Northeast India Clipings

A Monthly Compilation of Clippings

Women, Children, Drugs, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on April 30, 2009

Stripped girl will speak to judge

girl will speak to judge(TEL, 19-1-k8)

Guwahati, Jan. 18: Adivasi student leaders intend
to take along the girl who was stripped in public and another who was allegedly
raped during the mob mayhem at Beltola to a hearing by the Justice (retd) R.K.
Manisena Singh Inquiry Commission. The All Adivasi Students’ Association of
Assam confirmed only yesterday that it would make submissions before the retired
judge. ….more….


Price of
teen gangrape: Rs 26000 (TEL, 19-1-k8)

Jan. 18: A bunch of rapists who forced themselves
on a teenaged girl got away with a fine of Rs 26,000, courtesy the benevolence
of village jurors whose collective wisdom could think of little more than a wad
of notes as the perfect punishment. This travesty of justice would have gone
unnoticed had the Kokrajhar unit of the All India Democratic Women’s Association
not intervened and brought it to the notice of the media and the district
administration. ….more….


ahead in booth queue(TEL,11-1-k8)

Shillong, Jan. 10: Women voters in Meghalaya were
found to outnumber men in the final electoral roll published today by the state
election department. Chief electoral officer P. Naik said today that according
to the tentative list, there are 6,25,579 female voters in the state, whereas
the number of male voters is 6,04,647. At least 20,000 more women will vote in
the coming Assembly elections, compared to the men. This, however, contradicts
the man-woman ratio in Meghalaya. ….more….


kills 4-yr-old(TEL,13-1-k8)

Guwahati, Jan. 12: Dinay Jyoti Nath’s fourth day
in school turned out to be his last as the schoolbus he was about to board ran
over him, killing the four-and-a-half year-old on the spot. “He was so thrilled
to have accompanied his sister to school,” was the only sentence his mother
Bonita could utter as she cried inconsolably at the Naths’ resident in Gorchuk.
 Dinay’s elder sister Tinamoni, a Class II student of the school — Shankardev
Sishu Vidya Niketan in the Tula Factory area, could not utter a single word,
reeling from the shock. ….more….


CBI tightens noose in Elizabeth’s
Charge sheets framed against 4 accused
 IMPHAL, Jan 3 : After over three years of intense investigation in
an atmosphere far from being conducive, the Central Bureau of Investigation
(CBI) has filed charge-sheets against four persons accused in the kidnap and
murder of Baby Lungnila Elizabeth before the Court of Additional Chief Judicial
Magistrate, Imphal today. ….more….

AMADA pulls up bootleggers
Jan 4: Activists of AMADA Lilong Arapti unit apprehended four persons on January
1 and seized 92 litres of illicit liquor which had been destroyed on January 2
evening at Lilong Arapti Thongkhong area, said a release of the
anti-drug/alcohol campaigners.

Aid to

5:In all 25 widows within Khurai assembly constituency were extended financial
assistance to the tune of Rs 10,000 each today. The amounts were handed over to
the widows by Khurai AC MLA Dr Ng Bijoy at his private residence during a simple
function. In his brief remark, Dr Bijoy informed that the amount is being

State girls molested by 25 men at Delhi
New Delhi, Jan 7 : Two sisters
from the North East (Manipur) were molested by hooligans numbering at least 25
at Gandhi Vihar, New Delhi on January 5. They along with their young brother
were also severely beaten up by the culprits after the molest.
Despite the seriousness of the crime Timapur police station at first refused to
lodge a First Information Report (FIR). The FIR was lodged after an agonising
delay of 40 hours, said NE Support Centre and Helpline.


Bootleggers pulled up
IMPHAL, Jan 8: Continuing its campaign against sale and consumption of
alcohol and drugs, volunteers of AMADA pulled up two persons and seized 44
litres of illicit liquor, 30 cans of Khaini and 66 packs of Raja Khaini.

Found hung dead(SEX_8_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 8: A 26-year old married woman was found hung to death in
the kitchen of her own house at Charangpat Maning Leikai under Thoubal Police
Station at around 8 am today. ….more….

Woman’s death
triggers foul play allegation
IMPHAL, Jan 8: A 26-year old woman reportedly died after consuming
pesticide at Wangoi Wahengbam Lei-kai under Wangoi Police Station last night.
ith family members of the natal home of the de-ceased woman suspecting foul play
and objecting to handing over the body to her husband until the post-mortem
report is furnished, the body is lying in the mortuary of RIMS Hospital.

‘Sports can check
drug menace’

 IMPHAL, Jan 9: The ever worsening drug menace in the society can be
checked by only strengthening sports movement in the State, asserted MLA
Thangkholun Haokip.
Thangkholun was speaking as chief guest in the opening ceremony of the Dingpi
Border Youth Organisation Cup 2008 being organised by the Khengjoi Area Youth
Organisation (KAYA) at New Songjang village.He noted that the talented and
courageous Manipuri players of different sports disciplines have been bringing
international attention and recognition of the State. ….more….

Molestation case
Gaikhangam meets Delhi CM
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 9: The president of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee Gaikhangam
today called on the Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dixit in the capital and
urged her to take prompt and stern action to book the culprits who molested two
girls from Manipur at the National capital a few days back. Accordingly Dixit
has asked the Delhi police officials to take immediate action in this regard,
general secretary (administration of Manipur Pradesh Manila Congress Committee (MPMCC)
Ayao Vashum said in a statement. ….more….

Jiribam pledges against intoxicants(SEX_11_1_k8)
 Jiribam, Jan 10 : Transporters plying along the New Cachar road have
decided not to carry any items related to narcotic substances including tobacco,
alcohol, betel leaf, etc in their vehicles. A decision to this effect was
arrived at during a public meeting at Jiribam Public Hall here this afternoon.
The meeting was organised by the Imphal-Silchar Road Transporters’ Welfare
Society, Jiribam Branch and was sponsored by the Imphal- Silchar Road
Transporters’ Welfare Society (ISRTWS), Manipur.. ….more….

CM concerned(SEX_12_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 11: Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh today reportedly called
on Lt Governor of Delhi Tejendra Khanna to discuss the issue related to
molestation of two girls from Manipur by some goons at the National capital few
days back. During the course meeting the made it clear that the issue is of a
serious and sensitive nature that need to be looked into at a senior level for
taking up necessary steps to book the culprits as well as to ensur that such
incidents are not repeated in the future. ….more….

Advocacy programme(SEX_12_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 11: A one-day networking cum advocacy programme for
combating of trafficking of girl child for sexual exploitation was held on
January 5 at Hotel Imphal .
The inaugural function of the programme was attended by Deputy Director of
Social Welfare Department Surender A Shishak as chief guest, councillor of IMC
ward no.22 L Memcha Devi as guest of honour and Counsellor of Child Welfare
Committee, Imphal East Soibam Nando as functional president. ….more….


IMPHAL, Jan 13: The All
Manipur United Clubs’ Organisation (AMUCO) has extended assistance to the four
girls who sustained injuries in the bomb blast that took place at Kajenlong
village in Tamenglong district on January 11. ….more


KAMA urges

IMPHAL, Jan 13 : Taking
strong exception to the HIV testing of nine children of Mahabali Kabui by some
volunteers of an NGO, the Kabui Mother’s Association (KAMA) Manipur asked
various organisations of the state to probe into the matter and give fitting
punishments to the culprits. ….more….

SP tablets worth Rs
25,000 seized from two abusers(SEX_15_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 14: Two persons were pulled up yesterday from
Nambol Laitonjam by volunteers of AMADA Local Council along with 14 boxes (2016
capsules) of SP tablet.
The estimated amount of the seizure in the local market is said to be around Rs
The two persons have been identified as Md Majibur Rahaman (22) s/o Sikander Ali
of Kwakta Mayai Leikai Ward no. 3 and Md Habibur Rahaman (27) s/o Md Fajiruddin
of Kwakta Lamkhai. ….more….


IMPHAL, Jan 15 : The Customs Division of Imphal has set
ablaze 3010 kilograms of ganja or marijuana estimated to be worth Rs 75.25 lakhs
in the National market at Haotal Pangei in Imphal East district today.

CADA seizes

IMPHAL, Jan 15: Volunteers of
CADA Phoubakchao unit apprehended six individuals during a specific drive on
january 10 and 13 and seized large quantity of illicit liquor from their
possession. ….more….

Heroin seized

IMPHAL, Jan 18: A team of
Narcotics and Affairs of Border apprehended one Md Ibocha alias Sirajuddin (35)
and seized 25 grams of heroin powder from his possession.
Ibocha, who hails from sekmaijin Khunou Konuma, was arrested from Hatta area at
around 4.30 pm today.

abusers pulled up
IMPHAL, Jan 19: In its
drive against the abuse of drug in the State, AMADA yesterday rounded up two
drug victims from different places. Sagolsem Chaoba Singh (46) of Wangjing
Sorokhaibam Leikai was pulled up by Diamond Youth Club Yangbi while he was
allegedly trying get his stolen cow sold at Lilong meat shop and latter handed
over to AMADA,


Liquor seized

19: Around 1000 litres of country made liquor were seized from a Tata 207 at
Wangjing along NH 39 by troops of 34 AR today, informed an AR PRO release. The
driver of the vehicle along with the vehicle and the seized liquor have been
handed over to Thoubal police station, it added.

Delhi landlord in police net, finally(SEX_26_1__k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 25: After more than one month of the incident, the long
hands of the law has finally caught up with a landlord accused in the
molestation of a minor girl from Manipur at Gurgaon in December last year, of
course, after the media exerted pressure and a complaint was lodged through
India’s first lady IPS officer Kiran Bedi.
With Haryana Police initially refusing to lodge a complaint, the accused
landlord identified as Bikram had been remaining scot-free. A case was
registered against the culprit only after the matter was taken up to the higher
authority. ….more….

against drug abuse(TEL, 1-1-k8)

Feb. 5: Hundreds of women and schoolchildren from
different parts of Kokrajhar town participated in a rally on drug and alcohol
abuse today. Carrying placards and shouting slogans on the ill effects of
substance abuse, they marched through the streets of Kokrajhar.  The rally was
held at the basic training centre, Kokrajhar, and was organised by the
excise department in association with All Bodo Women Welfare Association and
Discovery Club. A debate was held later followed by a discussion on the issue.

raped in Kokrajhar(TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Kokrajhar, Jan. 2: A minor was allegedly raped at
Balajan Tinali here today in the wee hours. According to sources, the
10-year-old had spent the night at a friend’s place for a New Year party. She
went to sleep while the others were still partying. Raben Mondol who had been
keeping a watch, entered the house and raped her. ….more….

backs women vendors(TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Jan. 2: If coming out of the cocoon of domestic
drudgery to earn money like the men in their families entailed fighting the
social system, staying where they have reached has become a struggle against a
corruption-ridden administrative set-up. Womenfolk from villages across
Kokrajhar head for the district headquarters every afternoon with baskets of
fresh vegetables, only to be driven by the police from one place to another.
Most of them squat along the Station Road, where business is good, but do not
enjoy a moment’s peace. ….more….

charged in Elizabeth murder case

CBI to
continue probe

Imphal, Jan. 3: The CBI today filed a chargesheet
against the five accused in the kidnapping and murder of eight-year-old Lungnila
Elizabeth in November 2003. The chargesheet submitted to the court of additional
chief judicial magistrate, Imphal, named Thokchom Nando alias Nanao, Ningombam
Rome Meitei, Okram Deben alias Arnold, Letkhosei Haokip alias James Kuki and
Sorokhaibam Surjit alias Sobha as the accused in the case. ….more….

buzz on Sharmila’s health(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

Imphal, Jan. 4: Hospital authorities are worried
over the “deteriorating” health of Manipur’s human rights crusader Irom Sharmila
who has refused nasal feeding for the past 12 days. Sharmila, who has been on a
fast unto death since November 2000, is surviving only on nasal feeding for more
than seven years now in the security ward of Imphal’s Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital.

to stop drinking, man beats wife to death(TEL_7_1_K8)

Guwahati, Jan. 6: The drinking sessions were a
regular affair, as were the quarrels and the beatings. But last night’s rain of
blows were more than Prava Das’s body could endure. Within minutes of killing
his wife, Ranjit Das, a daily wage earner, transformed from a man capable of
excesses after a few drinks to one who knew how to plan an escape well. After
wrapping Prava’s body carefully in a piece of cloth, Ranjit grabbed his
three-year-old son and fled his home in Azara. This is the third murder in the
city within the past five days. Two businessmen were murdered near their homes
in the past week. ….more….


Jan. 2:
A businessman, Najimul Islam, is shot dead in front of
his apartment at Narikal Bari after his assailants followed him from a New
Year’s bash ….more….

Minors face rape agony(TEL_

Jan. 7: Two rape cases and one of molestation were
registered in this Bodoland Territorial Council-administered district in the
very first week of the New Year. The victims in all three cases are minors. The
last case was reported on January 3. Police said Binode Narzary, 30, of
Chetnaguri allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl of the same village. Narzary, who
got drunk at a party, spotted the girl in a paddy field and pounced on her. He
dragged her behind a bush and raped her. ….more….

for killing pregnant girl(TEL_ 8_1_k8)

Shillong, Jan.7: A local court in Shillong today
awarded life imprisonment to a youth who killed his seven-month-old pregnant
girlfriend in 2002. Almost six years after Corphilia Nongkynrih, 23, was
murdered by her boyfriend Tenderly, 19, the additional judge of the district and
session court, Wanlura Diengdoh, today awarded life imprisonment with a fine of
Rs 5,000 to the accused who was found guilty of murder under Section 302 of the
IPC. The judge said if the accused defaulted in paying the fine, he would have
to serve another year in jail. ….more….

Pervert Delhi landlord in police
net, finally(SEX_26_1__k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 25: After more than one month of the incident, the long
hands of the law has finally caught up with a landlord accused in the
molestation of a minor girl from Manipur at Gurgaon in December last year, of
course, after the media exerted pressure and a complaint was lodged through
India’s first lady IPS officer Kiran Bedi. ….more….

extends solidarity(SEX_26_1__k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 25: The Centre for Organisation Research and Education (CORE)
has extended its solidarity to the Manipuri women’s month-long protest against
AFSPA which began from today on the eve of India’s Republic Day celebration at
Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. In a statement, programme co-ordinator of CORE
Wahengbam Joykumar said call for repeal of the undemocratic, anti-people and
unconstitutional military Law, AFSPA, 1985 is not merely a Nation-wide one from
all citizens of the country but now it has become an International call.

ACWA conference


The three-day 18th general conference of Angami Catholic Women Association (ACWA)
started on Friday at Kohima local ground with the theme "Family cradle of life
and value". The conference is being hosted by SFS parish ACWA.  Rev. Fr.
Neisalhou Carolus, ACWA, spiritual adviser formally inaugurated the ACWA
conference while, Mrs. Alho-ii Albina lighted the candle of the conference and
the invocation prayer will be led by Adino Catherine, Advisor ACWA, bible
reading by Kenei-ii Bibiana (Dimapur), greetings was be given by Ruokuohe-ii
Roselyn, president of ACWA SFS and the prayer was offered by Kolhukhono Regina (Jotsoma).


For women from Northeast, Delhi remains unsafe
NEW DELHI, Jan 9: Almost half the women sexually harassed in
the Indian capital and its neighbourhood are from the Northeast, says the
Northeast Support Centre. Two sisters from Manipur who were molested and beaten
up last weekend were only the latest victims from the region.Madhu Chandra, the
man behind the Northeast Support Centre and Helpline, a help centre dedicated to
youth from the Northeast living in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR),
said they were flooded with complaints related to sexual harassment.


Domestic workers
cautious after maid murder
SHILLONG, Jan 9: Domestic workers in Shillong are now vigilant
after Rinehskhem Kharsohnoh, the former DGP’s 26-year-old domestic help, was
murdered on March 7 last year and are now pressurizing the Government to provide
adequate security and protection. Disclosing this at the 4th Domestic Workers
Day in Shillong today, North Eastern Regional Domestic Workers Movement (NERDWM)
coordinator Sister Teresa Joseph said that since domestic helpers, who
contribute largely to the city often face abuses and violence the Domestic
Violence Act needs to be fully implemented.

2nd Regional Women’s Assembly held
JORHAT, Jan 14: The second “Regional Women’s Assembly” 2008 was
organized by the Regional Council of Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in
North East India, Guwahati was inaugurated in Jorhat on January 12. The keynote
address on ‘Striving together for life and peace- A women’s perspective’ was
delivered by Amrit Goldsmith Chairman Regional Council of YMCA in North East
India, Guwahati. Chairperson of YMCA Chennai Drann Thomas, National Council of
YMCA New Delhi Rajiv John and Regional Secretary of YMCA Guwahati, B Basumatai
delivered their lectures. Sources said that S Borua, honorary president Jorhat
YMCA welcomed the guests and delegates.

workers subject to abuse in Mizoram
AIZAWL, Jan 14: The treatment meted out to domestic workers in
Mizoram is nothing less than inhuman, says State unit of National Domestic
Workers Movement Welfare Trust (NDWMWT). “Domestic workers here are being
subjected to all sorts of abuses including sexual,” he said. Mizoram unit of
NDWMWT observed the Domestic Workers’ Day yesterday, which was originally
scheduled of January 9, but was not observed on the day, since, ironically, no
employee would have allowed their servants to leave on a weekday. However, even
on a Sunday, the turn-up was only a meagre 2-3 per cent of the total number of
domestic workers in Aizawl, said Mizoram NDWMWT coordinator Sister Rose Paite.

Women register ‘naked’ protest
MIRZA, Jan 18: On the lines of Manipuri women stripping to protest
against the Assam Rifles, women activists of Bholagaon Bhumi Suraksha Samiti and
the Sangrami Mahila Parishad of Bordua Tea Estate in lower Asom, staged a
‘naked’ protest rally against the Border Security Force (BSF) today.


‘Spooky’ incidents create flutter in
 JORHAT, Jan 18: Weird happenings at No. 1 Bamungaon here have
created a flutter among the residents of this sleepy village and aroused a fear
of ghosts.  Sources said that an 80-year-old woman was found in the midst of a
bamboo grove, in the back of her house, but how she got there is shrouded in
mystery. The woman was bedridden for the last few years and cannot walk around
unaided. According to the woman’s recollections, she was picked up in her sleep
and taken to a pond, where one of her sons had drowned years ago. There, her son
had purportedly asked her to stay with him. She, however, does not remember how
she got to the bamboo grove. At present, the woman is staying with her son and

Another minor raped
 KOKRAJHAR, Jan 18: Another minor girl, 14 years of age of West
Karigaon under Kokrajhar PS was gangraped by a group of 14 Adivasi youths at
Choraikhola while she was on a visit to a relative’s house. The minor girl was
taken away by the youths to an unknown location and raped.

GUWAHATI, Jan 25: The North East Girl Students’ Association
has appealed to the people of the North-east to defy the boycott call of the
Republic Day celebrations given by extremists organizations, stated a press

Drive Against Illicit Liquor

SHILLONG, Jan 25: The Excise staff of East Khasi Hills
District, Shillong, in its continued drive against illicit liquor, conducted
raids in restaurants in the town and its outskirts, last month, stated a press
release. 47 cases were detected with a seizure of 50,200 litres of ID liquor. In
this connection 42 persons were arrested.

6 drug peddlers arrested
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 10: Six drug peddlers were arrested by
Dibrugarh police here today. It was from the confessions of Nazir Ali of
Kalibari and Abdul Hasim of Loharpatty, who were arrested from Sonaripatty today
that led the police to the other drug dealers. Ali and Hasim revealed the names
of the people from whom they bought the drugs. They named one Pappu Khan of
Kalibari as the person who supplied them with

Cong appreciates Dixit’s assurance to protect women in Delhi
IMPHAL, Jan 10: The women’s wing of the Manipur unit of the
Congress has welcomed Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixit’s assurance to protect
the women from the Northeastern region in the national capital. Recently,
reports of crimes against women from the region had been increasing and the
Delhi Police had allegedly refused to take up appropriate action in the matter.



UN launches project to stop women trafficking from NE
GUWAHATI, Jan 11: An unprecedented number of women trafficking
cases have been registered in the country during the past few years, especially
in North India, with a huge number of women from the northeastern region being
transported to various parts of the country. To combat the increasing trend of
women trafficking, mainly an offshoot of the adverse sex ratio in the country,
the United Nations has launched a two-pronged initiative to control and reverse
the trend by both short and long term measures.

Women protest against
Govt apathy

From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Jan 11: Women of No. 2 Bamungaon were up in arms against the district
administration’s apathy in constructing a road from Kenduguri to Garmur, which
passed through their village. The women yesterday blocked traffic on the road
demanding immediate construction of the road, otherwise trucks carrying bricks,
sand and gravel would not be allowed to ply on the route.



Women’s association formed
KOKRAJHAR, Jan 11: A new plateform for the women with name and
style- “Women Association for Tribal Development” has been formed recently at
Kokrajhar with an intention to mark the women folk self dependent on economic
Speaking to the Sentiel, Kalpana Brahma, president, Women Association for Tribal
Development said that the association will impart training to the women on

Mising woman hangs herself
 BOKAKHAT, Jan 11: Bodeswari (25), a Mising woman of Balijan,
Anutenga Mising gaon has been recovered hanging from a tree near a village. It
is reported that she was missing for two days, since January fourth.


Manipuri women pool money to produce film
NEW DELHI, Jan 11: Makhonmani Mongsaba’s Yenning amadi likla,
which had earned international recognition for its entry in the Indian Panorama
of the 38th India International Film festival at Goa got its place in other
International Film Festivals, even though it had not found its place in Manipur
for screening because of the conversion of all cinema halls in the State into
video halls.

18th ACWA conference day-two


The 18th General Conference of the
Angami Catholic Women Association (ACWA), entered day-two on Saturday at Kohima
local ground. The conference is being hosted by SFS Parish ACWA on the theme
"Family cradle of life and value."  On day-two, Rev. Fr. Medolhoulie Aloysius
led the mass in the morning, the second and third session was held with Sobunuo
Helena and Rev. Sr. Medokuonuo Margaret as speakers respectively. Fr. Joe.
Franciscan Priest, California USA attended the service as special guest and also
prayed for the congregation.

woman dies in road mishap

 MANGALDAI, Jan 1: A tragic death occurred to an expectant mother
in a motor accident on her way to the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH)
at midnight of December 31, while everyone was busy in celebrating the advent of
the new year. ….more….

B’desh gangs training minors for crimes in Tripura
Agartala, Jan 1: The Tripura police have arrested a gang of about
20 minor Bangladeshi rag-pickers for committing burglaries throughout the city
since the past three months. Police said here today that gangs, from across the
border, had been professionally training poor children, all aged between 7-17
years, from the neighbouring country, to commit thefts and other petty crimes in
the state. ….more….

sector on the path of development
 HOWRAGHAT, Jan 2: Under the initiative of upcoming dynamic leader
Kuntila Ronghangpi, Executive Member, Handloom and Textiles department, the
Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) has decided to bring in a new change and
modern methods for removing the traditional practice of weaving of handloom and
textiles of tribal people. Since the beginning of usage of cloth, the weaving of
fabrics was also invented by the tribal communities according to their
particular style of attire. ….more….


TEZPUR, Jan 3: The body of a 13-year-old girl, allegedly raped and
murdered, was recovered at Kaochapathar, Mohorkhuti near Depota under Tezpur
police station in Sonitpur district today.

Minor girl raped in
From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Jan 3: Rape cases of underage girls are on the rise in Kokrajhar
district. A rape of such an underage girl was reported from Balajan Tiniali
under Kokrajhar PS today. It is worth mentioning that rape cases of five such
minor girls had been reported from Jharbari two months back. ….more….

training camp
 HALEM, Jan 3: A three months long training camp was organized by
the “Pranjal Memorial Charitable Trust,” at Gahpur which ended successfully on
December last year.
Bhadreswari Boro as a regular instructor of the Trust, “ organized this training
programme specially for the girls mostly belonging to the Tea-Tribe community
were imparted training on embroidery, knitting and cutting at the free of cost,”


Protest demanding arrest
of rape accused
SONARI, Jan 4: An incident at Borhola village under Sonari police
station on December 27 last has left most of the villagers shaken. Some
strangers knocked on the door of Dilip Chetia and claimed to be United
Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) cadres. ….more….


Drug peddlers arrested
DIBRUGARH, Jan 4: Dibrugarh police headed by officer-in-charge
Sishir Kumar Barua conducted a raid at the residence of Sweet Ali, notorious
drug peddler, located at Kalibari and recovered 17 grams of brown sugar from his
possession. According to police, the history sheeter was wanted by police with
regard to a case (No. 164/07) and was absconding. The police registered a case
under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

seized, 1 held

 DIPHU, Jan 7: Diphu police arrested one Rustam Das (35), son of late
Binod Das, resident of Morigaon, from near the Jhilpar area in Diphu with 1.5
kilograms ganja in his possession this morning.

Arrest not
enough, punish rapists: BPF
 KOKRAJHAR, Jan 7: Expressing anguish over the increasing number of
rape cases of minor girls in Kokrajhar district, the president of the women’s
wing of the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) Maloti Rani Narzary has vehemently
condemned the rape of minor girls at Balajan under Kokrajhar police station and
Damra and Dimaltapu under Gossaigaon police station. ….more


Life imprisonment for killing wife

 SHILLONG, Jan 7: The district and session court convicted Tenderly
Hynniewta, a 25-year-old youth, and sentenced him to life imprisonment after
circumstantial evidences proved that he had murdered his pregnant wife,
Corphilia Nongkynrih, on September 6, 2002. Justice W Diengdoh pronounced the
judgement today in front of the prosecuting and defence counsels, the family
members of the victim, women organizations of the State and the media.


Body of infant recovered
IMPHAL, Jan 28 – In a shocking
incident, body of an infant wrapped in a polythene bag was found inside CPWD
campus at Sangaiprou under Lamphel police station in Imphal West yesterday. The
right arm of the infant was gnawed by stray dogs.

Meghalaya women voters outnumber men
SHILLONG, Jan 28 – Women voters in
Meghalaya have outnumbered men, according to the latest electoral rolls
published by the State Election Commission. There are 6,25,545 women voters as
compared to 6,04,607 men in an electorate of 12,30,152 who are eligible to
exercise their franchise in the State’s Assembly elections slated for March 3.


pedlars held
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 29 : Police arrested a
couple dealing with banned drugs from their home in Mallipatty, Dibrugarh today
and recovered at least 18 grams of the banned substances from their possession.
The couple have been identified as Hunu Ali and Renu Begum. – Staff


SBI, Dibrugarh adopts orphan girl
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 22 – State Bank of
India (SBI), Dibrugarh, formally announced on Monday to own an orphan girl,
Ananya Dutta, and promised to bear all her educational expenses in the future.


Women urged to fight for political
 HOWRAGHA, Jan 23 – Under the aegis of the Howraghat Mahila
Mandal Congress Committee and the initiative of a young leader Premola Beypi and
executive member for Social Welfare Department, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council
(KAAC), a women mass rally was organised here on Friday at Dokmoka Higher
Secondary playground with view to bring sensitization on attainable rights for
the women. ….more….

Drugs worth
over Rs 26 lakh seized
 IMPHAL, Jan 23 – Drug items worth Rs 26,33,250 were seized
recently by members of the All Manipur Anti-Drugs Association (AMADA) at a place
between Sekmai and Koirengei, along NH 39, in Imphal East district. ….more….

23 arrested in
excise raid
DIBRUGARH, Jan 25 – In a sudden raid conducted in the city and its
adjoining areas, the excise team of Dibrugarh (Sadar) excise department arrested
at least 23 persons for preparing and running unauthorised liquor shops.

AGP(P) dist
women’s wing formed
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 25 – The Dibrugarh district unit of the AGP(P)
during its convention at the Natya Mandir on Wednesday formed a 41 member
district unit of the Jatiya Mahila Parishad to strengthen the organisational
base of the party. ….more….

SOS Village
arranges programmes for children
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The sunrays of the first day of the New Year
will not only bring abundant joy for the inmates of the SOS Children’s Village,
located on the outskirts of the city, it will also signal a new dawn of hope for
the special children. For the SOS Children’s Village authorities have decided to
bring in a change in the life of the special children by dedicating the first
day of 2008 to them. ….more….

Young people
keen to usher in New Year in memorable way
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – With just a few hours left for the clock to
strike the midnight hour, hectic preparations are on to usher in the New Year in
a manner hitherto unforgettable and unimaginable. But not all are keen to be
part of the ruckus that has become sine qua non for celebrating the birth of a
new year. In a heartening departure from the usual hullobaloo, a section of the
young generation of the State has decided to contribute towards peace and
prosperity of the State through creative pursuits. ….more….

SOS Village arranges
programmes for children
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The sunrays of the first day of the New Year will
not only bring abundant joy for the inmates of the SOS Children’s Village,
located on the outskirts of the city, it will also signal a new dawn of hope for
the special children. For the SOS Children’s Village authorities have decided to
bring in a change in the life of the special children by dedicating the first
day of 2008 to them. ….more….

Child Line urges
people to restore rescued girls
By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The Guwahati Child Line (GCL) has urged the public for help
in the form of information to restore two girls rescued in the city to their
families. According to officials of GCL, one of the girls who looks like an
Adivasi girl and was rescued in terrible shape by the Paltanbazar police is in a
condition of shock. The officials feel that her mental condition might have
something to do with the Beltola incident. “The girl is between 12 to 13 years
of age and was handed over to us by the Paltanbazar police on December 20,”
informed Bhanushree Medhi, project co-ordinator of GCL. ….more….

Women writers
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – Bengali literary and cultural organisation ‘Eka
Ebong Koekjon’ on Saturday felicitated Anjali Lahiri, Bengali author, translator
and an active social worker during her prime, and Assamese writer-critic
Moushumi Kandali at Pragjyoti ITA, Machkhowa, here. ….more….

Sishu Kalyan Sadan
strives for self-sufficiency
GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – The Assam Sishu Kalyan Sadan at Sunderbori,
Jalukbari – the oldest home for destitute and orphaned children of the region –
is craving for a way to become self-sufficient. In order to ensure the full
mental, physical and social development of the inmates of the Sadan, the
authorities are now stressing on sending every child to the school and helping
them to become self reliant. ….more….

Keibi women march to CM`s
residence demanding release (IFP_9_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 8: Womenfolk of Keibi, a village in Imphal
east Tuesday tried to storm the chief minister`s bungalow demanding
unconditional release of a native of the village whom police rounded up for his
alleged links to the Pourabi bomb blast in December last year. The Pourabi bomb
blast incident in which a packed passenger bus was blown up by an IED planted on
the roadside by militants on December 16 last year, mention may be made, had
claimed eight lives and left critically wounded more than 20 people, some of
them permanently maimed. ….more….

Woman`s suicide
raises suspicions in parents(IFP_9_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 8: The parental family of a deceased woman
Tuesday obstructed her husband`s family from performing her last rites demanding
post mortem report on the death of their daughter. The woman was among two
housewives who committed suicide at different places in the state since late
yesterday as another housewife named Oinam ongbi Shanti Devi, 25, wife of O Ojit
Singh of Charangpat village in Thoubal also committed suicide by hanging from
the ceiling of her kitchen today morning. ….more….

Women pan sellers tonsured for
disobeying diktat(IFP_9_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 7: Three women pan dukan owners have been
tonsured by cadres of the proscribed Revolutionary People`s Front, RPF, for
engaging in trade in tobacco products and betel leaf banned by the group.
Producing two of the women in front of media persons in Churachandpur district
yesterday, a spokesperson of the RPF Division IV said they were caught from
Irengbam Kangjeibung parking in Bishnupur district on January 5 during a drive
by RPF cadres in which a large consigment of zarda, khaini, talab, and betel
leaf were seized from three shops. ….more….

Gaikhangam gets assurance from
Delhi CM on molestation issue (IFP_10_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 8: Responding to the demand of the Manipur
Pradesh Congress Committee president Gaikhangam, Delhi chief minister Sheila
Dixit has asked the Delhi police for immediate action to book the culprits
behind the alleged molestation of two Manipuri girls at the national capital
last week. In the meantime, the Democratic Students` Alliance of Manipur, DESAM
has condemned the incident in which around 25 people molested two Manipuri
girls, terming the acts as that of beasts. ….more….

Out of 9 rape cases registered
in 2007, four related with minors (IFP_12_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 11: A total of nine cases related with rape
and molestation of women were registered by the Manipur police during the year
2007 as per record available with the state police department. Out of the nine
cases four were related with rape or molestation of minor girls. The number is
one less from the previous year 2006 when five cases were registered, an
official source said Friday. ….more….

Tension over housewives` deaths
unabated (IFP_12_1_k8)

10: Tension still prevailed Thursday at Charangpat under Thoubal police and at
Wangoi Wahengbam Leikai under Wangoi police station over the controversial
suicide of two housewives in their localities on Jan 8 and 7 respectively.
Womenfolk of Nepra Company of Thoubal, the parental home of deceased Shanti
today turned up in front of the chief minister`s bungalow demanding punishment
to those who


Another controversy erupts over
housewife`s death (IFP_15_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 14: In the third such incident in the past
week, a 28-year old housewife died in controversial circumstances sometime last
night, causing her parental family to raise accusations of foul play against the
husband and other in-laws. The husband has been picked up by the police in
connection with the death while the body of the deceased is lying unclaimed at
the RIMS morgue. ….more….

Marriage bill to be introduced
in coming House session (IFP_16_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 15: The Manipur compulsory Registration of
Marriage Bill, 2008 will be introduced in the third session of the 9th Manipur
Legislative Assembly which will have only three sittings. The session will not
be a full-budget session as considered by the Cabinet in one of its meetings
held recently on January 8. The full-budget session is likely to have its
sitting during March. The government is planning for the same, a source said.

Rs. 27 lakhs worth tobacco
products intercepted by AMADA (IFP_17_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 16: Volunteers of the All Manipur Anti-Drug
Association, AMADA seized a huge quantity of tobacco products and betel leaf
which were being brought into the state from an Imphal-bound truck this morning
at Pheidinga. The seized products, estimated to be worth some Rs. 27 lakhs,
including Talab, Zarda, and kheini as well as a large quantity of mitha manna,
was later destroyed in a public bonfire at a local club ground at Loitang Khunou
at around 4 pm. ….more….

Detoxification camp in progress


A 15 day Detoxification cum
Re-integration Camp has been started at the Bethesda Youth Welfare Centre (BYWC),
Saturday Dimapur. DC Dimapur, Abhijit Sinha in his inaugural speech as the chief
guest said that drugs which was the killer of life was not something that cannot
be overcome by will power. "Your will power is the final solution", he said. If
you say you tried but failed then you have not tried enough, he added.



Manipuri girls molested in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS):

Delhi Police Monday finally
registered a complaint from two sisters from Manipur who were allegedly molested
and beaten up in the university area two days ago – the latest victims of sexual
harassment in a city notoriously unsafe for women, particularly from the
north-east. The victims are residents of north Delhi’s Gandhi Vihar locality
where they run a cyber café and live with their younger brother. Along with the
girls, the men also beat up their brother when he tried to intervene.



Man convicts for murdering girlfriend

Jan 7:
A lower court in
Meghalaya today sentenced Tenderly Hynniewta, for the "cold-blooded murder" of a
women six years back, to life imprisonment and there years of additional jail
term with fine of Rs. 6000. Pronouncing the judgment in a jam-packed courtroom,
Additional District and Sessions Judge Wanlura Diengdoh said, the accused
committed the "cold-blooded murder" and deserves life imprisonment.



CSWO flays comm ercialisation of edn


The Congress-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government has stressed the need
to "rationalise" fee structure in private institutions of the state.  This
decision was taken after the Civil Society Women’s Organisation (CSWO) informed
the Higher and Technical Education Robert G Lyngdoh on the commercialisation of
the education system.


Police to crack down drug dealer network


With a view to eradicate the growing
network of drug dealers in the city, police is all set to launch a crackdown
operation soon. The police department is preparing records of the dealers, said
R Vijay Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP). Vijay Krishna also said
that it was not possible for police alone to remove the problem of drug abuse
completely from the society. "The Police Department can only make the supply of
drugs difficult" said the SSP.


ACWA general conference


The 18th general conference of Angami
Catholic Women Association(ACWA) will be held from January 18 to 21 at Kohima
local ground with the theme "Family cradle of life and value". The delegates
will arrive on January 18 by 2.00 pm, while the inaugural function will start at
3.00 pm and the function will be chaired by Ame-ii Mary, ACWA president, the
invocation prayer will be led by Adino Catherine, Advisor ACWA.



Play to highlight children’s plight under weight of expectations
GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – The New Year would be dedicated to create awareness
about the needs of the children, presently facing a great ordeal on account of
the elders forgetting that they too had gone through a phase called childhood.
Several organisations including the Guwahati Sishu Natya Vidyalaya will work
overtime for pushing the cause of the child. The Guwahati Sishu Natya Vidyalaya
will contribute towards the cause of children through theatrical efforts.

Women urged to
cooperate in nation-building work
HOWRAGHAT, Jan 1 – Under the aegis of Howraghat Mahila Mandal
Congress Committee, the women’s convention of the 18th Howraghat Legislative
Assembly constituency was held here recently at Dokmoka Higher Secondary School
auditorium hall where thousands of women of the said constituency took part.
Member of Parliament from Diphu Birensing Engti, Mongalsing Engti, CEM, KAAC,
Premola Beypi, EM for Social Welfare department, KAAC, Bidyasing Rongpi, EM, i/c
Education department, KAAC, Hemari Teron, EM i/c Forest, KAAC and Karbi Anglong
district Mahila Congress president and KAAC EM for Handloom and Textile
department, Kuntila Ronghangpi respectively addressed the convention.

Centre seeks status report from

GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development
has asked the State Government to submit a status report on the implementation
of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005. In a letter
addressed to the Secretary, Social Welfare department, Assam, the Union Ministry
has sought comments on certain points raised by the concerned section of the
society and the media regarding the actual implementation of the Act.

against toy guns launched
GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – Artiste Kishour Giri recently launched a campaign
against toy guns and violence-based video games together with the members of his
troupe, who included mostly his students.The troupe paraded the main streets,
singing songs and waving placards against toy guns, violence-based video games
and the forces of violence in the Dighalipukhuripar and Jorpukhuripar areas of
the city. ….more….

of rural women in mushroom cultivation urged(AST_4_1_k8)
GOLAGHAT, Jan 3 – A mushroom cultivation training was held recently
at Banausadhi-Bagicha of Dr Gunaram Khonikar at Tetelitol, Golaghat under the
aegis of the Indian Traditional Treatment Regional Research and Training Centre,
Tetelitol where 20 women from rural areas of Golaghat district and three girl
students of DKD College Dergaon participated in both theory and practical
activity. The training on Mushroom cultivation was imparted by Indumoni Gogoi
and Arinita Saikia as the resource persons. ….more….

KOKRAJHAR, Jan 4 – A minor girl of around eight years of age was
raped in the wee hours of Wednesday by a man identified as Raben Mondal (52) of
Balajan area under Kokrajhar PS when she was sleeping with one of her friends.


ICCW to increase creches
in Darrang dist
MANGALDOI, Jan 5 – The executive body meeting of the Darrang district
unit of Indian Council of Child Welfare (ICCW) was held on Thursday with
vice-president Govinda Upadhaya in the chair. It was attended by another
vice-president, Ira Barooah, secretary, Krishna Barua and treasurer, Upasana
Deka. The meeting unanimously decided that Govinda Deka be president-in-charge
till a new president is selected by the executive committee. ….more….

Weaving centres set
up for rural women
 TINSUKIA, Jan 5 – Seven weaving cum production centres have been set up
by the Digboi Forest Development Agency in the Digboi Forest Division under the
National Aforestation Programme of the Ministry of Environment and Forest
Government of India. The Agency has provided the necessary sheds, looms and
threads to the women self help groups formed under the Joint Forest Management
Committees of the Division. ….more….


kills wife(AST-7-1-k8)

 AZARA, Jan 6: One Ranjit Das killed his wife with a rod at around
10 pm yesterday at his rented house near VIP Chowk under Azara PS. Police
sources, quoting reports by two minor relatives of the couple, said that Das, a
daily wage-earner, was drunk and severely beat up his wife resulting in her
death on the spot. – Correspondent


2 Manipur girls molested in

 NEW DELHI, Jan 7 – In a case reminiscent of the recent molestation
of two NRI women in Mumbai, two girls hailing from Manipur were allegedly
molested and threatened by about 25 inebriated youths near Delhi University. The
incident took place at a cyber cafe owned by one of the girls in north Delhi’s
Gandhi Vihar locality at around 9 pm on Saturday night. But police have so far
refused to register a complaint, the girls said. ….more….

Programme to
highlight effect of broken homes on children
 GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – With the message that broken homes bring untold
miseries to the children, the annual day of Snehalaya, called ‘Snehalaya Day’
will be observed this year at the Rabindra Bhavan tomorrow at 5.00 pm with a
variety entertainment programme with a difference. The children of Snehalaya
will have the message “Broken homes break children’s lives,” for the public.
This message will be dramatically presented through a one-act play titled Ghar
scripted by Naren Patgiri and directed by Abinash Sarma and assisted by Dion
Puma. ….more….

2 undertrial
juveniles escape
AGARTALA, Jan 7 – Two undertrial juveniles escaped from the Juvenile
Home under Airport police station on Sunday. Police said, among the two escaped
undertrial juveniles, Kuddus Ali was the prime accused in the fake currency
racket in North district. Another escapee, Md. Karim Miah (17) was arrested by
the East Agartala police in connection with a theft case. ….more….

Attack on NE girls

 GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – The report of the incident of molestation of two
girls from the NE region in New Delhi on Saturday last has generated a lot of
resentments here. Noted social activist Dr Anima Guha said the incident had
again brought to fore the attitude of the mainland of the country towards NE
region. She said that the mainland of the country had been treating the people
of the region as aliens and its girls as cheap commodities. The people of the
region should register their protest against such attitudes. ….more….

Pre-Bhogali Mela at
NEDFi Haat
By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – The fairer sex in the State have started cashing in on the
newfound appetite of the public for traditional delicacies. With the demand for
those traditional items like hurum, sandah, cheera, etc, spiralling over the
last couple of years, most of the women SHGs in the State have started catering
the items by preparing them in the old and guaranteed way—pounding the rice with
the dheki. ….more….

Probe into rape,
murder demanded
BOKAKHAT, Jan 9 – A woman of 1 No. Balijan Model Mising gaon under
Bokakhat police station was allegedly kidnapped, gangraped and murdered on
January 3. She had been missing from the morning of that day when she had left
for the farm-land about 5-6 kms away from her home. She was married for about 6
months and was pregnant. ….more….

Samaroh Samiti session
 GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – The 22nd biennial conference of Sadou Asom Lekhika
Samaroh Samiti is going to be held from January 19 to 22 at the Moran Mahila
Mahavidyalaya premises off Sivasagar. A na-lekhika samaroh will also be held on
January 21 at the same venue under the presidentship of Dr Aruna Gogoi Baruah,
senior lecturer of Assamese at Doomdooma College. ….more….

Drug peddler arrested(AST_10_1_k8)
 GANGTOK, Jan 9 – A drug peddler was arrested and contraband substances
recovered from him near Melli checkpost in South district of Sikkim, police said
today. A large haul of banned drugs like N-10 tables, 90 capsules of
Spasmo-proxyvon and a bottle of Recodex syrup were recovered during the checking
of vehicles at Melli check post, police said. – PTI


Drug peddlers(AST,11-1-k8)

 DIBRUGARH, Jan 10: Police today picked up six drug peddlers
including three women from Kalibari area. They were Nasir Ali, Abdul Hussain,
Anju Ali, Ranu Begum, Parveen Khatoon and Rohima Khatoon. – Staff Correspondent


Sheila asks police for prompt action on molestation of NE girls
From Sobhapati Samom
 IMPHAL, Jan 10 – Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit has asked the Delhi police
for immediate action to book the culprits behind the molestation of two Manipuri
girls in the national capital last week. Around 25 persons allegedly molested
two girls from Manipur. The demand for prompt action was raised by the State PCC
chief Gaikhangam Gangmei during his meeting with the Delhi CM on Wednesday.
Sources said Gaikhangam urged Dixit to take prompt and stern action to book the
culprits. ….more….

Banned gutkha worth
Rs 1.66 lakh found
From Our Correspondent
 AMGURI, Jan 11 – While the sale of sedative types of pan masala known as gutkha
was banned in the State, some dishonest traders are continuing the illicit
trading in those items and are making the business a flourishing one. On January
6 last, a group of student-workers of Amguri Anchalik Chatra Santha discovered
11 gunny bags lying outside a godown in the heart of the town, belonging to some
Ram Chandra Choudhury, a wholesaler of pan masala, who has been doing business
at Amguri since 1985. ….more….

Minor run over by
school bus
GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – In a bizarre incident, Dinoy Jyoti Nath (4), a
preparatory student of Sankardev Sishu Vidya Niketan was run over by a school
bus, which he was trying to board after school hours around 12 noon today. The
school is situated in the Fatasil-Ambari area. “Dinoy along with other students
of the school were trying to board the school bus but without ensuring that each
one of them got themselves in, the driver of the bus moved the bus in a hurry
following which Dinoy fell off the vehicle and its wheels ran over him, leading
to his death on the spot,” said a police official. ….more….

Bijni rapist arrested
KOKRAJHAR, Jan 12 – Acting on a tip off, a joint police team of
Kokrajhar and Chirang districts arrested a rape accused minor from Bijni area of
Chirang district recently and later brought him to the Kokrajhar Police custody.
The accused identified as Raben Mondal (52) was arrested for raping a minor girl
of 3 years on the night of January 2 last in Balajan village under Kokrajhar PS
while sleeping with her friend after a village picnic. The accused was
absconding following the incident as the neighbours came to know about the
episode. ….more….

Workshop on childcare
held at Mangaldoi
MANGALDOI, Jan 13 – A workshop on childcare was held on Thursday at the
Youth Club in Mangaldoi under the aegis of the ICCW branch of Darrang. It was
presided over by Darrang ICCW president-in-charge Govinda Upadhayai in the first
session while the second session was presided over by Ira Barooah,
vice-president of Darrang ICCW. ….more….

Three girls, infant
hurt in Manipur blast
IMPHAL, Jan 13 – Four girls, including a nine-month-old infant, were
injured in a bomb blast at Kajenlong village, about 30 km from Noney in
Tamenglong district on Friday and the victims are currently undergoing medical
treatments at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) hospital in Imphal
without the assistance from any quarter.
All the four girls are sisters. ….more….

Raw deal for NE girls
in west, north India
GUWAHATI, Jan 14 – The fall in the number of girl child in the northern
and western parts of the country has been bearing heavily upon the NE region if
the version of the New Delhi-based research and advocacy group Centre for Media
Studies (CMS) is to be believed. The dwindling ratio of adult girls in these
parts of the country has compelled the guardians of the bridegrooms there to
arrange for the brides from the NE region. The CMS alleges that many of the
girls thus arranged from the NE region are now compelled to sleep with more than
one man in those regions. ….more….

GMCH nurses seek
better facilities
GUWAHATI, Jan 14 – The Guwahati Medical College might be in the midst of
the long needed overhaul, but one of its key components remain undervalued and
undeveloped. The condition of the nursing staff continues to be an area that the
State Health Department has failed to improve much to the distress of nurses,
patients and doctors. ….more….

3010 kg ganja burnt
 IMPHAL, Jan 16 – The Custom Division of Imphal has set ablaze 3010
kilograms of ganja (marijuana) at Haotal Pangei in Imphal East district
today.According to an official source, the ganja has been seized at Sapermeina
area in Senapati district, along the NH-39 by the customs officials on January
23 last year. ….more….

Stress on
understanding child psychology
 SIPAJHAR, Jan 17 – “The teachers should be well conscious about the
psychology of students in teaching to make them adjust in the rapidly changing
society,” said Badan Chandra Saikia, retired principal, Sipajhar HS & MP School,
while addressing the prize giving ceremony of Bordaul Jatiya Vidyalaya,
Bordoulguri recently as appointed speaker. ….more….

Molestation of women
parade of all accused held

An identification parade of all the 14 people held on suspicion of having
molested two NRI women outside a five star hotel here on the New Year day was
carried out by five witnesses on Saturday. The five witnesses were two
photographers from a national English daily who had clicked pictures of the
incident, an Assistant Commissioner of Police who had intervended while passing
through the area, a traffic constable and a driver accompanying him.



Domestic Violence Act to be amended to prevent misuse

New Delhi:

It is strange but true. Men may get an opportunity from the Women and Child
Development ministry to voice their concerns. The government has decided to
amend the Domestic Violence Act and incorporate certain changes in it to ensure
that it is not misused. Besides, the Women and Child Development Ministry would
also organise a conference to incorporate men’s perspectives in the Act to give
it a holistic view. The proposal is in the process of finalisation, sources


Manipuri girls molested in Delhi, teenager held

New Delhi:

A teenaged boy, who was among a group
of youths who allegedly molested two Manipuri girls in the national capital, was
arrested on Monday. The arrest came two days after the incident in Gandhi Nagar
North Delhi, which reminded
the molestation of two NRI women in Mumbai on the New Year day.



Lover gets lifer for girlfriend murder


A local court on Monday awarded life imprisonment to Tenderly Hynniewta in the
sensational Corphilia murder case. Delivering his verdict in a jam-packed
courtroom, Additional District and Sessions Judge Wanlura Diengdoh said Tenderly
was found guilty of "cold-blooded murder" of his "pregnant girlfriend" Corphilia
Nongkynrih under section 302 of IPC and had been sentenced to life in jail with
a fine of Rs 5,000. The court also gave the convict an additional three-year
jail term with a penalty of Rs 1,000.


Shillong: One-and-half-year-old Jona Thabah was
killed on the spot after he fell down from the balcony of his parents’ house
right into a water tank below at Lawsohtun here on Tuesday afternoon. The infant
was taken to Shillong Civil Hospital for post mortem and later handed over to
the relatives for performing his last rites.


Lack of values leading to molestation cases’
th January

New Delhi
With the country witnessing a spate of molestation cases in the New Year,
India’s first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi on Wednesday said loss of values is
the root cause of increasing cases of violence against women. "We are losing our
values. When a man goes and molests a woman, he forgets that he has a sister and
mother back home," she said releasing the ASSOCHAM’s study ‘Women Top in
Education Why Miss Top Position’.

Girl pays for brother’s love interest
th January

A young girl was kidnapped from her residence here and paid with her life the
price for her brother’s love interest. Twenty-year-old Jyoti, who hailed from
Dhemaji in Assam, was allegedly forcibly taken away from her house here along
with her father and brother in two vehicles by a person named Takam Tagin on
January 4, according to an FIR lodged by her father Suren Sarma. Her brother
Bhupen was reportedly in love with Tagin’s daughter and had been warned by him
to keep away from her.

For women from North-East, Delhi remains unsafe
th January

"We will be observing a National
Shame Day across the country, hopefully coinciding with the Women’s day March 8,
to tell people that women must be respected."

New Delhi
Almost half the women sexually harassed in the Indian capital and its
neighbourhood are from the North East, says the North East Support Centre. Two
sisters from Manipur who were molested and beaten up last weekend were only the
latest victims from the region.

CSWO president steps down
th January


The Civil Society Women’s
Organisation (CSWO) has accepted the resignation letter of Irene Hujon, CSWO
president, to make way for her to contest the next Assembly elections, a
statement issued here said.


SHILLONG: For the time, Bhogali Bihu celebration was
organised at the more than a century-old Assam Club at Laban on Sunday.
Organised at the initiative of the Shillong Assamese Lady’s Club, members of the
Assam Club also joined hands in the celebration. ….more….


Domestic workers subject to abuse in Mizoram

The treatment meted out to domestic workers in Mizoram is nothing less than
inhuman, says State unit of National Domestic Workers Movement Welfare
Trust(NDWMWT). ”Domestic workers here are being subjected to all sorts of
abuses including sexual,” he said. Mizoram unit of NDWMWT observed the Domestic
Workers’ Day on Sunday,


Siamese twins die in Aizawl hospital

Siamese twins conjoined at their abdomen were born to a 30-year-old woman at the
Aizawl Civil Hospital here on
Tuesday but died after three hours. Hospital authorities told PTI on Wednesday
that the mother, a resident of nearby Sihphir village, never had medical
check-ups during pregnancy thereby keeping the doctors totally at dark about her
condition till the delivery.

held, illicit liquor seized

Shillong: Three persons dealing in illicit liquor were arrested for
Sohpian village near Nongstoin, West Khasi Hills on Wednesday. The accused were
identified as Arolbok Nongsiej (23) of Lawsiej, Michael Thongni Rangblang and
Silin Mawlieh (19) of Upper New Nongstoin. ….more….

Seventeen-year-old Batskhem was arrested on Monday
for raping a four-year- old girl of Pomlum village near Mawngap on February 21
last. The accused was remanded to judicial custody.

Free screening of Taare
Zameen Par
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The film Taare
Zameen Par, which has come to be called a statement on life, will be screened
free for parents and teachers by Meghdoot Picture Palace, Paltanbazar on January
2. The storyline of the film, which revolves round a child who tries hard but is
unable to concentrate on his studies, has been appreciated by both film lovers
and critics. The protagonist of the film is a child who has an excellent knack
for painting, but due to his academic failure, his artistic potential is
suppressed and he slowly slips into depression. A teacher, however, finds a
solution to the problem.

Line urges people to restore rescued girls
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The Guwahati Child
Line (GCL) has urged the public for help in the form of information to restore
two girls rescued in the city to their families.
According to officials of GCL, one of the girls who looks like an Adivasi girl
and was rescued in terrible shape by the Paltanbazar police is in a condition of
shock. The officials feel that her mental condition might have something to do
with the Beltola incident. “The girl is between 12 to 13 years of age and was
handed over to us by the Paltanbazar police on December 20,” informed Bhanushree
Medhi, project co-ordinator of GCL.

writers felicitated
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – Bengali literary
and cultural organisation ‘Eka Ebong Koekjon’ on Saturday felicitated Anjali
Lahiri, Bengali author, translator and an active social worker during her prime,
and Assamese writer-critic Moushumi Kandali at Pragjyoti ITA, Machkhowa, here.



IMPHAL, Jan 18: A team of Narcotics and
Affairs of Border apprehended one Md Ibocha alias Sirajuddin (35) and seized 25
grams of heroin powder from his possession.Ibocha, who hails from sekmaijin
Khunou Konuma, was arrested from Hatta area at around 4.30 pm today.

KWUM mourns(sex_24_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 23: The Kuki Women Union, Manipur (KWUM) has condoled
the death of more than 20 people in the Singnat accident on January 16. In a
statement, KWUM president Rose Mangshi Haokip prayed for peaceful repose of the
departed souls in their heavenly abode and shared the grief and sorrow of the
bereaved families.


Fairer gender to hog limelight on

IMPHAL, Jan 23 : As in previous years, the State Government will
be celebrating the 59th Republic Day, 2008 on January 26 along with a befitting
function at Kangla here for which necessary preparations have also been
reportedly made.
For the first time in the history of Republic Day celebration in Manipur, a lady
MPS officer would not only lead as parade commander, but the honour of the
Second-in-Command as well as the Guard of Honour of the contingent would also be
accorded to women police personnel. ….more….

cries for protecting child’s rights(sex_24_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 23: After a public meeting held at Hapta Kangjeibung
in protest against denial of due rights to the children of Manipur as a fallout
of the atrocities being committed by the security forces under the shadow of
AFSPA for the last many years, child rights activists and concerned citizens
from all the districts of the State took out a rally here today. Representatives
of the NGOs based outside Manipur also participated in the public meeting as
well as the rally organised under the aegis of Manipur Alliance for Child
Rights. ….more….

Police blocks agitating women folks at the gate of the Chief Minister’s

IMPHAL, Jan 23 : With the establishment of the identity of the man
shot dead by Imphal West commandos at a spot between Heinoubok and Moirang
Hanuba under Lamphel police station last night as the general secretary of the
All Manipur Shops and Establishments Employees’ Association, a bazar bandh has
been called tomorrow. ….more….

Dead infant at school campus
The body of a newly born infant was found inside the campus of a
school at Koirengei under Hei-ngang Police Station at around 12.30 pm
yester-day. The body which had started decomposing was recovered from near the
northern side of the school campus. Police retrieved the body and have kept it
at the mortuary of RIMS. ….more


Country made liquor seized(sex_28_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 27: Fifteen vehicles carrying 225 litres
of country made liquor were held up by the 39th Assam Rifles personals who were
under ROP at Loitang Khunou on January 24 and latter handed over to AMADA Mayai
Loisang. ….more….

Infant’s body found(sex_28_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 27 : Corpse of a new born baby was found inside the
CPWD quarter camp located in front of the Sangaiprou FCS godown under Lamphel
police station at about 9 am today. The corpse was found wrapped in a polythene
bag. The right arm of the child was found bitten away by stray dogs. It is
reported that the residents of the quarters have buried the corpse.


Prog on SHG (SEX_30_1_k8)

IMPHAl, Jan 29: Green Foundation, Imphal under the aegis of NABARD,
Imphal organised a one-day awareness programme on formation and management of
Self Help Groups (SHGs) at Gothol village of Chu-rachandpur district today.

UWWS social
work held(NPT_23_2_k8)

The United Women Welfare Society of Lower PWD Colony, Kohima organized a social
work and cleaned the colony on January 19. All the members of the Society
accordingly participated in the social work.

In Meghalaya, women voters outnumber men(SEN_29_1_k8)

SHILLONG, Jan 28: Women voters in
Meghalaya have outnumbered men, according to the latest electoral rolls
published by the State Election Commission. There are 6,25,545 women voters as
compared to 6,04,607 men in an electorate of 12,30,152 that is expected to
exercise their franchise in the State’s Assembly elections slated for March 3.


Indo-Bhutan joint committee to combat human trafficking(SEN_29_1_k8)
 KOKRAJHAR, Jan 28: The Nedan Foundation,
Kokrajhar, which organized a two-day joint consultation between the Bodoland
Territorial Council (BTC) and the Bhutan Government to combat the transborder
human trafficking and cases of HIV/AIDS along the border areas came to an end
today. The joint consultation included representatives from Bhutan, BTC, Tripura,
Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Manipur and a member of the South Asian
Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Dr Rinchen Chopel stressed on
transborder collaboration in countering human trafficking and HIV in the porous
border districts near Bhutan and BTC and drafted the Standard Operational
Procedure (SOP) in terms of rescue and rehabilitation of victims of trafficking

Seminar held (SEN_30_1_k8)

TUENSANG, Jan 29: A seminar on women,
organized by Nagaland Women Commission in coordination with the Eastern Naga
Women Union, Kohima was held at Town Hall Tuensang on January 28 and 29, stated
a press release.


asks NE States to ensure welfare of vulnerable children(SEN_30_1_k8)

‘Shelter home for destitute women in each district of the State’(SEN_30_1_k8)

AGARTALA, Jan 29: The Union Women and
Child Development Ministry has asked Northeastern states to implement welfare
programmes and schemes for children to ensure the benefit of the vulnerable
sections of society.

conclave for access to justice for women being held (IFP_23_1_k8)

NEW DELHI, Jan 22: The National Legal Services
Authority is organizing a 9-day National Conclave of North Eastern States for
Access to Justice to Women of the Region from February 17 to 25 at the lawns of
Purana Qila here. The Conclave will invite participation of all eight states of
the North Eastern Region in its various events like Orientation on Access to
Justice, Sensitization Workshop/Interactive Session on Legal and Human Rights,
Skit and Popular Social Theatre on Legal and Human Rights, Quiz on Legal Rights
of Citizens and Platinum Session on the Conclave`s Resolutions and
Recommendations. ….more….

Woman officer to command R-Day
parade (IFP_24_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 23: For what is probably only the
second time in the history of the state, the traditional Republic Day parade
held in the state capital on January 26 will be commanded by a woman.  Mamta
Wahengbam, MPS, commandant of the 5th IRB, has been chosen to command the
Republic Day parade, according to an official statement issued by the
directorate of information and public relations. In addition, the guard of
honour will be commanded by another woman, IPS officer Pushpanjali. G Geetanjani,
a sub-inspector in the Imphal east police will be the second-in-command. SI
Naorem Chaobi Devi will lead the seventh batch, Manipur Women Police in the
parade. ….more….

State women to protest AFSPA on
R-Day eve at New Delhi (IFP_25_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 24: Womenfolk from Manipur are planning to carry out a major
protest in New Delhi on the eve of Republic Day tomorrow against the Armed
Forces Special Powers Act, 1958, and militarisation and impunity in the north
east. According to a statement issued by the protest organisers, the protest is
to be held at the Jantar Mantar at 1 pm tomorrow, and altogether 65 women,
including 55 elderly women have gathered at the National Capital for the
purpose.  The protest on the 25th is to be followed by a `different mode` of
protest on January 26 by the Apunba Lup, the statement said, without disclosinig
details. ….more….

NSCN(K) ask `other tribes` to
leave Zeliangrong region (IFP_25_1_k8)

Tamenglong, Jan 24: The Zeliangrong regional authority of National Socialist
Council of Nagaland led by Khaplang of the NSCN(K) today strongly warned the
other tribes who are working and living in the Zeliangrong region to leave the
place by themselves at once. According to Kamsuan, secretary, Zeliangrong region
NSCN(K) there are many other tribes who are working and living in the
Zeliangrong region. They should leave the Zeliangrong region immediately and the
outfits will not remain silent in this regard, said Kamsuan. ….more….

JAC against woman`s alleged
suicide threatened (IFP_25_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 24: Even as the case remained unsolved and the affected people
are crying for justice, the alleged accused`s side has threatened the members of
the JAC by registering a case against them. Members of the Joint Action
Committee formed in connection with the alleged suicide of Oinam (O) Shanti, 29,
wife of Oinam Omejit, 31, of Charangpat village under Thoubal district on
January 8, 2008 have taken anticipatory bail after a case was registered with
FIR number 11(1)2008 Thoubal PS U/S 147/148/453/427 IPC against its members.

Women register ‘naked’

 MIRZA, Jan 18: On the lines of Manipuri women
stripping to protest against the Assam Rifles, women activists of Bholagaon
Bhumi Suraksha Samiti and the Sangrami Mahila Parishad of Bordua Tea Estate in
lower Asom, staged a ‘naked’ protest rally against the Border Security Force (BSF)
The BSF allegedly has been trying to set up a disaster management cell in the
tea garden area which will result in the eviction of more than 2,000 families
living in the area for more than 70 years.

minor raped(SEN_19_1_k8)

 KOKRAJHAR, Jan 18: Another minor girl, 14
years of age of West Karigaon under Kokrajhar PS was gangraped by a group of 14
Adivasi youths at Choraikhola while she was on a visit to a relative’s house.
The minor girl was taken away by the youths to an unknown location and raped.
The youths who were caught by the villages were fined Rs 26,000. The girl
reportedly returned home six days after the incident.


BPF women
wing condemns violent activities(SEN_21_1_k8)

 KOKRAJHAR, Jan 20: The women wing of the Bodo
Peoples’ Front (BPF) has strongly condemned the attack on common villagers at
Batabari in Simbargaon under Kokrajhar police station on January 15 by a group
of armed youths and Kabi Ranjan Brahma who was shot at by the armed group on
January 14.

on NE States to provide justice to women(SEN_23_1_k8)
NEW DELHI, Jan 22: The National Legal
Services Authority (NLSA), in a bid to provide legal justice to women of the
Northeastern region, is organizing a 9-day national conclave of Northeastern
(NE) states from February 17, here. According to a Manipur Information

Center release issued today, the conclave will
invite participation of all eight States of the Northeastern region in various
events like orientation on access to justice,

Man kills

 SONARI, Jan 22: Girish Barua of Bhojogaon
under Sonari police station allegedly strangulated his wife Rupamoni Gohain on
Sunday night. Sources said that Borua killed his 35-year-old wife, who was a
teacher of Bhojo ME school at a godown. Sources added that he also set the
godown on fire after putting his wife to death.

detained after 19 years(SEN_24_1_k8)

AGARTALA, Jan 23: The Border Security Force (BSF)
detained a former employee of Accountant General’s office at Lankamur border of
Agartala who was accused of raping his adopted daughter 19 years ago. According
to report, police would produce Bikash Biswas (50), who was arrested yesterday,
before the court tomorrow in connection with warrants issued against him by a
sessions court in six cases in the late 80’s.


victims’ children receive stipend(SEN_24_1_k8)
 KOKRAJHAR, Jan 23: More than 200 children
who were victims of violence and terrorism in Kokrajhar district, received the
first quota of a monthly stipend of Rs 750 from the National Foundation for
Communal Harmony (NFCH) yesterday, for continuation of their studies. The
cheques to these children were formally given by the superintendent of police,
Kokrajhar, Arabinda Kalita, at the SP conference hall. The cheque distribution
ceremony was also attended by other police officials and leaders of the Society
to Save Victims of Violence and Terrorism (SSVVT)—an NGO committed to the cause.

attack drug lord’s house(TEL_22_1_k8)

Jan. 21:
A group of youths, among them a few reformed addicts, last evening stormed the
house of an alleged drug smuggler and ransacked it.  The youths from the
Panchali area were apparently upset that despite a sting of arrests and
bookings, criminals who were out on bail have re-started their business. Ilahi
Sheikh, whose house on Panchali-Loharpatty-Kalibari Road was attacked, was one
of them. The 50-year-old druglord was arrested a number of times and even
surrendered to police in May.

Funds balm
for orphans(TEL_22_1_k8)

– Aid for militancy-scarred
children in Kokrajhar (TEL_22_1_k8)

Kokrajhar, Jan. 21:
Twelve-year-old old Dipanita Rabha nurtures the dream of becoming a
doctor. She was only 11 months old when in 1995 her father Bhadreswar Rabha, a
constable with the Assam Police, died in an encounter with militants at
Samtaibari in Kokrajhar. Her widowed mother Anurani had a tough time
bringing her up. Thanks to financial assistance from the National Foundation for
Communal Harmony, New Delhi, she is now able to send her daughter to an English
medium school.

slam the poll sham(TEL_23_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan. 22:
Right to suffrage or a festival of corruption — asked the Naga Mothers’
Association today — hoping to tap the conscience of those who have turned
elections into a celebration of money, muscle and greed.Sneering at the hoopla
that surrounds the election preparations — Nagaland goes to polls on March 5 —
the president of the association said the whole process was nothing but a

rapist lands in Tripura police net (TEL_23_1_k8)

Agartala, Jan. 22:
A rapist, who has been dodging the law for more than a decade, was caught last
evening while trying to sneak into the country from Bangladesh.The BSF jawans
who picked up the bearded man in rags from the border north of Akhaura checkpost
thought he was a Bangladeshi infiltrator and handed him over to police.When
deputy superintendent of police (Central) Nityananda Debnath walked into West
Agartala police station at 9am today, he instantly recognised the man as the
elusive Bikash Biswas.

Double Trouble to help

Guwahati, Jan. 23:
A musical comedy will be held in Guwahati, Shillong and Tezpur to help the
underprivileged children. Double Trouble, an adaptation of an English
play Out of Order will be staged by Stage Fusion first at Pragjyoti ITA
cultural centre at Machkhowa here on February 9 and 10. The entire proceeds of
the play will go to Snehalaya, a centre for underprivileged children.


Cong women move Sonia(TEL_24_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan. 23:
The Nagaland Pradesh Mahila Congress and the Nagaland Youth Congress have warned
that the party will fare poorly if they are not provided with adequate number of
tickets to contest the March 5 Assembly elections. The organisations have also
sought party president Sonia Gandhi’s intervention. The youth wing said its
executives would resign en bloc if its demand for 10 per cent seats was not
accepted by the central leadership.

Mart for
self-help groups (TEL_29_1_k8)

Jan. 28:
Self-help groups in Kokrajhar need no longer wait for melas or
exhibitions to display their products. They can now exhibit their array of goods
in the rural mart that was inaugurated in the district headquarters recently.
Financed by Nabard, the mart will be managed by the Anjali Sukhati Self-Help
Group Foundation, a women’s NGO that supports self-help groups in the district.
Nabard will help in marketing products, foot the salary bill and pay rent for 15

War on
trafficking (TEL_30_1_k8)

Jan. 29: A partnership between
Bhutan and an NGO operating in the Bodo belt has become the bulwark of the
campaign against transborder human trafficking and HIV/AIDS along the
international border. A two-day workshop organised by the NEDAN Foundation in
Kokrajhar generated a lively debate on the twin issues among Bhutanese officials
and representatives of organisations from India and abroad.


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