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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



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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NE rocks in the National Capital

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 16, 2009

GT Report Kamal Pradhan

New Delhi(14  Nov 2009):8 bands, 1 venue, 2 days of rock, and a rooftop concert, that’s what seven sisters rock fest is all about presenting bands from seven North Eastern states of India. The first day of the event concluded at DLF city saket. The viewers came thronging in right from 6.00 P.M onwards. and it was a great event which witnessed electrifying performances from live bands of North East.   According to some of the spectators they are waiting eagerly tomorrow , which would be the last day of the event.

NE Rocks


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Guwahati Festival to highlight Terrorism

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 16, 2009

By Nava Thakuria

The insurgency stricken Northeast India has slowly woken up to the ill affects of insurgency turned terrorism and it has lately inspired a cinemagoers association to organise a festival on the theme of anti-terrorism. With an aim to highlight different perspectives of terrorism in Assam and other parts of the region, the Gauhati Cine Club has decided to go for a film festival in December exclusively on the burning issue.

The week long show titled Guwahati Film Festival 2009 will be inaugurated on December 10 next. The screening of the festival, to be held at Rabindra Bhaban and Lakhiram Baruah Sadan, is supposed to include nearly 50 award wining and critically acclaimed feature and short films from India and abroad with the prescribed theme.

Northeast India, surrounded by Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet (China), Burma and Bangladesh, gives shelter to over 20 active armed outfits, which are fighting against the Central government for many decades. With demands ranging from sovereignty to self-rule, the insurgent groups have almost waged a war against New Delhi that almost crippled the economy of the alienated region. The prolonged armed struggle has already snatched away thousands of lives from both the state and non-stateactors in the region that is home to around 50 million population.

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Farmer hurt in wild bear attack

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 16, 2009

KURSEONG, 15 NOV(The Statesman): Chenam Lepcha (73), a farmer, was injured when a wild Himalayan bear attacked him near his residence this morning. A resident of Beechgaon-Sittong-1, he was working on his field when he was attacked. He suffered multiple injuries at his neck and head and was admitted to the Kurseong sub divisional hospital.
This is the third such attack in a month. One Raju Lepcha was mauled in the village in Sitong by a bear barely a week ago. In October, one Anita Gurung (36) and her son Diwas Gurung (10), residents of Labda Busty at Mongpoo were seriously injured by a wild Himalayan bear also at Mana near Sitong.
Den Tshering Lepcha, the gram panchayat member representing the area said they had informed the forest officials regarding such incidents but till date nothing has been done in that direction. “These attacks are becoming frequent,” he added.

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GJM to campaign at Ranchi

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 16, 2009

KURSEONG, 15 NOV(The Statesman): Two senior leaders of the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha left for Ranchi yesterday to campaign for the All Jharkhand Students’ Union Party in the state Assembly elections in Jharkhand slated on 25 November. The GJMM general secretary, Mr Roshan Giri and another leader, Mr Raju Pradhan would also participate in the birth anniversary programme of the Adivasi legend, Birsa Munda.
Informing this, the GJMM assistant secretary, Mr Binay Tamang said that they would campaign for the AJSUP at different places in the state. “Our support for the Adivasi cause in Jharkhand and the Dooars in the north Bengal region is well known. Both the Adivasi and the Gorkha community remain amongst the most exploited communities in the country even over sixty years after the independence. We regard it our duty to advocate for the development cause of the Jharkhand as well as for the repressed Dooars region in Jalpaiguri,” Mr Tamang added. He further said that the GJMM leaders would pay obeisance to the memory of the legendary Birsha Munda on his birth anniversary. “The Adivasi community in Jharkhand has invited us to attend the programme. We have great regards for Birsha Munda who had sacrificed his life on the altar of the Adivasi cause as well as the collective cause of the country,” he added.

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Organic roots at fingertips

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 16, 2009

Darjeeling, Nov. 15(The Telegraph): The Union commerce and industry ministry has decided to bring all exporters of organic products, including Darjeeling Tea, under a system that would help trace the origin of the produce.

After the launch of the system on January 17 at Biofach — the world’s largest trade fair for organic products in Luxemburg, Germany — the Agricultural and Processed Food and Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), a unit of the commerce ministry, will be in charge of the implementation.

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Nepalese Maoists & Current Situation of Nepal

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 16, 2009

Dirgha Raj Prasai

Dirgha Raj Prasai



By Dirgha Raj Prasai

Dirgha Raj Prasai is a former member of parliament in Nepal, former consultant of the administrative staff college of Nepal. He has written many books and articles, and is now a political analyst based in Kathmandu contributing to different newspapers and sites.

The Maoists are opening a ‘Pandora’s Box’ (evils collections) in the name of so-called ‘Civilian supremacy’. Actually, after the election of Constituent assembly-2008, the Maoist, UML & Madhesi based government failed in their commitment. The Maoist-led government has failed to maintain the rule of law and become failure to provide social justice to the common people. Due to the Maoist leadership the rule of law, Judiciary, Nepal army, and prestige of Nepalese identities including Pashupatinath, religious culture & traditions are at peril. The Maoist, during the insurgency, destroyed infrastructure, including projects of hydro-power, irrigation projects, radio stations, television, suspension-bridges and telephone towers. So, the poor Nepalese people are still in painful. Now, the Maoists have no vision and honesty how to move the nation. What is ‘Civilian supremacy?’ To establish one-party Communist rule?

The Delhi 12 points agreement 2005 has been the major cause to create the crisis and desintrigate. Now, Nepalese Maoists, RIM and COMPOSA have been joining the hands for one-party anarchist-Communist rule. Nepalese people are not secure. The situation is very dark. But, the Maoists are dancing before Govt. offices in the name of protest for so-called ‘Civilian supremacy’. Actually, they are getting fizzle out. If the situation would not be solved in time under the leadership by the nationalists, Nepal as well as India can’t secure. The Maoist regime was just like a poisonous wine in a new bottle.

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Brahmaputra River Security (Photo Feature)

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 13, 2009

Photo Feature By Nanda Kirati Dewan





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