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Assam Rifles Apprehended NSCN (IM) Cadres in Makokchung

Assam Rifles apprehended two active NSCN (IM) cadres from general area New Camp, Mokokchung District, Nagaland on 14 April 2023. Based on confirmed input regarding movement of active cadres of NSCN (IM) astride Mokokchung - Mariani Road, threatening local civilians and carrying out out extortion activities, an operation was launched and Mobile Vehicle Check Post was established to apprehend these cadres. The team intercepted a Maruti Alto Vehicle registration number AS 01 X 6465 and on being challenged the occupants fled towards the ungraveled track and entered into a wooden temporary hut. 

The location was surrounded and on thorough search of the wooden house was done, two cadres of NCSN (IM) namely Self Styled Sergeant Major Imkongtiba and Self Styled Sergeant Major Phamching alongwith two weapons and live ammunition were apprehended. The apprehended NSCN (IM) cadres alongwith recovered war like stores have been handed over to Mokokchung Police Station-I, Mokokchung District for further investigations.

Over 50 Civilians Died as Junta Jet Dropped Bomb at Pazigyi in Sagaing Region

Yet Another Terrifying Crime on Civilians in Myanmar

At least 50 people, probably even much more, were killed in junta air raid on Pazigyi Village in Sagaing Region.

The incident occurred around 7 am (Myanmar local time) of April 11 at Pazigyi village in Kanbalu district in Sagaing region. Junta aircraft dropped two bombs and MI35 helicopters strafed the village. Over 50 civilians died and many more injured in the incident. A source express concern that the death toll may rise.


Some sources said that large number of public from Pazigyi and surrounding villages were gather at Pazigyi to attend the opening ceremony of PakaPha office (/ People's Authority Office) at Pazigyi village.

Another source believed that the civilians were participating a charity event (it is still not quite clear what has been the purpose of gathering). 

"The rescue operation faces challenges in identifying the deceased, who originate from various villages. Due to the possibility of further aerial attacks, rescue work has been temporarily suspended as of 12 pm today," the source added.

Source; Eastern Mirror (CNS)

CM talks tough against dumping of waste into rivers

The 173rd Death Anniversary of Narasingh was observed on Tuesday at Kangla wherein floral tributes were paid to the portrait of Late Maharaj Narasingh at his Manglen. The observation was organised by the State Archaeology, Department of Art and Culture, Government of Manipur.

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh led the other dignitaries in paying floral tributes besides offering tarpan at Nungjeng Pukhri, Kangla. The Chief Minister also paid obeisance to the Shree Shree Govinda Jiu Jalakeli Pala led by Maharajkumari Hemamanjuri.

Addressing the gathering during the formal programme, Biren expressed satisfaction that the observation of the Death Anniversary of Maharaj Narasingh has become bigger with much participation of Government officials and the public and organisation of a formal programme.

The Chief Minister underscored the need for the present generation to remember and honour the sacrifices made by our great forefathers for defending the freedom of their motherland. He expressed concern stating that the present generation seems to forget the contribution of our forefathers, instead many youths are getting addicted to drugs and intoxicants in the name of modern Manipur.  

The Chief Minister continued that acknowledging the heroic efforts of Maharaj Narasingh and Herachandra in driving the Burmese away, to end the Seven Years Devastation in 1826, the State Government had installed their statues beside the statue of Maharaj Gambhir Singh at Canchipur. Apart from this, a bigger statue of Maharaj Narasingh had also been installed in front of the Kangla Western Gate. Also, installation of another statue of Maharaj Narasingh at Moreh near the Ningthi River had been completed and would be inaugurated soon, he added.

The Chief Minister stressed on the need to maintain unity among different communities residing across the State, adding that the State Government had set up traditional huts representing different indigenous tribes of Manipur at the Sangai Ethnic Park at Moirang Khunou to showcase and promote our rich indigenous cultures.

He informed that the delegates of G20, who were on their visit to the State earlier this year were surprised to see the beauty and diversity of the State’s culture and tradition.

Biren further maintained that the State is moving ahead towards development with considerable improvement in law and order situation. He added that domestic and foreign tourists do not have any tense feeling in visiting the State.

He said that the State has become an attractive destination because of the support of the public in maintaining peace across the State. As such, many events like G20, Tri-Nation Football Tournament and Grand Finale of Femina Miss India are being held in the State, he added.

Further stating that the habit of cleanliness has been associated with our culture and tradition since time immemorial, he appealed to the public to also take concern in maintaining cleanliness outside their respective residences too, as they do to make their house neat and clean.

He also disclosed that he had instructed the Police Department to catch those people who throw garbage in rivers, which has been a major factor polluting the river. He further informed that bottle banks have also been installed at different places to drop plastic bottles.

Concluding his speech, the Chief Minister reiterated that the people of the State have been able to live as a civilization because of the selfless sacrifices and contribution made by our forefathers. He expressed the need for all communities to live together as one and join hands to take the State to a new height of development.

He also informed that the State Government would start a mass tree plantation drive in the coming rainy season, in various hill and valley areas of the State and in this regard he sought support of the people.

Delivering his Presidential speech, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Yumnam Khemchand Singh stressed on the importance of remembering and honouring our great forefathers for their heroic efforts to drive the Burmese soldiers away during the period of Seven Years Devastation. Maharaj Narsingh was one of the kings of Manipur who had taken a significant role in saving the Manipur civilization from the atrocities of the Burmese soldiers, he added.

Highlighting the development and progress of the State under the leadership of Chief Minister Biren, he maintained that the developmental gap between the hill and valley region had been bridged by taking up various welfare initiatives. He continued that the law and order situation of the State has considerably improved, with prevalence of peace across the State and subsequently many tourists have started visiting the State in the recent years.

Guard of Honour, Gun Salute, and Sounding of Last Post by a contingent of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles were also the highlights of the observance. A two-minute silence was also observed by all as a mark of respect to Late Maharaj Narasingh.

Transport Minister Kashim Vashum, Member of Parliament Maharaja Leishemba Sanajaoba, MLA of Wangkhei AC Thangjam Arunkumar, MLA of Moirang AC Thongam Shanti, MLA of Wangoi Khuraijam Loken, MLA of Oinam AC Irengbam Nalini Devi, Director General of Police P. Doungel and Senior Government Officials also attended the observance function among others.

Taiwan says China’s involvement in Honduras is obvious

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Taiwan sees China’s involvement in Honduras’ decision to seek to end relations with the island as very obvious and the situation does not look good with Honduras demanding a “high price,” the island’s foreign minister said on Thursday, March 23.

Honduras denied on Wednesday, March 22, it had demanded $2.5 billion in aid from Taiwan before its announcement to seek to open relations with China, instead saying the country had repeatedly requested Taiwan to buy Honduran public debt.

Speaking to reporters at parliament, Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said the situation with Honduras was “not very good.”

“The other side demanded a high price,” he added, when asked about the $2.5 billion demand, though he did not directly confirm it saying only that “the facts will out.”

China, which views Taiwan as its own territory with no right to state-to-state ties, has involved itself in the issue, Wu said, without giving details.

“The marks of Chinese involvement are very obvious,” he said.

But Taiwan will not engage in dollar diplomacy with China, Wu added.

“We’ve entered a very difficult phase,” he said. “But we’ll work hard until the last minute.”

China’s foreign ministry has not responded to a request for comment about Taiwan’s accusations on its involvement, which was reported late Wednesday by Taiwan’s official Central News Agency.

The Honduras crisis is happening ahead of a visit starting next week by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to Guatemala and Belize, which remain allies.

Tsai is stopping in New York on the way there and Los Angeles on the way back, where she is expected to meet US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Wu, asked to confirm that meeting, said it was still in the process of being arranged.

Honduras Foreign Minister Eduardo Enrique Reina said last week Honduras’ decision was partly because the Central American country was “up to its neck” in financial challenges and debt – including $600 million it owes Taiwan.

He said on Wednesday his country had repeatedly requested Taiwan buy Honduran public debt and that the $2.5 billion figure was “not a donation,” but rather “a negotiated refinancing mechanism.”

Wu, answering a lawmaker question, said Honduras did not just owe Taiwan money.

“We have said to them previously the debt they owe us can be readjusted.”

Honduras has yet to formally end ties with Taiwan, but diplomatic sources in Taipei say they expect this is only a matter of time.

That would leave Taiwan with diplomatic relations with only 13 countries. –


Indian Army Apprehended one ULFA (I) Cadre with weapon

Red Shield Division of Indian Army, under the aegis of Spear Corps apprehended one cadre of ULFA (I) outfit along with Lekhapani Police from Bisa Gaon under PS Lekhapani. The operation was launched on a specific input regarding movement of a suspected cadre with weapon in general area Lekhapani.

The apprehended individual has been identified as Subash Chetry, age 30 years. He is a resident of Dibong Bari. One 7.62 mm pistol with four live rounds were recovered from him.

Later, during the joint interrogation the individual confessed that he was having links with ULFA (I) outfit. 

EEVFAM and HRA strongly condemn the denial of prosecution sanction of some police

Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM) and Human Rights Alert (HRA) strongly condemn the denial of prosecution sanction of some police personnel while granting prosecution sanction for some other police personnel involved in the same extrajudicial killing. 

On 29.08.1998 Major Shaiza and four others were killed at Kwakeithel Akham Leikai, Imphal West District in broad day light. Following the direction of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India CBI/SIT investigated the case and submitted charge-sheet against accused police personnel. Out of the accused persons four accused namely, Khondongbam Inaobi Singh, Thangkhongam Lungdim, Md. Akhtar Hussain and Thokchom Krishnatombi Singh were already granted prosecution sanction by the state government in the same incident. Subsequently, CBI gave an observation the four accused persons are hiding and created false story to screen their team members from the offence committed by them, which is also an offence  under section  201  IPC. On further investigation CBI filed supplementary chargesheet against four Manipur personnel of the then Rapid Action Police Force / CDO, Imphal West for the offence punishable under section 302, 307, 201 and 34 IPC. They are namely: 

(1)Mr. Nongmaithem Rameshwor Singh (A-6), 

(2)Baremron Khamjai (A-8), 

(3)Khundrakpam Ranjeet Singh (A-9) and 

(4)Leitanthem Sharat Singh (A-10) 

However the Government of Manipur denied prosecution sanction against the four accused vide letter no. 2/8(5)/2018-H(CBI) (EJK) 25 dated 05.12.2022 by Mr. Rehanuddin Choudhury, Joint Secretary (Home) Government of Manipur.

In a democracy where there is rule of law the government is duty bound to ensure that no perpetrators of the crime are left scot-free and they are to be punished as per the law of the land. Such acts of  the Government of Manipur to denied prosecution sanction to a group of perpetrators of crime while giving prosecution sanction to another group involved in the same incident is down right arbitrary and discriminatory. EEVFAM and HRA humbly appeal to the Government that prosecution sanction be granted to all the accused against whom triable evidence have been found by the CBI/SIT so that court can conduct a fair trial to determine if they are acquitted or convicted as per the law.  

Major Bob Khating Football Tournament Concludes at Leimakhong

Major Bob Khathing Memorial Football Tournament concluded on 13 Mar 2023, after 13 days of exhilarating and intense competition between 20 teams from Manipur state. The thrilling final match held at Mission Veng ground, Leimakhong between Football Lovers team from Chinmang Village, Senapati and Brother FC from Sapomeina village, Senapati was witnessed by more than 1200 locals. Football Lovers won by 03 goals and were crowned the Champions. 

Hon’ble Youth Affairs and Sports Minister of Manipur, Shri Govindas Konthoujam was the chief guest on the occasion and felicitated the teams. The Sports Minister commended the efforts of the Red Shield Division in providing such an opportunity to the local youth and helping in overall progress and development of the society.

The Tournament was a resounding success, bringing together football enthusiasts from across the region. It has not only provided a platform for the young players to showcase their skills but also helped the communities to come together and celebrate the spirit of sportsmanship.

NRC Biometrics concerns Gorkhas : Parisangh demands release of locked biometrics data

Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP), Assam State 2023-2026 Silver Jubilee Committee sworn at Moni Kumar Subba Bhawan, Guwahati. Amar Adhikari from Guwahati and Nanda Kirati Dewan from Golaghat sworn in as President and Secretary General with 51 office bearers and executive members.

The Silver Jubilee Committee elected for the session of 2023-2026 of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, Assam State was sworn on Sunday at the Moni Kumar Subba Bhawan in Guwahati. 51 member committee lead by President Amar Adhikari from Guwahati, Working President Mohan Lal Sharma from Tinsukia and Secretary General Nanda Kirati Dewan from Golaghat  were administered oath of office and secrecy by National Working President BGP Nityananda Upadhyay in gracious presence of following observers National Vice President BGP and Incharge of South India Yam Prasad Ghimire, President of NE Zone BGP Dr. Dilip Chetri and Ramesh Bastola, National General Secretary of the youth wing of BGP.

In his congratulatory speech Prem Tamang, chairman of Gorkha Development Council (GDC), Government of Assam appreciated the works of the Parisangh nationally and activities of Assam state. ' It is our collective responsibility to extend all possible support to the Parisangh in Assam since the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP) is the only national social organisation of the Gorkhas in India', Prem Tamang said addressing the audience present and wished the newly elected committee a successful silver jubilee in 2026. Arjun Chetri and Numal Chetri respectively President and General Secretary of All Assam Gorkha Students' Union (AAGSU), Harka Bahadur Chetri, Chairman, Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC), Dr. Indu Prabha Devi, Vice President of Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha (ANSS), Ganesh Sharma, Treasurer, Assam Gorkha Sammelan (AGS), Dilu Sharma, President BTR Region AGS, Bhaskar Dahal, former President AAGSU, Puspadhar Sarma, founder and former president NE Zone Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh attended & addressed the sweaing in ceremony, extended best wishes to newly formed Assam State Committee of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh.

The ceremony was anchored by outgoing Secretary General Bimal Pradhan who has been appointed National General Secretary (Organisation) and presided by outgoing President Prakash Dahal till the charges were handed over. The first Extended Executive Meeting held under the presidentship of Amar Adhikari unanimously extended vote of thanks and gratitude to the outgoing team and recommended to induct Prakash Dahal as Joint Secretary General in the national committee at the forthcoming National Executive Meet (NEM) and 23rd Foundation Day to be held at Siliguri, North Bengal on 5th and 6th April 2023 to be hosted by Siliguri Divisional Committee BGP. 

Briefing correspondents in Guwahati Nanda Kirati Dewan, Secretary General, Assam State Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh said, ' The first Extended Executive Meeting resolved to take up issue of NRC blocked biometrics. Due to biometrics held by the NRC authorities common people have been deprived of basic fundamentals rights. Families below proverty line have been stripped of essentials from the Public Distribution Schemes (PDS), Fair Price Shops (FPS). Rural Final Inclusion initiative and Direct Benefits Transfer (DBF) schemes of Government of India have been worsely affected causing serous banking KYC and other documentation concerns.', Dewan lamented.

Dewan further stressed that Government of Assam and NRC Authority should file interlucatory application (IA) before the Supreme Court of India with respect to the biometrics issues of almost 28 lakhs  people including nearly 1 Lakh Gorkhas.

'This issue needs immediate attention humanitarian approach with Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) from the Government of Assam and the Ministry of Home Affairs, Goverment of India. If the Governments remains reluctant, Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh will explore legal options before Supreme Court for ensuring basic fundamental rights on constitutional grounds.', Nanda Kirati Dewan said appealing government to adopt immediate measures at the earliest possible.

The executive also resolved to work on the ' Teok Ouguri Declaration' adopted at the 6th Trinnenial State Conference of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh held on 4th and 5th February 2023 at Anusuchitjati Nepali Janjati Uccha Madhyamik Bidhyalay at Ouguri near Teok in Jorhat where the new committee was elected. 

Mrs. Laxmi Subedi and Mrs. Troun Devi were sworn in as Senior Vice President and Secretary ( Woman Affairs and Finance) from the Bharatiya Gorkha Mahila Parisangh the women wing of BGP, Dr. Sukmaya Lama and Dr. Raju Subba were sworn in as Vice President ( Youth Affairs & Higher Education) and Joint General Secretary (General Administration) from the Bharatiya Gorkha Yuva Parisangh the youth wing BGP along with Roshan Gurung, Secretary Education and Madhav Prasad Upadhyay, Secretary Legal Affairs.

District Observers and responsibilities of the office bearers too were assigned. The Assam State Committee BGP will celebrate its 23rd Foundation Day in Guwahati on 6th April 2023 with a day-long programme.