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Nagaland Political, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 14, 2009


NGOs issue poll guidelines
 KOHIMA, Feb 17 – Asserting their moral authority on societal discourses
and issues, various church and social organisations in Nagaland have issued do’s
and don’ts to political parties to ensure free, fair and accountable election to
the state Assembly on March 5.
These organisations have been very much vocal against the malpractices indulged
in during the electioneering, particularly the prevailing practices of setting
up of so called youth camps by political parties of all hues, where money and
liquor pour in freely during the campaigns. .

NSA visits War

Dimapur, Feb 17 (NPN): National Security Advisor, M.K Narayanan, Sunday
visited the Kohima War Cemetery, a defence release said.
He was accompanied by Maj. Gen. K.S. Sethi, IGAR (N); Chief Secretary, Lalhuma;
besides a host of civil and military officials.  Mrs. N.K. Narang, Financial
Advisor, Ministry of Defence, who is also on an official tour to Nagaland, was
present on the occasion.  Narayanan laid wreath in honour of the heroes of World
War II. Later, he visited the museum before leaving for Shillong in the
afternoon. ..more…


Scrutiny of papers

Dimapur, Feb 17 (NPN): Eleven political parties apart from Independents have
set up candidates for the March 5 Assembly elections in Nagaland, scrutiny of
which will be held on February 18. .


Chishi meets various

DIMAPUR: Veteran Congress leader and candidate for 1 Dimapur -I A/C,
K. L. Chishi Sunday held a series of meeting at various places including Public
Welfare Society at Ward No. 2, Dimapur Stone Crushers Owner’s Union, Westyard
Colony Radha Govondo Mandir, Dimapur District Thela (Hand/Craft) Puller
Employees Union, Tamang Buddhist Welfare Society, Nepali Basti and Sematilla
colony at Dimapur. ..more…

Atomi appeals to

DIMAPUR: NPF candidate from Dimapur-I assembly
constituency, Atomi Zhimomi, during his strings of meetings in various colonies
under his constituency, has advised the youth, party workers and supporters not
to be wooed by easy money during the electioneering process but to decide and
vote for the candidate who can bring about real development and progress if
elected to power. ..more…


Nagaland takes a step towards
clean polls

Kohima, Feb 16 : Asserting their moral authority on societal discourses
and issues, various church and social organisations in Nagaland have issued dos
and do nots to political parties to ensure free, fair and accountable election
to the State Assembly on March 5.
These organisations have been very much vocal against the malpractices indulged
in during the electioneering, particularly the prevailing practices of setting
up of so called youth camps by political parties of all hues, where money and
liquor pour in freely during the campaigns. .


guidelines for Nagaland polls
 KOHIMA, Feb 19 – The influential church groups and social organisations
in Nagaland have issued various dos and donts for political parties to ensure
free, fair and morally acceptable State Assembly polls on March 5.
These organisations have been very vocal against many of the methods used by
political parties to woo young voters, particularly the prevailing practice of
setting up the so-called ‘youth camps’, where money and liquor flow freely. .

BJP loves Nagaland: Ramlal

Dimapur, Feb 19 (NPN): With barely a fortnight left for Assembly elections in
the State, the BJP Tuesday said it “loves Nagaland and is dedicated to the
welfare of its people”.
Addressing a gathering here after releasing party election manifesto, BJP all
India general secretary (Org) Ramlal said the previous NDA government at the
Centre generously released funds to Nagaland for peace, progress and development
and also to wipe out the Rs.365 crore deficit created by the “Congress
government.” ..more…

NPF ‘ahise, khaise, jaise’:

Dimapur, Feb 19 (NPN): Reacting to claims made by the NPF as the leading
coalition partner of the then DAN government  on  ‘peace and prosperity’ and
‘overall development of Nagaland’, the NPCC said “nothing could be further from
the truth” as the utterances of NPF leaders including posters pasted at various
places in the state were only impress voters. .


PM to visit State(NPT,

Dimapur, Feb 19 (NPN): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is likely to visit
Nagaland by the end of February for campaigning for the March 5 Assembly
elections in the State. According to sources, Dr. Singh will visit the State
after AICC president Mrs. Sonia .

Chishi’s poll campaign
continues(NPT, 20-2-08)

DIMAPUR: Continuing with his campaign, K L Chishi, official INC
candidate of 1-Dimapur-I assembly constituency, Tuesday evening campaigned at
Ward No 1, NST colony along with party functionaries of ACC, DCC and AICC,
supporters and well wishers. ..more…


 DIMAPUR: With barely a few days left for the
Assembly elections in the State, new developments are taking place in the
political arena, such as resignations, defections etc. Here is State round-up of
the latest developments.


22 arkakong A/C Mahila unit dissolved: The Congress Mahila unit of
Unger village under 22 Arkakong Assembly Constituency, Mokokchung district has
dissolved. A press release issued by the president, Unger Mahila unit,
Watisangla stated that the unit was dissolved following the resignation of some
important Mahila workers from the office and from the active and primary
membership of Congress party. ..more…

Dimapur(NPT, 20-2-08)

DCC welcomes: The District Congress Committee (DCC) Dimapur has
welcomed Vitokhu Achumi, vice president NPF Dimapur division and the founder
president of 3 Dimapur-III A/C NPF who has resigned from the party to support
Congress candidate Azheto Zhimomi. .

NPF 1 Dmr-I A/C suspends: The NPF party of 1 Dimapur-I A/C has
suspended R. Lotha president and Jungti, secretary women wing, NPF ward no.3
with immediate effect for anti party activities. .

AYC 1 Dmr-1 A/C clarifies: The Assembly Youth Congress (AYC) of 1
Dmr-1 A/C has clarified the news item "ward no.8 Congress (AYC) dissolved" that
appeared on February 18 as unjustifiable. A joint press release issued by vice
president, Anungla Aier of AMCC ward no.8 and vice president, Gautam Sarkar of
ward no.8 Congress committee stated that Sanjib Deb and Temsu Ao were not
members of Congress party. The press release clarified that the statement 45
strong supportive resigned from Congress party to support NPF candidate, Atomi
Zhimomi as uncalled for and that out of 45 members, 25 members are still with
Congress party and most of the remaining members are not from ward no.8.

NPF members resign: The NPF youth wing ward no.9 party workers have
declared to resign from the party to support the Congress candidate K.L. Chishi
from 1 Dimapur-1 A/C led by Hekato Achumi, president; Arthur, vice president;
Khutok, general secretary; Meya, secretary; Akumla, joint secretary and Khuholu,
joint secretary. A press release issued by them stated that they have resigned
from the party due to loss of confidence in the leadership of Atomi Zhimomi Ex-
MLA and an aspirant NPF candidate.

More support to K. L. Chishi: Altogether 41 NPF youth from ward no.5,
1 Dimapur-I A/C led by its president Amos have resigned en mass from their
respective party to support Congress candidate K. L. Chishi in the ensuing March
5 polls. This was stated in press statement issued by V. Sema, press secretary
to K. L. Chishi.

In a separate press statement issued by president mahila wing ACCC 1 Dimapur-I
A/C, Kheholi Sema stated that the NPF women wing led by its president, R. Lotha
along with its members have resigned from their respective party and joined
Congress to support K. L. Chishi.

Meanwhile, the office bearers of ward no-2 along with office bearers and the
active members have resigned from the NPF party to extend their support to K. L.
Chishi in the ensuing March 5 polls.

Congress members clarifies: Reacting to a news item that appeared in
the local dailies on February 11 under the caption, "Congress members resigned
from ward no.22", Lukiye and Zhetovi, ward no. 22 has stated that they have
never resigned from the Congress and termed the person responsible for using
their names as "self style" who did it without their consent. This was stated in
a press release issued by V. Sema. press secretary to K. L. Chishi.

Support for H. Khekiho Zhimomi: The Shitovi village council
Dhansiripar under 4 Ghaspani-I A/C has declared their support to H. Khekiho
Zhimomi. A joint press release issued by NPF 4 Ghaspani -I A/C president, Tokuho
Neho and general secretary, Zuben Lotha have also informed that the council
members, elders and the villagers of Dumokhia, only Lotha village under 4
Ghaspani-I A/C held a joint meeting on February 17 at the office of the village
council of Dumokhia in the presence of the candidate and party workers and have
resolved to support Khekiho for the forthcoming general elections. .

MON(NPT, 20-2-08)

Party workers resign: The NPF and Congress party workers have declared
to resign from their respective posts to support H. Haiying Khiam, RJD candidate
of 56 Noklak A/C led by P. Khou, finance secretary of NPF youth Noklak town, M.
Settiu, executive chairman of NPF youth Noklak, T. Pongom, party agent Congress
of 56 A/C and P. Demo, NATC NPF party agent of 56 A/C. A press release issued by
Thangem, press secretary to RJD candidate of 56 A/C Noklak stated that the
members have joined RJD party seeing the dynamic leadership and prospect of RJD
party in the state.

48 Moka A/C INC members resign: Altogether 38 active members of Indian
National Congress (INC) party from different villages under 48 Moka A/C have
resigned from the party and resolved to support NPF candidate E.E Pangteang in
the ensuing general assembly election. .

Support for Haiying: Supporters of NPF and Congress party from
Chingmie village has resigned with host of party workers from their respective
posts to support H. Haiying Khiam (Advocate), RJD candidate 56 Noklak A/C. This
was stated in a press release issued by Thangem, press secretary to RJD
candidate 56 assembly constituency Noklak. .

Supporters for Nyeiwang Konyak: The 47th A/C NPF Aboi, in its meeting
held on January 31, resolved to support NPF candidate Nyeiwang Konyak, a release
by the general secretary, Y. Ato Konyak, stated. Discussing the development
works in the region during the tenure of Nyeiwang Konyak, NPF party workers and
leaders expressed their hope that the candidate would bring progress even in the
future. ..more….

NPF Aboi welcomes: The 47th A/C NPF Aboi has welcomed Healong, VC and
secretary Chinglong village from RJD, and A. Chairyong, GB Chinglong Village
from INC, to the NPF party. A release by its general secretary, Y. Ato Konyak,
stated that the members resigned from their party to support NPF candidate, Y.
Nyeiwang Konyak.

Congress 43 Tapi A/C welcomes: The Congress party 43 Tapi A/C has
welcomed prominent leaders who have resigned from the NPF party and joined
Congress party led by NPF divisional secretary, Nahtei Konyak from Nyahsa
village and Apan Konyak from Shangnyu village and ex-president NPF 43 Tapi A/C.
A press release issued by Ajeih Konyak, general secretary (Adm) 43 Tapi A/C
stated that the members had resigned due to lack of confidence. The resigned
members have joined Congress party to support N. Lanpha, candidate for 43 Tapi

PHEK(NPT, 20-2-08)

Supporters for Chotisüh sazo: Altogether eleven members from 18th
Chozuba A/C NPF and BJP have declared their resignation from the active and
primary membership of the party to support independent candidate Chotisüh Sazo.
According to a press release issued by Pokuyi Khesoh, convener, steering
committee of the independent candidate, stated that the resigned candidates
included ex unit chairman, NPF and ex VCC Chesezu, Soveyi Nyekha; finance
secretary of NPF Zükuyi Nyekha; active members of NPF party Nüngotso Nyekha,
Vepora Nyekha, Thüpude Nyekha, Kütsosa Nyekha, Besükroyi Nyekha, Zavecho Nyekha,
Zümotsoyi Nyekha; unit youth president of BJP Vekütso Nyekha and active BJP
member Müdopoyi Nyekha.

Congress worker resigns: The Phek town unit Congress banker 19 Phek
A/C along with five household led by Hutaveyi Rhakho, Shuvetalu Chizo,
Chivocholu Hoshi, Phuvehu and Thupuveta having 26 voters have declared to resign
from the Congress party as they have lost hope on Congress party. In a press
release issued by Hutaveyi Rhakho stated that the resigned members have decided
to join NPF party to support Kuzholuzo (Azo) from 19 Phek A/C for his dedication
and sincerity.


Support for Kheto: The Alaphumi Village Council (AVC) in its general
public meeting held on February 18 resolved to "declare solid in support of" I.
Kheto INC candidate from 31 A/C Akuluto. .

TUENSANG(NPT, 20-2-08)

BJP members resign: BJP members from 52th A/C Longkhim-Chare have
resigned from the party to support Congress candidate S.K. Sangtam. President
52th A/C AYC, Joseph in a press release informed that the resigned members
included Sejungba, GB Chungtor village, and other six household from Longkhim
Town, namely: Tsalongse; Chotsamong; Chotong; Tsalong; Ongto and Athriba.

NPF party founders of 58 A/C Shamator-Chessore resign: The NPF party
founders and ex-office bearers from different villages under 58 A/C Shamator-
Chessore have declared their resignation from the NPF party and decided to join
BJP party to support the candidature of M. Rokkiumong Yimchungru of 58 A/C
Shamator- Chessore for the coming Assembly elections. This was stated in a press
release issued by T. Keozhih, former secretary of NPF Tuensang division.

DYC workers resign: The District Youth Congress (DYC) of Tuensang
Sadar-I party workers have declared to resign from the primary and active
membership of the party. A press release issued by DYC president, I. Alemba
Chang stated that the members took the initiative as their demand for 10%
reservation of party ticket for Nagaland Youth Congress was denied by the higher
authorities and also Nungsanglemba Chang was denied party ticket who was
recommended from grass root level. The resigned members included I. Alemba
Chang, president; Chuba Chang, vice president; Chubala Chang, secretary; Alemla
Chang, assistant secretary; Serila Sangtam, women co-ordinator and Atula Chang,
assistant women co- ordinator.

PEREN(NPT, 20-2-08)

Congress members resigne: The president and general secretary of the
Nkoreu Village Congress unit under Peren A/C namely Kaichung and J Jenpet have
resigned from the primary and active membership of the Congress party and joined
the NPF. Signatories in a release informed that they had resigned from Congress
and joined the NPF to support the NPF candidate TR Zeliang in the ensuing
assembly election.

JTC member resigns: Jalukie Town Council (JTC) member, advisor DCC
Peren and Mahila vice president, Zaiping has resigned from the Congress and
joined the NPF in support of T. R. Zeliang.

WOKHA(NPT, 20-2-08)

Support for Pinyimthung: Various political party workers under 37 Tyui
A/C have declared their support to NPF party. A press release issued by
Thungdemo Lotha, press secretary to the NPF candidate 37 Tyui A/C stated that
the political activists have joined hands with NPF for a visionary and dynamic
leadership, led by Nshumo Ezung, R. David Ngullie, N. Jhon Ngullie, N.Thunchumo
Ngulliue, all from Yimkha village and Ntsemo Patton from Koio village. The
political activists further declared to stand firm and work for the candidature
to bring changes in the social and economic conditions of the rural areas, the
release added.

TR Zeliang reacts to
report(NPT, 20-2-08)

DIMAPUR: Reacting to the accusations of the Congress party under 7
Peren A/C, NPF intending candidate and MP Rajya Sabha T.R. Zeliang has urged all
concerned leaders in the district to shun from indulging cheap politics with
unfounded and baseless allegations while dealing with important issues
concerning the people. ..more…

candidates withdraw nominations in Nagaland Assembly


KOHIMA, Feb 19: So far 35 candidates have decided not to
contest in March 5 Nagaland Assembly elections. Tomorrow is the last date for
withdrawal of nominations.
According to a release from the office of the Chief Electoral Officer here
today, the scrutiny was taken up yesterday and only two nomination papers of two
standby candidates were found invalid in Mokokchung district due to lack of
required documents. All the other 287 nomination papers, of the 289 candidates
were found valid. ..more…

Nagaland governor promises fair
polls(TEL, 20-2-08)

Kohima, Feb. 19: Nagaland Governor K. Sankaranarayanan
today assured the people of “peaceful, free and fair elections” on March 5.He
said the government faced the mammoth task of organising elections in 1,781
polling stations in the state where more than 13 lakh voters were expected to
exercise their franchise and was doing its best to ensure smooth conduct of the
polls. Sankaranarayanan, who recently discussed security in the state with
national security advisor M.K. Narayanaran, said the government’s top priority
was security of the people and peaceful elections and it would deploy more than
168 companies of paramilitary forces in addition to the police to ensure this. .

218 in fray for polls(NPT,

Dimapur, Feb 20 (NPN): Altogether 218 candidates are in the fray for
the March 5 State Assembly elections after scrutiny and withdrawal of
nominations by some candidates.According to State Election Department, Congress
fielded candidates in all 60 seats, followed by NPF (56), NCP (eight), BJP (23),
JD-U (three), JD-S (four), UNDP (two), RJD (25), LJP (three), APP (one) and
Independents (33). ..more…

Alva arrives; Sonia to visit
on March 1(NPT, 21-2-08)

DIMAPUR, FEB 20 (NPN): AICC general secretary and
incharge Nagaland Mrs. Margareth Alva and central observer Siddarth Patil
arrived Nagaland Wednesday to assess the Congress party’s preparation for the
State Assembly election slated for March 5. .

Tripati visits Mkg(NPT,

DIMAPUR: Advisor (Security) to Governor of Nagaland, Tripathi
accompanied by Commissioner Nagaland, Toshi Aier and DGP Nagaland, J. Changkija
is on a two day official tour to Mokokchung from February 19 to 20 for review of
the security situation with DC Mokokchung security official and law enforcing
agencies. ..more…

on arms

WOKHA, Feb 20: Deputy Commissioner Wokha, Mikha Lomi has issued an order
banning carrying of all arms and lethal weapons in the district to ensure
maintenance of law and order which is essential for ensuring free and fair
election, stated a press release. .

New treasury office
KOHIMA, Feb 20: The new office building of treasury office building
inaugural programme will be held on February 21, stated a press release. DC
Tuensang Imjung M Panger will grace the function as the chief guest and Senior
Treasury Officer M. Vihoto Chishi will preside over the function, while
Sub-Treasury Officer Apong Chang will propose the vote of thanks.

Assam Rifles deployed
in Nagaland for March 5 polls

KOHIMA, Feb 20: Assam Rifles was deployed throughout
Nagaland today to provide the security for the March 5 Assembly polls in the
This was informed at the meeting of the Cease Fire Monitoring Group (CFMG)
between the Central government representatives and the NSCN-IM, held here
yesterday. Official sources said the meeting was held at the residential office
of Chairman of the CFMG Lt Gen (Retd) R V Kulkarni at Kohima, where Maj Gen K S
Sethi, Inspector General of Assam Rifles (North) informed the Assam Rifles
personnel will be deployed from today with the aim to instil confidence in the
local people and check the movement of the armed cadres of the underground
factions. ..more…

Congress bid to put house in
order ahead of polls(AST, 22-2-08)
 KOHIMA, Feb 21 – Apparently perturbed over the desertions of senior
party leaders ahead of the Assembly elections in Nagaland, the Congress has
appealed to all of them to come back and work for it. .


Swim with
NPF: Rio(NPT, 22-2-08)

Mokokchung, Feb 21 (NPN): Former chief minister Neiphiu Rio said “It is
better to swim with the waves instead of swimming against it as it would be
impossible for the swimmer to reach his destination”. Addressing a rally here on
Thursday, the NPF star campaigner claimed DAN alliance was growing stronger and
that its position was improving. He expressed confidence that DAN would be able
to retain power after the forthcoming Assembly polls. .


Unique experiment in State
polls(NPT, 22-2-08)

KOHIMA, FEB 21 (NPN):  In a unique experiment and for the first time in the
country, Nagaland which goes to polls on March 5 will have a Booth Level
Assistance Cell (BLAC) vested with power to authorize a person to cast his or
her vote before the presiding officer.  .


Pre-poll violence in
Dimapur(NPT, 22-2-08)

Dimapur, Feb 21 (NPN): Stray incidents of pre-poll violence were reported in
and around Dimapur on Wednesday and Thursday.
The RJD alleged around 30 to 35 of its activists were “assaulted” by Congress
workers at a place between Murise village and Deziephe village near Doyapur at
around 1:30 am, Thursday. ..more…


Election training held at
Phek(NPT, 22-2-08)

DIMAPUR: A two-day election training was conducted at Phek headquarter
on February 20 and 21 in Govt. Higher Secondary School Auditorium, Phek for the
state general election poll slated on March 5.According to an official bulletin,
during the training, Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer Phek, Maongwati
Aier called on all electoral trainers under Phek to ensure a free and fair
election for the forthcoming 11th Nagaland Legislative Assembly Election. While
calling on all presiding officers and polling personnel’s to be alert and
vigilant to prevent any untoward accidents .

NPF well ahead of other
parties in poll campaign
KOHIMA, Feb 21: The Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF) is surging ahead of all
the other parties in the State in organizing election campaigns for the March 5
Assembly polls as the other parties were yet to start their rallies and other
poll related programmes.
While the NPF was yet to release its election manifesto, termed the Common
Minimum Programme (CMP), the party has already organized huge rallies in Phek,
Peren and Dimapur districts with their star campaigners – former Chief Minister
Neiphiu Rio, NPF president Shurhozelie and Rajya Sabha Member Wangyuh Konyak. .


Venkaih Naidu to visit
KOHIMA, Feb 21: Senior BJP leader Venkaih Naidu will visit Nagaland on
February 28 for the party’s election campaigns ahead of the Assembly polls in
the state on March 5.
In a release issued here today, state BJP general secretary Avinash Koli said
Naidu will arrive at Dimapur from Guwahati on February 28 and make a whirlwind
tour by helicopter to Bhandari and Sanis towns under Wokha district and Wakching
town under Mon district. Later, he will leave for Kolkata on the same day. (UNI).

740 polling stations
hyper sensitive: CEO C J Ponraj
KOHIMA, Feb 21: Altogether 12,99,888 voters will exercise their franchise
in 1,780 polling stations throughout Nagaland on March five Assembly elections,
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) C J Ponraj today said. Talking to mediapersons
here, Ponraj said of the total polling stations, police have identified 740 as
hyper-sensitive, while 554 were sensitive and 486 normal. .

Poll panel
seeks Church aid (TEL, 22-2-08)

Kohima, Feb. 21: The Election Commission has asked the
Church and village councils in Nagaland to assist it in identification of
genuine voters for the March 5 Assembly elections. “With support from the Church
and village councils, the poll process will be free and fair,” chief electoral
officer C.J. Pongraj said today.With only 43 per cent of the electorate having
voter identity cards, the Election Commission has decided to allow voters
without the cards to cast ballots on production of certificates issued by the
Church. ..more…

10 candidates file

DIMAPUR/KOHIMA, FEB 11(NPN): On the second day of filing of
nomination for the ensuing general election to the 11th Nagaland Legislative
Assembly 2008 slated for March 5, a total of ten nominations were filed in two
districts with seven in Dimapur and three in Wokha districts. .



Dimapur, Feb 1(NPN): In sharp contrast to the electoral rolls of other
constituencies, it is has come to light that Dimapur-I assembly constituency has
instead shown a drastic decline of its voters from around thirty thousand to
around eighteen thousand currently.
Sources disclosed that following the intensive revision of the electoral rolls
in 2004, the names of thousands of voters, mostly non-local citizens have been
deleted from the rolls.
Many of those whose names were deleted from electoral rolls of Dimapur-I, had
their names in the list since 1963, while many others had voted in at least
three previous elections. ..more…


Security for

Dimapur, Feb 11 (NPN): Elaborate security arrangements have been made in the
State to ensure free and fair Assembly elections, due on March 5.
According to official sources, the Centre has already sanctioned 168 companies
of central paramilitary forces. Earlier, the State government had sought 180
companies of central paramilitary forces. .


Rio launches poll

As electioneering is getting momentum with finalization of candidates by
respective political parties across the state, former chief minister and NPF
star campaigner Neiphiu Rio today launched his maiden poll campaign at his home
constituency Northern Angami-II to retain the prestigious seat facing a tough
fight against Congress.Being the chief minister’s constituency, Rio’s supporters
tried their level best to draw maximum crowd to the election rally at
Chiephobozou play ground, sending the message that re-election of Rio is most
crucial for future formation of government in Nagaland.

DC & RO Mkg on

The Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer (DC & RO) of Mokokchung district
has informed that election of members to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly will
be held in ten assembly constituencies under Mokokchung district including
21-Tuli, 22-Arkakong, 23-Impur, 24-Angetyongpang, 25-Mongoya, 26-Aonglenden,
27-Mokokchung Town, 28-Koridang, 29-Jangpetkong and 30-Alongtaki Assembly

Dimapur NPF candidates file

Ahead of the release of the NPF election manifesto, former Commerce & Industries
minister and senior NPF leader Khekiho Zhimomi Monday said the NPF party would
focus on regionalism and youth empowerment as the main poll planks of the party
for the ensuing Assembly election. Addressing mediapersons here at DC Office in
between filing of nominations of all five NPF candidates of Dimapur district,
Khekiho said the NPF party with its motto "Fide non Armis" (By faith not arms)
was the only party that had been defending the spirit and cause of Naga
regionalism, identity and interest throughout its existence under different

Notification on nomination papers»(SEN_12_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 11: In view of the ensuing
Nagaland Legislative Assembly Election to be held on March 5 2008, Deputy
Commissioner Kohima, Sachopra Vero has notified that nomination paper may be
delivered by a candidate or by any of his proposers to the Returning Officer at
the office of the DC Kohima between 11am and 3 pm on any day (other than public
holiday) not later then February 16, stated a press release.


Formation Day held»(SEN_12_2_k8)

MON, Feb 11: Child Evangelism Ministry (CEM)
formation day was held at Mon on February 10, stated a press release. Associate
Pastor, Those Angami chaired the service. The chairman gave a key note on CEM
followed by installation of ministry by Keviu Seyie Pastor Tenyimia church Mon.
In his speech he highlighted the importance of child ministry in every church
and said that with the installation of child department the Tenyimia has now
become a full fledged church body. The service ended with a mass prayer.



commitee meeting held»(SEN_12_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 11: The first meeting of the
Changtongya Subdivision Standing Committee for the Assembly election was held
today, in the office chamber of the Chairman and SDO (C) Chantongya, stated a
press release.


requisitioned »(SEN_12_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 11: Deputy Commissioner and DEO, Kohima, Sachopra Vero has
requisitioned buildings, where the polling stations are located, to be used as
polling station for the ensuing 11th General Assembly election, 2008, stated a
press release The list of the buildings for polling station is available at the
DC’s Office for information of the public. .

Elaborate security arrangements
made for elections»(SEN_12_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 11: Advisor to the Nagaland Governor Raghav Sharan Pandey has
asserted that elaborate security arrangements had been made to ensure free and
fair Assembly elections on March 5. In a statement, he said the Centre had
sanctioned 150 companies of security forces and some of them had already arrived
while the rest would come after completion of the Tripura Assembly elections. He
also said the deployment of security forces will depend on the demand of the
Electorate officers, police authorities and intelligence reports on the
sensitiveness of the polling stations. .


Rio, NPF
leaders file nominations(NPT_13_2_K8)

Kohima, Feb 12 (NPN): A total of 16 nominations were filed
on Tuesday in Kohima, Wokha, Phek and Pughoboto for the March 5 Assembly
elections in the State.
With this, altogether 26 candidates have filed their nominations. Ten candidates
had filed their nomination papers on Monday.
Five nominations each were filed in Kohima district (four from NPF and one
Independent), Phek district (all NPF) and Wokha district (four from BJP and one
Independent). One nomination (NPF) was filed from Pughoboto. .


Rio harps
on ‘coalition era’(NPT_13_2_K8)

DIMAPUR, FEB 12 (NPN): Former Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, said it was now a
time for “coalition era” with regional parties playing a major part in formation
of government.
Sharing his goals and vision with Tenyimias at Naithu Resort here on Tuesday,
the former chief minister said with 38 political parties and nine Independents
in the Lok Sabha it was now a time for coalition politics. He claimed it was
owing to the failure of Congress that a number of other political parties had
emerged. However, Rio lamented “we are not able to trust our own leaders; our
own regional party” and were opting for a national party. .


Govt cautions

Dimapur, Feb 12 (NPN): The State government has
reminded the Heads of Departments (HoDs) to submit quarterly review on the
receipts and expenditure relating to budget.
A release issued by Principal Secretary and Finance Commissioner H.K. cautioned
that failure to submit the quarterly review would amount to violation of the
Nagaland Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act 2005 and attract
punishment as specified under the Act. .


Support for Atomi Zhimomi(NPT_13_2_K8)

DIMAPUR: The Gaon Boras (GBs) under Dimapur – I assembly constituency
is likely to support the candidature of MLA Atomi Zhimomi in the ensuing state
assembly elections slated to be held in March 5. .

Longleng GBs & DBs to support(NPT_13_2_K8)

DIMAPUR: The Joint Forum of Longleng District GBs Federation and DBs
Association has resolved to "continue" to render full support to the five points
resolution adopted by the Nagaland GBs Federation and Nagaland DBs Association
on June 6, 2007 at State Academy Hall, Kohima. .

Wokha NPF workers resign (NPT_13_2_K8)

DIMAPUR: Nine office bearers of NPF under Wokha division have resigned
from the active and primary member of the party. The resigned members included:
S. Eyingo Kikon, senior vice president, Phyobemo Murry, Y. Mhonhumo Murry and
John Ovung, vice president, Penathung Humtsoe, general secretary, Ezanimo Kikon
and Sholumo Lotha, secretary, Y.P. Jami, ex-president and Zuthunglo Kikon,
president Women Wing. ..more…

NNC calls Nagas to
boycott polls

KOHIMA, Feb 12: The Nagaland National Council (NNC), an underground outfit,
has directed all Nagas not to participate in the forthcoming “proxy and bogus
election” in the State. In a release here today, the NNC Secretary In-charge L
Kaiso has advised all Nagas to “stay at home when such proxy election is forced
in any part of Nagaland”. ..more…

Poll schedule for Nagaland

KOHIMA, Feb 12: As recommended by the Election Commission of India, the
Governor of Nagaland, under Section 15 of the Representation of Peoples Act
1951, is calling upon all Assembly Constituencies to elect members for
constituting the new Assembly of the State, through a notification that was
issued on February 9, stated a press release.
Accordingly, all Returning Officers in the State of Nagaland will be issuing
Public Notice under Section 31 of the Representation of Peoples Act 1951
specifying the place and time for receiving nominations. .

31 poll observers for


KOHIMA, Feb 12: The Election Commission has deployed 31 poll observers to
Nagaland for the March five Assembly elections in the State. State Chief
Electoral Officer C J Ponraj told UNI that all the 31 observers will reach their
respective constituencies by February 17. .


DC’s stricture

KOHIMA, Feb 12: Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer Tuensang has
stated in a press release that the second and last rehearsal training will be
held on March 1 in which all polling personnel except 4th grade employees should
attend the final round of election training. .

Symbols not to be
displayed on Government vehicles

KOHIMA, Feb 12: Reminding that the model code of conduct came into effect
from January 14, Secretary to the Government of Nagaland, Imkonglemba has in a
press release stated that as per the directives issued by the Election
Commission of India, no political party flags, symbols or insignias in any form
should be displayed on government vehicles with immediate effect. .

Candidates file
nomination for Nagaland polls

KOHIMA, Feb 12: Altogether ten candidates have filed their nomination
papers in Nagaland for the March 5 Assembly elections.
Chief electoral officer (CEO) C J Ponraj told UNI that seven nomination papers
were filed in Dimapur district and three in Wokha district.
Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF) candidate Atomi Zhimomi has filed his nomination
papers for Dimapur-I constituency, Savi Liegise and Mhiasizhakho filed their
nominations for Dimapur-II and V. .


Imkong, 21 others file

Dimapur, Feb 13 (NPN): Altogether 22 candidates including Leader of
Congress Legislature Party (CLP), I. Imkong, filed their nomination papers on
Wednesday for the March 5 Assembly elections in the State.With this, a total of
49 candidates have so far filed their nominations. Ten candidates had filed
their nominations on Monday and another 16 on Tuesday. T. Tali (Independent) had
also filed his nomination from 21 Tuli on Tuesday. .

‘Boys Band’ in

With an aura grasping youngsters in the city to commemorate Valentine ‘s Day,
the four Indian Idol finalists, 2007 has something different in the offing to
lighten the ‘day of friendship.’

Chang, Abishek, Parleen, and Suhit arrived Dimapur on Wednesday to mesmerize
Dimapurians. While interacting with media persons after their arrival, the four
finalists said they still regard their counterpart Amit Paul and Prashant Tamang,
Indian Idol 2007 and runner-up respectively, as family unit.

A dentist by profession, Chang, who was one of the finalists in the reality
show, and a hot favourite from the Northeastern region including his hometown,
Kolkata, was of the view that piracy in music as well as film industries is one
of the main factors that stop aspiring musicians to foray into their interests.

On the lighter side, when asked about India’s ‘Pop Queen’, Alisha Chinai’s
emotional send off during the ‘Idol’ contest, Chang, who is a Chinese by birth
but born and brought up in the "City of Joy", Kolkata, was contented with the
judges’ decision. Not forgetting one of the Indian Idol finalists, Parleen, he
has the charm to ‘imprint’ something in any lady’s heart on ‘V-Day’.

Dress Magic, who is staging the concert with media partner Nagaland Post is
all geared up to treat the music lovers of Dimapur a scintillating performances
along with Abishek and Suhit, the two other Indian Idol finalists on Valentines’
Day at DDSC Stadium.

Governor directs DCs on

 Dimapur, Feb 13 (NPN): Governor of Nagaland, K.
Sankaranarayanan, has directed all Deputy Commissioners and other district
authorities to ensure that all commodities under the Public Distribution System
(PDS) were distributed properly to the beneficiaries without diversion of any
kind. ..more…

Manik Bhattacharjee

Dimapur, Feb 13 (NPN): Senior citizen and prominent social worker
Manik Bhattacharjee died at his Kher Mahal residence here after a prolonged
illness at around 9 pm on Wednesday. He was 74 and is survived by his wife, two
sons and two daughters. ..more…

DC & RO Mon on

DIMAPUR: The Deputy Commissioner & Returning Officer (DC & RO) of Mon,
M. Patton IAS has issued notice of election for all the nine Assembly
Constituencies under Mon District.The DC & RO, Mon stated that an Election will
be held for 41 A/C Tizit, 42 A/C Wakching, 43 A/C Tapi, 44 A/C Phomching, 45 A/C
Tehok, 46 A/C Mon town, 47 A/C Aboi, 48 A/C Moka and 55 A/C Tobu. It stated that
nomination papers may be delivered by the candidate or by any of his proposer to
the Returning Officer or to Nepose Theluo, ADC, Mon Hq. and R.T. Wapang Ao, AEO
& Assistant Returning Officer Mon at the office of the Returning Officer, Mon
between 11 am and 3 p.m. or any (other than public holiday) not later than
16-02-2008. Forms of nomination paper may be obtained at the place and time
aforesaid. ..more…

security for fair polls in Nagaland
KOHIMA, Feb 13: A total of 168 companies of para-military forces and over
16,000 police force will be deployed for the Nagaland March five Assembly polls
to conduct free and fair elections.
State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) C J Ponraj told UNI that the Centre has
sanctioned 150 companies of paramilitary forces to conduct the polls, some
companies have already arrived the State and the rest would arrive after the
Tripura elections were over. The State has already 18 companies of existing CRPF.


tips from Naga pulpit(TEL_14_2_K8)

Kohima, Feb. 13: Choose your representative wisely, the
Catholic Church has urged the people of Nagaland a little over a fortnight
before the state goes to polls on March 5.The church has even prepared a ready
reckoner for voters to help them take the right decision at the ballots.Here’s a
sample: First look at the poll manifesto, then the track record of the party and
finally the candidate’s credentials. .

Mon candidates share common

DIMAPUR: To maintain peaceful atmosphere during Elections and also to
bring cordial relationship between the various political parties and candidates
a Common Platform was organized by the KU, KBBB, KNSK and KSU at the Council
Hall, Mon on Thursday. ..more…

NDP resolves(NPT_15_2_K8)

DIMAPUR: An executive meeting of the Nagaland
Democratic Party (NDP) was held on February 14 at Dimapur wherein it decided not
to field any candidate in the ensuing state general elections. .


INC candidate

  KOHIMA: The declaration programme of INC candidate
of 36th A/C Satakha, T. Inavi Zimomi, was held on February 13 at Satakha town.
More than 3500 supporters attended the programme stated a release issued by
press secretary Mugalho. ..more…


The Left
Front’s concern is, however, reflected in a separate manifesto entitled

Struggle and Success iPoll panel brakes on vehicle

 Kohima, Feb. 14: The Election Commission has
directed the district administration and police to launch special a drive
against unlawful activities before the Assembly elections, such as misuse of
election-campaign vehicles to smuggle arms and liquor. Chief electoral officer
C.J. Ponraj today said such checks would continue till the completion of the
process of elections. “Apart from impounding vehicles engaged in unlawful
activities, criminal action against the owner, occupant and the candidate or
political party involved in such illegal activities shall be taken,” he said. .


Professionals, young leaders dominate poll scene in Nagaland
 KOHIMA, Feb 15 – Many new faces from professional backgrounds and youths
are trying their electoral fortunes in the March 5 Assembly election in Nagaland.

Representing the entire spectrum of political outfits as well as independent
candidates, these fresh contenders are even going out of party line of thinking
and are speaking about change in Naga society, while many have chosen youth
empowerment as a favoured issue to woo voters. .

152 file nominations in

DIMAPUR, FEB 15 (NPN): Fifty one candidates of various political parties
Friday filed their nominations for the state assembly election slated for March
5, taking the total number of nominations filed to 152 on the penultimate day of
filing nominations.
Prominent leaders including former ministers and MLAs who filed their
nominations Friday included ..more…


Chishi moots new approach to
Naga issue(NPT_16_2_k8)

DIMAPUR, FEB 15 (NPN): Former chief minister K L Chishi Friday said the
Constitution of India should be “re- amended” to draw new boundaries as a part
of the 16-Point Agreement, which was not implemented by the Government of India.
Chishi said the issue of integration of Naga inhabited areas as contained in the
16-Point Agreement was an “ignored clause” since it was not implemented by the
Government of India “in toto.” He also said there was no more “equi-closeness or
equi-distance” policies but drawing a new boundary to bring about a negotiated
settlement. ..more…


Jami allotted addl.

  DIMAPUR, FEB 15 (NPN): The ‘GPRN/NSCN’ chairman SS
Khaplang has authorized convenor of the Council of Ministers, ‘GPRN/NSCN’, AZ
Jami to oversee and supervise all political affairs, party affairs and
administrative matters, in the name of the NSCN ‘President’ and ‘Ato kilonser’
Kitovi Zhimomi, till further orders.
Secretary, MIP/GRPN, in a notification said the directive was issued since both
the NSCN (K) chairman and ‘Ato kilonser’ could not always be at station or
office due to their heavy engagements. .


Review of
annual plan(NPT_16_2_k8)

  DIMAPUR, FEB 15 (NPN): Advisor to Governor RS Pandey
Friday reviewed the physical and financial performance of the implementation of
Annual Plan 2007-08 at a meeting of administrative heads of departments and
heads of departments in the conference hall of the Nagaland Secretariat, Kohima.


admits to ticket hitches(NPT_16_2_k8)

KOHIMA, FEB 15 (NPN):  The Congress Party has admitted that there were
problems in few assembly seats over selection of candidates for the ensuing
state general election slated for March 5.
“A bit of problem was there in few assembly constituencies over the selection of
tickets and some have to leave the Congress party,” All India Congress Committee
(AICC) secretary Ranji Thomas told mediapersons Friday night. .


Nagaland annual plan

KOHIMA, Feb 15: RS Pandey, Advisor to Nagaland Governor has reviewed the
performance of the implementation of Annual Plan 2007-08 at a meeting of
Administrative Heads of Departments in Kohima yesterday, stated a press release.
He also held in depth discussions on the draft Annual Plan for the year 2008-09.
Reviewing the performance of the current plan, RS Pandey appealed to the
officers to implement all the appropriate projects with all seriousness. He said
that while implementing the programmes, basic needs of the people, such as
roads, water, power, human resource development should be given special
attention. ..more…


training at Kohima

KOHIMA, Feb 15: Election voting machine training (EVM) for
Kohima district will be conducted from February 19 to 21 at Kohima from 10 am on
all days, stated a press release. Deputy Commissioner & DEO Kohima, Sachopra
Vero shall give the opening address on February 19 in the auditorium of Kohima
College at 10 am and after which the officials shall proceed to the Local Ground
for the said training.

Complaint monitoring cell
set up

KOHIMA, Feb 15: The Deputy Commissioner and ERO Mokokchung
R Ramakrishnan has stated in a press release that a Complaint Monitoring Cell
(CMC) with a view to enforce the Model Code of Conduct during 11th General
Assembly Election on March 5 is being set up in the office of the DC Mokokchung
and Returning Officer. The cell has been constituted with the following officers
– Vikishe, SDO (C) I, Mokokchung and Irshad Wali, SDPO Mokokchung. .

Election observer arrives(SEN_16_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 15: The Deputy Commissioner Kohima, Sachopra Vero has informed
all contesting candidates and political parties that the Election Observer,
Indrasen Singh for 10 Northern Angami I AC, 11 Northern Angami II AC, 12
Tseminyu AC and 13 Pughuboto AC has arrived yesterday, stated a press release. .

parties blow poll bugle(TEL_16_2_k8)

Kohima, Feb. 15: Parties of all hues have joined the
poll fray in Nagaland where the Assembly is in suspended animation following
imposition of President’s rule in the state. Tomorrow is the penultimate day for
filing of nominations for the March 5 Assembly elections.  So far, 115
candidates have filed their nomination papers. Scrutiny of the papers will be
done on Monday. The number of candidates in the fray for the 60-member House
will be known by tomorrow. While the Congress will field candidates in all the
60 constituencies, the Nagaland People’s Front, its main rival, will contest 56
seats. The NPF was the main constituent of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland
(DAN) government which was toppled by the Centre. .

DAN most corrupt Govt:

MOKOKCHUNG, FEB 22:  Leader of the Congress Legislature Party, I. Imkong has
castigated the then DAN Government for its lackadaisical attitude towards the
rural areas in the State which, he said, were yet to see the light of the day in
terms of development.
The CLP leader who undertook a tour by chopper Friday to various constituencies
in Tuensang and Mon districts, expressed shock when he touched down at the
grassroots level only to discover that there was “zero development on the
ground” although the works mentioned in the works programme amounted to the tune
of crores of rupees. ..more…


WW-II veteran
Kesiezie expires(NPT,23-2-08)

DIMAPUR, FEB 22 (NPN): Kepuosievi Kesiezie, aged 85, a
veteran of World War-II passed away at Oking Hospital, Kohima, after a prolonged
illness. Late Kesiezie was a recipient of four medals including the 1939/45
Star, Burma Star, War medal and the India Independence Medal and had joined
Assam Regiment in 1944 at the age of 18. A pioneer in Tenyidie literature, he
co-authored a Tenyidie dictionary and was a senior member of Ura Academy. .


era over, says Rio(NPT,23-2-08)

DIMAPUR, FEB 22 (NPN): Former chief minister Neiphiu Rio today claimed that
the glorious days of the Congress Party was past and that the era of regionalism
had set in to effectively solve regional issues and problems. .


Deficit soars(NPT,23-2-08)

Dimapur, February 22 (NPN): A huge deficit stares on the
face of a new government that will assume office after the March 5 election
which it will have to grapple in order to prevent embargo by the RBI.
According to official sources the deficit, considered to be one of the biggest
which was pegged at around 330 crore or so to nearly, could touch Rs.450 crore
or so by the end of March 2008.  It was also learnt that the then DAN government
had withdrawn huge sums of money just before Christmas besides alleged
backdating of order. ..more…



Dimapur, Feb 22 (NPN): Non payment of bills to police ration suppliers is
threatening to blow into a crisis as suppliers have threatened to stop further
supply of rations. According to information received here, the police department
had released the last payment till September 2007 and from October till February
suppliers have been left high and dry. It has also come to light that the
budgeted amount was drawn but disappeared by October 2007.

flays assault(NPT,

  DIMAPUR, FEB 22 (NPN): The Chakhesang Baptist Church
Kohima (CBCK) has condemned the alleged brutal assault on one Vetso Koza by a
VIP escort personnel near PR Hill traffic point, Kohima, Friday morning around
10 a.m.
Senior pastor, CBCK, Rev. Khrotso Mero in a press release said the victim Vetso
Koza, a former missionary to Burundi, Central Africa, and presently working as
Church secretary of CBCK, alongwith with his wife Kariu were in their car on the
way to the Church to attend to works when the incident took place. .


Dr Shürhozelie inaugurates
NPF unit office(NPT,23-2-08)

DIMAPUR: The election office of the 9th Kohima Town A/C NPF unit was
inaugurated by NPF President Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu at Dzüvürü (Mohonkola),
Kohima on February 21. A press release issued by the press secretary of the NPF
unit stated that the party leader appraised the party position in the state and
expressed his confidence that the party will get absolute majority to form the
next the Government. He fervently appealed to the denizens of Kohima town to
support Dr. Nicky Kire, the party official candidate of 9th Kohima Town A/C as
he was one of the most capable leaders for mini city like Kohima Town. .

2Booth-level committee
to check proxy voting


KOHIMA, Feb 22: Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer, Kohima,
Sachopra Vero stated in a press release that all polling stations will have a
Booth Level Committee to identify voters and to check proxy voting. He said that
necessary instructions have been given to the area administrative officers for
the same. ..more…


 218 candidates in fray for
Nagaland poll(SHT, 23-2-08)

Kohima: A total of 218 candidates are in the fray on expiry of
withdrawls for the March-5 assembly election in Nagaland, Chief Electoral
Officer (CEO), C J Panraj said on Friday. Prominent leaders seeking re-elections
include two former chief ministers Neiphiu Rio (NPF) and K L Chishi (Congress).
CLP leader I Imkong is seeking reelection from Jamgpetkong connstituency in
Mokokchung district against NPF candidate Dr I Longri. .

PM, Sonia to visit Nagaland
today(SHT, 23-2-08)

Kohima: Prime minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia
Gandhi will address election rallies in Nagaland according to a senior Congress
leader.AICC general secretary in-charge of Nagaland Margaret Alva told PTI here
that the prime minister will visit Kohima on February 27 to address poll
meetings. Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will address
election rallies at Dimapur and Mokokchung in Nagaland on March one, she said. .

candidates in fray for Nagaland poll(AST, 24-2-08)
 KOHIMA, Feb 23 – A total of 218 candidates are in the fray on expiry
of withdrawals for the March 5 Assembly election in Nagaland, Chief Electoral
Officer (CEO), CJ Panraj said today. .

NPF fooling Nagas with false
promises: Ranji(AST, 25-2-08)
Newmai News Network
 KOHIMA, Feb 24 – All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary, Ranji
Thomas on Saturday accused the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) of fooling the Naga
people by making false promises. .

 NPCC for probe into DAN

 Dimapur, Feb 24 (NPN): Drawing attention to a report
appearing in this daily on the current financial status of the state, the
Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee has blasted the then DAN government for
creating a deficit of around Rs.340 crore which was projected to reach around
Rs.450 crore by March, and said this would be a record of financial
mismanagement in the state. ..more…


campaign picking up in Nagaland (SEN_25_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 24: Although Congress leader I Imkong began his campaign in
Mokokchung, Mon and Tuensang for the March 5 Assembly elections, the party is
still lagging behind the Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF). The want of some star
campaigners in the present Congress party and the absence of former chief
minister and present Goa Governor S C Jamir in the State politics who had been
leading all campaigns ‘earlier, were the main reasons behind its low campaign. .


‘DAN will
come back to power’(SHT, 25-2-08)

Dimapur: The BJP has exuded confidence that it will retain power in
Nagaland and better its tally in Tripura and Meghalaya assembly in the ongoing

The mood of people shows that Democratic Alliance of Nagaland is the obvious
choice of the voters here, BJP president Rajnath Singh told reporters here last
night after addressing a series of election rallies in three districts of
Longleng, Tuensang, Wokha where the party fielded maximum number of candidates
for the March 5 election. ..more…

forces step up vigil to ensure peaceful Nagaland polls
 KOHIMA, Feb 25 – With barely two weeks to go for the Assembly elections
in Nagaland, security forces have been put on high alert and underground cadres
asked to stay inside their designated camps.
Columns of Assam Rifles personnel were on the move since last week both on
vehicles and on foot to all Assembly constituencies and polling stations for
area familiarisation, a release from the office of Inspector General of Assam
Rifles (IGAR) said here. ..more…

Imkong attacks regional

Dimapur, Feb 25 (NPN): Continuing his attack,
Leader of Congress Legislature Party (CLP), I. Imkong, Monday took umbrage at
the erstwhile DAN government over the plight of people living in Lotsu area of
Wokha district.
Addressing a gathering at Lotsu village while campaigning for party candidate
Thomas Ngullie, Imkong expressed astonishment to learn that the EAC posted at
Lotsu headquarters was transferred out five years back and was not replaced as
yet. ..more…


Cong slams BJP’s ‘secularism’(NPT_26_2_k8)

DIMAPUR, FEB 25 (NPN): Both CLP leader I.Imkong and NPCC president Hokheto
Sumi, in separate statements, have blasted the BJP claim’s that it was secular
and having due regard for Christianity.
At a press meet held in the office of Dimapur Press Club Monday, NPCC president
Hokheto, while drawing attention to the reported eulogy to Christ’s teachings by
BJP national president Rajnath Singh during his maiden poll campaign in the
state, said it was nothing more than a ploy to ensnare Naga voters for the
party. ..more…


4-party DAN

Dimapur, Feb 25 (NPN): The NPF, BJP, NCP and JD (U) have
resolved to constitute the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) as a pre-poll
alliance for contesting the March 5 polls and forming the DAN government, if so
warranted. ..more…


Corps reviews security(NPT_26_2_k8)

Dimapur, Feb 25 (NPN): Lt. Gen. M.S. Dadwal, GOC 3 Corps, reviewed the
security situation in Nagaland with high-ranking officials of Assam Rifles in
Kohima, Monday.
A defence release said IGAR (North) Maj. Gen. K.S. Sethi briefed the GOC on the
present situation and preparation of the Assam Rifles in view of the March 5
polls. ..more…


Rio raps PM,

Tuophema (Kohima), Feb 25 (NPN): Ahead of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh
and Congress president Mrs. Sonia Gandhi’s proposed visit to Nagaland, former
chief minister Neiphiu Rio Monday said their visit to the State would not have
much impact for the Congress party. .


Village council refutes

DIMAPUR, FEB 25 (NPN): Reacting to the allegation of Wokha Town Council (WTC)
member Benathung Odyuo that a group of youths from Old Riphyim had made an
attempt on his life on the night of February 23, the Old Riphyim Village Council
has termed Odyuo’s allegation as “concocted.” .


52 former ministers in
fray for Nagaland Assembly elections
KOHIMA, Feb 25: As many as 52 former ministers, including two former
Chief Ministers, Speaker and Deputy Speaker are contesting the March 5 Nagaland
Assembly elections.Outgoing Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio is contesting from the
Northern Angami-II Assembly Constituency on Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF) ticket,
while former Chief Minister K L Chishi is a Congress candidate from Dimapur-I
Assembly constituency.
Speaker Kiyanelie Peseyie is also in the fray from Western Angami constituency
on NPF ticket while Deputy Speaker E E Pangteang is the NPF candidate from Moka
constituency. ..more…


Lalu Prasad to visit

KOHIMA, Feb 25: Railway Minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad will visit
in Nagaland on February 28 to campaign for his party, ahead of the Assembly
elections on March five.
RJD sources said here today that Prasad will address an election rally at the
DDSC Stadium in Dimapur, in support of his party candidates. He will be
accompanied by Union Minister for Corporate Affairs Prem Chand Gupta, Minister
of State for Water Resources Jai Prakash Narayan, MP Mongilal Mandal and RJD
Northeast in-charge and MP Alok Kumar Mehta. .


Electronic devises
banned at PM’s meeting

KOHIMA, Feb 25: In connection with the proposed public meeting of Prime
Minister of India on February 27 at Kohima, the Home Commissioner, Nagaland has
stated in a press release that due to non-availability of X-ray to detect
explosive devices, mobile phones, cameras and other electronic devices will not
be allowed into the public ground during the meeting for security reasons. .


Governor inaugurates
IPPI in Nagaland

KOHIMA, Feb 24: Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayan inaugurated the
Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) at the Naga Hospital here this
Inaugurating the IPPI, by administering the first Polio drop to a baby here, the
Governor informed that the programme had saved the lives of 30 million people in
the last two decades, along with six other major vaccine preventable diseases –
Pertussis, Children Tuberculosis, Tetanus, Polio, Measles and Diphtheria. .


No free lunch just for
hearing PM speak at rally(TEL_27_2_k8)

Kohima, Feb. 26: The voter is still king, but political
parties don’t seem to be mollycoddling him as they did before. At least not when
the hawk-eyed Election Commission is watching.Congress workers from districts
other than Kohima will be denied an all-expenses-paid trip to the capital town
tomorrow for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s rally, an event that in normal
circumstances would have entailed spending a few lakh rupees only on
transporting people from the hinterland. .

generals buck give-me-ticket trend(TEL_27_2_k8)

Kohima, Feb. 26: They are the non-combatant
generals.Call it a bizarre coincidence or the rare political virtue of putting
party before self, the heads of all the three major parties in Nagaland — the
Congress, Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) and the BJP — have decided not to
contest the Assembly elections, slated for Wednesday. .

American-style campaign in Nagaland(TEL_27_2_k8)

Kohima, Feb. 26: Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama are not
the only ones sparring at election debates. Election candidates in Nagaland,
too, are learning what Clinton feels like on being snubbed by her main political
rival.Taking a cue from the American presidential elections, various
organisations, especially students’ unions, have come forward to bring their
local candidates to a common platform to interact with the people as well as the
candidates. ..more…

Pre-poll violence marks campaigning(NPT_27_2_k8)

 Dimapur, Feb 26 (NPN):  Stray incidents of violence by
supporters of rival candidates marked campaigning in Wokha and Mokokchung
districts with serious allegations of the involvement of armed
activists.Unidentified miscreants exploded two crude bombs and burnt down a Tata
Safari in Wokha town on February 24. Condemning the incidents, the Lotha Eloe
Hoho appealed to all sensible persons to refrain from such acts in view of the
polls.  The Longsa Hoho Wokha Town also condemned burning down of the vehicle,
which belonged to its former chairman Tsenthungo Ezung. .

Clashes in Jangpetkong A/C(NPT_27_2_k8)

Dimapur, Feb 26 (NPN): Violence under 29
Jangpetkong assembly constituency between supporters of sitting MLA and Congress
legislature party leader I.Imkong and his main NPF rival Dr.I.Longri continued
with charges and counter-charges being leveled against each other. .


KVYO, KVSU organize common platform(NPT_27_2_k8)

Kohima: With the 10th Northern Angami A/C considered as a high profile
seat for the March 5 polls, a common platform programme was held on Tuesday at
Kohima Village Ground, organized by the Kohima Village Youth Organization (KVYO)
and the Kohima Village Students Union (KVSU). .

PM hopeful
of honourable settlement for Nagas(AST_28_2_k8)
 KOHIMA, Feb 27 – The UPA Government, which is willing to go the
extra mile, would succeed in securing an honourable settlement to the protracted
Naga political conflict, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said today. .

9 injured, 2 vehicles burnt in
KOHIMA, Feb 27 – Nine persons were injured and two vehicles burnt
down in two separate incidents of pre-poll violence in Nagaland on Tuesday.
The first incident took place at Monkolemba Town under Mokokchung district at
around 8.30 am yesterday, when seven Congress supporters were injured as the
supporters of the Nagaland People’s Party (NPF) reportedly attacked them using
sophisticated weapons like AK-47, sten carbines and hand grenades. .



PM avoids
Naga integration issue at Kohima poll rally (IFP 28_2_k8)

Kohima, Feb 27: Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has tactfully avoided
mentioning the contentious Naga integration issue while addressing a mammoth
Congress Party election rally here at Kohima Local Ground on Tuesday. He however
assured the people of Nagaland that the Congress Party would do "whatever is
required to address all the genuine aspirations of the Naga people." .

DAN slammed on law and


Kohima, Feb 27 (NPN): y. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh Wednesday charged
erstwhile DAN government with trying to divide the people on tribal, communal
and racial lines. 
In his maiden public address at Kohima, Dr. Singh claimed Nagaland missed
immense opportunities in the last five years under DAN. “It (Nagaland) has
fallen behind on the road to progress and prosperity. It has not been able to
enjoy peace and stability”. He said in the last five years Nagaland had been
under a “hotchpotch coalition” of different political parties under DAN, which
did not have common ideology and agenda, except the desire to be in power. .


Therie flays

KOHIMA, FEB 27:In a startling revelation, former Finance minister K. Therie
has said there was information that on February 22 former chief minister Neiphiu
Rio, former Home minister Thenucho, former Speaker Z. Lohe and Timikha Koza went
to Hebron camp. ..more…


Imkong using police, NSCN-IM:

DIMAPUR, FEB 27 (NPN): Making  serious allegations against  CLP leader
I.Imkong, the NPF under 29 Jangpetkong has drawn the attention of the Chief
Election Commissioner Gopalaswami on the alleged use of 22 police personnel
attached to I.Imkong to terrorise NPF supporters in league NSCN(I-M) activists
under 29 Jangpetkong constituency. .


BJP raps PM(NPT_28_2_k8)

Dimapur, Feb 27 (NPN): The BJP Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan
Singh asking him what business he had to come to Nagaland ahead of March 5
Addressing a press conference here, MP and All India vice president of BJP, Jual
Oram, said the Prime Minister had no moral right to seek votes in Nagaland as he
“failed” to realize any of his commitments made to the people of Northeast. “He
was elected to Rajya Sabha from Assam but what has he done for the people of the
region?” Jual asked.  To a query, Jual dared Congress to prove the various
allegations of embezzlement and misutilization of funds by erstwhile DAN
government. ..more…


Krose laments low

DIMAPUR: INC candidate for 5 Ghaspani-II, Miathou Krose, on Wednesday
alleged that the area was devoid of any development, to the extend of a
Government Higher Secondary School and X-Ray facilities. .

Zuketsa area meet

DIMAPUR: The Zuketsa Area Public Organization (ZAPO) organized a public
meeting at Zuketsa public ground under 16-Pfütsero A/C Phek district. The
meeting was attended by about 3,000 public from the three villages of Zapami,
Lasumi and Leshemi as well as from Zuketsa town under the jurisdiction of ZAPO.

Assistance for

DIMAPUR: The Election Commission of India has approved setting up of
voter assistance teams to identify the voter and to assist the voter to locate
his/her particular polling station number and the serial number in that
electoral roll in the polling station concerned. Such team will be appointed for
each premises/building location of polling station. In urban areas the team will
consist of ward GB, ward panchayat chairman and DB (regular Govt. employee in
the office of deputy commissioner dealing with customary cases). In rural areas,
where needed, the team will comprise of head GB of village, village council
chairman and village education committee chairman. .

31 crorepatis in Nagaland
KOHIMA, Feb 27: There are 31 crorepatis in the fray for the Nagaland
assembly election. In a State, where there is no industry worth naming and no
economy other than the government offices, the number of crorepatis are
surprisingly high.
According to the information provided by Chief Electoral Officer of Nagaland C J
Pomraj, asset details of 217 candidates are available with them and topping the
list is S I Jamir, brother of former Chief Minister S C Jamir. .


Clearance of salary


KOHIMA, Feb 27: In pursuance to the Government’s decision to declare
Saturdays, March 1st, 2nd and 3rd as working days in view of the Nagaland
general elections including the closing of the current financial year, officer
on Special Duty (Revenue) V Kezo has in a office memorandum directed all
departments to ensure that salary payments of all government employees are
facilitated by March 1, particularly of staff deployed on election duty, stated
a press release. ..more…


Requisition of State
KOHIMA, Feb 27: Secretary to the Government of Nagaland, Transport
Department, Imkonglemba has in a circular informed all political parties that
there will be no change in the Election Commission of India directive issued
vide letter No. 437/6/99-PLN-III dated July 14 1999 which clearly states that.

Exemption from election
KOHIMA, Feb 27: The Deputy Commissioner & Returning Officer R
Ramakrishnan has notified to all the Government employees who have submitted
applications on Medical Ground for Exemption from Duty during the forth coming
11th Nagaland Legislative Assembly Election, that the Medical Board will Examine
cases on February 29 at 11 a.m. in the Deputy Commissioner’s Conference Hall
Mokokchung, stated a press release. Hence all the applicants have been directed
to come in person with their service identity card

Postal ballots(SEN_28_2_k8)
MOKOKCHUNG, Feb 27: The Deputy Commissioner & Returning Officer,
Mokokchung R Ramakrishnam has issued a notification today to all concerned that
all the polling personnel who are deployed for election duty, the drivers and
handyman of the vehicle which are requisitioned for election duty may apply for
postal ballot paper and form 12 on or before February 29, stated a press

KOHIMA, Feb 27: The Deputy Commissioner Mokokchung R Ramakrishnan has
notified that some government employees failed to attend the training conducted
on February 22nd and 23rd, stated a press release. .


Poll training at Wokha, Nagaland
WOKHA, Feb 26: For the coming Nagaland general election on March 5,
the District Election Officer and Deputy Commissioner, Wokha has organized
training for presiding officer and polling officer starting from February,
stated a press release. ..more…


Gentle PM shows another

Kohima/Shillong, Feb. 27: An electoral adrenaline rush
today turned a gentleman Prime Minister into an aggressive vote-seeker, but only
for a while.Manmohan Singh probably took even the Congress’s adversaries in
Nagaland by surprise when he used words like “ineffective” and “inefficient” to
describe the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF)-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland,
which held power until President’s rule was clamped last month. .

2 killed
in pre-poll violence(TEL_28_2_k8)

Kohima, Feb. 27: Pre-poll violence today claimed two
lives at the Tuli paper mill, 350km from here. The incident occurred when
supporters of Talinunsang Ao, an Independent candidate from Tuli Assembly
constituency, attacked the camp of the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF). .

Cong hits another ‘sixer’(TEL_28_2_k8)

manifesto controversy, Imkong digs up more from eventful

sixties SAMIR K.

Kohima, Feb. 27: The Nagaland Congress’s sixties hangover
continues — after 1960, it’s 1966. Barely had the storm over the party manifesto
focusing on the “Naga integration” clause in the 1960 statehood agreement died
down, chief ministerial aspirant I. Imkong today fast-forwarded to 1966-67 for
more political ammunition on the same subject. The Congress leader said the
points raised and agreed upon during six rounds of talks between the erstwhile
Federal Government of Nagaland and Delhi nearly four decades ago could be the
basis for a settlement to end unrest in the state for good. .

figure’ in clash between generations(TEL, 28-2-08)

It is 6pm on Saturday and the Children’s Park at Dimapur’s
Fellowship Colony is teeming with parents trying to coax their reluctant
children into wrapping up their evening session of fun and games. There is a bit
of generational jousting going on as well when the election army troops in
unannounced. ..more…

Teams to
assist Naga voters(TEL_28_2_k8)

Kohima: The Election Commission has approved of a
plan to set up voter assistance teams and booths for the March 5 Assembly
elections in Nagaland. The teams will help voters with their polling station and
serial numbers if and when they need them. .

Lalu charms

Dimapur, Feb 28 (NPN): A mammoth crowd turned up at the DDSC stadium here to
accord a rousing welcome to Lalu Prasad Yadav, the union railway minister, who
arrived here to campaign for the RJD party.
Many came because Lalu aroused more than mere interest, while almost all from
the Hindi heartland were on hand to see the real life hero for themselves. .


NPF unit petitions

 DIMAPUR, FEB 28 (NPN): The NPF 29 Janpetkong A/C has in a
representation to the  Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) expressed serious
concern over the alleged involvement of the NSCN (I-M) activists in the ongoing
election process and said their involvement was a threat to the peace-loving
citizens of the state and Janpetkong A/C in particular. .


to Therie’s charge(NPT_29_2_k8)

KOHIMA, FEB 28 (NPN): Former chief minister Neiphiu Rio and former Assembly
Speaker Z. Lohe have strongly refuted the allegation leveled by former Finance
minister K Therie that Rio, Lohe and Timikha Koza had visited the NSCN (I-M)
headquarters Hebron Camp on February 22 last. .


Crown financial pastors’
seminar underway(NPT_29_2_k8)

DIMAPUR: To edify God’s financial principles on spending, debt,
giving, saving, honesty and teaching children, the Inter-denominational pastors,
Dimapur organized "Crown financial pastors’ seminar" here on Thursday at Lotha
Baptist Church, Dimapur with Rev. Johnson Samuel and Rev. Ellis Williams as the
resource persons. ..more…

Nagas harassed after PM’s
visit: Rio(NPT_29_2_k8)

KOHIMA: Former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Thursday said the hard
reality of President’s Rule or "Army Rule" has come to light in the state as
being under the grip of PR since January 3. Addressing a press conference at the
NPF central office, former chief minister Neiphiu Rio alleged that the 17 Assam
Rifles personnel posted at Pfutsero, led by two supporters of K. Therie
terrorized the civilian populace of Pfutsero Village by grouping them at the
village church and school. ..more…

DGP rejects allegations
against him(SEN_29_2_k8)
KOHIMA, Feb 28: Nagaland Director General of Police (DGP) J Changkija
today refuted the allegations levelled against him by Congress Legislature Party
(CLP) leader I Imkong.
Imkong, who is a Congress candidate from the Jangpenkong Assembly constituency
in Mokokchung district, in a complaint to the Chief Electoral Officer, requested
him to intervene in two incidents of violence that occurred in his constituency
on February 26, where sophisticated guns were allegedly used. .


Paid holiday in


KOHIMA, Feb 28: As Nagaland gears up for polling on March 5, the Nagaland
Government has declared the March 5, 2008 as paid holiday for the employees of
the State Government to enable them to participate in the election to the 11th
Nagaland Legislative Assembly, stated a press release. .


DAN demands revocation of PR
rule in Nagaland
 KOHIMA, Feb 2 – Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) chief N Rio today
demanded immediate revocation of President’s rule and re-installation of his
government in the State following Supreme Court’s order dismissing two writ
petitions challenging the Speaker’s ruling on December 13. .

DIMAPUR law and order worsens(AST_7_2_K8)
DIMAPUR, Feb 6 – The worsening law and order situation in the Nagaland
commercial hub Dimapur has crippled normal activities which is otherwise, a
roaring small city with full of life.
Rampant extortions, kidnappings and killing spree have been going on in Dimapur
which have prompted business community in the commercial centre of Nagaland to
down their shutters during the last few days. .

Assembly poll process begins in
 KOHIMA, Feb 9 – Election Commission today set in motion the process
of Assembly election in Nagaland with a notification allowing intending
candidates to file nominations for forming the next Legislative Assembly in the
However, no reports of filing nominations from any office of returning officer
(RO) of the State was received on the first day of nomination, Chief Electoral
Officer’s (CEO) office here said. .

‘NPF following policy of peace’(AST_12_2_K8)
 KOHIMA, Feb 11 – Former Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Saturday
said that the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) has been following a policy of
permanent peace.
Speaking at a NPF public rally at Kigwema ground here, Rio said as a regional
party NPF has been acting as a facilitator of the peace process between the
Government of India and Naga underground groups to find a permanent solution to
the vexed problem. “If voted to power, we are even prepared to vacate the seats
in case a solution arrives for peace and unity between the Government of India
and the Nagas,” he declared. ..more…

Dimapur stays

Kohima, Feb. 3: Shops and business establishments in Dimapur
town of Nagaland remained closed for the second day today in protest against
abductions from in and around the state’s commercial hub and the recent murder
of a poultry vendor in the town. The business community clamped a bandh on
Dimapur and Chumukedima town from yesterday and will continue to enforce it till
the “terrorists” are arrested, said a businessman. .

injured in pre-poll violence(TEL_4_2_K8)   

Dimapur: Three persons were injured in pre-poll violence in
Nagaland’s Mokokchung district on Saturday. Four houses, including that of NPF
candidate I. Longri, were completely damaged at Khar village. .


Lalthanhawla appeals to people to bring peace
KOHIMA, Feb 8: AICC Observer
and Election Campaign in-charge of Nagaland Lalthanhawla today appealed to the
people to create a conducive situation and help the Congress in bringing
development in the State. Releasing the Congress manifesto here, Lalthanhawla
said peace is one of the important pre-requisite for the Northeastern states to
make the UPA Government’s “Look East Policy” a success.

NPF, Congress accelerate poll
campaigns(SEN, 17-2-08)
KOHIMA, Feb 16: The Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF), a major ally of the
outgoing Democratic alliance of Nagaland (DAN) Government, has intensified
electioneering for the March 5 assembly polls with former chief minister Neiphiu
Rio campaiging in several parts of the State.
Rio has already campaigned in Phek district along with the Congress rebel and
former Assembly Speaker Z Lohe.


Scrutiny completed


KOHIMA, Feb 18: The scrutiny
of nomination filed from different political parties under Zunheboto district
has being completed successfully, stated a press release.


training for polling

KOHIMA, Feb 18: EVM training for 300 Presiding Officers and First Polling
Officers will be held at Kohima from February 19 to 20, stated a press release.
The introductory session will be held at Arts College Kohima from 10:30 am
onwards where Deputy ..more…


Governor appeals for fair election(SEN, 19-2-08)
KOHIMA, Feb 18: The Governor of Nagaland, K Sankaranarayanan, in an
interview to NDTV today, appealed to the people and all the political parties,
for a free and fair election, stated a press release. He expressed faith in the
maturity of the political leaders of various parties in the election fray, and
urged for commitment to principles of responsibility and not of opportunism. .


Assembly poll(SEX, 11-2-08)
Six political parties declare 173 candidates
Newmai News Network
Kohima, Feb 10: Even as major political parties in Nagaland – Indian National
Congress, Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) and Bha- ratiya Janata Party (BJP) have
finalized their candidates, none of the candida- tes from any political parties
have filed their nomina- tions for the ensuing Naga-land Assembly Elections
2008. ..more…


AICC seal
on integration(TEL_9_2_K8)

manifesto breaks the mould (TEL_9-2-08)

Kohima, Feb. 8: The AICC today endorsed its Nagaland
unit’s demand for the integration of all contiguous Naga-inhabited areas,
seemingly unmindful of the potential for discord in the party units in Manipur,
Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.The seal of approval came through AICC secretary
Siddharth Patil, who is in Nagaland to oversee the party’s preparations for the
Assembly elections on March 5. He said the Congress was committed to
implementing the 16-point statehood agreement, including the controversial
clause on integration, “in letter and spirit”. .

AICC seal
on integration(TEL_9_2_K8)


manifesto breaks the mould OUR CORRESPONDENT

Kohima, Feb. 8: The AICC today endorsed its Nagaland
unit’s demand for the integration of all contiguous Naga-inhabited areas,
seemingly unmindful of the potential for discord in the party units in Manipur,
Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

The seal of approval came through AICC secretary Siddharth
Patil, who is in Nagaland to oversee the party’s preparations for the Assembly
elections on March 5. He said the Congress was committed to implementing the
16-point statehood agreement, including the controversial clause on integration,
“in letter and spirit”. ..more…

review for Nagaland polls(TEL_17_2_K8)

Kohima, Feb. 16: National security adviser M.K.
Narayanan arrived here today on a two-day visit to review the security scenario
in the poll-bound state.The visit assumes significance as there has been a rise
in abductions and extortion drives by militant outfits in the state,
particularly in Dimapur district. .

militants boycott polls(TEL_21_2_K8)

Kohima, Feb. 20: The Adinno faction of the Naga National
Council (NNC) has intensified its campaign against the March 5 “Indian
elections” in Nagaland.After issuing several releases asking people to boycott
the polls, the group today started a poster campaign across the state asking
them not to participate in the polls. The outfit said Nagaland was for the Nagas
and not for the “Indians”. Some of the posters read, “Nagaland not for sale,
Nagas reject India’s indifference in our country, No to India’s election”. .

office guidelines on use of vehicles
 KOHIMA, Feb 18 – Taking exception to complaints about use of
government vehicles by several candidates for the March 5 Assembly polls in
Nagaland, the Election Commission has asked all officials concerned to strictly
enforce its guidelines for their use during electioneering. .

No party has NSCN(I-M)’s
(AST, 21-2-08)
 KOHIMA, Feb 20 – The NSCN (I-M) today said no political party in
Nagaland has the blessings of the organisation for the March 5 Assembly election
in the State.
Naga political cause was most important for the NSCN (I-M) and the organisation
would not compromise its principle by participating in an election, Information
and Publicity wing of NSCN(I-M) said in a statement. .

PM and Sonia to address rallies
in Nagaland
 KOHIMA, Feb 22 – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress
president Sonia Gandhi will address election rallies in Nagaland ahead of
Assembly polls on March 5, a senior Congress leader said.
AICC general secretary in-charge of Nagaland, Margaret Alva, told PTI here that
the Prime Minister will visit Kohima on February 27 to address poll meetings. .

Back in old haunt in new

Khusiabill (Dimapur), Feb. 25: His heavily
Assamese-accented Nagamese with English interpolations give him away, but Assam
minister Robin Bordoloi’s persona and poll rhetoric work like a charm.“Aponi
Congress ke vote dibi (vote for Congress). Only the Congress can
ensure development of Nagaland,” he says and the crowd of voters hearing him nod
in approval. ..more…

‘vision’ goes global(TEL_29_2_K8)

Rio seeks
‘defined territory’ for Nagas in Myanmar


Feb. 28:
The Nagaland People’s Party (NPF) has insisted that the regional
party was better equipped than the Congress to push the integration issue beyond
the international border to Myanmar. The NPF’s projected chief minister Neiphiu
Rio today said his party would strive for a “defined territory” for the Nagas in
Myanmar so that the six lakh-odd Naga population in the neighbouring country
could grow politically, socially and economically. Congress leader I. Imkong
recently mocked the NPF’s pledges for the Nagas of Myanmar in its manifesto as
wishful thinking. ..more…

It’s a
bird, no, it’s a helicopter with a leader


Lotsu (Wokha), Feb. 28: Nagaland’s hinterland is looking
heavenwards for helicopters like they were UFOs. In this part of the world —
caught in a time warp — “unidentified flying objects” are those that bring
political leaders to address campaign meetings. Indeed, helicopters are bigger
attractions at election rallies in rural Nagaland than the leaders they ferry.
“I hadn’t seen anything like this before until recently… Yes, I have travelled
outside my village, but only by bus. I have heard of a train but not seen one,”
sexagenarian Yambamo Ovung said. .

Six political parties declare 173
candidates for Nagaland polls (IFP,11-2-08)

Kohima, Feb 10: Even as major political parties in
Nagaland Indian National Congress,
Nagaland People`s Front (NPF) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have
finalized their candidates, none of the candidates from any political parties
have filed their nominations for the ensuing Nagaland Assembly Elections 2008. .

NPF campaign committee(NPT,7-2-08)

The Nagaland People Front (NPF) has announced its campaign committee with the
following persons as members: T. R Zeliang, Ms. Chubala, President, W/Wing &
I/C, Mokokchung Division, Kakuto Shohe, president, Y/Wing & I/C Zunheboto
Division, Phrenyumo, vice president, I/C Dimapur Division, Nangambi Chewang,
secretary, I/C Peren Division, Zaku Tsukru, vice president,


distributes tickets(NPT,7-2-08)


The NPF distributed party tickets to 55 candidates at a function held here on
Wednesday.Prominent among the candidates included former Chief Minister Neiphiu
Rio for 11 Northern Angami-I A/C, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu for 10 Northern
Angami-II A/C, MP, Rajya Sabha, T.R Zeliang for Peren A/C, Speaker, NLA,
Kiyaneilie Peseyie for 8 Western Angami, and Deputy Speaker EE Pangteang for
Moka A/C.


Declaration programme of Chishi(NPT,7-2-08)


A mammoth crowd of Congress workers and sympathizers were on hand to witness the
declaration of candidature of Congress candidate for Dimapur-I Assembly seat,
former chief minister KL Chishi, at DDSC Stadium on Wednesday.Addressing the
capacity crowd, Chishi promised a slew of welfare measures and developmental
activities for his constituency if he was elected in the ensuing Assembly


GBs-DBs Forum plea for peace(NPT,7-2-08)

Dimapur, Feb 6 (NPN): The
Joint Forum of GBs and DBs has appealed to individuals and groups to stop
kidnappings, killings, extortions etc in order to create a conducive atmosphere
for “peace process”. ..more…

slams Mulatonu(NPT,7-2-08)

 DIMAPUR, FEB 6 (NPN): Taking strong exception to the
labeling of former chief minister Neiphiu Rio as the “Black Man” in the history
of Naga National movement by NSCN (K) leader Kughalu Mulatonu, the NPF said
Mulatonu’s accusation was “madness in extremity, ridiculous and sheer
desperation.” ..more…

petitions EC against Rudy(NPT,7-2-08)

Dimapur, Feb 6 (NPN): The
Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) Wednesday lodged a complaint with the
Election Commission of India against BJP national spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy
over violation of the model code of conduct.
In its complaint with the ECI, the NPCC alleged Rudy had violated the model code
of conduct by his statement that there could be “large-scale rigging and use of
money power by the Congress in the ensuing polls at the behest of the central
leadership” and doubting the neutrality of the State Governor and accusing him
(Governor) of acting as a “puppet for the Union Government”. .

charred to death in Dimapur fire(NPT,7-2-08)

Dimapur, Feb 6
(NPN): A major fire broke out inside a shop (M/s Krishna Hardware) at NL Road in
the heart of Dimapur City at around 1.30 p.m. Wednesday leaving one dead and two
Spirit contained in a drum caught fire and gushed to the victim, who tried to
rush out but fell near the door and was burned to death within seconds. Other
flammable oil paints also caught fire.

annual session held(NPT, 8-2-08)

The 71st annual session of
the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) was held at Kiusor from February 1 to
3 with the theme "Launching at deeper." The speakers of the session included Rev
Vitoshi Swu, Rev Keviyielie Linyu, Rev Lanu Longchar, Rev Dr Zelhou Keyho,
Kezokoto Savi, Dr Thamsing D. Lamkang and Mrs Phutoli.


Congress will deliver its promise: Imkong(NPT, 8-2-08)


Leader of the Congress legislature
party, I Imkong today said that the Congress party is capable of providing a
stable, united and efficient government that will deliver its promise to the


Rotary team from Nigeria in Dimapur(NPT, 8-2-08)


A five-member team of Rotary District 9130, Nigeria arrived in Dimapur on
Thursday as part of the Group Study Exchange (GSE) programme. The team was led
by Omotoyinbo Adedayo Matthew as GSE team leader, Asibor Blessing Izehi, Akeju
Grace, Chima Nkechi Rosemary and Lawal Olaniyi Lateef as members. The team will
be in the state for eight days in their one month scheduled programme which was
started on January 15.


assures security(NPT, 8-2-08)

Chumukedima, Feb 7 (NPN): Under attack for failure of the
law-enforcement agencies to contain incidents of kidnappings, killings,
extortions etc, the State government Thursday assured that it was going all out
to ensure safety and security to the lives and properties of the citizens. .

Lohe joins NPF party(NPT, 9-2-08)


Former NLA Speaker from 17th Chizami A/C, Z. Lohe along with his supporters have
unanimously resolved to join NPF party en-masse during a general meeting held on
Friday at Sakraba where more than 2000 representatives attended the meeting from
17 villages.


Sumi Region on ‘imposter’(NPT, 9-2-08)

The Naga National Council (NNC) Sumi Region on Friday said that the Central body
has not looked after the region in ever aspect and have not taken up the issue
seriously upto this date.The Information and Publicity Wing, Sumi Reion NNC in a
press release said that as such the region have been facing untold "financial
difficulties" for which it had decided to seek financial assistance in forms of
contribution and donations.


Jamir graces NSUP meet(NPT, 9-2-08)


Former chief minister of Nagaland and present Goa Governor, Dr. S. C. Jamir,
asked the Naga students’ community in Pune to develop their intellectuality and
remodel the educational system through their intellectual contribution in North
Eastern Region making it a "paradise on earth" and letting Delhi look at it as
the most potential region in India.


Lalthanwhala placates partymen(NPT, 9-2-08)

 KOHIMA, FEB 8 (NPN):  In an
apparent move to appease the Congress aspirants who were denied party tickets,
former Mizoram chief minister and AICC observer and election campaign in-charge
for Nagaland, Lalthanwhala said the Congress in Nagaland has many dynamic and
efficient leaders who can lead the party, but that all could not be accommodated
since the state has only 60 Assembly seats. .

flays abductions(NPT, 9-2-08)

8 (NPN): The Western Sumi Kukami Hoho (WSKH) has condemned the recent spat of
kidnapping, extortion and killings in and around Dimapur and appealed to all
citizens to seek peace and reconciliation as pursued by various civil societies
under the banner of GBs and DBs Joint Forum.

State BJP condemns ‘controversial’ letter(NPT, 10-2-08)


The State BJP has expressed outright
condemnation over the content of a controversial letter purportedly issued by
two former executives of the State BJP to the BJP incharge of Nagaland,
requesting for review of the party organization in Nagaland.


has long-term vision: Azheto(NPT, 10-2-08)

 DIMAPUR: Congress candidate
of Dimapur-III Assembly seat, Azheto Zhimomi, has said the main reason why he
chose to contest the ensuing assembly polls on a Congress ticket was because he
felt that Congress was the only party which has a long-term vision for the
common man and the younger generation.

Parties gear up for polls(NPT, 10-2-08)

 Dimapur, Feb
9 (NPN): With major political parties- Congress and NPF- having finalized their
respective candidates for the March 5 polls, campaigning is set to go on high
gear during the next few weeks.
The Congress will contest all 60 assembly seats while the NPF has nominated 56.
The ticket distribution has left several Congress stalwarts out in the limbo
such as former ministers Neiba Ndang, Dr K. Zhimomi, and former Speaker Zovehu,
legislators such as Asu Keyho and Keyizhe.

Atomu to stick by NPF(NPT, 11-2-08)


Atomu Wotsa, who was seeking NPF
party ticket for 5 Ghaspani-II Assembly Constituency for the coming state
general assembly election on Saturday said that as a man of principle and true
leader he would stick by the ideology of NPF party and would render his fullest
support NPF party candidate Rokonicha in the coming election.


Nagarjan council resolves(NPT, 11-2-08)

The Kuda (Nagarjan) Village Council has with the formal declaration of
candidature for Savi Liegise, NPF candidate for 2 Dimapur-II A/C resolved to
support and stand firmly behind him for the success of his election as a true
representative of the people of 2 Dimapur-II A/C as well as the whole of Dimapur.



candidate for 10 NA-11 campaigns(NPT, 11-2-08)


With great optimism, Congress
candidate for 11th Northern Angami -II A/C, Shevtso Seyie, along with his
supporters and the office bearers of Congress party from the district level on
Sunday entered his home turf and addressed a public meeting.

to support regional parties(NPT, 11-2-08)

Shillong, Feb 10 – The Meghalaya
Democratic Party (MDP) has decided to extend support to any regional parties’
candidate in 41 assembly constituencies where the party has not fielded its

The MDP has field 19 candidates for
the March 3 assembly polls across the state. "We have decided to extend our
support to regional parties’ candidates to strengthen regionalism in the state,"
Social Welfare Minister and MDP President Martle N Mukhim said.

withdraw nominations(NPT, 19-2-08)

Dimapur, Feb 18 (NPN): A total of 289 candidates filed
their nominations for the March 5 assembly elections in Nagaland but 35 of them
(substitute candidates) withdrew their nominations after scrutiny on Monday.
According to official sources, the withdrawal of nominations was reported from
Mokokchung, Wokha, Peren, Longleng, Kiphire and Tuensang districts. .

13,00,507 voters for March 5 polls(NPT, 19-2-08)

Kohima, Feb 18 (NPN): A total of 13,00,507 voters will
exercise their franchise in the March 5 Assembly elections in Nagaland. There
are 1,781 polling stations spread over the 11 districts in the State.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Nagaland, C.J. Ponraj, said the electorate
comprises 6,64,604 males and 6,35,903 females. Dimapur has the highest number of
polling stations with 257, followed by Mon (202), Mokokchung (198), Kohima
(189), Tuensang (169), Zunheboto (164), Phek (156), Wokha (149), Peren (108),
Kiphire (90), Longleng (73) and Pughoboto (26). .

Governor calls for free, fair elections(NPT, 19-2-08)

Dimapur, Feb 18 (NPN): With barely a
fortnight left for Assembly election in Nagaland, scheduled for March 5,
Governor K. Sankaranarayanan Monday reiterated his call to the people and all
political parties for a free and fair election.
In an interview to a national television channel in Kohima, the Governor
expressed faith in the maturity of those in the poll fray and urged them for
commitment to principles of responsibility and not of opportunism.

Merangkong Putu refutes report(NPT, 24-2-08)

Reacting to the claims of "some misguided individuals supposedly
representing RJD supporters of Merangkong village," that appeared in some
sections of the local press on February 21 the Merangkong Putu has declared the
claims of having the support of 3600 voters out of a total of 4166 voters as
"absurd and baseless."


himself is a defector: Ranji(NPT, 24-2-08)

 Kohima, Feb 23 (NPN): Reacting to various statements
made by former chief minister Neiphiu Rio who had described the Congress party
in the state as a “home of defectors”, AICC secretary Rani Thomas said Rio
should not be saying so since “he himself is a defector from the Congress.” .

Rajnath campaigns in 3 districts(NPT, 24-2-08)

TUENSANG/DIMAPUR, FEB 23 (NPN): BJP national president
Rajnath Singh accompanied by other party leaders including Party spokesman Rajiv
Pratap Rudy, undertook a whirlwind campaign tour to Longleng, Tuensang and Wokha
on Saturday and addressed public rallies in all three district headquarters.
In Tuensang, Rajnath acknowledged the warm welcome accorded to him and assured
the people that the BJP would bring more development to the state if the party
comes to power in the state. ..more…

Pre-poll violence in Mkg. district(NPT, 24-2-08)

Feb 23 (NPN): Three to four persons were injured in a clash between supporters
of two candidates at Chungtia village early Saturday morning.
According to reports reaching here, one group  exploded crude bombs and also
opened fire during the clash. The situation was later brought under control by
additional security forces rushed from Mokokchung. Around 70 to 80 supporters
involved in the clash were arrested by the security personnel. However, all
except three were released later on PR bond.

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