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Naga settlement soon says Kiran Rijiju; solution skeptical as main demand of the NSCN-IM has been derailed

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Imphal, Sept 6: Final settlement of the decades long conflict between the NSCN-IM and the Government of India is likely to find a settlement soon as per the statement of the Government of India. However, it is unlikely that the NSCN-IM collective leadership will go on to the conclusion designed by the government of India as the press statement delivered by Indian authority like Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju overruled effecting of the neighbouring states of Nagaland.
According to report appeared at some of leading newspapers of the region,  Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju was quoted as saying that - “The Naga framework agreement has been drafted and the agreement will be finalised soon. Talks are in a very advanced stage and there is a hope of an early breakthrough.”
But some days back the Minister of Home Affairs had stated that the agreement will not affect any of the neighbouring states of Nagaland, which means that if a settlement is made on the line that that the India government wants then the dreams of NSCN-IM leadership will be shattered as the final agreement is not going to fulfil the main demand.

The top priority agenda of the NSCN-IM is the integration of the so call Naga inhabited areas in the NE states of India particularly the areas of Manipur.
The conclusion is still a mystery, as no one is let known the content of the frame agreement signed between the two entities on August 3, 2015. The framework agreement was signed with the prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and the collective leadership of NSCN-IM including its general secretary TH. Muivah.
Naga civil societies in Nagaland had earlier opines that without a consensus of all the Naga Stakeholders there cannot be any final solution. RN. Ravi the Indian Interlocutor of peace talk had series of talk and is all set to talk with left out Naga civil societies and other rebel groups operating in the region.
And moreover the task of framing the final agreement is a daunting one. It is a sensitive issue as it concerns other north-eastern states like Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh that have vowed not to part with an inch of their respective territory. Besides, the other formidable militant group of the NSCN (Khaplang) is not on board.

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Security measures at Indo-Myanmar intensified; 3 rebels arrested

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Imphal, Sept 6: Security forces along the Indo-Myanmar border in Chandel district under the initiative of the Manipur Police have intensified its counter insurgency operation in the last few days. Source said that with the Government of India is on the move to speed up the ambitious Act East Policy have directed the state government to take up every measures to check flow of rebels in the Border area from Myanmar side to India through Moreh. This directive comes following various report received by the Home Ministry about the intrusion of rebel cadre from the other side to Indian Territory through Moreh.
India Government is planning to make Moreh Town a stretegic location for successful implementation of the Act East Policy.

Following the directives, the state force has been alerted and various counter operation measures has been taken up in the border area particularly in Moreh area. This time the Union Home Miistry have directed the Central Force to coordinate the state force , the source added.
Meanwhile, as a part of the counter insurgency operation the state Police and 11 Assam Riffles team under the supervision of OC Moreh Police Station Inspector H. Chaoba Singh  under the command of SDPO Moreh Lawrence K. Munluo  arrested  three cadres of PREPAK (PRO) from Sunrise Ground, Moreh at around 7.30 am today. Police source said that all the three cadre are self style Corporals. They have been identified as Waikhom [email protected] (25)S/O W.Iboyai Singh of Thoubal Mayai Leikai , army no. 44974, Kongrailatpam [email protected] (24)S/O K.Ramananda Sharma of Uripok Haobam Dewan Leikai, Army no. 41931  and Pebam Kokngang @Kathokpa (23)S/O (L)P.Ningthempishak of Nambol Tera Makhong. Army no. 42950.
The report added that the three are coming out from B-2 Camp, Taka, Myanmar to commit prejudicial activities at Moreh.  A case has been registered at Moreh PS against them.

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Another stunt, but things remain the same

The tiny State of Manipur, for it’s size does not lack in drama and role-plays.
The recent intensification of drive by the State police against bootleggers in and around Imphal city is a classic case in point.
Much had been witness- law enforcers acting tough against them. But evrytime such action was seen at the time of coming new Police Chief or government. Such drived were seen for few days and later the same liqour vendor were seen as it was after some days. This time too the people witness intenssive drive against selling of liqours. Manipur is a dry state and such an act worth appreciations from call corners.
The move, thought a welcome one for the society reeks of a search for cheap publicity and certainly can be termed as an exercise in futility for the Police force. It is interesting to note that it is not the personnels from the Narcotics cell who are undergoing the drive, a job clearly meant for them. These bootleggers are not new, nor their reach and influence in any doubt. Their flourishing business has been going on for more than a decade now, with neither a hindrance nor any sign of them being stopped in the foreseeable future. Their notoriety has reached such a proportion that certain spots like the MG Avenue, Pologround Parking and Videocon Galli, Roopmahal Tank etc. have become prominent landmarks in their own rights for anyone wishing to procure a bottle or two of the intoxicating kind. The intoxicating affair does not end here. “Canteens” which stock only Indian Made foreign Liquors (IMFLs) are common public knowledge. Production of country liquor in the tribal colonies which are part of their tradition cannot be meddled with.
In fact, this “dry” State has more “illegal” liquor vendors than some States where licensed vendors put up their business.  It is another matter altogether that these bootleggers operate without any semblance of fear or discretion. The uneasy fact is that certain individuals with reach and influence are racking up earnings which cannot be taxed, while on the other hand, there is no practical means to prevent the sale or consumption of alcohol in the State. Instead of the State force organizing photo sessions with the seized liquor bottles once every blue moon, the government should take a long hard look at the reality of the situation, draw up and implement pragmatic steps to legalise the sale of alcoholic drinks.
 While this very idea risks violent remarks and response from various social organizations trying to prevent the sale and use of any and every kind of intoxicants in the State, yet we have to admit the bitter truth. It may be the only way to curb and control the stealthy and rampant abuse of the drink and a lucrative source of much needed income for the State.

Irabot Month

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Imphal, Sept 6: Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur (SSUM), Manipur Proletariat Peoples’ Democratic Union (MPPDU) and Struggle Committee Manipur (SCM) have formed a committee called Organizing Committee Lamyanba Irabot Observation Month. In a press statement of the organisations, it is stated that Comrade Hero Meetei has been elected as coordinator of the Committee. Eight other committee are also form to make the monthlong programme a success.
The statement further said that on occasion of the 121st anniversary celebration of Lamyanba Irabot , awards on various field of journalism will be conferred to excellent journalists for their skill in reporting at various field.

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