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A Tool For Good Governance

SHILLONG recently played host to the Third National Convention on the Right to Information. More than 1,000 RTI activists from across the country converged on the Soso Tham auditorium, the venue for the pow-wow. Organized by the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information, the Shillong Convention... 

Barua Runs Out Of Time, People Losing Patience

ALL too predictably, militants have struck again in Assam. The bomb blast at Congress headquarters in Guwahati on, ironically, the Ides of March by ULFA’s anti-talk ULFA faction led by self-styled commander-in-chief Paresh Barua was a clear message that he is not on the run and that his outfit is still... 

Missing The Point On State Specific Grants

AN interesting feature of the largesse doled out by the 11th, 12th and the ongoing 13th Finance Commission is the provision of state-specific grants amounting to a whopping Rs 27,945 crores which will be transferred during 2010-2015 in addition to their share of Central taxes and 14 other transfers for... 

Colloquium On Militarism And Future Of Democracy In Manipur

Today violence has become a way of life in Manipur that it influences not only the ‘high politics’ but also the everyday life of the common men and women. It is not merely the presence of armed State forces and armed non-State groups that have to be taken into account while one discusses the issue... 

EDITORIAL: Back To 1949: Is Delhi Up To It?

The first step and the most important, if we may add, towards solving an issue or a problem is to first recognize the fact that there is indeed something wrong that needs the immediate attention of the policy framers of the country. Once the problem is identified, then we can move on to the stage of... 

Mother Of Insurgencies Or Reinvention?

Image via Wikipedia Has the Naga insurgency come to terms with its unrealized and, indeed, unrealizable sovereignty aspirations? In the early 1980s (when this correspondent returned to Guwahati as working journalist after an eight-year absence), insurgency in the northeast was limited to Nagaland,... 

Yaoshang Shooting Case, MPP Demands CBI Enquiry

MPP leaders/members taking part in the sit-in-demonstration. Image Credit: Sangai Photo. IMPHAL, Mar 26: Demanding CBI enquiry into the murder of Irom Roger and resignation of Minister Nongthombam Biren on moral ground, Manipur People’s Party staged a pro-test demonstration within their office premises... 

Alien Plant Species Found In Manipur

IMPHAL, Mar 26: As a result of the global climatic change which became very grave in the last two decades, a number of unknown plants of alien species have been discovered in Manipur. On the other hand, researchers have an apprehension that rice productivity of Manipur would fall by 40 per cent by 2085. Meanwhile,... 

Corporation Tag For Imphal Civic Body: CM

IMPHAL, Mar 26: Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh said the Imphal Municipal Council (IMC) would soon be upgraded to a corporation by including some new wards to ensure better development in the state capital. Incidentally, the council, which has 27 wards in both Imphal West and Imphal East districts,... 

Economic Blockade Suspended

IMPHAL, Mar 26: Following an understanding with the Government, All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) has suspended its highway blockade with effect from midnight. Talking to The Sangai Express, ATSUM spokesperson Joseph Hmar said ATSUM leaders and the State Govt struck an agreement at the level... 

MPA Deserters, Claims UNLF

IMPHAL, Mar 26 : The proscribed UNLF has clarified that MPA No 2037 Pvt Yensembam Manimatum alias Hemanta s/o Y Maimu of Keirao Lairembi Leikai and MPA No 2121 Pvt Gurumayum Lamkhaiba alias Gopal s/o late G Mangi of Kwakeithel Thokchom Leikai were deserters who ran away from an MPA unit on February 9. Manimatum... 

Murder Accused Sent To Jail

IMPHAL, Mar 26: Duty Magistrate, Imphal has approved police plea for remand of the five per-sons, including son of Sports Minister N Biren Singh, to 15 days judicial custody. The five accused of murdering one Irom Roger and presented before the Duty Magistrate today, included the Minister’s son... 

MU Team To Decide Fate Of RIMS Nursing College

IMPHAL, Mar 26: An official team of Manipur University will reassess overall condition of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) before a definite decision is taken in connection with grant of recognition to the proposed Nursing College of RIMS. Students of the nursing college are supposed to...