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AZSU Submits Memo To Prime Minister

IMPHAL, Apr 21: All Zeliangrong Students’ Union–Assam, Manipur and Nagaland (AZSU–AMN) has refused to step down from its aggressive position of seeking the removal of 11 Assam Rifles from Zeliangrong areas. A memorandum to this effect has also been sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his... 

BRIEF NEWS: April 22, 2011

Maunday Thursday Lessons for today’s rulers MPCC-(I)-chief-Gaikhangam-and-others-washing-the-feet-of-elders. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, Apr 21: Centre Church of the Manipur Baptist Convention came alive to the spirit of Maunday Thursday, which is a religious rite before Good Friday and... 

Which First—Peace Or Development? Justice First!

Which first, “Peace” or “Development”?—has been a very purposeful and fundamental question in the conflict and violence ridden Manipur. The argument goes… When peace is in its best position, development will flourish, or in the absence of development, peace has no chance. The contextual... 

AZSU (AMN) To Let Off Steam Through 48 Hrs Bandh, AR Pilloried, Decks Cleared For Bandh

IMPHAL, Apr 15: All Zeliangrong Students’ Union- Assam, Manipur and Naga-land (AZSU–AMN) has today issued strict directives to all its zonal units to brace them-selves up for the proposed 48-hour total bandh starting April 17 midnight in Zeliangrong areas in Manipur against the highhanded of the... 

INTERVIEW: ULFA Is Committed To Peace: Arabinda Rajkhowa

ULFA head says all energies are focused on making peace happen in Assam this time Arabinda Rajkhowa. Image Credit: Tehelka In the din of the assembly election, a significant event has got lost. The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), a banned outfit, held its 32nd Raising Day in the open in Assam.... 

Militarism And The Future Of Democracy In Manipur, Impressions From The Field

While most of the States in Northeast India are slowly but steadily edging towards the resolution of the multiple armed conflicts that have plagued them for decades, Manipur continues to remain unstable. In Assam, the dialogue process is underway with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). In Nagaland,... 

BRIEF NEWS: April 14, 2011

AMWJU election IMPHAL, Apr 13 : In connection with the election of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) scheduled to be held May 1, two candidates have filed their nominations to con-test for the post of president  while 10 other for the post of the Standing Committee members. According... 

MP Focuses On Party-Govt Tie

IMPHAL, Apr 11: For successful implementation of the 15 flagship programs launched by the UPA Government as well as other schemes taken up by the State Government, there must be an effective mechanism for coordination between the SPF Government and the Congress party, asserted MP Dr T Meinya. A district... 

Child Marriage, Drug Abuse And Unemployment In Manipur

Spring season is the most enchanting and serene of all seasons. Plants revitalize and bloom with colorful scented flowers. This season is where every weather elements are synchronized providing the finest time of marriage. Cosmic factors and other factors also favor marriage and this is the reason for... 

The Terrorist Economy In India’s North-East — Preliminary Explorations

If entrepreneurship is the imaginative pursuit of position with limited concern about the means used to achieve the purpose, then we can expect changes in the structure of rewards to modify the nature of the entrepreneur’s activities, sometimes drastically. The rules of the game can then be a critical... 

Fighting The External Enemies In Manipur: Reflections On Civil–Military Relations

Image via Wikipedia “Armed Forces are designed and structured to fight external enemies”. This was found written on the Invitation Card of the seminar which was jointly organized by the Red Shield Division and Manipur University at Centenary Hall, MU on January 7, 2011. Generally, external enemies... 

March To Parliament Rally

IMPHAL, Mar 17: In all 356 members of different trade unions and departments of Manipur Government have taken part in the ‘March to Parliament Rally’ on February 23, said Co-ordinator of Coordination Committee of Trade unions, Manipur L Sotinkumar. Briefing mediapersons at Manipur Press Club today,... 

The Ray Of Hope, But…

It remains to be seen whether the nascent ULFA peace process will yield the desired results. The most powerful man in the outfit, Paresh Baruah, remains recalcitrant. There is an impression that peace might be a reality in Assam very soon, given that a familiarization dialogue between the leadership...