‘AFSPA will not be repealed’

New Delhi, December 18 (Agencies): Defence Minister AK Antony Friday stated categorically that the armed forces require special powers to counter terrorism and insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast. “As long as their (armed forces) presence is necessary, they need special provisions. They cannot function without special powers,” Antony told reporters here. “If we see, the situation has Read more

Naga peace talks ‘No HM, only PM level’

Dimapur, December 18 (MExN): Member of Rajya Sabha Khekiho Zhimomi today said the invitation for talks at the ‘Home Minister’ level cannot be, and should be “from the PMO.” A copy of the speech made by the MP in the Parliament today was received here. “…the invitation for dialogue at the Home Minister level has not been welcomed by the Read more

Valley’s Secrets World Sikh News

It tears our hearts asunder to note that a movement led by completely devoted fighters of the Sikh community did not come close to a situation to which those fighting for Kashmir have taken theirs. Behind India’s claims that it has been successful in getting the militant organizations to come to a negotiating table in Kashmir, hidden beneath its glee Read more

Lessons in peace Sne Masuku The Sowetan

A DELEGATION from Nagaland in north-eastern India is in KwaZulu-Natal to learn from the peace experience of Mpumalanga township outside Durban . The state has been fighting for independence from India for the past 67 years. Mpumalanga (Hammarsdale) is historically the first township to strike a peace deal that ended the violence between the IFP and the ANC’s then internal Read more

Joint Statement

JOINT STATEMENT OF Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF) National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) National Liberation Front of Twipra (NLFT) Tripura People’s Democratic Front (TPDF) United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) 09 December 2009 This Joint Statement is hereby issued in solidarity with ULFA and the peoples of Assam in view of the recent arrest of Chairman Rajkhowa and other Read more

Stop crackdown: Indian insurgents

New Delhi, Dec 11 (bdnews24.com) – The United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) has appealed to Awami League government to stop its ongoing crackdown against the insurgent organisations of northeastern India. “A party like the Awami League, which fought for Bangladesh’s freedom, should try and understand our passion for independence. “We are fighting against Indian colonialism much the same way Read more

NSCN (IM) condemns Nov 25 Imphal killing

Dimapur, December 16 (MExN): A note from the MIP today condemned the killing of one L. Rejamkhup Kom alias Akhup, former village chief of Thayong Khunou village under Lamlai Police Station in Imphal, Manipur on November 25. The note said the killing was by unidentified armed cadres suspected to be of a Kuki underground group, “one of whom identified himself Read more

Naga groups affirm unity, shared future

Dimapur | December 16 : The “Journey of Common Hope” initiated by Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) for reconciliation among various Naga political groups seems to have reached a point of no turning back as three Naga political groups made a solemn reaffirmation of their commitment towards Naga unity and a shared Naga future. The kilo kilonsers of the three Read more

Naga Reconciliation : Stepping into the Water

Dimapur | December 14 : After weathering the intense and stormy initial stages of reconciliation efforts and after making breakthroughs through lengthy sessions of tense discussions, and after organizing symbolic events such as the reconciliation soccer matches and the Naga National Choir, the Forum for Naga Reconciliation today stated that the Naga reconciliation process was gaining momentum. It further asserted Read more