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Heeding Irom Sharmila’s Argument

It’s been ten years since Irom Chanu Sharmila started her fast-unto-death. With no exceptions, hers would qualify to be the longest in the history of independent India. Liquid feeding through a tube attached to her nostrils keeps the 38-year old alive, although it is said to have weakened the resolve... 

Kaladan Multi-Modal Project In Myanmar

Lawngtlai District in South Mizoram... In April 2008, India and Myanmar signed an agreement on the US$110 million Kaladan multi-modal transit-cum-transport project, which would connect India’s land-locked Northeast with the southern coast of Myanmar. The project will be entirely funded by India... 

Center Turns Deaf To Enhance Fuel Supply To State

A familiar scene at a Petrol outlet during times of scarcity may soon become regular... NEW DELHI DEC 19: Lamenting that the Centre has not fulfilled the long-pending demand of the state to enhance its fuel storage capacity, Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh today said had the delay taken place in... 

Flower-Making Business, A Boon For Manipur’s Unemployed Women

Artificial flowers... IMPHAL, Dec 20: The popularity of artificial handmade flowers in Manipur is a boon for unemployed people, especially women, in the state. These flowers are made by women working under S. Dhanabati Devi, who is spearheading the artificial flower making business from her residence... 

Anti-PAP Drive Gains Momentum

States in North-East India where PAP is in effect... IMPHAL, Dec 19: As part of a global online signature campaign demanding the centre to remove the Protected Area Permit (PAP) from Manipur, a group of social activists of the State on Sunday held a motor rally-cum-awareness campaign at Imphal. Interestingly... 

Only 22 Percent Put To Use

IMPHAL, Dec 19: Till the end of November last, only 22 per cent of the plan amount sanctioned for the current fiscal has been utilized. Plan amount sanctioned for the current fiscal was Rs 2500 crores inclusive of Rs 500 crores for SPA. Even though it is nine months into the current fiscal year, only... 

Rally Exposes Battered Side Of Women, Hypocrisy

Women staging a really again violence... IMPHAL, Dec 19: In protest against the rising crime rate against women, a mass rally was taken out here today. This was followed by a public meeting where it was resolved to urge the Government to book the culprits involved in the murder of a woman at Thingkhanphai... 

Rice-Jacking Case At Noney, Army Put On Alert, NSCN (IM) Warned

IMPHAL, Dec 19: In view of the recent hijacking of FCI trucks at Nonei area of Tamenglong district on December 14, security has been beefed up at Noney by setting up additional post and patrolling of market area is being carried out round the clock, said a PIB (DW) release. Asserting that strict instructions... 

Prerak/Field Workers

IMPHAL, Dec 19: Prerak/field workers who came to attend an interaction program with the Director General of the National Literacy Mission Authority (NLMA) have raised strong dissent over the manner the program was organized. Even as a large number of Prerak/field workers from, Chandel, Senapati and Tamenglong... 

North-East: Unfinished Business

Pointers towards restructure, reform, reconciliation and resurgence in India‘s troubled frontier. This paper combines the Kamal Kumari Memorial Lecture delivered in Guwahati on April 18, 2002 and two articles entitled ‘Pilgrim’s Progress in Nagaland’ (Times of India, April 4,... 

‘Microfinance 2.0’: New Tools, New Goals And New Ways To Lift People Out Of Poverty

Some of the major misconceptions about microfinance — small loans of under $100 that enable Third World residents to become entrepreneurs — can be summed up by what happened roughly a decade ago, when the pioneering Grameen Bank decided to help female villagers in Bangladesh enter the mobile...