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Mokokchung Press Club’s Press Note

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 18, 2009

Press Note

The Mokokchung Press Club is very disheartened by the incident that occurred on 17th of November, 2009 at Imkongmeren Sports Complex, Mokokchung during the ongoing Assam Rifles Recruitment Rally, wherein an esteemed member of the press was verbally abused by a military personnel one Major Sandhu.

The derogatory language he used against the reporter, who was in the scene on invitation of the concerned authority, was so unbecoming of any responsible officer. The abusive language he used before confiscating the reporter’s car key and shooing him away was racist in nature and disparaging in intent. Major Sandhu’s bigoted remarks, which do not befit mention in this communiqué, are in downright contradiction with the Assam Rifle’s slogan ‘Friends of the hills people’.

The MPC demands the Major Sandhu to personally apologize to the reporter in concern and it is also expected of the concerned authority to look into the matter so that such unwanted incidents do not occur in the future.

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President: Limalenden Lkr

Secretary: Sashimeren

Responding to the invitation of the District Administration (SDO C) Mokokchung, the Mokokchung Correspondent of Nagaland Post went to the Imkongmeren Sports Complex to cover the Assam Rifle Recruitment Rally that was underway. Upon reaching the ground, the correspondent met the driver of SDO (C) who replied that he was waiting for my arrival. The driver then took the reporter to the sentry who was at the gate. The driver identified to the sentry that the media person has come as per the request of the officers. But the sentry refused entry to this reporter and instead informed that his officers will be contacted first. Waiting at the gates for quite some time, the reporter decided to leave and returned to his vehicle. But before reaching the vehicle, one major SANDHU came up from behind and started shouting at the reporter using derogatory and racist language and told the reporter to get out. Even the sentry and other jawans of the AR ordered the reporter to immediately leave the venue. Subsequently, the reporter walked backed to the car and drove towards the exit. While exiting, the reporter saw the officer making disparaging gestures at him with both fists, to which he gestured back. At that moment, the officer ordered his jawans to stop the reporter’s car. Immediately the reporter stopped the car and the officer came rushing to the vehicle shouting, again using foul languages. The officer even went to the extend of snatching the car key of the reporter’s vehicle. At that moment, the 2IC of Assam Rifle and the SDO (C) came to the spot and tried to pacify the reporter and persuaded him to come back. But the correspondent demanded to the 2IC that the Major comes to the reporter personally and apologize. Also the reporter replied to the 2IC that the incident will be regarded as an insult to the Naga people. After saying those words, the reporter left the venue.

Submitted By: Rupak Chetri

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Anal Naga Tribe in Manipur celebrates post harvest festival

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 18, 2009

Chandel (Manipur), Nov.17 (ANI): The vibrant tribal culture came alive recently in Chandel district of Manipur, as the Chavan Kumhrin, a post harvest festival of the Anal Naga tribe, was celebrated here.

The festival saw the confluence of old and new traditions in a thoroughly creative manner.

Preserving the age-old traditions of Anal Naga tribe, the post harvest festival ‘Chavan Kumhrin’ was celebrated with fanfare and enthusiasm.

Themed “Culture for Unification”, the festival was celebrated at the Maha union Govt. Higher Secondary School ground, Japhou in Chandel.

‘Chavan’ denotes autumn and ‘Kumhrin’ means New Year, thus Chavan Kumhrin is interpreted as the arrival of autumn season. During the annual festival, the Anal villagers bring part of what they harvest for the blessings of village elders and leaders.

This is done for a good harvest, health and prosperity.

“This Chavan Kumhring festival is being held from past many years by our forefathers. Our own father, when the new season comes in, with autumn season coming and the cultivation from the field. At the same time, our forefathers planned to welcome the new season, the plants, the products, the seeds we have obtained from the field,” said HL Lovingson, Organizer, of the Chavan Kumhring Festival.

The festival, which was earlier celebrated only by the Anal tribe, has now become a common festival for all the tribes inhabiting Chandel district. It showed cultural dances and songs of the various tribes of Chandel including Anal, Lamkang, Chothe, Moyon, Monsang, Zou, Kuki and also the Manipuri traditional Thang-ta.

As part of the celebration several competitions for students in various subjects including mathematics, science GK, literature were also held during the festival.

“I am really happy to participate in the festival. Through this we are able to interact with different tribes in the district for peace, unity and co-existence,” said Prem Tarao, a participant at the Chavan Kumhring Fest.

“I feel so excited and glad to see so many people from different communities gathered here to experience the unique love God has given unto us and to experience it while we are living on earth,” said Zacsha, a resident in Chandel.

The celebration was a mixed bag with modern and traditional fashion parades.

“Chamdil Idol” was introduced in this year’s festival to highlight talented artistes of Chandel district through modern and traditional songs.

The ‘Chavan Kumhrin’ in recent years has emerged as a major festival, which evokes unity among the tribes of Nagaland. (ANI)

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Muay-Thai Kick Boxing master promotes the art in Northeast

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 18, 2009

Guwahati, Nov 17(ANI): Ayekpam Rakesh Meitei, a master in Muay Thai or Thai boxing, is training youth in the northeast to promote the sport in the country. Thai boxing is popular worldwide for its special fighting technique that utilizes all parts of the body as weapons of defence as well as attack. It is a unique art of self-defence referred to as “The Art of Eight Limbs”, as the hands, shins, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art.The 49-year-old Rakesh, who was born in Manipur, started his martial arts career by learning Thang Ta, a Manipuri Martial art of sword in 1976. He received his black belt five degree Dan from Arizona, USA under Master Robert Lee Moore in 1997. After one year of rigorous training at Rangsit, Thailand, Rakesh was declared a Qualified Instructor under the World Muay-Thai Council in 1999.Subsequently, he became the first Indian to be awarded the Master of Amateur of Muay Thai (Gold Mangkon) from the World Academy of Muay Thai, Bangkok. Since then, he has been promoting Muay Thai in India and has set up training institutes in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura, Assam and branches in Kolkata, Bangalore and Mysore.”I am trying to promote Muai Thai in India. I am training some youth of Assam to promote the sports. We have performed four times in national championships in India and they have performed really well and I believe that they can compete even in the International level,” Rakesh said.Rakesh is well versed in Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, Wu shu, Boxing and Thang-Ta (a Manipuri Martial art).In the last two decades, he has trained thousands of youth in martial arts, while more than 200 students have received black belt Dan and have got jobs in Defence, Railways and in the Navy. At present he is teaching over two hundred students in Jorhat and various parts in Assam. Recently, he also organized a demonstration program at Jorhat Arts College and conducted a Qualifying Tournament for the upcoming National Amateur Muay-Thai Championship, which is going to be held early next year.”I will stay in Jorhat for a few more years, as I want to teach the students here to become good and professional players. I have studied in Assam for many years and I know that there are very talented youth. So, I want to train them up. Martial art has a very good scope as through the art form, one can maintain discipline, health and gain confidence. The youth can avoid indulging in detrimental activities,” Rakesh said. He has also organized National Muay-Thai Kick Boxing Championship four times from 2000 to 2004. One of his students has qualified for the upcoming International Amateur Muay-Thai Championship to be held in Thailand from November 27 to December 5. With many talented sportsperson in the country, Rakesh believes that the promotion of the martial arts, Muay-Thai will bring pride and honour to the nation. (ANI)

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Four held for Sikkim overdraft fraud

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 17, 2009

Gangtok, Nov. 16(Telegraph): Four persons were arrested today for their attempts to withdraw Rs 85 crore as overdraft from the State Bank of Sikkim by fraudulent documents.

The four arrested — Sunil Rai, Subroto Banerjee, Gautam Das and Sudip Malik — have been charged with cheating, fraud and criminal conspiracy under different sections of the IPC, said S.T. Bhutia, the senior superintendent of police, crime branch.

“We had started investigations into the case after receiving credible information. Today, we registered the case against the four following nightlong raids at their residences,” Bhutia said. He refused to elaborate further.

Sources said the CID seized four cheques drawn in favour of one P.K. Anand — three worth Rs 25 crore each and one worth Rs 10 crore — from the bank, besides documents. The cheques were dated between November 10 and 13. The identity of Ananda is yet to be established.

Investigations reveal that as part of the overdraft deal, the four had provided collateral based on false documents from three companies which are based in different parts of the country but have offices in Gangtok. According to the agreement, the payment would have been made in November 2014.

A probe is on the antecedents of the companies and whether they had adequate funds in their accounts held with the bank. The CID has not ruled out the involvement of bank officials.

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Play positive and responsible role: Chamling to media

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 17, 2009

Gangtok, Nov 16 (PTI) Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling today urged the media to discharge their duties in a positive and responsible manner to strengthen peace and security in the border state.

The media has as much responsibility as the state government to strengthen peace and security in the state through dissemination of news and information in a positive and responsible manner, Chamling said at a National Press Day function.

At the same time, the government was committed to the freedom of press and has taken a number of steps to protect their rights and provide facilities for proper discharge of their duties by the media persons, he said.

Chamling announced a number of sops, including Rs five lakh contribution to Journalists’ Welfare Fund and construction of Press Club Bhawan in the capital.

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Shoot at sight order in Mizoram border area

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 17, 2009

Aizawl, Nov 16 (PTI) Shoot at sight orders were today issued to control arson at Bru villages in Bungthuam area near the border of Tripura, following the killing of a Mizo youth by suspected Bru militants, even as seven persons were arrested in the case.

“Shoot-at-sight order has been issued to bring the situation under control,” Mizoram Home Minister R Lalzirliana told reporters here.

According to police, seven persons had been arrested for the arson. Altogether 43 bamboo huts belonging to Brus were torched yesterday at Sarali village in the area taking the total number since Friday to 399 in 9 villages.

The houses of 43 Mizos were also burnt, they said.

The trouble began on Friday when 18-year-old Zarzokima, a resident of Bungthuam was gunned down by Bru National Army militants.

“The recent cases of arson in the wake of a Mizo youth’s killing is un-Christian and un-Mizo.

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Seven arrested in Mizoram charged for arson in villages

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 17, 2009

Aizawl(AIR):In Mizoram, seven persons have been arrested on the charge of arson in villages near Tripura border following the killing of a Mizo youth by suspected Bru National Army militants.
Heavy deployment of Police and para-military forces has been made on the western belt of the State, bordering Tripura. According to Police, about 370 houses were burnt down during the last two days by anti-social following the incident.
In view of the prevailing tense situation, the Mizoram government has postponed repatriation of young refugee personnel lodged in six refugee camps in Tripura. The State Home Minister Mr. R. Lalzirliana told this to reporters in Aizwal. The repatriation process was earlier scheduled to start today in a phased manner.
Meanwhile, the state government has deployed a large number of state police, 3 companies of third Indian Reserve Battalian and more than 300 Fourth Indian Reserve Battalian personnel and shoot at site order has also been given in case miscreants indulge in arson and other forms of violence. The government has announced a payment of one lakh rupees to the next of kin of the youth killed by suspected Reang militant.

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Kuki militant leader killed by unidentified gunmen in Manipur

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 17, 2009

Imphal,November 16, 2009 (PTI): Self-styled deputy chief of militant outfit Kuki Liberation Army (KLA) Thangboi was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in interior Bishenpur district of Manipur, police said here today.

The assailants gunned down Thangboi from point-blank range at Mahadev temple of Leimaram Waroiching in the district yesterday when Thangboi was travelling in the area, they said.

The body has been sent to the Regional Institute of Medical Science and Hospital here for post-mortem.

Militant outfit Kangleipak Communist Party-Military Council (KCP-MC) claimed responsibility for killing Thangboi alleging that the victim was an ‘informer’ of security agencies operating in the state.

In a statement, the militant outfit also claimed that Thangboi was responsible for the killing of two KCP-MC cadres by security personnel on October 27 at the border of Senapati and Tamenglong district in the state.

Over 450 persons have so far been killed in militancy-related crimes in Manipur this year.

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Mizoram Burning Within

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 16, 2009

GORKHA TIMES EXCLUSIVE

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Home Minister accompanied by DGP Police and top officials addressing the media on sunday, 15th November 2009 at DIPR, Aizawl. GT Pic:Ramesh Khati

Aizawl 15th Nov 2009(GT):Home Minister, Mizoram called up an emergency press conference today to address the media in regard to  the recent ethnic violence in North-West Mizoram.

According to a press note released by Home Ministry, violence started  when a Mizo youngster Zarzokima (18 yrs) of  Bungthuam, situated in the North-Western part of Mizoram was found shot dead around 10 am on 13th November, 2009, 1 km away from his village while he was collecting fodder for pig by some miscreants. The so-called Bru (a tribe of North-Western Mizoram) Revolutionary Union had left a note in a polythene bag near the victim where they owned the responsibility of the crime and also declared that they  would not return to Mizoram unless and until there is a proper agreement on their repatriation from the refugee camps of Tripura. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bahuguna criticises Sikkim govt on hydel projects

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 13, 2009

Gangtok, Nov 12 (PTI) Criticising the Pawan Kumar Chamling government in Sikkim for tapping hydel potential for commercial benefits, noted environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna today alleged that construction of several hydel projects in Sikkim amounted to a “destructive act” against the ecology of the “greenest” state of the country.

“The hydropower projects in Sikkim are a destructive act against the ecology and environment of Sikkim which is a part of the Himalayan mountain range,” he told reporters here in reply to a question about his views on the construction of dams in thick forested areas in North Sikkim.

Power generation by disturbing water resources emanating from the Himalayans cannot be justified, Bahuguna said and flayed the Chamling government for seeking to commercially tap them, through “destruction of the forest cover and the fragile landscape”.

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Himalayan Black Bear found dead in West Sikkim forest

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 13, 2009

Gangtok, Nov 12 (PTI) A two-year-old Himalayan black bear was found dead at Dokeythang forest reserve in West Sikkim, forest officials said today.

The carcass of the wild animal, a female, was detected by locals yesterday, who informed the forest authorities, the officials said.

According to the locals, the beast was killed in a fight with others bears, who devoured parts of her body.

However, the authorities have sent the body for a postmortem to ascertain the cause of the death.

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3 Myanmarese nationals held, 49 gm heroin seized

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 13, 2009

Aizawl, Nov 12 (PTI) Three Myanmarese nationals, including a woman, were arrested and 49 gram heroin recovered from their possession here, police said.

The three were arrested during a raid conducted by Mizoram police and BSF at Thuampui locality here yesterday, SP Lalbiakthanga Khiangte said.

The arrested were booked under Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, he said, adding that the seized drug was estimated to be worth Rs 2.40 lakh in the domestic market.

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