Saturday, December 06, 2008

ZYO Silver Jubilee lopna Pu Awnchinkhup veng ah

Lamka, Dec-5: Lamka cemetery gei a Pu Awnchinkhup Veng ah December 19, 2008 zinglam nai 10.00 in Zou Youth Organisation(ZYO), Gen.HQ Silver Jubilee lopna um ding hi. Tua hun ah, apoimaw leh kul banga hing na panpi zing, Power Minister Pu T. Phungzathang in zingun hikawm in Jubilee suangphu hong ding a, Rev. Tualzachin, Sr. Executive Secy. ZPCS in suongphu latna nei ding hi. Chief Guest in Souvenir honna leh thugenna hun nei ding hi.

ZYO GHQ Nasep chiemte tham khen khat:

Kum 25 sung ZYO in nasep tampi ana nei a, tuate lah a athupipen achiemte masah ahileh:

1. Kum 1997 Lamka buoilai in ZYO Volunteer-te pan lahdan phathuoi leh gentham ching mama hi. A shi-amangte sui a, relief material (panpina) hawm a, relief camp bawl a, shi-ding, man-ding jaulou a kalsuon volunteer-te pataat ahuoi mama uhi.

2. Kum 2001 in mipite’n ZYO a’ng puapha kia ua, tunitan khawllou kei a masuon thei a a um sungin ZYO Project Committee hing kisiemkhia hi. Tam Project Committee tungtawn in Project-te siem khiet ahia, kum 5 sung in mipi, mimal leh lamkaite kiphalna jal in Lamka khopi sunga Kamdou Veng, Awnchinkap Veng, leh Sielmat Buonsanlui baang ah Plot/gam acre a sim in Hostel, Hall, Cemetry leh adang dangte bawltheina ding mun Dangka a lakh a man ZYO in aleikhiet hi khangthu a di’a cheimte tham ching talua hi. Maban ah zong Project a peitou nalai a, Hostel, Hall chite I mu bai uh I ki nem uhi.

3. Zou khuo khen khat, khosung kivaihawmna Youth Club apat in ZYO a kipuah di’n kihen lamdangna a um a, lungdam a huoi mama hi. Tuaban ah, Shillong khopi azong ZWA chi’a ana kivaihawm zing pen ZYO Shillong Branch chi’n November 15, 2008 ni’n ana khelta uhi. Tua mabang in Delhi a ZOD zong November 29, 2008 ni’n ZYO chi’a hen in umta hi.


Zomi Youth Organisation (ZYO) khu Zou sung a hatlaite (abihtah a Nungah leh Tangvalte) Phattuomngai Pawl (Philanthropic Organisation) kilawikhawmna, (Apex Body of the Zou Youth) ahi. Kum 1983 in azatat-huoi Pu T. Gouzadou, Ex-Minister, Founder President hina nuoi ah ana kiphutkhie hi.

I chi-le- nam a diing a sil hoi leh phattuom diing tampi Zomi Youth Organisation (ZYO) in tup-le- ngim (aims and objects) a nei a, apoimaw tangpite i tahlang ding uhi:

* Chi-le-nam khantouna ding in Nampi khut leh keng ahi ding hi.
* Chi-le-nam tawisangtu hi ding in si lhoi bawl a, Pupa tawndân leh ngainate, thu-le-la, ham-le-pau kembittu ahi ding hi.
* Panpitu ding neilou, Genthei, liengvai, meithai, taga, Sietna tuohte panpi ding leh kem a, enkawltu (kalsangtawi) ahiding hi.
* Khotâng sietna leh sil hoiloute (Social-evils) doudâl leh siemphat ngaite siempha a, Khotâng hoina dîng, sienthouna leh damtheina dîng a panlatu ahi dîng hi.

I society sung ah ZYO a manphatna leh a poimawdan i thei zounai tadisih ua, i zat na ding amun leh ahuntah ah aphatuomna ding bang in i zang thei nai sih uhi. Azal i zou ding bangtah a, i zoutheinailou jieh un i nampi adia vangsietna chi khat ahi hi. Zou khosuonna/Zou hausatna khuo leh UZO unit dintheina khuo khat a ZYO unit dintheilouna khuo khu Zou khosuon dihtah a chingthei sih (bukimlou) chi ding ahi mai hi. I Zou hina dihtah, i hoina leh phatna (i giel) i suhlat theina ding lampi um sun khu ZYO ahia, i pibawl a i ngaisang/tawisang ding u khu poimaw-le-kul ahita hi. Hun hingpeitou zel ding ah i nampi in ZYO a poimawna hing lien deudeu ding a, sa-le-gal, shi-le-man, siet-le-khat i tuoh chieng a, i nampin a masawt ding leh i thatang a, i nampi vanzat poimaw ding khu ZYO hing hiding ahi. Tuajieh in Zou umna taphot ah ZYO Unit a um ngeingei ding ahi.

ZCF Delhi Youth ICON 2008


The Mother Church/Fellowship of all Zomi Fellowship in India, Zomi Christian Fellowship Delhi in a khangthu a amasapen di'n December 7, 2008 (Sunday), 2Pm - 4Pm chieng in Free Church, Parliament Street, New Delhi ah Youth ICON 2008 lasah kidemna thupitah in nei ding. Tam lasah kidemna teldin mi 21 in min pelutta.

Tam lasah kidemna mi 21 telteng in nuomman sang chiet ding uh. A nuomman ahileh ZCF sunga mi kiphal leh tawm ngaiten a tuokhawm uh ahi. Sum ban ah certificate um dinga, tua thamlou in Shoppers' Stop, Big Bazar leh mall lian pipi te Gift Voucher a saang a sim ten jui ding hi.

Tam lasah kidemna toh kisai a a enchieng (judge) ding in fellowship tuom apat kilasawn ahi.

Tam hun uap ding in koipou ka hng chiel uhi.

T. Zamlunmang Zou
Inf. & Publicity Secy.
ZCF Youth ICON 2008

LeT asks India to hand over Advani

ISLAMABAD, DEC 5 (IANS): In response to India’s demand for extradition of mobster Dawood Ibrahim, Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed and Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, some Pakistani politicians as well as the religious wing of the banned LeT have said New Delhi should hand over certain “absconders” wanted in criminal cases, including former deputy prime minister LK Advani in return.

The issue was raised in a meeting called by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani Tuesday to discuss the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks and Indian allegations of Pakistanis’ involvement in the carnage.

While a majority of participants of the meeting pleaded for peace with India and adopting diplomatic channels to calm down the anger, “a couple of them suggested to take tough stand instead of an apologetic attitude”, a participant of the meeting said.

Meanwhile, a statement posted on website of Jamaatul Dawah, a religious wing of the LeT said: “It will be entirely in accordance with international legal standards, as well as in accordance with the wishes of the people of Pakistan to demand the extradition of LK Advani and other Hindu terrorists.” The statement said that Saeed is a religious leader who has never, “at any time, advocated or supported the use of terrorism, nor is he a proponent of clandestine activities of any kind.” Saeed has never been convicted of any crime; neither in Pakistan, nor in any other country of the world, said the statement bearing the name of Jamaat spokesman Yahya Mujahid.

This is for the second time since 2001 that the issue of Advani’s extradition is being raised in tit-for-tat response to India’s demand for handing over of Dawood, Saeed and Masood Azhar.
An interior ministry official said that according to the police record in Karachi, Advani is among 12 persons declared as “absconders” in a case registered for an attempt to assassinate Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah and other top Pakistani leaders in 1947.

The official said that a FIR number 4/47, registered Sept 10, 1947 by then station house officer of Jamshed Quarters police station, Inspector Tooti Ram charged 18 people, including Advani, with hatching a criminal conspiracy to assassinate the then governor-general Jinnah, Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan, Khawaja Nazimuddin and other top leaders.

Six Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activists were nabbed in the case, sentenced and extradited to India a year later following an agreement between the two countries.
However, when contacted, officials of the prime minister’s secretariat and foreign office declined to comment. “There are more important issues which Pakistan is taking up with India,” said the foreign office official.+

Educational Institutions in the Hill

By : T Gouzadou

Will you agree with me if I say that all our actions and interest are pleasing to Satan who is the king of liars. Perhaps we believe that God will not punish us for our sins because He is merciful and gracious, but the Bible clearly tells us in Exodus 34:7 that God will not fail to punish children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation for the sins of their parents.

There was a 24 hours bundh to protest against the order of the Government of Manipur cancelling a number of grant-in-aid schools. The bandh was supported by the Churachandpur Students Union and the Zomi Students Federation. We blame the government for this drastic action because we do not know the reason for it. Do you know how many grant-in-aid school are functioning efficiently in Manipur? I am afraid the number of good grant-in-aid schools are functioning efficiently in Manipur? I am afraid the number of good grant-in-aid schools may not be even 10 (ten). I remember the some years ago a Minister held up the salaries of some teachers of a grant-in-aid school who remained absent for months. The said teachers led by their Pastor brought a domestic animal in the hope of getting mercy of the Minister. The embarrassed Minister said, “I excuse you this time because your Pastor is pleading for you. if I do not excuse you, you will think that I do not obey God. Now you must swear before you Pastor that you should not repeat to absent from duty and that God shall punish you if you neglect your duty in future”. That incident was mentioned by the Minister himself in his speech on the occasion of the Republic Day Celebration.

Is there any good government school in Churachandpur district except the schools located within the town? We have observed with sorrow that the school located in Singngat Assembly Constituency, such as, Singngat high school, Tuaitengphai high School, Saiboh Jr High school, Lungchin Jr High school, Suangdoh Jr High School and Behiang grant-in-aid high school remain defunct. All primary schools are not in better position. Thanks to the generosity of the authority concerned the teachers of the above mentioned schools got their salaries regularly. It is said that the village chiefs used to give attendance certificate in favour of the teachers for which they got 10% of the salaries of the teachers.

Who is responsible for this sorry state of affairs. Shall be blame the local MLA or the Minister or the Students organisations? How long shall the people endure such tragedy which has been created by our own men? Have you ever pondered on the future of youths of today who have been deprived of education? What action has been taken by the NGOs for improvement of the society? Will you hate me if I say that organisations shall share the salaries of teachers who do not perform their duties?

It is said that every year each grant-in-aid school has to submit attendance report of teachers to the authority concerned. Once I wrote an article titled “Sanctity of Students Union” Sad to say, the self-styled leaders utilise the students as their tool and they exploit the people for their benefit. Is it wrong to say that our leaders are not willing to lead the people in a right way? It is mot desirable that the electorate should compel their Ministers and MLAs to perform their duties honestly for the welfare of the people of their respective constituencies.

While the government schools located outside Churachandpur town remain defunct in Churachandpur district the ATSUM has been pressurising the government to appoint teachers for the schools where there is shortage of teachers. We are grateful to the ATSUM for its sincere efforts to improve government schools. In this connection I want to request the members of the ATSUM to prepare a list of all schools of Churachandpur district mentioning staff position of each and every school. Recently the government appointed a number of teachers for schools of hill districts, but God alone knows whether those teachers are presently at their places of posting. ATSUM is the appropriate organisation to ensure that teachers serve in the schools for which they are appointed. Appointment of more teachers will be useless and it will be a way of inviting God’s curse if the teachers do not teach in the schools for which they are appointed. A government school teacher who does not teach in his school is a true enemy of the society. We look forward to the day when we Christians become exemplary loyal citizens to lead others to follow the right path.

Thai centre to be set up in NE


IMPHAL, Dec 5 – A diplomat from Royal Thailand Embassy in India has expressed his desire to open a Thai information centre in the North East to have better understanding and relationship between the people living across the boundaries.

The Thai diplomat also want an idea exchange programme of craftsmen from this region particularly from Manipur, besides organizing trade fairs.

The Embassy’s Counsellor (Commercial) Tharadol Thongruang, made this observation at an interaction with the media persons at the Hotel Imphal on Thursday.

“Discussion is on now as we like to have a Thai information centre here”, Counsellor Tharadol said. The diplomat also informed that Thai people would like to buy handicraft and woodcraft products of the region.

The diplomat was here since the last three days to study feasibility of trade, besides assessing the facilities available for Indo-Thai trading activities through Myanmar. He also visited Moreh.

Vice-President of North East Federation on International Trade(NEFIT)Bijoy Phangcho, who is accompanying the diplomat along with State officials, said,“Manipur has become a focal point relating to trade with South Asian countries with Myanmar as it’s corridor”.

“So we want a good road and communication between these countries and the region for trade activities to improve our economy”, Bijoy added. Presently there are about 82 trade items under Indo-Thai trade package while Indo-Myanmar border trade items has also risen to 40 from 22 following the visit of Union Commerce Minister Jairam Ramesh to Myanmar.

OCTAVE - 2008 Northeast Festival begins in Bihar

A five-day OCTAVE 2008 Northeast Festival organized by union ministry of culture, NEZCC,Dimapur, EZCC, Kolkata, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Lalit Kala Akademi, Sahitya Akademi, National Schoiol of Drama, TRIFED and government of Bihar was inaugurated Thursday at Gandhi Maidan, Patna, Bihar.

Union minister of state, Culture and Tourism, Kanti Singh inaugurated the festival in the presence of Nagaland Governor and Chairman, NEZCC, K. Sankararanarayan; Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi; Bihar minister art, culture and youth, Renu Devi; secretary, department of art, culture and youth, Vivek Kumar Singh; joint secretary, ministry of culture, GoI, N.C. Geol; Director, North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur, V. Hekali Zhimomi and host of other dignitaries.

The choreograph presentation especially based on harmonious journey with Fire, Earth, Water and Air, traveling through the seven colours of the rainbow.

Various culture and traditions converging, celebrating together the joyous spirit of dance and music in the colourful “Rainbow of Nature”. The show was choreographed by Gilles Chuyen.
Altogether, nearly 500 artistes from the member states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura are participating in the festival.

Americans cautioned on NE visit

Guwahati: Shocked by the pattern of recent terror attack in Mumbai, the US Department of State has issued travel alert to its citizens currently travelling and residing in India. Besides, the US authorities warned its officials and citizens about the prevailing security situation in the North-East India and advised not to visit Manipur and parts of Assam districts of Karbi Anglong and Tinsukia.

"US Government employees are prohibited from travelling to the state of Manipur and to portions of the Karbi Anglong districts and Tinsukia in Assam without permission from the US Embassy in New Delhi and US Consulate in Kolkata," the US Department of State update said in its column of ‘country specific information’ issued on November 27.

When travelling to these areas, US official travellers should keep low profiles, limit their lengths of stay, and exercise extreme caution, it said.

About the situation in the North-East India, the US authorities said incidents of violence by ethnic insurgent groups, including the bombing of buses and trains which occur frequently in parts of Assam, Manipur, and Nagaland.

"Though US citizens have not been specifically targeted, they may be affected as bystanders. Visitors to India's Northeastern states are cautioned not to travel outside major cities at night," it suggested.

However, general alert sounded by the US Department of State to its citizens in India said it was for the ‘first time’ American citizens and other Westerners were targeted in the November 26 Mumbai terrorist attack and tragically demonstrated that even in five-star luxury hotels, security is not equipped to deter such attacks.

"US citizens should take into account this new reality and exercise caution when visiting India," warned the document issued by US Department of State. The travel alert issued by the department on November 29, two days after the terror strike at Mumbai, is stated to be enforced till December 31.

"Americans throughout India should be vigilant about security at all times," it said. The US Embassy and Consulates are actively assessing the country-wide security environment and Americans are advised to monitor local news reports and avoid visiting public places like religious sites, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues.

Meanwhile, high alert has been sounded in the Guwahati's LGB International Airport at Borjhar following the Mumbai incident. (NNN)

Nagaland clamps ban on smoking

Kohima: In the interest and welfare of the public and in compliance with the provisions of Cigarette and other Tobacco Product Act, 2003, Section Four, Five and Six the department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Nagaland has notified to all concerned that any one found smoking in public places would be penalized with a fine of Rs. 200 under the provisions of the Act.

An official bulletin on Thursday said that public places include Auditoriums, Hospital Buildings, Health Institutions, Amusement Centres, Restaurants, Hotels, Public Offices, Court Buildings, Educational Institutions, Libraries, Public Conveyances, Open Auditoriums, Stadiums, Railway Stations, Bus Stops, Work places, Shopping mall, Cinema Halls, Refreshments Rooms, Discotheques, Coffee House, Pubs, Bars, Airport lounge and Clubs.

Prohibiting advertisement of Cigarettes and other tobacco products, the notification informed that violation of this provision carries a penalty of imprisonment of two years and a fine of Rs.1000 or both in the case of the first conviction. In the case of second or subsequent conviction, the penalty is imprisonment for 5 years and fine which extend to Rs. 5000.

Selling of cigarettes and tobacco products within the radius of 100 yards of any Educational Institutions carries a fine of Rs. 200. (NNN)

Govt process on for implementation of 6th Pay Commission

IMPHAL, Dec 4: The state government has initiated the process for implementation of the 6th Pay Commission in the state by seeking the pay structures and formalities in connection with the pay commision from all heads of departments under the state government.

According to a highly placed official source, various state departments including the state finance department, transport department, DIPR, health and family welfare department, MAHUD, department for development ot tribals and scheduled castes, cooperation department, Home Guards, minor irrigation department, CADA, SCERT, state lottery, labour, employment exchange, forest and environment, YAS, law and legislative affairs, state excise, economics and statistics, planning, fire services, IFCD, horticulture and soil conservation, science and technology, manpower planning, development department (monitoring cell), civil defence, commerce and industries have already completed submitting the formalities to the state government.

However, there are many major departments like the police, MR and IRB battalions including MPTS, NAB, CMTW, MPCR, vigilance, MPR, Raj Bhavan, GAD workers, agriculture, RD and PR, PHED, power, education, taxation, prosecution, adult education, weights and Measures, MPSC, MOBC, State Academy of Training, arts and culture, sericulture, fisheries, printing and stationery (Government Press), relief and disaster management, family court, special court (NDPS), district and sessions judge (Manipur east and west), treasuries and accounts, institutional finance, small savings, finance commission cell and some other departments which have failed to submit the formalities to the state government for initiating the process of the 6th Pay Commission in various departments.

The official source said that such non-compliance by the concerned heads of departments in not submitting the format of pay scales of the respective employees had led to the delay in implementation of various major activities of the state government, especially the process of implementation of the 6th Pay Commission in the state.

It may be mentioned that the ongoing ceasework strike being undertaken since November 27 by the Joint Administrative Council of the All Manipur Trade Unions Council, AMTUC, and the All Manipur Government Employees Organization, AMGEO, had brought all government departments to a virtual standstill.

There are no department bill clearances or files processed following the indefinite strike called by the JAC protesting against the non implementation of the 6th Pay Commission allowances and other related benefits for the state employees.

A statement of the JAC stated that the ceasework strike had entered the eight day today as a result of which many government offices in both the hills and valley remained paralysed. There is possibility that the strike would be joined by the employees of essential services department, the JAC added.

The Imphal Free Press

Wildlife disappearing from Manipur jungles

IMPHAL, Dec 5 : Notwithstanding the fact that a considerable geographical area of Manipur is covered by forest land, there is little or no wild animals in these forests. Wanton poaching/hunting for commercial purposes and domestic consumption on the one hand and failure of the State to check poaching are the twin factors responsible for the rapid decline in the wildlife population of Manipur.
Under the prevailing situation, it needs immediate attention from the highest authority and the Prime Minister to save the wildlife of Manipur.

It is not only indigenous wild animal of Manipur but migratory birds which are also facing grave threat in the State. It is an unfortunate irony that these birds come to Manipur every winter crossing thousands of miles to escape from the harsh winter of Europe and Central Asia only to die at the hands of hunters here. When they return home as the weather becomes warmer, their numbers are greatly reduced.

During a recent visit by this reporter to the districts of Churachandpur, Tameng-long, Senapati, Chandel and Ukhrul, wild animals including migratory birds were seen sold in most of the important market places across these districts.

At Churachandpur Bazar, dried meat of wild boars were seen piled up in heaps for sale. Moreover, many hotels located along Guite Road in Churachandpur Bazar were found serving meats of only wild animals.

Once when this reporter entered a hotel at Tuima to have a meal, one of the attendant asked if he would have meat of wild pig or monkey or deer or chicken. At Thanlon too, cooked meat of wild pigs were observed offered in most of the hotels.

During a three day visit to Tamenglong district headquarters last month, meats of wild animals were seen sold in abundance at Tamenglong Bazar. Starting from small birds, meats of wild pig, turtles, porcupines, flying squirrels etc were being sold at costly prices.

A fully grown turtle caught from Makru river within the Jiri-Makru Wildlife Sanctuary was also put on display for sale at Rs 1500. The turtle looked different from other turtles brought for sale at Tamenglong Bazar. Unlike others, its upper scale was very soft. It was said that the turtle was of rare species.

At Tamenglong Bazar, wild roosters were sold at Rs 200 per head while meat of wild pigs was sold at Rs 250 per kg.

Just in front of an Assam Rifles post located on the road from Khongshang to Tamenglong, some women were seen selling wild roosters and flying squirrels. One AR personnel even held up a flying squirrel and said that its price was Rs 250.

On another occasion, some AR personnel who were on patrolling duty near Noney halted the vehicle in which this reporter was travelling. They put up a porcupine and asked the driver to take it to their post. Obviously, the AR personnel bought the porcupine for consumption.

It was a same story at Senapati, Ukhrul and Chandel too. The main markets of these districts were seen adorned with dried and fresh meats of wild animals particularly deer and wild pigs.
Ironically no law enforcing agency were seen taking action against poaching and hunting wild animals in all these districts. Wild animals and their meats were seen sold in the markets openly.

One Deputy Commissioner said, “In hill districts even small birds are not spared. They kill the birds using catapults and guns”.

Considering the abject failure of the State Government in protecting wildlife, it needs immediate attention of the Prime Minister who is also the Chairman of the National Wildlife Board in order to check poaching/hunting wild animals in Manipur.

In case necessary steps are not taken up effectively at the earliest, almost all the wildlife of Manipur may become extinct within a short time and this would result in disastrous ecological imbalance.

Source: Sangai Express

Friday, December 05, 2008

The relationship between religion and economics in the light of building an equal society in India

- Rev. Hangpi Manlun

INTRODUCTION: Although we are in the 21st Century our present economic condition remained relatively the same. In this study we will focus how did religion influences economic change. We will also discuss our present Indian situation and the factors of unequal society. And the relationship between religions and economics in the context of social changes necessary and important as it enables us to understand the implication of Church’s participation in social life of Indian Society. And also we will see how we shall address the present crisis as a church we will be the main theme of this paper.



The English word religion has a Latin root ‘religare’ meaning to bind together, which shows the social dimension of religion. . The Hindi word ‘Dharma’ from the Sanskrit word ‘Dhree’, means ‘religion,’ ‘virtue,’ ‘quality,’ ‘function,’ ‘duty, and ‘opinion’. . According to Christopher Dawson, “Religion is the word generally is to described man’s relation to divine or super human powers and the various organized system of belief and worship in which relations have been expressed.”

According to Emile Durkheim, “Religion is a unified system of belief and practices related to sacred things, i.e. to says things set apart and forbidden... It strengthens the unity of the groups and promotes social solidarity”.


Indeed, only during the last 200 yrs or so have we become accustomed to speak of the economy, even though the term was used as long as the fourth century BCE by Aristotle, to designate the relationship among members of the domestic households. The French were the first who used the term economist. David L. Sills define economics as, the social science that deals with the ways which man & societies seek to satisfy their material needs and desire”. C.S. Nagpal put economic clearly the economic as a social science helps us to understand how people tried to accommodate uncommon resources to their means. Thus we can understand that economics as concern with wealth and specifically dealing with the means of managing scarce resources.


The relationship between Religion & Economics can be clearly understood when we studied the social changes, which took places in western societies. According to Francois, when a society becomes un able to reproduces itself as it was before and when elements of a new mode of production begin to supplement the old ones,” the economics structure and dominions ethos of a society are shaped by region of that society, which remains as a major force.

Max Weber rightly say that Protestant ethics is the responsible for the rise of capitalism spirit The Protestant ethic emphasis that acquisition of wealth by one’s on labour is essentially the sign of prosperity here and here after. Therefore, it is the responsibility of every individual person to use reason, which is considered as the gift of God, and develop the fullest potential to acquire as much wealth as one can to glorify God.

But he further says that it acts as contributing factor, not the cause for the capitalism. Having discussed different view, we observe how religion affects economics behaviour.


Although we see so may undesirable practices in Hinduism. Here, we shall deal with some of the reformer social contribution for social change. As India poverty is a direct product of untouchability and castes taboos, the response to the challenge of poverty has to begin with the response to the challenge of untouchability. Basaveswara and several other saints always were eager to prove the folly of caste prejudices. According to Jan Peter Schouten, “Casteism is not identical with Hinduism. The caste system is a social that is religiously legitimated, but religion is more than that.” Vivekananda rightly pointed out that religion itself cannot be blamed for anything...but it is the Pharisees and Sadducees of Hinduism who invent all kinds of methods of oppressions...kick out the priests, who are always against progress, because they would never mind, their hearts would never become big. “

The Rama Krishna Movement has played a great significant role for social change in India. Swami Vivekananda (1862-1902) was the most brilliant reformer in the nineteenth century. He had a vision concerning for the misery of the poor masses. When he writes about his travel through India, he bursts out: “A country where millions of people live on flowers of the Mohua plants, and a million or two sadhus and a hundred million or so of Brahmins suck the blood out of their amelioration - is that country or hell? Is that a religion or the devil’s dance.”

He further said that, “we do stand in need of social reform. The necessary reforms are amelioration of the position of women. For him the most important means to achieve social change is education only by education it is possible to raise the Sudras to the level of the Brahmins. “ He also again said that we cannot give such education to people who are hungry, so he stresses constantly that the people must get enough food.

The other efforts of several great men of India and of movement like Arya Samaj, Brahma Samaj and Prarohana Samaj have been in this direction.


The Quranic prophets were part of the masses. The Quran describes the rulers and chieftains as arrogant oppression and the ruled masses as weakened oppressed masses had to fight against the mighty Pharaoh to liberate Israel. The Quran stands unambiguously with the weak in their struggle against oppressors.

Mecca was experiencing acute social tension when the prophet started preaching there. A powerful class of mercantile bourgeoisie accumulated wealth in their hands broke down the tribal structure and neglected the poor and needy. The prophet felt deeply stressed at this state of affairs and strongly condemned the arrogance of the Meccan rich. He also felt that poverty on a par with unbelief. Hence, war against poverty is an integral part of Islamic faith. The Islamic countries should also share their wealth with poorer sister nations like Bangladesh, if they are to practice Islamic justice fully. Divine unity should reflect social unity and economic equality among the people of a nation as well as among nations. The Holy book ordained absolute equality of the rich and poor in the eyes of law and justice.


The Indian economic planning was commenced in 1951. In terms of objectives and targets it was very modest. Although this very plan was not based on any specific model, it was a remarkable success. The model for the second plan is called Nehru-Mahalanabis model, as it was jointly built by them. But unluckily this second five year plan did not perform according to designs of the model. This was basically due to the new colonial subordination by Indian political economy by the western capitalist forces. By 1957 Indian political economy confronted a severe foreign exchange crisis.

In the history of Indian political economy 1970 was a memorable year .It was in this year the Government of India enacted the Indian Patent Act .This act was a severe blow to foreign capital and multinational corporations. It enabled Indian capital to broaden its business horizon in India antagonistic to the interest of transnational corporations.

The country is now in the Ninth Five Year Plan. The Indian political economy failed to bring about any noticeable changes in property relations. The caste-cum-class character of Indian society is being perpetuated during the fifty years of freedom. Between the two eras, the situation of the poor has still worsened in the post-Nehruian period.

The former Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram says that, “The new economic policy did not give any benefit to the poorest 350 million people of India” is evidence to this. The New Economic Policy and new marketisation policy opened the door for multinationals and foreign products simultaneously rising consumerism. Well, who buys them and who benefit? What have Revlon or Lewis jeans or Pepsi done to a common man? All these are luxurious to the poor, who live on minimum income. It is a direct contrast and paradoxical that while mega cities are planned, many beauty pageants are conducted. The population of slum or homeless number only keeps increasing. Who benefits?


The “Globalization” agenda brought officially into India during the Congress (I) rule at the centre in 1991 through the New Economic and Industrial Policy. The Policy of Indian government adopting globalization and liberalization was for the development of Indian economy. According to S.P Gupta, “India was compelled to enter into global economy due to heavy internal and external depts.” A recent survey indicates that one fifth of the world people living in the highest income countries dominate 82% of the world export market, the share of the bottom fifth is just one percent. Similarly they have 86% of the world GDP whereas the bottom fifth has only one percent. Globalization has also generated jobs and income insecurity, health insecurity, cultural insecurity, personal environment and community insecurity. These are true especially in Indian society.

The opening of the economy to foreign investment and participation led to some clear but undisclosed and unadmitted realities, namely that market economy, that too globalized economy, could embrace only the top 20% of the population i.e., about 200 million, a staggering size for a newly emerging market. But what would happen to the remaining 800 million? of these are the lowest 200 million (20%) were social and economical outcastes of society. The annual Indian budget provided some crumbs to this section.


Sri. C. Subramaniam, (Minister of Planning) said in 1970 in the parliament “over 34% of our people are out an existence of a sub human level with a per capita expenditure of less than Rs.15/- a month (less than 50 paisa a day) .Of these, a significant member live below the poverty line in conditions of chill penury and severe destitution with per capita expenditure of hardly Rs. 10/- per month. “P.D Ojha in his report on Indian poverty estimated the rural to be 70%.

Sri. Mohan Dharea (Minister) one declared that two-thirds of our populations are under the poverty level. These are not just numbers. They are people. Million of them. How can one live with just a rupee or as do most people, just 50 paisa per day? Imagine a family of six getting Rs. 100/- (or 50) per person per day) trying to live as human beings on that income in these hard days. Half of our population belongs to this category. Dalits, tribals are the worst affected people in this list. Between March and June 1995, nineteen children belonging to poor tribal families in Dhule, Maharashtra died of starvation. Not far from godowns stocked to the roof with food grains. The families of the victims just could not access or afford that grain. Six million tonness (60,00,000) of rice and wheat are almost rotting at the government owned Food Corporation of India (FCI) godowns all over India. The rainy months of October and November are going to spoil the food grains and so it means more grain in the godowns. But at the same time people in some

Part of Orissa who could not get food, have eaten rotten decayed mango kernel and died. Some ate the decayed flesh of the exhumed body of the bull that was buried seven days earlier and 19 people were killed. The irony of the situation is, there is a FCI godown with surplus food grains just 80 Km away from the place where the tragedy had occurred. The what for is the surplus stocks of food grains? Who blocks the food grain when 280,000,000 people go to bed without one square meal a day?

The problem of all these are due to unequal distribution of income and resources. What Mahatma Gandhi’s observation was right, “there is enough in this world for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed - is so true as it is today.” The gap between the rich and the poor has always been there since the beginning of history, but today the gap is widening instead of closing. In India 85 percent of the total cultivable area has been redistributed. That is of 455 million acres, only 4.5 million have been distributed among the poor. The top 10% of our population own 56% of all cultivable land. They also get one third of the one percent own more than half the total wealth in the form of shares. A few affluent families control large sectors of the economy, be it land, industry, commerce or the widening of the gap between the rich and the poor are at the root of an unjust society in India.


The above given situation demands transformation of the existing socio-economic structure of the Indian society. Therefore, the basic question is how Christian would respond to this kind of exploitative situation? What should be the guiding principles to transform the unjust socio-economic structure? How does Jesus respond to the economic crisis of his days? Does he provide any model for transformation of economic structure to bring equality and liberation to the poor? If so can such model would be applicable to the present Indian context? Keeping all these questions in mind we shall discuss as follow.


(a) Kingdom Value:

Leonardo Boff argues that Palestine was independent state suffering from the external (Roman) control; Jesus confronted this external force by preaching the kingdom of God that would usher in a new epoch of human liberation. Jesus chooses to identify himself with the poor, defending their rights and promising them a better day when God’s purpose would be consumed on this earth. That means Jesus as he lives with the society, he does not keep himself aloof from problems of the people.

The kingdom of God is the central message of Jesus Christ (Mk.1:15). Jesus and the kingdom of God are inseparable, as Jesus himself is the bearer of the kingdom. The kingdom od God is now and future. On this account, Jurgen Moltmann has stated as follows:

It is experience in the companionship with Jesus where the sick are healed and the lost are found.... And poor discover their dignity, where people who have become rigid are fossilized come alive again, and old, tired life becomes young and fruitful...

According to Mohan Razu, the signs of the kingdom of God are life in all its fullness, the concern for community based on equality and mutual acceptance and freedom from seeking security..., Shalom means healing, wholeness and inclusive community. Jesus has translated these signs of the kingdom to the actual life situation of poverty, exploitation,injustice and oppression. The kingdom is thus characterized by equality, justice, freedom, human dignity, sharing and peace. According to Gustavo Gutierrez Jesus death is the consequences of His struggle for justice, his proclamation of the kingdoms and his identification with the poor. And for S.J Aloysius Pieris, in Jesus, God and the poor have made a covenant to fight their common enemy, mammon.

Wealth by itself is not evil, but it becomes evil when it is accumulated and misused. If wealth is distributed accordingly to the needs, then can be no needy person (Acts. 4:34-35), it ceases to be mammon. Jesus told the rich young men who was in search of eternal life to give up mammon in such a way that the poor would benefit by his renunciation (Mk.10:21). Lazarus remained hungry till his death, while the rich man refused to share even the excess foods and wasted it (Lk. 16:19-31). Poverty forced upon a brother or sister is an evil. Therefore, Jesus called the affluent to be poor so that there would be no poor.

(b) Koinonia as Jesus New Economic Model:

M. Douglas Meeks expressed that God is a community, the three person (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) share in common. There is no single notion of self expression, but is a relationship of self giving and sharing. Luke recorded similar perspective in (Acts 2:44-470. The early Christian put this new economic order into practice, as they had become one body in Christ. The whole emphasizes within the community seemed to have been prompted by a sense of responsibility those who are socially deprived especially the widows (Acts 6:1). The aim is oneness, sharing of resources, people participation, justice, equality, sustainable socio-economic development.

The World Council of Churches Melbourne Conference affirm that, thus the gospel which has been given to Christian must express this continuing concern of God, for the poor to whom Jesus has granted the blessing of the kingdom. So the conference states clearly regarding the responsibility of the church as:

Poor and the hungry cry to God our prayer kingdom come must be prayed in solidarity with the cry millions who are living in poverty, injustice... The church cannot live distant from these faces because she sees the faces of Jesus ill them (Mt.25)... The goods news of the kingdom must be presented to the world by the church, the body of Christ, the sacrament of the kingdom in every place and time...

Lastly, one of the most important things is that the church should work with the people of other faiths, so that her mission can be fulfilled. As Dr. Godwin Shiri rightly pointed out that, “India is a multi-religious country... the task of development cannot be carried out in isolation from those who do not belong to our faith. Therefore, a sincere attempt for dialogue, both in concept and in action with people of other faith is vital.” So that, we can promote humanization to liberate people from all constraints, bondage, dehumanization and bring a just society.


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Manipuri handicrafts in great demand: Thai official

Imphal, Dec 4: In what could be considered as a big morale boost to the handicraft industry of Manipur, Tharado Thongruang, Counsellor (commercial) Royal Thai Embassy on Thursday stated that Manipur handicrafts production and its raw materials were in great demand in Thailand.

The counsellor who was on a two-day visit to the state to study the possibilities of direct trade link between Thailand and Manipur left Imphal on Thursday. He reportedly arrived to the state on Wednesday, December 3.

During his stay, the counsellor visited the border trade centre at Moreh border town on Wednesday and also met the commerce and industry minister of Manipur Y. Irabot singh.
Interacting with the media persons on Thursday at the Hotel Imphal, North AOC the Thai Counsellor said that he was here to study the feasibilities of direct trade link between Thailand and Manipur and see for positive possibilities. He also revealed under the India and Thailand free trade agreement there are 82 items out of which good quality of handicraft, woodcarving product and raw materials like cane sticks are in great demand and added that the people of Thailand are interested in coming to Manipur.

The counsellor also expressed his keen interest in opening a Thailand trade information centre at Imphal and hoped to carry out different activities in near future, like taking the businessmen of Manipur to Thailand for visiting various trade centres in the country, to organized trade three fair in Manipur, Myanmar and Thailand and to take the royal riders to Thailand, to boost the trade relation between Thailand and Manipur.

While encouraging the initial response of the state, the counsellor revealed that he will apprise the Thailand embassy in Delhi and discuss the matter.


NE gets Rs 14,000-cr investment proposals in 4 years

SHILLONG, Dec 4 – The north-eastern states has received investment proposals to the tune of Rs 14,000 crore in the last four years despite increasing number of militancy related incidents which claimed lives of hundreds people.

“Investment proposals received by all the eight states in the region in the past four years amounts to Rs 14,352 crore. Of these, the investments of Rs 7,000 crore approximately were proposed from non-government sector in 2007-08 alone,” according to a thematic group on industry constituted by the North East Council to prepare the action plan for Vision 2020.

The group is headed by Joint Secretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry NN Prasad.

Prasad said that the trend indicated the renewed interest shown by the corporate sector towards the north eastern region after the announcement of the North Eastern Industrial Investment and Promotion Policy, 2007.

Going by this trend, corporate investments of at least Rs 3 lakh crore could be expected by 2020, the group noted in its action plan report.

Advocating a cluster-based and holistic approach from the government to promote industries, it, however, underlined the need to create a conducive environment with respect to security and law and order to facilitate the process of industrialisation. – PTI

Process to finalise action plan for Vision 2020 begins

SHILLONG, Dec 4 – Six months after the ‘Vision 2020’ for the North-east was unveiled by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as many as 17 thematic groups today began presentations of their action plans as part of the ambitious programme to pace up socio-economic development in the region.

A galaxy of policy makers, officials and intelligentsia from across the region congregated here as the thematic groups constituted by the North Eastern Council (NEC) for formulating and executing action plans for their respective developmental sectors presented their papers.

NEC secretary Phalguni Rajkumar said, while the execution of some programmes have already begun, the inputs gathered during the two-day conference would be compiled in the action plan.

Officials at the NEC said the Vision 2020 could see an annual investment of over Rs 20,000 crore being pumped into the Northeast for development of different sectors ranging from air connectivity, roads, rail, communication, poverty alleviation, banking, tourism, agriculture.

The thematic groups, comprising officials from their respective Union ministries, would monitor the execution of the plans and regulate the action plan, while the NEC will facilitate the process. – PTI

Electronic Voting Machines in Mizoram Election

December 4th, 2008: Most of the used Electronic Voting Machines have been received back in the District Hqrs. and sealed in the Strong room. In Lawngtlai District, Electronic voting machines from 6 polling stations are yet to be received back and they are expected this evening. Meanwhile the Chief Electoral Officer, Mr. Lalmalsawma told ZONET that the over all percentage of vote polled is estimated to be 77.77 percent although there are some small polling stations where complete report is not yet received.

In Saiha district, all the Electronic Voting Machines were received back and locked in the strong room in Saiha by 8 this morning. The over all polling percentage in the 2 Palak and Saiha constituencies was 79.03. The polling in Lope polling station was the highest recording 94.33 percent. There were also a number of polling stations where the polling percentage was over 90 percent while the lowest polling percentage of 67.55 was recorded in Siata polling station.

In Lawngtlai district, EVMs in 6 polling stations are yet to be received and they are expected this evening. Meanwhile the over all polling percentage in the 3 constituencies is 75.5. Cent percent polling was recorded in Saikhawthlir and Kakichhuah polling stations. In Fangfarlui polling station, 123 voters of 128 voters in the roll cast their votes.

In Lunglei District, EVMs of all the 164 polling stations have been received back by 4 this afternoon and they were sealed and locked in the strong room in the presence of Observers and Polling Agents. In Dengsur, Sairep and Thuampui polling stations, over 96 percent polling was recorded and the over all percentage is 81.68.

The Electronic Voting Machines used in Serchhip, Hrangturzo and Tuikum constituencies were received back by 4 this morning and sealed in the strong room in the presence of the Observers and polling agents. The over all polling percentage in this district is 85.83. The highest polling percentage of 95.80 was recorded in Hriangtlang polling station of Hrangturzo constituency. There are 9 polling stations where the percentage was over 90.
In Champhai district, the Electronic Voting Machine used for the polling in 101 polling stations were brought back by 4 this afternoon. They were kept and sealed in the strong room guarded by Para Military Force. In this district, the over all polling percentage of 5 constituencies was 82.4. Cent percent polling was recorded in Taitawkawn polling station.

In Kolasib district, the EVMs used in 76 polling stations were received by 3 this morning. They were sealed in the strong room which is guarded by Para Military Force. The over all polling percentage in the 3 constituencies of the district is 80 percent. Mualkhang and Serkhan polling stations recorded over 92 percent polling.

In Mamit district, all the EVMs used in the 3 constituencies have been received back by 7 this morning. They were kept in the strong room which is guarded by the Para Military Force. The over all polling percentage in the district is over 70 percent.

In Aizawl district, EVMs used in all the 293 polling stations were received back by 7:30 this morning. They were kept in the strong room which is to be guarded by the Para Military Force till the counting day. The fate of all the 206 candidates contesting in 40 seats have been sealed in the Electronic Voting Machines. They will be revealed on next Monday which is fixed for the counting day. In reply to ZONET, the Chief Electoral Officer, Mr. Lalmalsawma said, all the results are expected by the afternoon of the counting day.

United Democratic Alliance expressed gratitude to the MPF and Central YMA for their efforts to ensure clean and peaceful elections. In a press release, the UDA described the just concluded polling as a landmark in the election history of the state.

The President of Peace Accord MNF Returnees Association (PAMRA), B. Zorampara denied the allegation that he and his 3 colleagues were campaigning in South Hlimen and the surrounding villages on Monday night. Talking to reporters in PAMRA office today, Mr. Zorampara said, their visit to South Hlimen was a family matter to see a house constructed recently by their friend. While they are about to return to Aizawl, the MPF on duty warned them that the campaign hour has ended. He said that suspicion fell on them as the pistol of his PSO was seen by some people in the village and this had led to a situation which has been blown out of proportion…………………

World Disabled Day was observed in Mizoram today along with the rest of the world. The theme of the day was, ‘respect and proper treatment for the disabled persons’. In a function held in the SCERT premises, Chaltlang, various entertainment programmes were arranged for the disabled persons. ……………..

Today, the maximum temperature of Aizawl City is 22.2 degree Celsius and the minimum was 14.6 degree Celsius.


Naga Talks in Dutch Capital

Kohima, Dec 4 : The much awaited crucial Naga peace talks between the Centre and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah will be held in Amsterdam from December 7 to 9.

Senior functionary of the outfit Samson Jojo said apart from Isak Chishi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah, other leaders who would attend the talks are V.S. Atem, R.K. Raising, Q. Tuccu and Somba Chang.

“They have reached Amsterdam this morning from New Delhi,” Jojo said. Swu and Muivah are already in Amsterdam.

The talks, which were supposed to be held in The Hague, have now been shifted to Amsterdam according to NSCN sources.

Another senior kilonser (minister), Karaibo Chawang, told The Telegraph that the talks would be crucial as the ball was now in the Centre’s court.

The NSCN leaders in Nagaland said they were impatient with the delaying tactics of Indian policy-makers.

The Centre will be represented by Union minister Oscar Fernandes. Minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office Prithviraj Chauhan is also expected to take part, besides K. Padmanabhaiah, now interlocutor for the Naga talks, senior intelligence and security officials said.

The NSCN has submitted a 31-point proposal to the Centre saying Delhi will be responsible for defence, foreign affairs, currency and communication relating to Nagalim (Nagaland).

The government of Nagalim will have its own armed forces which will be exclusively responsible for internal security and that the Indian security personnel and the Naga army will jointly fight external threat.

But the most contentious and thorny issue is integration of contiguous Naga areas which the NSCN said would be the first step to address the impasse.

But for the interim period, the outfit said areas occupied by Nagas would not form part of the current negotiations.

At present, the Centre and the NSCN are also studying the Constitution to accommodate the demands of the NSCN (I-M).

The Telegraph

Centre nods to extending rail line to Imphal

Manipur Info Centre

New Delhi, Dec 4 The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved the proposal of Manipur government to extend the broad gauge 27-km rail line from Tupul to Imphal so as to provide direct rail connectivity to the state capital with rest of the country. The total length of the railway line from Jiribam to Imphal will be 125 km.

The CCEA approval in regard to Manipur’s proposal was made during the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

It was a longstanding demand of the northeastern state to connect its capital with the rest of the country through a railway line to end the transportation bottleneck.

On the request of the SPF Government led Shri Okram Ibobi Singh, the survey of the line was again done so as to connect Imphal directly by railway line. The alignment on this extended length from Tupul to Imphal had to negotiate a hill range having reduced level of approximately 1200 metre. Construction of the railway line from Tupul to Imphal became feasible by raising the level of Tupul Station, providing 8.11 km long tunnel and changing the ruling gradient to 1 in 60 from Tupul to Imphal.

The proposed new broad gauge line will be providing rail connectivity up to Imphal as well as make possible direct movement of freight and passengers from this region to other parts of the country.

The increased expenditure of the extension propo- sal is estimated to cost Rs 2,650 crores.
Since the project is a national project, 25 per cent funding will be from railway’s gross budgetary support and 75 per cent from Finance Ministry as has already been approved for similar other national projects of North Eastern region.

Mention may be made that to provide rail connectivity to the State capital of Manipur; Jiribam- Tupul rail project was included in the budget 2004-05 at the cost of Rs. 727.27 crore as a National Project. The Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan singh laid the foundation stone of the project at Jirbam on November 20 2004. The line was proposed to terminate at Tupul, a small township about 53 km from Imphal by road as it was not considered feasible to construct the line beyond Tupul due to unfavorable altitudes and exceeding ruling gradients.

In the North Eastern Region, rail connectivity had been intensified recently after the Centre had taken up many rail projects as a National Project. Recently Agartala, the State Capital of Tripura had been connected with the railway line with the rest of the country. Tripura’s State capital Agartala on October 5 this year became the second Northeastern capital town, after Guwahati, included in the railway map with regular train service beginning between the State and other parts of the country. The survey for construction of the railway line from Dimapur to Kohima, the State capital of Nagaland is being taken up as a National Project with the process of laying of 125-km long railway line between Dimapur and Kohima began from November 25 this year.

Source: The Sangai Express

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Air chief Major confirms aerial attack threat

NEW DELHI: Government has received inputs about terrorists' plans to carry out a 9/11-type aerial attack on targets in India, Air chief Fali Homi Major said on Thursday, PTI reported.

"This (report about terrorists carrying out possible aerial attacks) is based on a warning, which has been received (by the government) and we are prepared as usual," Major told reporters after laying a wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate on the occasion of Navy Day.

He said the issue was discussed during the meeting of three service chiefs with defence minister A K Antony yesterday at South Block.

"The issue was discussed in yesterday's meeting," he said.

After receiving inputs from intelligence agencies about possible aerial strikes by terrorists, airports in Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai were put on high alert last night as the reports suggested that terrorists could have sneaked into India to carry out strikes on the anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

Defence minister A K Antony had also yesterday warned the armed forces about the possibility of terror attacks from airborne platforms similar to the 9/11 attacks in the US.

In the meeting, Antony called for greater coordination among security and intelligence agencies so as to make the intelligence inputs actionable.

Antony wanted tightening of vigil along India's coastal, land and aerial frontiers to prevent terror attacks in future.

Email threat to airports
LAHORE: The Deccan Mujahideen group that claimed responsibility for last week's terror attacks in Mumbai, has now threatened to attack the New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai airports between December 3 and 7, ANI reported.

According to a Daily Times report, the threat was given through an e-mail sent from Saudi Arabia and received by Indira Gandhi Airport officials.

Security at all the Indian airports was put on high alert after the e-mail.

Earlier, on November 26, the little known group had claimed responsibility for the deadly Mumbai attacks that left almost 200 people dead.

Most spy agencies around the world are reportedly clueless about the antecedents of the Deccan Mujahideen, which has claimed responsibility for the planned and synchronized terror strikes in Mumbai.

"Initially we saw violence in India imported from outside - with allegations of Pakistani government support - but now we are seeing new, homegrown groups," CBS quoted Nigel Inkster, director of Transnational Threats at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, as saying last week.


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14. Chhungi -do- Rs.100/-
15. Nemneihkim -do- Rs.100/-
16. Nemzamuan -do- Rs.100/-
17. Thangsonlian -do- Rs.100/-

2. East Delhi Area

Sl.No. Min Address Piakzah

1. S.Thangnunsanng&family East Vinod Nagar Rs.200/-
2. K.Vungzamuan&family -do- Rs.200/-
3. K.Thangthianlal&family -do- Rs.100/-
4. Sangte Thomte -do- Rs.100/-
5. Awmpuii -do- Rs.100/-
6. Bonny -do- Rs.100/-
7. Sangkhum&family LBS Hospital Rs.200/-
8. Chawnzamuan&family Shahdara Rs.100/-
9. Manhoihching -do- Rs.100/-
10.Ginmuanthang&family Kondli Rs.100/-
11. MC Kham&family GTB Enclave Rs.100/-
12. Dimkhanvung -do- Rs.100/-
13. Grace Muankim -do- Rs.100/-
14. Biakpi&family -do- Rs.100/-
15. Ginzasang Ngaihte -do- Rs.200/-
16. Lalthanmawii -do- Rs.100/-
17. Dimngaihlian -do- Rs.100/-

3. Munirka Area

Sl.No Min Address Piakzah

1. T.Thiankhanmuan 92-C Munirka Rs.300/-
2. Samuel Pausonlian 586,Munirka Rs.100/-
3. Siamchin Ngaihte 249 I/2 Munirka Rs.100/-
4. Nemzoukim Guite Munirka Rs.50/-
5. Chiinnunmawi -do- Rs.50/-
6. TS Ginmang -do- Rs.100/-
7. JK Mang -do- Rs.100/-
8. Kap a -do- Rs.101/-
9. Zamzalian Guite -do- Rs.50/-
10.Thangsuanching -do- Rs.50/-
11.Lalminmoi -do- Rs.50/-
12.T.Khamlalmuan -do- Rs.200/-
13. Paukhanlian Tonsing 240-A Munirka Rs.100/-
14. H.Liankhanlam -do- Rs.100/-
15. N.Lalsuanmang 211-B,Munirka Rs.150/-
16. Khaisuan Dousel 249/1,Munirka Rs.50/-
17. Thanggoumuan Guite Munirka Rs.300/-
18. Siambiaklian Valte -do- Rs.100/-
19. Denga Male Hostel -do- Rs.100/-
20. H.Ginjohnson -do- Rs.100/-
21. Tunsuanthang Guite Munirka Rs.100/-
22. P.Thangkhanlal Guite -do- Rs.100/-
23. K.Chinthianjuan -do- Rs.50/-
24. K.Vungzakhen -do- Rs.50/-
25. Thangkhanlian -do- Rs.100/-
26. Sangvung -do- Rs.100/-
27. Khual Naulak -do- Rs.50/-
28. Lunte -do- Rs.50/-
29. Chinkhenthang -do- Rs.100/-
30. Benson Guite -do- Rs.50/-
31. Elizabeth -do- Rs.60/-
32. Samuel T. Guite -do- Rs.50/-
33. Vungthianmang -do- Rs.200/-

4. North Delhi Area

Sl.No Min Address Piakzah

1. Dr.Ngaihlun Hindu Rao Hospital Rs.200/-
2. T.Songzamang E-83,Nehru Vihar Rs.100/-
3. Sumte Unau 18 UA Jawahar Rs.30/-
4. Vungthang 5460/6 Chandrawal Rs.20/-
5. Lunching Tombing B-130 Nehru Vihar Rs.50/-
6. Soson D-175 Gandhi Vihar Rs.30/-
7. Ngaipi E-116/117 Gandhi Vihar Rs.30/-
8. Esther B-17A Vijay Nagar Rs.50/-
9. Ginsuanmung 9/8A Vijay Nagar Rs.50/-
10. Thanghawmtung -do- Rs.50/-
11. Chingte DSSW (DU) Rs.30/-
12. Nemlian UHW (DU) Rs.20/-
13. Niangpi -do- Rs.50/-
14. Zenkhankap Jubilee Hall Rs.20/-
15. Liangousiam KMC Hostel Rs.20/-
16. Lianminthang Samte B-148 Vijay Nagar Rs.25/-
17. Tawnsianpau -do- Rs.25/-
18. Ruthy A-29B Vijay Nagar Rs.20/-
19. Vunghoihman -do- Rs.20/-
20. Lawmkimte inkuan N-8 Malka Ganj Rs.80/-
21. Rodhate inkuan N-15 Malka Ganj Rs.50/-
22. Kaizalian Q-2 Malka Ganj Rs.30/-
23. Vumdoulian -do- Rs.20/-
24. Thangchinlian -do- Rs.30/-

Gole Market/CP Area

Sl. No - Min - Address - Piakzah

1. Thangzalun Khuptong - 737/9, BKS Marg - Rs.1000/-
2. T. Thanghnun - 20-L, Gole Market - Rs.1000/-
3. Mc Dalthang - 369, Block 89, Sec1. Gole Market - Rs.700/-
4. Upa Tualzapau - 95-N Gole Market - Rs.600/-
5. T. Lalkhanhau - 1070, BKS Marg - Rs.500/-
6. H. Ngaihlun - 51-N, Gole Market - Rs.500/-
7. Senlal Vaiphei - 501, External Affairs Hostel - Rs.500/-
8. T. Khanching & Lianching - 20-M, Gole Market - Rs.500/-
9. Shelly Hangluah - 369, Block 84, Sec1, Gole Market - Rs.200/-

Sarojini Area Updated Dec.9, 2008

Sl.No Min Address Piakzah

1. K.Muanniang Tunglut - Sarojini Nagar - Rs.1000/-
2. Vung Ngaihkim Ngaihte - Sarojini Nagar - Rs.1000/-
3. Chiin Hauching Ngaihte - Sarojini Nagar - Rs.500/-
4. B.Thawngsiandong - Nauroji Nagar - Rs.501/-

Kotla, Gautam Nagar, Lodhi Colony Area

Sl.No Min Address Piakzah

1. H.Kamsuanthang&family Gautam Nagar Rs.1000/-
2. Ningzavung Kotla Rs.1000/-
3. Chingmuankim Kotla Rs.600/-
4. M.Lamlun&family Kotla Rs.500/-
5. Kambiakmuan &family Kotla Rs.400/-
6. Dimbiaklun Kotla Rs.200/-
7. Melody Chingmuankim Kotla Rs.200/-
8. Hau Tunglut&family Kotla Rs.200/-
9. Seithianmung Kotla Rs.100/-
10. Suanthang Kotla Rs.50/-
11. Thangkhanmung Kotla Rs.50/-
12. Thangliankhup Kotla Rs.50/-
13. Ngainunmawi Kotla Rs.50/-
14. L.Ngulminthang&Family Lodhi Colony Rs.500/-

Bersarai area behlapna

Sl.No Min Address Piakzah

1. Zamlianmang Guite Bersarai Rs.500/-


Zamlianmang Guite








Sonmuan Tonsing












SSPP (Sports)Vangaitang Area



Chingthianmawi & Vungthiansiam

Sarai Julena




Masih Garh



Thanglianmang Valte

Masih Garh



Pauliansiam Guite

Masih Garh



B. Thawngsonhau Ngaihte

Sarai Julena




Sarai Julena



Paulun Suantak

111/B,Bhagawan Nagar Ashram



Hangminlun Suantak

Masih Garh



Goukhanlam Hangshing

Masih Garh



Thangkhankhup Suantak








Pu Biaklun Shoute

Vasant Enclave



Church of Christ

RK Puram


COMFA Updates 16th December,2008.

Sl.No Min Address Piakzah

1. Goukhangin DB-16/A,LIG flats,Hari Nagar Rs.500/-
2. Niangkhannem c/o T.Lethil,DA-4/F,LIG flats,Hari Nagar Rs.500/-
3. Pumsuanlal 69C Sec 6,Dwarka Rs.200/-
4. Khamgoupau Rk Puram Sec.12 Rs.500/-
5. K.Ginkhankam Sec.8 Rk Puram Rs.400/-
6. EBCC Delhi Dwarka Rs.5000/-
7. Church of Christ Rk. Puram Rs.2500/-


COMFA Collection 16th December,2008.

Sl.No. Min Address Piakzah

1. G.Khamkhanpau 113 Rk.Puram Sec 12 Rs.600/-
2. Gentinlian Rk Puram,Sec 12 Rs.500/-
3. Ginkhomang N-550,Rk Puram Rs.500/-
4. H.Soilian 73 L Vasant Vihar Rs.500/-
5. H.Lamthianmuan 71 H Vasant Vihar Rs.500/-
6. SK Mung Vasant Vihar Rs.500/-
7. L.Vum Mang 4L Vasant Vihar Rs.500/-
8. Robert Suanlian 64 Vasant Vihar Rs.300/-
9. Letchinthang Shoute 5D Vasant Vihar Rs.300/-
10. Jamgoumuan 23K Vasant Vihar Rs.200/-
11. Boboi 4K Vasant Vihar Rs.200/-

COMFA contribution submitted by SSPP Jhq.

Sl.No Min Address Piakzah

1. Vungliankim Valte JNU Rs.300/-
2. K.Ginmuanthang JNU Rs.200/-
3. M.Pauminsang Guite JNU Rs.200/-
4. H.N.Muanlal JNU Rs.200/-
5. Ngaihman JNU Rs.200/-
6. K.Muanthang Ngaihte JNU Rs.50/-
7. Zenngaihlun JNU Rs.50/-

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