Globalization And Its Impacts Deliberated

IMPHAL, Nov 18: Globalization and militarization in the name of development pose serious challenge to human security. This is the common observation of Dr Homen Thangjam and Soihiamlung Dangmei. Speaking at a panel discussion program on “Globalization and its impacts on development, ethnic relations and human security in Manipur” organized by National Identity Protection Committee (NIPCO) at Kuki...

Bring Bill To Amend AFSPA: PC

NEW DELHI, Nov 15: A day after a court martial recommended life sentences for five Army men in the Machil fake encounter case, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram Thursday asked the BJP government to bring a Bill to amend the contentious Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in the Winter session of Parliament. He said the AFSPA was an “obnoxious law” which allows the men in uniform to “act with...

Sharmila Campaign To Journey From Srinagar To Imphal In September- Activists, Writers, Institutes Close Ranks

IMPHAL, Jul 4: As part of the Save Sharmila Campaign, an unprecedented nation-wide march from Srinagar to Imphal would be undertaken in September. Human rights activist and journalist Mohammad Tanver Iqbal has stated that many people remain unaware of Sharmila’s unsurpassed grit and determination because of lack of publicity. Speaking to media persons at the Kwakeithel residence of Babloo Loitongbam,...

Children’s Court Condemns ‘Act Of Intolerance’

THE pressing need to repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, was once again emphasized last week in Imphal — this time at a children’s mock parliament organized by the Justice for Peace Foundation and various human rights activists to mark 53 years of the enactment of what has come to be known as an “infamous” and “draconian” law. The topic of discussion was: Since two generations...

A Shot In The Arm For Meira Paibis

IMPHAL, May 28: With the unveiling of a statue depicting Meira Paibi movement, the 13th Meira Paibi Day was observed today at Tharo Devi Ground, Khurai Salanthong under the aegis of the Meira Paibi Numit Observation Committee. Giving the key-note address of the function, Poirei Leimarol Apunba Meira Paibi Manipur general secretary RK Landhoni said that the association could install the statue depicting...

EDITIORIAL: The Irony Of May 21 And 22… Educating Delhi On Terror

It was terrorism that killed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991, while he was on an election campaign at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu and it was on May 22, 1958 that India adopted the Armed Forces Special Powers Act as an Ordinance.  While May 21 continues to be observed all over the country as anti-terrorism day to coincide with the death of Rajiv Gandhi, the significance of May 22...

Kids Sensitized To Ugly Reality Of AFSPA

IMPHAL, May 22: As part of the nationwide campaign for the repeal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Just Peace Foundation organized a children’s parliament at Hotel Imphal today. Former Member of Manipur Human Rights Commission, Yambem Laba, who was the Speaker of the parliament, recommended the repeal of the controversial Act at the end of the discussion observing that AFSPA is no more...

JD (U) Pledges To Air State Issues In Parliament

IMPHAL, May 21: Expressing that silence of the Central Government on the anti-AFSPA campaign being launched by Irom Chanu Sharmila and prompt redressal steps initiated by the Centre in the wake of hunger strike by social activist Anna Hazare testify double-standard of the Government, Janata Dal (United) National General Secretary Arun Kumar Srivastava pledged to expose the alleged discriminatory attitude...

NGOs To Launch Anti-AFSPA Campaigns

IMPHAL, May 11: Even as the All Assam Shramik Krishak Kalyan Parishad (AASKKP) has launched anti-AFSPA campaigns at different locations of the North East region, People’s Union of Civil Liberty (PUCL) and National Alliance of People’s Movement (NAPM) are set to conduct a series of campaigns against the controversial Act in different parts of India from May 22 till August 18. Armed Forces Special...

Two Fasts, Two Responses

THE 72-year-old Gandhian Anna Hazare fasted for barely four days demanding that an anti-corruption law be introduced and he touched a raw nerve throughout the country. Voices of solidarity literally flooded in like a tidal wave from every part of the subcontinent, although he, too, had to face some serious controversies, especially on the question of his reluctance to take on the chief minister of...

Landhoni Ends Fast, But Protest Still On

IMPHAL, Apr 28: Moirangthem Ningol Khoirakpam Ongbi Landhoni has suspended her fast but her protest against the ‘unjustified’ detention by National Investigation Agency (NIA) is still on, general secretary of All Manipur Women Reformation and Social Development Samaj Th Ramani has informed. Announcing this at a press conference in the office of the Samaj at BOAT, Palace Compound here today, Ramani...

NESO Leaders Visit Sharmila With ‘We Are With You’ Message

NESO leaders paying a visit to Sharmila. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, Apr 26: A team of the North East Students’ Organization (NESO) leaders led by its chairman Dr Samujal today visited hunger striker Irom Chanu Sharmila at JN Hospital security ward. Showing full solidarity to the unsurpassed crusader against inhuman laws, the NESO leaders encouraged Sharmila saying that all the people of the...

BRIEF NEWS: April 25, 2011

Clarification IMPHAL, Apr 24: Apropos to the news item under the caption, ‘Tamenglong Court inauguration,’ which appeared in the April 24 issue of this paper, it is hereby clarified that the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court and his entourage stopped at Noney for a tea break and to refresh themselves after the long journey, which was hosted by the district administration and not as published....