Newsletter for the month of January & February 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014
Dear Friends

Warm greetings from Control Arms Foundation of India.
Northeast India comprises the Eight States—Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. North East India deals with complex social political issues such as struggle over natural resources, ethnic tensions, illegal migration, displacement and social exclusion. The conflict in Manipur turns 300 women into widows annually.

The project “Empowering Women for Peace and Development in South Asia: Focus on Northeast India” is spearheaded Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI) with support from European Union (EU) and Welthungerhilfe (WHH). The programme aims to prevent and respond to crises in fragile and conflict-affected situations in North East India and South Asia.  The overall project in South Asia will contribute towards promoting civil society and strengthening women-led peace building initiatives for sustainable peace in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Please find here January-February 2014 issue newsletter, providing news related to Northeast India on different spheres, keeping women issues as the main motivation and the related issues at the centre. 

Morning with explosives in Imphal on Republic Day
Source: The Hindu, 27 Jan 2014

Republic Day celebrations here were marred by a series of four explosions on Sunday between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. No casualties were reported. Two bombs went off near Assam Rifles camps. Though the police swung into action within minutes, the perpetrators could not be nabbed. Read more

Stray bullet hit women
Source: Nagaland Post, 2 Jan 2014

A woman was hit by a stray bullet on her neck Thursday morning while she along with others were on their way for picnic. According to sources, the incident happened when the victim along with four others were heading towards Dimapur.  Read more

Assam’s brave teen Gunjan
Source: The Hindu, 2 Jan 2014

Assam’s 14-year-old brave girl Gunjan Sarma, the class VIII student who volunteered to be taken hostage by a gunman to save the lives of 10 school children on December 4 in Sivasagar district, sustained injuries in an accident on National Highway 37 near Hatikhuli, Bokakhat, in Golaghat district in the early hours on Wednesday. Read more

Mizoram refuge seek shelter in Tripura
Source: The Hindu, 20 Jan 2014

Over 2,423 tribals, including women and children, belonging to Reang tribe in Mizoram, have taken shelter in Tripura, officials said in Agartala on Monday. Tension was prevailing in Reang-dominated villages in Mamit district of western Mizoram over the kidnapping of three people on November 23, 2013 Read More

State Governor visits Naga Mothers Association’s AIDS Hospice
Source: Nagaland Post, 4 Jan 2014

Naga mothers Association (NMA) has expressed its deep appreciation and gratitude to Nagaland governor Dr. Ashwani Kumar, his wife and staffs from the Raj Bhavan, Kohima for their kind visit to the NMA’s AIDS Hospice at Cradle Ridge, Seithogei December 31, 2013. Read more

Assam Rifles presents sewing machine to women community in Tuensang
Source: Nagaland Post, 4 Jan 2014

Rifles under the aegis of Headquarters 7 Sector Assam Rifles and Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) presented five sewing machines and five knitting machines to women community at Chungtor village, Tuensang December 26 under Assam Rifles civic action project for the financial years 2013-14. Read more

Rahul Evasive on Armed Force (Special Power) Act in Manipur
Source: The Hindu, 27 Feb 2014

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday evaded a direct reply when students here sought his position on the demand for withdrawal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in Manipur, but said conflicts in the State and other regions of the northeast could be resolved by empowering youth and through discussions. Read more: 

Best Nurse of 2013 award
Source: Nagaland Post, 4 Jan 2014

Doctors without Borders (MSF), as a sign of appreciation for the hard work performed by all the medical staff, helped arrange the “Best Nurse of Mon District Hospital of the year 2013” award December 17 last, during the yearly Christmas celebration in Mon District Hospital. Read more

Northeast students demand justice
Source: The Hindu, 2 Feb 2014

Students from the Northeast feel that it is the lack of information on ‘cultural heritage’ and ‘unique identity’ of their States that makes people in North India discriminate against them. They have appealed to the Centre to include information on their culture in the syllabus of the NCERT and the CBSE to clear prejudices against their community. Read more

Activist self-immolates in front of Assam secretariat
Source: The Hindu, 25 Feb 2014

An activist of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti succumbed to burns here on Monday after allegedly setting himself on fire in front of the State Secretariat during an agitation against “selective” distribution of patta (land certificate). Read more

Nagaland gets its First lady Chief Secretary
Source: Nagaland post, 31 Jan 2014

Banuo Z.Jamir will take over to become the first lady chief secretary of Nagaland Saturday from Alemtemshi Jamir, IAS (1977 batch) who demitted office Friday on premature retirement after 37 year in service. At the farewell function in his honour Friday at the Secretariat roof top, Read more

Seminar on cane and bamboo craft
Source: Nagaland, 1 Feb 2014

In order to promote the handicraft products of the north eastern region in the international market and also to build up entrepreneurship, a daylong seminar on integrated marketing and design development of cane and bamboo crafts was held at Bamboo Resource Centre, 6th Mile here Friday. Read more 

Manipur to get 9 all-women police stations
Source: Seven Diary, 5 Feb 2014

The Manipur government is all set to open an all-women police station each in all the nine districts in the state. The establishment of these women police stations is to enable police to curb the increasing crime against women. The government will appoint 270 policewomen. Read more:

Consultative meet takes serious note of crimes against women

Source: Nagaland post, 12 Feb 2014

A consultative meeting, which was held with Dimapur women cell, NGOs, headed by Naga Council Dimapur at Rendezvous Hall, SP office premises, has takes serious note of repeated discrimination of different forms against women and girl child in Dimapur. Read more



1.    Strategy planning workshop for project Women, Peace and Security in South Asia, held on 20 and 21 January 2014:  Discussed overall plans, roles & responsibilities of each partner organizations, strategic planning for project.
2.    Project launch cum orientation workshop, held on 23 February 2014:  Launched project and orientation event was organised, 25 participants were participated, discussed and oriented overall project and activities.  

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