Secret Naga autonomy talks near resolution

New Delhi, Feb 26 : At secret meetings held every week, RN Ravi, the Indian Government’s official inter-locutor on Nagaland, and insurgent leader Thui-ngaleng Muivah have been hammering out details of a political autonomy deal for Naga communities living inside and outside the state, a top government official familiar with the talks told The Sunday Express. Held at hotels, guest houses and conventional venues, the meetings have involved 16-18-member delegations of the Muviah-led National Socialist Council of Naga-lim’s Isak-Muviah (NSCN-IM) faction, the primary insurgent group in the state, while New Delhi has been represented by Ravi alone.

Citizens are only temporary land owners: Ibobi

IMPHAL, Feb 26: Referring to the demand of NSCN-IM for their ancestral land, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi has stated that god is the first owner of lands while res-pective Governments are the second owners. Individuals or pattadars who are taking care of pieces of lands are temporary owners.

IMPHAL, Feb 26: Andro AC BJP candidate Dr Nimaichand Luwang has stated that he has sent a written complaint to the concerned RO to reject the nomination paper of rival Congress candidate Th Shyamkumar for hiding his criminal records on the affidavit used for filing nomination paper and for lying about this educational qualification, and appealed to the people to refrain from voting for a candidate with criminal records.

IMPHAL, Feb 26 : All colonial rules are economically destructive. Self-reliant economy of Manipur was destroyed and the people today are bearing the burden of underdevelopment. A glaring syndrome of colonial economy is widespread economic degeneration and income disparity. Increasing dependence on external commodity is a fact today.

IMPHAL, Feb 26: The victims who were allegedly beaten by BJP women supporters of Keinou Thongkha Mamang Leikai under Oinam A/C have clarified that they are innocent and that they did not organise any election feast.

IMPHAL, Feb 25: Election Commission of India (ECI) has asked the State Government to provide security escorts to Irom Sharmila who will be contesting in the ensuing 11th State Legislative Assembly election on People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) ticket.