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Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A National level Rugby player and  a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]

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NSCN-IM, NNPGs and GoI continue talk for the third consecutive day

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New Delhi, Oct 30

With time ticking fast, hectic parleys continued for the third consecutive day to find a lasting solution to the decades old insurgency problem in Nagaland with the Centre’s interlocutor and Governor R N Ravi holding separate talks with the NSCN (IM) and a conglomerate of seven organisations, NNPG, officials said.

The first session of meeting between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM has ended today as reported by Northeast Live Web Desk. The report said that both the parties will be sitting for the second session of the meet later today. The meeting comes after the round of talks ended on an inconclusive note on Tuesday.

Today’s meeting is the third meet between both the sides in a span of three days. Both sides are looking to come at a consensus on the key issues of a separate flag and constitution before tomorrow’s deadline.

As per sources, a 15-member delegation of the NSCN-IM led by its General Secretary Th Muivah is conducting the talks with Nagaland Governor and central interlocutor RN Ravi. Both the NSCN-IM and the Government of India have so far refused to budge from their respective stands on the separate flag and constitution issue.

The dialogues were convened in Delhi in a bid to iron out differences, particularly on the NSCN (IM)’s demands for a separate flag and Constitution for the Nagas that have already been rejected by the Centre.

NNPG ready to sign final pact

On the other hand, the meeting between the Working Committee, Naga National Political Groups (NNPG) and Interlocutor, RN Ravi Tuesday morning in New Delhi ended positively with the NNPG willing to sign the final pact.

Since all issues on the NNPG’s part have been resolved, they are willing to sign the final pact any day, sources said.

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Alert rally continues; Cautions of serious consequences if hurt the sentiment of Manipur people by FA

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Imphal, Oct 29

All Manipur Muslim Students Organisation (AMMSO), COCOMI, AMMOCOC, AMMDC, ALADA, ANJUMAN, Lilong, AMMDO, RAUCO, PLYDO, ASPO, LBADC, UMWDA, UMYF, AMMUCO,LIPUL, PFI, Manipur State, along with Pangal Community and members of CSO’s students of Madrassa today staged alert mass rally at Lilong Keithel in Thoubal district today. The alert rally is a warning to the Government of India of unwanted consequences if anything that may hurt the sentiment of the people of Manipur has been included in the agreement which is purposed to be signed between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM along with other NNPGs. A memorandum was also submitted to the Chief Minister of Manipur in connection with the demand of the people.

On the other hand a sit-in-protest was also staged today under the aegis of the COCMI at Khurai Keithel. Various placards that demands protection of the unity of the state had been displayed during the protest.

Mention may be made that COCOMI has called 20 hours cease work on Oct. 31.

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NSF expresses strong resentment on RN Ravi’s dual role

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Imphal, Oct 24

The Naga Students Federation (NSF) has expressed strong resentment against R N Ravi alleging him of playing as the GOI interlocutor as well as the Governor of Nagaland. A memorandum in the regard had been submitted to the Prime Minister of India.

The students’ body said R N Ravi has been indulging in rhetoric words and practices which has resulted in much chaos and confusion in the Naga society.

“It has come to light through various sources and media houses that the Indian interlocutor has been adopting the practice of twisting and misinterpreting the words enshrined in the historic framework agreement against agreed terms and principles to suit his political overlords. Such a practice is inimical to the unique history and legitimate rights of the Naga people. It has also become crystal clear to the Naga people that GOI is approaching the peace process from a bureaucratic lens which is leading to the misinterpretation of competencies that has been mutually worked out so far between the entities. 

The statement further said that the Indo-Naga peace process has been ongoing since the last 22 years making much progress. However, the recent development wherein the GOI interlocutor has been resorting to imposing a deadline of 31st October’ 19 upon the Naga negotiating team is against the universally accepted principle of a peaceful and mutually agreed negotiation.

“No honorable solution can be brought about if one of the teams to the negotiation starts to throw their weight around and tries to impose the same upon the opposite party” it added.

While stating that the NSCN and GOI entered into second ceasefire on 1st August, 1997; with the initiatives for a peaceful resolution to the indo-Naga conflict, the NSF statement said that the present political dialogues between the Government of India and NSCN representing the Naga people are a) without any pre-condition b) at the highest level and c) in third countries.

On June 14, 2001 in Bangkok it was re-affirmed that the ceasefire agreement is between the Government of India and NSCN as two entities without territorial limits. The process was further strengthened on 11th July, 2002, the then Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee declared recognition of the ‘unique history and situation of the Nagas’ by the GOI and later by signing FA in 2015.

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Students exposed to scientific ideas and innovations

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Imphal, Oct 23

Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (ISBD), an autonomous Institute of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, organised an Open Day and Science Exposition today at its Takyelpat campus on the theme “Risen India-Research, Innovation and Science Empowering the Nation”. The Open Day and Science Exposition is being organised as a lead up to the India International Science Festival (IISF) 2019 being held at Kolkata 5-8 November 2019. The objective of the programme is to engage the public with science and celebrate the joy of science and show the ways how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) provide us with the solutions to improve our lives.

The programme was formally opened by the Director of the Institute, Dr.Ajay Parida and mentioned that science and technology have immense potential for improving quality of life and solving several emerging problems faced by the society. More than 500 hundred college and school teachers and students from different districts of Manipur visited the institute during the programme. The students were exposed to various advanced instruments and facilities available in the institute. The ISBD scientists briefed the students on the ongoing activities related to bioresources and livelihoods.

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