Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mizo skills face the final test

MARGAO: Mizoram’s squad for the National under-21 football Championship final against Punjab contains many youngsters whose command in football is clear and precise. Captained by David Lalthansanga, the north-eastern players have such control over the ball that each one revels in outsmarting opponents during one-to-one situations.

Punjab is familiar with the Mizo all-out attacks, picking up pace in the midfield and opening up routes to the goal on individual skills.

Mizoram deserves the respect any finalist team should get. It has scored many goals so far in the tournament.

“We have a plan and know which players to mark,” said Punjab coach Kuldip Singh, whose side has a Mizo in Lalchhuanmawia, rated to be bright enough for a draft into the JCT Academy.
Talent spotters

Mizo captain Lalthansanga, Lalrinfela and Lalthamuana have attracted the attention of talent spotters representing Goan and Mumbai I-League clubs Churchill Brothers, Sporting Clube, Mahindra United.

“I wish the big clubs had waited for the event to end before sounding out our youngsters, many of whom are playing for the first time outside the state.

“It can be a distraction, though the money on offer can also be a motivation for those under watch in the final,” reasoned manager Benjamin Khangte.

The decider on Saturday at the Nehru stadium, Fatorda, is Mizoram’s first entry into the under-21 category final at the national level.
Confident coach

Coach H. Lalmuanpuia is confident about his wards rising to the occasion, extending form shown in the quarterfinal league to defeat Bengal, Goa and Assam before overcoming Haryana in the semifinal.

Punjab’s progress to the final has been low-key, doing just enough to qualify as the topper in the quarterfinal league, ahead of Kerala, Meghalaya and Haryana.


First confirmed case of swine flu in India

NEW DELHI: The first case of swine flu in India was confirmed on Saturday. A man travelling from New York via Dubai and Delhi tested positive for the H1N1 influenza virus in Hyderabad. He has been administered tamiflu, the only anti-viral known to be effective against H1N1. Union health ministry officials said they were treating it as a "national emergency.

"He was shifted to the identified isolation facility under strict infection control. His samples have tested positive for influenza A (H1N1)," a health ministry statement issued here said.

"The office of the concerned airlines has been contacted to provide the list of passengers who travelled with him in close proximity. Information of such passengers would be provided to the WHO (World Health Organisation) and respective countries through the external affairs ministry," it said.

All passengers who travelled with the man on the flight are being tracked down. The man had reached Hyderabad from Dubai via Delhi on an Emirates flight on May 13.

The passengers are being advised to remain under home quarantine for a period of seven days and monitor themselves for symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing.

They are also being asked to provide their contact details to Indian authorities.


UPA leads in 250 seats, NDA in 157

NEW DELHI: The Congress-led UPA is all set to retain power at the Centre putting up an impressive performance in states like Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu to overwhelm the BJP-led NDA. The UPA alliance was ahead in 250 constituencies with Congress alone leading in 198 seats. The ruling Front is just short of a little over 20 seats for the magic figure of 272 in the 543-member Lok Sabha. The NDA was leading in 157 seats with BJP ahead in 119 seats.

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The Congress exulted over its victory saying it was a vindication of its policies ..

Manmohan Singh will be the first Prime Minister after Jawaharlal Nehru to return to power after a full five-year term with the Congress having nominated him as its candidate for the top post, first time it had done in its history.

The Congress performance was spectacular in Kerala where it routed the Left Front and dealt a severe blow to the Marxists in West Bengal with help from ally Trinamool Congress.

It also swept Delhi, did exceedingly well in Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and more than doubled its tally in UP leading in 20 of the 80 seats there.

The BJP has conceded defeat and said the party had performed below expectation and the mandate of the people was in favour of the Congress-led UPA alliance. "It has become clear that Congress and the alliance led by it has emerged as the largest coalition...though there was no clear majority," BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley told reporters here.

Putting up a brave face, Jaitley said the BJP honoured the mandate of the people with "due respect".
Commenting on performance of the party, he said "we performed well in some places but we performed below expectation in some other states.

"It is a collective failure," he said but made it clear that there would be no change in party's ideology.
Jaitley said the BJP had run a positive campaign during the electioneering.

The BJP has put up a good showing in Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. The party was leading in 18 of the 28 seats in Karnataka, 19 out of the 29 seats in MP and 15 out of 26 in Gujarat.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi (Rae Bareli), her son Rahul Gandhi (Amethi), External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee(Jangipur), Industry Minister Kamal Nath (Chhindwara), Veerappa Moily (Chikaballapur), Jyotiraditya Scindia (Guna) and Sachin Pilot(Ajmer) were among the prominent party candidates leading.

BJP leader L K Advani (Gandhinagar), party president Rajnath Singh (Ghaziabad), Yashwant Sinha (Hazaribagh), Jaswant Singh (Darjeeling), Sushma Swaraj (Vidisha) and Varun Gandhi (Pilibhit) were leading while his mother Maneka Gandhi was trailing in Aonla.

Other prominent leaders who were ahead were Sharad Pawar (Madha), Mulayam Singh Yadav in Mainpuri, Lalu Yadav (Pataliputra and Saran), Kalyan Singh (Etah), Ajit Singh (Baghpat), Sharad Yadav (Madhepura) and Mamata Bannerjee (Kolkata South). LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan was trailing in Hajipur.

Surprisingly, the Congress ally DMK put up a good showing leading in 18 of the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu while AIADMK, which had no member in the outgoing House, was ahead in nine seats.

The Congress was leading in eight seats but its stalwarts P Chidambaram and Mani Shankar Aiyar were trailing in Sivaganga and Mayiladuthurai respectively.

DMK candidates M K Azhagiri, son of chief minister M Karunanidhi, and Dayanidhi Maran were leading in Madurai and Chennai South respectively while Union Minister T R Baalu was trailing in Sriperumbudur. MDMK leader Vaiko was trailing in Sivakasi.

Congress reaffirmed Manmohan Singh will be the Prime Minister now and Rahul Gandhi its future prime minister.

This election Manmohan Singh is our prime ministerial candidate, AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi told reporters here.

The prime minister's chair is Rahul Gandhi's future as he is the future leader of the party, Dwivedi said.

He said there were three decisive factors for party's good performance - leadership of the government by the Prime Minister, leadership of UPA by Sonia Gandhi and leadership of campaign by Rahul.

Dwivedi's remarks come at a time when UPA appeared all set to return to power.

On the issue of alliances, Dwivedi said Left parties also have very little options and will also introspect in the post election scenario. "We had not broken the relationship, they had withdrawn support," he said.

The Left parties had withdrawn support to the Congress-led UPA government following differences over the Indo-US nuclear deal.

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Delhi route to hills solution - Dispur waits for govt formation at Centre to rein in Naga rebels in North Cachar

Guwahati, May 14: Dispur is waiting for the government to form at the Centre so that it can discuss the need to rein in Naga militants who are allegedly inciting ethnic clashes in North Cachar Hills. The decision to move the Centre about Naga militants was taken on the eve of chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s visit to the district tomorrow to take stock of the situation.

It was prompted by the recent police report that the Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim, which is in a ceasefire with the Centre, had fuelled the recent ethnic clashes in the troubled district.

A source said the state government would also take up the matter with Nagaland, where the militants are based and have their designated camps.

Nagaland borders North Cachar Hills district, which also has a significant Naga population.

“We have in the past pointed out instances of incursions by militants from the state into Assam, but it has not worked. This time, the government is going to pursue the matter till its logical conclusion. The Naga militants’ depredations inside Assam must be stopped,” the source said.

The state government will swing into action as soon as a new government takes shape in Delhi “or may be a few days after it settles down to business.” Gogoi, too, today said “elements from neighbouring” states are fomenting trouble in the district. Though the chief minister stopped short of naming these “elements”, police officials posted in the district have been accusing the Khaplang faction of the NSCN for the recent ethnic strife in the district.

The deputy inspector-general of police of south Assam, Dipak Kumar, who has been camping in Haflong to supervise counter-insurgency operations in the district, recently named Dithar Jeme, the finance secretary of the NSCN (K), as the man behind the attacks.

Regarding the current situation in the hill district, Gogoi will hold a meeting, to be attended by police and civil administration officials, apart from the army top brass, in Haflong tomorrow, sources in the chief minister’s office said.

Stating that instilling confidence among the people of the district would be his top most priority, Gogoi in a press communiqué said steps would be taken to rush security forces to the troublespots as fast as possible.

“Because of the difficult terrain and absence of good roads, most parts of the district are not easily accessible. For easy and quick movement of security forces, we are taking up road construction projects in the district in a major way,” chief minister said.

The promise of road projects came on a day when the Congress-led government in the state completed three years in power.

Gogoi said the biggest achievement of his government during his uninterrupted eight-year stint was its ability to bring about a change in the people’s mindset.

“People are now thinking more positively. That feeling of despair and hopelessness that existed before 2001 is no longer there. There is hope and confidence among the people and this is reflected in all spheres,” Gogoi said.

Despite of problems like flood and insurgency, the state’s growth has not stalled, Gogoi said.

He said the per capita income and land valuation has increased, indicating that the state was firmly on the growth path. The chief minister also reviewed the state’s flood preparedness.

Pulling up the water resources department for failing to repair all the 84 embankments that were breached last season, Gogoi said the repairs should be completed by May 31.


Khuga Dam Project : The condemned Sisyphus?

-By Haokholala Thangjom

Sisyphus, king of Corinth, was condemned in Tartars to roll ceaselessly up a hill a huge stone which would roll back to the foot of the hill again each time he neared the top of the hill; hence, endless, laborous and futile) —Chambers Dictionary (New) Page 1546

According to the locals, the name of Khuga river is Tuithapui or Tuithapi (Good water or river). Quite contrary to its name, the river is almost useless to the people as the riverbed is very low or lower than the level of arable land and homestead lands. Its name is “flaunted” during the time of flood when it claims some persons or cattles as victims of drowning. The water of Khuga river flowed incognito by the State Government for the last many years.

Just before I contested elections for the second time from Churchandpur Assembly Constituency in 1967, before Manipur became a full-fledged State, I conceptualised the feasibility of “taming” Khuga river as a multi-purpose project. Eventually, it found place in my Election Manifesto. (In those days Election Manifesto was the ear and the eye of the electorate. Alas! It has gone with the wind nowadays. Not only manifesto, public meeting, rally, party affiliation, house to house campaign having stronghold and devotion to public service have become meaningless or oblivious. The Triumvirate or Trimurti for success in elections are Munition, Money power and Muscle power (Three Ms). Identity cards are useless in the tribal areas.

In the sitting of the Assembly in 1978 - 79, I sponsored the Project—the Khuga Multipurpose Project which I even called “My fair Lady”. The preference of its location was between Kumbi in the valley and Mata in Churchandpur district. The latter was selected on the ground that it was near the source of the river which flows towards Kumbi which can create 15,000 hectares of annual irrigation. The project was sanctioned by the Planning Commission in 1980. Upto 1987 - 88, the Project was not “earmarked” by the Planning Commission, which was “earmarked” in 1988 - 89 with an estimated cost of Rupees fifteen corers. It envisaged:-

1. To create 15,000 hectares of annual irrigation.
2. To supply 15 million gallons daily of raw water.
3. To generate hydro-power of 1.5 mega watt.
4. To create fresh water fishery.
5. To create tourist centre.

It also envisaged construction of earth dam of 230 metre at the top with a minimum height of 38 metres of water. Withdrawal of water for irrigation from the reservoir will be through the left and the right canal system. The right side main canal system will have and approximate length of 68 Km extending from Mata and the left canal will have length of 24 Km.

Since 1980 more than twenty-eight years had lapsed and it is really astonishing and unfortunate that the project is not yet completed even after spending more than 200 crores of rupees. Believe it or not. The MLA elected after me, as many as three in number were not interested to bolster the project, presumably, grudging that it may become my enigmatic memorabilia. Until and unless the Khuga Project is completed the people Churchandpur town (the second biggest town in Manipur!) and neighbouring village will reel under the problem of eccentric supply of electricity and non-violability of good drinking water. How long such appalling plight of the people will continue? To sustain life without good drinking water and electrical energy (After Nuclear Deal for energy was agreed upon by the USA and our country) will certainly be mockery or abuse to democratic Government, if it is not plutocracy.

When I ponder over the completion of the Project, after 28 had lapsed the legend of Sisyphus, King of Corinth who had been condemned to punishment for his crime came into my strayed thought. I urge the Churachanpurians to bear with the State Government, with patience and fortitude. The Project is teddy bear when compared with Sadar Sarovar dam in Gujarat and Aswan dam in Egypt. To the Rulers the Project became El Doredo! Ultimately, it will become Jacob’s well at Sychar in Samaria to the commoners.


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12-hours bandh in Manipur hills | 3 Churches attacked in Manipur

Imphal | May 15 : The All Tribal Students’ Union of Manipur (ATSUM) has called a 12-hour general strike in all the five hill districts of Manipur Monday, May 18, from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. The strike is against the alleged failure of AD Singh, director of the Jawahar Lal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) to give a ‘positive response’ to the ATSUM’s demand for a ten-seat reservation for Scheduled Tribes in the recent appointments to JNIMS for various vacancies.

The ATSUM however informed the strike would exempt all educational institutions including colleges and educational departments. The students’ body called on all students and those vehicles transporting them to wear black badges as a sign of protest. The ATSUM will discuss further line of action after the bandh, it stated.

3 Churches attacked in Manipur

Dimapur, May 15 (MExN): On the heels of reported attacks on the Christian community in Manipur, the All India Christian Council has appealed the chief minister of Manipur to ensure safety to Meitei Christians and other minorities in Manipur. Two Baptist churches and a Catholic church were reportedly attacked on Monday at three different locations.

The Council in a press release today stated that the recent attacks on Christians in Manipur suggests of some newly formed fundamentalists promoting hindutva ideology in the state, particularly targeting the Meitei Christian minority. This week’s serial attack is very different from the previous attacks, the Council asserted.

On May 11 the Baptist Church at Phumlou and Taothrong in Imphal west district was set afire at around 10:40 pm and a Catholic church at Phayeng was also set on fire by unknown miscreants. A day before, on May 10, an unknown person suspected to be a member of a newly formed group warned church members to stop church building construction in Lamshang in Imphal west district, stated a letter to the Manipur chief minister by the All India Christian Council on Thursday.

In the recent attacks, the Council asserted, the attackers used the same approach in burning all the three churches by dumping straw and spraying inflammable liquids on the church furniture at night and fled the scene. Fear among the Christian community is growing with the nature of systemic attacks on minority communities in the state.

Dr Paul, national secretary public affairs of the Council stated, “The kind of attack on three churches was preplanned and carried out in an organized manner.” The Council appealed the chief minister not to “wait and watch” but take immediate action to prevent another Gujarat 2002 or Kandhamal like situation created by fundamentalists.


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Friday, May 15, 2009

Manipur Repeats Burning of Churches after Five Years Gap. Hindutva like Communal Forces Must be Opposed

Imphal, May 12, 2009: Manipur repeats the burning of Churches in valley after 5 years. Two churches reported burnt down and one attempted in Imphal West District of Manipur. A New communal force is suspected to be behind the serial attack on Churches.

A Baptist Church building in Phumlou in Imphal West district was attempted to burn by unknown persons on May 11 at around 10.40 PM and a Catholic in Phayeng in same district yesterday night around 10 PM. Partial Church buildings, furniture including pulpits, curtains, mats, mike speaker boxes and clock belonging to both the churches were gutted by fire.

An unconfirmed report reaching All India Christian Council told that a Church building at Chaothong in Imphal West district was also targeted by burning straw dump in front of church building on same day.

The fact finding team of All India Christian Council led by State Secretary visited the churches and stocked the situation. The police have registered the case and the culprits are not identified. Information collected the church members and surrounding villages suspect a newly founded organisation (name withheld) is in suspect of serial attack on churches.

Meitei Baptist Association reports Christian Council that an outlaw outfit warned to stop a church building construction at Lamshang village in same district on same day the Phumlou church was attacked.

North East Support Centre & Helpline Spokes Person and All India Christian Council Regional Secretary Madhu Chandra says, "There is report of an uprising Hindutva like communal force in Manipur which has started targeting Meitei Christian minorities in valley. To save from communal riots like Gujarat 2002 and Kandhamal, all civil society must resist and oppose the uprising neo communal force in Manipur."

In 2004 and 2005, the Christian world and civil societies were socked with the unreported attacks on Christians in Manipur. Over 10 churches were burnt down, pastors and mission workers were attacked, and two death bodies were removed from cemetery and reconverted the death bodies to Hinduism during the period.

At the rise of attack on Christians in Manipur valley in 2004 and 2005, All India Christian Council had to rush to state Capital in March 2005 and had to appeal Manipur Chief Minister Mr. W. Ibobi Singh and then the State Governor to stop the attack on Meitei and Rongmei minority Christians. There after ceased the attack on Meitei Christians while some Rongmei churches in valley reported suffering sanctions from societies.

All India Christian Council and North East Support Centre & Helpline, New Delhi also condemns the killing of 9 migrant in Keibul Lamjao National Park by unidentified persons late Monday night. Such inhuman must be immediately stopped. NE Support Centre & Helpline fears that such killing can irrupt communal attack on North East communities living outside of Manipur state.

The All India Christian Council (, founded in 1998, exists to protect and serve the Christian community, minorities, and the oppressed castes and communities. The aicc is a coalition of thousands of Indian denominations, organizations, and lay leaders.

Released by

Kh. Chaoba
State Secretary
All India Christian Council,
Imphal, Manipur

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KSO once again reacts to UNLF's statement

Imphal, May 14 2009: The Kuki Students' Organisation (KSO), Churachandpur district has once again reacted to the statement of the United National Liberation Front (UNLF), Manipur. A press release entitled "KSO's rebuttal" issued today by its president Paokai Haokip and general secretary Seiboi Haokip stated that apropos the statement of the UNLF vis-�-vis the KSO ( CCpur) in some daily English newspapers today, the student body would like to make, and clarify a few points.

It stated KSO (Churachandpur) is a student's organization, not to be dragged into the conflict zone between the security forces and the UGs.

Indeed, it's preposterous to question the allegiance of the student body by asking and doubting its involvement in anti-social activities.

The student body neither supports nor opposes any UG group; but would never remain a mute spectator whenever and wherever excesses is committed by any group or force (s), the press release asserted.

Whenever discrimination and injustice are diabolically and systematically meted out to the Kuki people and the students in particular, the KSO would stand up to UNLF's statement boldly and oppose it tooth and nail, the press release further contended.

"Unlike the previous press statements of other UG groups, the UNLF has been distancing itself from the Kuki people as it has always interfered in the issues concerning the Kukis alone; and self-proclaimed to be so concerned about the well-being of the Kuki people.

Despite shedding crocodile's tears, the Kukis are much aware of the sinister designs and mischievous deeds of the outfit by "raping scores of Hmar women in Parbung", "mass kidnapping of innocent Kuki civilians to Myanmar"(which led to mass protest rally by Kuki students in Delhi) and "planting of landmines in the vicinity of Kuki villages", which have resulted in loss of lives and property to a great extent!".

"Regarding the unsubstantiated, alleged link between the SFs and Kuki UG groups, the KSO disputes and questions the nexus between the UNLF and the military junta of Myanmar, which has been repressing and depriving the democratic rights of the Kuki people in the Kabaw valley," president Paokai and general secretary Seiboi Haokip pointed out.

The two Kuki student leaders further said, "No wonder, that it's the UNLF who 'bribed and bought' the financially-starved Burmese Junta, thereby attacking Kuki civilians in Indo-Burma border areas a number of times".

They said ,"There would be no further press statement from the KSO (CCPur) vis-�-vis the arrest of Kh.

Megha by troops of AR which was followed by a hate-filled communal propaganda from the UNLF unlike the objective and yet, laudable statement of the RPF".

Source: Hueiyen News Service

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Music Review - Hung Puuitu Lalpa | Niangneikim | Gospel | Simte | Video CD

Hoitah a sutin, tam blog in bangtan in nang simtu ahing panpi diei mah theising. Ahin, ka nasep pen nisim in ka lunglut deudeu semsem e. Tammi album pen thanopna chikhat ahi. Simte solo video album masapen in Pasian thahatna tah “Lal” ahina a toisang a, gingtu lampei leh kinepna mun manawhna kilawmtah in a kawmu hi.

A laa 13 umte lah ah laa 5 ‘eimi’ te phuo ahia. Amin puo laa Hung Puuitu Lalpa, Kulhpi Det leh Phattah Pathian te-thum Kimngaihmang phuo ahia. Adang ni-te Ka Ngai Vaan Khopi leh Sawlbang Heina Simlei ahileh S Suanpau leh Rev H Mangpi phuo tuoh ahi uh. A laa dangte jousie pen mizo apat laa 5 kiletdoh a. Tuote – Lalfelfamkima laate Ka phal theihlou leh Sinlai luahtu leh Madinmawia laate Sisan Silbawltheina leh Ka gam Uh Sudam in chite ahi. Laabu / Hymns apat in Aman Hung puui leh Lal Jesu Kawmah chitegel banah Anon laa Khuolzinna gam chijong a tel a. A laa tawpna Thandanga kristmas laa kithang mama Khoveel Mial Taanvaah chitoh zaw ahi.

Tammi albumpen ngailehchin, alaate zousie’n mizo laa ahing phosah dia. A zieh khat ahileh backing vocals leh alaakaina zong teisawn a bang sim hi. Ahin, tammi in a album pumpi chituomna ape zaw hi. Kikim aw pen a kiphuoldap sim leh heu piensim in a sieng a, a musik toh akipawl thei mama. Amanu adi’n, ‘a dang zong tampi hing bawl belap in’ chi vang.

A musik pen a guha sihgit let-leh-selselte pen a tuom tuom in akidang mama a. A bawlte tulai a dia kithang mama Thangzangam leh Rochullo ( Robert kichi khat toh) teni khutsuo ngel hiva. Koipen in bang laapen a bawl uh e chi getthei in a umsia. A musik ban ah a album pumpi ahileh ki-engineer fuh mama ahi. Tanah a chituom na khat ahia, tuoleh eilam laate khangtou dan mu in a um hi.

Rev H Mangpi laa Sawlbang Heina Simlei pen laagil tulmaw dia siam ahi. Tanah hing ngaisah theisih nanleng a thu nengkhat hing sunzuoi vang:

Sawl bang heina Simlei ka pel chian/ ka gentheih ka kaahna beita ding / Tung vaangam nuam ka hung tun hun chiang / Tawplou in kipah in zai-awi ta ning.

Hung umpi in aw ka Lalpa Na gam ah / Huchiang naubang ka kana baang tang e / Lalpa Nanglou belding umlou / Hi lei siat ah / ka ki ngahna leh ka kulhpi Nang Nahi.

Tamte ban ah, a bukim na ding, thu nengkhat hapdeh lei. Editing te pen hoina laahsiem ua, ahin a kemera a nawm gige hi. Tuoleh Kikim pen amasa pen ahinalai jieh in zum nalai ahi dia kemera deihuoitah a umthei a kivat hieu. A album pen hunbii neidia kibawl hisih nanleh, a laatawpna Khoveel Mial Taanvaah chipen kristmas laa bangdia kiguong valong adiei.

Thuzaw na ding in, tami review na sim suo a ahileh ngainopna ahing pie ngel dia. Teisawn chite bawllou in a original anuoi a min kipete kungah a na kan in aw.

Hung Puuitu Lalpa - Kikim
Backing Vocals : S Suabpau & Siam Simte
Recording at Ray Studio, Imphal
Music - Thangzangam, Rochullo & Rob
Camera - Belkhaute (KFC)
Edited at KFC Computers
Producer - H Awnzadou Simte
Director - H Soichinthang


Manipur Class XII result 2009

IMPHAL, May 15: The results of Higher Secondary Examination, Manipur (Class XII), 2009 was declared today. NONGTHOMBAM GUNIBANI DEVI from Enlighten Knowledge Hr. Sec. School,Sangakpham D/O N. KAMALA DEVI & N. KHOMEI SINGH of Kontha Ahallup tops in Arts Stream securing 419 marks with a star marks in English, ALT, Home science, Geography and Political science.

Commerce topper:

Shree Digambar Jain Mahavir Hr. Sec. School, Imphal
Sagolband Wahengbam Leikai, Imphal
Total mark 377
Star subjects: ALT, Acc.

Science Topper:

Human Resource Development Academy,Ghari.
Wangkhei Angom Leikai, Imphal East
Total mark: 469
Subject with letter mark: E,ALT,Phy,Chm,Mth,Bio.


Sielmat Christian Hr. Sec. School,Churachandpur.
D/O Chingngaichiin
Tuibuong, Churachandpur
Marks in MIL ZOU: 94



5th Position
Rayburn College,Churachandpur.
New Lamka (G)
Total Marks: 382
Letter Marks in: PAI,Eco

10th Position
Liberal College, Luwangsangbam
Thanlon Village, Churachandpur
Total Marks: 367
Letter Marks in: E,ALT

12th Position
Sielmat Christian Hr. Sec. School,Churachandpur.
T. Canaanphai, Churachandpur
Total Marks: 361
Letter Marks in: THK

16th Position
H.M. Hr. Sec. School,Keithelmanbi
Total Marks: 355
Letter Marks in: Hsc

16th Position
Don Bosco Hr. Sec. School (Arts &
Total Marks: 355
Letter Marks in: E,Eel

19th Position
Ebenezer Academy,Churachandpur
Peasonmun, Lamka Churachandpur
Total Marks: 351
Letter Marks in: E,PAI


10th Position
Sielmat Christian Hr. Sec. School,Churachandpur.
Tuibuong, Churachandpur
Total Marks: 426
Letter Marks in: E,ALT,Phy,Chm,Bio

16th Position
Herbert School,Changangei, Airport Road, Imphal
Rengkai Churachandpur
Total Marks: 417
Letter Marks in: E,ALT,Phy,Chm,Mth


2nd Position
Rayburn College, Churachandpur.
Tiddim Road Lamka, Churachandpur
Total Marks: 375
Letter Marks in: ALT, Bss, Ins

3rd Position
Don Bosco Hr. Sec. School (Arts &
G. Kholep P.O Motbung
Total Marks: 364
Letter Marks in: Bss

5th Position
Rayburn College,Churachandpur.
Mualveng, Churachandpur
Total Marks: 357
Letter Marks in: E, PAI, Bss

For all the detail results, click the link HERE

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KSO demands white paper | KNO decries Govt’s “prejudice”

Expressing strong suspicion about fund embezzlement in Tribal Development Depart-ment for the past some years, the KSO Ghqs demanded a white paper on the status, progress, fund allocation and other matters concerning the unfinished tribal market constructed at New Lambulane, Imphal.

A press release issued by KSO conveyed that it has investigated into the fund allocation amoun-ting to crores of rupees sanctioned for several financial assistance and schemes during the financial year 2007-08 and it was found that no official notification for application was issued.

No beneficiary list was made public and there was no district-wise allocation. The general public were kept ignorant about the style and system of functioning in TD Department, it alleged. In order to allay the fear and suspicion of the tribal people, the KSO demanded that the beneficiary lists, the criteria of selection of the beneficiaries and allocation of funds under major heads be made public at the earliest.

KNO decries Govt’s “prejudice”

IMPHAL, May 14 : While paying deepest homage/respect to all the martyrs and freedom fighters of Manipur on equal footing without prejudice, irrespective of creed or caste, Meiteis of Kukis, the Kuki National Organisation (KNO) has decried the alleged prejudice manifested by successive Governments while paying obeisance to the martyrs.

In a press release issued by its information and publicity secretary Lenin H Kuki, the KNO accused the successive State Governments of flouting the minority’s (Kukis’) social and cultural rights by not giving due recognition to the heroic deeds and selfless sacrifices of the great Kuki leaders and warriors for the cause of the people and the land.

Quoting Col LW Shakespeare, then DIG of Assam Rifles, that “the Kuki Rising of 1917-1919 was the most serious military involvement in the Northeast”, the KNO marvelled at the alleged nihilistic attitude of the successive State Governments by not giving the Kukis their due ‘share’ and ‘recognition’ till date.

Asserting that not only civil and political rights but social and cultural rights too were essential for social cohesion, mutual understanding and mutual co-existence in a liberal-democratic society, the KNO informed that it has been successfully publishing the glorious past of the Kuki people in a book entitled Zalen-gam: The Kuki Nation, the copies of which have been placed in reputed university libraries across the globe including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Princeton, JNU, DU, NEHU et al.

Asking the State Government not to play a janus, ignominious role vis-a-vis the Kukis anymore, the KNO confided its firm belief in the importance and power of the ‘historical truth’ and ‘cultural identity’ of the Kuki people.

The fortitude and tenacity of the Kuki martyrs and warriors continued to inspire the KNO in its obligation to restore Zalen-gam to its former status and glory which was the birthright of the Kuki people, it said.

The KNO pledged to pursue its goals unflinchingly through means which are noble and democratic without compromising the integrity and commitment demonstrated by the Kuki forefathers.


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Killing of Dr Kisan, Token & Rajen IM court decrees RI to accused ‘Lt. Col’

Newmai News Network | Dimapur, May 14: The NSCN-IM has completed investigation into the mur-der case of Kasom Khullen Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Dr Thingnam Kisan and two others and found ‘colonel’ Hopeson Ning-shen of the NSCN-IM guilty of the crime. ‘General Court Martial (GCM) of the Naga Army GHQ’ of the NSCN-IM has pronounced that ‘colonel’ Hopeson Ningshen will undergo rigorous imprison-ment for 7 years, counting from his arrest, in the outfit’s jail.

“That, as per the Naga Army Act of Rules and Regulation (NAARR) 2002 Lt. Colonel Hopeson Ning-shen bearing Army No. ST-28014, former Comman-ding Officer of Kiusumong battalion has been convic-ted guilty of abduction, ille- gal detention and eventual murder of Dr. Kishan and his two associates Aribam Raj-en and Y Token on 17th February 2009 under Article 70 Clause 3, Sub Clause V Article 76 Clause ii of NAARR. Therefore, the GCM is satisfied to termi-nate Lt.

Colonel Hopeson Ningshen with immediate effect from the service of the Naga Army. The GCM is also pleased to dismiss all his services rendered to the Nation. All military decora-tion as well as ranks awar- ded to him has been strip-ped off. He is also to under- go rigorous imprisonment for seven (7) years counting from the day he has been arrested. He is also to pay a fine of Rs. 50,000 to the GPRN. In default of which he shall undergo simple im-prisonment for another one year six months.”

The NSCN-IM while ex-plaining procedure of the outfit in the investigation said, “General Court Martial (GCM) of the Naga Army has sat several times and has heard thoroughly the case of murder of Dr. Kishan and his driver Aribam Rajen and an official Y Token on 17th of February 2009 near Senapati by Lt. Colonel Hopeson Ningshen, the then Commanding Officer of the Kiusumong Battalion Naga Army posted in Wung Tangkhul Region (WTR)”.

The NSCN-IM also said that the GCM discovered that the murder was com-mitted not without provoca- tion. “The arrogance added with reckless corruption of Dr. Kishan, the SDO of Ka-som Block has not only shocked the people of the area but it has also infuria-ted all the people including Lt. Colonel Hopeson Ningshen who is also from the same area. Repeated warning against running his office at Imphal went unhee-ded and the deceased did remain impenitent about his corruption inspite of public outcry,” the outfit alleged.

The NSCN-IM also said that the Deputy Commis-sioner of Ukhrul Pankaj Kumar Pal who has “a long standing and violent ego clash with his SDO” is seen to have exploited the situa-tion leading to the ultimate murder of the latter.

“Circumstancial eviden-ces have convicted the De- puty Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pal as master mind of the murder of Dr. Kishan and his two staff. However, the Chief Minis-ter O Ibobi Singh who is also the Home Minister and Works Minister Ranjit Singh, who visited Kasom Khullen the next day of abduction of Dr. Kishan and staff have a share of responsibility in the death of the victims,” the NSCN-IM further alleged while adding, “they must therefore be prosecuted as required by law. Since Lt. Col. Hopeson Ningshen claimed responsibility for the murder as sole perpe-trator of the crime the GCM is satisfied to award the penalty to Lt. Colonel Hope-son Ningshen.”


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‘Govt has failed to control ethnic conflict in NC Hills’

HOWRAGHAT, May 14 – The Karbi Students Association (KSA) has expressed serious concern over the ethnic conflict taking place between the Dimasas and Jemi Nagas in NC Hills. A press statement signed by Biren Engti, chief adviser, KSA alleged that the ruling Congress Government has been planning to sabotage the age-old relationship between the aboriginal tribal communities by conspiring to hatch violence.

The Karbi student leader pointing out to the conflict that took place between the Kuki and Karbis and Karbi and Dimasas in Karbi Anglong in recent years, further alleged that in the tenure of Congress regime many lives and properties of the common people of the Karbi hills was lost in the ethnic riots.

That time too, the ruling Congress Government botched up plans to establish permanent peace among the tribal people and now instead of taking prompt steps to stem the spate of violence and killings of the innocent and common people it seems to be waiting for the situation to deteriorate in the district. The Government has completely failed to restore law and order in the district, the press statement further added.

The KSA while condemning the violence demanded from the Government immediate beefing up of adequate security measures in order to stop the ongoing violence taking place between the Jemi Naga and Dimasa community.


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New Meghalaya Government assumes office

SHILLONG: Ending the nearly two-month-old President's rule in the State, DD Lapang was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) Government along with six ministers on Wednesday. Governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr Lapang and his ministers at a simple swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan shortly after President's rule was officially lifted from the State.

The Governor has given Mr Lapang 15 days time to prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly.

Lapang’s Team

Dr Mukul Sangma
Prof R C Laloo
MM Danggo
JA Lyngdoh
Abu Taher Mondal
Ampareen Lyngdoh

Congress heavyweight Dr Mukul Sangma retained Deputy Chief Minister's portfolio, while two other Congressmen -- Prof R C Laloo and Martin M Danggo -- were also inducted in the Cabinet.

Senior UDP legislator JA Lyngdoh, one of the key players in the formation of Congress-UDP coalition government, was also sworn-in. Mr Lyngdoh was a Cabinet Minister in the erstwhile MPA government.

Independent MLA Abu Taher Mondal and former UDP MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh, who quit the Assembly and joined the Congress, were also rewarded with ministerial berths for their ''unstinted support'' to Congress.

This is for the first time in the State's political history a non-MLA was sworn in as minister. As per rules, Ms Lyngdoh will have to get elected to the House within six months.

Before the swearing-in ceremony, the Governor read out the official proclamation issued by President Pratibha Patil lifting the Central rule from Meghalaya.

The ceremony was also attended by Union Tribal Affairs Minister PR Kyndiah, State Congress president Friday Lyngdoh, AICC leader Luizinho Faleiro, Assam's Health Minister Himantabiswa Sarma, UDP president and former Chief Minister Dr Donkupar Roy and NCP legislators - James K Sangma and Adolf Lu Hitler Marak.

Another batch of ministers is expected to be sworn in soon. Sources said that it would include KHNAM legislator Paul Lyngdoh,

Limison Sangma, Ismail Marak and Donkupar Massar, while Assembly Speaker Bindo M Lanong (UDP) will be inducted as Deputy Chief Minister after a new Speaker is elected by the House.

Meanwhile, doubts are being expressed regarding the stability of the new government in view of uncertain political scenario at the national level. It is felt that neither Congress nor any other major political party will be able to form government at the Centre without the help of the smaller parties.

Political observers feel that the continuance of the present Congress-UDP alliance in the State will depend much on the role of NCP in the event that the Congress-led UPA fails to garner enough numbers to form government at the Centre.

State gets its 21st Government in 37 years

Shillong: When D D Lapang took the Chief Minister's oath of office and secrecy in the presence of Governor R S Mooshahary on Wednesday, he became the head of the 21st government Meghalaya has witnessed in 37 years of statehood.

In last 37 years, the State's chief ministership has rotated between ten political leaders, with only two of them, late Captain W A Sangma and Congress leader S C Marak, being able to complete the full five year term.

Never in the history of Meghalaya, except during the first Assembly elections, has any political party obtained clear majority.

With frequent toppling of governments marking the state's political history, the previous 20 governments saw a musical chair of ten chief ministers some serving the state for as short as 10 days.

Mr Lapang, who has been sworn in for the fifth time on Wednesday, did so from March 10, 2008 to March 19, 2008.

Interestingly, the State has never witnessed a mid-term poll despite the frequent change of governments.

While the toppling game was a hallmark till the early 1990s when the Anti-Defection Law did not exist, the highly fragile political situation in the State could be gauged with the state having witnessed nine governments with varied combinations of political parties during the last decade.

After the March 2008 Assembly elections, Mr Lapang was sworn-in as chief minister of a Congress-led coalition government, but resigned 10 days later, just before a trust vote, after failing to muster a majority.

Subsequently, the Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) government, comprising five political parties including NCP, headed by United Democratic Party (UDP) president Donkupar Roy assumed charge.

The Congress has not been an untouchable to the varied smaller parties in the state as almost all of them, many of which are defunct now, had a stint in the government along with the Congress.

Now, with the Congress tying up with the UDP after failure of negotiations with the NCP, to form the government, it remains to be seen how long the new alliance remains intact. (PTI)

New CM promises stability

SHILLONG: Chief Minister DD Lapang has said any change in political equations at the Centre after the Lok Sabha election results will have no impact in the State as "both Congress and UDP have signed an agreement whereby both parties will not betray each other till the end of the present term."

Speaking to newsmen after the swearing in ceremony, Mr Lapang said, "This alliance will continue despite any political change in the country. Whatever takes place at the national level will not have any bearing on our alliance in the State".

Further, the new Chief Minister said that his government would lay emphasis on solving unemployment problem through development of major sectors like tourism, industry and power.

"The major problem that afflicts the State today is unemployment which if not addressed may create various other social problems. We will see that this problem is properly addressed," Mr Lapang said.

Another major announcement by the new Chief Minister was revision of salary of the State government employees through implementation of the Pay Commission report.

While expressing concern over the huge liability in the PWD (Roads) amounting to Rs 300 crore which had led to de-sanctioning of road repair and construction work amounting to around Rs 100 crore by the previous MPA Government, Mr Lapang said he would take steps to ensure that the problem was solved and contractors' bills were cleared.

On the issue of power deals, Mr Lapang said his government would see that the agreements signed on various major hydro power projects were implemented and that loopholes in the agreements were plugged.

The newly-formed Cabinet also met later in the day to discuss the programmes and policies of the government.

However, no major decision was taken in the meeting.

HC stays disqualification of 4 MLAs, ANOTHER BLOW TO LANONG

SHILLONG: In yet another blow to Assembly Speaker Bindo M Lanong, the Shillong bench of Gauhati High Court has stayed the disqualification of four legislators - Paul Lyngdoh (KHNAM), Sanbor Shullai (NCP) and two Independent legislators - Lemison Sangma and Ismail Marak.

Justice Ashok Potsangbam, who heard the petition filed by the four disqualified legislators on Wednesday passed an order staying their disqualification besides restoring their voting rights in the Assembly.

Speaking to newsmen after the court's verdict, counsel of the four disqualified legislators Devajit Saikia said that the ''court was not satisfied with the reply of the Speaker on the matter and decided to stay the disqualification of the four legislators."

The High Court's order has further emboldened the newly formed Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) Government as the four members had already pledged their support to the Alliance.

It may be mentioned that on April 27, Mr Lanong had filed his petition in the Supreme Court for 'transfer of the writ petitions filed by the four disqualified legislators from the High Court to the apex court. However, the apex court on May 11 dismissed his petition and referred the case back to the High Court.

The four legislators were disqualified from Assembly membership by Mr Lanong on April 8 for violating the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution following their decision to quit the previous MPA Government to support the Congress.

Meanwhile, sources informed that of the four disqualified legislators, three of them - Paul Lyngdoh, Ismail Marak and Limison Sangma are likely to be inducted into the Cabinet while Sanbor Shullai would retain his Deputy Speaker's post.


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Thursday, May 14, 2009

'Jesus in jeans' in English church

London, May 14 (PTI) It's 21st century. And, Jesus is now in "jeans" with his hair and beard "neatly and fashionably trimmed" in an English church. Yes, Our Lady Immaculate and St Philip Neri Catholic Church in East Sussex has unveiled a high bronze statue dubbed "Jesus in jeans" depicting Christ as a modern man, 'The Daily Telegraph' reported.

In fact, the statue depicts Christ as wearing jeans and a shirt billowing in the wind while his hair and beard are neatly and fashionably trimmed.

"You are always looking for new ways to enrich people in the experience of Christianity and it is good people can be open-minded to appreciate it.

"On the continent you often encounter modern representations of Jesus but it is not so common over here. We wanted a figure of Christ not in suffering but dynamic and welcoming.

"We felt this design summed up the spirit and activity of Christ perfectly and I think it speaks for itself," Father David Buckley, who unveiled the 35,000 pounds seven-foot high bronze statue, was quoted as saying. PTI

Sal / taga hina Envelop pa’n develop ah

-By: James Zo Mang

Thumapui: Sal / Taga lungsim nei aciki te abang cite ahei? Cithu atomkim theithei in isut ding vua, isut kawm ma in tuo Sal / Taga hina envelop sung pa'n develop aa itun zo nading un, bang cibang in semin kalsuon ding cithu zong ilungngai tou ding un, iki ciel masa uhi.

Khatna ah: Minam dang te pangaa sala bangaa kaikai nuom asasa te sal/taga lungsim nei kici hi. Bangziek? bang ma cihin ama keng tawh din sawm lo in midang te dangnei aa op nuom sasa ahi ziekin, pusuoh zo ngailo ding hi. Tua te in aminam te nasep n ate nangawn ang langpan zawsop lai thei ding le mite phawhbul po in ang om thei lai ding aa, atawp na ciengin, mimangthang zong suoh to zawlai thei ding ahihi. Ei le ei in isep sih vua, idin masah sawm sih uleh, ei hu ding te inzong eihu dan ding uh ang thei lo ding ban vuah, zong ei kihu masa lo in zong atawp na ciengin hutak zong ei kisa lo dingaa, minei aa sala bang aa ik-op den ding uh simlo adang om lo ding hi.

Nina ah: Minam dang te pimu in, eima minam mengmu cite in sal,taga lungsim nei kici hi. Tam dan lungsim nei te in, minamdang te ii sawltak ( ko salee/ iptawi ) za anga ciengtawh amin le aminam mangngil phiel thei zawzen in, sawltak aa azang tepen, kongkyian aa azang nuom te ahithei lam zong thei beklo dingaa, tuoteng tawh lungkim tahin sal kisem suoh zieu thei hi. Tambang mite in, eima minam te nasep nale makaih nate mengmu le gensie zawdep thei lai thei hi President W. Bush zong mima hi aa, ei zong mima ihi hi. Sepzo na kibanglo cicieng beh kilam dang hi.Gentana: Pumpi sungaa bameng khat ahi Napkuo in kei bangma hising ci’n bangma sep sawm sihleh, nai2 zong thuok zolo in ipumpi in silaw khathei ding hi. Pumpi khat sungaa bameng vive ihi uoa, ipanmun ule isep na uh kibang lo cicieng hi in kimengmu zaw le kipi mu zawh tuon nading omlo hi. Ipumpi ahi inam, igam, leitung akhan to nading in ipanthei naciet pa’n pangton le isep ton ciet litlet ding behuh kisam masa hi.

Thumna ah: Makai kinei aa, ama gilpi ding beh ngaisun, asazuh kipuoh le khattang thunei na deih te zong sal/ taga lungsim nei kici kha ding hi. President / Secretary etc panmun tepen sepna hinai lo in, asemding te panmun hizaw hi. Leitung miminthang ithei sunsun te en leih, apanmun kimin thang sah lo in, asep khiet na kimin thang sah/ kipatawi nahi zaw hi. UNSC aa kawlgam tawh kisai abeisa hun aa panmun la Razali Ismeal enleih, apan mun pan bangma sem zolo ahi ziekin, azumzawm in, khawl vawt hi. Cinop na-ah panmun pen sepna hinai lo in, panmun pan mipi aading in bang teng semzo ci in akisam penpen hizaw hi.Tu dong a aw kiza kia ta lo hi. Leitung gam 200 val te in kumpi ki uk na kinei cietaa, kumpi sem nangawn te in ama ngentang in direct ukna le thuneih na kineisah khol lo hi. Ama gilpi ding, ama thunei nading le asazuh kipuoh makai te sepna ah, akipawl na, agam, aminam khangto ngai lo ahithu imu thei uhi. Tua bang makai te sepna gam le kipawl nate enleih, gamzawngkhaal te suoh uhi.UNSC kipawl na ah. Mr. Bankeemoon pen General Secretary hi aa, direct in koima gam tungah thunei na nei lo hi Khattang thunei na-ah corruption / Selfish/ Maitang etna ect te tam zaw deuh paai banah nautaang tele anei aate sal dan, moltum dan in khawi nuom zawdeuh pai hi. Tamzong sal/taga lungsim ma ahihi.

Liina ah: Ma le ma atunglam zumaa kisunsun ( kitaihtaih ) nazong sal /taga lungsim neina ma kici kha ding hi. “Aa ta kitutu Muu in taw” or “ Cithah tungnun kitu vanlai ah laam”ci Zo paunak a om ithei uhi. Eima sung buoina pen eima sung ma aa, isuhmit zo dinguh kisam hi. Atung lam zumaa imi te khat isun ciengun, eima zong ei kipi mu lo banah, iminam bupin zong ei kimeng mu thei zaw lai aa, tuo in, ei hu nuom te ii ei hepi na lungsim kiem sah ahi ziekin, iminam bup nangawn in suplaw lai thei ding hileh kilawm hi.

Ngaana ah: Minam dang tetawh, kilang neih nading phiel dong aa, Imi isa veiluot le itluot na inzong sal/taga lungsim nei nama nahi veve hi. Leitung ah, mihing khat, minam khat, kipawlna khat, gamkhat, ama tangaa ding ci omthei lo hi. Tuo bang policy anei gam te enleih, gam zawngkhal te dinmun aa a-op imitawh imu uhi. Tom genleih, Hittaler minam itdan aa iminam i-it lo ding uh kisam hi.Mimal tawm ( minority ) te ihi uoa, ikhanto thei nading un, mimaltam (Majority) tele gam hau, gamkhangto te tawh na isep ton thei ding uh kisam hi. Semton ici ciengin amau te sila le khutnei ah tokai ding cina hilo hi.

Guhna ah: Sal / taga lungsim nei akici sungah ada huoi penpen nambat masa lamaa kihal pen ahi leh, ahoih lo lamah langpang den cithu hi. Khanto nading /sal suo nading in mi khat cietin septhei na nam tampi le panmun tampi kinei gige hi. Tuate sungah athupi zawdeuh nam lii omhi.

1). Isepthei na, isep zona zaza tawh I Pasien, igam, inam ading in ahoilam ah sem ding maw?
2). Hi zo na zaza tawh makai le asem te hu/panpi in sem ding maw?
3). Sem lo, asem te hu lo,gen sielo, langpang lo, nawngkaai sahlo, khut zep dingdeng, kamci khin khian in sem ding maw?
4). Sem lo, asem te zong hu lo, nuozui nangawn zong sem lo, banah khutzep dingdeng le kamcikhinkhian nangawn in om thei lo in, asie lam behbeh ah langpang, gensie, nawngkaai sahden ci’n septhei na nam 4 a-om te sungpanh, “kei nambat bangza na ah ka om ei?” cia eima khat ciet ki-et phat ding le iki puophat aa na isepton thei dingun ahun in ei tawsawn mama ta hi.

ZEPADA unhappy with rice distribution

Lamka, May 13: Though the successful distribution of relief rice by the district administration to all interior parts of the district is appreciable, the manner of distribution of cash component and agriculture input subsidy by officials has surprised one and all.

In this connection, the ZOMI Economic Planning and Development Agency, ZEPADA, in a release today said that Thanlon SDO/BDO distributed all the said components and subsidy at Churachandpur police station citing reasons that police personnel were unable to provide enough security.

Mautam affected poor people from farflung areas who are the beneficiaries have been compelled to travel long distances with many expenses and most of them covered about 200 kms just to collect their share of relief money, said the ZEPADA.

If the deployment of army battalion at Thanlon subdivisional heaquarters and three army check posts along the NH-150 are not enough to provide security to the officials, what about the common man's security in the area, questioned the release.

While rueing the complete failure of the government to put in place all civil administration in the subdivision headquarters it reiterated that all the relief rice could have been distributed to all the areas without any hitch.

Stating that there may be some nefarious attempts to squander the money on the part of the officials, it questioned again why should the little amount of money make the life of the officials vulnerable.


Animated comedy 'Up' kickstarts Cannes Film Festival

Cannes, May 13 (PTI) Amid the global economic recession and swine flu scare, the 62nd Cannes Film Festival opened here today with the light hearted 3-D animation film 'Up'. Pete Docter's 90-minute film is the first 3-D film to have the honour of opening the 12 day long extravaganza which will showcase works by celebrated filmmakers from across the world.

The story of the Disney-Pixar film revolves around an eccentric balloonseller, 78-year-old Carl Frederickson, who decides to take a final adventurer trip.

He ties his house to hundreds of helium balloons and flies away to South America. But what the old man could never foresee is the nail-biting adventure that follows his journey, largely instigated by a castaway boy, Russell.

The Festival's General-Delegate, Thierry Fremaux, hoped that the 12-day event would be a roller-coaster ride just like the one enjoyed by movie protagonist, Frederickson.

'Up' is a complete opposite of last year's grim choice, Brazilian film 'Blindness'. Directed by filmmaker Fernando Meirelles, the film told the story of a plague of blindness sweeping the world.

The festival, which is famous for its extravagance, has toned down some of the glitz this year due to the economic slump but the formidable line up of films by some of the world's most celebrated directors makes up for the lost lustre. PTI

10th IIFA to have 'Best of the Decade', 'Green IIFA' awards

Mumbai, May 13 (PTI) The 10th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) will be celebrated in Macau next month with special awards like 'Best of the Decade' and 'Green IIFA'.

'Best of the Decade' will be given for the five popular categories of Best Film, Director, Actor, Actress and Music Composer, Sabbas Joseph, Director of IIFA told PTI here.

'Green IIFA' will be presented to a film personality who has been working in the area of creating environment awareness, he said.

Speaking about the choice of the venue of the 10th IIFA, Sabbas said Macau presents a meeting ground for Indian, Chinese and Hong Kong film industries.

"IIFA was working closely with the Macau government and 'The Venetian', venue of the three-day event to give finishing touches to organisation of the gala event," he said.

Choice of the film for the premiere would be decided in a few days depending upon how producers who had stopped new releases in multiplexes since last month, take a decision on fresh release dates, he said.

"We will also showcase films like Kaminey and Aladin during the three day event. Three more films are in the process of being finalised," he said.

Bollywood movie Delhi-6 actress Sonam Kapoor will perform live for the first time on stage. PTI

A zawngte zawng gige lou ding

Laisiangthou ah bel a haute piakbehlap ahi ding a, a neilou-te aneihsun uleng laksak hiding chih tanpha in kigelh mah leh, Laisiangthou kalhna hituanlou in, tua-te bangziak a hong om thei hiam chih te enkawm in ‘azawng-te zawng gige lou ding’ chih thu kikum khawm zekleng chi ihi.

Thupil in ‘ahausa sa a piang kuamah omlou’ chi’n ana gen a, a hausa sa a piang omkei mah leh, nulepa hausa taktak te sung apan piang chih bel dik ding hi. A hausa sa a piang omlou chih pen singtangmite’ ading in dik diak leh kilawm in kilang hi. Hauhsakna i chih chiang in gendan tamtak om ding a, alangtang a hausa bang, aguuk a hausa bang hunkhop om ding a, ahihziak in, bangchi bang a hausa chih pen poimawh mahmah ding in kilang hi.

Mi damtheite’n damloute’ haksatna atheikei ding ua, mihausa gige te’n leng mi zawngte’ haksatna theihpih ding un uphuailou hi. I district sung bang enle hang, 80% te mi zawng hiding hi. Ahangbel, Job card nasepna ban ah kilawh theihna tuamtuam a kingate ihi ua, sum le pai tawm chik nasan-le enlah vungvung theite ihi uhi.
Ei lawi in bel sum neilou i chih chiang in, i sakhau ah omlou petmah, naute’ lunggulh leh nektheih mandi tanpha-te i neihlouh vanglak chia neilou petmah, kang petmah te ihi uhi. Himahleh, Lamka khawpi sung mahmah aleng, mi tamtak in neilou kichi mah le uh a taw phah ding beek hunkhop a nei om veve uhi

Kum tamlua painailou in CCpur district bangleng niamchik a om himahleh, zanzek mahmah apan hong khangtou hulhul in, tuk thei/taithei gari ban ah, dawr chi tuamtuam leh hotel standard pipi kibehlapna mun ahi. Tuilou zangteng building in dimta a, inn chih ah gari leh mobile neilou om nawnta lou in, khamtheih hihleng nasatak in kibehlap hi. Thakhat thu a hauhsakna kichi pen hauhsakna khan’ tou adiam chih mimal kingaihtuahna thampha hi. Sum dawn theihna tuamtuam i hau ua, ahoih a sumpung muhsang in a selam a sumpung mu mi tamzaw ding in gintakhuai mahmah a, sum dawnna hoih in hoihlou hita leh, Pathian vualzawlna i chisuk vek maita uhi. Pastor/Upa-te bang leng sa miit leh khawvel thil in zougawpta in dawilok deuhdeuh bang un kilang a, mi khat in a summuhna le theih hi ngel khollou lah hausa hulhul mai khawng in vanthak/ thilthak khawng hon neihchiang in, Pathian min in va latsak ngeingai ua, Pathian mitmuh in a namtui na diam chih te theih hak mahmah a, hiai bangthil-te Lamka ah adim in om hi.

Laisiangthou mah ah, sum le pai deihtaak tuh gilou chiteng bul ahi ana chi a, a dik mahmah hi. Tuni in Pathian vualzawlna i chih te A vualzawlna taktak in i sim na maw? Pathian min pawng lawh chih bangleng thil lauhuai mahmah ahi hi. Pathian in mi a ut leh zankhat thu in leng hausa sak theitham hi. Himahleh, eilawi hauhsakna pen Pathian apan ahi taktak diam? Setan in leng mi hausa sak thei thou hilou maw chih ut huai vungvung a tam. I sum duhna uleh, i neekguk hatna man uh Pathian in a paap hon pawsak thouthou ding bang a, khang 10/20 tan a phu latheipa Pathian in bangtan hon vualzawlna diam maw? Hauhsak dan leng i siamkei ua, iki chaphou sak ua, zu le sa ban ah, nungak ah iki hah bualluat ziak un, kum 50 le phaman lou in i si zungzung ua, i inn gam dek phialphial ta uh hilou hiam?

Zawnna kichi leng thil poitak hi a, zawndan leng i siamtuan kei uhi. Mihausa te i hazat bawl mawk uleng diklou a, mite le ahauhsak theih leh en leng i hauhsak sawm ke chi’n diktatna tawh panla le hang, Pathian in ahon vualzawl lou tuandia hia? Mi’n ahauhsakna ding un, tha-le-zung, khaw-ul bangzah ana seeng uhiam chih te bangleng ngaihsut ngaisam hi. Bangteng hileh, ahausa-te hausa gige lou ding a, azawngte leng zawng gige lou ding hi. Pathian phawkkawm a, diktat tak leh society leh mipite adia kiphal mi hausa-te tuk a hampha bel omlou hi. Job in hauhdan leng ka siam a, zawndan leng ka siam a chih pian deuh in, hausa ikisak leh kiphatsak pih kei ni, i zawn leleng, kingaise pong mawk nei hi. Mihausa tamtak-te mi zawng innkuan apan khangkhia hi ua, vongkuang leh nahtang teh a ann ne khangkhia ngen ihi uhi.

Source: Editorial, Manipur Express | May 14, 2009 | Zogam.Com

Outstanding nurses to be awarded: health minister

Imphal, May 12: The birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale was widely observed today in the state at various nursing institutes. The International Nurses’ Day celebration was observed at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences under the theme “Delivering quality, serving community, nurses leading care innovation” by the Nurses Association of Manipur.

As a chief guest of the function, Ph Parijat, minister for health and family welfare said that to encourage the nurses and their works, district and state level outstanding performance awards would be given to the talented nurses of Manipur.

Regular refresher training courses would also be started by the government for nurses, he added.

He further said that due to the National Rural Health Mission Scheme arriving in Manipur, a number of nurses are employed as well as benefits given to the general public.

He also mentioned that when the JNIMS becomes functional, it would give more benefits to the nurses, students and public.

During the observation held at JNIMS, Porompat, Kh Khuraileima, member of the Nurses Association of Manipur read out the life history of Florence Nightingale.

Meanwhile, the Trained Nurses Association of India also observed the International Nurses’ Day today. Speaking to the IFP, the institute’s advisor said the TNAI would observe the birthday of Florence Nightingale for a week starting from today under a programme named “International Nurses Week”.

The TNAI advisor further said that during the week-long observation nurses from 15 private institutes and four government institutes would participate in events like scientific poster presentation and outdoor and indoor games to be held at Khuman Lampak and RD Wing Campus, Lamphel.

During the observation, on May 17 a programme is to be held at Uripok Khumanthem Leikai with resource persons like Dr. I Nalini, Dr. Kh Ratan and Dr. Shyamkumar Laishram who will give speeches on NRHM, essential newborn care, advantages of breast feeding etc.

Also a reception of the National Florence Nightingale Award winner and presentation of awards will be held at the function.

The TNAI advisor added that TNAI was to send all the toppers from the different events of games and other competitions to West Bengal’s Salt Lake to participate in a conference which will be held from the last week of October 2009 to the first week of November 2009.

The staff nurses of Koirengei Catholic Medical Centre Hospital also celebrated the International Nurses’ Day by remembering Florence Nightingale on her birth anniversary.

The International Nurses’ Day to mark the birth anniversary of Florence Nighingale was celebrated today at a function jointly organised by the nurses of Shija Hospital and students of Shija Academy of Nursing at the Shija auditorium in Langol.


15,000 Naga students go out for higher education

NEWMAI NEWS, KOHIMA, May 13 – Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio has lamented that at present about 15,000 Naga students have to go out of the State seeking admission in institutions of higher education, which amounts to spending of about Rs 200 crore annually by parents of students studying outside the State. Rio while expressing that education is the most basic requirement of human resource development emphasised on the need for quality education.

Addressing a gathering of students and teachers during the inaugural function of New Kohima College complex at Kruoliezou attached to TM High School here as the chief guest, Rio said the present education system in the State has become outdated, as it was basically designed to cater to the requirements of white coloured jobs in Governments.

But, he said that not only has the number of Government jobs reached the saturation level, the nature and requirements of white-collared jobs themselves are undergoing drastic changes.

He regretted that the education institutes in the State are turning out graduates, who are ill-equipped to meet the demands and challenges of society in this competitive globalised job market. Therefore, Rio challenged, Nagas need education that will equip the students with skill they need to face reality, and to compete in the job market and also turn the youth into real assets for the society and not liabilities.

Nagaland Minister for Higher Education, Dr Shirhozelie Liezietsu said that the Government of Nagaland has been doing its best to improve access to higher education in the State. He also maintained that with 13 Government colleges, at least one college in every district, no student is denied of the opportunity to pursue higher education because of poor access or non-accessibility.


Row over Serlui hydel project in Mizoram

Aizawl: Officials on Monday maintained that compensation had been provided to the affected people of the 12 MW Serlui B hydel project which is nearing completion even as reports poured in that some families had refused to move out of the affected site alleging non-payment of compensation.

Kolasib DC Dawngliana told UNI over phone, ''So far as compensation is concerned, the government has done what should have been done. The reports took me by surprise.''

However, the Kolasib DC on Monday ordered an inquiry into the reports.

''We have cleared all compensation on our part,'' power and electricity chief engineer C Thangliana said, adding the project would have a trial run by June this year.

The entire village of Builum will be submerged after the completion of the project, for which adequate compensation and rehabilitation schemes have been provided.

Even as storing of water in the earthen dam has been started, families in Builum have alleged that they had not been given compensation.

The villagers alleged that irregularities in the assessment of compensation claims which was because the officials ''made the assessment without visiting the site.''

According to officials, around 70 families have been resettled at Bawktlang village in Kolasib district from Builum village.

Constructed at a cost of Rs 191.13 crore, the Serlui B hydel project is the first earth-filled dam in Mizoram. (UNI)

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UNLF substantiate its points on KSO slam

IMPHAL, May 13: Reasser-ting its observation about some wayward Kuki elements collaborating with security forces against the people of Manipur, particularly Meiteis, the proscribed UNLF questioned as to why KSO Churachandpur felt wounded to the core. “Was it because they (KSO Churachandpur) were also involved in such wicked activities?”, the UNLF asked. In a press release, the outfit’s senior publicity officer Ksh Yoiheiba clarified that the UNLF’s statement was not some propaganda targeted at Kuki community just to flare up communal passion.

It was only exposing what some Kukis were undertaking in cahoot with security forces.

One hard evidence of the UNLF’s assertion was the involvement of Doukhongchung Touthang (1st MR Rifleman No 08200019) s/o Gilkhong of Yaingangpokpi but staying at Langol Games Village and Th Lan-gel (Commando Rifleman No 0615033) s/o late Piyangthang of New Lamka, Dorgas Road in the killing of ex-MPA (No 0894) Pte Oinam Chingthouba alias Kabi-chandra alias Muthi s/o O Nilachandra of Pishum Oin-am Leikai.

This was a clear case of security forces using wick-ed Kukis in killing Meiteis.
Asserting that some leaders of Kuki armed groups acting against the liberation movement of Manipur by collaborating with security forces was no longer a secret, the UNLF defined “wicked Kukis” as those leaders who could sell off their own brothers in pursuit of their selfish ends.

The outfit reiterated that those wicked Kuki elements have severely tarnished the image of Kuki community.

Noting that such wicked elements exist among all the communities of Manipur, the outfit clarified it did not view such wicked elements on communal lines.
The UNLF saw them as collaborators of security forces and took up actions accordingly.

This line perception on those wicked elements and their activities harboured no communal or discriminatory attitude. This was based on the outfit’s principle of “co-existence, co-development” of all communities of Manipur, the UNLF explained.

Reacting to the allegation of Assam Rifles PRO that UG groups being extortionists, drug dealers and smugglers was testified by UG leaders and their families becoming richer and richer, the outfit countered that there were many evidences against Assam Rifles involvement in ganja smuggling, enacting surrender drama after luring youths with the false promise of providing jobs, dubbing innocent civilians as murderers after murdering them.

The outfit also accused AR of being instrumental in forming gangs and encouraging such gangs to indulge in extortion besides looting money from innocent people after accusing them of having relations with insurgents.

These days, Assam Rifles have been making false claims of arresting/killing people from/at Moreh after the victims were picked up from Imphal. But such practices of the AR could not befool the people of Manipur, it asserted.

Sparking off ethnic conflict and polarisation of hill and valley people were parts of the various alleged conspiracies hatched by security forces to submerge Manipur under the alien rule forever.

The wounds of Naga-Kuki and Kuki-Paite clashes, allegedly triggered by the ploys of security forces have not been completely healed yet.

At present, the security forces have been scheming to set up hill people against the valley people, particularly against the UNLF which has been waging a liberation struggle for a united Manipur.

The outfit further exhorted KSO Churachandpur unit not to fall victim to the trap laid by security forces and also to stop acting as propaganda machine of security forces.


Meghalaya gets 21st government in 37 years

SHILLONG(PTI): When D D Lapang took the Chief Minister's oath of office and secrecy in the presence of Governor R S Mooshahary on Wednesday, he became the head of the 21st government Meghalaya has witnessed in 37 years of statehood. In last 37 years, the state's chief ministership has rotated between ten political leaders, with only two of them, late Captain W A Sangma and Congress leader S C Marak, being able to complete the full five year term.

Never in the history of Meghalaya, except during the first Assembly elections, has any political party obtained clear majority.

With frequent toppling of governments marking the state's political history
, the previous 20 governments saw a musical chair of ten chief ministers some serving the state for as short as 10 days.

Lapang, who has been sworn in for the fifth time on Wednesday, did so from March 10, 2008 to March 19, 2008.

Interestingly, the state has never witnessed a mid-term poll despite the frequent change of governments.

While the toppling game was a hallmark till the early 1990s when the Anti-Defection Law did not exist, the highly fragile political situation in the state could be gauged with the state having witnessed nine governments with varied combinations of political parties during the last decade.

After the March 2008 Assembly elections, Lapang was sworn-in as chief minister of a Congress-led coalition government, but resigned 10 days later, just before a trust vote, after failing to muster a majority.

Subsequently, the Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) government, comprising five political parties including NCP, headed by United Democratic Party (UDP) president Donkupar Roy assumed charge.

The Congress has not been an untouchable to the varied smaller parties in the state as almost all of them, many of which are defunct now, had a stint in the government along with the Congress.

Now, with the Congress tying up with the UDP after failure of negotiations with the NCP, to form the government, it remains to be seen how long the new alliance remains intact. (PTI)