Northeast India Clipings

A Monthly Compilation of Clippings

Women and Children, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 12, 2009


girl back to fight ‘animals’(TEL_3_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 2: Stripped naked on a street
of Guwahati and photographed as she ran in fear and shame, an Adivasi girl
returned today in search of justice.“Guwahati to me is a land of animals,” said
the shaken teenager who had to be taken to hospital and given sedatives on her
way here.“Our people in the villages are more educated in the real sense. They
know how to behave with women. Here, they have only degrees,” she told the media
before giving evidence to the Justice Manisena Singh Commission. She had not
appeared in public since the horror of November 24 and had vowed never to set
foot in Guwahati again, but changed her mind so that truth and justice would
prevail. The commission, which held a closed-door hearing for her and a woman
who said she had been gangraped that Saturday, is to hand in its probe report
before the month-end on the Beltola violence when local mobs had attacked tribal
marchers. One person was killed and 200 were injured.

healing touch for AIDS orphans(TEL_4_2_K8)     

with charitable streak selects Manipur & Mizoram for


Silchar, Feb. 3: French Countess Albina du
Boisrouvray could not save her pilot son from dying young. But since 1990, her
organisation — named after her son Francois-Xavier Bagnoud — has played saviour
to hundreds of children orphaned by war, civil strive and AIDS. Manipur and
Mizoram, where the rate of HIV/AIDS prevalence is among the highest in the
country, are the next big challenges for Boisrouvray. The Association
Francois-Xavier Bagnoud has been active in India since the day it was set up —
Goa was the first stop — but this is the first time that the NGO is coming to
the Northeast. Boisrouvray’s organisation intends to set up an AIDS Village each
in the two states exclusively for children orphaned by the killer disease.

registration bill intended to prevent social ills (IFP_3_2_K8)

IMPHAL, Feb 2: The non-registration of marriages affects both
men and women and such law would be of critical importance to various individual
related issues, observed social welfare minister N Loken in his statement in the
House while introducing the Manipur Compulsory Registration of Marriages Bill,
2008 on Friday. The bill was introduced on the first day of the third session of
the 9th Manipur Legislative Assembly and is scheduled for consideration for
passing by the House during the session which is to conclude on February 5. The
bill after being enacted as an act in the state will help in the prevention of
child marriages and ensure minimum age of marriages and prevent marriages
without the consent of the parties, the minister observed.

Woman hurt (IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 3: The Joint Action Committee formed in
connection with the suspicious death of Charangpat housewife Oinam ongbi Shanti
Devi has said a 40 year old woman, one Binodini, has been hospitalised after
being hit by a rubber bullet yesterday in a confrontation with the police in the
course of the Mayai Lambi bandh called by the JAC in protest against government
failure to deliver justice in connection with Shanti`s death. Another person was
also injured, but has been released after first aid, said a statement issued by
the JAC...more…

Sexual harassment of NE girls
in Delhi raised in House – O Joy flays biased Mail Today report (IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 4: The issue of sexual harassment and racial
discrimination against people from the north-east in the National Capital, New
Delhi figured in discussions in the state Assembly today with veteran Opposition
MLA O Joy raising a calling attention motion on the matter. The MLA, apparently
prompted by the appearance of a report appearing in a New Delhi newspaper that
made sweeping slurs on northeastern girls, expressed his extreme concern over
the biased and predatory attitude towards women from the north east that appears
to be prevailing in the National Capital.

women killed in Chandel IED blast, SF culprits claims UNLF (IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb. 5 : At least two women died and one was
seriously injured when a powerful IED exploded at around noon yesterday on the
New Somtal Road under Molcham Police Station of Chandel district. According to
police source all the victims were labourers employed under National Rural
Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) who were involved in clearing and
maintenance of the road. Two of the victims identified as Paoneng Haokip 42 wife
of Jamkhothang and Hoilem Guite 25 wife of Thangtinlen both residents of New
Somtal Village reportedly died at the spot in the blast.

7 ZP president posts for
By our Staff
GUWAHATI, Feb 8: The posts of president of as many as seven zila parishads (ZPs)
have been reserved for women candidates. The districts are —Sonitpur, Dhubri,
Nagaon, Barpeta, Nalbari, Hailakandi and Goalpara. Of these seven districts, the
ZPs of Hailakandi and Goalpara have been reserved for women SC and ST


conclave of NE States for access to justice to women begins(SEN, 19-2-08)
NEW DELHI, Feb 18: The President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil
yesterday inaugurated the nine-day long National Conclave of “North Eastern
States for Access to Justice to Women of the Region” at the Vigyan Bhawan here,
in the presence of the Union Minister of Law and Justice Dr HR Bhardwaj and the
Chief Justice of India Justice KG Balakrishnan. The National Legal Services
Authority organized the Conclave for the Northeastern States which was the first
time of such kind in the post independent era of thecountry.


South Guwahati SBI adopts a girl

GUWAHATI, Feb 6: In view of the general trend of neglect and deprivation
faced by the girl children in the country, the State Bank of India (SBI) has
come forward with a scheme wherein a girl child would be adopted under its
community services banking programme. Under this noble scheme, all branches of
the SBI, numbering 9,700 across the country, has to each adopt a girl child each
and bear the expenses till she completes high school education.



women leaders resign(NPT, 11-2-08)

Thirteen women NPF leaders from the state, Wokha district and 37 Tyui A/C
levels have resigned from the party positions to extend unconditional support to
Y.Y Kikon, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) intending candidate from 37 Tyui
A/C in the forthcoming state general elections slated for March 5. A press
release issued by the women resignees stated that NPF ticket committee gave a
deaf ear to their (party workers’) pleas by allotting the ticket to others
despite their repeated threats to resign from the party and their respective
positions if the NPF ticket was not issued to Y.Y. Kikon, who has a winning


12 anti-NIT women protestors hurt
in lathicharge by police (IFP, 24-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 23: At least twelve women sustained injuries
when women police and IRB lathi-charged them for intervening and attempting to
disturb government officials from demarcation of land for establishment of
National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Langol in Imphal west on Saturday. The
state government`s decision to construct NIT in Langol area has received strong
opposition from residents of the area as the residential land was affected by
the construction of the same. ..more…

reel act very close to real life(TEL_29_2_K8)

Deaf and
mute girl cast as the protagonist in a Manipuri film


Imphal, Feb. 28: When Mana Lei, a film
about a physically challenged girl, releases in a short while, the last thing
that actress Pepe Devi would be worried about is perfecting the deaf and dumb
act. For she is speech and hearing impaired. Pepe, perhaps, is the first
challenged person in the country to land a lead role in a film, and that, too, a
love story.  “Many thought that I was crazy in casting the girl. But I took it
as a challenge and I am quite satisfied with Pepe Devi’s performance,” the
director of the film said. ..more…

girl deposes before probe panel(AST_3_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 2 – Setting to rest all speculations, the Adivasi girl
who was stripped off by a section of local youths during the November 24 Beltola
clash, today deposed before the Justice (retd) Manisena Singh Commission. The
Adivasi girl who was supposed to appear before the commission around 11:30 this
morning, however, deposed before the commission only at around 1 pm, as she had
to be rushed to the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital owing to nervous

Workshop on domestic violence(AST_10_2_K8)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 9 – Avas Foundation, a city based organisation,
organised an awareness workshop on the Domestic Violence Act for the City Police
recently at the City Police Reserve hall.


The body of an unidentified woman, aged around 20, was
found in a sack dumped in a shrubbery near Saraighat bridge in Jalukbari on
Sunday morning. olice said the body bore burn injuries and cut marks. The body
had been sent for post-mortem and a murder case registered, the police said.


minority on candidate list(TEL_8_2_K8)

Agartala, Feb. 7: The Tripura electoral list
demonstrates that the Congress and CPM continue to deprive women of candidature,
while the BJP has stolen a march over its political rivals in giving wider
representation to women. The Congress has put up three women candidates while
the Left Front is only marginally ahead with five for the 60-member Assembly.
 “This is a gross under-representation of women who number 9,96,599 in a total
electorate of 20,30,915,” said Phulon Bhattacharjee, chief of a women’s NGO.

demand greater political rights in Karbi Anglong
HOWRAGHAT, Feb 2 — The womenfolk of Karbi Anglong district are launching
rallies in several places with view to attain political rights and in the
process empowering themselves.  While addressing the women rally organised by
the Langpher Mondal Mahila Congress committee held at Bakalia HS School
playground, the Karbi Anglong district Mahila Congress president Kuntila
Ronghangpi said that till equal rights in the political arena is not given to
women, development of the country as well in society is impossible. The
contributions of women towards the country or the society should be appreciated
because women equally marched and cooperated with men in trying times,
Ronghangpi said resolutely...more…

Push for more women

Imphal, Feb. 7: Manipur will soon have all-woman police
stations in every district and women commando units will be raised to help
police deal with militants. The director-general of police, Yumnam Joykumar
Singh, today said the recruitment drive for women police personnel had started
and construction of all-woman police stations in the state’s nine districts
would begin by April. “We have obtained necessary permission. The
superintendents of police have been asked to finalise construction sites for
such police stations,” Joykumar Singh said. He inaugurated an office of
superintendents of police in Bishnupur district today.

break campus glass ceiling(TEL_9_2_K8)

Feb. 8: Watch out for a surge of girl power on the
campuses of the Assam Medical College and Hospital and Dibrugarh University. In
a happy coincidence, two girls will be heading the student unions of these two
institutions for the first time, and in the same year. Manjuree Borkotoky was
elected president of the Assam Medical College Students’ Union without any
opposition a few weeks ago and Krishna Phukon defeated a male candidate for the
same post in the Dibrugarh University Post-Graduate Students’ Union on Tuesday.
The swearing-in ceremony of the medical college union was held at the PG Hall on
Monday. ..more…

Woman kills self(TEL_21_2_K8)

Meera Das, a housewife, was found hanging from the ceiling
of her room at her residence in Beharbari near Basistha police station on
Tuesday night. Police suspect it to be a case of suicide.


growing on women in Tripura: Cong
AGARTALA, Feb 16 – Stating that atrocities against women were on the rise
in Tripura, All India Mahila Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi today said
the CPI(M)-led Left Front Government had failed to put a lid on such crimes.
“Crime against women was rising in an alarming manner in the Marxist-ruled State
as the State Government failed to protect women from atrocities like rape,
molestation and murder,” Joshi said here.

Role of mothers in
nation-building underlined
From Our Correspondent
 BOKAKHAT, Feb 18 – Mohini Rabha is of the view that mothers need to mould good,
responsible children for the welfare of Assam. She appealed to the mothers to
inculcate in their children a sense of belonging to the people and to the cause
of the country. She also expressed the view that only a few doctors, engineers
and magistrates would not suffice for the country’s concerns. She was speaking
at a public meeting organised on the Bokakhat Jatiya Vidyalaya premises on the
occasion of the foundation day of the school that was dedicated to the second
part of the Bishnuprasad Rabha Birth Centenary Celebrations and to late Durlov
Chandra Bora, a teacher of repute and the ex-president of the Governing Body of
the Bokakhat Jatiya Bidyalaya...more…

Art, speech contests for
autistic children
GUWAHATI, Feb 3 – Avas Foundation and Assam Autism Foundation orgainsed
an art and speech competition for the autistic and disabled children on the
premises of Assam Autism Foundation on January 30 to commemorate Mahatma
Gandhi’s 60th martyrdom. In a press release Romy Baruah, founder secretary
informed that there were about 20 participants from four different schools-Assam
Autism Foundation, Sahayika, Deepsikha and Destination. More than forty parents
and teachers were present. ..more…

Manipur concerned at plight of
NE girls
IMPHAL, Feb 4 – Manipur Assembly today expressed serious concern over the
frequent harassment of NE girls, especially Manipur girls, by the citizens of
mainstream India.

The matter was raised by Okram Joy of Manipur People’s Party through a call
attention motion. “This should not be considered lightly” he said, adding, “It
may affect the integrity of the country.” Citing a number of cases in the recent
past wherein Northeastern girls, Manipuris in particular working or studying in
the national capital were harassed and molested, Joy called upon the State
Government to protect the lives of Manipuri students.


6 woman
candidates to contest from Garo Hills
TURA, Feb 5 – Garo Hills, despite being a matrilineal society, appears to
give little room for women to contest elections. There was only one woman
representative from Garo Hills in the last Lapang government. But efforts are
now being made by women themselves who are keen to take on their male
counterparts. This election has six women candidates taking on their male
counterparts in three Assembly constituencies in the Garo Hills with South Garo
Hills having the highest concentration of four aspirants, while West Garo Hills
draws a blank as far as women empowerment is concerned.

SBI move to adopt poor girl
GUWAHATI, Feb 6 – In the days to come, a total of 463 girl children in
the North-east can expect to continue their education and stand on their own
feet. As part of its community service, the State Bank of India (SBI) is going
to adopt a girl child and meet her financial needs till she reaches Class X.SBI
officials in the capital city informed that though the project for adopting a
girl child was launched about a couple of months back, so far only 100 girl
child has been adopted in the North East. “Under the project, each branch of the
SBI will adopt a girl child and meet her expenditure upto class X,” said an
official of the SBI, South Guwahati branch.

Training programme for
unorganised women workers
 GUWAHATI, Feb 2 – Asom Establishment and Domestic Workers Union
affiliated to AITUC organised a two-day training programme for unorganised women
workers from various sectors on January 28-29 at Abhiram House, their union
office, in Silpukhuri. The programme was organised with the aid of Central Board
of Workers Education. N Somoranjit Singh, education officer, regional
directorate of Assam conducted it and elaborately emphasised the need of such
programme in the presence of 40 women participants.

 Indian women through the lense(AST_20_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 19 – An exhibition that will give an insight into the
transition of Indian women from the period 1875 to 1947 will be open to visitors
from February 22 at the Lalit Kala Bhawan galleries of Srimanta Sankaradeva
Kalakshetra. ..more…

 Schoolgirls set example of
KALAIGAON, Feb 19 – A rare example of honesty set by some schoolgirls
here have come to light to inspire thousands of others. On February 12, a day
after the Saraswati Puja, a few students of Kalaigaon Girls’ High School, who
had been cleaning the school campus, found a bag on KR Road, in front of the
school, containing eight thousand rupees and some important documents. Instead
of sharing the money among themselves, the honest girls handed over the bag to
Achyut Roy Choudhury, Headmaster of the school, who in turn arranged to return
it to its owner one Ram Chouhan...more…

Doctor held for illegal
abortion(SHT, 20-2-08)

SHILLONG: City police on Tuesday arrested a doctor for allegedly
carrying out an abortion at his residence at Nongrimbah in Laitumkhrah here.
Police said two CSWO members, posing as patients, sought an appointment from Dr
Daniel Lewis for abortion. ..more….

attacked(SHT, 20-2-08)
A BSF personnel identified as Madan Lal of the Frontier
Headquarter of BSF, Shillong was injured after he was beaten by an angry mob for
allegedly attempting to rape a minor girl at Nongmynsong here on Tuesday.

Arrested doctor’s wife
lodges counter FIR

SHILLONG, Feb 20: A counter FIR has been lodged by the wife
of the arrested doctor, David Daniel against the Civil Society Women’s
Organization (CSWO), including a pressman, for intruding into the premises of
the accused with deliberate intentions charging them of stealing an amount of Rs
1 lakh. Self-styled doctor Daniel and two of his colleagues were arrested from
Nongrimbah on Tuesday for his ..more…


Fem-foeticide still prevalent in


IMPHAL, Feb 20: The practice of female foeticide after pre-determination
of sex is still prevalent in Manipur, if not overtly, principal of Imphal Art
College Y Nabachandra Singh has stated. He was talking to mediapersons on the
sideline of the art exhibition which was inaugurated from today at Imphal Art
Gallery today. The works of 10 final year students of Imphal Art College are
being put up for display in the exhibition which would go on till January 23.
The selected students would participate in the 1st National Painting Competition
to be organised jointly by the Centre for Media and Delhi College of Art under
the sponsorship of United Nations Population Fund, India. The theme of the
National Competition (Art for Social Change Award) is ‘Delighting in Daughters’.




February 20: More than 40% women have come for jobs
under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in Sikkim, which is
more than the one


meet of MSK students(AST, 22-2-08)
DHUBRI, Feb 21 – Following completion of one year of education, 32
girl students – aged 14 years – of 10+, were given farewell on February 11 by
the Assam Mahila Samata Society here. All these girls were mainstreamed in the
current session, said Anju Gogoi, district project coordinator (DPC), AMSS,
Dhubri. She also informed that another batch of 32 students (3rd batch) were
admitted in the current year. These girls are either school left-outs or
non-starters, mostly from rural areas.

Vote trump card for homeless
widow(TEL, 22-2-08)

Agartala, Feb. 21: In the hazy world of sexagenarian
Priyabala Das, the heat and dust of electioneering boils down to wreaking
vengeance for displacement from her ancestral home on the edge of the Bangladesh
border and denial of compensation. The 63-year-old widow and her only son Kamal,
27, were two of the 40,000 people who were displaced by the erection of barbed
wire fencing along the border in 2005.

awareness prog held at Bongaigaon
BONGAIGAON, Feb 12 – Women of SSB sector headquarters at Kishanbazar,
Bongaigaon, organised a women’s awareness programme on their campus recently to
empower women to challenge the threat posed by growing consumerism and
globalisation. A baby show was also organised. Special recruitment for women was
conducted on the same campus where many girls from different places of the state
appeared for recruitment test...more…

Farewell to girl students(AST_13_2_k8)
DHUBRI, Feb 12 – Assam Mahila Samata Society, Dhubri, bade farewell to 32
girl students of the 10-14 years age group on the occasion of Saraswati Puja on
Monday after their completion of one year of education. All these girls, it may
be noted, are either school dropouts or non-starters. .

Men candidates surpass women in
matrilineal Meghalaya(SEN_13_2_k8)

SHILLONG, Feb 12: The matrilineal setup in Meghalaya has
failed to take shape in political parties contesting for the upcoming March 3
polls. The Khasi-Garo society not only draws its lineage from the mother but
empowers them in all socio-economic spheres. However, with women candidates
being negligible in numbers, the projections in political arena and electoral
politics indicates that it is still the domain of men in Meghalaya. .



A break
for children living with HIV/AIDS (IFP-1-2-k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 31: Far from the daily monotonous
routine of taking anti retro-viral therapy drugs or struggling to make sense of
the suspicious glances from the neighbors, it was a special day today for the
young children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
Taking part in the `Children Talent Show` at the Manipur Dramatic Union Hall
organised by the Positive Living Centre Manipur Network of Positive People in
partnership with Catholic Relief Service, the children infected and affected
with HIV and AIDS live the day to the fullest painting, singing, dancing, and
reciting their favourite poems. .

Awareness camp against drug
abuse held(SEN_1_2_k8)

DIBRUGARH, Jan 31: In order to make the youths of slum area aware about
the ill effects of drug abuse, SEWA, NGO held an awareness meeting and a free
medical check up camp at Chandmari area in Dibrugarh on January 29. Free
counselling was given to 17 drug addicts of the area who were also advised to
attend the drug rehabilitation centre in Assam Medical College. More than 290
patients were treated at the free medical check up camp and necessary medicines
were distributed free of cost. ...more…

8 women pulled up for protesting

IMPHAL, Jan 31: Eight women reportedly
involved in protesting the 59th Republic Day celebration on January 26 in
different parts of the State have been pulled up by police.
The eight women arrested by police are identified as Kangjam Borkanya (60) w/o K
Gandhi, Chandam Khomdon (47) w/o Ch Itocha, Abujam Kunjamani (50) w/o A Bhorot,
Ningombam Ibeyaima (49) w/o Ng Rameshwar, Takhellambam Gomti (60) w/o T Ibochou,
Takhellambam Sanatombi (45) w/o T Ibomcha, Takhellambam Ibecha (50) w/o T Ito
and Yumkhaibam Beta (40) w/o Y Ingocha. All the apprehendees belong to Mayang
Langjing Taning Mayai Leikai. In connection with the arrest of the Republic Day
protesters, a public meeting was held at Mayang Langjing community hall this


8 women held for burning national
IMPHAL, Feb 1 – Manipur Police have rounded up eight women for their
alleged involvement in a demonstration against the Republic Day celebration by
burning the national flag and Indian Constitution. The women, however, refuted
the charges.
The eight women are residents of Mayang Langjing Taning Mayai Leikai under
Lamshang police station in Imphal West district. They have been remanded to
judicial custody for six days by the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal.

Manipur prepares action plan
against violence
IMPHAL, Feb 1 – O Ibobi-led Secular Progressive Front Ministry in
Manipur has prepared an action plan to control violence and even started
implementing it. The action plan consists of recruitment of 3,138 additional men
in police department, setting up women police stations including a women
commando force, construction of police station buildings and residential
accommodations, purchase of transport vehicles, communication equipments and
weaponry. ...more…

PWD office complex gheraoed
over engineer`s abduction(IFP_2_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 1: Womenfolk protesting against the kidnapping
of an engineer of the state PWD barred the officials of the department from
leaving their office till late in the evening today by staging a sit-in protest
at the main entrance gate of the PWD office complex at Khoyathong Imphal. On the
other hand, even as the protests against the kidnapping of the engineer, one
Menjor Singh of Charangpat were taking place, another engineer, belonging to
state electricity department named Naorem Kesho Singh of Kakching Wairi Senapati
Leikai posting at the Kakching sub-division of the Thoubal electricity division
was also abducted by suspected militants yesterday from his residence. .

Road blockade over women`s
arrest (IFP_2_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 1: In protest against the arrest of
eight women by the state police on charges of burning the national flag on the
last Republic Day, a 24-hour road blockade has been called along the
Imphal-Kangchup road from 5 am tomorrow.  The decision was taken during a joint
meeting of various meira paibi organisations of the Mayang Langjing area held
yesterday afternoon at the Mayang Langjing community hall in the wake of the
arrest of eight local meira paibi activists by a combined team of the Lamshang
police and the Lamphel police on the evening of January 29. .

Rally against sexual
harassment, racial discrimination taken out in Delhi (IFP_2_2_k8)

By A Staff Reporter IMPHAL, Feb 1: A rally
against sexual harassment and racial discrimination on north east people was
taken out in North Delhi yesterday, according to a delayed report. The main
objective of the rally, jointly organised by various student bodies representing
the north-eastern states, was to educate the local people on sexual harassment
and racial discrimination, a statement issued by the MSAD in this connection
said. ...more…

 3 NSCN (I-M) men, 1 woman

DIMAPUR, FEB 1 (NPN):The CAO, UT-I, of NSCN (I-M) Tokishe
G. Swu, his wife and two other NSCN (I-M) army personnel -Asangba Santam and
‘Corp’’ Nikhuyi- were reportedly abducted by the NSCN (Unification) in Dimapur
Friday afternoon at around 3 p.m. The MIP/NSCN (I-M) in a press release said the
abductors also took away one AK-56, one .22 rifle, one M-20 and a soft-top
Gypsy. ...more…


against arrest of 8 women (SEX_2_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 1 : Demanding unconditional
release of all the eight women who have been arrested by the police for their
alleged involvement in protesting the 59th Republic Day celebration on January
26, a large number of Meira Paibis today staged a dharna at Mayang Langjing
community hall today. On the other hand, necessary preparations have been
reportedly made for imposing a bandh along the Uripok-Kangchup Road with effect
from 5 am to 5 pm tomorrow in case all the eight women were not released
unconditionally within today.


ignorant, asserts I/W SP(SEX_2_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 1 :Stating that Imphal West
police, based on media report arrested eight wo- men from their respective
houses located in Lam-shang area for their role in the protest on Republic Day,
SP Imphal West Clay Khongsai asserted that the women were ignorant of what they
were doing.

Ganja seized(SEX_3_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 2: Troops of 13 Assam Rifles of 10 Sector under HQ IGAR (South)
seized 400 kgs of Ganja from an isolated hut during an operation in general area
of Saichang on January 31.

Eight arrested women

IMPHAL, Feb 2: Along with unconditional release all the
eight women who had been arrested by the police on January 29 for their alleged
involvement in protesting celebration of 59th Republic Day of India on January
26, a reception function was hosted at Mayanglangjing today. All the eight women
were garlanded and accorded warm welcome. .


Women tell
tales of domestic voilence

IMPHAL, Feb 2: Though blessed with the
reproduc-tive capacity, women in the State are often victimised in the family.
Even as women are proud of their child bea-ring quality, domestic vio- lence
leads to forfeiture of the God gifted reproductive right in many cases.
At a programme organis-ed by the Women Action for Development at Youth Cen-tre,
Khuman Lampak today, many women belonging to different districts of Mani-pur
recounted their tale of woes.


Woman hurt

IMPHAL, Feb 3: The Joint Action Committee formed
in connection with the suspicious death of Charangpat housewife Oinam ongbi
Shanti Devi has said a 40 year old woman, one Binodini, has been hospitalised
after being hit by a rubber bullet yesterday in a confrontation with the police
in the course of the Mayai Lambi bandh called by the JAC in protest against
government failure to deliver justice in connection with Shanti`s death. Another
person was also injured, but has been released after first aid, said a statement
issued by the JAC. ...more…


SSB focuses on women’s awareness (SEN_4_2_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 3: Bongaigaon sector of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) under
the Ministry of Home Affairs, organized a one-day ‘awareness generation
programme’ for women at its headquarters yesterday where burning issues
concerning women were discussed. The programme was attended by about 160 women
representing various tribes and communities. The main thrust of the Programme
was — ‘‘Women of the country have much potential to help the nation bloom with
prosperity. We are living in the 21st century now and women should not be
treated only as housewives but accorded all facilities enjoyed by the menfolk. .


Woman murdered by unknown assailants


 KHERONI, Feb 3: Srija Devi (50), wife of Harihar Sahini of Mailoo under
Kheroni police station was killed by unidentified assailants recently, sources
said. It was reported that two youths came to Sahini’s house and attacked Srija
with a knife while she was asleep. .

Woman hurt (IFP_5_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 3: The Joint Action Committee formed
in connection with the suspicious death of Charangpat housewife Oinam ongbi
Shanti Devi has said a 40 year old woman, one Binodini, has been hospitalised
after being hit by a rubber bullet yesterday in a confrontation with the police
in the course of the Mayai Lambi bandh called by the JAC in protest against
government failure to deliver justice in connection with Shanti`s death. Another
person was also injured, but has been released after first aid, said a statement
issued by the JAC. ...more…

Sexual harassment of NE girls
in Delhi raised in House – O Joy flays biased Mail Today report (IFP_5_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 4: The issue of sexual harassment and
racial discrimination against people from the north-east in the National
Capital, New Delhi figured in discussions in the state Assembly today with
veteran Opposition MLA O Joy raising a calling attention motion on the matter.
The MLA, apparently prompted by the appearance of a report appearing in a New
Delhi newspaper that made sweeping slurs on northeastern girls, expressed his
extreme concern over the biased and predatory attitude towards women from the
north east that appears to be prevailing in the National Capital. .

Woman seeks justice in
husband`s killing in BSF firing(IFP_5_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 4 : The Gauhati High Court, Imphal
Bench today issued a Rule Nisi in a writ petition filed by a widow seeking
compensation for the killing of her husband in firing by BSF personnel in
February last year. According to a statement released by the Human Rights Law
Network, Ningthoujam ongbi Sunibala Devi of Nongpok Sekmai, Imphal East
District, Manipur had filed the writ petition seeking pay adequate compensation
for the death of her husband, namely, Ningthoujam Thopchao Singh in arbitrary
firing by personnel of 172 bn Border Security Force. The petition also seeks the
punishment of the errant personnel involved in the crime. It was heard by
Justice T Nandakumar Singh. ...more…

Woman dies from shock(AST_14_2_k8)
JORHAT, Feb 13 – An old woman, Bibija Begum (70), died from a shock she
suffered during the depredation wrought by a herd of wild elephants in Pukhuria
area near Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary off Mariani last night. The marauding jumbos
destroyed several houses in the area. .


UNLF owns
up killing of two for involvement in rape (IFP_14_2_k8)


IMPHAL, Feb 13: The proscribed United National Liberation
Front, UNLF, has owned responsibility for the killing of two persons, namely
Salam Biren alias Mangal, a 2nd lieutenant in the outfit, and one Heikrujam
Mono, of Arong Heibong Makhong on February 11 night. A statement issued by Ksh
Yoiheiba, senior publicity officer of the UNLF, said Mono was given the death
penalty for his involvement in the rape of a girl earlier this month.  
Regarding 2nd Lt. Mangal, according to the statement, he had not only acquiesced
in the incident, but had a history of immoral behaviour. .

PTMA demands justice in rape

DIMAPUR, FEB 13 (NPN): The Pfutsero Town Mothers’
Association (PTMA) has demanded the district administration to award exemplary
punishment to one Vebito Tazhu, son of Kuvecusa of Porba village, for alleged
rape committed on a five-year-old girl Bozilu Veyie, daughter of Venetso Veyie.

Mother gets a raw
KOKRAJHAR, Feb 13 : This is a case of sheer doctor’s negligence and
irresponsible attitude towards service to mankind. Tanjuli Brahma gave birth to
her second baby on the patient’s bed at the maternity ward of Civil Hospital,
Kokrajhar on Monday without any help from the medical staff. Piqued at the
treatment by hospital authorities, the husband of Tanjuli, Sanjib Brahma, while
speaking to The Sentinel said his wife got admitted at 6.35 a.m. on the same day
but was forced to give birth on the bed and the doctor J Ahmed was not present
to look after the patient. Brahma said that Dr Ahmed did not pay any heed to his
pleas and simply said it was a false pain and delivery is likely to take place
in the next couple of days. ...more…



IMPHAL, Feb 13: MBC Women Department would be celebrating its 9th MBC
Women Triennial Fellowship from February 14 to 17 at MBC Center Church, Imphal.
The programme will mark by a peaceful rally on February 15 to show solidarity
with all those people who are living with HIV/AIDS. .



SHILLONG: Eleven girls from Rajasthan, who were arrested on Tuesday on
the charge of fraudulently collecting money in the name of relief to
calamity-hit people of that State, were remanded to judicial custody on
Wednesday. ...more…



TEMI TARKU, February 13:
In a shocking incident, a 20-year-old man molested a minor in South Sikkim. Dhan
Bahadur Subedi of Lower Tarku, South Sikkim was arrested by Temi Police Station
yesterday on charges of molesting a minor girl. On February 12, at about 9am, a
complaint was lodged at Temi Police Station stating that his six-year-old
daughter was molested using force while she was alone in the house. .

 IMPHAL, Feb 14 – Eleven computer shop owners, suspected to be engaged in
downloading and transferring obscene pictures and X-rated videos, have been
picked up by the Imphal City police today in a raid conducted in Paona bazaar


Trust’s attitude flayed
DHEKIAJULI, Feb 15 – The Brihattar Dhekiajuli Mahila Sajagata Samittee
(BDMSS) headquartered at Dhekiajuli has expressed its resentment against certain
decisions taken by the Lokanayak Omeo Kumar Das Memorial Trust (LOKD Trust) for
establishing a women’s college in the fond memory of Padma Bhusan Puspalata Das,
the great Gandhian leader, freedom fighter, social worker, ex-MP and wife of
Omeo Kumar Das.
In this context, a six-point memorandum signed by Prativa Roy and Binata Barua,
the president and the secretary of the BDMSS respectively, has already been
submitted to Rabindra Nath Bhuyan, the secretary of the LOKD Trust, wherein the
women body has vehemently protested the alleged undemocratic role of the Trust
for not taking in confidence either the public of greater Dhekiajuli area or any
women organisation although the proposed institution is directly concerned with
women education. ...more…

Sikkim women benefit from small
family scheme
GANGTOK, Feb 15 – More than 2,000 unmarried women of Sikkim have been
benefited from the Small Family Scheme. The government, through the state women
and child welfare department, recently released the first instalment of Rs 2,000
to each beneficiary in the State.  This was informed by the Child Development
Project Officer (CDPO), East District GM Gurung today. The scheme started in
1997 with the main objective to delay marriage of girls and to maintain proper
spacing between the first and the second child, is being implemented with the
help of more than 1800 Anganwadi workers thus enabling the ICDS to emerge as a
major agency to empower women in the State, it is informed. .

Minor molested(AST_16_2_k8)
GANGTOK, Feb 15 – In a shocking incident, a 20-year-old man molested a
minor in South Sikkim. Dhan Bahadur Subedi of Lower Tarku, South Sikkim was
arrested by Temi Police Station yesterday on charges of molesting a minor girl.
 On February 12, at about 9 am, a complaint was lodged at Temi Police Station
stating that a six-year-old girl was molested while she was alone in the house.
The accused entered the house when the father of the victim was away at Siliguri
and the mother had gone to a nearby forest to gather fodder. .

Three women candidates for
Assembly polls

KOHIMA, Feb 15: Altogether three women candidates have been tickets for the
March five Assembly elections in Nagaland. Janata Dal (United) has announced the
name of Zeneisule Ate for the Dimapur-I Assembly constituency, .


Resolve NE grievances
through talks(AST_18_2_k8)

NEW DELHI, Feb 17 – Asserting that the story of development of the
North-east in many aspects was similar to that of other parts of the country,
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil advocated resolution of “grievances” through
constructive dialogue. Without referring to the problem of insurgency and other
political turmoil plaguing the North-east, the President said, “As we move
forward, we must always remember that our grievances must be resolved through
constructive dialogue and in a democratic manner.” .

Woman arrested for illegal land
GUWAHATI, Feb 17 – The skyrocketing price of land in the city may have
dampened the hopes of the common people to own a house of their own, but
according to City Police, the land mafia on the prowl is exploiting the
situation to its advantage.
The arrest of Heera Baruah, a 70-year-old woman, by City Police here today has
once again confirm the fact. Baruah has been charged with illegally selling a
plot of land worth Rs 90 lakh in the city’s Silphukuri area. The arrest was made
today after police gathered some vital evidence against the lady, against whom
an FIR was lodged with the Chandmari police station a month back. .

State students raise NE issues
before cji during Delhi meet (IFP_18_2_k8)

NEW DELHI, February 17: The President of India Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil
today inaugurated the 9-day long National Conclave of North Eastern States for
Access to Justice to Women of the Region at Plenary Hall of the Vigyan Bhawan
here, in the presence of the Union Minister of Law and Justice Dr H. R. Bhardwaj
and the Chief Justice of India Mr. Justice K.G. Balakrishnan. The National Legal
Services Authority organized the Conclave for the North Eastern States which was
the first time of such kind in the post independent era of the country. .

 Budget allocation for
child devp falling

GUWAHATI, Feb 17: The budgetary allocation for child development in the
annual Budget of the State has been declining for the last four years, a joint
study conducted by the North East Social Research Centre (NESRC) and the HAQ
Centre for Child Rights has revealed. The revelation comes at a time when the
State Government has been gearing up for the presentation of the annual Budget
for 2008-2009, as the Budget session of the Asom Assembly is scheduled to start
from March 3. ...more…


Jagiroad SBI adopts 2 girl
children (SEN_18_2_k8)

JAGIROAD, Feb 17: Unlike the other branches of the State Bank of India (SBI),
the Jagiroad branch has adopted two girl children to help them in their
education till HS level recently.  The State Bank of India under community
service banking directed all the 1500 branches to adopt a girl child for
academic development upto Higher Secondary standard. .

Cash, material donated to Young
Horizon on its march
IMPHAL, Feb 17 : For the second time, a total amount of Rs 14,708, rice
and vegetables collected from the people were donated towards the unity march of
the Young Horizon Manipur. The cash and materials were collected by the United
Women’s Front, Momnu Erikhombi Lup, Women’s Association for Civic Action
Kangleipak, Apunba Kanglei Shinnaibi Lup and All Manipur Anti-Drug Association
during a campaign held at different places. .


votes the deciding factor in many Tripura seats (SEN_23_2_k8)
AGARTALA, Feb 22: Women voters in Tripura will play an important role
in the outcome of Saturday’s assembly elections as they outnumber men in nine
constituencies. Of the 313 candidates seeking elections to the 60-seat assembly,
31 aspirants are women, which is the highest in the Northeastern state since
“Of the 60 assembly constituencies, women voters outnumber their male
counterparts in nine assembly seats, of which six are reserved for tribals,”
said GSG Ayyangar, chief electoral officer of Tripura. .


four women in the race for Nagaland Assembly


KOHIMA, Feb 22: Altogether four women candidates of the total 218
contestants are trying their luck for the March five Assembly elections in
According to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) C J Ponraj, Zeneisele of JD(U) is
contesting from Dimapur-I constituency against the Congress candidate and former
Chief Minister K L Chishi. ...more…


Anganwadi DPC

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Against the guideline of the Central Government, no DPC was
conducted in the recruitment of 6276 Anganwadi workers and helpers, alleged
ex-MLA and former Secretary (Law) L Ibomcha.
In a press release, the ex-MLA maintained that the guideline clearly laid out
that recruitment should be through proper DPC and after personnel interview of
the candidates. ...more…


girls rounded up

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Two girls including a teenager were apprehended by volunteers
of DM College of Students’ Union on February 20 at around noon after they were
found to be moving suspiciously inside the college campus besides collecting
donations from passers-by without any explicit reason.According to a Union
release, the duo identified themselves as Usha Rai (20) and Bimla Rai (14) of
Raipur and had been collecting money ranging from Rs 20 to Rs 2000 as assistance
following destruction of their homes and properties by a natural calamity. .


Contributions of Lekhika
Samaroh activists recalled(AST, 24-2-08)
TIHU, Feb 23 – Synchronising with the foundation day of Tihu branch
of All Assam Lekhika Samaroh, a meeting in memory of four deceased dedicated
activists of the Samaroh, organised by the local branch, was held in a solemn
manner at Tihu College auditorium recently. The meeting held on the occasion was
presided over by Prativa Debi, president of the branch.
Earlier, floral wreaths were places on the portraits of late Kamini Dutta
founder president of the Tihu branch, Manju Bhagawati Sharma, Bebala Barman and
Niru Deka. ...more…

Dress code for Rajbongshi
girls(AST, 25-2-08)
KOKRAJHAR, Feb 24 – In a fresh attempt, both Atul Roy and Biswajit
Roy factions of AKRSU, in a joint action, declared compulsory dress code for
Rajbongshi girls studying in schools.District AKRSU unit of Kokrajhar district
visited Kashipara High School at Bhotgaon in Kokrajhar district and distributed
75 ‘patanis’ which is worn by Rajbongshi girls and women. .


anti-NIT women protestors hurt in lathicharge by police (IFP_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 23: At least twelve women sustained injuries when women police
and IRB lathi-charged them for intervening and attempting to disturb government
officials from demarcation of land for establishment of National Institute of
Technology (NIT) at Langol in Imphal west on Saturday.The state government`s
decision to construct NIT in Langol area has received strong opposition from
residents of the area as the residential land was affected by the construction
of the same. ...more…

2-day exhibition held

TANGLA, Feb 24: The Moitree Sangha, a social organization of the women at
Tangla organized a two-day exhibition at Tangla Higher Secondary School play
ground recently. Several women organizations from Tangla town and the
surrounding villages took pat in the exhibition. The stalls exhibited pithas,
laroos, and various types of handloom products of colourful designs, knitting
and embroidery products and food items preserved through different processes. .


UWF foundation day celebrated

IMPHAL, Feb 24: The first foundation day of United Women’s Front (UWF)
was celebrated today at Manipur Press Club here along with announcing the
activities to be taken up by the women’s body in 2008-09. Education Minister L
Jayantakumar, UWF president in-charge Kh Mangi Leima and vice president of All
Manipur Lady Advocates’ Association L Kiranmala Leima graced the first
anniversary function as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.


Lamkang women’s conference kicks

 IMPHAL, Feb 24: The first four day general conference of the Lamkang
Naga Women’s Union (LNSL) kicked off at Mantripantha village, Chandel district
The main features of the general conference being participated by 36 Lamkang
villages are interactive session on human rights, cultural programmes, beau-ty
pageant and exhibition.
The inaugural function of the conference was graced by PHE Minister TN Haokip,
IFC Minister N Biren and Social Welfare Minister N Loken as chief guest,
president and guest of honour respectively. .


Workshop held

IMPHAL, Feb 24: Kasturba Gandhi Institute for Development, Imphal today
organised a one-day workshop on ‘children as peace volunteers’ at Hotel
Excellency here.
Inaugural function of the workshop was attended by MLA Dr Usham Deben Singh as
chief guest, president of Manipur Voluntary Health Association AK Kerani Singh
as guest of honour and president of Kasturba Gandhi Institute for Development,
Manipur Kh Momon Singh as functional president. .


 Civilian monitoring of
military operations on the anvil? (SHT, 25-2-08)
The idea was mooted in the wake of alleged rape and murder of Manipur’s

Manorama Devi by AR

New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil is exploring the possibility of
having civilian monitor military operations in the North-East and Jammu and
Kashmir in a bid to tackle complaints of harassment of women by security
personnel.In what could revive the demand for the repeal of the controversial
Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958 – AFSPA – the President has assured
leading women rights activist and former National Commission for Women
chairperson Mohini Giri that she would see whether civilian supervision of
military operations was possible."I, with my 50 years of experience of working
for women in various trouble-torn states, can say that women are not immune to
exploitation or abuse by security personnel during their operations against
militants," Giri said."I had broached the issue with President Patil and mooted
the idea of civilian monitoring of military operations in the northeastern
states and Jammu and Kashmir, and she has promised to get it examined," Giri
told IANS. ...more…

Cell for NE women(AST_26_2_k8)
NEW DELHI, Feb 25 – In a first of its kind initiative, Special Legal
Assistance for Protection of Women and Girls of North-east Living in Delhi has
been launched in collaboration with National Legal Service Authority (NALSA) and
Delhi High Court. The special legal assistance cell has been formed following
frequent incidents of attacks, on students particularly girls of the North-east
in the national capital. The Cell was launched at the valedictory function of
the weeklong National Conclave of North Eastern States for Access to Justice to
Women of the Region, organised by NALSA. .

Mothers’ Day observed(SEN_27_2_k8)

TINSUKIA, Feb 26: International Mothers’ Day was observed
under the aegis of Uzan Xahitya Gosthi at Subachami road, here recently.Sujay
Kumar Roy, president of the organization hoisted the flag. Bhanu Bhusan Das,
lighted the ceremonial lamp. ...more…

IMPHAL, Feb 26: Bringing up the matter to the notice of the people of
Nongmaijing area Komrem villages, Tha-yong and its neighbouring villages,
Mothers’ Association Thayong (MAT), Senapati district has announced its complete
ban on alcoholism and gambling activities in Thayong village with effect from
today. ...more…


during child birth in State
Rate higher than all


IMPHAL, Feb 26: Mortality rate of mothers during child birth in
Manipur is higher than the all India level, Health and Family Minister Ph
Parijat informed the State Assembly today.
In response to a question raised by MPP MLA Dr Ng Bijoy during the question hour
session of the Assembly today, the Health Minister said out of every 1,00,000
mothers, 378 of them die during child birth in Manipur as against the all India
level of 301 death cases.
To reduce the mortality rate of mothers during child birth, various steps have
been taken up under the State Rural Health Mission to encourage expectant
mothers to come to the hospitals for delivery cases. .


Woman delivers 6-kg baby
(SHT, 27-3-08)

Itanagar: Believe it or not, a woman from Seppa under West Kameng
district has delivered a 5.7 kg baby at Rama Krishna Mission Hospital here on
Sunday.This is the first time in the history of the hospital that a baby of such
weight was delivered that too through normal delivery.Dr Moon Moon Das, under
whose supervision the baby was delivered, told UNI that the baby was delivered
through ventose extraction process and this was the first case in the hospital
that such a large baby was delivered normally. .

Role of
women in panchayat system discussed(AST_28_2_k8)

HALEM, Feb 27 – A one-day orientation programme on role of women in
Panchayat Raj System especially for the newly-elected members of six gaon
panchayats of Gahpur sub-division was held recently at Misamari Swahid Mukunda
Kakati Bhawan here with Tarini Kanta Mandal in the chair. The programme was
organised by the District Community Development Centre’, an NGO of Bheluadanga
under Halem mouza. R Sarma, programme co-ordinator explained the objectives K
Bhengra, chief executive officer of the NGO explained the activities including
its efforts to make people understand the women empowerment on local self
governance. ...more…

Paswan push for women

SHILLONG: Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) president and Union Chemical and
Fertilisers Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has said that though people of Meghalaya
follow a matrilineal society, empowerment of women is yet to take place in the
State.Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, Mr Paswan said if LJP managed to
come to power in the coming polls the party would work for empowerment of women
in the State."As a positive step towards this goal (empowerment of women), party
tickets for four out of the 18 seats to be contested by LJP has been allotted to
women candidates," Mr Paswan said. .

rate of expecting mothers high in Manipur(AST_29_2_k8)

Newmai News Network
 IMPHAL, Feb 28 – In Manipur, the mortality rate of mothers during childbirth is
higher than the average of the all India level, State Health Minister Ph Parijat
informed the State Assembly on Tuesday.
Responding to a question raised by Opposition MLA Dr Ng Bijoy Singh during
question hour, the Health Minister said that out of every 1, 00,000 mothers, 378
die during childbirth in Manipur against an all India average of 301.
The Health Minister said that various measures have been adopted under the State
Rural Health Mission (RHM) to encourage expectant mothers to come to the health
centres or hospitals for delivery so as to reduce the mortality rate of mothers
during childbirth. He said under the RHMS, Rs 700 each is given to every
expectant mother from rural areas who come to hospitals for delivery and Rs 600
each to expectant urban mothers. .

Report on Mizo govt-ultra nexus

 AIZAWL, Feb 28 – The report of a House panel probing into the
allegations of nexus between the Mizoram Government and insurgent groups will
soon be submitted, its chairman today said.
Saikapthianga told PTI the House Inquiry Committee is likely to sum up its
findings in a meeting convened on March 4 and submit the report to the Speaker.
The Committee would seek no more extension of inquiry period, he said. .

Mizoram sees rise in
murder, rape cases
AIZAWL, Feb 28: Mizoram has witnessed a considerable increase in murder
and rape cases, even as there has been a decline in IPC and non-IPC cases.
Addressing a crime conference here yesterday, Mizoram Director General of Police
(DGP) Lalrokhuma Pachuau said murder cases rose from 30 in 2006 to 44 in 2007 –
a shocking 46.47 per cent increase.
Rape cases also saw a 9.59 per cent increase, from 73 in 2006 to 80 in 2007, he
The number of violent crimes recorded in 2007 was 157, a 3.29 per cent rise from
the previous year’s 152. ...more…




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