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Thursday, November 08, 2007


Nagaland is a State of narrow strip of mountainous territory between the Brahmaputra Valley of Assam and Myanmar.  On the east it shares Indiaís international boundary with Burma.  On all other sides it is bounded by Indian territory-Manipur on the south, Assam on the west and north, and Arunachal Pradesh on the northeast.


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Saramati, the highest peak, is 3841 m height and Kohima, the capital, is 1444.12m above sea level.  The main rivers that flow through the state are Dhansiri, Doyang, Dikhu and Jhanji.

The population of Nagaland is entirely tribal.  There are many tribes and sub-tribes among the Nagas with their own languages and cultural features.  

Agriculture involves 70% of the population. Rice is the important food crop grown. Almost 90% of the land is privately owned. Nagalandís mineral wealth (coal, limestone, iron, nickel, cobalt, chromium and marble) is immense, though unexplored yet. Nagas make beautiful decorative materials. Nagaland has remarkable progress in small and medium industries.

The is remote hilly area is covered with luxuriant vegetation, the climate is cool and bracing, the people friendly and hospitable, the landscape is a riot of color-wild flowers, thick forests, huge trees, tall grass, a wide variety of wild animals and brilliantly colored birds. Tourist attractions include War Cemtery in Kohima, historic ruins of Kachari Kingdom, Dimapur, Chui Village and Dzukou Valley.


WITH the Indian electorate repeatedly delivering fractured mandates in a number of States, and in Parliament, the phenomenon of hung legislatures, with the resultant dilemma of who should be invited to form the government, has long demanded . . . (Governor's Choice, Frontline, V. VENKATESAN, Nov 07, 2007)

The report of the third National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3), released in the second week of October, has immense significance for policymakers in health, nutrition, education and gender issues. (Plight Of Women And Children, Frontline, T.K. RAJALAKSHMI, Nov 07, 2007)

There is a class aspect to human rights and victims everywhere are mostly subalterns, be it the Army, the police or Naxalites. (Unrest, Human Rights, Police, Army And Naxalites , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

Far more important than the RSPís cavil over the possible benefits from a chemical hub in Nayachar is the Centreís spanner in the works. (Edits, Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Oct 31, 2007)

An ambush by separatist rebels in northeastern India left three soldiers and a civilian dead, while a series of clashes between rival militants also killed six rebels, officials said Friday. (10 Dead In India Rebel Attacks, Daily Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 27, 2007)

October 26 marks the first anniversary of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. The law was conceived as a civil law as distinct from the existing criminal law: Section 498A IPC. It was often said that criminal law had no space for . . . . (Family Against Woman, Indian Express, Indira Jaising, Oct 26, 2007)

NFHS has put the prevalence rate in Tamil Nadu at 0.375 per cent Number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births has dropped from 68 during the first NFHS to 31 90 per cent of all deliveries in the State are conducted in institutions (Tamil Nadu Removed From List Of Hiv High Prevalence States , Hindu, Ramya Kannan , Oct 25, 2007)

Yet another monsoon is over and, with that, yet another test for the prediction skill of the statistical long-range forecast (LRF) model of the India Meteorological Department (IMD); this time it was a new model with a new methodology (Frontline, June 1). (Cloud Of Mystery, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, Oct 24, 2007)

India needs to overtly engage the junta and cultivate contact with pro-democracy forces. (Dealing With The Yangon Junta , Deccan Herald, Bidanda M Chengappa, Oct 16, 2007)

After hectic advocacy by Christian Solidarity Worldwide and Burma Campaign, UK, British MPs John Bercow and Baroness Caroline Cox met a Chin group on the India-Myanmar border last month, while Prime Minister Gordon Brown urged an emergenc. . . (Upa Shrewd On Suu Kyi, Pioneer, Sandhya Jain, Oct 16, 2007)

Accusing the Centre of adopting a step-motherly attitude towards it, the Khaplang wing of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) has asked the government to "rein in" activities of its rival NSCN faction. ('Centre's Attitude Towards Us Step-Motherly', Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 16, 2007)

At a recent conference of State police chiefs, the China connection to India's North-Eastern insurgency was brought out loud and clear. (China's Hand, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Oct 16, 2007)

Let me tell you the story of two young officers commissioned in the army of two neighbouring countries in 1964. They both should have retired. ('It's Possible For Us To Have Military History Written Without Carrying Sensitive Material', Indian Express, Editorial, Indian Express, Oct 15, 2007)

There is little doubt that Burma is a failed state with whom the Indian policy of engagement has reached a dead end. Yet, India has an underbelly too -- its troubled North-East and energy scarcity (India Has Compulsions Galore, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Oct 13, 2007)

Even governments have no option sometimes but to give away the truth or part of it. (Grim Picture, Telegraph, Editorial, The Telegraph, Oct 12, 2007)

IF the real test of the short-term success of a nationís foreign policy lies in its neighbourhood, rather than in distant lands or remote or rarefied international fora, then Indiaís policy has been something of a failure in recent years . . . . (Failing The Foreign Policy Test, Frontline, Praful Bidwai, Oct 12, 2007)

India’s next parliamentary election cannot be held before April 2008 because the Election Commission will not be ready until then to conduct the gigantic exercise, according to experts. (April Is The Earliest Ls Poll Can Be Held, Asian Age, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 11, 2007)

Given their notorious lack of success, there would be little of a non-technical nature in the US/NATO operations in Iraq and Afghanistan worthy of emulation by Indian security forces. (Edits, Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Oct 10, 2007)

A bit of plainspeak by the Prime Minister on the breakdown of law and order in Manipur appears to have paved the way for radical strategy changes, including the entry of a security adviser to do the thinking for the state government. (Security Adviser For Ibobi After Pm Rap, Telegraph, Nishit Dholabhai, Oct 09, 2007)

At least 15 people were killed and 36 others injured, some of them critical, when the bus in which they were travelling skidded off the road and fell into a rivulet in Nagaland's Mokokchung district, police said on Tuesday. (15 Killed, 36 Injured In Bus Accident In Nagaland , Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 09, 2007)


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