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This Nagaland village council has decided to not pay ‘taxes’ till underground groups unite

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New Delhi: The village council of Sovima under Nagaland’s Dimapur district has asked all individuals and business establishments within its jurisdiction to not pay ‘taxes’ to any Naga underground faction until the various groups unite.

The collection of taxes by armed Naga separatist groups has been continuing for several years now.

In a circular passed recently by Sebastian Zumvu, chairman of the Sovima village council, it was informed that the directive had been issued following a resolution by the Chumoukedima Circle Chakhro Public Organisation.

Zumvu also said it was in tune with a decision taken by the people of Nagaland on 31 October 2013 towards “one government, one tax”.

“Those contravening the circular will be doing so at their own peril,” the circular noted.

Mizoram boxer becomes first Indian to win IBA Intercontinental Title

Nutlai Lalbiakkima from Mizoram has become the first Indian pro boxer to win the International Boxing Association’s (IBA) Intercontinental Title.

Lalbiakkima had earlier made history by defeating World No.1 Olympic gold medalist Hasanboy Dusmatov at the President’s Cup in Kazakhstan in 2018.

The IBA entered Indian territory last month with the first-ever IBA Title Championship hosted by Marine Pro Boxing, a Mumbai-based combat sports promotions company.

Boxing legends like Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, Roy Jones, Bernard Hopkins and others have held prestigious IBA titles in the past.

Another Indian, named Vimal Punera, was also crowned the IBA Asia Title in the event.

“Marine Pro Boxing is already creating a paradigm shift in Indian professional boxing since its formation and has provided a platform to over 300 boxers in our shows. In fact we took pro boxing to another level & made history by crowning India’s 1st ever IBA champions,” said Devraj Das, founder and promoter of Marine Pro Boxing.

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Assam doctor, who pioneered laparoscopy in northeast, elected to American surgical society

Dr Subhash Khanna, a doctor from Assam who had pioneered laparoscopy and therapeutic endoscopy in the northeast, has been elected to the prestigious Society of American Gastrointestinal Endosurgeons (SAGES), a US-based community of surgeons.

Khanna will develop ‘endoscopy’ and ‘hernia’ surgery sections for SAGES. He will be serving as an expert in SAGES for the next two years.

Founded in 1981, SAGES is the largest gastrointestinal surgeons’ society with over 8,000 members across the world. Doctors are selected globally to be a part of SAGES for promotion, planning and propagation of upcoming surgical advances in selected areas.

Dr Khanna was earlier also declared president-elect of the Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endo-Surgeons.

Myanmar refugee children to now be admitted into Mizoram schools

Children of Myanmar refugees can now get admission in schools across Mizoram. This was stated in a circular dated 31 August by James Lalrinchhana, director of school education in Mizoram. Lalrinchhana has asked all district and sub-divisional education officers to admit refugee children who had migrated following a military coup in neighbouring Myanmar.

The order states, “I am to state that chapter 2(4) of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (RTE Act-2009) mentioned that children aged between 6 to 14 years belonging to disadvantaged communities have the right to be admitted to school in a class appropriate to his or her age for completing elementary education.”

Lalrinchhana also told Northeast Today that the RTE Act applies to children between the ages of 6 to 14 years “irrespective of their nationality”. He added that those residing on “Indian soil” are eligible for elementary education (up to class 8).

Also read: This Manipur artist is building a ‘tattoo village’ to revive Nagaland’s dying art


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