May and June 2015 issue newsletter

Friday, October 23, 2015


Warmgreetings from Control Arms Foundation of India

Northeast Indiacomprises the Eight States—Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya,Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. North East India deals with complex socialpolitical issues such as struggle over natural resources, ethnic tensions,illegal migration, displacement and social exclusion. The conflict in Manipurturns 300 women into widows annually.

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

Please find here Mayand June 2015 issue newsletter, providing news related to Northeast India ondifferent spheres, keeping women issues as the main motivation and the relatedissues at the centre.

 Violence marks 24 hour ATCF hillbandh, 20 houses damaged, Imp-Ukhrul road bandh on
Source: The Sangai Express, 1 May2015

The Youth ProgressiveClub, Gwaltabi has called an Imphal-Ukhrul road indefinite bandh following aflare-up between two communities resulting in the destruction of at least 20houses following a misunderstanding arising out of the All Tribal ChiefsForum's bandh in Gwaltabi area, Imphal East today. Reports culled from Gwaltabisaid that tension erupted in the area when ATCF bandh supporters, who enforcedthe bandh at Gwaltabi, were told to take their activity at other places.
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 Protest in Gurgaon over NE girlrape; demand arrest of accused

Source: The Nagaland Post, 2 May 2015

People belonging tothe North Eastern states on Friday staged a protest outside DLF-1 policestation in Gurgaon demanding immediate arrest of the rape accused. Sources saidthat a 19-year old girl from North East who had been working at a guest housein DLF-1 area was reportedly by a co-worker on April 29. The 23-year oldaccused identified as Debu Tamar was reportedly from Nepal. Read More


Four NSCN-K cadres killed

Source: The Sangai Express, 3 May 2015

 Four NSCN-K cadres were killed in an encounterwith a combined team of 9 Dogra and 21 Para regiments at Kamlengching villageunder Nungba police station in Tamenglong district at around 7.30 am yesterday.According to a reliable source, Kamlengching village is located between KekruNaga and Longpi villages. Two AK-47 rifles, one 9 mm pistol and some liverounds of AK-47 were found beside the slain cadres, added the source. Read More

2 students shot dead in Manipur

Source: The Nagaland Post, 4 May 2015

Two students were shotdead by a gunman suspected to be a cadre of the Hmar People’s Convention (HPC)in Churachandpur district, police report said Monday. Police retrieved thebullet riddled bodies of the two students Monday morning on the roadside at Patpuimountvillage under Parbung police station of Churachandpur district. Quoting thevillagers, police said that two students, identified as Zaliankhong (20) son ofThangkhulen of Lungphulien village and Lalbiaklen (20) of Moulben village ofdistrict headquarters were shot dead Sunday night at around 8 pm. Read More

 Binalakshmi attends 100 YearsGlobal Convening of Women Peace Makers

Source: Hueiyen News Service, 6May 2015

Founder of ManipurWomen Gun Survivors Network, Control Arms Foundation of India, Northeast IndiaWomen Initiative for Peace Binalakshmi Nepram attended the prestigious forum onwomen human rights defenders organized by Nobel Women Initiative and the 100years historic convening of women peace makers organized by Women'sInternational League for Peace and Freedom (WILFP) held between April 24 and 30in Netherlands in Europe. Read More

Crimes against women SC bats forstricter punishment

Source: The Sangai Express /Press Trust of India,11 May 2015

The Supreme Court hasstressed on the need for "stricter yardstick" on Courts' sentencingpolicy in cases related to crime against women so as to act as a deterrent,saying punishment awarded to the accused was not in proportion to gravity andmagnitude of such offences. "In recent years, the rising crime rate,particularly violent crimes against women has made the criminal sentencing bythe Courts a subject of concern. Read More

Minor girl raped, murdered

Source: Hueiyen News Service, 13 May 2015

 An 11-year-old girlwas allegedly raped and brutally murdered by her cousin at Chandrapur MayaiLeikai under Moirang Police Station in Bishnupur district Monday morning.Police sources said on Tuesday the house of the 16-year-old accused was burneddown by a mob on Monday night hours after the incident. The rape accusedsurrendered himself to Moirang Police Station. The incident happened around11:30 am. Read More

Women bodies take on Centre

Source: Hueiyen News Service, 16 May 2015

 Influential womenorganizations EECHAL, AMKIL, Chingmi Tami and Nupu Samaj have accused theGovernment of India of fomenting communal tension in Manipur on Friday. At apress meet at AMKIL office here, organisation president Ph Shakhi claimed thatthe prevailing situation in the state is a handiwork of the Government ofIndia. She cautioned the people to remain alert over the alleged plan of theCentre to incite communal violence in Manipur by driving a wedge between the Read More

Nearly 20 killed, 12 weaponsseized in Arunachal ambush claims NSCN (K)

Source: Nagaland Post, 16 May2015

NSCN (K) on Fridayclaimed that the group has killed nearly 20 security personnel and decampedwith 12 weapons during the ambush on 14 Assam Rifles (AR) personnel inArunachal Pradesh on May 13. Talking to Nagaland Post, NSCN (K) source saidthat they exchanged heavy gun-fire for hours with 14 AR personnel and killednearly 20 AR jawans, out of which 14 dead bodies were recovered. Read More

Police rescue four girls

Source: The Sangai Express, 17 May 2015

A team of Lamphelpolice today rescued four young girls including a minor, who were brought hereby a 24-year-old youth with an alleged intention to take them to Hyderabad,from a hotel at Khuman Lampak this morning. According to a reliable source, ataround 4.30 am, Lamphel police received specific information about lodging offour girls from Ukhrul district in Highway Hotel, located near ISBT complex,Khuman Lampak. Read More

Police nabs colleague for murderof wife

Source: Nagaland Post, 21 May2015

In a delayed report,Nagaland police arrested a policeman on May 18 evening for allegedly murderinghis wife in Dimapur.  According to PRODimapur police, the accused identified as one Imtimeren Chang, who is servingas a sub-inspector at DEF Zunheboto and residing at 3rd Mile Dimapur wasarrested on charges of murder. Police said that Imtimeren had stabbed his wifeLisila with a knife. The victim later succumbed to her injuries at CivilHospital Dimapur. A case is under investigation at Diphupar Police Station, PROstated.

24 Hr bandh comes into force,CKDLBR urges security deployment

Source: The Sangai Express, 22 May 2015

Apart from calling a24 hour State-wide general strike with effect from May 22 midnight, theCommittee for Koziirii-Dzuko Land Boundary Resolution (CKDLBR) has urged theGovernment of Manipur to deploy security forces in Dzuko valley urgently.Speaking to media persons at Manipur Press Club here today, CKDLBR spokesman NRajendro said that they were prepared to launch different forms of intenseagitation as the State Government has refused to take up any action despiteseveral appeals Read More

Lapang panel has one woman

Source: The Shillong Times, 22 May 2015

Even after criticismfrom several quarters, there is only one woman representative in the jumbosized committee to empower headmen headed by former Chief Minister DD Lapang.As per the notification issued on March 30, the president, Lympung, Ki Kyntheiis the lone woman member in the Committee. Read More

 3 including labourers killed in'encounter'

Women Volunteers Prevent PoliceFrom Taking Away The Bodies

Source: Hueiyen News Service, 24 May 2015

Two persons - oneChurch leader and two construction labourers were killed in an alleged"encounter" on Saturday morning at B Gamon village in Ukhruldistrict. Sources said that a combined force of para-troopers and Assam Riflesraided B Gamon village early on Saturday morning reportedly on receipt ofinformation that some KNF (N) cadres were bivouacking there. Read More

 ‘VAB has ignored women’

Source: The Shillong Times, 26May 2015

North East Network(NEN), a city-based NGO working to empower women, has stressed on the need ofre-drafting the Village Administration Bill as it did not give any importanceto women in traditional institutions. In a statement issued here, NEN saidSection 2(18) of the Bill using the term ‘The Rangbah’ is a blatant Read More

9 including 3 women hurt in Turablast

Source: The Shillong Times, 28May 2015

Nine persons,including three women, sustained injuries when suspected Garo militantstriggered a blast outside a major hardware store in the heart of Tura townsending people scurrying for cover on Wednesday morning. Customers, includingcontractors and pedestrians were in and around the Mahabir Trade Agencyhardware shop when at 10:54 am, a bomb, reportedly concealed inside a paintcontainer that was left behind on the steps of the shop exploded. Read More

Welcomes move of Tripura govt torepeal AFSPA

Source: NEFIS *, 29 May 2015

North-East Forum forInternational Solidarity (NEFIS) welcomes the move of Tripura government torepeal Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Tripura state. It is to benoted that AFSPA was imposed in Tripura from last 18 years. Read More

Woman shot at in Chandel Dist;one beaten to death in Tamenglong Dist

Source: Hueiyen News Service, 1June 2015

A woman identified asRuisoting (55), a resident of Aimol Setu Village, Pallel was hit by a bullet onher hip at around 9:30 pm on Sunday night when she came out of her house afterhaving dinner. According to sources, Ruisoting is the wife of one Babudhon andthe incident occurred near her residence. Based on initial reports, Ruisotingwas fired at allegedly by 20 Assam Rifles (AR) personnel when she came out ofher home after dinner. Read More

Total blockade on June 1

Source: Nagaland Post, 1 June2015

On learning that theCommittee for Koziirii-Dzukou Land Boundary Resolution (CKDLBR) was to commencean economic blockade in Manipur effective midnight of June 1, 2015, SouthernAngami Youth Organisation (SAYO) held an emergency meeting on May 31 with unitsat Kimipfuphe ground after which it resolved to impose total blockade on theMao community within Southern Angami territory on June 1 from 5 a.m. Read More

20 jawans massacred in ambuscade

Elite strike unit of naga army ofNSCN/GPRN, KYKL and KCP claim responsibility; PM, HM & defence minister condemnambush

Source: Hueiyen News Service / BLKhu', 5 June 2015

 Around 20 personnel of6 Dogra Regiment were killed in an ambush by armed groups in TengnoupalNew Somtal road under ChandelDistrict of Manipur while the jawans were heading towards Tengnoupal. The"Elite Strike Unit of Naga Army" of NSCN/GPRN, KYKL and KCP in ajoint statement claimed responsibility for the ambush. Read More

Manipur's endless violence:Thousands dead in 60-year-old crisis

Source: Hindustan Times, 5 June2015

The tragic death ofeighteen army personnel on Thursday in a militant attack has once again broughtforth the attention of the nation and the world to the northeast state ofManipur, home to over 2.2 million people and located on the Indo-Myanmarborder. The ambush is not the only one that has taken place on military convoysover the years in Manipur. In January 2014, four Border Security Force (BSF)personnel were killed in an ambush in Imphal East. Before that six CentralReserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in 2007. Read More

No compensation paid on time forsexual assault

Source: Hueiyen News Service, 7June 2015

State Governmentfailed to pay Rs 2,00,000 as compensation to a minor victim of sexual assaultwithin 30 days despite order of the court of the special judge of theProtection of Children from Sexual Offences Rules, 2012 (POCSO), Manipur East.The mother of the victim of sexual assault, filed an application to the courtfor issuing necessary directions in this regard as the State Government failedto comply with the direction. Read More

Myanmar denies rebels killedinside its territory

Source: The Sangai Express, 11 June 2015

Myanmar on Wednesdaymaintained that Indian forces had carried out an attack on insurgents insideIndia and that it would not tolerate rebel groups using its soil to attackneighbours. In a Facebook post, Zaw Htay, Director of Myanmar's Presidentialoffice, said, "According to the information sent by Tatmadaw (Myanmararmy) battalions on the ground, we have learned that the military operation wasperformed on the Indian side at India-Myanmar border. Read More

China dismisses reports linkingits military with NSCN-K

Source: The Sangai Express / PTI, 11 June 2015

China on Wednesdaydismissed as "completely groundless" the media reports accusing itsarmy officials of having links with a militant group involved in an attack onIndian troops in Manipur that left 18 soldiers dead. "Relevant report iscompletely groundless," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said inresponse to an e-mail query from PTI. Read More

14th Great June Uprising, UnityDay observed in Imphal

Source: Hueiyen News Service /NNN, 19 June 2015

Manipur on Thursdayobserved the 14th Great June Uprising Unity Day 2015 at Kekrupat, Imphal. Themain memorial function was organised by United Committee Manipur (UCM) andAMUCO (All Manipur United Clubs' Organisation). On this day of the year 2001,people of Manipur agitated in protest against the 'without territorial limit'clause that was included in the Bangkok Declaration as a part of the peace talkbetween Indian Government and NSCN (IM). Read More

Ex-MP Behring demands nominationof women in ADCs

Source: Hueiyen News Service /KKopham Kanshouwa,20 June 2015

Former Member ofParliament and MLA BD Behring submitted a memorandum to the Governor of ManipurSyed Ahmed on June 15 demanding to nominate the two seats each of the ADC fromamong tribal women. Speaking to the media persons at Manipur Press Club, hesaid that out of 144 ADC seats only two women were elected in the recently heldautonomous district council’s election, one in Churachandpur and other in SadarHills. Read More

Pregnant lady dies as CHC refusesadmission

Source: The Shillong Times, 3June 2015

In an unfortunateincident, a pregnant woman has lost her life after the authorities of a healthcentre in West Jaintia Hills refused to admit her on the pretext that its bloodbank does not have blood. The 31-year-old woman, Klotilda Suting of Thadmusem villageunder Elaka Nartiang in West Jaintia Hills breathed her last after giving birthto a child in a house adjacent to the Ummulong-CHC, to where she was originallytaken on May 19. Read More

Tension flares up in Behali

Arunachalees set on fire bymiscreants

Source: The Arunachal Times, 6June 2015

A group of miscreantsbelieved to be Adivasi youth allegedly attempted to set ablaze three peoplefrom Arunachal alive along with their Mahindra Bolero Car at Serelia villagealong NH 52 under Behali police station in Assam this morning. Victims wereidentified as Tadung Tachang(45), Chaling Natung(40) and Taa Tachang (12) allfrom Seppa in East Kameng district. Read More

 Women SHG opened at Padumpukhuri

Source: Nagaland Post, 10 June2015

Agriculture TechnologyManagement Agency (ATMA) Dimapur, Mezhiphema block has inaugurated a farm womenfood security group (FIGs) called “Bethel Self Help Group’ on June 8 atPadumpukhuri village Dimapur. The resource person of the programme horticultureofficer and convener, ATMA Mezhiphema block, Temsu Longkumer demonstrated onthe cultivation of tissues culture banana plantlets and highlighted about theimportance of tissues culture plantlets. Read More

 ICAR meet on women’s empowerment

Source: The Shillong Times, 13June 2015

 The 2nd General BodyMeeting of ICAR Women’s Cell along with a one-day workshop on “Gender Equalityand Women Empowerment” was held at ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam.Director, NEPA, D.R. Doley Burman, president of Meghalaya United Women Welfareorganization, Bina Kharumnuid, chairperson of the women cell, ICAR RC NEHRegion, I. Shakuntala among others were present on the occasion. Read More

 Awareness programme on Childrenand Women’s Rights

Source: The Shillong Times, 17June 2015

 The State Commissionfor Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR), Meghalaya and the State Resource Centrefor Women (SRCW), Meghalaya in collaboration with the Social WelfareDepartment, will organize awareness programmes on Children and Women’s Rightsfrom June 19 to July 31. The awareness programmes will be conducted in 28schools and colleges in East Khasi Hills. Read More

 29 arrested by City police, Congressaccuses bandh callers as ‘terror group’
BJP’s Jan Andolan Committee’s 12hour capital bandh call

Source: The Arunachal Times, 20June 2015 

29 members of BJP'sJan Andolan Committee (JAC) were arrested during today's 12-hr Capital bandhgiven by the party. They were arrested in connection with Itanagar PS CaseNo.152/15 under section 341/188/34 IPC for violating promulgation order issuedunder section 144 Cr.PC by District Magistrate, said Capital SP Seju PKuruvilla. Read More

Police refuse to register case inrape, murder incident

Source: Hueiyen News Service / BLKhuman,21 June 2015 

Family of a16-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped and brutally murdered by three youthsin Tamenglong district, has claimed on Saturday that the police have refused toregister a case over the 'gruesome crime' . The family of the victim insistedthat the girl was sexually assaulted by the trio before she was being murdered byallegedly inserting an iron bar into her private part. The accused then hungher from the ceiling of an abandoned house. Read More

 Demand for a women-friendly VABgains momentum

Source: The Shillong Times, 24June 2015

Women activists fromnine organizations  have sought the StateGovernor’s intervention to ensure that the KHADC’s Village Administration Bill(VAB) 2015, which is awaiting his assent, is ‘gender-just’ and fulfils therights of women as guaranteed by the Indian constitution. A delegation of womenrepresentatives from the nine organizations met Governor V Shanmuganathan onTuesday and submitted a memorandum seeking his intervention on the issue. Read More

Home for NE women

Source: The Shillong Times, 25June 2015

Bangalore Universityauthorities have given the go-ahead for a hostel to be built on the universitycampus mostly for women students from the north eastern states. It is aimed atattracting more girls from the north east to Bangalore by offering exclusiveaccommodation. The construction of the hostel will be financed by the NorthEastern Council, a Shillong-based government body for the welfare of that Read More

Woman found brutally murdered

Source: Hueiyen News Service, 25 June 2015

A missing woman wasfound brutally murdered in a bushy area in Lamlei village under Litan PoliceStation on Wednesday. The body of KA Shanti (40), wife of KA Ramrei from Ramleivillage, was spotted by some locals at the site located about 300 m from herhouse around 2 pm, according to police sources. They believed she was stabbedto death. Read More

Myanmar army moves closer toborder with India in a bid to check insurgents' movement

UG camps in Taga under target

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