih na khut veilam in theidah heh,” chi eive! ‘A suang peuh in Toupa suan diing, Thupina I Pasian piak diing…’ (Laisiangthou) chihte manlou, theisiam zoulou I batna lai uh tam mahmah. Minam vai ah, lam pailai, tawlnga dek nailou I hi. Sep diing vum-a-vum ahihman in, capacity tuamtuam-a I pan chiat lai in, pahtawina kampau (reward) lampang kineemlou phot in, hun neihsung a a-tam theipen seemkhia hih sawm tek le. “…sepaih kuamah kidou lai-in hiai damsung khawsaknate in a kisubuai ngeikei.” (2 Tim. 2:4b).

Mizogam akipan Ulian khat in, SSPPNet 4th June 2004 ah hibang in gelh a, a’ simkha mite lungsim a-vut mahmah hi. Tua thu bel, “Dear friends, let us have long term, medium term and short term aims and objectives…Have we sufficiently concerned about the absence of education and primary health care infrastructure for our unfortunate brethens in the villages? What about immunisation of children? In that case, BPL ration card, noon day meal etc. etc.? Let SSPP collect the statistics of Human Development Index (HDI) in the hill area. Let us see whether it is better than present day Somalia or Burndi. Please think a moment about the pathetic condition of our own people in the hill? They live the lives of wild animals. How long, how long it will be? Please tell me, how long? Our condition is unacceptable. Definitely unacceptable…”

MAILAM ETNA: “Na khut-a bang ahia?” Pathian in Mosi kianga A chih in, Mosi in chiangkhun tawi ahi, chih a-kithei a, hitamahleh, Pathian in huai chiang manpha leh lamdangtak-a zangthei ahi, chih a’ thei naikei hi (Eks. 4:2, 20). Sanggam it, tuni’n na khut a om bang ahia? Innsung’ pa na hihleh, na innsung (na ji leh tate) na khut ah a om. Saptuam makai na hihleh, na kep saptuamte. Pawlpi makai na hihleh, huai pawl a mite. Tua bang zel in, solkar nasem, laisim lai, etc. Toupa’n i khut-a om pen manpha leh lamdang in zang nuam hi. I mawhpuakna masa zel, i.e. khut-a om pen, ginom taka seem mi khat I hihleh, a’ sangzaw-a hon tawisang di’n Toupa akiman gige. Halleluijah! Isai 59:1-3 sim mah in.

Awle, Mumbai khawpi a heutu khat in, ‘MI THUPI, MI PHATUAM, MI HOIH leh I nam a gum ngam leh I nam aa dinga hangsan mahmah, leh Corrupt hetlou,’ ana chih, 1980 kum a Congress-I ticket tawh Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency akipan MP (Mipi Palai) kaai kha kua eita? Phamsa Pu N Gouzagin S/o Enpum Naulak ahi. A’ Bungalow tawh kisai, Bangalore khawpi-a heutu suanhuai khat gensak ni: “7 Canning Lane, New Delhi hi Zomi te adia Hqs. masa ahi, chih kei chiamteh dan ana hi. Hiai mun ah ALZOSA bang, Zomi Christian Fellowship bang phuhkhiak ana hi a.” (in SSPPNet). Kalaisai!

THUSITNA: Ngaihsun mah, Kum 10 melmu ahih nung sawt kihallou-a website kichingtak khahkhe thei Pawlpi khat om a, Lamka khawpi a Zomi Nam Ni 20th February 2004 zatna hun ah (, tua pawlpi ZRO ahi. Zomi nationalism chii Suangdawh khua, eh, DAIJANG khua-a tuh ahihnung kum 10 paikhit a New Delhi tualpi-a tuh thei lian-a hongbawl, mong neilou itna tawh hong zongkhia, leivui pan-a hong laamtou, TOUPA Pasian pen I tung ua hoih lua hilou maw? Toupa Pasian pen Zomite tunga A hoih mahmah ziak in bang I pethuk diing ua le? “Ka hinna aw, TOUPA phat inla; ka sunga om tengteng aw, A’ min siangthou phat in!” I chi diam?

“Bring back our captivity, O LORD, as the stream in the South.
Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.” (NKJV Ps. 126: 4, 5)


Over 15000 Joined People Peace and Solidarity March on International Peace Day

Killers of Mahatma Gandhi are the same killers of Christians in India - Swami Agnivesh
Lalu Prasad will take up the Anti Christian Violence in Parliament
50000 Homeless Christians in Orissa demanded Refugees Status under UNHCR.

New Delhi, October 1, 2008: Over 15000 Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhist, politicians and civil societies joined the Peace and Solidarity rally on International Peace Day on 139th birth day of Father of nation Mahatma Gandhi today against anti-Christian violence in India.

Addressing at the peace rally, Swami Agnivesh said, “The very killers of Mahatma Gandhi, are the same killers of Christians in Orissa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and other parts of the country.” “The killer – the Hindutva fascists does represent the peace loving Hindu societies, rather they are damaging the Sanatam Dharma of Hinduism.”

India Union Minister for Indian Railways, Shri Lalu Prasad Yadav breaks out his silence over anti-Christian violence in Orissa, Karnataka and other parts of India. Addressing in the rally, he said, “I will personally meet Prime Minister and discuss urgently urgently about implementing Article 355.” “I will also take up the anti-Christian violence in Parliament and debate the hatred of Hindutva forces,” he added.

In morning hour of the rally, Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dixit showed her solidarity and expressed the concern and pain over the anti-Christian violence. She also condemned the Hindu fanatics who are responsible for the crime and causing damage to Christian minorities.

Other dignitories who participated the rally includes, Sitaram Yedhury of CPI (M), Union Minister of Labor Oscar Fernandez, Activist Teesta Setalvad, Dr. Udit Raj, President of SC/ST Federation, Dr. Valson Thampu – Principal of St. Stephen, Shabnam Hashmi from ANHAD, and others from Sikh, Muslim and Hindu communities.

7 days “Sit in Protest” organized by the Christians of Delhi and NCR with lion share by Federation of Catholic, Delhi along with All India Christian Council and others, ended peacefully today. 152 hours of chain prayer and protest went in solidarity with the victims of anti-Christian violence from September 26, 10 AM till today 6 PM.

A slogan of “Ban Terrorist, Ban Bajrang Dal,” “Ban Vishwa Hindu Parishad,” and “Ban Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh,” went through 5 km long route from Jantar Mantar to Rajghat, this afternoon. Civil societies, activists and various religion leaders demanded the Hindutva fanatics be banned as terrorists.

The toll of violence against Christians as of September 29, 2008:

ORISSA: 14 (of 30) Districts affected, 300 Villages damaged, 4,300 Houses burnt, 50,000 Homeless, 57 People killed including at least 2 pastors, 10 Priests/Pastors/Nuns injured, 18,000 Men, women, children injured, 2 Women gang-raped, 149 Churches destroyed, but attacks continuing and 13 Schools, colleges damaged.

Yesterday, a delegation led by noted film maker Mahesh Bhatt med the United Nations High Commission on Refugees along with hundred of Christian victims from Orissa and demanded the refugee status to 50000 homeless Christians. In the delegation includes, Dr. Abraham Mathai from the Voice of Indian Christian and Dr. John Dayal – Secretary General of All India Christian Council.

In other parts of the country:

BIHAR: 1 Church damaged; CHHATTISGARH: 4 Nuns assaulted; JHARKHAND: 1 Church attacked and attempted ‘reconversion’ of Christians; KARNATAKA: 4 (of 29) Districts affected, 19 Churches damaged or destroyed, still attacks continues, 20 Nuns, women injured by police; KERALA: 4 Churches damaged; MADHYA PRADESH: 4 Churches destroyed or damaged and 4 schools vandalized; NEW DELHI: 2 Churches damaged; PUNJAB: 3 Christians harassed and imprisoned by police on false charges; TAMIL NADU: 4 Churches damaged; UTTAR PRADESH: 3 Pastors and a pastor’s wife beaten; and UTTARAKHAND: 2 Christians murdered (priest and employee).

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AICC, New Delhi

All India Christian Council
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Thursday, October 02, 2008

KLA says it is abiding by SoO

IMPHAL, Oct 1: The Kuki Liberation Army today said in a statement that since the signing of the SoO, it had stopped serving demand letters, harassments and killings etc. while clarifying that some deserters under the leadership of T Stephen Kuki alias Thanglenlal Doungel and Armstrong Gangte alias Paul had been indulging in extortions, threats and intimidations to the public in the name of KNO/KLA.

The statement signed by TK Kuki further appealed to the deserters to stop such activities and instead rejoin the group stating that the door was wide open for them.

It said that KNO/KLA also does not acknowledge the enrolment of MC Doungel alias Letlemang Meetei in its fold but aware that Romeo alias MC doungel who had been expelled by KLA because of his immoral character.

The statement further said that another person Paokhosei Guite alias Max Kuki who was a CRPF deserter was no more the finance secretary, Imphal division of the group. He had been terminated from the group, it added.

For any financial and developmental matter of the KNO/KLA, two persons namely Ngambom Kuki and Thomas are the only officials who are entrusted for the same, it added.


Rally against violence on Christians taken out in Tamenglong

TAMENGLONG, Oct 1: Hundreds of Christians in Tamenglong district of Manipur marched down the streets at the district headquarters to protest against the atrocities meted out to the Christians in Orissa and Karnataka.

The rallyists gathered at the deputy commissioner’s office to submit a memorandum shouted in one voice, “We condemn attacks on Christian minority”, “Don’t repeat such barbaric acts”.

As the DC was not present in his office, the memorandum which was meant to be forwarded to the Union home ministry, New Delhi was handed over to the SDC who promised to fax it to the office of the MHA immediately.

The memorandum appealed to the government of India and concerned states to take immediate action to stop killing of Christians and atrocities on them.

It also demanded rehabilitation of the persecuted Christians by providing adequate relief materials and safeguarding the minority Christians in the two states.

The rally organized by various church organizations based in Tamenglong district and participated by around 2000 people including students and youths kicked off from the Tamenglong Indoor Stadium at around 10 am and gathered at the DC office complex, located some half kilometer away from the originating place.

Slogans like, “We condemn all forms of violence in Orissa and Karnataka against Christians”, “Stop killing in the name of religion”, “We strongly condemn the barbarism in Orissa and Karnataka”, “We still have faith in Christianity”, “Stop persecuting Christians, save the minority Christians” etc. were displayed during the rally.

Speaking to this correspondent, a member of the organizing committee said that the rally was organized to show solidarity to the suffering Christians in the two states of Orissa and Karanataka where tens of hundreds of Christians were rendered homeless by the Hindu fundamentalists and many churches were ransacked apart from claiming several lives.

Imphal Free Press

Manipur Session begins, Three Bills introduced

IMPHAL, Oct 1: The State Government introduced three Bills from its side during the Assembly session today.

The Bills are likely to be taken up for discussion for passing at the next sitting of the Assembly on October 6.

The three Bills which were tabled in the house today are Manipur Municipality Disclosure Bill, 2008; Manipur Panchayati Raj (5th Amendment) Bill, 2008 and Manipur Hill Areas District Council (3rd Amendment) Bill, 2008. The Bills were introduced by the Ministers con-cerned.

Prior to tabling the Bills, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh presented the 8th report of the Business Advisory Committee and Social Welfare Minister N Loken presented the report of the Select Committee on Manipur Compulsory Registration of Marriage Bill, 2008. MLA O Joy, who is also the Chairman of Public Account Committee presented the 31st and 32nd report of the Committee.


Bandh suspended

IMPHAL, Oct 1: Kuki People’s Forum (KPF), Chandel district has suspended the proposed 48-hour district wide bandh scheduled to commence from 6 pm of Oct 2 as a result of negotiation arrived at the office chamber of the DC between KPF and the chairman of DRDA regarding the deadlock over unequal distribution of the BRGF District Common Fund.


Health camp at Motbung

IMPHAL, Oct 1: District Medical Mobile Unit Senapati under the supervision of National Rural Health Mission organised a health camp on September 27 at Motbung PHC. In all, 498 patients were examined by 66 doctors during the camp. X-ray, ultrasound, ECG, blood and urine testing facilities were also provided during the camp.


Army gifts artificial leg

Lamka, Oct 1: A twenty six year old youth, one the several victims of IEDs planted across the interior district when the Army launched an offensive to clear the region of valley based insurgents yesterday return with an artificial leg, two and a half years after his leg was amputated.

Welcoming their ward after the Army gifted him an artificial leg at its Pune ALC, family and village elders along with student organizations hold a simple welcoming ceremony today at Tuibuang and honour the state forces for their assistance. Injured after stepping on an IED near their village in Thanlon sub-division’s Thenjol on 24 January 2006, Lhunkhothang Haokip underwent three major surgeries and a couple of amputation on his right leg, before he receive the artificial limb. Initially the victim’s leg was amputated below the knee but due to infection it was again amputate on the thigh.

Speaking on the occasion, Lhukhothang personally thank the village chief of Thenjol, student leaders who guided him and the Government of India and the Army in particular for restoring his mobility despite the tragic incident that has besieged his youth.
Source: The Sangai Express

Attack at MLA’s house, CM to crack SoO whip

IMPHAL, Oct 1: Informing that the Government has been investigating to establish the identity of the UG group/s involved in the bomb attack at the residence of MLA T Hangkhanpao, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, who is also in charge of the Home portfolio, today assured the Assembly that appropriate action would be taken up if any of the UG groups which have signed the Suspension of Operation (SoO) were behind the attack.

Replying to a question raised by MLA RK Anand during the question and answer hour session of the Assembly today, the Chief Minister explained that SoO with two apex bodies of the Kuki UG groups namely Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and United People’s Front (UPF) have been signed under a well-defined set of ground rules which cannot not be violated.

Demanding to know the objective behind signing of the agreement with KNO and UPF separately, RK Anand, while maintaining such measures may be counter productive, observed that the bomb attack at the residence of MLA T Hangkhanpao, which occurred after signing of the agreement, may be due to difference of ideologies between the two groups.

In his response, the Chief Minister said that along with signing agreement with the two groups, SoO has been effected from August 22 for a period of one year.

Some of the main points laid down in the ground rules include non-violation of the ground rules by any of the constituent units of the two groups and to cease operation against the two groups by the State police and other security forces, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister went on to say that to monitor the operation of SoO, a Joint Monitoring Group has been set up. It would ensure that the ground rules are not violated, that the designated camps of the underground organisations are set up close to the State force or other security forces, identity cards are issued to all the cadres of the two UG groups, pay a reasonable amount towards maintenance of the cadres staying in the designated camps from the side of the Government, to keep the arms and ammunition after being double locked in the respective designated camps and imparting vocational training to the cadres.

He further infomed that the House that political dialogue between the Committee headed by Principal Secretary (Home) as chairman and the leaders of the two groups are already underway. Although the UGs may be having some of their own aspirations and ideologies in the ongoing peace talks, no attention has been given in this direction. Nonetheless, efforts are being made to see whether the National or the State interest is being affected or is there any possibility of causing inconveniences to other communities as a result of the ongoing peace talks, the Chief Minister said. Noting that problems are being faced due to existence of a large number of unlawful organisations in the State, the Chief Minister observed that peace talks has been initiated as these problems could not be solved without making a beginning. Informing the House that some of the valley based underground organisations have also shown keen interest to enter peace talks with the Government, the Chief Minister asserted that solution could be brought about only through political dialogue.

Source: The Sangai Express

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Mobile phone(Cellphone) leh Hluoh Cancer natna kizawitawn

- Philip Thanglienmang DANICS

USA mipilte (saintiste) gendân in mobilephone zah leh hluoh(huoh) cancer natna kizuiton(kizawitawn) himaithei va ciin thusuo zâuthawnghuoitah khat a phuong uhhi. Mobile phone patsa a’ng pawtkhie radiation/magnetic hu hoilou pen in hinnanei tahsa hiengte a tongkhathei hi. Tam bang zâuhuoi thu pen tuma kum 50 masang lai a, zatep(naziel tep) leh tuop cancer natna kizuiton ahi ci thute lamsang ah, dum siempawlte(tobacco companyte) in a na gingta sih uhhi.

Tam mobilephone patsa pawtdoh magnetic hu (wave) in nuntatnanei/hinnanei (biological) tahsa tungah bangtan sietna leh khatna tunthei di’ei ci thu ah mipilsuisiemte (researchers) zong a kithukim thei nai sih uhhi.

Pu David Carpenter, Director, Institute of Health and Environment, University of Albany in a genna ah, mobile phone magnetic hu leh hluoh cancer natna kizawitawn ahi ci thute pen mawh nêplâh lou a, ahima ahi, ci tanpha a, i gintât pai dîng uh ahi ciin, Subcommittee of US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform maiah phuondohna a nei hi. Ama’n a gênkiana ah, ta bang radiation/magnetic hu hoilou in bangtan sietna leh khâtna i tahsa tunga a’ng tutthei ahiei, ci khu theicienna cientah thute a kinei nâi lou vangin, adiehin nâupangte’n tam bang hu hoilou zahna lamsang ah, pilvan mama a ngâi leh a kûl hi ciin a phuongdoh hi.

Pu Robert Herberman, Director, University of Pittsburg Cancer Institute, in zong a genna ah, cellphone zah leh hluoh cancer natna a kizuiton ahi ci pen a namdetna thu a phuong hi. Pu Robert leh Pu David tegel gendân in, picingte(adults) sângin nâupangte’n tam magnetic hu hoilou pen a khanglazaw uhhi, ciin a phuong uhhi.

Cellphone a’ng pienna Scandivania gam a mipilsuisiemte mukhietna dungzuiin cellphone apatsa a’ng pawtdoh magnetic hu in hinnanei tahsa tungah sietna leh khâtna a tunthei ma hi, ciin a gen uhhi.

Swedenmi Cancer siem Pu Lennart Hardell in a mukhietna ah, bilkawm a cellphone zangte pen a bil in khuozahna thahui tungah natna hoilou (tumor) aleni in a ngâina gui zangte sângin, a veitheizaw hi ciin a mukhietna a phuong hi.

Israel gam a mipilsuisiemte mukhietdan in, cellphone hâzahte cilpûlna tahsa (salivary gland) tungah natna hoilou (tumor) veitheina khu za lahah sawmnga (50%) vei sângzaw a nei uhhi.

Royal Society of London in a suikhietna ah cellphone zanghate sângin a zangbaite pen le-ngavei in hluoh cancer natna vei baizaw hi, ciin a hil uhhi.

Cellphone i hâzahna i bil lang khat pen bou ah, natna hoilou a kiveithei hi a ciin, Pu David Carpenter in a gen hi.

‘Hi ngutva guoite’ mobilephone a mi khat toh ka kisawt hou ciengin, ka bilkawm a’ng sa vengvung a, ka bilkawm a ka thuo sawt ciengin, ka bil hing sa huthut a, tua cingin, ‘Lawm awi, i kihou tawpsah phot vai, izaw’ ka ci zel hi. Tua ziehin, mobilephone ka nei hi, ciin kûl leh poimaw tinten lou piin thu leh late mawh gengen si’n ciin i kihil ciet uhhi. Tualou zong, i sum i pai, i hunte tampi beisah khat kisuoh ahi,ci khu thei zing va ui. Kalaisai! tazen!, silhoipi khat a, i na gel khat zong silsie na suohthei mawh i ci ciengin gen hasa mama e!, Guoite. Mobilephone headset zang gige in.


Bilkawm= side of ear
Cilpûlna tahsa= salivary gland
Dum= tobacco
Dum siempawl=tobacco company
Guoi= lawm. friend.
Hâahte= those who use excessively, frequent users
Hieng= branch, part
Hinnanei= biological, living
Hluoh= huoh.brain
Hu= radiation, magnetic wave, wave
Kalaisai= lamdang. bravo.
Khuozahna thahui= auditory nerve
Kithukim= agree upon
Kizawitawn= kizuiton. Link to
Kûl= required, necessary, basic
Le-ngavei= five times
Mipil= saintis.scientist
Mukhiet= finding, discovery
Natna hoilou=tumor, cancer
Nâupang= child
Ngâia gui= headset
Nuntatnanei= biological, living
Phuongdoh= declare, proclaim, publicize
Picing= adult
Poimaw= necessary, basic
Sietna leh khâtna= evil effects, danger, loss
Silsie= silhoilou. bad thing, evil
Tazen!= gintatloupi in. surprising, unexpectedly.
Tongkha= affect, influence, effect
Zangbaite= early users
Zanghâte=late users
Zatep=cigarette, tobacco
Zâuthawnghuoi= dangerous, risky, frightening


ZSP Golden Jubilee Minister 6 leh MLA 4 in uap ding

LAMKA, Sept 30: Zou Sangnaupang Pawlpi (ZSP) kiphukhiet nua kum 50 (Golden Jubillee) chinna October 14 - 16, 2008 sung ZSP phuhkhietna mun Tuaitengphai khua ah a thupi theipen a lop hi ding hi.

Jubillee nipi ni October 16, 2008 Programme ah Chief Guest in Pu T. Phungzathang Minister (Power, Horti & SC, Sc. Tech) pang ding hi. Functional President in Pu TN Haokip Minister ( PHED, IPR & Tourism), Pu N. Biren Singh Minister (IFCD), Pu K. Ranjit Singh Minister (Works), Pu L. Jayentakumar Singh Minister (Education) leh Pu DD Thaisi Minister (Tribal Development) pang ding uhi. Chief Host in Pu T. Hangkhanpau MLA pang ding a, Guest of Honour in Pu T. Manga Vaiphei MLA, Chairman MTDC, Pu V. Hangkhanlian MLA leh Pu Ngursanglur MLA pang ding uhi.

Tua banah, Jubilee lopna in mi phatuamngai tuamtuam in i thawkhawm uh sialtal 5 gou in mipi’n annkuang umkawm ding hi.

Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee Chairman ding in Pu Ginsuonhau @ GS Haopu guontha in um hi.
Chief Guest ding in Pu T. Phungzathang confirm hita.
Chief Host din Pu T Hangkhanpao A dang teng ahileh conforim hinailou
ZSP Miss contest um ding.
Pu Ginsuonhau - Sial 2 tua ding
Pu Manglianthang - Sial 2 tua ding
Pu Khamthang - Sial 1 tua ding
Outside Maniur apat Zou khat poupou Golden Jubilee zang dia kuon teng lam pei man up - down fare reimburse hi ding.

Tedim line to be expanded in November

Imphal, September 30: While informing that the Works Department would start construction/repairing of the roads in the hills and valley districts of the State latest by November, Works Minister K Ranjit has stated that necessary measures for expansion of the road from Keishampat to Churachandpur would also begin soon.

Talking to The Sangai Express today on the sideline of inspecting the black topping work along Tiddim line currently being carried out, the Minister explained that construction/repairing works of the roads have been delayed following onset of rainy season.

For expansion of the road from Keishampat to Churachandpur, the Revenue Department has already started taking up necessary measures.

From Keishampat to Airport, the total width of the road would be 120 feet while from the Airport to Churachandpur it would be 100 feet, the Minister informed.

Source: The Sangai Express

Kuki bodies call Chandel bandh

Imphal, September 30: Decrying disparity in allocation of fund between the Naga and the Kuki inhabited areas and demanding review of the prospective plan of funding pattern under the District Common Fund (DCF) in Chandel district for the period 2007 to 2012, Kuki People's Forum, Chandel district has decided to call a district wide general strike from 6 pm of October 2 to 6 pm of October 4 if the demand is not considered.

The Forum has also warned of taking recourse to other intense agitations if funding pattern in not reviewed even after the general strike.

Addressing a press conference in this connection at Manipur Press Club here today, Chairman of Kuki People's Forum, Chandel District Yangkhopao Haokip asserted that there is great disparity in block wise allocation of fund for the period 2007-2012 among the Naga inhabited areas and Kuki inhabited areas in Chandel district.

The District Common Fund is sanctioned under the Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF) of the Ministry of Rural Development and the fund is allocated for taking up developmental works at the block level on the basis of a prospective plan.

Supplementing the charges, the Chairman pointed out that while Chandel block alone has allocated a sum of Rs 105 lakhs for the period of 2007-08, no fund have been allocated for Chakpikarong, Machi, Tengnoupal and Khengjoi blocks. For the period of 2008-2009, Rs 154 lakhs has been allocated to Chandel block, Rs 48 lakhs to Chakpikarong, Rs 8 lakhs to Machi block and Rs 27 lakhs to Tengnoupal block but nothing to Khengjoi block.

For 2009-2010, Rs 97 lakhs has been allocated to Chandel block, Rs 78 lakhs to Chakpikarong block, Rs 3 lakhs to Machi Block, Rs 47 to Tengnoupal Block and Rs 6 lakhs to Khengjoi Block.

For the period 2010-2011, the fund allocation of Chandel block is Rs 133 lakhs, Rs 24 lakhs for Chakpikarong block, Rs 5 lakhs for Machi block and Rs 47 lakhs for Tengnoupal Block but no fund has been allocated for Khengjoi block.

The fund allocation for the period 2011-2012 are repetitively Rs 142, Rs 7 lakhs, Rs 10 lakhs, Rs 74 lakhs and Rs 5 lakhs for Chandel, Chakpikarong, Machi, Tengnoupal and Khengjoi block.

The Chairman said such disparity in allocation of the fund smacks of a conspiracy to deprive the development rights of the Kuki people and so Kuki People's Forum would not be able to accept the prospective plan on whose basis the fund has been allocated.

A memorandum in this regard had been submitted to the Deputy Commissioner of Chandel on August 30 last.

However, no response has been ever received till date, the Chairman rued.

In the said memorandum, the Kuki People's Forum had raised three main demands.

The demands are review of the prospective plan of BRGF-DCF funding pattern for the period 2007-1012, inclusion of Kuki People's Forum by District Planning Committee, Chandel district in the planning process and to ensure equal distribution of fund among the blocks.

Source: Imphal Free Press

Fire at Mizoram chief secretary’s Ccpur house

Lamka, Sep 30: The residents of Haukhum Haujel, IAS, located at Nehru Marg in Churachandpur was burnt in a blaze today from about 4.20 pm. He is currently the chief secretary of Mizoram.

Though the cause of the inferno could not be established as yet as family members were away at the time of the incident, locals said it could have been due to an electric short circuit.

The fire burnt down all properties on the first floor of the house.
As soon as flames were sighted by the locals they rushed to the area and put the fire under control. The fire brigade also lost no time in rushing to the area and did its best to extinguish the fire.

According to a rough estimate property worth Rs. 1 lakh was destroyed in the fire.

Source: Imphal Free Press

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Nun was gang raped and priest brutally assaulted in Kandhamal

Parvathi Menon

Bhubaneswar: The Orissa government has failed to take any action, under the law of the land, against those who committed bestial crimes — the gang rape of a 28-year-old Catholic nun and the brutal attack on a Catholic priest who courageously resisted their attempts to force him to participate in the atrocity. These incidents took place on August 25 at K. Nuagaon, 12 km from the Baliguda subdivision in Kandhamal district. Both victims filed First Information Reports at the Baliguda police station. Sister Nirmala, Superior-General of the Missionaries of Charity, wrote to the Orissa Chief Minister and the Prime Minister specifying the atrocities.

The brutalisation of the nun and the priest by a mob raising anti-Christian, Hindutva slogans took place around 1 p.m. at the site of the Divya Jyothi Pastor Centre. The church was burnt the previous day in reprisal against the murder of an RSS activist, Lakshmanananda Saraswathi, and four of his associates on August 23. The gang rape of the young nun, whose “virginity [was] grossly violated in public” (and whose identity is being withheld by this newspaper to protect her privacy) took place in front of a police outpost with 12 policemen from the Orissa State Armed Police present and watching, according to Father Thomas Chellan, the priest who was dragged out and badly beaten.

“Around 1 p.m., a gang came and pulled me and the Sister out of the house where we had taken shelter and started assaulting us,” Father Chellan told The Hindu in a telephonic interview from Kerala where he is recuperating.

“My appeals to the policemen who were standing nearby and watching only resulted in further beating. At one point the nun slipped away to plead with the police for help but she was dragged back by the mob and her blouse torn,” he said. The nun was gang raped in a nearby building, and he was doused with kerosene by the mob, which threatened to set him on fire. They were saved by a group of youth who took them to the police outpost where “one among the attackers was present with the police between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.,” Father Chellan said.

News of the K-Nuagaon atrocity was conveyed through mobile phones to several priests and nuns hiding in the forests, fearing for their lives as the anti-Christian hunt was on. The victims were taken to the Baliguda police station around 9 p.m. where they filed First Information Reports. “I believe the Sister wrote in her complaint that she was raped,” Father Chellan said.

The atrocity, about which the State government has not gone public, has outraged and terrified Christian organisations working in Kandhamal district. News of it was brought to the notice of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik by Raphael Cheenath, Archbishop of the Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar diocese.

Sister Nirmala wrote letters to the Orissa Chief Minister and the Prime Minister on this and other brutal attacks on Christians in Orissa. In her letter, dated August 28, 2008, to Chief Minister Patnaik, she took up “a very sad incident, soon after the eruption of the violence” of “one young sister, consecrated to God, who was administrator of an institute, being hunted out of her hiding place and stripped naked by the mob and her virginity grossly violated in public, without any help from the police present there.”

In her appeal for protection to Christians, Sister Nirmala urged the Chief Minister to “ask the Central Govt. for as many extra forces from the Centre as they are willing to give and you need.”

When contacted, Praveen Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Kandhamal district, told The Hindu that investigations into the episode by a Deputy Superintendent of Police were on and “the law will take its course.” He confirmed that no arrests have been made in connection with the incidents.


Sister Nirmala’s appeal to Orissa Chief Minister

“On behalf of our suffering brothers and sisters in Orissa who are in deep anguish, pain and constant insecurity, deprived of basic necessities of life and are crying out for immediate help, I urgently appeal to you in the name of God as the Chief Minister of Orissa to do all you can to put an end to this ongoing violence since 24th August 2008 causing untold terror, loss of property and even loss of life and human dignity, violating basic human rights of our own brothers and sisters.” This is the fervent appeal Sister Nirmala, Superior-General of the Missionaries of Charity, made in a letter she wrote Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on August 28.

It was in this letter that she narrated, in great anguish, how a young nun was “hunted out of her hiding place and stripped naked by the mob and her virginity grossly violated in public, without any help from the police present there.”

Gravity & scale

Sister Nirmala informed the Chief Minister of the gravity and spreading scale of the attacks in Orissa “triggered” by the murder of Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati and four of his associates in his ashram in Kandhamal district. “Violence,” she pointed out, “has ranged from slogan shouting, throwing of stones, burning of vehicles, Churches and Church Institutions which are at the service of the people, the homes of countless Christian families being vandalised, ransacked and then torched. People have been beaten up. There have been incidents of priests and sisters being beaten up by mobs. Police in most cases have been unable to provide protection. Atrocities continue to take place while the police remain inactive. In some cases hostels and orphanages have been burnt and the children left without shelter and care. The house of our Brothers, Missionaries of Charity, was attacked and the patients were beaten up so that they may reveal the hiding place of the Brothers.”

Shelter in forests

The head of the Catholic religious order founded by Mother Teresa narrated in her letter how “people, Fathers, Sisters and Brothers…had to take shelter in the forests and mountains for fear of losing their lives – without food and without shelter from the rain. But they are not safe.”

She dealt specifically with arrangements that Missionaries of Charity had made, with the help of the administration, for the safety of its Sisters, Brothers, and their patients in the strife-torn district. While expressing gratitude to the State government and local administration for this help, she observed that “countless others who are in need have no help.”

Sister Nirmala urged the Orissa Chief Minister to “ask the Central Govt. for as many extra police forces from the Centre as they are willing to give and you need, and to keep them in Orissa for as long as it is necessary to ensure to your full satisfaction that the law and order everywhere in the State is restored.” She asked that “all our suffering people and children, even in the interior parts of the districts, be given protection for their lives, property and their human dignity, that immediate help reaches those who are without food, clothing, shelter and medicines; that the loss of property be compensated; that the facilities for the education of children be restored; and that the people be rehabilitated.”

Charter of Demands of JAC of AMTUC & AMEGEO, Manipur

The Hon’ble Chief Minister

Subject :- Charter of Demands of JAC of AMTUC & AMEGEO, Manipur.

Hon’ble Sir,

This JAC of AMTUC & AMGEO, Manipur, the Apex Body of State Government Employees and Pensioners, in its meeting held on Friday the 26th September 2008, at Kuki Inn Imphal, do hereby adopted (Unanimously) the resolution of implementing in toto to the State Government Employees of Manipur the rules made under the 6th Pay Commission Report adopted by the Central Government, effective from 01.01.2006

It is pertinent to the state that the Government of Manipur Finance Department (Pay Implementation Cell), in exercising of the powers conferred by the Proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution, have made the Rules Called the Manipur Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 1999 to be adopted to the State Government Employees vide Notification No. 1/115/98-PIC dated the 11th January, 1999 in conformity with the rules made under the 5th Central Pay Commission Report adopted by the Central Government.

It is also worth submitted that as the pattern of Central Pay has been adopting in the State of Manipur since the 4th Pay Commission and these rules called the Central Civil Rules (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 has been implemented to the Central Government Employees effective from the 1stSeptember 2008 (Cash Payment), the same may pleased be implemented to the State Government Employees.

It is also humble prayer of the State Government employees that the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Manipur may take a concrete step in passing appropriate order/decision regarding the implementation of the Rules of 2008 preferably on or before the 15th day of October, 2008.

Similar terminal benefits may kindly also be implemented to the Pensioners of the State Government.


1. Adoption of “Accepted Recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission” in toto to the State Government Employees and Pensioners of Manipur.

2. The merger of 50% DA/DR with Basic Pay/Pension be effected from 01-04-2004 at par Central Government and due arrears be paid so as to save the loss of the state economy.

3. Payment of due arrears of

a) 4% DA/DR w.e.f 01-07-2003 to 30-06-2005 (24 months);
b) 5% DA/DR w.e.f 01-07-2006 to 30-09-2007 (15 months);
c) 6% DA/DR w.e.f 01-01-2007 to 30-09-2007 (9 months);
d) 6% DA/DR w.e.f 01-07-2007 to 30-06-2008 (12 months);
e) 6% DA/DR w.e.f 01-01-2008 to 30-06-2008 (6 months);

4. Rectification of Pay Anomalics (ROP 1975 be the base year of rectification) with review of Notification No. 1-12-2006-FD(PIC) dated 28-12-2006 and Classification of Posts by the scale of pay made equivalent to that of the scale of pay of the Central Government with a review of Office Memorandum No. 19-03-1999-FD(PIC) dated 28-12-2006.

5. Restoration of Die-in-Harness Scheme as per norms prior to the abolition of the scheme vide order No. 20-01-2005-DP dated 15-06-2002.

6. Fixation of Minimum Wages based on the Consumer’s Price Index 2007 and payment of arrears and Variable Dearness Allowances (VDA) w.e.f the adoption of CPI 2007.

7. Facilities such as Duty Allowance, Messing Allowance, TA etc. to the Home Guards of Manipur be paid equivalent to that of Home Guards of Delhi, Haryana, Goa etc.

8. Regularisation and Service Protection of genuine Ad-Hoe employees, Work Charged Employees, Casual and Muster Roll workers by framing a State Policy as per MoU signed between Government of Manipur and JAC of AMTUC & AMGEO on 26-06-2006.

9. Removal of monthly ceiling limit on withdrawal of General Provident Fund (GPF).

10. Patient Care Allowance to the Para Medical Staffs at par Central Government Employees.

11. To lift ban on direct recruitments of vacant posts in the departments and to fill up all the vacant posts (Direct/Promotional) on regular basis.

12. Posts under the Plan Heads of Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS0 be converted to the Non Plan Heads.

13. Extension of Service Age from 59 years to 60 years or at par Central Government.

14. A Task Force be established to give employments to the Educated and Uneducated unemployed youths of Manipur.

This Apex Body of the employees of the state would be grateful to your goodself in anticipation for kind consideration and favourable orders on the above demands of JAC of AMTUC & AMGEO, Manipur at the earliest in order to evade further complicacies.

Yours Faithfully


(K. Madhumangol Singh)

Khawkim- khawkiang te’n leng thiltung lamdang sa, Sih sual a om numei naupang zankhat thu in dam guihmawk

Manipur Express Lamka, Sept 28: Lamka Police station apan tumlam Km 200 vel a gamla a om Hanship (Thanlon sub division) khua ah thil lamdang mahmah piang in, sihsual a om naupang numei kum 13 lel a upa Niangsonkim d/o Kamchinzam Vualnam leh Chiinkhanniang nitak khat thu in damguih mawk a, thiltung in a nulepa genlouh khawsung mipite kipahna tawh lamdangsakna tun hi.

Manipur Express in zan nitak in Hanship khawmi khenkhat ban ah, Bungpilon khaw mi khenkhat telephone in houpih a, tua zawh in damna ngah Niangsonkim mahmah tawh leng kihou uhi. Niangsonkim @ Sonkim paneu Khamzason in agenna ah, August 31, 2008 nitaklam in Sonkim in a lu nasa a, tuazawh in gilna, dip na leh khawsik in kipeek maimah chi hi. Huchi’n a natna te hon thuaktou tou in, September 5, 2008 apan gim mahmah in hong om a, a taksa hong chau mahmah in ann ne theinawn lou a, a kamsung ah tui leng lut theilou in, a chil nasan valh theinawnlou in hong om a, beidong mahmah in Lamka lam a a tanaute tanpha uh thil omdan zasak uh ahihdan gen hi. Ann nelou, tuidawnlou a hong om in, ataksa hong chau hiaihiai a September 8, 2008 (Seppatni) in buaise petmah in sihsual in kipek a, damlou kem khawsung mipite’n leng zanhah pih in a sih ding hun ngak himai chi hi.

September 9 (Sepnawnni) zing apan sun nitum dong a mit hah leh a sou chauh et himaita a, khua phawk lou himhim in om a, hiai nitak apan RL (Glucose/drip) nasan asi gui ah lut thei nawnlou in block gai vek a, a naak hong khawlzel in, damlou kemte’n ataksa sawi zel ua, huchi’n hong naak zel chi’n Pa Khamzason in gen hi. Huchi’n a chang chiang in, “Ka gimlua iki khen mai ding uh aw Nu” chi zel a, huai mah nih vei thumvei gen tuantuan a, a nu le pa ban ah damlou kemte’n “bawi, kon phal nai mahmah kei uh” chi zel in, a taksa pum sawi zel ua, damlou veh teng leng thumna tawh ana pang vek uh hi’n a paneu Khamzason in gen hi. Pa Khamzason in agenbehna ah, kuapeuh in si taktak ding hita chi’n patau tak in a naak ka enlelta ua, huchih lai zan nung in hong thoukhe phut in khe in hong pai a, damlou veh te’n leng lamdangsakna leh kipahna tawh khitui ka nul hial ua, ka chibai souhsouh ua, tui hon dawn in ann hon ne chi hi.

Niangsonkim in Manipur Express dotna adawnna ah, “Pathian in Sept 9 suun in hon houpih a, tang tung lam ah hong pai in iki hou ding chi’n honsam a, tua zawh in khua ka phawkzek a, himahleh, thiltung ka nulepa kiang ah bangmah ka gen ngam kei” chi hi. Nitak in dakkal 4 vel ding khawng Pathian tawh hun ka zang khawm ua, Pathian in taangtung lam ah hon sam nawn a, kei leng ka va pai a, lampi lian mahmah 2 ka mu a, a khat pen a phei mahmah a, akhat pen a tou mahmah. Lamka bul ah ka ding hun in, meikuang, kap leh lungkham tak a kikou ka za a, huchi’n lampi tou lam ah ka paitou a, kongkhakpi ka mu a, “Kiu in hon in na om ding” chih atung ah na kitaka, ka kiuh leh kong khakpi hong kihong ta chi’n Sonkim in gen hi. Aman agenbehna ah, mi khat ka mu a, amel ka mutheikei. Puan ngou leh vaak ngen in a kizem a, sikchiang lian mahmah khat a tawi a, khawvel a tawpchiang in hiai siik chiang a vai hawm ding ka hi hon chi chi hi. Tuaban ah, meikuang na muhte ah na natna leh na khelhnate ka haltum vekta hon chi chi’n gen a, tua zawh in mun tuamtuam hon etpih in thu tamtak hon gen a, thou inla, tui dawn in la, ann ne in hon chi a, huchi’n thakhat in ka thou a, tui ka dawn a, ann ka ne chi’n Sonkim in gen hi.

Niangsonkim in a thiltuahte thupisa lua leh Pathian sawl dungzui in, khaw kiim khawkiang te hilh ding in kisa a, zan Pathianni (Sept 28) in Bungpilon EBC Saptuam ah va gen a, maban ah khaw tuamtuam ah gensawm lai ahihdan gen in, thupilua, lamdang lua ahi chi hi. Maban ah School kai sutzop sawm lai na hiam chih dotna adawnna ah, Pathian in hon damsak nung in School ka kai zom a, himahleh, Sept 19 (Sintawpni) nitak nung in Pathian in ka lupna tung ah hon houpih a, khaw khung lam ah honsam a, ken leng ka nulepa tonpih in, mun 1 ah ka kingak sak a, Pathian in “Missionary a na kuan ding ahi, Biakinn sung na lut phet chiang in Aw lamdang lua, aw lamdang chih ka la hi tawntung ding chih laa sa masapen inla, tua ban ah, Bible Chang Luka 19:2, Johan 2:5, Sam 55:22, Paunakte 1:20, Galatia 2:20, I Samuel 3:17 leh Kilakna 16:7 te hon theisak zungzung” chi hi. Kenleng Pathian kiang ah, “Toupa kei pawl 5 hipan ing a, Missionary a kuantheilou ding ka hi ka chih leh, aman na School kai khawl phot inla ka thugen mang in hon chi” chi’n Sonkim in gen hi. Tuaban ah Pathian in School na kainawn a, ka thugen te na zuih kei leh na mit ka sumial ding a, mit mialsa in kon vak sak ding hon chi chi’n Sonkim in gen hi. Sonkim ahihleh, Hanship khua a EBC School ah Class V sinlel ahi hi. Upa Ginzachin of Bungpilon in agendan in, Sonkim kichi naupang chik himahleh, a thugente lamdang mahmah a, a thiltuah thupi mahmah in gen nop hau mahmah ahi chi hi.

Manipur Express in Sonkim phone tungtawn a ahoupih hun in leng a thiltuah lamdang asakdan, mak asakdan leh a lungtang ah Pathian in thil tamtak a gente gen ziahziah in, thupilua, lamdang lua eive chi chi mai hi. Pathian in ka kiang a thil gente leh hon sukdam dan Lamka khawpi tel in mun tuamtuam ah ka gen ut mahmah a, Bungpilon khua ah va gen masapen in a chih ziak a huai mun va pai masa ka hi chi’n Sonkim in gen hi.

PM faces EU ire over 'massacre' of Christians

MARSEILLE: The European Union on Monday ticked off Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his government's failure to prevent what it called a "massacre" of Christians in Orissa and Karnataka. This strongly-worded description of the violence in Kandhamal and the Bajrang Dal's destruction of churches in Karnataka came during the India-EU summit here.

The issue was taken up strongly with Singh by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is also the head of the European Council, and Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission.

Talking to reporters, Sarkozy strongly dismissed the suggestion that the "massacre" could be equated with the discrimination Sikhs allegedly face in France. Although Sarkozy said he admired Singh's condemnation of the anti-Christian violence as a "national shame" and his promise to guarantee the religious rights of minority communities in India, the two sides clearly differed on the scale of the violence against Christians in India.

In his reply, the PM said there were "some sporadic incidents" though he declared the determination of the state to ensure that minority communities exercise their constitutional right to profess and propagate their respective faiths. He listed the measures taken by the Centre — advisories to Karnataka and Orissa and deployment of its forces — to emphasize the intent of his government to put an end to violence against Christians allegedly by Bajrang Dal and VHP.

Sarkozy and Barrosso expressed satisfaction with Singh's assurances. "He is a courageous man. My respect for him has gone up because of his courageous assurances," Sarkozy said. Barroso spoke in the same vein, saying that "we praise the clarity with which he has condemned the violence".

The French president, however, was riled by a question which asked about the ban on Sikh turbans in government-funded schools in France.

"Massacre of Christians and the turban issue are not of the same nature," he snapped. He also made it clear that Sikhs will have to conform to rules of the French Republic.

"We respect their customs and traditions and they are welcome in France. But we have rules regarding the neutrality of civil servants; regarding secularism and those apply not just to Sikhs or Muslims but to all. They are non-discriminatory. So while we respect the customs of Sikhs, we expect them to respect the rules of the Republic," Sarkozy asserted.

India and the EU have long had a thorny relationship on the issue of human rights. During the heyday of Kashmir terrorism, EU never failed to criticize Indian actions. In 2002, then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was ticked off by Danish PM Anders Rasmussen on human rights abuses of Kashmiris, leading Vajpayee to retaliate.



Three killed in fresh firing in Kandhamal, Orissa

NEW DELHI: Three persons have been killed in fresh firing in Gresinghia in Kandhamal district of Orissa according to TV channel Times Now.

Police fired at the mob after two communities clashed in the area. There are reports that some crude bombs were hurled in the area. Several houses were also torched at Raikia and Udayagiri.

Even as community leaders called for peace, crude bombs were also hurled on Monday at two places and houses burned as the faith-fuelled fire of hatred refused to die out in Kandhamal.

Reports from various parts of the district said blasts were directed at relief camps where Christian families, who have been targetted by Hindu activists since the August 23 killing of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, a local VHP leader who had spewed venom against conversions.

While two crude bombs exploded in separate incidents at Baliguda and K Nuagaon areas on Sunday night, five houses were reportedly torched under Gochhapada police station area in Phirigia block, officials said.

No injuries were reported in Monday's violence, the official toll in the ethnic and communal violence rose to 31 with the administration confirming recovery of one more body from Badasalunki river at Bisipada village near Phulbani.

On Sunday, police found the body of Priyatamma Digal, an auxiliary nursing and midwife (ANM) worker, from the river. On Monday, the body of Meghanath, Priyatamma's husband, was fished out. The couple was killed last Thursday.

Local administration held discussions with representatives of warring groups. Tribal Kandh leaders have in the last couple of days called for peace and have come to the negotiating table to talk with Dalit Pana, Christian and Hindu communities as well as some moderates.

"We decided to form committees comprising representatives from all religions, communities and interested groups. Such committees would move around the district and appeal for peace and amity," said district collector Krishna Kumar, who chaired the meeting. He said committees should be on the ground on October 2, marking Gandhi Jayanti celebrations. The day has also been picked for holding "sadbhavana rallies".