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Newsletter for the month of January & February 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015
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 and February 2015 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.

 
Delay finger at Assam
Source: The Telegraph 1 January 2015


The Assam government was late in requesting the army to deploy troops after the December 23 massacre of Adivasis by a Bodo militant group, a top defence ministry source said here. Some quarters in Assam have insinuated that the army was late to respond despite an intelligence alert. "When I got the news, even TV did not have it," defence minister Manohar Parrikar said today. "I spoke to the COAS (chief of army staff, General Dalbir Singh). A force was immediately prepared. But there is a requirement (that) the local administration request the army to move in." Read More

WAD sums up 2014 as tragic year
Source: The Sangai Express, 1 January 2015

The Women Action for Development (WAD) has described 2014 as a tragic year for Manipuri people particularly women and children in view of the alarming increase in violence against women and children, countless social crimes that took place in different parts of the State and a series of bomb blasts. Read More

Bezbaruah committee submits significant recommendationsDerogatory remarks against NE people may invite jail for 5 yrs

Source: The Sangai Express / Press Trust of India, 2 January 2015

Calling anyone 'Chinki', 'Chinese' or making any other derogatory remark relating to race, culture or physical appearance will land you in jail for up to five years, according to a proposal which the Home Ministry is considering. Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said his Ministry is considering the proposal made by a high-level committee that looked into the attacks on people from North East in Delhi and some other parts of the country. Read More

Jail terms proposed for racial bias
Source: The Telegraph 3 January 2015

The Centre today said it was "considering" two new penal code provisions to punish racial discrimination and racial insults, recommended by a panel as a safeguard for people from the Northeast living elsewhere in the country. Home minister Rajnath Singh announced a slew of other measures too for migrants from the region while signalling acceptance of the M.P. Bezbaruah committee's recommendations. Officials clarified that the proposed Sections 153C and 509A would be general enough to cover anyone from any part of India facing any kind of racial bias. The law and justice ministry has agreed to the amendments, they added. Read More

Discovery of human skulls and skeletons: AMSU delegates call on CM
Source: The Sangai Express, 4 January 2015

All Manipur Student's Union (AMSU) held a two hour long meeting with the State Government on Dec 31 at the Chief Minister's office in connection with the discovery of human skulls and skeletons at the erstwhile Tombisana High School on December 25 last year. The meeting came immediately after AMSU banned further construction activities in the site. Read More

AFSPA extended in Assam for one more year
Source: The Shilong Times 4 January 2015

The Centre has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 declaring the entire ‘state of Assam’ as a ‘Disturbed Area’ for another one year beyond November 3 last, a state government release said here on Saturday. “The Government of India vide order dated 4th November, 2014 has extended the earlier notification regarding “Disturbed Areas” under the provisions of Section 3 of the AF (SP) Act 1958 for another one year beyond 03/11/2014 which is presently in force”, the release said. Read More

Delhi cops plan to set up server-system for women's safety Lens on cab, auto drivers
Source: The Sangai Express / Press Trust of India, 5 January 2015

Delhi Police is mulling setting up a system to enable women travelling in cabs or autorickshaws share registration number plate pictures on a police server to ensure that the driver behaves responsibly and the vehicle is traced easily in case of any untoward incident. Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi has asked Special Commissioner (Operations) Sundari Nanda to explore the possibility to set up such Read More

Girl molested by college principal in Tripura
Source: The Shilong Times 5 January 2015

A class 12th girl was allegedly molested by a 56-year-old college principal in his residence at Teliamura in Khowai district of Tripura, police said on Sunday. Pradip Kumar Dey, who was officiating as the principal of Teliamura Government Degree College, called the daughter of the landlord into his room in which he was residing as a tenant and showed her some obscene photographs in his laptop and molested her on Saturday Read More

Binalakshmi Nepram in Forbes (India) 2015 list
Source: The Sangai Express / Agencies, 5 January 2015

Binalakshmi Nepram, humanitarian, author and civil rights activist, founder of Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network, CAFI and North East India Women Initiative for Peace who works to support women survivors of armed violence all across North East India has been listed in prestigious Forbes (India) Magazine "Minds That Matter" list for 2015 . Read More

Woman molested on North-East Express
Source: The Shilong Times 5 January 2015

A woman was allegedly molested on Sunday on board the Delhi-bound North-East Express by two youths, who were later arrested. According to Government Railway Police (GRP) Inspector Tripurari Pandey, the matter came to light in the afternoon as the train arrived at the Kanpur Central railway station. GRP said that the woman’s father complained that two youths — identified as Jayendra Singh and Naveen Kumar, both hailing from Nagaland — had molested his daughter on the train. Read More

Molestation attempt of teacher condemned
Source: The Arunachal Times, 7 January 2015

The East Kameng unit of Arunachal Teachers' Association (ATA) has condemned in its strongest term the reported molestation attempt of a Junior Teacher (JT) of Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Pampoli by an unidentified person on January 4 last. ATA East Kameng unit in a release informed that an unidentified person armed with a dao attempted to molest the teacher at around 8.30 pm in the teacher's quarter. Fortunately, she somehow managed to escape from the clutch of the miscreant by running out of the quarter. The miscreant reportedly attacked her with dao inflicting grievous injuries to her body, informed the ATA unit. Read More

Minor girl allegedly raped by friend

Source: Hueiyen News Service / NNN, 14 January 2015

A 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a man in Thoubal district, but a court released the accused on bail before the victim could give her statement. Disclosing this to journalists, M Manglembi Devi, secretary, Women Welfare Association (WWA) told journalists here that Okram Iton, 20, a resident of Thoubal Pakhong village sexually assaulted the girl on January 5 at his relative's house in his Read More

Man held for attempting to bury daughter alive
Source: The Shilong Times 18 January 2015

Police have arrested a man on the charges of attempting to bury his nine-year-old daughter alive in Tripura, an official said here Saturday. “Abul Hussain, 30, tied the legs and hands of his daughter Joshna and tried to bury her in a pit in a deserted field near his residence in Boxanagar Friday night,” police spokesman Uttam Bhowmik told IANS. Read More

Bravery Awards for 2 children from State
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 18 January 2015

In a gala event organized at Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) premise on January 17, 24 children from various States including two from Manipur were nominated for National Bravery Awards 2014 (four being nominated posthumously). The two awardees from Manipur are L.Brainson Singh (10), son of L Kishorjit Singh of Keishampat Hodam Leirak, Imphal and G Tooldev Sharma (9), son of G Bhavan Dev of Yaiskul Hiruhanba Leikai, Imphal. Read More

Naga girl among 24 young brave hearts for ‘Bravery Awards 2014’
Source: The Nagaland Post, 18 January 2015

Mhonbeni L. Ezung, a 9 year-old girl from Wokha, who saved the life of her grandmother in 2014, is among the twenty four children -- 8 girls and 16 boys, who have been selected for the National Bravery Awards for the year 2014. Talking to this Correspondent, N. Longtsubemo Lotha, a proud father of Mhonbeni, said they were in Delhi to receive the award from Prime Minister. Longtsubemo, who is a havaldar in the Home Guards, thanked Nagaland Post for highlighting her daughter’s feat in the newspaper. Read More

Young Naga girl to get Bravery Award

Source: The Shilong Times 19 January 2015

An eight-year-old girl Mhonbeni Ezung has been selected for national bravery award for rescuing her grandmother from a river when she fell into in at Wokha village in Nagaland. The incident occurred when Mhonbeni and her grandmother had gone to visit the bank of the Anunga River in the village in Wokha district during her winter vacation in January last year, according to a statement issued by PIB (Defence Wing). Read More

Municipal chief, three others held for minor’s gang rape
Source: The Shilong Times 19 January 2015

Manmad Municipal Council (MMC) president and three others have been accused of kidnapping and gangraping a minor Dalit girl here. Manmad City police has registered cases against MMC president Yogesh Patil and the three other accused. One accused, Vinod Chandanshiv, was arrested and remanded to judicial custody. The other accused — Anil Tribhuvan and Pintu Patole– are still absconding. According to police, the girl residing in Chandanwadi went missing on January 6 and returned on January 9, the period which she complained of being kidnapped and gangraped by them. Read More

The role of women in decision making: Peace and Development in Nagalands

Source:The Morung Express, 20 January 2015

“Our space is not just in the kitchen,” stated Reena Mutum, Coordinator of the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network during a consultation on ‘The importance and role of women in decision making Forums and Space: Peace and development in Nagaland’ held on January 19 at Nagaland University, Meriema Campus. The event was organized by the Control Arms Foundation of India and Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network in collaboration with the Women Studies Centre, Nagaland University, Kohima. Read More

NE rebel group’s call for total shut down on R-Day

Source: The Sangai Express, 21 January 2015

As in the previous years, Coordination Committee (CorCom), Manipur, Kamatapur Liberation Organization (KLO), National Democratic Front of Bodoland (S), United Liberation Front of Asom (I) have called for a total shut down on January 26, the Republic Day of India in the entire North East region or Western South East Asia (WESEA) . With the spectacular success of Narendra Modi's brand of politics, India is gearing up to celebrate her Republic Day of this Union of States on 26th of January 2015, said a joint statement issued by the outfits. Read More

ANSU declares 12 hour capital bandh
Source: The Arunachal Times, 23 January 2015

The All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) today declared 12 hours Capital bandh on February 2 next, in protest against the government for allegedly failing to address their demands. The bandh starts from 5 am to 5pm and ambulance, magistrate vehicles on duty, pharmacies, hospitals, fire brigade, water supply tanker, milk van and press are exempted during the bandh hour. Read More

Irom Sharmila released from JNIMS; continues fast at Samumakhong
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 23 January 2015

Judicial Magistrate (Imphal East) Wisdom Kamodang on Thursday rejected charges of attempt to suicide against human rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila and ordered her immediate release from custody. Accordingly, Sharmila was released in the evening from the security ward of JNIMS. But soon after she was released, Sharmila went to the Samumakhong, in the heart of Imphal city and resumed Read More

Special scheme for girl child
Source: The Nagaland Post, 18 January 2015

Department of Postal Service has informed all public that a new scheme Sukanya Samriddhi Account (SSA) under the Ministry of Finance (DEA) has been launched by Prime Minister on January 22 for the benefit of the girl child. According to the scheme any girl child up to the age of 10 years could open an account. Read More

Student killed; four injured in police action at Lilong Curfew clamped to quell public outcry
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 24 January 2015

A student studying in class VII lost his life while four other people including a 7-year old girl sustained injuries when police fired tear gas canisters, mock bombs and rubber bullets to disperse protestors who were blocking at Lilong area on Friday. Demanding expansion of the National Highway (Imphal-Moreh Road) from Lilong Bridge to Waithou, Lilong United Political Link called an indefinite bandh along the Imphal-Moreh Road with effect from 6 am on Friday. Read More

Irom Sharmila re-arrested, many CSOs decry
Source: The Sangai Express, 25 January 2015

Anti-AFSPA crusader Irom Chanu Sharmila, who was recently declared not guilty of the charges registered under Section 309 and 353 IPC by JMIC Imphal East, has been re-arrested under Section 309 (attempting to commit suicide) again and remanded to judicial custody till February 7 today. Meanwhile, many civil society organisations and human right activists have strongly condemned the re-arrest of Irom Sharmila who has been fasting for the past 14 years or so demanding complete repeal of the infamous Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from Manipur. Read More

250 child labourers rescued; 15 persons held
Source: The Shilong Times 25 January 2015

As many as 250 children, including 10 girls from Bihar, who were forced to work as child labourers in hazardous industries were on Saturday rescued from Old City here, police said. Fifteen persons, who worked as middlemen and pushed the minors into child labour, have been rounded up in this connection, they said. The children were rescued during a massive cordon and search operation carried out by South Zone police in different areas of Old City. All the rescued minors were sent to rescue homes and efforts were being made to contact their parents, a senior police officer said. Read More

Mizo women body hails women reservation in local bodies
Source: The Shilong Times 26 January 2015

The All Mizoram Women Federation (AMWF) hailed amend-ment to the 62-year-old village council’s act that envisages reservation of seats for women in the local bodies’ elections. Addressing a news conference here yesterday, AMWF president Dr Jane Ralte hailed the Lushai Hills District (Village Councils) Act, 2014 as a major milestone in regards to political empowerment of women in the patriarchal Mizo society. Read More

Capacity building workshop on 'Save Girl Child' held
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 28 January 2015
With the least sex ratio among the districts of Manipur based on 2011 census, Senapati District has been chosen as action plan District for "Save Girl Child" Scheme among the 100 Districts in India. With this depressing situation, Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Division, Directorate of Family Welfare Services, Government of Manipur organized a workshop for Medical Community of Senapati District at DRDA conference Hall Senapati HQ on 27th January 27, 2015, said a report by The Hornbill Read More

National Girl Child Day observed in Chedema
Source: The Nagaland Post, 28 January 2015

State Resource Centre for Women and State Social Welfare Board in commemoration of National Girl Child day organized an event at Chedema Basa on January 24 on the theme “The girl child: Our support today, our security tomorrow”. Nagaland State Social Welfare Board (NSSWB) chairperson Bano Vinito delivered the keynote address and shared a brief introduction of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (Save the Girl Child, Educate Her) campaign launched by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi at Panipat, Haryana.  Read More

Six IED explosions mark R-Day celebration in State
Source: Imphal Free Press, 28 January 2015

Altogether six powerful Improvised Explosive Devices exploded on the Repyblic day in different places of the State including an explosion just about 100 metre far from the venue of the State function at 1st Manipur Rifles parade ground. However, no casualties were reported during the multiple blasts. The first explosion was reported around 7 am on the Imphal River bank near Moirangkhom Hicham Yaichampat about hundred metres away from the 1st MR parade ground, the starting point of the Republic Read More

Two killed, 3 hurt in encounter
Source: The Sangai Express, 29 January 2015

At least two suspected KNF militants have been killed and three others injured in an alleged encounter with troops of 8 AR at Kadangband a few metres away from Kadangband Bridge toward Kadangband village, Imphal West district under Lamsang police station at around 7.30 pm today. All the three injured suspected KNF cadres are undergoing treatment at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences informed a source. Read More

Fake encounter, alleges KNF
Source: The Sangai Express, 30 January 2015

Flatly rejecting the news report about KNF cadres attacking troops of 8 Assam Rifles at Kadangband yesterday which resulted in two fatal casualties, the KNF alleged that it was a clear case of fake encounter. KNF's central CAO Robert Kuki and his friends were returning home from Kangchup after attending a meeting with local Kuki Inpi leaders when he was stopped by troops of 8 AR Read More

 2 AR jawans, 4 civilians injured in Lilong blast

Source: Hueiyen News Service, 30 January 2015

At least two Assam Rifles jawans including a Naik Subedar and four other civilians traveling in a Tata Magic van sustained injuries when a hand grenade lobbed by unidentified armed persons who came in a car exploded near Lilong Police Station at around 7.35 pm on Thursday. Personnel of 40th Assam Rifles were conducting frisking operation along the road when the grenade attack was carried out. Read More

PLA's serial blast bid at Dimapur foiled
Source: The Sangai Express / Newmai News Network, 31 January 2015

The arrest of PLA cadres has revealed that the outfit had attempted to carry out serial blasts in Dimapur. The Dimapur police said today that the bomb blast of January 5 in Dimapur was committed by Manipur based People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the culprits are now in the custody of the Dimapur police. It said the two co-accused involved in the incident are active members of the PLA. Read More

2 Arunachalee women arrested by Assam officials
Source: The Arunachal Times, 29 January 2015

In what could be termed as an act of fuelling tension in Arunachal-Assam boundary area, the Assam Forest Official at Dollungmukh today arrested two Arunachalee women from Dollungmukh.  The arrested women were identified as Nido Yakum and Bini Yaka. Forest official sources from Dollungmukh informed this daily that two women were arrested around 1.30 pm today when they were busy in cultivation field which Assam forest official claimed as disputed. Read More

 Wife in critical condition after Husband stabs her
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 1 February 2015

In a spine chilling incident, a man stabbed his wife 4 times in the middle of night and left her in critical condition. The incident happened on Thursday night at Namarat Village under Sugnu Police Station. The injured wife has been identified as Vahoichan alias Chachan Haokip (28), daughter of late Shongkholal Haokip. Sugnu police registered a case in connection with the incident. Read More

Girl Child Week emphasis on education & eradication of female foeticide
Source: The Arunachal Times, 1 February 2015

The Arunachal Pradesh State Social Welfare Board celebrated the National Girl Child Week from Jan 24-31. The main focus during the entire week was to generate awareness of the various initiatives/schemes of the government and to sensitize society on the implications of imbalanced sex ratio.The week long celebrations culminated today with its main event at a hotel in Naharlagun. The topic of this main event was “Education to every girl child and awareness against female foeticide” which is a nationwide campaign. Read More

Opening day of 35th National Games: Sanjita, Mirabai open Manipur's medal account in Weightlifting

Source: The Sangai Express / Manipur Info Centre, 2 February 2015

Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu bagged a gold and silver respectively in women's 48kg in weightlifting on day one of the 35th National Games this morning at VKN Menon Indoor Stadium,Thrissur in Kerala thus opening Manipur's medal account on the opening match of the Games. Sanjita lifted 78 kg in snatch and 102 kg in clean and jerk for a total of 180 kg and Mirabai lifted 78 kg in snatch, 95 in clean and jerk for a total of 173 kg while B Usha of Andhra Pradesh grabbed the bronze with a cumulative effort of 161 kg. Read More

13-year-old brave heart girl risks life to save infant brother from inferno
Source: The Shilong Times, 2 February 2015

In what may be termed as an exemplary display of valor and love for an infant sibling, a 13-year-old girl put her life into extreme risk to save her brother from an inferno that had engulfed their home at Pahamrioh Village under Nongpoh PS in Ri Bhoi District. The incident occurred at around 2.30 pm on Sunday afternoon when the brave heart Angelica Tynsong was outside the house while her seven-month-old Read More

Housewife found dead in Lamtang
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 3 February 2015

A housewife was found dead under suspicious condition near a stone crusher site at Lamtang village in Ukhrul district on February 1 morning around 7. The deceased housewife has been identified as Laishram (o) Nganbi (45) w/o L Gulapi of Wabgai Tera Urak under Kakching Police Station. Police sources said Nganbi and her husband were engaged in stone crusher work at Lamtang village. Read More

 Chhattisgarh: SHO among 2 cops killed in Naxal ambush

Source: The Shilong Times, 3 February 2015

 Two policemen, including an SHO, were killed and eight others injured when Maoists ambushed a joint patrolling squad in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district on Monday. The face-off between security forces and the ultras took place in the forests between Hawalbaras and Panawar villages under Bande police limits in the insurgency-hit district this evening, Additional Director General of Police (anti-Naxal operations) R K Vij told PTI. Read More

 Assam CM orders probe into assault on woman journalist
Source: The Shilong Times, 3 February 2015

 Protests by scribes and various other mass organisations were rife in Assam against manhan-dling of a woman TV journalist and a videogra-pher by Assam police personnel inside Latasil Police Station here on Saturday last even as Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday ordered a probe into the incident by Additional Chief Secretary Rajiv Bora. The chief minister asked the Additional Chief Secretary to submit the probe report within one month and action will be taken on the basis of the finding of the probe, an official statement said here on Monday. Read More

 BJP's vision document calls NE people 'immigrants'

Source: The Sangai Express / Agencies, 4 February 2015

BJP's vision document for the Delhi Assembly polls today stirred up a controversy by referring people from North Eastern States in the National capital as "immigrants", after which Congress demanded an apology and removal of the words. The 24-page document that entails the party's roadmap in taking Delhi forward by making it a world-class city and steps in public welfare includes a section on "North Eastern Immigrants to be protected" Read More

19-yr-old girl dies in cross-fire
Source: The Arunachal Times, 4 February 2015

A 19-year-old girl has been killed after being caught in a cross-fire between two Garo militant groups fighting for area dominance on Tuesday in Dobu area of Songsak in East Garo Hills district. One militant was also killed and another injured in the firing inside the village. Suspected GNLA militants attacked Bolmoram Agalgre village at around 6 am on Tuesday after learning about the presence of cadres of its rival breakaway faction known as the A’chik Songna An’pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) group. Read More

ANSU calls for release of arrested women
Source: The Arunachal Times, 4 January 2015

A team of All Nyishi Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) led by its General Secretary Nyanya Gollo accompanied by Vice President Joram Bath along with members of All Raga Area Students Union (ARASU) today visited North Lakhimpur, district jail to meet the two Arunachalee women from Dollungmukh who are currently locked up there. The women namely Nido Yakum and Bini Yujum, who were arrested by Assam police official few days ago from Dollungmukh have been kept under judicial custody in the said jail.  Read More

UCM calls 12 hr strike today protests against AR 'atrocities'
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 4 February 2015

Expressing solidarity with the ongoing road blockade along the Imphal-Moreh route over the atrocities committed by personnel of 24th Assam Rifles posted in Tegnoupal, the United Committee, Manipur has called a 12-hour state general strike from 5am to 5pm on February 4. While making the announcement during a press meet at its office, president of UCM Y Nabachandra expressed deep concern over the mentality of the security personnel who unleashed unstinted aggression to a group of civilians escorting
a sick person at Sita Lamkhai. Read More

Core Euro-Asia rail route may skip Assam, Manipur
Source: The Sangai Express / Courtesy: TNN, 6 February 2015

Policy makers want to keep Assam and Manipur out of the principal route of the Trans-Asian Railway (TAR) network promoted by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). The network is being constructed to boost trade and cultural exchanges within Asia and between Asia and Europe. The TAR is a 17,500-km long railway line passing through 28 member countries and has been described by UNESCAP as "Yesterday's Silk Road”. Read More

One killed, another injured in blast
Source: The Sangai Express / Mungchan Zimik, 6 February 2015

A civilian was killed and another sustained serious injuries when a powerful IED exploded today around 11 am at a place between Nambashi Khunou and Khunthak village under Kasom PS in Ukhrul district. According to a source, the two victims Addison Jajo (36) and Hillary Keishing (34), both from Nambashi Khullen village, were riding a motorcycle towards Imphal when the blast occurred when when they rode past Khunthak and Tarong area. Addison Jajo succumbed to injuries before reaching Kasom PHC. Read More

MNF calls 12-hour Mizoram bandh on February 12

Source: The Shilong Times, 6 February 2015

The Opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) on Thursday decided to observe a 12-hour statewide bandh on February 12 in protest against the hike in the price of rice sold through PDS and increase in rates of different taxes and non-tax revenues. The MNF, in a statement here, said the bandh was necessitated by the fact that the state government refu-sed to roll back hike in rice prices by 58 per cent and also other taxes, non-tax revenues and service tariffs like land tax, water and power tariffs. Read More

Panel in Nagaland to know women’s status
Source: The Shilong Times, 7 February 2015

A team of the High Level Committee on Status of Women today met Nagaland government officials to know the comprehensive status of women in the state. The seven-member team is led by Dr Pam Rajput, chairperson of the Committee. In her address, Rajput stressed on skill development for women and the state labour department could take up skill welfare schemes. She encouraged officers of related depart-ments to come up with employment for women and Read More

High intensity bomb found in Imphal's top security zone
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 8 February 2015

A high intensity rocket launcher bomb was found at Thoubal bus parking area in the early hours Saturday. Thoubal bus parking is located near the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office and falls within high security zone in Imphal. According to a high-ranking police official, a team of Imphal West Police assigned with the task of overseeing security of BJP Manipur office Read More

3 killed including AR personnel
Source: The Arunachal Times, 8 February 2015

One rifleman of 14 Assam Rifles and 2 Arunachalee porters were killed on the spot in a major landmine blast in an area in Manmao circle, Changlang near the Indo-Burmese border.

One of the porters has been identified as Tiktu Mungray, a resident of Jotin-Joda village and AR personnel has been identified as Rifleman Datre Mahajan of Maharastra. Seven others sustained grievous injuries while three escaped with minor injuries. Read More

HRI disapproves appointment of Ibobi as CIC

Source: Hueiyen News Service, 11 February 2015

Human Rights Initiative (HRI) has submitted a representation to the Governor of Manipur objecting the appointment of retired IFS officer Th Ibobi as the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of Manipur Information Commission. According to a statement of HRI issued by its Administrator Manoj Thokchom, the represen-tation signed by Progra-mme Coordinator of HRI S Sanatampha was submitted to the Governor's Secreta-riat on February 9.It was mentioned that Th Ibobi was the Project Director of Loktak Development Read More
 
Hung to death
Source: The Sangai Express, 12 February 2015

A Manipuri girl reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself yesterday at her boyfriend's rented room in Gandhi Vihar under Timarpur PS, North Delhi. 30 year old Thoibi A (name changed) of Chingmeirong was found hung to death at her boyfriend's room at North Delhi yesterday. The incident came to light when her boyfriend also from Manipur who was sleeping in the same room saw her hanging from the ceiling fan with a "chunni" when he woke up at around 6 am, according to a statement issued by Andy Oinam, general secretary, Manipur Students' Association Delhi (MSAD) Read More

4 hurt in blast
Source: The Sangai Express, 12 February 2015

Four persons including two minors and a woman were injured when a hand grenade exploded at the courtyard of a house at Awang Yumnam Khunou under Sagolmang police station in Imphal East district at around 11.30 am today. The incident occured at the residential complex of one Laishram Shyam (48) s/o (L) Mukta. Read More

NDFB-S ultra killed, 4 santhal militants held
Source: The Shilong Times, 12 February 2015

National Democratic Front of Bodoland Songbijit faction (NDFB-S) suffered another serious setback as a hardcore terrorist of the outfit was neutralized in a fierce encounter on the night of February 9 last by the security forces while in another operation four militants of National Santhal Liberation Army (NSLA) were apprehended from Kokrajhar district. A defence source informed that in an operation conducted jointly by the Army and Kokrajhar Police in the Parbatjhora Reserve Forest of Kokrajhar district, the hardcore NDFB-S terrorist, identified as Urga a 35th batch Myanmar trained terrorist of the outfit, was killed. Read More

Two arrested Arunachal women released

Source: The Arunachal Times, 11 February 2015

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju today spoke to Assam Chief Secretary during a security review meeting at Guwahati and asked him to ensure immediate release of the two Arunachalee women arrested from Dullungmukh by Assam police. MoS Home expressed serious concern over arrest of the innocent Arunachalee women. DGP Arunachal was also present during the meeting.

Two innocent local tribal women namely Nido Yakum and Bini Yujum from Dullungmukh under Lower Subansiri District were arrested by Assam police from their agricultural field within the territory of Arunachal during last week of January. Read More

Street vendors: Where do they go?
Source: The Morung Express, 15 February 2015

For years, citizens of Kohima have expressed concern at street vendors selling goods on footpath and pavements, which, according to some, cause traffic congestion and litter the surroundings. After personally approaching the vendors to refrain from setting up shop on footpaths, the Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) is now conducting raids to address the issue. “We are determined to make our streets cleaner and ease traffic congestion in the littlest way possible,” says Kovi Meyase, Administrator of the KMC. While some vendors are being accommodated at AMK building near the DC office, the rest are left without any space to run their business.

Two killed in scuffle with drunken army man

Source: The Shilong Times, 17 February 2015

The firing allegedly by an Assam Rifles personnel in Tezpur on Sunday  night in which two persons were killed and a woman was injured, was in the personal capacity of the jawan and no counter insurgency operational angle was involved in it, the Army on Monday said. “The firing incident has no counter insurgency/counter terrorism operational angle involved in it. As per the information available, the Assam rifles personnel allegedly got into this scuffle with the civilians in his personal capacity”, Defence spokesman Lt Col Suneet Newton said here. Read More

Six including cops hurt in blast in heart of city

Source: The Sangai Express, 19 February 2015

At least six persons including three police personnel were hurt when a powerful IED went off on Masjid road located few metres away from Shamu Makhong in the heart of Imphal under City PS today around 4 pm. The condition of one police personnel is stated to be critical. He is undergoing treatment at RIMS. Meanwhile, Chief Minister O Ibobi has strongly condemned the blast and praised the bravery of police personnel who prevented innocent civilian casualty in the crowded market place. Read More

Bandh paralyses normal traffic movement in Chandel
Source: The Sangai Express, 21 February 2015


A bandh called by the All Tribal Blind Association, Chandel district paralysed movement of vehicles traffic along Imphal-Moreh road and Pallel-Chandel road today. The bandh which started from 8 am and went on till 5 pm was called to protest the alleged indifferent attitude of the State Government to the welfare of the visually impaired and its alleged failure to provide grant-in-aid to the Mission Blind School located at Heikakpokpi village, Chandel district. Read More

29 bomb blasts in less than two months
Source: The Sangai Express, 22 February 2015

Since the beginning of this year till February 19, there were 29 bomb blasts in different parts of the State. The blasts claimed one civilian and injured 21 others including three women and two children. According to news reports published in Imphal-based newspapers, in addition to the 29 bomb blasts, 15 bombs were detected before they went off. Out of these 15 bombs, nine bombs were retrieved and set off safely by bomb disposal squads of Manipur. There were altogether 44 incidents of bomb blasts and bomb plantations between January 1 and February 19 this year. Read More

5 including women murdered, buried secretly
Source: Source: The Shilong Times, 25 February 2015

In a shocking discovery by police, bodies of five persons from two families, including an elderly woman, have been recovered from two graves in a village under Rongram development block on Monday after they were murdered in cold blood by villagers over allegations of practising witchcraft.According to a report received on Tuesday, the murders reportedly occurred in the first week of January, this year, inside Mrigre village, 5 kms from Rongram, and were hushed up by the villagers until West Garo Hills police discovered the crime while investigating a missing person’s report made to them by a relative of the deceased. Read More

 

EMPOWERING WOMEN FOR PEACE AND DEVLOPMENT IN SOUTH ASIA PROJECT REPORT UPDATE

WHH Monitoring Visit to MWGSN Manipur Office : Monitored completed and upcoming activities, discussed  relevant issues  and  clarifications of the project and conducted Women Community Meeting at MWGSN Shelter Home, Bishnupur Shelter Home and Chandel

2.    A women’s network meeting on 19th Jan 2015, Making United Nation Security Council Resolution 1325 Work: The Importance of Role of Women in Decision Making in Nagaland consisting of 30 women leaders belonging to different ethnic and communities of Kohima to initiate women’s participation in decision making

Note: United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 is an international law unanimously adopted by the Security Council on 31 October 2000 that mandates UN

Member States to engage women in all aspects of peace building including ensuring women’s participation on all levels of decision–making on peace and security issues.

3.    A women’s network meeting on 16th Feb 2015, The Importance and Role of Women in Decision Making Forums and Space; Peace and Development in Assam

4.    Exposure Trip for Peace Volunteer and Consultation Meeting, Assam at Krokajhar District on 18-19th Feb 2015. 

The page inform about events & activities of the project and its description.

For more information visit our webpage http://ewpd.cafi-online.org/
 

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