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Sonia points out “arrogance” of govt for not consulting north-east CMs

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New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday pointed out the “arrogance” of the central government in not consulting the chief ministers of the north-eastern states before signing the Naga Accord with the NSCN-IM.

Sonia-Gandhi“We are really shocked that Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn’t even think of taking into confidence the chief ministers of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh which are the directly affected states,” Gandhi told reporters outside parliament.

“It is the arrogance on the part of this government. How can an accord be signed without consulting the CMs that are directly affected even if the accord is being termed as historic,” she said.

Party vice-president Rahul Gandhi termed the move as an insult to the people of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh as they were not even informed about it.

The central government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) on Monday signed the Naga Peace Accord settling an almost 20-year-old peace negotiation process that started in 1997 after the group signed the ceasefire agreement.

(IANS)

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India’s Enigma: The Mystical and bizzare practices of the North-East

From head-hunting to brewing various alcoholic beverages, this land is home to many cultures and traditions

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Representational Image, A place in the North-east of India. Image Source: exoticnortheast.in
  • Untouched from the modernization, the North-Eastern states of India remain wild and unexplored making it a treasure trove of biodiversity
  • From head-hunting to brewing various alcoholic beverages, this land is home to many cultures and traditions
  • North-eastern states prefer matriarchal society in India 

The land of the seven sisters, guarded by the mountains and fed by the mighty Brahmaputra River encompasses amazing valleys, magical waterfalls, and dense forests with their exotic fauna. This slice of paradise is home to diverse religious, ethnic, and linguistic tribes each with their own cultures and beliefs.

Untouched from the modernization, the North-Eastern states of India remain wild and unexplored making it a treasure trove of biodiversity. The sub-tropical climate along with a lot of monsoon rains has helped create one of the last remaining great wildernesses of India in this region.

From head-hunting to brewing various alcoholic beverages, this land is home to many cultures and traditions. Exotic and endangered species like the Red Panda and Golden Langurs are found in the dense forests .

The gateway to these North-Eastern states is Assam, the most vibrant of seven states. With thousands of hectares under tea cultivation and an impressive 35 percent under forest cover, this place is predominantly symbolic of one color-green. It houses not only Asia’s largest river island but also the world’s smallest river island, mentioned India today Website.

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Assam is also the land of mysteries. The mystery revolving around the disappearance of the visitors to the two secret tunnels of  Talatal Ghar, built by the Ahom kings of Assam has made authorities to restrict access to them.

Bhut jolokia (also called bih jolokia, raja mirchi or ghost chillies) is the hottest chilli in the world with 1,001,300 Scoville heat units. Mostly found in Assam and Nagaland, it plays an important role in the kitchens of the North East.

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Head-hunters in Nagaland. Image Source: Indiatoday.in

The North-East is home to the last surviving head-hunters. Even though the Naga headhunting stopped back in the 1940s you can still spot many elders of the Konyak tribe with tattooed faces, meaning they’re from the headhunting clans. According to the culture, killing and severing an enemy’s head was considered a rite of passage for young boys and this triumph was rewarded with a prestigious facial tattoo.

The only matriarchal society of India is in Meghalaya. Women are the head of the household of the Khasi tribe which is one of the few societies in the world that follows a matrilineal system. They are the one that does the hard labour to earn a living for the family while men take the back seat. The birth of a girl brings cheers of jubilation and when a boy is born, they accept it humbly as God’s gift.

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Participants play music in Nagaland. Image Source: alamy.com

On January 12, 2013, 368 participants in Nagaland gathered to play Knocking On Heaven’s Door, by Guns N’ Roses with an aim to promote the brotherhood, the Sky Group. A Guinness World Record was created for the world’s largest electric guitar ensemble.

Jonbeel Mela is an annual fair which dates back to the 15th century when the kings organised it to discuss the prevailing political situations.  Held in the Morigaon district of Assam, the main attraction of the fair is the barter system that takes place.

Nghah lou dawr, meaning shops without shopkeepers is something unique you find in Mizoram. All you need to do is drop the money in the deposit box for the items taken.  This act of trust is something very rare and hard to see in this world.

– prepared by NewsGram team.

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Modernity polished by Tradition: Fashion Designer Kazingmei becomes trend-setter with his Edgy Designs

Kazingmei’s latest collection had been named “Reptonic” and was recently showcased at the Lakme Fashion Week’16

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Asa Kazingmei with a model adorning his Reptonic collection. Image Source : morung.com
  • Kazingmei is indigenous to the art of sewing and stitching from his experience of mending his own clothes since the very beginning
  • Being a resident of Manipur, he had been greatly influenced by the Hallyu wave which could be found in all the films, songs and other cultural manifestations of the place
  • In 2012, launched one of his own line of clothes: Immoral, which was dedicated to the Naga tribes

There has always been a lot of tension between the north-eastern states of India and the rest of India. Rarely, but there are few people who can bridge the gap with their creativity. To make the bond strong, Trend MMS of Assam and the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region organised a show called “Colours of Northeast” on June 29. The show was a gala celebration of the culture of North-east India itself.

Asa Kazingmei, the most popular Naga designer displayed his garments, along with some other contemporaries.

Kazingmei. Image Courtesy : fashioncentral.in
Kazingmei. Image Source: fashioncentral.in
  • Kazingmei is indigenous to the art of sewing and stitching from his experience of mending his own clothes since the very beginning. It had urged him to pursue a career in fashion. This dream of his had taken him to Mumbai, from where he completed his course in fashion designing. International Institute of Fashion Design in Bandra served as his Alma mater. Finally, his edgy style of designing presented him with the opportunity of debuting at the Lakme Fashion Week as one of the seven Gen Next designers, reported the Hindu.
  • Being a resident of Manipur, he had been greatly influenced by the Hallyu wave which could be found in all the films, songs and other cultural manifestations of the place. As a Korean film buff, he manufactures a lot of layered scarves, garments with a burst of pop colours and zany jackets.
  • 2012 had proved to be a landmark event in his career. It bore witness to the launch of his own line of clothes: Immoral, which was dedicated to the Naga tribes. The apparels were greatly applauded at the Lakme Fashion Week’12.
  • Kazingmei had always been adept in martial arts. He is a black belt holder and had taken part in numerous state and district level championships when he was younger. Becoming a martial arts instructor would have been his alternative career choice, mentions the Hindu.
An example of his Changvei collection. Image courtesy : morung.com
An example of his Changvei collection. Image courtesy : morung.com
  • In 2014, his Changvei collection, inspired by the Naga warriors’ shield created a lot of buzz in the Lakme Fashion Week. The thick denims, leather and monotone of black exuded a strong vibe.
  • Kazingmei’s latest collection had been named “Reptonic” and was recently showcased at the Lakme Fashion Week’16. It earned a name for the beautiful use of satin, lace, net, crystal and golden leather, the long, floaty and textured silhouettes.

Other than that, Asa Kazingmei’s designs have become a regular in the Bollywood films. Some of the movies that showcased his garments were Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Dhoom 3, and Bang Bang. We wish him all the best for his future endeavours. He is an inspiration for all the youngsters of not only north-east India but the entire country.

-This article is compiled by a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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Union Budget Session to commence on February 29

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New Delhi: The capital will witness the onset of Budget Session of the Parliament on February 23. The joint session will be addressed by President Pranab Mukherjee.

The railway budget will be presented on February 25 while the Union Budget will be presented on February 29.

The meeting of Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) saw the decision being taken in this regard. The Union home minister Rajnath Singh headed the meeting.

The first session will end on March 16. The second session will start from April 25 and end on May 13.

The session will see the government pushing its legislative agenda this time as well, just they did in the last two sessions.

The Opposition will be seen raising a number of issues in this budget session, including the ongoing crisis in J&K. Moreover, the PhD scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide case and the imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh will also be seen getting discussed.

Earlier on Wednesday, Sonia Gandhi, the Congress president held a meeting to chalk out the party’s strategy to be adopted in the Budget session. The party’s core committee members on parliamentary affairs attended the meeting.

The government blames the Opposition of turning out to be a hindrance in the House proceedings and significant legislations.

M Venkaiah Naidu, desiring to seek advice on the Budget Session, invited several political parties for an informal meeting later in the day. M Venkaiah Naidu is the Union parliamentary affairs minister. (Inputs from Agencies)