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Ration issue to raise in Parliament

The withdrawal of subsidized foodgrains for tea garden is set to reach Parliament in a day or two. Courtesy CPI-M.

Talking to reporters in Guwahati on Saturday, CPI(M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury said that the government will reverse the scheme only to safegaurd the interest of the owners.

He said, "Subsidised foods is a part of wage agreement between workers and owners. It was a tripartite pact between workers, owners and government. If it so happens, a huge burden is imposed on workers.”


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Save us from our saviours – Nagaland church to Jesus Christ

1 Jul 2008 - 4:36am | editor
Violence scared Nagaland has turned to God for peace, desperately seeking respite from factional fights, residents of Dimapur, Nagaland’s commercial hub, organized special prayers on Sunday 08.06.08 for divine intervention. It marked the end of seven-day fasting by Naga natives of Dimapur in a bid to ensure the shower of blessing from Lord Jesus Christ. “We are sick of the killings in the past few months and it seems only divine intervention can bring peace here”,said N. Neikha of the North East India Christian Revival Church which organized the ‘peace crusade’.

On 16th May 2008, the 15 armed cadres of NSCN (Unification) were killed in a fierce fight with NSCN (IM) which lasted for 7 hours from the morning 5.30 a.m in Seithikima Village near Patkai Christian College, 15 Km on way to Kohima from Dimapur. Hardly after a fortnight, 14 Cadres of NSCN (Unification) were killed on 03.06.08 again when NSCN (IM) guerillas attacked the NSCN (U) Camp. Thus from January this year till first week of June, over a 100 Naga militants belonging to both the factions-NSCN (IM) and NSCN (U-Unification) have been killed and all denomination of church leaders, Naga Hoho, Naga Mother Association, Naga Students Federation (NSF) and political leaders across the party line had appealed the militants organizations to shun the violence but of no avail. Recently in the last week of May, All Nagaland Forum of Gaon Burah’s (G.B) and Dobashis (DBs) organized Peace Rallies at Dimapur, Kohima, Mokokchung and all the District places and Sub-Divisional headquarters and unanimously declared cease-fire between NSCN (IM) and NSCN (U) with an appeal to follow the cease-fire. Immediately after it was reported in the local media, NSCN (IM) dishonored it and levelled it as biased. And on 3rd June, 14 cadres of NSCN (U) were killed when their camp was attacked by NSCN (IM) armed cadres. The rampant killing is continued till today. Every section of society is now alarmed on the unruly behaviour of militant cadres, People know that this is a fight to supremacy for huge amount of extortion money collected from Dimapur, Kohima, Mokokchung and prominent towns of Nagaland. People are cursing the State Government headed by Neiphiu Rio for its inaction.

Compelled by people’s condemnation for deteriorating law and order in the state, the Neiphiu Rio Government in the state has started talking tough against warring factions of NSCN. It had set a June 10 deadline for the rebels to vacate residential areas and stay within their designated camps.

The genesis of this violence was the creation of the NSCN (Unification) in November 2007. Some 600 members of the NSCN (Isak-Muivah) had broken away from this group. NSCN (U) added a new dimension to fratricide killing that already existed between NSCN (IM) and NSCN (K) which have been fighting each other since 1988, NSCN (IM) declared cease-fire in July 1997 and NSCN (K) followed suit in 2000. While both are bounded by Cease-fire ground rules to keep off guns, the NSCN (U) is not.

The Naga Society has, thus, reached a stage from which it is really difficult to imagine a future. Nagas are living in a world marked by uncertainly, unknown elements and various forms of cultural traits alien to native Naga culture inherited from the forefathers which have evolved through generation to generation. The uncertainly leading to doom and decay of Naga society is the only thing certain. The hallow dream, barren imagination and salvation through “Nagaland for Christ” will certainly lead to Nagas’ annihilation. Over and above, Naga leaders and Naga Church functionaries’ failure to visualize the future have resulted into the failure of morality

Common people are blaming the Nagaland Churches for destroying the age old faith and culture which had a strong bearing on Naga morality and harmonious living, Finding no way out, the Church leaders are confused and the reverends and missionaries are cursing themselves for not being able to show the light and destroying the traditional family systems and ancient of Naga ethos developed by genius Naga forefathers. They are organising prayer crusades and fasting to indicate that they (Church leaders) also are trying hard to find a way out for today’s insights, but the solution is elsewhere which Naga Church leaders do not want Naga Society to reveal. Because it will boomerang and they will have to face a serious consequence which will go against their royal living. The people are calling Jesus but he is nowhere to be seen. Thus, Nagas are sad and engulfed with sorrow today. They are praying-“God! Save us from our self-appointed saviours”.

- Jagdamba Mall, Kohima

Dr Hazarika's birth anniversary celebration

16 Aug 2015 - 7:08pm | Prantik Deka

Luitparia Sanskritik Gosthi, a local cultural unit of the city, is making brisk preparations to celebrate legendary artist Dr Bhupen Hazarika's 89th birth anniversary. A colourful cultural function, quite befitting the great legend, has been planned on the momentous occasion that will take place on September 1 at the Rabindra Bhawan. The cultural group is leaving no stone unturned to make it an occasion to remember. Rehearsals on songs and dances based on Dr Hazarika's immortal creations are going on with all its sincerity and dedication. Incidentally, this will be the eight successive time that the cultural organisation will be observing Dr. Hazarika's birth anniversary. The show, expected to be attended by noted celebrities from different walks of life, will have performances by quite a number of artistes, including eminent singer and the youngest brother of Dr Hazarika, Samar Hazarika. Interestingly, Samar Hazarika has been performing in Luitparia Sanskritik Gosthi's birth anniversary celebrations of the legendary artist since 2008. Child sensation Rodali Bora will showcase a series of dance performances. As informed by Luitparia Sanskritik Gosthi's general secretary Rosy Bora, the evening will also feature violin presentations by the internationally renowned Manoj Barua and the well-known Purabi Sarma. A number of veteran and upcoming artistes will dance to the immortal tunes of Dr Hazarika under the direction of Ranjit Gogoi, a noted dhol exponent, danseuse Sitarani Hazarika and young choreographer Akash. Luitparia Sanskritik Gosthi wishes the help and support of all the fans and admirers of the legendary artist.   

Four people including one lady arrested with explosives

30 Jul 2007 - 1:01pm | editor

Dibrugarh: Dibrugarh Police have recovered a large amount of explosives from Namrup Twenty Four kg TNT explosives were recovered on Sunday night and four people including a woman have been arrested.

Police suspect that the explosives were dumped to set off a series of explosions on Independence Day on 15th of August.

It may be mentioned that TNT is a very powerful explosive and only 400 grams is sufficient to destroy an aircraft.