Saturday, January 03, 2009

Korean study centre to come up in MU

IMPHAL, Jan 1 – The Korean Embassy in India has reportedly expressed their interest in opening a Korean language study centre in Manipur University to cater to the people who would like to learn Korean, either at primary level or at high school level.

The move was initiated following Manipur Education minister Langpoklakpam Jayanta Kumar Singh-led four member delegation’s request in a meeting with Republic of Korea’s ambassador Young Sun Back in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The other defelation members are Mangsatabam Harekrishna, Director, Education (S) and additional secretary of Education and Naoroibam Ratan Meetei, a social worker. The Korean delegation consisted of Cultural Secretary of Korea and professor, JK Kim of UNU. This is the second such meeting between Manipuri delegates and Korean government for extending collaboration. The first one was held on December 10 last year.

The proposal included short one year diplopma courses for professional skilled workers who want to learn Korean for job opportunities in Korea.

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Assam Rifles for Zou veng youths

IMPHAL, Jan 2: A volleyball tournament was organised by Hqs 27 Sector Assam Rifles under Hqs IGAR (South) from December 31, 2008 to January 1 at Churachandpur town for the youth of Zou Veng locality.

A total of six teams took part in the tournament. Hqs 27 Sector AR provided sports items like volleyball net and prizes for the winners and runners up and also consolation prizes for all the participants. A friendly match was also played between the troops of Hqs 27 Sector AR and Churachandpur youths.


Army recruitment

IMPHAL, Jan 2: male candidates of the North Eastern States having passed 12th standard and interested in appearing for the recruitment test as soldiers technical in the Army are informed to assemble/report at the Subsidiary Training Centre (BSF) at Churachandpur along with original documents for the screening test on january 18 at 11 am. The recruitment rally would be held from January 18 till 25, informed a PIB (DW) release while adding that common entrance examination of those candidates who qualify in the screening test will be conducted on January 25 at the Churachandpur STC BSF complex. Detailed information may be enquired from the Army Recruitment Office, Rangapahar on telephone No 03862256916, the PIB release added.


JAC seals Govt offices
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Imphal, Jan 2: Asserting it meant business in its ongoing ceasework strike against the non-implementation of the 6th Pay Commi- ssion, the Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of the All Manipur Trade Unions Co-uncil (AMTUC) and All Manipur Government Employees Organisation (AMGEO) on Friday has sealed all the Government offices in the State including those in the nine districts of Manipur and the Jawahar Lal Nehru (JN) hospital, Porompat in Imphal East.
The JAC also locked the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) office on Thursday which is probably one of the depart-ments with tight security.

The JAC had been on an indefinite ceasework strike since November 27, 2008 demanding the implemen-tation of the 6th Pay Com- mission. Prior to the cease-work strike, the JAC had begun the agitation by wearing black badges from Novem-ber 6 which was followed by pen down strike from Nov-ember 20 wherein no official works were done. And with the failure of the state govt to implement the 6th Pay Commission, the JAC started the ceasework strike on November 27, 2008. Intensifying its agitation the JAC on Friday closed all the Government offices in the State. Though the DIPR was also locked by the JAC on Thursday, the Director of the Department broke the lock and opened the office, informed a source of the Department, adding that work was normal on Friday at the Department.

The JAC has also closed the Social Welfare Depart-ment and Command Area Development Authority (CADA) offices.

During a telephonic conversation Inaocha, spokesperson of the JAC informed that all the administrative works in all the Sovernment offices of the State including the JN hospital were now paralysed.

If the Chief Minister is silent on the implementation of the 6th Pay Commission, the JAC will resort

- The Sangai Express

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Another NE girl raped in Gurgaon

New Delhi, Jan 2: The year 2008 ended with shock following the rape of a 22 year old Assamese girl in IT hub city Gurgaon, National Capital Region on December 30 night.

The fact finding team led by NE Support Centre & Helpline’s spokesperson, Mr Madhu Chandra, member Dr Alana Golmei, social activist along with two leaders from Jagori—Ms Nilansu Dutta and Priti— rushed to the victim as soon the incident was reported early morning on Wednesday.

The women members of the fact finding team, met the victim and provided trauma counselling and latter took her to Sector 40 Police Station Gurgaon, Haryana to lodge a complaint.
After registering FIR No. 325 under section 376 of Indian Penal Code the rapist has been arrested by the police.

Revealing the trauma, the victim maintained that Mr Manish, a resident of Greenwood, Sector 40, Gurgaon promised her to give a job in a friend’s house as a domestic help.

However, instead of taking her to the family where she was promised to work as a domestic help, Mr Manish took her to his resident at around 8 pm on December 30, the girl said, adding she was offered juice that was mixed with some intoxicant and was raped repeatedly throughout the night.
The victim further said, “I was forced to wear revealing tight dressed and he took picture of me.”

At early morning, she was taken to another place and left in an unknown place and latter she managed to return to her residence at Sikandrapur, Gurgaon.

After filing the complaint, police took her to Government Hospital at Gurgaon for medical examination.

While the North East communities in Delhi and NCR were still feeling it hard to imagine the previous case of two girls being molested in Gurgaon recently, this incident of rape case that occurred in the same city has only added fuel to the people’s sense of being discriminated on racial and regional basis.

NE Support Centre & Helpline

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Friday, January 02, 2009

Tam Leitung Mi Ihi Sih; Khuolzin Pei Diing Kuon Ihi

-Khaiminthang, USA

Tam laagui khu Musico ‘90 laiin a kithang mama a, tuni’n ahina themkhat sui lei ichi uhi. Athu a kichien mama a, hinanlezong eite’n a gennuom theilou pi’n i pawngsah thei zel uhi. Eite pen leitung mite hilou in leitung sanga thupizaw khat a diinga siemte ihi uhi. Leitung leh a sunga um zousie leitung abei chienga bei diinga siem ahia, hinanlezong mihingte pen tuadan maimai diinga i Pa Pasian in ang siem ahi sih hi. Kei a diingin tam laagui thupi taluo ahijiehin ka tanchin (Testimony) ka gel chiengin “A Pilgrimage Life Given by God” (Pasian Hing Pieh Khuolzinna Hinkhuo) chi’n ka gielthei zel hi.


Leitunga teenden nuomna nei in misiem mipilte’n suisui nanleh shi theilouna khu aum sih hi. Ajiehpen shina kichikhu ang bawlpa Pasian Master Plan ahi hi. Eite pen ang siempa’n ang koina mun maimai a khosa thei diing leh ang piehte maimai zalzou diinga siemte ihi uhi. Pu Haumang in, “Damtui a jaal lim-ngate zong simlei tunga leeng diing gul nan zong, damtui a jaal diinga Sianmang laitan hi e” ana chi a, gen dih kasa mama hi. Pasian in leitung leh asunga sil umte tawh kichimat seng diing hing deisahlou in gentheina leh lunglenna themkhat tam leitung a bukim ngai mawngmawng lou diing ang pie a, leitunga umden diinga siem ihilou jiehun i lungkimna leh nopna khu a buching thei tahtah sih hi. Leitung khu i inn tawpna uh ahisih a, leitung sanga hoizaw leh thupizaw khat khuo leh tui mi hi diinga siemte ihi uhi.

Laphuotute’n, “Khut a lamlou taangtawn inn nuom, kei di’n bawlsa’n a um” chiin ana phuo uhi.


Khuolzin hinkhuo kichi pen hinkho nuom tahtah leh hinkho buching ahisih hi. Adiehin, khuolsau jin ahilouleh gamdang a zin chi khu thubai ahisih hi. Dolien leh apoimaw tuomtuom tampi a um a, i teenna gammi hina leh i khuolzinna diing gam apat a phalna chite angai hi. Eite zong i kumtawn Passport leh i leitung Visa tawh um ihi uhi ichi nuom uhi. Mihing khat a ipienkhiet leh tam leitung ah asawtpen in kum 80 vel ium giap diing hi. (Lapite 119: 10) Tuazou chiengin i kumtawn innpi izuonta diing uhi. David in, “Bakhat sunga diingin leitungah ka um hi” (Lapite 119:19) ana chi hi.


Sawltah Paul in eite pen, “Krist Palaite” ang chi hi. (2Kor. 5: 20) Leitung gamkhat a Palai a pangte hinkhuo apat-in eite Krist Palai ihina dinmun athupi dan leh apoimawdan muthei in a um hi. Gamdang khatah palai in hing kisawl taleh na tenna gam ai-aw nahita china ahi ahita a, na palai panna gam leh na teenna gamte ki-samkaina, ki-dawltuona, ki-tanauna leh adang danga ahoi theina diinga nasem nahita hi.

Tambangin eite zong Krist in leitunga a palai diinga ang teelte ihi ua, ang sawlpa sawlna dandan a ihin uh angai hi. Leitung leh Vantung ki-samkaina, ki-dawltuona leh ki-tanauna Eden huon a kisesa Jesu Krist in asiemtha zoudan leh Jesu’n lei mihing zousie Pa kung atun theina diinga anasepte semzel diinga leitung a palai a ang sawl ahita hi. Tuapen Pasian Mission (Missio Dei) a ki-chi hi. (Matt. 28:19-20; Nasepte 1:8) Hattuomte’n tam Pa Pasian nasep i ngaisahlou chiengun Hattuom shi, Piengtha nuatawl chite leh adang dangte ihita uhi. Hattuom lamkai masate’n agenna uah “Mission kichi nahsahlou hattuom khu hattuom shi ahi” a chi ua, adih mama hi.

Hattuomte, mi piengthate leh Krist nuazuite nasep thupipen khu tam nasep ahi hi. Tam nasep thupi isep theina diingun lampi (strategies) tuomtuomte i bawl ua, Hattuom in hoitah a aseptou theina diingin Hattuom sungah lam thuomtuom in ikhen uhi. Tam Pasian Mission isepna pen khatna leh apoimawpen ahi zing diing angai hi. Tualou nasep dangdangte i ngaisah zawh chiengun Hattuom khu Pasian deina apat in awlawl in ang ki-tawlmangta hi. Tampen gingthute a diinga i ki-ngahna khuompi uleh i suutpi uh ahi diing angai hi. I damsung un bangtan isep sawm uoi?


Leitung pen Dawimangpa khut sunga um ahijiehin i nasep khu nasep nuom ahi liei sih hi. Khatvei tengin isepna nawngkaisah diing ang umzel a, lungkie leh ki-ngamla in ium thei zel uhi. Puana diing leh minsiet theina diing zong tampi a um a - sum leh pai, neeh leh taah, ham leh pau, sil leh teen, lawm leh guolte, innsung leh kholai thu, nasep tuom sepna leh pua theina leh minsiet theina dangdang tampi a um hi. Tambang hinkhuo a i um chiengua i ngaituona ua um zing diing a idei khu - Apua a thoukia theite khu hinna neite ahia, apau a thoukia thei nawnloute khu hinna neiloute ahi hi. I hinkhuo khu mawhna mai leh aum den diingin ngaituo sih va ui. (Do not take life as granted). Shithei mihing ihidan theizing va ui. Ke’n zong ka hinkhuo khu mawhna in ka ngaituo thei zel a, mite ang shi chiengun ka hinna dengdeldan leh bangchih laipou a shithei kahidan kathei zel valuoi hi. David in zong Pasian kungah, “Tuaziehin pilna lungtang ka vom theina diingun ka dam kumte uh simdan ei hilin” ana chi hi. (Lapite 90: 12) Eipawl in zong i damkumte uh simdan thei in imai ah hing kiphata maizen leh zau leh liing kawm in i hutdamna na isep chiet diingun ngaituo ing! I damsung leh i shini diing kithei tamai zen leh bangchiin i kihei pilpial diei mah kachi hi.


Leitunga i khuolzin sungun gimna diing, lunglenna diing, hasietna diing, ki-ngamlana diing leh ana isep Pa Pasian tawh hing khen gamlathei diing tampi ang um diing hi. Leitung mite hing mudana zong ituoh diing ua, ang ki-gensiet hun zong aum diinga, mite mai a ang kiselphou hun zong aum diinga, ang ki-minsietsah hun zong aum diinga, thuzuou a hing minsesahte thugente la a i lawm leh guolte’n ang simmaw leh lipkhap hun zong ang um maithei hi. Hinanlezong, thutah pen in guol ang zou veve diing a, a na nasep pa’n nang ang taisan ngaisih a, leitunga zuouthu a i minsietnate pen Vantunga i gou manpha hing suoh diing ahi chi theizing va ui. I hinkhote uh umze neilou banga ang kilah a, Jesu Krist i nuazuina khu beidot ang huoi a, lungkiet ang huoi chiengin innpi tung nailou ihidan i ngaisutna ah ang kilang zel hi.

Missionary khat a nasep apat a pension diing khat leh America President pa agam uh America zuon a longpi khat a tuongkhawmte tangthu kumlui tah khu a ki-genthei zel hi. Mipite kikou aw, galkapte tumging, puonpha san (Carpet), vaidawnna diellap kikhaite leh thutha saite’n President pa hing tun diing ana ngah diamduam mai ua, missionary pa khu kum tampi a kikhenpi leh a iit angai ngutngut gam atun vangin koima’n a theipha dan sih a, ngaisah phah in zong a kineita vateeh sih hi. Naahngeh nasa leh ki hasietsuo in ana asep Pasian kungah hitui pum kawmin ang hasiet phunta hi. Pasian in awneen tahin, “Ka ta aw, nang pen inn hing tung nailou na hi” achi hi.


I shi chieng un innpi nuasie ihisih ua, innpi juon a pei ihi jaw uhi. Hiengtam Jaang hanmuol a kigielte khatin ka lungsim ala mama hi. Dih liensih lezong tambang simdeu in a kigiel hi - “Shi diingin tam leitung ah apieng a, hing diingin tam leitung hinkhuo a nuasieta hi.” Gieldih hina lawmlawm uh e! Zougam a tambang mi um ahidan kathei chiengin ka lungsim nopna in adim hi. “I innpi hoidan leh bitdan khu mihingte kammal in a kigen thei naisih a, kichientah a gentheina diing thumal diing zong kimu nailou ahi” chilei igen vaal talaw diingin ka ngaisun sih hi. Kihylna laibu 21 leh 22 na isim leh azepna leh a umdan themkhat agen a, tuate apatin a thupi diingdan themkhat theithei in aum a, hinanlezong kihylna mupa mit-in bangchiin a thupi tama diei chi zong ngaisutna hing langthei khat ahi hi. Tam leitung a soungmantam Caret khat zong mantam mama hia, i innpi uh Soungmantam chikim a kijeem ahileh bangchiin a thupi tazen diei!!! Avaah zong Pasian meel taang ahi nahlai hi.

Tam leitunga electricity thahatnate sangin a thupi zaw thamtham diing hi. Anopdan diing mit-ha in alang thei hi. Peter in zong Meel lamdanna taang ah “Syepa, tana i um uh nuom talawm me izo! Puonbuh thum lam vaiin khat nangma diing, khat Mosi diing leh khat Elijah a diing lam vai izo” achi tamai hi. (Luk 9: 33) Vangam zong hinailou leitunga Pasian mite umjieh a tuabang a munnuom um thei ahileh asiempa umna bangchi in a thupi in a gimnei diei !!! Tua muna teeng diingin chil aw’n “Hing pei in” chiin ahing han hi. Tuana iteen chieng un Johan in Patmos tuilaisie a kihylna amu laia Mangtouna apat a thu kigen, “... Ama khu asieng uah teng vanin, tuachiin amauh umpi vanin, tuachiin a Pasian uh hita va. Tuachiin a mithliteuh sia hul pieh ta vanin, shina um nawn tasih vanin; lungkham kana leh natnate zousie a bei sieng ta diing a, sil lui zousie a mangthai sieng ta hi.” (Kihylna 21: 3-4)

Tami article sim zousie Pasian in ihina kitheitel diingin hing guolzawlta hen! Amen


ZCF Delhi in kumtha khela tah in lawm

Zomi Christian Fellowship Delhi in kumtha lopna NDMC Community Hall, Netaji Nagar, New Delhi ah jinglam nai 11 apat janlam nai 8 sung noptah leh khela tah in ki zang. Kikhopna 11am in kipan hi. Kikhopna ah Pastor Rev. David K. Samte in kumtha thupuon in tukum 2009 pen “Year of Prosperity” (Hamphat kum, lawchin kum, daupai kum, kiningchin kum) chin puongkhie hi.

Kikhopna Assistant Secretary, Pu Khakhai Zou in conduct hina la hi. Hunpatna Nh. Ching Neih Kim hi a, hunpi Pastorpa’n zang hi.

Kikhopna zaw ahi tah in mipite’n hall mai ah kimawlna chi tuom tuom ki nei hi. Mipi milip in kimawlna ah kihal in nop kisa chiet hi.

Naupang neupen apat upa a tehse pen tan in kimawlna ah ki tel chiet hi. Nita nai 4 in annkuong imna kinei a, tuochi’n kikhopna pat pai ahikiata hi. Nita kikhopna ah Tv. Thangsuonmung in conduct na la in Nu Lunkhannuom in hunpatna nei hi. Hunpi ahileh Tv. Nang Muan Kham B.D.

in khanglai toh kisai, kumtha a maban pan lah dingdan tomkim a genna nei hi. Nita kikhopna zaw ahi in mipite koima pawt khe lou kei in Hun 2na ki zang tou pai hi. Khanglaite saina toh Gift Exchange kinei a, khanglai nungah leh tangvalte mipite mai ah Kumtha Silthawnpieh ki petua ziah ziah uhi. Tuazaw in lengkhawm Pu Zamlunmang mapuina toh noptah leh limtah in kinei hi. Mipite lim leh kipa in khut beng a lam leh mit siing diildiel pum in hun khela tah in ki zang hi.

Nita nai 8 ahing sat tah in tawpna kibawl ta hi. Mipite lengkhawm khela in phun loiloi chithu ja ahi. Anoplaitah a tawp pen gen mangmaw ding ahiman in anoplaitah a hunkha ahi hi.



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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Naga reconciliation looks for hope as 2009 beckons

Dimapur : Four peace summits abroad, the worst-ever fratricidal killings in recent years, football diplomacy to cool tensions off the field, public meetings to rally for peace—2008 was indeed an eventful year that saw both ups and downs in the Naga reconciliation process. For the Forum for Naga Reconciliation which spearheaded the peace initiatives, the coming year 2009 must “renew the people living in Naga-Land”.

In a press note titled “The Timeliness in the History of the Nagas”, the Forum for Naga Reconciliation pointed out that the “Cross of Christ” was a powerful reminder to the Nagas that from a place of despair God speaks to us about hope. “From the place of disappointments, of broken relationships, of hopelessness, Jesus emerges to accompany us as we journey on. Even though we are often downcast, Jesus always speaks of hope”, the forum note stated. It reminded everyone that the hope for the Nagas was built upon the promise that whatever happens, “God will stay with us at all times, in all places” and that “God is the God of life”.

Stating that Nagas are called to be a people of hope, the forum encouraged that together, we can face our despairs and that “together too, we can find the Risen Lord”. “In embracing us, Jesus gives us hope and we need to live the life He has given us, in this world of ours. Let the year 2009 be for us to share and experience this hope”, the forum stated. Standing at the threshold of the year 2009, the forum was of the view that we are in what might be called a “Post-Ambivalent” year in the life of the Nagas. “The bygone cynicism and skepticism toward ‘Naga solidarity’ will simply be a sad chapter of our national saga. Naga-Land today is no longer characterized by the past mindset of cultural and political exclucivism”, the forum stated.
It was also reminded that the commanding mood of the Naga nation has been created by the people as was witnessed and attested on September 25, 2008, by 37 Naga tribes and other apex bodies, at the Sumi Baptist Church, Dimapur. “Coupled with this is the affirmation to Naga reconciliation by all the Naga groups and its leaders. This is historical. There is no turning back! Indeed, the timeliness in the history of the Nagas is our newest song”, the forum noted in its year-end statement.

The forum also stated that it couldn’t agree more with the critics that soccer matches played, hoisting of white flags in homes, using car stickers, voluntarily, the ‘united national choir’ singing in churches etc., have not deterred nor sealed violence. “FNR has taken up the activities knowing fully that these are only means towards strengthening the reconciliation process in the Journey of Common Hope”, it stated even as it looked ahead to 2009 with renewed hope.


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5 killed, over 50 injured in 3 blasts; ULFA behind attacks

Guwahati, Jan 1 (PTI) In a gory start to the New Year, five people were killed and over 50 injured in three blasts triggered by banned ULFA here today shortly before Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's arrival in the state where serial explosions had claimed 88 lives just two months ago.

Three people were killed and 35 injured, including four women, when a bomb planted in front of a closed sweet shop exploded near upmarket Bhangagarh flyover on the busy Guwahati-Shillong road at around 5:45 pm.

Two persons died on way to hospital while another succumbed to his injuries at the Guwahati Medical College Hospital, said DGP G M Srivastava who blamed ULFA for the incidents.

Claiming that the police was on alert, he said it was able to chase one of the persons behind the first blast who dropped the bomb from a motorcycle but managed to escape.

Chidambaram held a meeting with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who admitted to lapses saying the security forces could not prevent the blasts despite having prior information.

Gogoi spoke to External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee seeking India's diplomatic pressure on Bangladesh so that North Eastern insurgent groups do not find shelter in that country.

Chidambaram told Gogoi that he would take up the matter with Sheikh Hasina who is expected to take over as Bangladesh Prime Minister soon. PTI

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North East India News | January 1, 2008

Arunachal wants Centre to intervene, Boundary row with Assam

Itanagar: Tension loomed large at Gumto Village under Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh following Monday's unprovoked demolition of the check gate and a few granaries by Assam police personnel when a ministerial team visited the area on Tuesday to assess the situation.

The team comprising Home Minister Jarbom Gamlin, PWD and Urban Development Minister Nabam Tuki, Water Resource Development Minister Tako Dabi, Forest Minister Newalai Tingkhatra and local MLA Ngurang Pinch interacted with the villagers, sources said.

While condemnation poured in from various sections of the society, the state government was contemplating to take up the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram seeking their intervention for immediate appropriate action, sources added.

Two companies of Assam Police personnel, led by Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police of Lakhimpur District, armed with weapons, virtually raided Gumto village and destroyed the newly constructed police post in the wee hours of Monday and arrested three Arunachal Pradesh police personnel deployed on the check gate duty and lodged them at Laluk police station lockup.

The Assam police also took away one motorbike belonging to one police constable and a television belonging to a villager.

The state government had strongly condemned the barbaric act of Lakhimpur district administration, commented Mr Dabi, who is also state government spokesman, during a press conference here on Tuesday.

He said the rule of law provides that even in case of unauthorized encroachments, the authority must give legal notice before eviction.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu on Monday talked to his Assam counterpart Tarun Gogoi, who expressed his lack of awareness on the incident and assured to initiate an inquiry into the incident and take action against the guilty.

Lok Sabha MP from the state Kiren Rijiju also apprised the matter to Mr Chidambaram who also responded positively. Suggesting that the issue could be resolved through mutual dialogues, Mr Dabi said that such unprovoked act was not appreciable from any point. (UNI)

Rebel leader slain in Manipur

Imphal: A militant leader believed to be a self styled army chief of the proscribed Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) was gunned down by a combined force of 39 Assam Rifles and Imphal East police commandos on Tuesday evening following an encounter that took place at the approached road between Koirengei to Maibakhul, about 6 km north from Heingang police station in Imphal East district.

According to an official source, the incident took place at around 6:15 p.m. Detailing further of the incident, the official source revealed that the combined force had been on alert for the past few days following a specific information that underground elements were to hold a meeting in the Koirengei area. And on Tuesday evening as the combined force were on duty as usual, the encounter occurred with the suspected militant outfits and in the event, one of them was gunned while two managed to escape, conveyed the official source.

A 9mm pistol along with 4 live ammunitions were recovered from the slain person, said the source and added the slain person is suspected to be one Shyanbi alias kokkai, 50, of Monsangei, Imphal West district and a self styled army chief of the KCP. (NNN)

NSA detainee flees from hospital

Imphal: A Manipur youth leader detained under National Security Act (NSA) has escaped from J N Hospital in the capital complex here, where he was kept in judicial custody, police said on Tuesday.

Sapamcha Kangleipal, president of Manipur Forward Youth Front (MAFYF) escaped through a hospital window by cutting through it with a sharp weapon after hoodwinking the security personnel in the early hours on Monday.

Kangleipal had been brought to the hospital from Sajiwa jail in the outskirts of Imphal following ill health in June. He was arrested in May for criticising the government's decision to recruit special police officers (SPOs) at Heirok village in Thoubal district to protect the village from attacks of militants.

Official sources had said Kangleipal's criticism of the government decision amounted to indirectly supporting militant organisations and was arrested under provisions of different Acts including IPC (124) and later put under NSA. (PTI)

Pakhi Miyan may strike terror in Assam, warns NGO

Guwahati: Launching a scathing attack on the Assam government and police department for their failure to trace escaped drug lord Pakhi Miyan, Assam Public Works (APW), an NGO, on Tuesday warned of massive terrorist attacks, planned by Miyan, if he remained out of prison.

Comparing Miyan with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who had also started off as drug mafia before carrying out the 1993 Mumbai blasts, APW director general Abhijit Sharma said Miyan could soon return to inflict terror attacks in the State, if police failed to nab him.

He also maintained that Miyan could not be a mere durg lord anymore and might have established links with the ISI or other fundamentalist groups.

All those near to him should be interrogated to trace him, Mr Sharma said alleging that political leaders, police jail officials and doctors were also involved in helping Miyan escape from the custody, while undergoing treatment at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital on December 21.

On the vexed peace parleys with several insurgent outfits in the State, APW secretary general Bitu Talukdar urged the government to settle the matters at the earliest as the prolonged talks were not helping the cause of peace in the State. He also urged the insurgent leaders to go soft on their demands for the sake of returning peace and harmony to the State. (UNI)

Assam Rifles jawan arrested on rape attempt charge

Agartala: A jawan of Assam Rifles was arrested on charge of attempting to rape a minor at Dhwajanagar in South Tripura district, police said on Tuesday.

Oniyon Kunja was arrested after a woman complained that the jawan lifted her six-year-old daughter on Monday to a nearby place and tried to rape her, police said.

The girl was rescued by locals when the girl raised an alarm.

Meanwhile, a press release issued from Assam Rifles headquarters said that it will cooperate with the police in the investigation and would take strict action if the jawan was found guilty of the crime. (PTI)

ULFA kin ready for peace talks

Guwahati: Even as ULFA on Tuesday called for a peaceful solution to Assam's problem, a body representing their kin urged the government to declare safe passage and a time-frame for holding negotiations with all extremists groups of the state.

"On the eve of New Year and Bohag Bihu we urge Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to set up a time-frame to facilitate talks with not only ULFA but all the extremist groups of the state, including National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), as a goodwill gesture in the greater interest of peace," Abhijeet Sarma, secretary general of Assam Public Works (APW), an NGO of ULFA kin, told reporters here.

Noting that the 'rigid' stand of ULFA's military chief Paresh Barua had adversely affected the peace process, he claimed that nearly 70 per cent of the group's leadership were for negotiation and safe passage should be granted to those who show willingness.

Barua was not coming for talks at a time when the people of Assam were yearning for peace for reasons of mere 'selfish gains', he alleged.

"Barua's 19-year-old son is studying a school abroad while he is urging the youth of the state to join the group...Why is he not asking his son to take up arms?" Sarma asked.

Sarma urged the government to declare ultra leaders who do not show interest for talks as offenders. "If they are based in foreign countries let the Interpol take action against them," he said.

On NDFB, he regretted that despite the group's eagerness for talks the government had not show willingness. "The group is observing unilateral ceasefire and its cadres lodged in designated camps have become frustrated and have taken up arms for carrying out unlawful activities," he claimed. (UNI)

Tripura: Looking forward to smoking the ‘peace pipe’
2008: In Retrospect

Agartala: In its nearly two-decade rule of this northeastern state, the CPI(M) government in Tripura has found 2008 as the most peaceful year with only the October serial blasts appearing as the only major blotch in the state's law and order report card.

Another blemish for the state was the outbreak of the avian influenza in April.

After the Left Front government stormed back to power for the fourth consecutive term in March winning 49 seats as against 11 of the opposition Congress-INPT combine in the 60-member House, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar announced that the primary agenda of his government would be development.

Sarkar said peace is the first pre-condition in the state's march to development.

On October 5, the state capital figured on the country's rail map after tracks were extended from Ambassa in Dhalai district to Agartala. The final survey for extension of tracks from Agartala to Sabroom, the extreme point of the state in South Tripura district, began on December 25 last and the project to connect Sabroom is likely to be completed by 2012.

All these has been possible due the decline in insurgent activities in the state, official sources said adding that only 11 persons, including three personnel of BSF were killed in extremist attacks when the figure was 21 last year.

The three personnel were killed in one of the extremist attack on November 29 by the outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura(NLFT) at remote Jalabasti in Dhalai district.

The number of kidnapping cases has also declined to 30 compared to last year's figure of 59.

On November 24, Sarkar informed the state assembly that the number of surrendered extremists has increased with 579 insurgents laying down their arms in the last two years. Altogether 1,142 insurgents of the two banned outfits -- All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) and NLFT -- are now undergoing vocational training so that they can earn their livelihoods, he said.

DoNER minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, during his recent visit to the state, said Tripura has made considerable progress in construction of roads in hilly and rural areas.

The state government has also succeeded in attracting more than Rs 3,000-crore private investments while investors have shown interests in healthcare and rubber-based industries.

Meanwhile, Tripura has demanded access to Chittagong port in Bangladesh, located not far from a sub-divisional town, Sabroom in the state, for facilitating goods movement.

Demanding access to the port, the Chief minister said the port is only 75 km away from Sabroom in South Tripura district and from there goods can enter into the entire northeast.

He stressed on the need for construction of a concrete bridge over Feni river in Sabroom for establishing direct connectivity to the Chittagong port.

The demand for declaring the Ashuganj port in Bangladesh, just 33 km from Agartala as a "port of call" was also raised by the state.

Sarkar also asked for introducing Agartala-Kolkata direct bus service via Dhaka. He said the Centre should take up all pending issues with Bangladesh relating to Tripura.

In April, the state witnessed a severe outbreak of bird flu which surfaced in all four districts of the state and more than one lakh poultry were culled.

It is suspected that the virus infected the state's poultry from neighbouring Bangladesh, which also faced severe attack of the disease. The state has 856-km-long porous border with Bangladesh.

In another development, Tripura food and civil supplies minister, Sahid Chowdhury resigned from the cabinet on April 18 amid mounting pressure from the opposition parties following his alleged links with a HuJI activist based in Bangladesh.

The Left Front leader and his wife were accused of having close links with the arrested Bangladeshi national Mamun Mian.

However, DGP Pranay Sahaya in a press meet here recently had categorically denied any link of the arrested Bangladeshi national with the minister.

Mamun, an alleged HuJI activist, was arrested by a CID team from West Bengal on March 27 on the basis of information provided by two other nationals of that country who were arrested from West Bengal's Howrah district with explosives.

The state police had filed a case against Mamun for staying in the country with a forged Indian citizenship and residential certificates.

The state capital was rocked by serial blasts in four places which left 74 persons injured in the evening of October 1.

No one was, however, killed in the blasts.

The DGP told reporters that the blasts were handiwork of surrendered insurgents of ATTF who were trained by United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in Sylhat district of Bangladesh where they have set up their base camps.

He also said the fundamentalists of Bangladesh were using Tripura as corridor to enter into Indian territory taking the advantage of the 856-km-long porous border.

BSF sources said they have intensified vigil and patrolling along the border so that no unwanted elements can enter India. - The Shillong Times

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Looking forward to a new beginning

By : Thangkhochon Haokip

By the time you read this piece, I’d probably engrossed in book stuffs somewhere inside the library braving the chill of national Capital. And you’d wake up to find yourself under the same sun or weather but a New Year according to the conventional Pope Gregory XIII calendar. As I flip through my diary in a pensive mood reflecting the past, the year 2008 has been a mixture of different experiences. Personally, some were just good enough to be written off while some worth to be cherished a lifetime.

A glance over the year’s Diary of Events offered me a composite of events. Keeping aside the outside world, the country we live in has a diverging tales to tell. The cry for freedom after the huge Amarnath row in Jammu and Kashmir, communal violence in Kandhamal (Orissa), terror strikes in major cities as Jaipur, Delhi, Bengaluru, Guwahati, Mumbai, etc., the demagogue in Maharashtra harboured by MNS against North Indians, economic meltdown, and so on are few of the many landmark events the nation wants to bid adieu with the passing year.

Nevertheless, India has something to cheer for. Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger has bagged the prestigious Man Booker Prize 2008. In sports, the country has emerged the super power in cricket, claimed the first ever gold medal in Olympic Games, or that the chess genius Vishvanathan Anand become the first player in the world to win the world championship in three different formats: Knockout, Tournament and Match. Our own Mary Kom who retains gold for the fourth year in a row is an addendum.

In the aftermath of all such tragedies and triumphs, the process of rebuilding lives and societies becomes inevitable even if one may still be burdened with grief or the thrill with ecstasy.

No matter what we have gone through in the year that passed, the time has finally arrived:

· To bid farewell to the old year and welcome the coming year;
· To accept that some day we were pigeons and some day we were statues;
· To accept that what has happened, has happened for some reason; and
· To look forward with faith in God and self.

A brief history of New Year:

The celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first visible crescent) after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring).

The beginning of spring is a logical time to start a new year. After all, it is the season of rebirth, of planting new crops, and of blossoming. January 1, on the other hand, has no astronomical or agricultural significance. It is purely arbitrary.

The Babylonian New Year celebration lasted for eleven days. Each day had its own particular mode of celebration, but it is safe to say that modern New Year's Eve festivities pale in comparison.
The Romans continued to observe the New Year in late March, but various emperors continually tampered with their calendar so that the calendar soon became out of synchronization with the sun.

In order to set the calendar right, the Roman senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1 to be the beginning of the New Year. But tampering continued until Julius Caesar, in 46 BC, established what has come to be known as the Julian calendar. It again established January 1 as the New Year. But in order to synchronize the calendar with the sun, Caesar had to let the previous year drag on for 445 days.

Preparation for New Year :

I think it relevant and imperative to quote Alfred Tennyson:
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false ring in the true.

No matter how successful one has been in following the resolutions in previous year, one makes fresh resolution for the coming year with full determination and will. The starting days of New Year are the most crucial in order to plan for the entire year.

New Year resolution should be such that don’t expect too much from you. Try to find out what you can do easily and stick to them. Going out of the way to prove yourself to others is of no use. Get only achievable tips for New Year resolution. Things that will make you a better human being and help you lead a more comfortable life should be made the New Year resolution. Make a pledge to make at least one person happy. You will see the difference it can make in both your lives. The bottom line is—change for the better in the coming year.

There is a constant debate on whether one should have New Year resolution(s). Of course resolutions/promises are made to be broken, the thing is having one keeps you going for at least a short while—days, weeks or month/s if not year.

The essential message of New Year :

Let go of the past and embrace life as it comes to you. With God, your beautiful past may come back as an essential part of your future.

Reflection of the self :

In our quest for better future and wishes for better tomorrow, let’s take a time to reflect ourselves. Often we pray for blessing to the Almighty. Time and again do we blame Him back for our misfortunes. But hardly do we realize whether we so deserve to bless. Consider you are the God (or god) you worship and yourself the worshipper. Would you bless the worshipper considering his ways?

The same holds true in our temporal relationships. We often expect goodwill gesture from friends, relatives, and so forth without realizing if we ever did anything to get the favor. ‘Consider your ways’ is what the Bible keeps telling us. Every religion preaches the purity of heart and good action. The problem is we don’t put into practice.

The warm Christmas season has gone by and we are in the in the look out for the ushering year. As we just celebrate the birth of Christ, it is pertinent to remember His teachings as well. Jesus, in His own words, thus advises us, “Do unto others as you like them do unto you”. His other famously quoted words, “as you sow so shall you reap” always holds well. As we trudge along the untravelled path—2009 AD, let us take the initiative of doing something good to ourselves that would not, at the same time, compromise the goodness others.

You may feel perturbed if you broaden your horizon to see what lies ahead. The increasing tension between India and Pakistan, the perpetual crisis in Middle East, the future of Indo-US nuke deals, economic recession, forthcoming Lok Sabha election or that of the threatening climate change may cross your mind. However, the sole purpose of this articles different. It concerns you vis-à-vis others. Come what may we are in the New Year and gonna face what is set before us. Let us correct ourselves first and then the rest will stand corrected, gradually. Then, and only then, we will call 2009, the year of blessing.

(The writer is an under-graduate student of Sociology based in New Delhi. He can be reached at


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Manipur News | January 1, 2009

Minister hold talks on Korea-Manipur ties

IMPHAL, Dec 31: To extend co-operation between Korea and Manipur in the field of culture, sports and economic, Education Minister of the State L Jayantakumar has met the Korean Ambassador at New Delhi and extended invitation for sending a Korean cultural troupe to Imphal in last week of February or first week of March next year.

Disclosing this to The Sangai Express, Education Minister L Jayantakumar informed that he along with Director of Education (School) M Harekrishna and social activist Naoroibam Ratan have discussed the matters related to extension of co-operation between Korea and Manipur in the field of culture, sports and economy have been discussed during a joint meeting with Korean Ambassador Young Sun Paek, Cultural Secretary Spung-Ho Kin and Professor JK Kim at New Delhi recently.

While informing that during the meeting, the Korean Ambassador has given his approval on opening up of a Korean studies faculty in Manipur University as well as on sending Korean teachers for providing a 6-month Korean language training course in school education, the Minister said necessary expenses would be bore by the Korean authority.

The Minister also informed that he would be meeting the authorities of Manipur Univrsity in connection with opening of the Korean studies faculty.

Stating that the outcome of the meeting with the Korean Ambassador was positive, the Minister said the same has also been conveyed to the Chief Minister.

‘‘He (Chief Minister)was very happy with the development’’, the Education Minister added.
As to extension of co-operation between Korea and Manipur in the field of cultual, sports and economy during the meeting, the Minister informed that the the Korean Ambassador appreciated the matter and requested for submitting a concrete proposal in this regard.

The State Government has only made an approach to the Korean Ambassador, no formal agreement has signed in this connection, the Minister added.

Towards extension of co-operation in the culture, an invitation for sending a cultural troupe from Korea to Imphal sometime in last week of February or last week of March next year had been extended, the Education Minister informed, adding that one Kokyet (traditional Manipuri turban) a basket of Oranges from Tamenglong district of Manipur have been presented to the Korean Ambassador during the meeting.


SFs raid Loktak Lake, UG hideout busted

IMPHAL, Dec 31: For the second time the combined forces of Army and the Bishnupur district police commandos launched operation in some parts of Loktak lake and succeeded in raiding the hideouts of UGs.

During the operation conducted with induction of unmanned surveillance planes, exchange of firing had taken place between the UGs and the security forces. But there is no report of any casualty on either side.

According to police report, the operation was conducted from early morning today after having cordoned off Tharopat, Ngamupat and Yennapat of Loktak lake since last night.

During the course of the operation, exchange of firing took place between the UGs and the security forces at around 4 am and continued till 6 am.

In connection with the operation, a statement issued by PIB Defence Wing said that in a surgically executed pre-dawn , troops of 57 Mountain Division and Bishnupur Police Commandos destroyed a large and well constructed hideout of the proscribed KYKL in the inaccessible Loktak lake.

The raid which was the second of its kind in the Loktak lake resulted in recovery of automatic weapons, assorted ammunition, explosives, landmines, IEDs, Chinese grenade and propaganda materials like phamphlets and CDs.

The recoveries included two AK-56 Rifles, 12 AK magazines, 174 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, 177 rounds of AK-56 ammunition, 50 rounds of point 22 ball ammunition, 20 UBGL grenades, 15 Anti-Personal Mines, 1 Chinese grenade, 8 sets of combat uniforms, one television set, one generator, six gas cylinders, IED materials and explosives, ruck sacks and pouches besides other war like stores and three country boats, the statement of the PIB Defence Wing listed.

According to the statement, the hideout was well concealed and constructed in an inaccessible marshy area of Tharopat in the lake. There were six huts for stores and living besides one large hut possibly for training. The height of all the huts were only 4.5 feet, thereby concealing their location from even hundred yards due to tall Phumdis. Only one narrow water channel led to the hideouts which was guarded round the clock.

Informing that the vital inputs of this extremely well sited and hidden hideout had been willingly provided by local villagers who are fed up with the extortion, demands and misbehaviour of the UGs, the PRO observed that the locals have expressed a strong desire for peace and tranquillity to prevail in Manipur, free from fear and kidnappings of children. The common people earnestly want that benefits of development and economic upliftment a planned by the elected Government of Manipur. However, this can only be done once the militants give up their gun for peace, the PRO asserted.

Attributing the success of this extremely difficult and complex operation to the high levels of training and close co-ordination between the security forces and the Bishnupur Police Commandos, the PRO informed that a number of UGs were injured in the operation.

Major General Shakti Gurung and General Officer Commanding 57 Mountain Division were also personally involved in the co-ordinating this operation, the PRO added.

Meanwhile, according to information received by the press, today’s operation had been code-named as ‘Raid on confirmed hideouts of KYKL and UNLF’.

Mediapersons from Imphal who have gone to get the news were not allowed to proceed further and stopped by police at Keinou and Khwairakpan along Imphal-Churachandpur Road.

By the time the media team arrived at Ngaikhong Ma-mang Leikai from where the operation had begun in the af- ternoon, the operation had already been concluded.

Army as well as the Police Commandos also did not allow the mediapersons to take photographs. Permission were also not granted to meet any of the police officers including the SP of the district.


2008: Killings galore as usual as State brace for NY

IMPHAL, Dec 31: With over 500 people killed in various violent related incidents including shoot-outs between security forces and armed underground activists, killing by unidentified armed persons, in bomb attacks, major road accidents, fire/arson, etc, 2008 would go down in the history of Manipur as the most goriest year.

In 2007, a total of 205 human casualties including 171 UGs, 41 security personnel and 93 civilians have been recorded to have been killed in various violent related incidents. But this year, 286 UGs have been killed by security personnel in shoot outs, 123 suspected UGs/ civilians by unidentified gunmen, 35 other in clashes between UG groups, 22 people including 18 of the Ragailong blast in bomb explosions while over 40 people in various other crimes.

Even if an official report on the matter could not be received from the State Police Department, this figure on human casualties has been based on the reports published in this paper.

Seizure of arms and ammunition from the possession of the slain UGs in shoot out incidents that have been handed over to the police alone adds up to 205 guns, 73 hand grenades, 4 kgs of RDX, two kgs and five packets of plastic explosives, numerous ammunition and other explosive materials.

Among the arms seized, there were 154 revolvers/pistols, 19 AK Rifles, 13 carbines, 5 lethode guns, 2 each of M-16s, 303 and G-3 Rifles, four SBBL guns and one each of RPG, Mortar launcher, UMG and UBGL.

On the other hand, in the attack of the proscribed KYKL, two CRPF personnel have been killed and one LMG and one INSAS snatched while in the attack of the proscribed UNLF on a post of Assam Rifles along Indo-Myanmar border, one AR personnel had been killed. Apart from these two incidents, there is no report on killing security personnel in the attack by UGs during the year.
Some of the major incidents that took place during the course of the year are given as below:-
On January 17, 19 persons were killed and many other injured when a Charcoal loaded truck fell into a gorge at Behiyang in Churachandpur district.

In the same month, security forces killed 9 UGs.

In the afternoon of February 18, three persons including two women and a child were charred to death when fire broke out in a house at Thangmeiband Muji Leirak while the Bor Jatra was in progress.

During the same month, 14 UGs have been killed by security forces, 16 UG suspects/civilians by unidentified gunmen and 8 others in the clashes between UG groups.

On March 8, Cobra Task Force of the proscribed PREPAK exploded a bomb inside the Assembly Complex.

On the 18th day of the same month, unidentified gunmen shot down seven migrant labourers at Hayel Hangun.

On the following day, seven more migrant labourers were also killed by unidentified gunmen at four different places. Consequent to these killings, curfew was imposed in the four valley districts and more particularly in the two Imphal districts.

On March 11, two UG suspects were killed in a bomb explosion.

On March 19, one Ha-valder was killed when firing broke out among personnel of 7/8 GR at Khawanawai in Churachandpur.

On March 24 (during Yaoshang festival), three youths including two young wo-men were killed while ano- ther girl was blinded when armed cadres of proscribed PREPAK opened fire at the site of a Thabalchongba programme in Heirok Part-II Loukon. When infuriated people of Heirok protested against the killing and rais-ed the demand for providing guns to protect themselves, the State Government responded with the offer of setting up Special Police Officers (SPOs).
On March 21, two women belonging to Anal community were fou-nd shot dead.

On March 31, armed cadres of the proscri-bed KCP (MC) shot dead EE of PWD Nabachandra at his Utlou residence in front of his own family members.

In the morning of April 24, KCP (MC) exploded a powerful bomb inside the high security zone of Babupara. Four persons were wounded in the explosion.

In the afternoon of the same day, a bomb was also found fitted on a rickshaw near Mapal Kangjeibung where the then Governor Dr SS Sidhu was to pass though. Following the two incidents, restriction was imposed on entry of vehicles in the Khwairamband Bazar area of Imphal.

On April 30, five members of a family were charred to death when the house caught on fire at Hayel Hangun. In the early morning of the same day, the body of a woman suspected to have been killed after being raped was found at Tentha Loushipat.

On May 24, around 39 inmates were injured group clashes that broke out inside Sajiwa Central Jail. In the same month 10 UGs have been killed by the security forces, 3 persons by unidentified gunmen and 8 UGs in factional clashes.

On June 4, a CRPF jawan was shot dead when firing broke out among the personnel of 86 CRPF at Sinam along National Highway 53.

One June 9, one civilian was wounded when a bomb exploded near the post of 88 BSF at Wangjing Tekcham.

On June 15, one Meira Paibi leader was killed by unidentified gunmen at Mayang Imphal Komlakhong.
On June 24, out of six migrant workers shot at by unidentified gunmen at three different places, four of them died.

On June 26, 10 persons including a child sustained injuries when Cobra Task Force of the proscribed PREPAK triggered a bomb explosion at the site of a sit-in-protest staged against the mobile phone demands of the outfit.

During the same month, a personnel of 6 Assam Rifles was killed in the bomb attack of UGs.
In the wee hours of July 14, the Kiyamgei Muslim Takhok Mapal residence of Md Ramizuddin who is surrenderee of PULF (MI Khan) faction was burnt down by some unknown persons. On July 16, a sepoy of the 10 JKLI post at Moltuk in Chandel shot dead an Adjutant. During the course of the same month, security forces have killed in all 37 UGs.

On August 7, two sepoys were killed and one LMG and one INSAS have been snatched by armed cadres of KYKL after an ambush on a patrolling party of 109 CRPF near Kotlen along National Highway 53. During the same month security forces have killed 20 UGs.

Along with killing in all 40 UGs, September month has recorded that the highest number of UGs killed by security forces in a month.

On September 1, PREPAK-Cobra Task Force attacked the Chief Minister’s bungalow at Babupara with bomb.

On September 9, a combined force of Bishnupur Police Commandos and Army personnel of 57 Mountain Division killed five cadres of PREPAK Cobra Task Force, destroyed their hideouts and seized a cache of arms and ammunition during an operation at Ngakrapat in Loktak lake.

On the night of October 19, PREPAK launched yet another attack at the bungalow of the Chief Minister while the entire Police Department was celebrating the Raising Day of the Manipur Police at Ist MR parade ground. The bomb used in the attack landed near the median of the road running just behind the compound wall of the CM’s bungalow.

On the night of October 21, 18 persons were killed when KCP (MC) exploded a powerful bomb near the gate of Ragailong village.

On October 23, two passengers including a woman were charred to death while several others escaped with burnt injuries when armed cadres of KLO/KLA poured petrol and set on fire a Imphal-bound passenger bus at Lahorijan in Karbi Anglong district of Assam .

On November 3, the Pradhan of Irong Chesaba Gram Panchayat was found shot dead unidentified gunmen at Lilong Nungei.

In the afternoon of November 17, junior sub-editor of Imphal Free Press Konsam Rishikanta was found shot dead by unidentified gunmen at Langol. In protest against the killing, newspaper publication in Imphal remained suspended for 13 days with the mediapersons launching an indefinite cease work strike at Keishampat Junction. On November 26, mediaper-sons along with the support of the public took out a mass protest rally. Newspaper publication resumed on December 2 following the assurance of the Government to hand over the case to CBI.

While the publication of the newspapers was being suspended, two drivers of the IFCD were found shot dead by unidentified gunmen at Leimakhong Mapal in the early morning of November 22. On November 26, suspected underground activists shot dead five workers at Maphou Dam.

During the same month, security forces have killed in all 38 UGs.

On the night of December 14, armed cadres of the proscribed KCP (MC) gunned down a Meira Paibi leader at her own house at Nongren.

On December 16, one armed cadre of KNF suspected to be involved in a firing incident at Kwakta was lynched to death by the infuriated local people. An elderly person was also charred to death when the mob burnt down a house.

In the morning of December 27, a hand grenade was found lying inside the Assembly complex.
In the intervening night of December 28 and 29, MAFYF president Sapamcha Kangleipal, who had been detained under NSA, escaped from the security ward of JN Hospital.

On the night of December 30, army chief and commander of highway task force of the proscribed KCP was shot dead by a combined force during shoot out at Koirengei area.


CCpur duo allege torture, life threat

Lamka, Dec 31: Two youths who claimed to have appointment for meeting with Power Minister Phungzathang Tonsing on Monday alleged that they were picked up by Imphal West district police commandos and tortured at the police station within minutes of their arrival at the later’s residence on the charges that they were ZRA cadres.

The duo on the condition of anonymity due to security reasons said that they were tortured and even threatened with life by the commandos who at first accused them of serving ransom notes to various Ministers as ZRA cadre.

However, after several hours they were made to walk free after inquiring the whereabouts of personal secretary of ZRO president, Kiamlou Guite .

Initially, they were tortured and made to get down even to a drain with different charges, but after they responded to one of their questions and told them that Kiamlou Guite was known to us only in the past couple of months. The commandos said that it was what they wanted to know, and set them free, the duo revealed.

As the commandos may target them on similar charges, they want to make it clear that they do not have any connection with the armed group, said one of the youth who also clarified that he and his friend do not even know who Kiamlou is adding that he was known to him only for the past few months. The incident that surprised them was seemingly a well-planned conspiracy that intentionally meted out against them by some persons who know them well, he added.

Source: The Sangai Express
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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My New Year Resolutions for 2009, What is yours?

"Give, and it will be given to you" This is not about money or goods. Read in context it makes the meaning apparent. Luke 6:35-38: “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. “Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

This has nothing to do with giving money to be more blessed. It has to do with mercy and grace. It is given to your bosom, the inner man to make you filled. If you give another mercy or grace it will be given to you. If you are a gracious forgiving person in your life when it is necessary, then God will bless you with the same.

Top Seven New Year Resolutions

- T. Zamlunmang Zou

New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Did your New Year resolutions make our top ten list?

01. Spend More Time with Family & Friends: Recent polls conducted by General Nutrition Centers, Quicken, and others shows that more than 50% of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year. Make plans to meet up with friends and love ones, keep your friendship alive. Give more time with your family to make a lively home.

02. Get Out of Debt: Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Try your best to avoid giving yourself debt. Minimise your expenditure, calculate you daily expenditure, mark the unnecessary expenditures. Buy what you need and not what you want.

03. Learn Something New: Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language, or just how to fix your computer? Whether you take a course or read a book, you’ll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year’s resolutions to keep.

04. Help The Needy: A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out the orphanage home, financially help the needy, you can contribute your used clothes to so many orphanage homes in Delhi.

05. Make New Friend with Eyes wide Open: Making new friends is expanding your world. Remember that you are living with the people of totally different culture, traditions, livelihood, the way of eating food, the type of food we eat are not the same anymore. Try to make news friends with your eyes wide open. Try to befriend with the mainland Indian, try to learn something from them. But remember to preserve your dignity.

06. Work with Dedication: Wether you are working in a private sector or a government sector, try to keep your work at the first place just next to your family. Remember your work is your living generator, think how to love it. Stick to your work as long as it gives you a handsome amount of salary. Dont try to keep on shiftung from one place to another.

07. Remember Thy Creator: The most important resolution. the first and the last to everything is to remember your God. Try to read your Bible everyday, try to maintain your fellowship with God once a day. Try to attend every Sunday Worship services. Try to give back just one-thenth of what God has given you.

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JAC, Manipur rejects govt stand on Pay Commission

Imphal, Dec 30: The Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of the All Manipur Trade Unions Council (AMTUC) and All Manipur Government Employees Organisation (AMGEO) has in a press release said that the statement of the state chief minister saying that the government did not have enough finances to implement the 6th Pay Commission norms is far from the truth.

Quoting a report of the ministry of finance, government of India, the release said that Rs. 2,232.65 crores have been sanctioned for the period of April 2008 till December 3, 2008.

It also questioned the contradicting statements of the chief minister over the exact amount of finances required for implementing the 6th Pay Commission norms and asked for a white paper stating that there are no funds available with the government. -IFP

NE students rally in Delhi over molestation

NEW DELHI, Dec 29 – Students hailing from the North-east today staged a peace rally at Gurgaon, near here in protest against molestation of two girls of Manipur by their land lord and his hench-men. Over 100 students, members of Assamese Students Association, Delhi (ASAD) and Manipur Students Association, Delhi (MASAD), however, had to face the wrath of the locals, who tried to disrupt the demonstration. They tore away the banner and posters, before local Police arrived and controlled the situation.

The demonstrators also included the two victims, who were molested by the goons. The incident occurred on December 12, when the landlord entered the room, rented out to the two girls just two days ago, in a drunken state.

The two girls, who are in their early twenties, were earlier working in a call centre at Chandigarh but came down to Gurgaon looking for jobs. The accused landlord and his son also beat up the two girls. The local Police had initially registered case under milder sections, which was later modified under public pressure. source: assam tribune.


The Kukis' Contribution to Manipur State Integrity

By: Dr. Angam

Introduction: The scene of world's panorama, the tiny state of Manipur in the North East India is never regarded as the least attracted tourist spot. The tourist attraction mainly lies in its natural beauty and this could have brought potential mainstay in the economic bolster of the tiny state. What happened at Jammu & Kashmir had a similar effect to this princely state. The army�s excessive theatre plays against human rights compounded with ultras absolute reigned signal the death knell of foreign attraction. It will be recollected and remembered in time to come as the dark era of Manipur history. Five decades ago, the princely state of Manipur was highly acknowledged and acclaimed by high caliber of the country elite politician Jawaharlal Nehru, who commented as: ��Jewel of the country,� and for the Japanese army, this place was, �a flower on the Hill top,� so as to the Meiteis, it is cherishingly termed as �Sana Leipak,� which means, �The Land of Jewel.�� (Hawlngam Haokip, Goodnews for Manipur, pp. 8, 9).

Dwindling Manipur State Integrity!

The annals recorded of Manipur from its golden eras till the present�s matrix, one would have perhaps agreed along with Avorook Sen and Udayan Namboordiri when they snapped a questions: �What has led to this situation? Governance that has been practically taken over by insurgent outfit.� (India Today, February, 1998, p.48). But today, �Chaos and confusion� erupted and reigned among themselves finding no solution to break the parasite like social sickness

The state and central government were adamant in finding the root causes of brutality to the once tinsel town like Lamka and Imphal city, perhaps due to the old games of �Divide and Rule Policy.� Herein is a legitimate conglomeration, with political whim of �non-compos mentis� orchestrated operations taken by the Indian elite armies under the banner of Assam Rifle, Rastrya Rifle, Central Reserve Police Force, and Indian Reserve Battalion and other on its freedom fighter of yester year�s colonial country. In view of national and state interest, here is the proposed thesis, which the writer will pursue, and shortly christened as, the Kukis contribution to Manipur state integrity.

The Vanguard of Manipur territorial Integrity

Manipur, particularly the present Churachandpur city and the adjoining area in its earlier day was a virgin land. Before the colonialist British regime took the scene in the North East India, patronizing, British East India Company, (from 16th century A.D.) the vast Landscape were under the �Lousal� controlled of the Haokip Kukis. It was neither the suzerainty of the Maharaja of Manipur nor the King of Ava, but of the Kukis. History revealed that while Kamhao (Sukte), was the landlord of most part of tiddim conclave, having mombe as its headquarter, Raja Nehlam Haokip resided (Choose) at Thingbung muol (present mountain range, east of khuga river). The annals of �narrated history or verbatim heilgichte� recorded the living legend around the second half of the 18th century A.D. i.e. 1832-1877. Raja Nehlam had encompassed his pals and had a very good relationship with the King of Ava, which made suspicious and nervousness to Maharaja of Manipur. The ill fate happened, when the then Maharaja, Nar Singh enticed Chassad chief (king) at Imphal for a colossal feast as a traditional ties between the Haokip-Kuki and Manipur Raja family. Yet his intension was otherwise, and the Raja of Manipur, thereby treacherously murdered Him in cold blood in the year 1877.

This evidence has cemented by C.U. Aitchitson, as follow.

The Khongsai or Thado Kukis with other allied clans were gradually driven north into Manipur by the Suktes and Lushais, the migration commencing in the reign of Raja Nar Singh. For the most part they (Kukis) lived at peace with their Manipuri neighbor, being unwilling to provoke hostile attack from the north as well as from the south. Indeed the Manipur Administration armed many of them (kukis) and utilized them as �Sepoy villages� against the Angamis in the north and the suktes and Lushes in the south.� (A collection of treaties�p, 111)

From which, it is learnt that the Kukis were the vanguard of Manipur state for rendering utmost loyalty to Manipur Raja not as subordinate rather as equal powerful allies in the state of Manipur. This historic event of vanguardship and guardianship had been undisputedly displayed during Maharaj Chandrakirti Singh�s campaigned, which to this day is famously known as �Kohima expidition,� 1879, also in 1891. In his second expeditions, Maharaja was conferred �Knight Commander of the star of India� (KCSI) by British Government. (KUKI STUDENTS ORGANISATION, MAGAZINE, 1972-73, Vol 1, Issue-1, p.19)

The Kukis in their Father land

The aftermath of Raja Nehlam Haokip, the cross border within the Haokip clan had taken place, some into the far eastern side of Manipur, inhabiting kabaw valley (now Myanmar). In fact there was no geographical account limiting the Kuki movements, which depict the Kuki full control of the land between Brahmaputra in the west and Chindwin in the east. Patkai hill in the north, Bay of Bengal in the south. As the Chassad family grew larger, by and then, they settled down at Thangting ranges- Songpi, Shijaang kholui, or Thinghangjaang, Teiseng, Vaison, Loikhai, Henglep, Saitu, Laijaang (Present Tamenglong), Lonpi (Manipur south ), Chassad (Manipur east), Maokot, and Sita (to cite few) in the eastern Manipur state.

Some other clans who were close kins to Haokip were also residing at various places, such as, Jampi (Sithlhou), Dullen, Joupi, Aisan (Doungel), Leikot (Kipgen) etc. in the north of Manipur. Senvon (Singson), Leisen, Parbung, Phengjol, Patpi, and Khopuibung in the the south of Manipur. Behiang and Singngat, Muallum in the southern tip of Manipur were also inhabited by the Zou tribes, Hmar in Tipaimuk areas, Paite in Thanlon areas, Vaiphei in Kailam ranges, they all were living in close relationship with their neighbours. The Gangte in Saichang areas and prominent places like �Mualpi, Sailhem, Songbem, Songlhuh Lasan, Twithang were earlier inhabitant of Singsuan clan.� (Tualchin Neihsial, Guite Kuala�a lutna, p. 24)

Christianity was not yet introduced into these remote areas. But by sheer luck the 19th century A.D. brought few dedicated missionaries who came into two fronts, one from the southern Manipur other from the North. Those new waves of the Gospelization brought the regions into a new era of history.

Age Old ties between Kuki Chiefs and Manipur Rajas

Pu, Semthong then married to Pi, Hoikhochin, the daughter of his uncle (songphute chanu). He established himself, the ablest chief in his family history as well as the history of the Haokip. The man, known for his witty remarks and valor with his nobility had prepared the royal acceptance as one of the great courtier in His Highness, Maharaja Churachand Singh. Under His Leadership and chiefship, the villager obtained highly praised. He was given a royal entourage, whenever a Durbar had to be held in Raja-Palace, Imphal. He was given a white Horse, to offend the royal highness meeting, devising, and socio-political atmospheres of the time, along with Political agents of the time.

Prior to the disruption of the British colonialist design on the Kuki Country, which the Kukis accounted it as their independence movement and maintained it as the second Kuki War of Independence, (PS Haokip, Zalengam, p.7), the first being, �The sepoy mutinee, wherein the Great leader who partook the struggle was interpreted him as �Kuki Raja Mangjahau�� (Helkholam, In Defence of Kuki, KSO, Megazine, 1972-73, vol 1, Issue 1, p. 5). The tiny princely state of Manipur was waging war or tribal wars with suktes (kamhao) and Lushei (Poites). To seal off the possible entrances of these intrusion, the king of Manipur curbed out, �Village sepoy,� taking due advantage of the Kukis openness and integrity, posting at different place to check the invaders or intruders.

The Raja of Manipur codified with the Kuki chiefs, to strengthen the age old relationship, issued out, 17, Double gun to Pu, Semthong, 1 Double gun to Pu Tongjalet and other chiefs got their due share to outstand the onslaught immanency of the Suktes and Poi�s intrusion. Pu Semthong Haokip was a great hunter and wild sport lovers. Time and again, he frequently brought the tusks of wild elephants, skins and teethes of lion and tigers presented the raja as trophies. It is an elderly recorded that, once, the Raja was presented a young Tiger, by Pu Semthong Haokip and His teams, the most brave one in the Raja Palace fled in fright, which made the teams child like laughter. The relationships were unscathed and unshattered till their last breathes. They became like one mother�s begotten sons. It was this loyalty and comradeship, that Pu Semthong decreed, the name Suongpi be named �Churachandpur� in commemoration of his royal friend, Maharaj Churachand Singh in the later year.

Manipur Princely State and the World War-I

The First World War was a shocking event in the history of the entire world. The repercussion waves reached even up to the peaceful hillocks in the princely state of Manipur. Compulsory recruitment of British Labour corps was made to serve the British stationed in France (Chinkhopao, Churachandpur-District, 1995, p.36). While this event has known to some as tuitaw galkap, for the Kukis in a larger park embraced it as-�the first kuki war of independence,� (P.S. Haokip, Zalen Gam, 1996, p.10), which was the opine of many kukis� scholars and researchers �the second kuki war of independence.�

The misconception of Pu Vumkhohau would not be great significant as per his indignation toward the term Kukis. It was an open rebellion culminating into the true reputation of one �egoism� and a shame to scholar like him in his misgiving to history. The comment of J.H. Hulton sufficed the worth of the thadou-Kukis who said, �I have seen the thadou, the more I have respected him and the better I have like him, for puck, intelligence, straightforwardness and cheerfulness, he stands high among his neighbours.� (Vumkhohau, History of Zomi ( Chin) Race, 1990, p.19)

In this great struggle for the preservation of Fatherland, the thadou speaking group and Zou speaking group partook to defense the advancing sporadic attacks of well armed British sepoy. One of the main reason for not responding the labour corps�s recruitment was due to the Old religious belief that, �The God of the Fore Father (Pu-Sa Pa-Sa) would not accompanied the lad that gone across the great ocean. Therefore the only option was, �better death with dignity in the Fatherland than in foreign land with self heaping shame. �The second reason was, �never in the life of a man, Kukis would not be coerced to do a manual job, which was regarded, the abstraction of one�s liberty and independence, better death than interred into estrange slavery.�

Manipur in the Post World War-II

The world war I came to ceded by 20th May 1919, with a larger lost of wealth and arms even men from the British side. As recorded by L.W. Shakespeare that 86 villages had been destroyed that crystalline the waging effort of Kukis� Heroes (P.S.Haokip, Zalen�gam, p. 10). The war with the Kukis brought more understanding from diverse angles. Dr. Crozier acted as a Government medical officer had came out with amore burdening vision to work among the Kukis. He started the first missionary dispensary and leper asylum at kanggui mission station on 7th November, 1919, (Kim Vaiphei, The Coming of Christianity in Manipur, p. 24).

In the political scene of South Manipur, the tide of enormous campaign against the British armies was waged. However, the two paramount chiefs, Pu. Semthong Haokip chief of Songpi and Pu. Tongzalet Haokip, Chief of Teiseng admittedly accorded with other Kins and relatives at Loikhai-Aggreement, on which Pu Tongjalet was the one who initiated the thwarting efforts by cutting mithun�s tail had later shrinked back knowing the British forces could not be evaded easily. Both are being the knightly reserved battalion had greatly shocked, the accords signatories (J. Haokip, Manipur�a Gospel leh Kukiho Thusim, 1984, p. 20). Some of their contemporary�s chiefs called them �a coward and womanliest acts� in abstaining from the independence war effort. However, in the present retrospection, Pu Semthong Haokip and Pu Tongjalet Haokip were wiser enough then their contemporary chiefs.

The ballad that insulted to Pu Semthong Haokip was: �Phung golla lang nadasah, chahtoi nou boh in bong in lunggin toi Sumthong.� The interpretation could be �You have been given a great difficulty to all your tribesmen, be broke like Chah trees, O respected tender Semthong.�

Another ballad had composed on Pu Semthong behest. �Veicha dalang saikon�a chen nih nasuhkhai ham mo, songpipa Semthong.� It nearest meaning �When on waging war the British army, you songpi chief have continually dress like a royal Durban attire.�

The ballad insulting, Pu Tongjalet Haokip run as; �Lamtuol cheng selmai satkon manglai long�e na ti me, teiseng Tongjalet.� It means �Don�t you promise to wage war against the British By cutting mithun�s tail, O Teiseng Tongjalet.

Another ballad for Pu Tongjalet: �Teiseng Tongjalet in bon mitin penna chassadpa, mang lamkai ja bol,� which says, �That, evan Teiseng Tongjalet himself prompts Chassad Chief who is the eldest of Haokip Clan, to wage war was against the Bristish, while he abstained from it.�

The wiser Haokip�s Chiefs got an invitation from the then S.D.O., B.C. Gasper in the year 1921 asking what treatment be given, owing to allegiance loyalty to him while others resisted the British force. He got the said, Landlord ship of Thangting ranges and Khuga valley, the vast land comprising-Khuga river in the east, Koite River, in the north, Thangting range in the west, Paldai in the south. Across the Koite River, it belonged to Pu Semthong duly recognized by the then British political agent at Imphal as well as the Raja of Manipur.

Manipur State Merger

History can never be erased. The meiteis in general and the Kuki in particular would not forget the discord about Manipur State Merger agreement. While the din of noises thronged the heart of Imphal city, calling attention to Raja Buddhachandra to sign the merger agreement, even threaten their king in consequences, the Kukis chiefs and warriors helped him guard his royal palace to oust the vox populi demand of signing merger accord. Who sold out Manipur princely state to the then Indian Union? Was it not Manipuri/meiteis? The Lhangsam in its editorial column noted that, �In the 1949 state merger issue it was the Kukis Chiefs who send 250 warriors to guard the palace gates to keep away Maharaja Buddhachandra from signing the merger agreement, which clearly indicates that the Kukis were the undoubted masters of Manipur Hills� (Lhangsam, September, 2003, vol.I, No.2).


In the present political scenario in this state, truth seems to wrap up and thrown in the deep blue sea. The princely state is disintegrated by some vested selfish organization in the name of Nationalism and self-determination. June 18 has become the apartheid tragedy in this political game, while September 13 had been totally discarded. The ratio of the death tool taken in these two incidents indicated that both the political clods of the separatist design to Manipur state disintegration. If June 18 can be potentially seen as heroic memoirs and had such a celebrated attention, then, September 13 is no less significant. Therefore, Manipur state government seems to acknowledge and consider the former of greater significant discounting the later as though the oozing blood of 87 Kukis innocents were brutally and inhumanly chopped off in Nagalim not in Manipur! This literate ignorance will further dissimilate and segregate Manipur national and state integrity rather than amended when it is amendable. Who will be the loser? Time and history will reveal the truth, if this delicate issue of September 13 is not carefully accounted by the present government. The Great and Mighty Kukis are at the brink of their breathe and the foul smell might entirely alter the ever thinning relationship and fragile trust between the Meiteis and Kukis in near future. It might become beyond toleration and which could be an Achilles� heels of Manipur capsizing trauma in to the deep blue sea of social chaos and unbridgeable. "Manipur mapan da leiba nataraga manungda leiba ichin-ineo eikhoi loinamak hangnase:" Who are the sons of Manipur and who sided with Manipur State Integrity?

The writer is a United States based research scholar. He can be reached at