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11/09/2005: "NSF to support UNC resolution on non-cooperation"

NSF to support UNC resolution on non-cooperation Morung Express News KOHIMA: The Naga Students’ Federation today resolved to launch a non-cooperation movement against the Manipur Government in support of the United Naga Council resolutions adopted on November 4 last at Senapati. UNC, the apex Naga body in Manipur has earlier decided to kick-start a non-cooperation movement against the Manipur government by way of refusal to pay house tax in its meeting.
Although, the Federation is yet to work out the modalities and decide the date, it said that they may resume the economic blockade, launched earlier against the Manipur Government’s decision to declare June 18 as State Integration day.
Perhaps, the resumption of non-cooperation by the apex students’ body may evoke another wave of anxiety and turmoil in Manipur. However, the Federation said that basing on its motto, standing for the Naga cause have become their moral duty. The NSF President, Pushika Aomi admitted that agitation, like the economic blockade, is too inhuman if viewed from the human rights angle, but asserted that Manipur should not be a hindrance to the peaceful integration of Nagas’ territories.
"Enough is enough", is the message that the NSF conveyed to the Manipur Government, adding that it would leave no stone unturned to counter the propaganda projected by the latter to obstruct the integration of Naga areas. Meanwhile, the Federal Assembly decided to wait for the government to table the investigation report pertaining to the infamous NPSC scandal. The Federation has set November 10 as the last date for compliance to their ultimatum, failing which the students will resort to its own course of action, asserted the NSF. The Federation also said that it has decided to renew their fight against the superannuation issue or age tempering by the government officials.
Naga battalion killing more dogs than rebels Indo-Asian News Service Hindustan Times

Raipur, November 9, 2005 Nagaland's policemen have won fame in Chhattisgarh for waging a highly successful war against Maoist guerrillas. But they are also accused of killing hundreds of dogs for meat.
It is an allegation that a senior officer of the Nagaland Armed Police (NAP) battalion does not accept, calling it a rumour, although he admits that his men like to "eat dogs but only healthy ones".
Animal activists are, however, crying foul. They say that that NAP personnel's fondness for 'dog flesh' has left around 2,500 dogs dead in the Bastar region, a Maoist stronghold.
The NAP battalion, comprising 850 personnel, moved to Bastar in June this year.
Terming the dog-eating habit as "intolerable", People for Animals (PFA) has decided to launch a public campaign to save the dogs from extinction in Bastar.
"This is cruelty against dogs and definitely a crime under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. We will launch an agitation against NAP for killing dogs and eating them," Poonamchand Jain, president of PFA in the state said.
The police department is silent over the issue because the NAP's successes against Maoist guerrillas has won them several friends in the state, including appreciation from Home Minister Ram Vichar Netam.
A senior Chhattisgarh police official said: "I know NAP men are killing more dogs than Maoists. But they actually pay Rs 500 for a black dog and Rs 200-250 for every white and other coloured dogs they kill."
The NAP's deputy commandant, BZ Angami, has a different story to say.
Angami said: "The 9th NAP battalion deployed in Bastar is doing a commendable job and everyone is happy with their work. They are not killing dogs for eating. This is just a strong rumour."
He said NAP personnel did like pork, and this was bought in Kanker district and from Orissa. "Normally we like to eat dogs but only healthy dogs, not the stray ones," he said.

Naga students threaten economic blockade Kuknalim. com
KOHIMA, Nov 08: Reviving memories of the marathon July siege, the Naga Students Federation today threatened to resume the economic blockade in Manipur valley before Christmas...

The students also iterated their support for a resolution adopted by the United Naga Council that said Nagas in the hill districts of Manipur would not accept any development scheme from the Manipur government from April 2006. This decision comes close on the heels of Nagas refusing to pay tax in Manipur.

The move to resume the blockade was taken today at the NSF’s meeting here with the All Naga Students Association of Manipur (Ansam).

“Enough is enough,” NSF president Phushika Aomi said, sending a terse message to Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh. He said the students were working out the modalities of the blockade and this time, they would sustain it till their demands are met.

Earlier, Ansam had started the economic blockade on National Highway 39 from July 19 against the state government’s decision to declare the previo-us day as “state integrity day”.

The blockade, that had sent prices of essential commodities spiralling in Imphal valley, ended on August 11 after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh intervened. The agitation that was started by Ans-am was later spearheaded by the NSF and garnered support from the Naga Hoho and other Naga NGOs in Nagaland.

Integration of Naga areas has emerged as “the” demand, overriding the one asking the Manipur government to withdraw the June 18 holiday.

Aomi added that the aim of the NSF was to achieve a “united lim(land)”. All these facts and more would be available on the NSF’s website that was launched today.

The students decided that talks with the Manipur government, if any, will be headed henceforth by the NSF and not by Ansam. “We are part of the Naga Students Federation and so it is natural that they will talk,” said an Ansam leader.

He said the economic blockade would be a run-up to total non-cooperation with the Manipur government.
Former DGP Hesso Mao assassinated Funeral Service of Late Hesso Mao, former DGP will take place at 1 pm at New Reserve Tennis Court on Wednesday, November 9. The Morung Express News November 8
DIMAPUR: Former Director General of Police (DGP) Hesso Mao today succumbed to the bullets of assassins after he was shot at by unidentified gunmen inside his New Police Reserve Residence Kohima at around 4:00-4:30 pm. Despite efforts made by doctors, he passed away late this evening at Bethel Medical Centre, Kohima.
According to information received it was learnt that five or six persons had come in a white colored ‘soft top’ gypsy bearing registration number NL-01C-1040. All of them were reportedly attired in black overcoats. Three of the miscreants reportedly entered the residence and confronted the former DGP before shooting him below the heart with an M-20 Chinese made pistol. He was rushed to the Bethel Medical Centre where he succumbed to bullet wounds.
According to family sources the miscreants had demanded from the former DGP a sum of Rs 10 lakhs while identifying themselves as cadres of the NSCN (K). The gunmen reportedly confronted the former DGP on an incident which occurred some years back when a police operation was conducted at Thizama, Kohima district under the command of the former DGP following the looting of a large sum of money meant for government salary. During this encounter, one NSCN (K) cadre identified as Lt Michael Angami of Touphema village was killed. Both the police and family sources are not ruling out this as one of the possible reasons for today’s dastardly act.
Later, speaking to The Morung Express NSCN (K) officials at the Ceasefire Supervisory Board Office in Mon did not claim responsibility for the killing of Hesso and said that it had not instructed any of its cadres to carry out any such operation. A high ranking official however disclosed that Hesso had a "past mistake with the organization" and mentioned about the Thizama operation carried out under his command.
Meanwhile, SP Kohima has been officially assigned the task of investigating today’s incident. Further all the district headquarters have been alerted and a search has been launched to nab the killers. The police and army personnel in Kohima immediately sealed off the State capital and started combing operations. Raids were conducted at several places in Kohima.
Datta, Rio, Imkong condemns killing
DIMAPUR, NOV 8 (MExN): Following the dastardly killing of former Nagaland DGP Hesso Mao by armed miscreants, Governor Shyamal Datta along with Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Leader of Opposition I. Imkong have all condemned the incident in the strongest of terms.
Datta expressed shock and grief over the untimely demise of Hesso and condemned the dastardly attack. "The government shall spare no effort in tracking down the culprits and delivering them to justice", Datta assured.
Rio condemned what he termed as ‘inhuman act carried out by demented minds’ and pointed out that such acts of killings and bloodshed did not belong to any civilized society. Stating that Hesso Mao was a dedicated and sincere police officer who greatly contributed towards the welfare of the State by his sacrifice, Rio asserted that Hesso Mao deserves to be saluted by one and all for his services. Rio stated that this act was aimed at disturbing the hard earned peace and assured that the government would leave no stone unturned to bring the culprits to book and punish them as per the law of the land. The state government has expressed deep condolence to the members of the bereaved family and prayed that the departed soul rest in peace.
Leader of the Opposition I. Imkong said he was deeply shocked to hear the assassination of Hesso Mao and described the former DGP as an upright officer who rose from the ranks to the highest position in his profession as DGP. "His assassination is a reminder to the government as well as the people of Nagaland that all is not well in the state", Imkong stated while pointing out that it was time for the State government to wake up and assess the deteriorating condition all round. "This dastardly act of killing must be condemned by one and all. I urge upon the government not to leave any stone unturned to identify and book the culprits whoever they may be", Imkong stated while conveying condolences to the family on behalf of the Congress party.
Ex-Nagaland DG shot dead Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, November 08: Former DGP of Nagaland Hesso Mao, a native of Manipur from Mao, was shot dead today by unidentified gunmen at his residence at Kohima, reports Newmai News Network.

The former DGP was shot at point blank range by about four/five unidentified persons who came to his residence today at about 5.30 pm.

At the time of the incident, the security escort of the former DGP was out.

Reports received said that Hesso Mao was at the ground floor while his son was at the first floor when the gunmen came in a white coloured Gypsy.

After a brief talk, the gunmen whipped out their guns and shot Hesso several times at point blank range.

The grievously injured Mao was rushed to Bethany hospital where he passed away at about 8.30 pm.

NSS mega camp: All the concerned NSS programme officers and NSS volunteers who have been selected for participation in the NSS Camp at Tamenglong Higher Secondary School, Tamenglong have been asked to report to the SLO NSS at 6.30 am of November 9 at the Secretariat North Block positively.
25 hurt in Manipur blast [ Tuesday, November 08, 2005 08:50:58 pm IANS ] Times of India

IMPHAL: At least 25 people, most of them women, were wounded in an explosion in Manipur on Tuesday, police said. Ten of the injured are in a serious condition. In another incident in neighbouring Nagaland, unidentified gunmen shot at and critically injured former state police chief Hesso Mao.

In Imphal, a police spokesman said the blast occurred in a crowded marketplace in the heart of the city. Most of the wounded sustained multiple injuries. "The area was crowded with shoppers when the explosion took place. Most of the wounded are women," police officer Kasim Ali said. t was not immediately known how the explosion occurred. Police said either a grenade had been lobbed or a hidden bomb had been exploded.

No militant group has claimed responsibility for the blast. Nineteen militant groups are active in Manipur with demands ranging from secession to autonomy. On Monday, Biren Singh, chief of the outlawed People's Revolutionary Army of Kangleipak (PREPAK), was arrested near Imphal.

RSS’ allegation that Churches are dividing NE states Rev Dr V K Nuh The Moring express
My attention was drawn when I read the resolution of the RSS calling upon the civil societies to "Thwart the separatist designs of the churches who are propagating a two-nation theory." This is not the first time but on several occasions Hindutva campaigns have had false accusations against the Christians in North-East India.
Now, almost 80 years have elapsed since Naga people submitted a Memorandum to the British Empire "Reformed Scheme led by Simon Commission in 1929" that Nagas should be left alone to determine for themselves as in ancient times. Right after the World War II, Naga people unitedly stood against the British Colonialism. As Great Britain decided to give up her crown in Asia, Naga people hoisted their independence flag one-day ahead of the Indian Independence. But Indian government refused to recognize the Naga sovereignty.Thereby, a Plebiscite was conducted and as a result 99.99% Nagas gave their thumb impression in 1951. Therefore, there is no question of Church instigating a two-nation theory.
It was very unfortunate that the Government of India suspected American missionaries instigating the Naga National Movement, which prompted the Indian government to eventually drive away all the missionaries. No missionary was left in Naga inhabited area by 1954. Above all, no foreigners were allowed to come to Nagaland even on humanitarian services. Therefore, there is no question of getting outside help, which the Indians have accused that millions of dollars are pouring in to Nagaland to help insurgencies. Rather during those days, not even a spoonful of service was rendered to the Naga people from foreign relief agencies not to speak about funds for developmental activities but surprisingly, a number of charges have been leveled against the Christians by the RSS of the Hindutva. However, according to the Fact Finding Committee led by Dinesh Singh (report given in August Session Parliament of 1980), "The tribal’s basic problem as found in the North East region as a whole is that, tribals no longer feel secure in their own homeland and are fearful to dominations and exploitations by outsiders in every respect."
Again in All Hindu Conferences held at Lucknow on May 16, 1981, a resolution was made alleging that foreignmissions are aiming to create a feeling of hatred against the Hindu religion, culture and society among the hill tribes and also generating a feeling to have separate state as a Christian homeland. They further alleged that millions of dollars are poured in, to encourage anti-national activities threatening the unity and integrity of India. Dr. M.M. Thomas was the only Christian Governor in Nagaland since the very inception of Nagaland state. Dr. M.M. Thomas was dismissed with false accusation saying that he encouraged missionaries in Nagaland and has links with superpowers to promote religion and communal tensions (Press Conference, Delhi - 19/4/1992). Just two years back in 2003, Hindutva accused Christians in North East India that Christians are forcing Hindus to convert to Christianity.
Yet all through these false accusations, no Christian protested against the Hindutva. By principle, Christianity can never force anyone to become a Christian. It all depends on the individual and on the individual’s decision alone. Christian faith does not go against one’s conscience. A person is free to decide one’s own beliefs. There is Human Rights and Fundamental Constitutional Rights to propagate one’s own faith. Therefore, if RSS can find out any fact and prove their false accusations to the Christians then we shall be happy to admit our shortcomings.
(The writer is General Secretary Council of Naga Baptist Churches Nagaland, Kohima)
Dictatorship the need of the hour Kos Zhasa The Morung Express
The wake up call for intellectual Nagas is now or never. The whole state machinery has totally broken down beyond repair. As Dr. Hoshi has rightly put it, "Peace prevails in a country where the leaders are honest, visionary and courageous and have the sense of humanity". Things have reached a level of no return. In this atmosphere of lawlessness, gun culture, corruption, lack of work culture, lack of development, identity crisis, issue of sovereignty, integration etc. the new generation is totally confused, growing up to be unruly, rowdy and totally uncultured characters. The very existences of the Nagas are at stake. In this kind of turbulent environment where the people are suppressed in all fields, the foundation has already been laid down for a civil war.
We elect leaders who are third graders, self styled Mafia don type, whose only ambition is muscle power and money power, amassing wealth after wealth. God alone knows whether he will be allowed to take it to his next life. Whereas on the other hand the bureaucrats of Nagaland think themselves to be aristocrats, not approachable by commoners. Policies are implemented only in papers. The people have not benefited by any of the so called development. Money meant for development are hijacked by our VIP’s for their selfish gains e.g. acquiring immovable properties after properties both in Nagaland and outside, foreign trips, sending their children abroad etc etc. Up there it’s a fight for power and luxury where as the rest will have to live from hand to mouth. Intellectual Nagas, the time has come to arm yourself with the power of the pen and speak out for the love of the people. The risks are involved, but God will be on our side. We will go down history as the true sons and daughters of the motherland. Nagas come forward, let us join hands and elect a leader with vision 2050. Whether we agree to disagree, we need a dictator with military discipline to lead the people forward.
Under this visionary leadership, I foresee a new Nagaland emerging.
Top priorities of the agenda.
1. Compulsory military training for both Men and Women for defence.
2. One common language for all Nagas.
3. Tribalism will be a thing of the past.
4. Top priority to tourism for economic development.
5. Four lane highway from Nagaland to Far east for tourism, import, Export.
6. 50% percent of income will be taxed. The benefits are good roads, free education, free medical facilities, free public transport and much more.
7. Indigenous literature, Art, Music, textile will flourish.
8. Tradition and culture will be revived.
9. Imitation of western and Indian culture strictly prohibited.
10. Gun culture and Mafia culture will be abolished" once and for all.
11. Shoot at sight order for illegal immigrants.
12. Non-local traders will be told to get lost.
13. People will be told to go back to traditional houses.
14. Private mansions will betaken over as State property, to be converted to public libraries, museums, tourists resorts etc.
15. Farmers will be given -acres to grow crops for the sustenance of the people. Nagaland will be declared self sufficient. 16. White coloured jobs only to professionals, intellectuals, and scientists. 17. Designers and Artists will be given top priority to preserve and promote our heritage, textile and culture.
18. Entrepreneurs will be promoted all over the world. Work culture and dignity of labour will reach the zenith.
19. Ethnic Naga cuisine will be popularized to every nation in the world.
Under this leadership Nagaland will see unimaginable prosperity. Wealth will be equally distributed. There will be no haves and have-nots. The word impossible does not exist if we sincerely want to achieve our goal. Intellectuals, senior citizens, youth with vision come forward now. In this competitive age, Nagas should not be left behind. We will together build a strong nation and march forward with dignity and pride because we love our motherland, we will contribute to make it a better place to live in for our children and generations to come. Intellectual forums, pressure groups are being formed this very minute. The search for this leader as already begun. Will you be the one?
Mega rural health mission for northeast By Indo Asian News Service
Guwahati, Nov 9 (IANS) Rural healthcare in the northeast is expected to get a major boost with the central health ministry launching a mega mission to upgrade medical facilities in the interior regions.
Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has launched the National Rural Health Mission for the northeastern states in Assam's main city of Guwahati with a pledge that every rural hospital would have a doctor and adequate nursing staff.
'We shall make it mandatory for all medical graduates who have completed their internship to serve in a rural area for one year. During this period they would be given a temporary registration and once they complete the yearlong tenure, they would be entitled for permanent registration,' the minister told reporters after launching the mission. He said the healthcare system in the northeast was characterized by 'poor and ill-maintained infrastructure facilities', besides shortage of support staff.
'The situation is going to change drastically now with the launch of the Mission and development of infrastructure,' Ramadoss said.
'In three years' time we hope to change the face of the rural healthcare system in the country and the northeast in particular.' The emphasis of the mission is to reduce the infant mortality rate, maternal mortality rate and the total fertility ratio. 'We are planning to train some 2,50,000 nurses across the country meant for working in the rural areas,' the minister said. He said there were proposal for setting up more medical, dental, and nursing colleges in the northeast where the 39 million people faces the challenge of accessing primary healthcare facilities. 'The government healthcare system was able to cater to just 20 percent of the demands and the rest 80 percent were left to be cared for by the private sector. But now things would change for the better,' Ramadoss said.

PREPAK chairman nabbed, remanded to judicial custody From Sobhapati Samom Assam Tribune
IMPHAL, Nov 8 – A top militant leader, said to be chairman of a Manipur-based banned outfit, who was arrested on Sunday said he retired from the outfit some months back to lead a normal life. “After retiring I came back to lead a normal life”, 63 year-old Meisnam Biren alias Achamba, the arrested Chairman of People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) told reporters on Monday before entering the Court of the Duty Magistrate who remanded him to judicial custody for nine days.
PREPAK was among the six UG groups of Manipur on which New Delhi recently extended the ban period. It is also one of the major constituents of the powerful common body Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF).

Family members of Biren, a bachelor and a resident of Sagolband Meino Lierak under Imphal West district, however, said he left home some years back, reports said. Advocates of Biren on the other hand said he is suffering from respiratory disease and needs medical care. Biren was arrested during a search operation by Manipur Police commandoes along with 15 other youths from Haobak Marak Irom Leikai in Imphal on Sunday. Police registered an FIR against the leader under Section 121/121(a) Indian Penal Code (Waging War against the Government of India) and 20 UAP (Amendment) Act. According to Clay Khongsai, Superintendent of Police, Imphal West, the militant leader Achanba joined the Revolutionary Government of Manipur in 1969 and after retiring from the outfit for some time joined PREPAK about two years back. Apart from visiting some of the South-Asian countries, Biren had recently visited Bangkok to attend a meeting of the outfit and had returned recently. A foreign passport (No E3772380) issued in 1992 was recovered from him along with two identity cards issued by the Myanmar Government and one senior citizen identity card, he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, United National Liberation Front (UNLF), another Manipur-based banned outfit claimed to have gun downed a jawan of 16 Assam Rifles battalion during a raid at an Assam Rifles post near the Indo-Myanmar border. The Assam Rifles post was located at Kemdo Molcham under Chandel district of Manipur.
“The raid caught the Assam Rifles men by surprise and one jawan was killed while another two were seriously injured”, UNLF claimed. The raid which was conducted on Friday by a four member suicide squad of the outfit.
The Look East policy Assam Tribune
Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, during his recent visit to Agartala for laying the foundation stone of a 750-MW gas power project reiterated his concern for carrying further the Look-East policy to its firm stand as soon as possible. He is optimistic of the fact that the North East stands at the threshold of a historic opportunity with a new era of possibilities round the corner that could soon witness the signing of free trade agreement with the South East Asian countries. India has already signed FTA with Thailand and Singapore. What is of added interest to the NE States and, more particularly, Assam is that the gateway for Asian trade to India would be these States. The delegation to the Thailand Export Promotion Fair in Guwahati in April, 2005 disclosed that their country decided to open up a trade information office in Guwahati to boost trade and commerce in the region. If India starts trade with the ASEAN region, similar trade junctions will be opened up in Guwahati. Thus, one could say that the Look East policy has started yielding results. Again, the signing of India-ASEAN Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Co-operation is essential to facilitate growth in trade in conformity to India’s Look East policy. It is only two months ago that the Confederation of Indian Industries which have long taken an intense interest in establishing the Look East policy on ground, organised a five-day enterprise exhibition to provide the latest information on technology and marketing so that the young entrepreneurs of the region could establish direct commercial link with the foreign countries. The CII had already taken a number of promising steps to boost the existing trade ties with Myanmar.

It may be noted that among the trading partners of India, an important country is China with which the share of our trade has increased from 2.5 per cent in 2000-01 to 4.9 per cent in 2003-04. There has been a quantum jump in Sino-Indian trade ties in recent years from $3.0 billion in 2000-01 to $13.6 billion in 2004-05 and in the first eight months of the current fiscal, the bilateral trade has reached $12.2 billion mark. It is heartening to note that China has taken active steps to launch the Stilwell road project. The Government of India promptly reciprocated its keen interest in rebuilding the road that would connect India at the eastern point of Guwahati city with China via Myanmar. Though the road was built during the Second World War to help transport war related men and materials, its importance got reduced after 1945 when the war ended. However, with opening up of a new era in Sino-Indian relations, both the countries are equally interested in rebuilding the road link. The nearest Chinese city of commercial importance is only 1300 km away from India, whereas the existing trade relationship with India is linked by the route of 3000 km. The reintroduction of Stilwell Road will be able to reduce the transport cost and time distance of trade to a great extent. It is not that the road linkage to different South Asian countries has to be taken up anew. The Indo-ASEAN car rally from Guwahati to Singapore last year had proved that the linkage was already there. The only thing necessary is to develop the roads.

It is heartening note that some other Asian countries have already started processing to establish firm trade ties with India. Under the India-Singapore Comprehensive Economic Co-operation Agreement, India stands to gain mainly in two areas, viz, services and investments. Under free trade agreement with the country, India has to lower duty barriers for goods from Singapore without actually gaining much by way of duty reduction for its exports to Singapore where, however, Indian goods face much lower duties. India will gain from investment opportunities through opening up of bilateral bank branches in both the countries. The visit of Japanese Prime Minister to India in the recent past has also opened up the possibility of further expansion of the existing trade with that country. What is, however very important to note is that Indian exporters must diversify their exports to China to particularly include auto-components, machine tools and IT services in order to sustain robust growth witnessed in recent times. What is of utmost importance for India now is to ensure that appropriate infrastructure facilities are developed in the State of Assam so that proper linkage with neighbouring countries could soon be established. The eleven Chinese officials who recently visited Nathu La, the Sino-Indian border point, were visibly upset with the infrastructure set up on the Indian side though arrangements were much better on the Chinese side with fortified infrastructure, a parking lot for 150 trucks and a sophisticated telephone exchange. India, on its part, must rectify its deficiencies in the shortest possible time to pave the way for realising the goals of Look East policy.

ULFA top brass well coordinated: Mamoni Our Staff Correspondent Sentinel
DIBRUGARH; Nov 8: "There is perfect coordination between the ULFA’s ‘commander-in-chief’, Mr Paresh Barua and its chairman Mr Arabinda Rajkhowa," said Ms Mamoni Raisom Goswami, noted writer and mediator of peace talks held between the People’s Consultative Group and the Central Government while talking to the media persons at the Circuit House here today.
Commenting on the personality of ULFA’s ‘c-in-c,’ Goswami said that he had strong feelings for Assam and its people. "He has a dream to see Assam free from all exploitation," said Goswami. However, Goswami admitted that the ULFA chairman had a different personality. He can communicate with anyone in a suave language with logic. "As he hails from a Rajkonwar family, he demands equal respect from others," she said. But Goswami said both the leaders have very cordial relations and always depend on each other. Goswami, who is on a two-day tour here to attend a function at Dibrugarh University, is optimistic about the forthcoming second round of talks between the PCG and the Central Government. Answering a question, Goswami stated that the People’s Consultative Group comprising individuals from diverse fields will certainly give due weightage to the opinions and suggestions of the representatives of the various ethnic groups. "The task is really tough and complex, only time will decide its fate," she said. Expressing serious concern over anti-insurgency operations being carried out in the State, despite restraint shown by the militant outfit, Goswami feared that these may jeopardize the entire peace process. "I will definitely talk to the Central Government so that a mechanism could be evolved to continue the peace process without any hindrance. She expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister and his National Security Advisor for the success of first round of talks and hoped that the vexed problems of Assam would be solved during their tenure. While her attention was drawn that more than 64 meetings were being held between the NSCN (I-M) and the Centre but the solution is still a far cry, Ms Goswami hoped that these would not be repeated in the case of Assam.

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