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Newsletter for the month of September & October 2014

Friday, October 31, 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 September-October 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. 



Life as an Indian woman isn’t as bad as you imagine—it’s worse
Source: qz.com

Life as a woman in India, on some counts, is worse than almost every other country in the world, a new report has found. When it comes to health and survival, Indian women are better off than only one country in the entire world—Armenia—according to a new report on gender by the World Economic Forum (WEF). India ranks 141, above only Armenia, on the health index Read More

Threat on woman activist decried
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 5 September 2014

Concern Group Against Life Threat to Social Activist Panti Gonmei, a group constituted against the alleged threat served to the activist, has demanded the government to take up appropriate action in connection with the threat which came through mobile message about 10 months ago. Read More

Arunachal hosts International Conference on Media and Conflict

Source: The Thump Print, October 11, 2014

A two-day International Conference on ‘Media’s Role in Facilitating Peace in Conflict Situation in Northeast India and Neighbouring Countries’ was inaugurated here at Rajiv Gandhi University premises today by the RGU Vice Chancellor Prof. Tamo Mibang. Organized by the Department of Mass Communication, RGU in collaboration with Eastern Sentinel Read More

Women bring peace and unity in society: Zhaleo Rio
Source: Nagaland Post, 10 September 2014

Parliamentary secretary for urban development Zhaleo Rio Wednesday acknowledged the role played by women in the society saying that they bring peace and unity in the society. He said this while speaking as the chief guest during the general conference of apex body of Angami women organisation, Read More

1st Arunachal People’s Choice Award: Tongam Rina honoured for courageous journalism
Source: The Arunachal Times, 16 October 2014

The Arunachal People’s Choice Award-2014, the maiden initiative of  Public Relation NE, a wing of Business NE group, to recognise excellence in various fields through voting by the masses, was conferred in a glittering function here this evening. About seven lakh people from all over the state voted online to choose the Read More

Mary Kom named Most Valuable Player of India's Asiad campaign
Source: The Sangai Express / Press Trust of India, 14 October 2014

Olympic bronze medallist M C Mary Kom was on Monday chosen as the Most Valuable Player of India's Incheon Asian Games campaign at a felicitation of the medal winners by contingent sponsors here. Mary Kom, who became the first Indian woman boxer to win a gold medal in Asian Games when. Read More

Floods, ethnic violence make Assam a human trafficking point
Source: Nagaland Post, 2 September 2014

Earlier this month, 40 children were rescued from a Mumbai fish canning factory by a local NGO. All of the children, 36 girls and 4 boys, had been reportedly trafficked from Assam. Working for 14 hours a day at a stretch with no food, the children were paid around 7,000 rupees a month. Back home, the children  Read More

Women Peace Builders Needed as Conflict Evolves
Source: Inter Press Service, 29 October 2014

Addressing the Security Council Tuesday, several speakers emphasized that women’s involvement in peace building and conflict prevention is as important as ever as the nature of conflict evolves. U.N. Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told delegates the changing nature of conflict Read More

Two Meghalaya insurgent groups sign peace pact
Source: Nagaland Post, 25 September 2014

Centre and Meghalaya government Wednesday signed a peace pact with the two factions of the A’chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC), the tribal Garo rebel outfits that is expected to bring them into the democratic mainstream. Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma  Read More

Centre asks states to recruit 33 pc women in police forces
Source: The Shillong Times, 20 October 2014

The Centre has asked all states to see to it that women make up 33 per cent of their police forces. Addressing a function here on the occasion of the foundation day of the Indian Women’s Press Corps, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that an advisory has been sent to all states, Union Territories Read More

The North East Dialogue Forum, NEDF demands repeal of AFSPA
Source: Nagaland Post, 12 September 2014

The North East Dialogue Forum (NEDF), a powerful society group in India’s northeastern states, Thursday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to repeal of the Armed Force (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). “AFSPA actually makes a laughing stock of democracy especially in India which is the largest democracy Read More

Irom Sharmila leaves for Delhi on Court's order
Source: The Sangai Express, 30 October 2014

Rights activist and anti-AFSPA crusader Irom Chanu Sharmila arrived in the National capital this evening to appear before the Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala Court on October 30 and 31 in connection with a case against her for holding a hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in 2006 demanding the repeal of AFSPA from the State. Read More

Family attempts suicide under alleged pressure by militants
Source: The Shillong Times, 4 September 2014

 A 55-year-old man died and two others are untraceable after four members of a family attempted to commit suicide by walking into Brahmaputra River at Ganesh Ghat here to escape alleged pressure by militants to recover loans taken by them. Read More

Woman raped then strangled in West Siang
Source: The Arunachal Times, 1 September 2014

 In yet another shocking incident of crime against women, a 35-year-old woman was strangled after rapping her brutally in a remote area of West Siang district on Friday. According to Likabali Police Station OC Tali Kaye, the accused identified as Bohuna Das of Harmutty, Assam, strangled the woman to death after Read More

Normal life hit in Nagaland by bandh in Assam
Source: The Sangai Express / Press Trust of India, 28 October 2014

Normal life was affected in parts of Nagaland today by 1000-hour Karbi Anglong bandh called by Joint Action Committee for Autonomous State (JACAS). People scared about the shortfall of essential commodities and price the rise of essential commodities, especially petroleum products; vehicle users were seen Read More

Despite advisories, women fall prey to cyber fraud
Source: The Shillong Times, 31October 2014

Despite the city police coming out with several advisories, girls from Shillong continue to falls victims to cyber fraud perpetrated through social networking sites. The spate of cyber crimes in the city is on the rise with numerous people, especially the womenfolk, being duped by unknown people whose modus Read More

Child militancy a concern in Garo Hills
Source: The Sangai Express / Newmai News Network, 3 September 2014

The recent cases of minors and school boys getting embroiled in militancy in Garo Hills of Meghalaya have raised a lot of concerns for the people of the region. While most say the trend is worrisome after it came to light many are of the opinion that the lure of the lucre is too hard for these youngsters to resist. Read More

2 families ousted by Assam Rifles for 'involvement in IED blast'

Source: Hueiyen News Service, 2 September 2014

Assam Rifles ousted two families from their village on the allegation that they were involved in the attack by lasting an IED at Old Samtal in Chandel District, neighboring Myanmar in the morning of August 26 last. The 17 members including 12 small children of the ousted families are sheltering at a small field-hut Read More

3 dead, 9 injured in pipeline blast in Assam
Source: The Shillong Times, 2 September 2014

At least three persons including a pregnant woman were killed and nine others sustained serious burn injuries when a gas carrying pipeline belonging to Assam Gas Company Limited (AGCL) exploded near Singarijan Tea Estate in Moran in eastern Assam at around 3-30am on  Read More

Are children safe in insurgency-hit Assam?
Source: The Shillong Times, 2 September 2014

 How safe are the children in militancy-hit Assam? The recent killing of a school girl by Bodo militants has once again brought to the fore this question. Priya Basumatary, a Class 9 student, was gunned down Aug 20 in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) in front of her parents by the anti-talk faction Read More

Crimes against northeast Indians in Delhi up 270%
Source: Nagaland Post, 3 September 2014

Though the government has repeatedly said that people from the Northeast (NE) living in Delhi are safe and that there is no specific targeting of people from the region, government data paints a different picture. According to the home ministry, in the past three years, crimes in which people from the NE are victims have gone up by 270%. Read More

Assam Rifle busted illegal arms manufacturing unit in Dimapur
Source: Hueiyen News Service / Newmai News Network, 3 September 2014
 
Assam Rifles have busted an illegal arms manufacturing workshop in Dimapur few days ago, according to the PRO-IGAR(North) based in Kohima. The Assam Rifles source said today that based on specific information, a search operation by the troops of 18 Assam Rifles and 29 Assam Rifles under the aegis of Read More

GNLA threatens serial blasts in Garo Hills
Source: The Shillong Times, 6 September 2014

The banned GNLA outfit has threatened to conduct a wave of serial blasts in Garo Hills targeting government institutions and Congress offices in retaliation against Chief Minister Mukul Sangma for allegedly sidelining Garo outfits in talks while preparing the groundwork for peace negotiations with the Khasi outfit HNLC. Read More

Highways totally deserted
Source: The Sangai Express, 8 September 2014

On account of the UNC's blanket ban on execution of all National projects and vehicular movements on all National and State highways, Kangpokpi-Mao section of Imphal-Dimapur highway wore a completely deserted look. It has been four days since the UNC's ban came into effect. Bandh supporters have been Read More

Fake Encounter: HC orders 15 lac compensation to 3 more victims
Source: Hueiyen News Servic, 10 September 2014

In yet another glaring revelation of justice against the rampant fake encounter dramas designed by the security forces in the state, the High Court of Manipur today passed a significant judgment awarding compensation of Rs.15 lakhs to the families of three victims of fake encounter killings. Read More

Mizoram may retire alcoholic, drug addict policemen
Source: The Shillong Times, 11 September 2014

The Mizoram government may ask policemen who are chronic alcoholics or drug addicts to leave the job, an official said here Wednesday. “The state government is considering a proposal to refer the alcoholic or drug addict policemen to a medical board. If the medical board finds them chronic alcoholic or drug addict then they would be asked to leave the job,” the home department Read More

Stop opium cultivation or face action, warns DC
Source: The Arunachal Times, 11 September 2014

Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner Dr. Tariq Thomas has asked the opium cultivators of the district, particularly of Mariyang, Mopom and Katan area to stop cultivation of opium. Opium farmers usually sow opium during September and October which has prompted the DC to issue the warning. Read More

Commission demands early charge sheet against rapist-killer
Source: The Arunachal Times, 12 September 2014

Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) today urged the West Siang district administration and the police to expedite investigation into the shocking incident of crime against a 35-year old woman who was raped and murdered at Garu village under Gensi circle Read More

GNLA video shows brutal caning of villagers
Source: The Shillong Times, 13 September 2014

A shocking video of Garo militants caning some innocent villagers has taken online media by storm. In the eight-minute video, the GNLA militants are seen resorting to a brutal caning at some suspected police informers as a mechanism to deter others from providing information to police. Read More

Manipur lad discovers asteroid
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 13 September 2014

In a rare feat, Ronaldo Laishram, a student from Manipur studying in 1st year Computer Science in Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), Mysore has discovered an Main Belt Asteroid 'MAUR 397' as part of All India Asteroid Search Campaign (AIASC) 2014. Read More

Locals condemn bomb threat
Source: The Sangai Express, 16 September 2014

Locals of Uripok Laikhuremabi Panchayat Maning have condemned the act of placing a hand grenade at the residential gate of Imphal Urban Co-Operative Bank (Loan Section) Chairman RK Mombisana (70) s/o (L) Thambalsana. In a press conference held at Uripok Laikhurembi Shanglen, Apunba Tengbang Marup (ATM) advisor T Indrajit said that the Chairman found the explosive at around 10.30 pm yesterday. Read More

Youth dies of shock after seeing his name in Qaeda list
Source: Nagaland Post, 19 September 2014

Muslim based civil organizations Friday alleged that one youth whose name was figured in the list of youth from Manipur allegedly joining al-Qaeda had died of shock after learning from the news report published in certain section of media. Read More

‘Know your rights’ campaign in Kohima
Source: Nagaland Post, 20 September 2014

Series of awareness generation campaigns were held at Mewi School, Modern School, Oking Christian School and Christ King Higher Secondary School, Kohima September 10-16 on the theme “know your rights”. The campaign was organized by the Nagaland State Social Welfare Board (NWWSB) and State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW) Read More

Muslim bodies denounce report on al-Qaeda link
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 20 September 2014

Coming out strongly against the unethical publications of false & fabricated news liking Manipuri Muslims with al-Qaeda, Joint Committee on Muslim Organizations' of Manipur, a conglomerate of ten organizations, today organised a public meeting at Lilong Bazar today. During the meeting, the Committee discussed the reports Read More

‘Peace in Garo Hills a collective responsibility’

Source: The Shillong Times, 20 September 2014


In the wake of the rise in conflict in Meghalaya, especially in the Garo Hills region, the Department of Social Work, Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU) in collaboration with its NSS unit organised a panel discussion on the theme, “Peace Building: A Collective Response” here on Friday. Read More

Tribal body calls Assam bandh
Source: The Shillong Times, 21 September 2014

The Co-ordination Committee of the Tribal Organization of Assam has called for a 12-hour Assam bandh on September 23 in protest against deprivation of SC/ST in promotion and demanding immediate appointment of TET qualified SC/ST candidate. Informing this on Saturday, Frylin Marak, advisor of the Committee, Read More

Pastor sent to judicial remand for alleged child trafficking
Source: The Sangai Express / Agencies, 21 September 2014

A local court sent a pastor to 15 days in judicial remand in connection with an alleged child trafficking case in Jaipur. Dimapur district session court judge sent Pastor Jacob John to judicial remand when he was produced before it for trial in the case yesterday. The public prosecutor and the defence counsel examined John and six witnesses. Read More

Woman 'informer' killed
Source: Hueiyen News Service / Daniel Kamei, 22 September 2014

The Zeliangrong United Front/Tiger Force killed an alleged woman informer of Assam Rifles. A Dangmei Information & Publicity Secretary of ZUF stated that Sathsiliu Gangmei (39) in her confessional statement disclosed that she was the one who informed the whereabouts and presence of the ZUF cadres. Read More

NERIST students take out peace rally
Source: The Arunachal Times, 23 September 2014

The Students Union of NERIST (SUN) today took out a peace rally in protest against the non-functioning of the institute due to on-going strike by the NERIST Employees’ Association (NEA). ‘Owing to dilly-dallying tactics of the authority and the uncompromising attitude of the so called self-style NEA Read More

Controversial deaths of 55 women recorded in 9 months
Source: The Sangai Express, 23 September 2014

As per data collected by the United NGOs Mission Manipur, Women Committee, the lives of 55 women were cut short under dubious circumstances this year alone (from January-September 21) including 21 women who were brutally murdered. United NGOs Mission Manipur, Women Committee convenor. Read More

Siang Tea provides training to rural craftswomen
Source: The Arunachal Times, 24 September 2014

Stitching and designing of handloom products like cloths, which is an age–old practice among Arunachali tribal, is now being used as a tool to provide sustainable employment in the rural areas. While it has till now limited in traditional practices, the Siang Tea and Industries Pvt Ltd has now started giving training Read More

Meghalaya blockade cuts off parts of NE
Source: Nagaland Post, 27 September 2014

The northeastern states of Tripura, Mizoram, parts of Manipur and southern Assam remained cut off from the rest of India for the fourth day Friday following a blockade of the National Highway (NH) No.6 in Meghalaya, official said here. The NH-6 (formerly known as NH 44) serves as the lifeline for mountainous Tripura, Mizoram, Read More

Dr. Alana gets grassroots women achievers award
Source: Nagaland Post, 28 September 2014

North East Support Centre and Helpline general secretary Dr. Alana Golmei was honored with the prestigious Assocham Ladies League (ALL), Grassroots Women of the Decade Achievers Award for setting-up the Northeast Support Centre and 24/7 Helpline to prevent harassment, discrimination and abuse faced by the people from Northeast India living in metros, particularly women. Read More

Bomb blast, Assam Rifles action protested
Source: The Sangai Express, 29 September 2014

Several sit-in-protests were staged at different places today protesting the September 25 bomb blast which left two innocent persons injured and alleged subsequent thrashing and harassment of innocent people residing around the blast area by Assam Rifle personnel. Protesting the blast and the action Read More

Tawang rocked by rape and murder of a woman
Source: The Arunachal Times, 1 October 2014

Peaceful Tawang district was again rocked by another incident of rape and murder case. A local resident of Jang village was raped and brutally murdered on September 27 at Pangi labour camp, about 48 km from Jang. After raping her, the rapist(s) allegedly strangled her to death. The body of the woman was spotted Read More

Sarita awarded IIK National Pride Award in Korea
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 3 October 2014

In recognition of the brave heart acts and best performance of Indian boxer Laishram Sarita Devi in the ongoing Asian Games 2014 at Incheon, 'Indian In Korea' (IIK) awarded her with "IIK National Pride Award" with a cash Award of USD 1710 contributed by members of Indians In Korea (IIK). Read More

Nearly four lakh still flood-hit in Assam
Source: The Shillong Times, 6 October 2014

Nearly four lakh people were still reeling under the impact of floods in Assam though the water level was receding in most parts of the state. According to the daily flood report by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 3.7 lakh people across three districts are still affected due to the floods. Read More

Militants kidnap two tribals in Tripura
Source: The Shillong Times, 6 October 2014

Militants have kidnapped two tribal men in Tripura, police said Friday. Police suspect that the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) militants might have kidnapped the tribals – Barendra Reang, 30 and Harendra Reang, 21. “The incident took place Thursday when five armed NLFT extremists Read More

Both sides of conflict needs to be presented, says Lintner

Source: The Arunachal Times, 10 October 2014

“There are always two sides in a conflict which needs to be presented. A journalist should always report objectively,” said the eminent journalist Bertil Lintner in his key note address while giving an insight into his extensive work on ethnic conflicts. Read More

Women’s Commission fact finding team visits Garo Hills
Source: The Shillong Times, 11 October 2014

The fact finding team of Meghalaya State Commission for Women during its visit to Garo Hills urged the investigating agency to carry out a detailed investigation into the murder of a 15-year-old girl from Williamnagar whose decapitated body was found in a forest. Read More

Women entrepreneurs’ development training
Source: The Arunachal Times, 23 October 2014

Five days Entrepreneurship Development Training programme for woman candidates is being organized by the District Industries Centre, Khonsa from today. While inaugurating the programme, ZPM Sontung  Bangsia, exhorted the participating women from different Read More

Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA)
Source: The Shillong Times, 25 October 2014

A seminar on the contentious Armed Forces Special Powers Act was organised on the October 21 last at the Shillong Club, thereby drawing our attention yet again to this repressive act in the so-called Disturbed Areas of North-East India.  Under this Act, the army personnel are virtually non-accountable to citizens  Read More

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PROJECT UPDATE
1.    An Assessment has done to identify the skills of the cane and bamboo artisans of members of Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network have been conducted from 27 -30 September 2014 in Manipur
2.    Women Network Meeting under the theme:"Making United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 Work: The Importance and Role of Women in Decision Making in Meghalaya"  held on 7 October 2014 from 10 am to 3 pm at Don Bosco Youth Centre, Don Bosco Laitumkhrah, Shillong
3.    A Multistakeholder Dialogue and Policy Analysis event under the theme "Women in Peace Process & Decision Making: Making United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 plus work in Northeast India", 22 Sep 2014, from 9 am to 5 pm at the UN Conference Hall, 55 Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110003.
4.    For more information visit our webpage http://ewpd.cafi-online.org/ 
 


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