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Manipur: Kuki negotiations drag on

Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management The Manipur State Government on June 9, 2015, agreed to extend the Suspension of Operations (SoO) with the United People's Front (UPF), an umbrella organisation of eight Kuki / Zomi militant groups, for another year till June 8, 2016. The talks with the rebel conglomerate were also upgraded to "political" from the earlier 'official' level. Later, former Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga, who was present in New Delhi and played a significant role during the whole process, stated on June 14, 2015, that delays in peace talks between the Centre and militant groups was harming mutual trust between the two sides. Zoramthanga argued, "Years have passed after signing SoO earlier, but without any formal parleys," adding that the groups had refused to sign the SoO over the preceding nine months [the previous agreement lapsed on August 21, 2014] creating an explosive situation in the North East. Zoramthanga further announced that, "The government has agreed to a political settlement with the members of eight underground groups." Zoramthanga has been facilitating contacts between the rebels and Government, and concedes, "I am neither an interlocutor nor an official mediator. My role was to build mutual trust between the Government and the groups. I just helped both the sides take part in the meeting."

Manipur: Violent Hills

Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management On March 31, two Assam Rifles (AR) troopers identified as Havildar N.K. Dolly and Havildar B.N. Kshetri were killed and Rifleman G.D. Shastra was wounded in an ambush by cadres of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) at a location between Kamjong and Kongkan villages in the Hill District of Ukhrul. A PLA 'sergeant', Prem, was also killed in the incident. The PLA militants exploded an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), then rained bullets on the troops. Two IEDs were recovered during the subsequent search by Security Forces (SFs) in the area. On April 1, PLA claimed that the assault was carried out by a team of its 'tactical command'.

Manipuri student injured while saving woman from harassment

Bengaluru, Nov 20 (IBNS): A student from Manipur was allegedly attacked by three drunken men on Wednesday night while trying to stop them from harassing a young woman, media reports said