Lightning injures 9 in Laii

SENAPATI, May 23: Nine persons including one pregnant woman were reportedly injured in a lightning strike which happened near Laii (Vafiimai) village under Paomata sub-division in Senapati district this afternoon.
Laii village is located some 95 km east of the district headquarters. Till the time of filing this report, the victims were still on their way to Senapati district headquarters for medical attention.
According to the reports received, the victims include 8 women and a man. They have been identified as Atsole (34) w/o Jonathan, S Kane (36) w/o Saloni (pregnant), S Nitoho (44) w/o Sani, S Kholio (43) w/o Lt. Sapunii, M Monio (49) w/o Lt. Mateso, D Kro (56) w/o Dai, S Vahriine (21) d/o Sani, Th Deihrii (45) s/o Thohrii and D Nahkho (45) w/o Deihrii.
According to reports, all the nine persons went for plantation of Elaichi plant on daily wages in a farm owned by one Th Deihrii.
The reports sad that incident happened around 3 pm when the nine persons rushed to a nearby paddy hut after a sudden cloud burst accompanied by lightning strikes. While taking shelter under the hut, the lightning struck the roof of the hut where all the nine victims experienced ‘total loss of sense’ until four among the nine recovered with minor injuries and alarmed other villagers. The other five victims were reportedly ‘paralysed’ and mentally traumatized while they were rushed for some medical aid, the reports said.

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NSCN-IM welcomes new members

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DIMAPUR, MAY 20: The NSCN-IM has claimed today that altogether 56 (fifty six) members from different Naga outfits have decided to join the “revolutionary mainstream” where the future of the Nagas lies.
According to a press statement of the NSCN-IM. the Joint Council of the outfit consisting of the “Steering Committee Executives, Cabinet Kilonsers, Deputy Kilonsers and Heads of Departments” while welcoming them appreciated the bold and mature decision taken by them while keeping in mind the positive changes taking place since the signing of the Framework Agreement on the 3rd August, 2015 and the aspirations of the Nagas.
“The home-comers expressed their sincere commitment and unreserved confidence with the NSCN/GPRN leadership and vow to strive together to bring about a final solution,” the NSCN-IM statement added.
According to the NSCN-IM, the “home-comers” from the GPRN/NSCN (Unification) while addressing the Vice-President of the NSCN-IM Gen. (retd.) Kholi Konyak, Ato Kilonser Th. Muivah, the Kilo Kilonser Rh. Raising, Tatars, Heads of Departments, and other top ranking leaders believed that the NSCN-IM leaders are the true leaders who can bring a lasting solution.
It added that the members realized that it was fruitless to have worked in the Unification group since there is no progress and the leaders lacked vision and political agenda, thereby rendering the group as an unorganized group, and felt that they were being misled by the Unification leaders. According to the statement, “the home-comers” appreciated the ‘collective leadership” of the NSCN-IM for welcoming them into the fold of the outfit.
“The Kilo Kilonser (Home minister) of NSCN/GPRN Rh. Raising while welcoming the home comers on behalf of the Collective Leadership of the NSCN/GPRN expressed his appreciation and exhorted the home comers and the gathered members to give their best for the cause of the Nagas. He exhorted the members to give what they can for the nation without expecting anything in return,” it added.

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UNC sticks to ‘sever ties with State Govt’ stand

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SENAPATI, May 18 : The ‘presidential council’ meeting of the United Naga Council (UNC) has ‘re-affirmed’ the July 1, 2010 Naga People’s Convention (NPC) declaration where the decision to sever all political ties with the Government of Manipur was taken.
According to the publicity wing of the UNC, the ‘presidential council’ meeting which was held on May 17 at Senapati town, deliberated on issues ‘confronting the Nagas in the south’. At the end of the day-long meeting the July 1, 2010 NPC declaration was re-affirmed.
The UNC publicity wing said that yesterday’s meeting resolved to urge all the “Naga people in the south” not to indulge in activities or engage in speeches or policies which may infringe or affect the declaration of the “severance of political ties with the Manipur Government” made on July 1, 2010. “We urge all the Naga organizations and individuals in the south to maintain the ‘severance of ties with the Manipur Government’ declaration,”’ said the UNC publicity wing. “At this crucial stage for the Nagas any kind of activities that may affect the Naga future should be avoided by the Naga people,” the UNC added.

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Ahead of Assembly polls early next year New political party floated in Nagaland

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DIMAPUR, May 17: A new political party christened Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was floated today in Nagaland with many former NPF leaders leading the party.
This is the second political party floated in Nagaland this year. The other party is the Nagaland Congress (NC) formed by former Congress leaders recently and subsequently registered with the Election Commission of India.
Upon its formation today, the DPP said it would work for peace and “early solution of the Naga political problem.”
The State of Nagaland goes to the Assembly election early next year.
According to the newly formed DPP, former Lok Sabha MP, Chingwang Konyak is the president while former NPF leader Abu Metha is the secretary general.
Meanwhile, during the announcement of the party, the DPP leaders took five resolutions.
One of the resolutions said, “In response to the feelings of the masses, who strongly desire for formation of a new political organisation, the House has unanimously resolved to form a new political party to be christened as the Democratic Progressive Party to be known by the acronym DPP”.
Another resolution said that the “DPP unanimously resolves” to strengthen the peace process and contribute towards realization of early, honorable and wholesome resolution of the Naga political problem. The DPP will leave no stone unturned in its efforts to mobilize public opinion and support that is aimed at achieving early political solution and the realization of genuine peace, real unity and collective brotherhood. One DPP resolution says it will make all out efforts for strengthening of democratic principles at all levels of society and oppose corruption, violence and injustice. The DPP will stand for transparency, strive for respect of human rights and dignity, protect freedom of speech and expression, work for upliftment of weaker and marginalized sections of society, uphold gender equality and endeavor to protect our rich cultural heritage. “The DPP shall combat social evils and work towards a society that recognizes merit, promotes innovation, supports creativity and allows art to flourish. The party and all its organs will continuously strive for emergence of the people’s voice, the realization of the people’s aspirations and will reflect the desire and will of the masses. The party will be regional in spirit, National in outlook and act in accordance with global issues and concerns that include protection of the environment and responsible actions towards climate change,” the DPP also resolved. The DPP said that it has been formed in response to the call of the masses and accordingly the “doors of the DPP are open to all those who aspire to work for the people and are willing to make efforts towards resolution of the political conflict and contribute towards bringing early and honorable political solution in the greater interest of all sections of society”.
Later, DPP president, Chingwang Konyak chaired the first Central Executive Board (CEB) meeting of the party, which was attended by all CEB members. The meeting resolved to work for peace and “early solution of the political problem”. The meeting also decided to begin the process of enrolment at the earliest after establishment of a fully working secretariat at the Central Headquarters of the party, which will be situated at Chumukedima, Dimapur, Nagaland.

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CCpur JAC bats for 6th Schedule

IMPHAL, May 17 : The Joint Action Committee Against Anti Tribal Bills (JAC-AATB) has stated today that “the concocted fear by the dominant valley-dwelling community that the implementation of Sixth Schedule in the ancestral tribal Hill areas will lead to disintegration of the State (Manipur) is nothing short of a blatant attempt to retain their hegemony over the indigenous tribal people and the ancestral tribal territories. In fact, it is the desire of the tribal people for grassroot development and better delivery of administrative services through decentralized governance that is fuelling aspirations for extension of Sixth Schedule”.
The JAC-AATB was reacting to the statement of the United Committee Manipur (UCM) where the latter had said few days ago that the “implementation of Sixth Schedule would result in the disintegration of the State.”
The JAC-AATB stated in a press release today that “at a time when different communities in Manipur under a new Government led by N Biren Singh are looking for ways to find amicable solutions” to the various issues that have plagued Manipur, it found the comment of the UCM “most unfortunate and worrisome”.
It stated that, contrary to the consistent rhetoric of the “Valley-based civil society organizations”, it is the implementation of Sixth Schedule provisions (without the “local adjustment and amendment” rider) that will protect the integrity of the State. It advised that, rather than fearing its implementation in the ancestral tribal Hill areas, the Valley-dwelling community should fear the day when the tribal people no longer desire for the extension of Sixth Schedule provisions in their ancestral territories and aspire for greater autonomy, for that day will mark the true beginning of the actual disintegration of Manipur. In fact, the implementation of Sixth Schedule provisions in the Hill districts of the State is the minimum point of convergence of both tribal and Meitei interests – giving autonomy to the former while maintaining territorial integrity of the State, the JAC-AATB added.
The JAC-AATB said that it fails to comprehend how the UCM leadership “could make such baseless accusations” regarding the Suspension of Operation (SoO) groups being allowed to take part in signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the JAC and Manipur Government. In fact, the tripartite talks with SoO groups find a mention in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as it was suggested by the State Government for its inability to recommend Sixth Schedule in the “tribal hill areas” at this point in time, as demanded by the JAC-AATB and other tribal civil society organizations; moreover, the SoO groups were never party to the signing of the MoU nor were there any representation from them in the discussions leading up to the signing of the document, the statement of JAC-AATB added. “With the UCM and its ilk consistently trying to undermine the authority of the Hill Areas Committee, and Article 371C of the Indian Constitution, it is time “all civil society organizations” from Manipur Valley including UCM to spell out their true idea of ‘Manipur’ and their oft-repeated ‘territorial integrity’ so that the indigenous tribal communities in the hills of Manipur can take a definite decision regarding their own future. It is also time for the Union Government to cease being a mere spectator and start showing genuine concern for the plight of the indigenous tribal people in Manipur by giving them adequate constitutional protection and status,” it stated. It said that the age of deceiving the hapless tribal people in the guise of “development” schemes under divide and rule policies is a passé; and the signing of the MoU is definitely not the end, but rather a momentous decision to pave the way for a more sustained struggle to protect, preserve and promote the rights, the ancestral lands and the identity of the indigenous tribal people in Manipur.

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Next tripartite talk on May 19

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SENAPATI, MAY 15: The next round of tripartite talk involving the United Naga Council (UNC), the State Government of Manipur and the Central Government will be held on May 19 at Senapati town on the issue of creation of new districts.
Sources said that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had communicated the UNC today in this regard. However, the sources said that a ‘written invitation’ for the talk is yet to reach the UNC and the State Government of Manipur from the MHA. It is learnt that due to the North East Chief Secretaries’ meeting convened by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the tripartite talk was postponed for a week.
In the last tripartite talk held on March 19 at Senapati, it was agreed that the “next round of tripartite talks will be resumed within a month’s time at political level”. The one month’s time had lapsed on April 19.
Last week, UNC president, Gaidon Kamei had stated that “we are closely observing” whether the Biren Singh Government has wavered from its earlier position. “Let us hope that the Manipur Government does not indulge in double-talks while dealing with the issue”.
In the March 19 tripartite talk the “grievances of UNC that led to the imposition of economic blockade were recognised as non-adherence to the four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) and the Government of India’ assurance on the matter”. In that talk “the Manipur government agreed to start consultation with all stakeholders to redress the same”. Following this, the UNC lifted the four and a half months old economic blockade on the National Highways linking Manipur from the midnight of March 19.
Gaidon Kamei had stated earlier that in the event of the failure from the part of the Manipur Government to keep its commitment to adhere to the four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) and assurances, “we have no choice but to initiate necessary movement to defend our rights and lands”.
“Our position is clear on the issue. The Government must honour the four MoUs and the assurance to the Nagas on the issue whatever it is,” asserted Gaidon Kamei, adding, “We are not going to compromise our position.”

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Tripartite talks delayed

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IMPHAL, May 11 : The much hyped news on ‘resumption of tripartite talks’ on the district creation issue involving the United Naga Council (UNC), the State Government of Manipur and the Central Government has been delayed by a week’s time.
Sources from the United Naga Council (UNC) said that the talk was supposed to be held this week but it is likely that the talk will not happen this week.
According to the sources, there was a communication among the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Government of Manipur and the UNC in this regard yesterday.
The MHA had reportedly informed the UNC that a formal invitation to resume the tripartite talks will come within a day or two. In which case, the talks will not happen within this week.
According to the sources, there was understanding last week between the involving parties that the tripartite talk should be held by May 10. However, due to certain situation it has to be delayed by a week’s time, said the sources.
In the last tripartite talk on March 19 in Senapati it was agreed upon that the “next round of tripartite talks will be resumed within a month’s time at political level”. The one month’s time had lapsed on April 19.
Last week, UNC President, Gaidon Kamei had stated that “we are closely observing” whether the Biren Singh Government has wavered from its earlier position. “Let us hope that the Manipur Government does not indulge in double-talks while dealing with the issue”.
In March 19 tripartite talk, the “grievances of UNC that led to the imposition of economic blockade were recognised as non-adherence to the four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) and the Government of India’ assurance on the matter”. In that talk “the Manipur government agreed to start consultation with all stakeholders to redress the same”.
Following this, the UNC lifted the four and a half months old economic blockade on the National Highways linking Manipur from the midnight of March 19.
Gaidon Kamei had stated earlier that in the event of the failure from the part of the Manipur Government to keep its commitment to adhere to the four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) and assurances, “we have no choice but to initiate necessary movement to defend our rights and lands”.
“Our position is clear on the issue. The Government must honour the four MoUs and the assurance to the Nagas on the issue whatever it is,” asserted Gaidon Kamei, adding, “We are not going to compromise our position.”

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Talks nearing logical conclusion : NSCN (IM)

DIMAPUR, May 9 : The NSCN-IM has stated today that “in the midst of tantrum created by people and organizations averse to reaching an honorable political solution with India, the NSCN once again assures the people that the Indo-Naga political talks is nearing its logical conclusions”.
In a statement the NSCN-IM said that through the series of political negotiations, India has recognized the uniqueness of the history of the Nagas and cultures and Nagas were independent before the arrival of the British.
“Only part of Nagalim was conquered by British. There are no merger agreement between the Nagas and India. India invaded Nagalim and set up arbitrary boundaries and divided the Nagas without their consents. Nagas are racially and culturally different from India. As of now the Nagas have agreed to co-exist together under Shared Sovereignty. The ongoing Indo – Naga Political talks is at a fast pace and progressing smoothly,” the statement added.
Talking on the Shillong Accord and its impact, the NSCN-IM said that “nobody can deny that, there is only one Shillong Accord and there are no Series of Shillong Accords in the political history of the Naga National movements for self determinations”. It stated that the only and the most treacherous Shillong Accord was signed on November 11,1975 at Shillong between the NNC/FGN and Govt of India represented by former Governor, LPSingh.
“Through this very treacherous Accord signed in 1975 with India, the NNC/FGN surrendered to Govt of India along with all the weapons and accepted the Constitution of India, unconditionally. Hence, it is not deniable that, those who were part of the NNC/FGN are already Indians by their own volitions and consents and they are traitors of Naga National movement. The NNC/FGN had committed the most severe act of betrayal and charging them of highest treasons is fully justified. The signing of the Shillong Accord by the NNC/FGN is the greatest political blunder ever committed against Naga Nation. They have forfeited their rights to talk about Naga political issues and cannot represent the Nagas at any level,” the statement said. The NSCN-IM claimed that it had overcome a series of treacherous and deadly onslaughts which were meticulously pre-planned and perpetrated against it by the traitors of Naga Nation. “However, God had not failed to protect the Nagas under the visionary and dynamic leaderships of former Yaruiwo, Lt Isak Chishi Swu and Ato Kilonser, Th Muivah.” it added.
“The younger Naga generations are fortunate enough that, the Nagas’ sovereign rights are being recognized by India. The acceptance of the Nagas as a unique people and as with equal status and as a separate entity with sovereign rights is the biggest and highest political achievement the Nagas had ever attained. The Framework Agreement ensuring for peaceful coexistence between the Nagas and India with shared Sovereignty will surely usher in peace and brighter political era for the Nagas,” it stated. The NSCN-IM said that it is not deniable that, reaching the final stage of political negotiations with India, resulting in the signing of the Framework Agreement has utterly surprised and had discouraged some political organizations. “The adversaries of the NSCN have realized the realities of their own positions, a ship without the oars and the mast. The current political achievement of the Nagas led by the NSCN had persevered through difficult roads and had signed the most cherished political agreement by which it will restore the pride and safeguard the rights of each and every Naga wherever they are,” it said.

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Nagaland CM to arrive today Two sides to work for ‘better ties’

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DIMAPUR, May 8: Nagaland Chief Minister Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu will be visiting Imphal tomorrow, May 9, to pay a “courtesy call” to Manipur Chief Minister, N Biren Singh. Sources from the Chief Minister’s Office, Kohima disclosed that the Chief Minister will be accompanied by Education Minister, Yitachu.
Fittingly, the State Government has decided to declare the Nagaland Chief Minister and his team as State Guests during their visit tomorrow. An order to this effect was issued today.
According to sources, both Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu and N Biren Singh will be “investing efforts” to improve ties between the two neighbouring States. The sources also disclosed that both the leaders may discuss the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) in which BJP and NPF are parts of the alliance.
It can be recalled here that last month Manipur Chief Minister, N Biren Singh had expressed his willingness to meet Nagaland Chief Minister, Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu “as soon as possible” in an effort to foster peace and “brotherhood” among the people of Manipur and Nagaland.
The Manipur Chief Minister had expressed this when a 10-member team of Manipuri Cultural Society (MCS), Kohima (Nagaland) met him at his office chamber on April 5.
Manipuri Cultural Society is a body of Manipuris settled in Nagaland. During the meeting, the delegates had invited the Manipur Chief Minister to visit Nagaland to foster “peace and brotherhood” among the people of the two neighbouring States.
Accepting the invitation, N Biren Singh had expressed his willingness to visit Nagaland by road and meet Nagaland Chief Minister, Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu as soon as possible.

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