Nagaland Current Affairs Digest – July 2022
07 July 2022: Abu Metha appointed as the Chairman of the ‘National Mountain Running Committee’ of the AFI
Abu Metha has been appointed as the Chairman of the ‘National Mountain Running Committee’ of the Athletics Federation of India. It is the first time that a sports administrator from Nagaland will be heading a national committee.
Abu Metha is presently the Associate Vice President, Athletics Federation of India.
18 July 2022: Three villages recognized by Nagaland Government under Bhandari Assembly Constituency, Wokha
Nagaland Government recoginized three villages under Bhandari Assembly Constituency, Wokha, namely – NITSUYAN, ZUJUM & LIKAYAN.
29 July 2022: Second edition of NorthEast India Festival kicks off in Bangkok, Thailand
Second edition of NorthEast India Festival kicks off in Bangkok, Thailand. The three-day event being organised by the Embassy of India from 29 – 31 July 2022 was inaugurated at Hotel Centara Grand, Bangkok on 29 July 2022.
The NorthEast India Festival focus is on trade, investment and tourism promotion and exchanges in the field of culture, education and people-to-people connect. A tourism B2B Meet and trade meet will be organised on July 30 to enhance awareness of tourism, trade and investment opportunities in the Northeastern states of India. Various dignitaries and participants from India’s northeast region are attending the festival. i.e Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
The first edition of the NorthEast India Festival was held in Bangkok in February 2019, which opened up substantial business opportunities for the Northeast Indian business community, especially in the tourism, agro and food processing sectors.
30 July 2022: Supreme Court directs Nagaland to complete local body elections by Jan 2023
On 30th July 2022, the Supreme Court issued directions to the Nagaland State Election Commission to complete the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) elections and declare results for the same by the end of January 2023.
The order came in relation to a civil appeal filed by the People Union For Civil Liberties (PUCL) and others against the State of Nagaland. The appeal was filed challenging the Nagaland Legislative Assembly’s September 22, 2021 resolution exempting operation of Part IXA(The Municipalities) of the Constitution of India, which mandates 33% reservation for women, in Municipalities and Town Councils of the State. Earlier on 14 July, the Supreme Court had pulled up the Nagaland Government over the delay in notifying the elections in Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).
The issue: The 33% women reservation in the ULBs election has been a contentious issue in Nagaland and ULBs elections have not been conducted for over a decade. The State witnessed violent protests in 2017 following the decision of the state Government to hold ULB election, following which, the ULB election process made no progress.