Saturday, November 22, 2008

Warrants out after arson in Churachandpur

Imphal, Nov. 21: Contractors of a government project in Churachandpur district are on the run as police launched a manhunt after they damaged property at the project site.

Contractors of the Khuga multi-purpose project in Churachandpur district, undertaken by the irrigation and flood control department, torched four generators, a Maruti Gypsy and damaged a culvert at the project site on October 24 in protest against non-clearance of bills.

The police registered cases against the contractors and launched a search to arrest members of Khuga Neglected Contractors Forum. However, none of the contractors could be arrested. The forum has 47 members.

The president of the forum, T. Gangte, condemned the police hunt. “We are only demanding clearance of pending bills. We will call off our agitation once the bills are cleared,” Gangte today said. He said bills for the past three years, amounting to about Rs 3.5 crore, were pending. “We are not terrorists. Why is the government sending the police after us? It will be held responsible if any of the forum’s members are harmed.”

Sources said the employees of the irrigation and flood control department left the project site after being told to do so by the forum.

Security in and around the site has been beefed up after the arson. “We have strengthened security at the project site,” a police officer said.

The incident comes at a time when the government was working overtime to start the project this year. The scheme was conceived in seventies with an estimated initial cost of Rs 15 crore which has now gone up to more than Rs 250 crore.

The project, when completed, will help irrigate 15,000 hectares of land and provide five million gallons of drinking water daily.

Irrigation and flood control minister N. Biren Singh said the government was trying to clear the bills. “We are looking for funds to clear the bills. The contractors should not indulge in violence.”

Source: The Telegraph

Rahul stirs up ‘wildflower memories’ in Mizoram

- Like Rajiv in 1986, son doffs trademark attire for jeans & tee, reaches out to people


Aizawl/Silchar, Nov. 21: Like father, like son. Twenty-two years ago, Rahul Gandhi had accompanied his father to Mizoram as a shy teenager who got his first glimpse of the Northeast. Today, Rahul stepped into his father’s shoes in a virtual replication of that memorable visit in 1986.

Like former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi — who had landed in Mizoram in jeans and T-shirt — Rahul too discarded his trademark white kurta-pyjamas for a bottle green T-shirt and a pair of blue jeans.

Rahul also sent many of those who had seen the former Prime Minister from close quarters on a walk down memory lane as he shook hands with them outside Vanapa Hall in the Mizoram capital, where he addressed a meeting.

Rahul’s first visit had come soon after the landmark peace accord between the Centre and the Mizo National Front in June 1986. His mother Sonia and sister Priyanka had also come on the tour. Not surprisingly, Rahul remembered the first trip with a tinge of nostalgia: “I was introduced to this part of the country which I had not seen. I was only 16 years old then.”

The festive spirit reached a crescendo as Rahul, with no trace of any travel weariness, started throwing flowers at the audience and repeatedly waved at them.

He admitted that during his maiden visit to Mizoram he was just an adolescent but has always cherished those memories. He spoke for only a few minutes in English which was translated into Mizo.

Though Rahul did not mention it, the most memorable moment of the earlier visit had taken place on the way to the border town of Champai, when Rajiv Gandhi had stopped the Maruti-Gypsy he was driving to pluck a bunch of wildflowers and offered them to Sonia.

That picture of Rajiv twirling that bunch of flowers provided the perfect photo opportunity and The Telegraph was one of the few dailies to print this picture.

It was a rare moment of a man who would be Prime Minister, establishing Rajiv Gandhi as a politician with a difference.

Rahul and his sister Priyanka were starry-eyed visitors then, savouring the natural beauty during the drive along the hilly road.

Rajiv Gandhi at that time was a popular man in the state as he was hailed as the architect of the Mizo peace accord, marking the end of the bloodied days of MNF insurgency which ran for two decades after it was kicked off in 1966.

Both Rajiv and Rahul were wearing the Mizo hand-crafted cap made from chiselled reeds of bamboo, presented as a token of Mizo gratitude.This time too, Rahul was presented a hand-woven Mizo jacket which he wore over his T-shirt. At one point, he was also presented a colourful Mizo shawl.

Rahul adds glamour to Congress campaign

- Mizoram voters promised free land, Rs 1 lakh for every farmer if party comes to power

Aizawl, Nov. 21: The Congress today played its all-inclusive growth card with gusto, hoping it would pave the way for its return to power after 10 years in the Opposition.

This was more than underlined by the assurances and commitments made by AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi in the three election rallies he addressed during his whirlwind campaign in Mizoram that is going to the hustings on December 2.

The crux of Rahul’s three speeches remained the all-round development of the hill state by putting stalled development projects, with special focus on kisan brothers and the youths, on the fast track.

The stalled projects include the Greater Aizawl Water Supply and the Tuirial hydel power projects.

The Gandhi scion reiterated that the Congress, if voted to power, would revive the policy of granting free land to each farmer, besides Rs 1 lakh to start productive business.

If elected in Mizoram Assembly elections, the Congress government would do its best to improve the plight of the Mizos in education and health sectors, Rahul said.

He announced that the government would arrange free medical treatment and other health facilities for the Mizos if the Congress was returned to power. It would also help “talented” youths of the state realise their potential, Rahul said.

He reminded the Mizos that the need of the hour was an accelerated pace of development in economic and social sectors like agriculture and horticultural modernisation, industry, infrastructure, health and education.

His presence appeared to have galvanised party workers who hoped the “Rahul magic” would work on the discerning electorate whose wishes are similar to their counterparts elsewhere — peace and all-round development.

Hundreds flocked to the rallies Rahul addressed at Serchhip, Saitual and Aizawl. “He has beautifully articulated our manifesto which is about all-round growth and prosperity for all. We hope his magic works on the voters,” said a party worker while applauding the young Congressman’s speech.

The hope stems from the fact that the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF), which romped home in 1999 and 2003, appears to be on an uneasy wicket as the sweep of anti-incumbency wave against the party is slowly taking a firm grip among a large section of the electorate.


Bamboo flowering reported in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Nov 21 – Worried by an impending danger looming large on villagers hit by acute food shortage after an army of rats devoured their standing crops, Panchayat leaders of Koyu circle, about 60 kms from Pasighat, have appealed to the Arunachal Government to provide sufficient fund to the affected to avert troublesome situation in future.

Confirming that after two consecutive years of phenomena of bamboo flowering, a source in the East Siang district Agriculture department informed that this year also sudden upsurge of rat population has resulted in heavy damages to the standing paddy crops in Koyu circle of the district. The left over bamboo species of the area might be in full blossom within next four months and may aggravate the situation, the source added.

Alarmed by it, the Agriculture department conducted a two day integrated training of farmers on ‘rodent control and its management’ at Pasighat on November 18 and 19 last. As many as 75 farmers from Koyu, and its nearby villages like Rina and Kakki underwent the training.

During the training programme, District Agriculture Officer O Yomso handed over cash rewards to the farmers for the rat tails deposited by them at the rate of Rs 10 per rat tail.

Scientists state that the gregarious flowering of bamboo produces large quantities of seeds that attract rats. Fortified by the protein-rich seeds, they multiply rapidly and there is a natural explosion in the rodent population.

The sudden transition from plenty of food to near-total absence of food forces millions of rats out of the bamboo forests. They land in farms in the vicinity and play havoc with the standing crops, devouring acres of rice, potatoes and sweet potatoes within a few days.

Facing a further dearth of food, rats are also prone to attack the granaries. Thus, it brings about famine as an aftermath of bamboo flowering.

Rs 50 lakh demand served on Manipur medical dept

IMPHAL, Nov 21 – The Medical Directorate of Manipur came to a standstill on Thursday in protest against heavy monetary demands made on the department.

Decrying the heavy monetary demand, employees of the Medical department staged a sit-in protest in front of its office gate at Lamphel on Thursday.

Official sources informed that from the day he became the Director, disturbances and monetary demands have been frequent. However, the department decided on the sit-in-protest as a huge demand of Rs 50 lakh was served a few days back, the director said.

AMWJU to intensify stir

Journalists in Manipur under the banner of All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU) Friday decided to intensify their agitation demanding judicial inquiry into the murder of Rishikanta, alleging that the government had failed to initiate any action with regard to their demands.

As the agitation including media blackout (both print and visual) entered the third day, women vendors and shopkeepers of Khwairamband Bazar (Women market) also shut down their shutters and staged a sit-in protest showing solidarity to the cause of the state scribes.

Meanwhile, AMWJU held another round of meeting at the Manipur Press Club to decide the future course of action.

The meeting decided to apprise the State Governor and Centre on the killing through representations, to take help of journalist fraternity outside the State while putting up the matter to the knowledge of the Union Home Ministry and to carry out a rally in Imphal with the support of the civil organizations.

The date of the rally would be decided after AMWJU hold a meeting with the civil organizations.

Editors Guild’s plea

NEW DELHI, NOV 21 (PTI): Following the killing of 22-year-old journalist Konsam Rishikant Singh in Manipur a few days back, the Editors Guild of India today requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take a personal interest to ensure full protection to journalists working there.

In a letter to the PM, the Guild said, “journalistic organisations have raised concerns about the involvement of security forces in the murder of Singh and have sought a judicial inquiry. The Guild requests you to take personal interest in the situation in Manipur and if necessary order a CBI investigation into the murder of journalists.”

The Guild also requested the Prime Minister to direct the Government of Manipur as well as the central security forces, including the Army operating in Manipur, to ensure that “newspapers and journalists are given full protection there”.

The Guild is deeply concerned for the safety of journalists working in Manipur. Singh is the fifth journalist to be gunned down in the past few years and the culprits of these murders have not been brought to book. The newspapers of Manipur have decided to shut down publication as there is no security for them, editors and journalists and this is a grave situation, it said in the letter.

Copies of the letter have also been submitted to Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Manipur Governor Gurbachan Jagat and Chief Minister Ibobi Singh.

The Guild extends its support to the Manipur editors and journalists and demands immediate action by both the central and state governments to protect the media in Manipur, a release issued by Guild President Rajdeep Sardesai and its General Secretary K S Sachidananda Murthy said.

“Nabbing the killers of Rishikant Singh must be a high priority for the governments,” they added. Singh was killed on November 17. He was a junior sub-editor of the daily newspaper ‘The Imphal Free Press’.

Jamir disappointed with NE insurgency

Governor of Maharashtra S. C. Jamir Thursday said that Northeast was one of the most beautiful and ethnically and linguistically diverse regions of the country.

He however expressed disappointment that the region has been troubled by insurgency for the last few decades while inaugurat¬ing the cultural festival of Northeastern States, ‘OC¬TAVE’ in Mumbai, stated a press release.

Jamir said insurgency and violence were adversely affecting the progress of the Northeastern region while other regions of the country were prospering because of the peaceful atmosphere. In this connection, he called upon the artists from the Northeast to convey the message of peace to the people of the region.

Festivals such as the Northeastern Cultural Festival enable different people of the country to know each other better and create emotional integra¬tion of the nation, he said. Jamir appealed the people of Maharashtra to watch the beautiful artistic traditions of the Northeast to know the region better.

Alemla Jamir, wife of SC Jamir; Ram Pradhan, for¬mer Governor of Arunachal Pradesh; Ashok Chavan, Minister of Culture, Gov¬ernment of Maharashtra; Dr Vijaya Mehta, Director of National Centre for Per¬forming Art and Directors of Zonal Cultural Centres and a large number of people were present on the occasion.

The five-day festival showcasing the folk dance, classical dance, literature, theatre, visual art and hand¬icraft of the Northeast is be¬ing organised by the Minis¬try of Culture, Government of India, the South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nag¬pur and the Directorate of Culture, Government of Maharashtra.


NEHU introduces Credit System to enhance higher education

The North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) in Meghalaya has introduced the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) connecting other universities in the country to allow transfer of student from one university to another, NEHU official said today.

The credit system allows postgraduate students to take as many courses as they can manage, provided they fulfill the prerequisites of a course, subject to a maximum of 30 credits in any semester.

“This system enhances the mobility of the students without having to make it mandatory for a student to complete his course’s semesters from a single university,” NEHU Vice Chancellor Pramod Tandon told UNI here.

He said that a Memorandum of Understanding on CBCS had already been inked with Jawaharlal Nehru University and Hyderabad University and Universities from Germany and Netherlands.

“This system would enhance sharing of facilities and give an opportunity to students to study from among a larger range of teaching programmes available in the country,” Prof Tandon said.

Approving the introduction of CBCS in NEHU, the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) has asked all universities to work out their own formula on the System.


Friday, November 21, 2008

Rahul Gandhi launches campaign for Congress in Mizoram

Aizawl, Nov 21 (IANS) Congress party general secretary Rahul Gandhi Friday accused the Mizo National Front (MNF) government of siphoning off central projects funds in Mizoram.

‘The MNF-led Mizoram government misutilised millions of central funds meant for various schemes and projects, including NREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee Act), water supply besides central assistance for controlling rodents,’ Gandhi said.

Gandhi was on a daylong visit to the poll-bound northeastern state of Mizoram and addressed three public rallies in capital Aizawl, Serchhip and Saithal in western Mizoram.

‘The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government at the centre would never allow Mizos to go hungry and would do everything to prevent them from starvation,’ Gandhi said while referring to the recent devastation of crops by rodents following bamboo flowering.

Over half a million people of the mountainous state are gripped by a famine-like situation following the flowering of bamboo and subsequent increase in rodent numbers. Rodents multiply rapidly after eating the protein-rich seeds that appear soon after bamboo flowers.

‘The MNF government has failed to tackle the famine despite huge central funds allocated to deal with the crisis,’ the Congress leader said.

‘If the central funds were properly utilised, the famine situation in the rural areas would not have happened,’ he added.

Accompanied by the Mizoram Pradesh Congress president Lalthanhawla, Gandhi urged the people to vote for the Congress for allround development of the state.

Before returning to New Delhi, the Congress leader told reporters that the central government has allocated Rs.1.25 billion to tackle the famine.

‘Despite the adequate flow of funds to the state, hunger and shortage of food remain in vast parts of the northeastern state,’ Gandhi added.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to visit Mizoram Nov 25 and Congress President Sonia Gandhi Nov 28 to drum up support for the party.



- Mungno

Lei tung ah,mihing nam tuom tuom a om a,ih ten na vuh leh ih nam towh ki dung zui in gin dan tuom tuom zong ki nei ciet hi,gin tat dan tuom tuom dung zui in,shi noucieng a hagau hin khuo gin tat dan zong atuom ciet a na hihi,tami bang ma in ZO te’n zong tawn dan leh gin tat dan ih nei vuh hi,tu’a ih gen nuom vuh pen,ZO te’n mishi a bouldan vuh leh shinou cieng a,ha khuopi,mishi khuo ki chi khu a hi.

Zo te’n shi na min nam tuom tuom I nei vuo,nat na shi pen shi dan ngaina(natural death)a hi,sashi chi pen-galtha,gamsa pe lup,singkie a shi,tui kie a shi leh mei kah a shi ci te a hi.shi ham sie chi’n gimnei a sa mama vuh hi.numei khat nei a,ashi leh nungah-tangval in a gal sah sih vuo,ashi nu tung tang a ne leh down ki bowl te a ne a down ngaisih vuh hi.nat na a shi te pen mi kim tung tang a hi zie in,tan ding a om sih hi.

Tam mi a tung a I gen te a shi zo sie,mishi khuo ah,tung ciet vuh hi,mishi khuo pen amun cien tah in a ki theih sih a,hi nan leh kei tung pilam ding in ki um mowh hi.


Zo te ashi zow chiang vun numei/pasal tuitun mun ah,asilsieng vuo,tua khu shibuol ki chi hi.a sil zo cieng vun,a sam sathau a nupieh vua,a sam hoi tah in a pot vuo,a nik leh a puon hoipen pen te a sil sah zow cieng vun,pangliah,a tuung toh sah vuh hi.tami shi buol ni chieng in tu leh ta te’n zu a sum vuo,mishi a zan ho pi vuh hi.mishi a ha a sim koi ding te pen a emgow vuo,a gowsieng chieng in,hoi tah in a koi vuh hi.


Mishi a vui ma sng vuh ni khat pen laang khet ni ki chi hi.laang pen mi khat popo khet theih a hi sih a,mishi pen pien na pu(ngowngpigutu/ngowngpine)in a khet vateh a hihi.laang pen nam nih a om a,laang phei leh laang tuung a hihi.laang phei pen mi nau tang lum sa a ki lap na a hi a,laang tuung pen mi hau sa leh nei zou te leh sa-ai,tang-ai zou te a ding a,laang tung tuon na ki dow pieha hihi.tami laang pen Aahgie towh a ki zem a,a tang ching puon in a ki tuomhi.mishi ki vui na sng ni taah in mishi pa/nu sung te’n,zu sum in ,a zan hah vuo,zingmowng khuo vah ma sang in,kowsa ding siel a kap vuh suo ma sang in,minei zou leh hausa te a puh sou vuo,mi mai mai te khu,ni tum kuon ni daang san tah in a pu suoh zel vuh hi,shi puh suoh la sa in,ki min siel in,thau a kap vuh hi.


(a).Vuivaviel,vuivaviel e,tuong lam ah ,vuivaviel
(b).Shi leh hing luong ka kai na’n aw,tuong lah ah vui va viel e

Shi pusuoh la ki sah sung in,mishi pen pang li a pan a dom khie vuo,tami la a sah zow chieng vun,laang tungah,a koi vuh hi,sun ni tumin a lamlam vuo,ni tum cit um chieng in a vui vuh hi.


(a). Shi towh gi bang khen na ding in,sinni aw tumaw ka chi lo
(b). Suni aw tum aw ka chi lo,mui khuo aw zing aw ka chi lo

Mishi ki vui kuon chieng,a kow sa ki gou sa te a khut lang nih in,a ki towi sah a,zu thowl khat towh a ki keng sah hi.a vei lam a towi pen lam pi a gulsam nu mai pha sui na a pie ding ahi a,a ziet lam a pen mishi khou a tun cieng a,a hieng leh a san te a pie ding a hihi.siem pu te’n nang khau laam kuo sau a huol vuo,a ki keng sah hi,tami pen gun lui a kan chieng a,a ki luoi na ding a hi a,mi khat popo huol theih a hi sih hi,tami khau pen gun khau kichi hi.tam zow in phung sung a tulpi pa’n a bil kowm ah,phung han la pi a hil hi.


Inn sien na ki bowl ma sang in,mishi ha te inn sung ah,a teeng n alai vuh hi.zan lai chieng in ham zel vuh a,an khing,tui buh a va mai zel vuh hi.mishi lung dam sah na ding in,innsia lang tau ki dow tung ah an-bule me a koi vuh hi.mishi ha a lung dam sih leh a dam lai te ei na sah thei in ki dam mow zel hi.tuo khu shian sieh a ki chi hi.mishi ki vui na kow tung ah,khoum kaa khat a phut vuo.Bowm ta neu a ki khai hi.

Tu’o bowm ta neu sung ah,tang mai,vaimin,leh lo a pieng an te ni thum sung a koi pieh vuo,ni thum ban koi khu,a sieng lo a hi ta hi,

Tami thu how zie in,innsien a ki bowl ma sang teng in,mishi –innkuon pihte’n gam sa athah te vuh a lu a pie zel vuh hi.tu’a ha khat sung in,inn nei te’n innsien-salumen na ding hun a geel vuh hi.tu’a ni ang tun cieng in zuleh sa ne in down vuo,siempi in a inn vuh a sien suo a,zuin salu te a phit zow in,phutun han la a sha hi.hanla a sha cieng in sutpi bel a om mishi ha te nuom leh nuom shi leh hi tui nap tui towh a pei ta hi a na chi vuh hi,


(a). Khisa kengkhai lieng lieng aw e (a)Vompi tangdeng,tangdeng e
Taisuh leh lah lum suong tuh bang e Muoi van tangdeng kei tang deng e

(b). Tai suh leh lum suongtuh bang e (b)tang su e,tang su e
Tai toh leh san mei kuong bang e Muoi vom tang su,kei tang su e

Ihpu ih pa te umna dan in.mi a shi zow chieng a ha te vuh mishi khuo zuon in a pei a,teute muol vum ah,a kai tou hi a vumah,ba khat khowl a,a kow sa a ki gou gan tate thua lu kung khat ah,a khih hi,thuo lu kung ki nuh in,a gate a kie cieng in,lei tung ah,kie suh lo a van lam ah,a kie tou hi a chi vuh hi,

Teu te vum pan in, a pei kia a lung zuon muol a tung hi,lung zuon muol vuma ki pan in lei tung a nuo et hi ,lei tung a mu nu khia na pen pen a hi ta zie in,lung zuong mama puum in a pei suoh a,a chieu lui a tung hi,tuanah muon tui a down a,a chieu lui pang a sul hei lo pah pe lou in,a sam ah siet in,lei tung ngai nan leh ki nuo hei lo in a pei suoh ta hi,


Muonnn tui down zou a,a pei chieng in,nuom tah in ,mishi khuo a tung thei nai sih hi,lam pi ah ,gul sam nu kel kot9gate)a lut a ngai na lai hi,gul samnu phat na om lo in,koi ma mishi khuo a tung theih sih hi,mi khat lei tung a nun tat lai a,sa ai,tangai leh humpi,vompi that zou te pen gulsam nu’n a za ta ta,pasal pha a hi chi’n a pei suoh sah zel hi,gulsam nu’na et nuom leh ki lown a sah mama khat a hi leh sa zuh tang kipha mama,a lu zang a gulpi kuol a ki dowa,sownthang batang san pim pem ni tuong khu a hi,ta bang sa that zou te pen gulsan nu’n zatat na tung tuong a pie hi.

Lei tung a dam sung a tha leh mat nei lo te pen,a kung ah,sowt pi a hen a,a kal kowm a souh pih hi a chi vuh hi,shi nuo chieng a gul sam nu hen tang a,a kal kowm a sowh pih ding a nop lo zie vun,ih pu ih pa te sa thah,sa ai,tang lai,gal mat na ki dem vuh a hihi,

A ki vui kuon vuo,a khut vei lam a,asa towi pen gul sam nu mai pha sui na in a pie vuh hi,saku,sakhi,zawng man leh thata te zong a phat tuom na a om hi,zawng in gulsam nu hai boung a va lowh ging a,tua mi a va del kal in,sakhi a huon ah,a va suo hi,sakhi huon suo a vadel kal in,saku in lei nei a na vuta,saku lei vu na howmah,a tai dap theih vuh hi,


Mishi ha gulsam nu kung pan ang pei theih chieng in, mishi khuo lam zuon in ang pei hi,mishi khuomuol ang tun chieng in,tul pi pa’n mishi bil kowm a,a hil phung han la ang sa ta a,mishi khuo a om te’n a na ngai vuh hi,asah zou chieng in,khu te be leh phung te chi’n be leh phung mishi khuo a na om te’n khuo muol ah,a va down vuo,a khut ziet lam a,a towi saleh zu thowl a zu te a ma down a u nau te’n a ne sah a,a down sah hi,mishi kuo ah,mishi ha zosie a om ton vuo,a dam lai vuo,sa ai ,tang ai,gal ai leh that zou,man zou te tou na nuaom tung ah a tou vuo,tan hampha a tang vuo,ha dang te’n a za tat vuo,a thu mang in,nuom sa leh thu pi tah in a om vuh hi a vhi vuh hi,ih pu ih pa ten hel sung,gawt mun cite tami hun lai in a na theih kha nai sih vuh hi,Nau pang te aknou khat zong,naupang lam pi hil ding in,naupang shi towh a vui tha zel vuo,lampi ah gilkiel kha va ci’n,chi leh taang tang a ki puo sah hi,gulsam nu hit a suh pieh chieng in a hit mu sih nal leh hit mu bang ma in,a khut pi chin te gel a hit deh ki pang in,a taang tang puo pen a ha in cip ging zel hi,tuo ban gulsam nu a pie ding in puon beh khat a ki keng sah hi,a hit cip dan a,a taang tang a chi ging a,a puon beh khat ken a pie chieng in,gulsam nu’n a pei sah zel hi,

Tami tang thu te pen ih pu ih pa te na pien dan ciei theih ding thu a hi ,tu lai ei pa sien thu zui te’n zong vangam tun ding ih muon man vuo,pasien thu ih zui a na hi ma bang in,Ih pu ih pa te’n zongh a shi nuo hun ding te vuh a na tuot zie vun,gal mat samat a na ki den vuh a na hihi,ih pu pa te’nhel sung,gowt mun chi te a na theih kha sih vuh hi,

(Ih ngai na ih zo tang thu te vuh a manh thah leh ih mi nam mang thah ding hi)


Journalist's killing condemned, scribes on indefinite strike

Thokchom Rishikanta a 21 yrs working as Junior Sub Editior of local daily Imphal Free Press was gun down yesterday (17 Nov) late evening in the Imphal area. The Working Journalists of Manipur observed two minute silence, protest rally against the journalist killing and a memorandum was submitted to Chief Minister on the evening of November 18, 2008 . Read news about this here and here.

Picture Courtesy :: Jinendra Maibam - Photo Journalist

Journalist's killing condemned, scribes on indefinite strike

Imphal, November 18 2008: Inspite of an agreement between representatives of the JAC, formed in connection with the killing of Konsam Rishikanta Singh and the State Government, the print and electronic media under the aegis of All manipur Working Journalists' Union (AMWJU) will suspend publication and broadcast of news item for an indefinite period with effect from tomorrow.

Decision to cease publication of newspapers from November 20 onwards was adopted at an emergency general body meeting of AMWJU held this afternoon at Manipur Press Club, Major Khul.

Among many other resolutions, it was decided to stage sit-in-protest till the culprits involved in shooting death Rishikanta are pulled up or identified.

AFSPA extended in Manipur

Manipur Cabinet has decided to extend the disturbed area status in the State for another year “excluding” the Imphal Municipal area following recommendation of State police as well as central security forces deployed in Manipur for re-imposition of the Armed Forces (Special Power) Act (AFSPA). Official sources said the decision to extend the disturbed area status for another year to other parts of the State except area covered by the Imphal municipal, which has been lifted four year back, was taken in a Cabinet meeting held Wednesday evening under the chairmanship of state chief minister O Ibobi Singh. Since the imposition of AFSPA in Manipur some thirty years ago, the State government has been reviewing the act every year.

The latest extension of AFSPA in the State will expire on November 30 this year. However, the decision to exclude Imphal municipal area did not reportedly go well with the security establishments countering insurgency in the state as highly placed sources disclosed that security forces, state police, Assam Rifles, Army, BSF and CRPF, all favoured re-declaration of disturbed area status in Imphal municipality area too. (Correspondent)


Nine women candidates in Mizoram Assembly Election

Surpassing the previous elections, nine women candidates are in the fray for the coming Mizoram Assembly elections. Most of the Political Parties have fielded women candidates as their official candidates. The ruling MNF Candidate has fielded Mrs. Lalhlimpuii in Hrangturzo constituency while the Congress has placed its Mahila President, Mrs. Zothankimi as its candidate in Aizawl West-II. The UDA fielded Ms. Lalhmingthangi Hmar in Champhai South Constituency to face the MNF Party hero, Mr. Zoramthanga.

The BJP has 2 women candidates, Mrs. C. Lalnunziri and Mrs. Ramfangzauvi in Aizawl North-II and Kolasib constituency respectively. The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) also has 2 women candidates, Mrs. R. Lalrinmawi and Mrs. Lalthuammawii who are contesting in Kolasib and Lunglei South respectively. Lok Bharati, a Party newly known to Mizoram also has fielded Mrs. Vanlalhmingchhuangi as its candidate in Chalfilh constituency while Laldinkimi, a popular singer of devotional songs also contests in East Tuipui seat as Independent.

Meanwhile the political campaign atmosphere has covered the entire state with campaign Information Offices set up in a number of District Headquarter towns. Candidates and the Party Workers are also busily engaged in the Electioneering works. Our Correspondent in the District Hqrs. towns however reported that Campaign atmosphere is comparatively colder so far as compared to the previous elections. In Lunglei, popular election songs played through loud speaker in the party campaign offices are heard again from a few party offices. In Serchhip district, Enforcement Committee of Model Code of Conduct inspected adherence to the Election Model Code of Conduct in various villages to ensure free and fair elections.

In Champhai, the Deputy Commission, Mr. TV Fambol briefed news persons today and informed them of the on going preparations for the elections. He also said that the Strong Room, considered to be too congested is being reconstructed. The District SP, Mr. C. Lalthanmawia also told Media Persons that 15 Polling Stations have been identified as sensitive polling stations which will be manned by Central Para Military Force. Our Correspondents in various District Hqrs. reported that the joint effort of the MPF and NGOs is attributed for the campaign going on in a low key till today.


Hmar Autonomous District Council promised by BJP angers CYMA

SIAHA - Central Young Mizo Association (C-YMA) has expressed its concern and dismay over the promise allegedly made by BJP President Rajnath Singh on the creation of ‘Hmar Autonomous District Council (HADC)’ for Hmar ethnic minorities in Mizoram.

According to, the National President of BJP has made this promise while speaking at Sakawrdai (town/village), Mizoram on November 15 during his recent visit to the state.

CYMA stated that an election should not be used for dividing and spreading harmony and integration among the people.

Supporting CYMA’s stand on this, Mizo Students’ Union (MSU) too has strongly condemned the promise made by BJP National President.

The details can be found at in Mizo, click

Currently, there are three Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) - one each for Chakmas, Maras (earlier known as Lakhers) and Lais (earlier known as Pawis) in Saiha and Lawngtlai districts in Southern most part of Mizoram state. According to 2001 cencus, the three ADCs population is 128,976 out of 839,310 the total Mizoram population, making up 15.36% of the state’s population.

Unlike the three ADCs in South Mizoram, Hmars who are the main inhabitants of the Northeastern part of Mizoram do not live in a clearly demarcated area, but are scatterred among other Mizo tribes. Hmars have Sinlung Hill Development Council for now.


No women candidate in Delhi Assembly seats

Wednesday, November 19, 2008: Despite women's empowerment being a much talked about issue, 24 Assembly constituencies in the poll-bound national capital do not have any candidate of the fairer sex.

This time, the number of women contestants has also shown a decrease of 18 from 2003 Assembly polls when 78 women were in the fray.

One of the constituencies from where no woman is contesting is Vikaspuri in west Delhi. Woman leaders of both the Congress and the BJP had lobbied for nominations.

Youth Congress leader Alka Lamba and Ragini Naik and BJP's Vani Tripati had tried to get their respective parties' nod, but finally the seat went to male candidates in both parties.

Win-ability was the criteria and accordingly we decided on who will be the candidate, senior leaders of both Congress and BJP said.

Both West and South West districts have five constituencies, which have no women candidates. In West, besides Vikaspuri, there are no women candidates in Nangloi Jat, Mangolpuri, Hari Nagar and Janakpuri.

Jat-dominated constituencies of Najafgarh, Dwarka, Bijwasan, Palam and Rajendra Nagar are the constituencies in south-west Delhi, which have no women contestants.

Interestingly, New Delhi constituency from where Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is contesting has the highest number of ten candidates in any Assembly segment.


Mizoram CM among richest candidates

Thursday, November 20, 2008: Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga and former chief minister and state PCC chief Lal Thanhawla have come out as two of the richest candidates in coming Mizoram assembly election.

Fourty-member Mizoram assembly will go to polls on December 2. Chief Minister Zoramthanga has declared that he has Rs 1.46 crore worth assets including immovable properties worth lakhs of rupees.

Former Chief Minister and PCC Chief Lal Thanhawla is richer than Zoramthanga by almost Rs 1 crore. Lal Thanhawla's declaration submitted along with his nomination papers said he has assets worth Rs 2.22 crore and he owns five expensive vehicles.

Thanhawla is the only candidate against whom corruption cases are pending in the court. However, declarations made by the candidates revealed that former Mizoram assembly speaker R Lalawia, having Rs 61.82 crore worth assets, is the richest candidate.

Meanwhile, former Chief Minister and chief ministerial candidate of United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Brig Thenphunga Sailo is one of the poor of candidates with assets worth Rs 30 lakh and a car.

Lalduhoma, President of Zoram Nationalist Party and Deputy Chief Ministerial candidate of UDA declared that he has assets worth Rs 67 lakh and two vehicles.

R Vanlalvena of Congress, contesting from prestigious Aizawl South-I constituency for the first time, is not only one of the youngest candidates, but the poorest with assets worth Rs 53,776.

Press Trust of India

Thursday, November 20, 2008

KUKI IDOL 2008 - 2009 | Arise with Music

Kuki Idol is a platform wherein young and talented Kuki artistes of diverse background can showcase their singing talents,which would otherwise have remained undiscovered and ignored. It is founded with the concept of exploring and exposing the hidden singing aptitude of the new generation youngsters through the motto " Arise with Music "

Screening Selected Candidates


Name Address

1. Thangjamang Haolai - Kaimai
2. Ginthang Haokip - Phaitol
3. Gouboi Singson - Phaitol
4. Joel Thangboi Khongsai - Tatbung
5. Nehngam Haokip - Phaitol
6. Satkhogin Haokip - Sijang
7. Lamneithang Singson - Saikulphai
8. Paoboi Singsit - Saikulphai
9. Kimngailhing Singson - Saikulphai
10. Nemboi Khongsai - Saikulphai
11. Vahneikim Sungte - Rani Veng, Jiribam


1.M.Paolal Haokip - Molnom
2.Thangboi - L.Phailen
3.Th.Lamboi - Kipgen Veng
4.Nenghoichong - Geljang
5.Seiminthang Haokip - L.Mollen
6.David Ngamminlen Mate - Tuilumjang
7.Neingah Khongsai - D.Kholunphai
8.Ngamkhogin Haokip - K.Salbung
9.Ngahneilhing - Tuinom
10.Kimboi - District Headquarter
11.Ngambom. Haokip - Kolchung
12.Ginlun Khongsai - Tuilumjang
13.Olivia Hatneithem - D.Phailen
14.Kholneithem Haokips - Tuilaphai
15.Mangboi Doungel - District Headquarter
16.Jacob - Mongken
17.Thangpao Lhungdim - Old Gelmol
18.Nemngaikim Doungel - S.Haijang
19.Cavin Kipgen - Molnom
20.Helim Haokip - Mata Lambulane
21.Veineihoi Haokip - D.Phailen
22.Lalson - Leimata
23.Teresa Doungel - Kholnum
24.Nungah Nemjavah - Mata Lambulane
25.Hahao Kipgen - Tuinom
26.Haothang - S.Molcham
27.Chongneo - Khengjoi
28.Lhingkhonei Mate - Tuibuong Khopi
29.Soson Haokip - D.Phailen
30.Chachan Haokip - Singat, Thadou Veng
31.L.Khaijangam Haokip - L.Khengjang
32.Mangkholal Mangneo - District Headquarter
33.S.Haopu Haokip - B.Vaiphei Veng
34.Khaiminlun - S.Muolcham
35.T.Amang Haokip - Bijang
36. Mangcha Haokip - Bijang
37. Lhingneichong - Bijang
38. Robert Gegen Haokip - Tuisomjang
39. Lelen - Kingkin
40. Alick Letminthang Haokip - Kingkin
41. Jamkholen Lhungdim - D.Phailen
42. L.Lunkhohen Khongsai - Mongkotchepu
43. Thenmang Lhungdim - Molnom
44. Henry V.Haokip - T.Jangnom
45. Letkholal Lalcha Haokip - Mongbung
46. Lily Neisiemmawi - Leiriphai
47. Chongboi - Geljang
48. Thangneimoi Touthang - Vajing
49. D.Lalboi Haokip - V.Sinai
50. Thangminlun Kipgen - M.Songgel
51. Lienkhohao Haokip - Tuinom
52. Lalminlen Kipgen Lelen - M.Songgel
53. Rex Mimin - Gelmol
54. Joshep Thangtinlen Kip - Leisantampak
55. S.Lalson Haokip - Sangaikot
56. Zexcy Chochon Mate - K..Songpi
57. Calina Lamnunnem - HQ, Ccpur.
58. Kholneilam Haokips - Tuilaphai
59. Vahboi Haokip - Vakon
60. Miriam Khongsai - S.Boljang
61. Thienjom Khongsai - Lonphai
62. Letkholal Haokip - Tuilaphai
63. Paoboi Touthang - Imphal, Haokip Veng
64. Khailen Mate - K.Mongjang
65. Ngamminthang Mimin - Tuibuong
66. Satzakap Singson - Tuinom
67. Neikholhing Touthang - Tuilaphai
68. Lhingmoi - Tuilaphai
69. Lalminthang - Molnom Khopi
70. Paokhojang Singson - Molnom
71. Alice Kimneo Haokip - S.Canan Veng
72. M.Ngamkholun Zou - N.Henglep
73. Kimneithem - Kulbung
74. Chingnu Khongsai - Bongbal
75. Jeffery Jangminlen Haokip - Tuibuong
76. Nengzakim Haokip - L.Phaikholum
77. Chongboi Khongsai - Bongbal
78. Mangneo - T.Kholep
79. Veineithiem Haokip - D.Phailen
80. Ovadia Mangboi Haokip - Boljol
81. Benjamin Kipgen - Boljol
82. Kimneo - K.Hengmol
83. Jangminthang Haokip - K.Salbung
84. Seikhongam Khongsai - B.Mongjang
85. Chochon - Songphal
86. T.Lhingboi - Kipgen veng
87. Lalboi Haokip - L.Mollen
88. T.Lalcha Haokip - N.Zalenphai
89. Thongkhohen Haokip - Monglham
90. T.Lalmalsom Kipgen - Kholmun
91. Hatkholhing Carolyn - M.Shimoul
92. Vahshi Haokip - Monglham
93. Hethong Haokip - Masemjang
94. Lhingkhonei - Haotak Kholen
95. Khukhup - Seilal Veng
96. Mayer Khongsai - S.Boljang
97. Josh - DHQ
98. Nousi Nemlen - D.Kholunphai
99. Lenchung Haokip - Tuinom
100. M.Onjamang Haokip - M.Lhanoumphai
101. Mercy Haokip - Ngaiphai
102. Hoineng Touthang - Zanglenphai
103. T.Thenkhohao Haokip - T.Champhai
104. Lunkholal - Monglham
105. Ngairemi - Hill Town
106. Miss Hoinu Haokip - G.Songgel
107. S.Thangjangam Haokip - Teiseng Khopi
108. Alphansa Lamnu - Tuining
109. Teresa Zonlhing - Molnom west
110. Doutinsei Seiboy - Matijang
111. Julie Themkhonei - Ahthibung, Nagaland
112. Ching Marry - Khienglam
113. L.S Khongsai - Tollen
114. Paokhogin Doungel - Gangpichai
115. D.Lienpu D.Lien - Teiseng
116. Gaddie Singson - S.Bualjang
117. Thienkim Khongsai - New Hengkot
118. Lenminsei Shei Haokip - Khengjang
119. Lamneichong - Gelmol
120. Boilen Mate Langsun - Twisomjang
121. Ginmuanlal - S.Canan Veng
122. P.Lalminlun Lhungdim - Molnom
123. Lucky Thangcha Khongsai - Mongkot
124. Chongneithem - Pishgah
125. T.Thangneu - Tuining
126. Zamkhanthang - Lhanjang
127. Nengcha Touthang - K.Mongjang
128. Thangboi - M.Phaijang
129. Seilam Kipgen - Leijang Khopi
130. Jenny Touthang - M.Moljol
131. Hoineo Haokip - Zounoui
132. Hoithenkim Baite - B.Phaicham
133. Mr.Gigin Kipgen - Kipgen Veng
134. Haopu Mangte - Kulbung
135. Chindeinom Haokip - T.Lamlai
136. Lalam Khongsai - M.songpijang
137. Mangboi Khongsai - K.Songgol
138. Mangsei Baite - T.Lamlai
139. Onlunlal - Molnom


01. Lamboi Kipgen - Selsi
02. Phalneineng Kipgens - Selsi
03. Shem Kipgen - Kangpokpi
04. Thenminlun - S.Changoubung
05. Seigoulen Vaiphei - S.Changoubung
06. Thangboi Mangvum - S.Changoubung
07. Joshua Haokip - Mongpijang
08. Lamneichong - Songjang I.T Road
09. Nemcha Kipgen - Songjang I.T Road
10. Lamtinthang - Haijang
11. Lunkhochon - Hengbung
12. Nemtinneng - G.Kholep
13. Seilet Kipgen - T.Mongbung
14. Ngahneo - Hengbung
15. Lalminlen Haokip - Kangpokpi W/No.1
16. Papao Guite - T.Lamjang
17. Letboi - Kaithelmanbi
18. Sasang - Langgol
19. Thanglenlal Chongloi - Kaithelmanbi
20. Kamboi Kipgen - Khokheng
21. Hohoi Hangsing - Phoibung
22. Lamkholet - T.Lamjang
23. Deinu Kipgen - Songjang I.T Road
24. Lalginthang Kipgen - P.Khothah
25. Nehminthang - Wakotphai
26. Mary Haokip - Kaithelmanbi
27. Vahboi Kipgen - Bolsang
28. Zelminthang - T.Lamjang
29. Haochon - Kangpokpi
30. Paotinlal Touthang - Pangmol
31. Titing Doungel - Motbung
32. Mangcha Lhouvum - Motbung
33. Nengnunnem Mary - Laloi
34. Robert Sitlhou - Laloi
35. Jangminthang Kipgen - Pangmol
36. Paominlun Hangsing - Kangpokpi
37. Ngahnu Chongloi - Taphou
38. Ngamminlal - Jangmol
39. Mangkholun Khongsai - Kangpokpi
40. Lamminsei - Kangpokpi
41. Remthang Singson - Khonomjang


01.Jangminlen Jimmy Haokip - Tangkanphai
02.Seikholen Touthang - Gampum
03.Kamminthang Doungel - Somphung
04.Lunminlen Hanghal - Lajang Veng
05.Seikholen Guite - C.Aisan
06.Kimneinem Chongloi - Saikul
07.Henminlen Khongsai - New Boljang
08.Satkhochon Chongloi - Jangnoi
09.Kamminthang Haolai - K.S. Mollen
10.Seiminlen Khongsai - Old Boljang
11.Hatkim Khongsai - Thangkanphai
12.Lhingneihoi Doungel - Phailen
13.Paolen Tuboi - N.Zalenphai
14.Nemneingah - Ichaogojang
15.Jamchunglen Haokip - Gangpijang
16.Haoneo Hangsing - Khomunnom
17.Hoineichong Touthang - K.Laitui
18.Hatneithem Haokip - Thangkanphai
19.Neiemhoi Lupheng - Thangkanphai
20.Lalbem Hangsing - Khomunnom
21.Paoboi Chongloi - S.Mongbung
22.Manggoulal Hangsing - K.S.Mollen
23.Tingcha Dimngel - Khongsai Veng
24.Grace Nengcha Doungel - Somphung
25.Hatjalam Haokip - Gangpijang
26.Letminthang Dimngel - Ichaigojang
27.Nengpi Kipgen - Saisijang
28.Lunminlal Kipgen - Twisomjang
29.Hemjangam Lupho - Phaijang


01. Vanglhia Darlong - Boitang
02. Ramliana Darlong - Boitang
03. Nancy Darlong - Boitang
04. Estheri Molsol - Tuidu
05. Rebeca Chorei - Manikbond
06. Lalvensanga Kaipeng - Tuidu
07. Kareena Hrangkhawl - Tuikoi Joidon
08. Chandrasen Kaipeng - Lokhidon
09. K.Solomon Chorei - Chenjawl
10. Rammawi Invang - Darchawi, North Tripura


01. Themboi Lhouvum - Molhoi
02. Lunboi Khongsai - Leimakhong
03. Paoneo Khongsai - Leimakhong Baazar
04. Nenei Haokip - Mongbung
05. Mary Khongsai - Leimakhong Baazar
06. Lalboi Khongsai - P.Molding
07. Chingngailen Vaiphei - L.Munlui
08. Thethem Sitlhou - Molhoi
09. Deinu Sitlhou - Molhoi
10. Lalam Sitlhou - Moulhoi
11. Lamdou Randy Khongsai - N.Terakhong
12. Nemsemhoi Haokip - Twinom
13. Shokhopao Haokip - Molnom, Chandel Dist.
14. Seikhogin Haokip - Samukom
15. Anthony Baite - Thawai Kuki
16. Thangneo Khongsai - Lhungjang
17. Thangkholen Touthang - N.Lambulane
18. Chochon Baite - T.Lailoiphai
19. Jangkhohao Touthang - P.Phaimol Vangkho
20. Khaiminlen Touthang - Boljang (Sugnu)
21. Tongkai Haokip - Makhao Tampak
22. John Ngamneo Haokip - Jangnomphai
23. Jangkhothang Haokip - Molnom
24. Gin Haokip - Langgol
25. Thangginlal - N.Chekon
26. Kamlenlal Hangsing - K.Tuikun
27. Lal Sony Sitlhou - Lonjang
28. Lamginlen Chongloi - L.Munlui
29. Boilen Misao - Cannan Veng
30. M.Naemy Haokip - Mongbung
31. Khaimalsom Gangte - N.Lambulane
32. Limkhohao Lupheng - N.Lambulane
33. Jangtinmang Guite - Tuitengjang
34. M.Thangginmang - Gwartabi
35. Hemkhomang Khongsai - L.Mongkot
36. Lalchung - Sangingthong
37. David Chungkhomang - Tuileng (Burma)
38. Paominthang Baite - Mongneljang
39. Thangjahao Haokip - T.V Station Porampat
40. Kimneilhing Gangte - N.Lambulane
41. Paogin Haokip - Urangpat
42. Goulen Kipgen - K.Phaijol
43. Sonethang Karong - Bethel
44. Jangnunhoi Gangte - Bethel
45. Seijemson Gangte - K.Chingkhong
46. Haobem Khongsai - K.Phaijol
47. Seineo Kilong - K.Chingkhong
48. Luncha Misao - K.Tuikun
49. Mangboi Misao - Kangchup
50. Thenkim Khongsai - K.Kangchup
51. Thangneo James Misao - K.Ponlen


01. Thangtinlal - Yangngoubung
02. Tracy Nenem Baite - Moreh
03. Letkhothang Haokip - Valpabung
04. H.Thangminlal Mate - Tengnoupal
05. David Thangkhochon - L.Tengnoupal
06. H.Chinneichong Mate - Tengnoupal
07. Paominlun Haokip - Moreh W/No.1
08. Mary Hoijaneng Touthang - Moreh
09. Jamkholen Misao - Moreh
10. Kewel Jamkhogin Baite - S.Khudengthabi
11. S.L Lhingcha Baite - S.Khudengthabi
12. Kaplungmuon Singson - Moreh
13. Paojahao Kilong - Khudengthabi
14. Nemneilhing Baite - S.Khudengthabi
15. Lunminthang Touthang - Moreh HTC Unit-2
16. Boinu Touthang - Moreh W/No.1
17. T.S.Thongkhongam Haokip - Chavangphai
18. Kimneo Mate - Chavangphai
19. Neneo Rekhel Touthang - Moreh W/No.1
20. Thenkholhing - Moreh W/No.1
21. Tinneihoi Haokip - Moreh W/No.7
22. Ngulkholam - Valpabung


(I). N.C Hills

1. Jampao Lenthang - Halflong Town
2. Thangchung Hengna - Songbung Mahul
3. Paominthang Kuki - P.Leikul

(II). Manja

1. Lamgin Kipgen - Khudeng Karbianglong
2. Lenlalsang Kipgen - Kaimai
3. Lungin Doungel - Molbem Karbianglong
4. Jangmingou Khongsai - Lhangnom


1. Neishi Lupheng - Molvom
2. Nenghoiphal Misao - Molvom
3. Paogougin Vaiphei - Molvom
4. Haotinsat Hangsing - Molvom
5. Veineikim Khongsai - Bungsang
6. Satpu Hangsing - Lilen
7. Dehminthang Lupheng - Molvom
8. Thangkholal Hangsing - Bongkolong
9. Satminlen - Bongkolong


1.Churachandpur Area - Mofico-ttage (Kuki Idol Office)
- Gibeon Casst. Store, Tuibuong Bazar
- T.C Network, Chiengkawm
2.Nagaland - Moite Haolai, Phaipijang
3.NC Hills - Athem Keivom, Songpijang
4.Kangpokpi Area - Jingvalpa Office, Kangpokpi Bazar
5.Imphal Area - Sahei Photo Studio
6.Moreh Area - Paoboi Touthang
7.Jiribam Area - Lulun Singson
8.Boitang/North Tripura - Robert Darlong
9.Tuidu, Dalai Dist./South Tripura - Robert Darlong 10.Ambasa - Robert Darlong
11.Saikul Area - Kuki Inn Office
12.Karbianglong/Manja - Nengpi Sitlhou, Manja Diphu

Total No. of candidates - 520
Total No. of selected candidates - 319


1.Chairman - Pu Thangkholun Haokip - 9856292023
2.Vice Chairman - Pu Jangmang Kipgen - 9862238278
3.Secretary - Pu Haopu Haokip - 9862191266
4.Joint Scecretary - Pu Robert Hekai Kipgen - 9436624273
5.Finance Secretary - Pu Mangkholen Haokip - 9862499869
- 9856494465
6.Treasurer - Pi Thangmawi Lhungdim - 9862154359
7.Information - Pu Lien Gangte (Mobile) - 9856677511
- Pu H.Thangboi (Broadcasting) - 9856288535
- Pu Hehen Kipgen - 9862133186

Source: KukiIdol.Ning.Com


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I Zou ham ah tunitan in laiteng zah dan a akibanglou a izah uh tampi a um nalai a,Tuate azah dan dihtah mipi te theisah apoimaw mama hi.

Etsahnan;Zou or zo, Zougam or zogam. Zi or ji.zang or jang chite hi hoipen zah ding e. Zang/jang hi I zou ham a ki hahzah pawl ahi ding hi. Zang/jang=zunthahna, gihlou/light, koilou /straightline, phawl/kenlou/plane, silbawlna/used ,hamkam tengkhat a khiatna hizat aum hi I zou lai sai pawl in hingsai uh leh a dei huai hi.

Tualeh mi khenkhat in I Zou ham a inazah sahsah uh heng/ (modified) I bawl zel uhi, nam za louna bang in angai thei dehdeh hi.Etsahnan:tunai a Delhi lam a kisun I Zou kam a kigel khat a ‘CH’zah nading a ‘C’chauh ang zang a.’Ch’zah nading a’C’ zang hi Burma lamte ahi a,ei Manipur lam ten ‘CH’ ki zang ahi. Tuaban ah tulai khangtha khenkhatten “SINGTANG” chinadinga ZOUDAWN achi uh zawng hi sildih ahisia. Singtang chi a khang hitan kizang a hi a. Tambang a I zou ham uh ututa Ihei danglam thei ahi sih hi. Sing tang I chi chiang in khawpi sung hilou in khawpi pulam a khua neu neute get na a Zou ham um a pat a kizang anahi hi.Zoudawn ichi chiang in singtangkhua mualvum a um leh khawpi a pat a gamla ma ma Gari(Motor) tunlouna tengte china abang zaw hi. Tambang sil neu nounou bang a kilang hinanleh I nam gammang (lost) theina khat ahi ziain Zoulai saipawl in a ngai pawimaw ding a kilom ahi hi. Tualeh I Zoukam manphatna suiding zong tampi a um nalai hi. Etsahnan: Zouten “VALONG” ichi uhi mitten demna a ang nanei uh hinanleh Valong chipen akhiatna dihtah ing et chiang in ‘Silkhat lamdang isah, thakhat thu a ilungsim hingkhawih khat a um chiang a hamkam izah uh khat ahihi. Tuapen Grammer lam ah “exclamatory” akichi hi. Tambang a I Zoukam zah tampi te suikhiatlou a umte suikhie ding in ZLS pen pan hingla tou zel leh uh adei huai mama hi.

Ei Zou te ikhangtou theilou zia khat uh ahileh lekhasim ipeilou zia uh ahia, lakha simtam ten a theitam uh chi thudih umsa ahi hi. Lekhasim peilou tehi lungsim mawltah a um a bangma ngaitua leh lungsim a vei/puanat neilou, mitten bangteng genleh kei adingin kanatna leh poimawna neiphasih chia khangtou leh masawn sawmloute ahi tangpi hi. Khenkhat ten lekhasim pei leh thanuam mama hinanleh I Zoukam a lekhasim ding tulai khawvel thutha lam muding umlou zia a lekhasim peilou sua zawng aki um hi. Nambang a khangtou nading in I Zoukam a lekha simding atam zoulou zia zong ahihi. Lekhasim ichipen school kaite chauh sim ding akoiding ahisia lekha bu sung ah mihing ihina bang a ihinkhua a hasatna buaina tamp0i itua thei te uh leh tua hasatna te pumpeldan leh ana maitua dan te hinkhua a sil poimaw tampite hi lekhabu a kigel apat a theiding ahi zia in lekhabu sim tam angai mama hi.Etsahnan : Nu leh pa tampi ten tate hi Pasian apat a igoutan uh ahidan I gengen ua, hinanleh tate etkhawl siamlou zia in Lungkhamna hingtuttu tea hi thei uhi. Tuaban ah koipou in tate laisiam in mi lian leh thupi hing hi leh akidei chiat a, Tate ideibang a miliam leh mithupi ahgingsua nading a etkawldan laibu ah kigel in tuami laibu sim kha ten tate etkawldan atheisiam uhi.

Zou kam a sim ding a umlou zia in eimiten tate etkawldan ahi ituan tual mama uhi. I Zoukam a laibu simding umlou zia ahileh I nam sung a laisiam leh zilsang ten inam sung a laibu siam leh zua hi a lawlou dan thei in koiman laibu bawl akisawm sihi. Tuazia in ZLS in ei zou sung a Laibu simding ahing tam thei nading in Laibu gel ut te adding in Book commission bang in alaibu bawl utte manphatdan en in ZLS in sutsah in Book grant te delpi in azua lam ah zong hing buaipi te I Zoukam a laibu simding ahingf tam pai ding hi. Tuaban ah I Zou sung a laisiam leh silsang ten asiam apilna uh mipite zah kanat nathei un pen ahi leh laibu bawl ahi chi thei in Laibu gel in mipite khovel peidan hing ziltir zel leh uh adei huai mama hi. Laibu bawl thanuam ten zong siltha khat iva thei zia emaw eiman hoi isah zia mai mai in gel lou in inam in akanatpi thei ding lam laibu te hing gel tam leh uh nam in nasah tah in ikanat piu mama ding uhi.

Tuaziain mipiten lekha asimtam thei nading un eiham a lekha simding a mutam uh angai hi.tuabanah thuthalam simding atamdeu zawng angai hi.Mipiten lekhasim I thanop a I simtam nading un, I nam sung a lekhasiam leh zilsangten lekha gel leh lekhabe sut lam a pan a la uh angai hi. Ei Zouham a lekhasim ding atam thei nading in Zou Literature Society in mipite panlading a nget a,a hasatna ua kithuapi leh panpi ding a kimansa a umzing ding uh ahi.

- TK Lama, Aizawl


- T. K. Lama, Aizawl

Zou nam hi ham tuomtuom zang leh be leh phung tuomtuom kigawm a pata hing pieng ahia, Be leh phung khat umlou in Zou nam akimsih hi. Ipu ipa khanglai apat Zoute be leh phung a ki latuam sawmna lungsim himhim akinei ngai sih a Zou min pua in lungkim tah in ana ki umzing hi.Ki lungtua tah in “Si lehguam khat ah dam leh mual khat ah” chi in Khovel gal hang British sipaite ana dou ua, tua khu tunia Zougaal chi a iget mangmaw uh khu ana hihi.

Hun bangchi ekhat a pat vangsiethuai tahin I Zou sung ah BE leh PHUNG a ikihui khawmtuam utna lungsim kinei in phungpi min tawisang sawmna ang lian mama hi. Tambang a be leh phung a iki huikhawm sawm zieh un igam inam khangtou theilou in aki um hi. Be leh phung a ing kihuikhawm chiangun kingainatna leh ki deisah tuamna aki nei ut mama a, Nam sil a vaisaini leh silbawl ni chiangin mi tampi ten bang e thu dihbang e thuhoi chi ngaitua lou in be leh phung mina a an nehkhawmpi pa thugen khat ngaitua kia umlou in a support mai zel a , tuachiin thuhoi leh thudih sangin be leh phung tamte thu apeizaw ut mama hi. Tuami khu I nam ading a masawnna daltu liantah khat ahi. Zou ikichi ua Zou ham izah uh leh Zou nam ah lungkim mai lei ahoi pen ding hi. Be leh phung tuam tuam tampi kigawm a Zou nam min pote ihi ua, kikhen leh kituamlahna umlou a Zou nama I um ua zong mi kiphala a, tawmnou khatte be leh phung a iki lahtuam nalai uhleh I Zou khangthate maban ding getngam zong ahuai sih hi. Tuazieh in be leh phung a ki huikhawmna tawpsan a Zou nam khangtou nading a ipankhawm zawh ding uh ahi.

Be leh phung a um ihi leh zong kilahtuamlam sangin eibe leh phung ten siamna leh pilnalam, nei leh lam lamah I Zou min bang chin itawisang thei ding uai, ei be leh phungte Zou sung a bangchin lekhasiam I tampen theiding uai chi ngaitua hizawleh a hoiding hi.

Be leh phung tuomtuom kigawm a Zouham zang a Zou nam kichite ihi zieh un be leh phung a kituomkoi leh ki latuam a I um ding uh ahi sia, be leh phung khat mising tamkisah zieh ahilouleh bawlthei deu akingaizia a nampi deidan kal leh nampi jalou a kal suan te hi bawllou hamham ding ahi. Kilatuam a sil tuombawl (Nampi ading a siettheina leh nampi khandal) aki um leh phungdangten pangkhawm a, ki lemna bawl ding a lungsim piching tah a bawl ding ahi. Tua leh Nam lamkai dingin mihoi leh fel tuomtuom hing piang khie zelding ahi zia in I zou nam sung a be leh phung tawm leh niem (minority) apat ahi emaw be leh phung tam apat zong ahi maithei a, mipiten be leh phung a enlou a, ama mimal a chitna anei pouleh lamkai dinga telching maiding ahi. Be leh phung tawm zieh a musitna leh thangsietna lungsim koiman puohlou hamham ding ahi hi. Tuachia I nam sung a kikhen leh ki et tuamna umlou a lung kituoh a I peitou zel uh leh I Zou nam I tungding thei ding uhi.

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White Lion, Firehouse will heat up the hills in Dec.

- Two international bands to perform on a single platform in the ‘mother of all rock concerts’ in Shillong

Shillong, Nov. 19: If glam rock is all about hedonism, Shillong will get drunk on some of the best sugar-coated metal fix on a chilly December evening. Two of the Eighties’ most venerated glam metal bands, White Lion and Firehouse, will perform together on a single platform at Polo ground on the 13th of next month.

Billed as the “mother of all rock concerts in India”, this is the first time that two internationally renowned bands will perform together in the Meghalaya capital.

While White Lion will be performing for the first time in Shillong, it will be Firehouse’s second visit, having performed here four years ago.

For White Lion, this will also be their first show in India.

Quoting Mike Tramp, the lead vocalist of the White Lion, organiser Rajoo Sharma said the bands chose Shillong because they had heard from “friends” like Eric Martin of Mr Big that Northeast is the rock capital of India.

Shillongites are no strangers to White Lion as some of its evergreen hits like When the children cry, You are all I need, Cry for freedom, When I looked into your eyes and love of a lifetime get regular airtime on radio.

“As a matter of fact a lot of their songs have been re-sung in the local dialects,” said Angelina Diengdoh, an avid White Lion fan.

To see her heroes in person would be a dream come true and a chance of a lifetime, she said.

“I can’t believe that White Lion will be here,” said Ranjeev Barua, a young executive from Guwahati who shuttles between the state capitals.

“I grew up listening to When the children cry and their other hits and now I can see them live,” Barua said.

He will travel to Shillong on December only for the concert.

According to C.J. Snare of Firehouse: “There is no place to rock in India but in Shillong”.

There is already a community in the social networking website, Facebook, which mentions the rock concert of White Lion and Firehouse and the members are increasing by the day.

The tickets for the concert will be available at a flat rate of Rs 400.

Part of the proceeds will be spent in providing clean drinking water and food for the children of Providence School in Shillong.

Source: The Telegraph India

Tu'n bang bawl diing?

- By Paulienhang @ HangP, Hyderabad

ZSP Golden Jubilee thupitah in ineisun teng utawh ibawl khinta ua, aban bang.....! Zusip Vasip ibang kia ta uhi. Golden Jubilee in Sangnaupangte bang phattuamna ahing tut ei, Zou mipi te bang phattuamna ahing tut ei, enkia vai. Golden Jubilee adia i sum leh pai tuahte un bang ahing pekia ei isociety uah, lets have a look. Jubilee tawmging bei tawh beisuh kia mai ding maw zovontawite? Jubilee tawh kituah in sangnaupangte ading sil khatbeh bawlsua inei uai ma......kathei na tan ah umlou hi.

SO SAD.....! what a tribe we are. Iki phalna te uh Jubilee sa tawh bei mai ding ahita.......this is not the day to celebrate jubilee anniversay but a day to lament for the right thinking Zou lovers. Jubilee Sapok tawh gilbem puah kengkung a beikia ihi ta uhi. Zolengthe leh media te'n athupi dan chiltui kaijen in agen ua, tu in mittui pawt in ithupi loudan uh gen ahunta hi. Bangchi lawmlawm ihi uai, zovontawi. Nunnop tawh hun tuibang liam mai ding maw. ZSP in student te welfare ding silkhat beh bawl leh chi mama ing ei, Jubilee hita lawm a, nothing to comment so far.

Tu in bang jubilee ingah kia ta ding y le......Jubilee maimai tawh lungkim a, mite mitmu a dungdung dangdang chia ikithupi sah maimai utawh lungkim thei nalai nam te bang chih chiang in ikhanglou ding y chi mai ahita kakinepna. Zodawn lam a i unau sanggam gilkial te'n Jubilee Sa gilva in ahing nepha na ngal y. Aw ! NIKHAT NINIH NUNNOP NA MAIMAI DIA ZOUTA SUM LEH PAI KIZANG TENG iunau sanggam gilkial te ading in kijang leh, mittui bangzat aki nulhul in kahna langmai bangjat kipahna langmai ahing sua diei maw.......IHICHI LOUTAH UN HICHI SIH VEI AW....

Nine Mizoram students selected to study in Russia

EduRussia in India has selected nine students from Mizoram to study higher technical courses especially medical and engineering in Russia.

According to Zotalk, Mizoram Higher and Technical Educaiton (H&TE) Director Pu H.L. Malsawma said that Russia can take 200 students from Mizoram but only nine students were eligible. The Director wished more students will work hard to fill up these prestigious seats. Though upto 200 Mizoram students can enroll in Russian Universities only eligible students were selected.

Russian Federation and India had declared year 2008 as ‘The Year of Russia in India’ and EduRussia is one of the initiatives taken in that direction.

Eight students selected to study medicine at Ryazan State I.P. Pavlov Medical University and one Technical Engineer in Dagestan are as follows:

1. Lalramliana s/o Lalrozama, Bawngkawn Chhim Veng
2. Ramluahmawia c/o Zosanglura, Ramhlun ‘S’
3. Lalmuanawma s/o H. Remsanga, Luangmual
4. Freda Lalrohlui s/o John Lalremruata, Ramthar Veng
5. Alicia Chinzah d/o Suihmunga, Saiha College Veng
6. Alin Lalvenhimi d/o Albina Thangkhuma, Thakthing Tlang
7. Regina Lalhriatchhungi d/o C. Chawnghmingliana, Dinthar
8. Lalhmingliana c/o Zopuii, Luangmual ‘W’
9. Beikristakypacha Hlychho s/o Soraya Hlychho, Tuikhuahtlang.


‘Assam, Manipur, Nagaland account for 90 pc NE violence’

New Delhi: The security situation in Assam, Manipur and Nagaland -- which together accounted for over 90 per cent of violent incidents in the Northeastern region this year -- has become a cause of concern for the Union Home Ministry.

The three states accounted for 1,179 incidents out of 1,276 till October 15 against 1,330 incidents out of 1,489 in 2007, according to a latest report on the security situation in the northeastern states.

The report, prepared by the Home Ministry, said Manipur continued to be affected by militant activities of a large number of groups divided on ethnic lines. The region has over 200 ethnic groups and much of the violence and volatility in the area stems from its ethnic complexity and perceived feelings of neglect among them.

In Assam, which has witnessed 282 incidents till August, the outlawed ULFA and a variety of ethnic groups working as surrogates of major groups account for majority of the incidents, it said.

About Nagaland, it said there was an "overall improvement" with 244 incidents till August compared to 272 in 2007 and 309 in 2006. However, there was a "relative increase" in inter- factional clashes between the two factions of NSCN.

The report said terrorist violence has come down significantly in Tripura and Meghalaya due to counter insurgency operations, while Arunachal Pradesh continued to suffer from low intensity violence. Mizoram and Sikkim are by and large peaceful.

The report said 512 terrorists were killed in the entire northeast this year compared to 403 last year.

However, there was a fall in the number of security personnel and civilians killed this year from the 60 to 32 and 410 to 313 respectively during the period under review.

In order to tackle the situation in a better way, the Centre has earmarked Rs 220 crore in 2007-08 for modernisation of state police forces in the region and till October 15, Rs 137 crore has already been released. A senior Home Ministry official said that Rs 50 crore will be allocated to the northeast shortly.

In Assam, after a lull following a brief ceasefire with the ULFA in 2006, there was a spurt in violence in 2007 after the leadership of the banned organisation failed to come forward for talks.The report said intensive operations resulted in large number of arrests, surrenders and killings of militants in action.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Son of Pu Cin Sian Thang handed 33-year prison term

by Than Htike Oo

Wednesday, 19 November 2008: Chiang Mai – Thirty three years imprisonment was handed out to three activists involved in the saffron revolution including a son of 'Zomi National Congress' (ZNC) Chairman and an ethnic Chin leader Pu Cin Sian Thang atoday by a special court in session inside Insein prison.

The three activists were accused of taking part in protest demanding national reconciliation and arrested at a teashop in Rangoon on 28 October 2007. After being detained for over one year in Insein prison, his son Kan Lan Khote a.k.a. Kyaw Soe and Tin Htu Aung were sentenced to 33 years in prison each and another activist Kan Lan Khwar a.k.a. Khwar Pee was given eight years in jail.

"The monks staged peaceful protests during the saffron revolution. The authorities arrested not only the protesters but also bystanders and spectators. This shows their true colour and nature. It is unfair and unlawful to give them such long prison terms", Pu Cin Sian Thang told Mizzima.

The three activists were charged on eight counts including under sections 17/20 of the Printers Act, sections 13(1) of the Immigration Emergency Provisions Act, section 17(1) of the Unlawful Associations Act and section 505(b) of the Penal Code (inducing crime against public tranquility).

Pu Cin Sian Thang is Chairman of ZNC, and an MP-elect elected from Tiddim, Chin State constituency and a member of the 'Committee Representing People's Parliament (CRPP) which comprises of MPs- elected in 1990 general election. It was formed in 1998.

Similarly nine activists hailing from Bogale, Pathein and Myaungmya were sentenced to lengthy prison terms including 24 years in prison on November 11 by Insein prison court. Two of them from Bogale were given further prison terms under section 13(1) of the Immigration Emergency Provision Act.

Thein Zaw's prison term was increased to 18 years from the previous 10 and Thiha Thet Tin's prison term was increased to 13 from the previous eight years.

"I have no idea why they gave increased prison terms to them on charges under section 13(1) of the Immigration Act. We know nothing about their cases as we were not allowed to attend the court proceedings", Daw Hmwe, aunt of Thiha Thet Tin, said.


SMS poll campaign in Mizoram

Aizawl, November 19: Mizo politicians, afraid of breaking the numerous 'Thou shalt not...' commandments of the powerful Presbyterian Church-sponsored Mizoram People's Forum (MPF), are canvassing through sms.
SMS with campaign slogans have replaced road shows with singers, noisy street campaigns, public meetings and door-to-door campaigns.

This year's electioneering is extremely low-key in the absence of colourful and noisy campaigning, as no political party dares to violate a plethora of 'thou shall not' diktat's of the MPF.

The MPF, an organisation sponsored by the Presbyterian Church in which all the major churches excluding the Baptist Church and the Salvation Army, main NGOs and political parties are represented, is for political and electoral reforms aiming at cleaner and less expensive campaigns.

The campaigning may be low-key as desired by the MPF, but may not be inexpensive as more mobile handsets and SIM cards are issued to party workers and supporters to reach out to voters.

One political party is reported to have purchased hundreds of handsets, each costing Rs 1,500 to be distributed among party workers, especially in the rural areas.

Sale of SIM cards and mobile handsets have drastically gone up in Aizawl, according to some mobile phone dealers.


Moreh residents not satisfied with PDS

Imphal, November 18 2008: IN THE border town Moreh of Chandel district, the public distribution system is implementing only for the name sack as a card holder could get only 12 kgs of rice in a year.

As per disclosure made by the people of the town, PDS card holders in the town could get three to four kgs of rice within a three-month period. As such they could get only 12 kgs of rice under the PDS in a year.

The present manner of distribution of PDS items in the town where people have no enough space for cultivation is a total contrast to the expectation.

Even though they had repeatedly appealed to the authorities, the government is yet to implement is a proper manner, they said.

In the distribution of kerosene under the same programme, there is no different like that of kerosene, they lamented.

It is pertinent to mention here that the state authority under the PDS programme has been making available rice and other essential items to the PDS card holders who are divided into three categories, BPL, APL and AYL on the basis level of the family incomes.

By a household holding the card should be made available to 35 kgs of rice, three kgs of sugar, and four litres of kerosene per months under the PDS programme through the agents appointed for every wards of an Assembly constituency.

Moreh town is divided into nine wards.

There is no agent in any of the wards and only an agent from Imphal is taking responsible for distribution of these items.

The agent is also not distributing the items on monthly basis but three or four times in a year.

It also with less quantity, they said.

It has also been disclosed by some people of the area that authority had once considering the demand of the people tried to appoint agents of each wards but, it was cancelled after many people come up to become agents and there erupted a conflict among them.

Since then, it was handed over to only one agent, they added.

There is no objection from the people when authority appoint an agent of their choice, said Meetei Council Moreh, president L Ingobi but the only thing people wanted is to get the items on time and regularly.

Source: Hueiyen News Service / P Bishwajit

Bamboo flowering causes extreme hardship for Henglep

Imphal, November 18 2008: Despite the different schemes of the state and central government for the development and welfare in the hills, people of Henglep sub-division in Churachandpur are living in a very pitiable condition with no food to eat and relying on whatever they got for their survival after the bamboo flowering occuring in some part of the Churachandpur and Tamenglong districts.

A group of reporters along with Information Centre for Hill Area Committee (ICHAM) and volunteers of Kuki Students Organisation (KSO) visited some villages in the sub-division on November 15 to enquire the situationof the people.

The team of reporters enquires about the living of the villagers and have interaction with the villagers on the woes they are facing.

The most shocking thing that experience by the reporters was that of destruction of crops of around 150 villages by mouse in recent time.

They used to celebrate Christmas in past with full of rice in stocks.

But this time, they will not be able to celebrate this festival as usual.

Peoples here are living on arums and pumpkins.

The Henglep sub-division is located at a distance of 78 kilometres from Churachandpur town.

Only Shaktimaan can enter the village for a distance of 31 kilometres from Singnul Lamkhai which is 46 kilometres away from Henglep sub-division.

It has been a major problem for the people to go through this route of Shaktimaan which took almost eight hours to pass the distance of 31 kilometres.

Even the headquarter of the sub-division did not have any facility of electricity.

The village chief of Henglep sub-division, Mangtilal Haokip said that there were no doctors, no staffs in the hospital of the area.

The only junior school has only five teachers.

The FCS godown which was built in 1997 did not have a single grain of rice.

The staffs of SDO office come twice in a year only in Republic Day and Independence Day.

The team of reporters enquired about the situation of the villages of N Saikot, D Mului, Doujang, Songkol, Boleot, Najang, Vongmol, Molen, Moljen, Molnom, Thingheijang, Selkap and Damaji.

The team also enquired the paddy fields which were destroyed by mouse.

The large number of mouse is believed to be from Tamenglong.

Bamboo flowering is still going on and bamboos are still drying in a very large scale.

There were no granaries as they have no food grains in their stocks.

One kilogram of super fine rice costs 25 to 27 rupees.

Besides the unavailability of PDS supplies some villages even did not have any knowledge about PDS.

People there used to buy rice by interchanging with woods.

Villagers use to exchange four kg of rice with one cubic of timber of wood.

When asked if they get supplies of PDS, they said that it is only food grains what they like and nothing else.

In past they used to harvest 200 tins of rice when they sowed two tins of grains.

But this time, some got only 30 tins out of the two tins.

In some area one harvested seven tins from four tins of sowed grains.

But almost all of the fields are destroyed by mouse and no grains were yielded at all.

The villagers had many times requested the concern SDO and DC about the sudden attack of famine orally but no actions were taken up so far said chiefs of the villages.

Volunteers of KSO and ICHAM ensured the villagers to report the condition to the concern authority and to urge them for necessary action.

They also ensured the villagers to provide some rice from their side.

Source: Hueiyen News Service / Lukhoi Wangkhem

CCpur villages remain steep in underdevelopment

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, November 18 2008: As a consequent of the deplorable condition of the road connecting Churachandpur district and its Henglep sub-division, the people of the villages located along Doyang and Kailam ranges of the sub-divisions continued to live steep in underdevelopment.

Accompanied by a team of mediapersons, Kuki Students' Organisation (KSO) General Headquarters and Information Centre for Hill Areas, Manipur (ICHAM) had jointly conducted an inspection tour of these villages to take first hand account of the difficulties and problems being faced by the villagers as well as to find out whether the benefits of the developmental schemes and programmes being taken up by the Government reached them or not. people living in the remote villages nestling along Kailam Range.

Representatives of KSO Churachandpur District unit and KSO Henglep sub-divisions were also part of the inspection team.

During the course of the inspection tour, it was came across that though Henglep sub-divisions is situated not far off, just 75 kms from Churachandpur district headquarters, underdevelopment has been the hallmark of the region.

The road stretching from Singmun Lamkhai of National Highway 150 and popularly known Henglep Road has been the main lifeline of the people living N Saikot, D Munlui, Dawzang, Henglep, Bongmoul, Damjon, etc which are located along Kailam range on the northwestern direction of Singmun Lamkhai.

But the condition of the road is so bad that only Shaktimas could ply on it.

According to villagers of Henglep, some 10 years from now there used to be passenger bus service from Henglep.

But after around one year of service, it has been stopped as the condition of the road deteriorated.

For all these years, the Government has taken up any steps to improve the condition of the road, atleast to make it usable, the villagers complained.

The inspection team, however, came across a signboard on the road side indicating construction work along the 5 kms long road stretch starting from N Saikot with funding from Special Plan Assistant and Additional Central Assistance of 2006-07 .

But no sign of the work is to be seen.

With long years of neglect, the road today bears only tract of Shaktiman tyre with puddles all over.

Following depression of the road at many places, the width of the road has been reduced considerably making travelling along the road not just great hardship but also risky.

The inspection team experienced that it took around 8 hours to cover a distance of around 35 kms from Singmun Lamkhai to Henglep.

Inspite of the deplorable condition of the road and the risky factor involved, the villagers of the sub-divisions have no other option but to depend on the same road.

As for the villagers of D Munlui and Dawzang located along Doyang Range towards east of Kailam Range as well as that of Bongmoul, Mollen, Najang, Bolkot and Songkot villages located towards north of Henglep on the same Range, there has been no road that the Government has ever constructed for them.

Chief in-charge of Bolkot village Tonglal Haokip , while wishing the Government to construct a road that could connect these villages with Henglep, desired that a suspension bridge should be constructed over Dollen river at the earliest possible.

The inspection team, however, came across that construction of a road stretch from N Saikot to D Munlui has been atleast started under NREGS to facilitate movement of

NPF to spread wings to all Naga areas

Realizing the need to shoulder greater responsibilities, Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF), the oldest regional party in the State is all set to expand its coverage to the entire Naga-inhabited areas.

NPF leaders chief minister Neiphiu Rio and Rajya Sabha MP Khekiho Zhimomi disclosed this while addressing the NPF General Convention held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium here Tuesday.

“As a political party that stands to strive for fulfilling our people’s cry, it is time for us to step out and carry greater responsibilities across all regions inhabited by the Nagas,” the chief minister said.

Similarly, Rajya Sabha MP Khekiho said “an urgent task at hand (for the NPF party) is to expand electorate coverage to all Naga inhabited areas” and assured that he would do everything possible in this regard.

“As Nagas strive for lasting peace through political dialogue, the NPF being the only functioning regional party in the state and being one of the oldest regional political organizations in the region must carry the desire of the Nagas across all imaginary man made boundaries,” Rio said.

Stressing on the need for unity and oneness among the different sections of the Nagas, Rio in his address said Nagas must realize that “we can no longer be hurdles to our own growth and progress” and that “a section that is not part of the solution cannot deny that they are part of the problem.”

Claiming that DAN government had been a hallmark of peace, development, growth and progress, he also said the various long-terms programme and policies framed by the DAN government were appreciated by the people.

On the government’s initiative to bring development and uplift the state economy, the chief minister said “from Israeli innovation to Korean technology, we are looking for ways to encourage investments and use foreign expertise and technology to uplift the welfare of our state.”

NPF president and Urban Development minister Dr. Shiirhozelie Lieziestu in his presidential address said the NPF was the oldest regional political party in the State and that the party had been protecting and preserving the rights and identity of the Naga people.

Former minister Noke Konyak, former Home minister Thenucho, Minister for Soil & Water Conservation P. Longon, Forest & Excise minister M.C. Konyak and veteran NPF leader T. Kikon also addressed the convention Various cultural troupes presented songs and dances during the four-long function.

Earlier, NPF secretary general Chubatemjen who delivered welcome address, expressed satisfaction that his resignation from the NPF party tendered in April had finally been accepted.

Shurhozelie re-elected

Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu was re-elected as the president of the NPF party at the NPF General Convention held Tuesday. Other newly elected NPF central office bearers include Apong Pongner (working president), KG Kenye (secretary general) along with nine other vice presidents and general secretaries respectively.


Protest against killing of scribe

Manipur journalists Tuesday staged a protest rally in Imphal against the killing of a sub-editor of Imphal Free Press, Konsam Rishikanta, by unidentified gunmen on Monday last.

The journalists, under the aegis of All Manipur Working Journalist Union (AMWJU) later submitted a memorandum to chief minister O Ibobi Singh demanding judicial enquiry into the killing, compensation to the victim’s family and ensuring a sense of security to journalists.

Assuring the media fraternity that the culprits would be booked, the chief minister also said compensation would be paid to the family members as soon as possible.

AMWJU decided to stage sit in protests and also to close down all newspaper publications from November 20 onwards, till the State government arrests the culprits.

Earlier during the day, the body of Konsam Rishikanta was brought to Manipur Press Club (MPC) where the media fraternity paid floral tributes to their departed colleague.

PTI adds: Rishikanta was not the first journalist who fell to bullets of unidentified gunmen. Editor of a Manipuri journal ‘Kangla Lanpung’ R K Sanatomba was shot dead in 1993 while editor of a journal in tribal dialect H A Lalroha Hmar was gunned down in 1999.

Th Brajamani, editor of the then ‘The Manipur News’ was shot dead in 2000 while a correspondent of ‘Vision North East Electronic Media’, Yambem Megha was gunned down in 2002.


Mizoram: Quiet Contest

By Sushanta Talukdar

No door-to-door campaigns, no musical road shows, no feasts, no separate public rallies. These are some of the restrictions imposed on political parties by the Mizoram People’s Forum (MPF), an organ of the powerful Mizoram Presbyterian Church.

This has made electioneering in Mizoram low-key and colourless compared with the 2003 Assembly elections. However, the battle is tough this time in this tiny north-eastern State with the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) trying to defend its 10-year-old bastion against the Congress in the Assembly elections scheduled for December 2.

The third player is the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), comprising the Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP), the Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) and the Zoram Kuthnathawktu Pawl (ZKP), a platform of farmers. The UDA’s presence has made it difficult for psephologists to predict an outcome.

The MNF’s main slogan is development. “Our main plank is continuation of the great development activities initiated by the MNF government over the past 10 years and finishing the unfinished task of development,” Chief Minister and party president Pu Zoramthanga told Frontline.

In the present 40-member Assembly, the MNF and its ally, the Maraland Democratic Front (MDF), have 23 seats, followed by the Congress (11), the MPC (3) and the ZNP (2). There is one independent member. The Chief Minister is confident that his party has overwhelming popular support and that the MNF will be voted back to power for a third term.

Describing the health care scheme introduced by his government as unique, Zoramthanga said it covered the entire population of Mizoram. He added that Mizoram was the most peaceful State in the country and that it had been made possible by the MNF’s good governance.

Zoramthanga announced the names of the “God-fearing” candidates at the MNF general headquarters, or Hnam Run, on November 6. The MNF will contest from 37 seats.

It has conceded two seats to its ally, the Mizoram Congress Party (MCP), and one to the MDF. Zoramthanga will contest from Champhai North, which he represents, and also from Champhai South. Both constituencies are close to the India-Myanmar border. In 2003, Zoramthanga contested from Champhai and Kolasib and won from both seats.

The Congress has promised to undertake massive economic reforms aimed at alleviating the condition of farmers and to create income-generating avenues for the weaker sections.

However, its main election plank is “corruption”. Pradesh Congress Committee president and former Chief Minister Lalthanhawla asserted that the people would throw out the MNF over the “rampant corruption and misuse of the public exchequer”. Lalthanhawla, who has been projected as the party’s chief ministerial candidate, is contesting from two constituencies, South Tuipui and Serchhip.

The party has fielded 38 candidates, leaving two seats for its ally, the Hmar People’s Conference (HPC). Lalthanhawla said that the tie-up with the HPC would help the Congress in five other seats.

“We are going to get an absolute majority and come back to power,” Lalthanhawla said. He hoped that electioneering by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party president Sonia Gandhi in the last leg of campaigning would improve the party’s prospects.

The UDA has projected former Chief Minister and veteran politician Brigadier T. Sailo as its chief ministerial candidate. Sailo had a brief stint as Chief Minister in his first tenure, from June 2, 1978, to November 10, 1978, but held the office for a full term from 1979 to 1984. Mizoram was at that time a Union Territory.

In 1986, Lalthanhawla stepped down as Chief Minister to make way for the then MNF president, Laldenga, who had led a two-decade-long underground insurgent movement from 1966 to 1986, to head the MNF-Congress interim government after the signing of the Mizo Accord on June 30, 1986. Lalthanhawla became Deputy Chief Minister in the Laldenga Ministry.

The MNF became the first insurgent group to form the government in an Indian State when the first full-fledged MNF government was installed in 1987.

The MNF came to power with 24 of the 40 Assembly seats, followed by the Congress with 13 and the People’s Conference with three. In 1989, the Congress recaptured power and Lalthanhawla became Chief Minister again; he went on to hold two terms from 1989 to 1998.

The Congress is trying to woo peasants with the campaign that the funds that were allocated by the Centre for providing relief to farmers hit by the recent “Mautam” have not reached many people. The allegation is ironic, because the ruling MNF grew out of the Mizo National Famine Front (MNFF), which was formed in response to the “Mautam” of 1958-1959.

Mautam is a famine that follows the flowering of a particular variety of bamboo, at intervals of 47-50 years over a wide range. The flowering leads to an increase in the populations of rodents and insects, which finish feasting on the bamboo seeds and then turn to other crops.) Zoramthanga was one of the front-ranking underground leaders.

The MNF counters the Congress campaign by telling voters that though the Mautam resulted in acute food shortage and a famine-like situation, there was not a single starvation death this time, unlike in the previous Mautam, thanks to the timely and effective intervention by the MNF government.


One More Arrested in ‘Nameless Bank’ Scam

Aizawl, Nov 18 : Silchar police yesterday managed to capture Joseph Paritos, believed to be an accomplice of C Lalmuanpuii, the main suspect in the Chiahpuam ‘nameless bank’ scandal.

Paritos was arrested and the police confiscated Rs 36 lakh from him. The Mizoram police last evening were sent to Silchar to escort Paritos to Aizawl.

According to sources, the special investigative team of the Mizoram police has also seized Rs 44,92,500 believed to be Chiahpuam deposit money in Ramhlun South locality of Mizoram and on November 13 had confiscated Rs 15 lakh near Aizawl Temple Square.

According to sources, the money confiscated in Aizawl Temple Square was believed to be money taken from the account of K Laldinpuii for her collectors. Dinpuii’s close relative Thawma had withdrawn a huge sum of money from Dinpuii’s account which was to be distributed to her collectors discreetly.

As many as 200 people have submitted FIR at the Aizawl Police station in connection with the Chiahpuam scandal.

C Lalmuanpuii has been kept in custody by the police for over five days and have asked the court for more time for further investigation which the court has granted.

Over 25 persons have been sent to jail in connection with the scandal till date, sources said.

Newmai News Network