Review peace deal says Biren
A report from Imphal said that Manipur chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh had said the ongoing tripartite suspension of operations (SoO) agreement signed between the Centre, state government and militant groups should be reviewed as the outfits had failed to adhere to the ground rules. Biren Singh, who was also the Minister In Charge Of Home, reacted strongly to the killing of a girl by a member of one of these groups at Moreh yesterday. He said he would propose a review of the agreement to the Centre during his next visit to New Delhi. The Centre, state government and nearly 30 Kuki militant groups under two umbrella organisations, the United Peoples Front and Kuki National Organisation, signed the agreement in 2008. The members of the groups were now staying in designated camps.
Haokip photo in BJP billboards triggers rumour
A report from Imphal said that the alleged rumour of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president TN Haokip joining the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) following the appearance of his photograph in BJP billboards which went viral in the social media had been rejected by the sitting congress MLA. “This looks like a larger conspiracy as it not only targets me but the Congress party too,” said MPCC president and sitting Congress MLA Haokip while addressing a press conference. “I will be with the Congress party. I have my personal integrity,” he added. He said “As the matter was circulated in the social media, I’m compelled to move court as well as cyber crime authority for necessary steps,”. Though one Imphal-based agency – Sharma Enterprises – which was engaged for printing and erection of the billboards, clarified the mistakes, the general secretary of BJP Manipur Pradesh, K Saratkumar Singh, had cancelled their contract with the party.
‘Friends of Bodoland’
A report from Guwahati said that a regional-level consultation was held at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra by All Bodo Students’ Union, NDFB (P) and the People’s Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement (PJACBM) to deliberate on the ‘Challenges, Prospects and Perspectives of Ethnic Communities in North East India.’ The event titled ‘Friends of Bodoland’ was attended by leaders of all the major ethnic communities in the North East on July 21. The consultation was also attended by many renowned scholars, academicians and social activists.
Barak area to face agitation on academic calendar
A report from Silchar said that the committee of the All Cachar Karimganj Hailakandi Students' Association (ACKHSA) had threatened to launch an agitation across the Barak Valley if the state government did not revoke its decision on the academic calendar for the valley. A citizens' meeting was organised by the association to protest against the state government's decision to scrap a number of holidays from the academic calendar for Barak Valley. Members of different organisations, workers of political parties, intellectuals and educationists were present in the meeting. Rupam Nandi Purkayastha, adviser to the central committee of the association, said the government, by scrapping holidays from the academic calendar of the valley, had deeply hurt the sentiments of people and the association would not remain silent . He said earlier the number of holidays for Durga Puja used to be 20, but the state government reduced it to just four days, which was not "acceptable". He said Durga Puja was the biggest festival of Barak Valley people. He alleged that the government took the decision under the influence of the All Assam Students' Union (AASU), which wanted to establish/maintain its cultural aggression (Assamese) all over the state. Sadhan Purkayastha, general secretary of the state committee of Aamra Bangali, said protests/agitation had remained the only way out for Barak Valley to get its demand fulfilled.