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Items filtered by date: Sunday, 18 October 2015 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

Campaign for restoration of pre-merger status concludes; Flag used in Independent Manipur hoisted

Month-long campaign for restoration of pre-merger political status of Manipur under the initiative of the Coalition for Indigenous Rights Campaign (CIRCA) concluded today. On the last day awareness campaign about the need for restoration of the pore-merger political status for Manipur were held at various places including Khurai Lamlong, Nambol, Oinam and Moirang Ningthou leirak by CIRCA in association with clubs and meira Paibi organization of the respective area.
At the campaign held at Khurai Lamlong Bazar , titular King of Manipur Leishemba Sanajoaba attended as the Chief Guest. Speaking on the occasion Leishemba stressed on the need for restoration of the pre-merger status for Manipur as the state has been moving backward after its merger with the Indian Uion.
Coincidentally, today is the day when the first Manipur Legislative Assembly was formed in 1948. 
“Today is an important day in the history of Manipur as today is the day when the first Manipur Legislative Assembly was held in 1948”, Leishemba Sanajaoba said.
 He further added that when Manipur merged to India there are lots of expectation and promises given to the people of Manipur. But Manipur continues to move backwards in every field beside losing the its territorial boundary like Kabaw Valley among others since its mergers to the Indian Union in 1949.
Expressing dissatisfaction to the ignorance of the public to the ongoing agitation by Irom Chanu Sharmila, Leishaemba said that people of the state were killed and maim under the draconian act AFSPA at which Irom Chanu Sharmila has been demanding for repealed of it.
Leishemba Sanajaoba also blamed the merger as the outcome of the present crisis between various ethnic communities of the state.
“Hills and Valley people which have been living together peacefully since time immorial has been divided into various groups after the merger of the erstwhile kingdom to the Indian Union”, Leishemba said. 

Sanajaoba further said that the campaign for restoration of pre-merger status of the state is not anti-national as it is for the protection of the people of the state.
At the campaign held at Keishamthong Moirangningthou Leirak, Member of CIRCA, Angamba said that they merger agreement signed between the then King of Manipur Maharajah Bodhachandra and the representatives of the Indian Union on September 21, 1949 at Shillong is not an acceptable agreement as it was done under threat.
CIRCA also hoisted a flag called “Malem Puba Paphal” at Sana Janmasthan Club Hall of Keishamthong Moirangningthou Leirak.
Angamba said that the flag was hoisted in free Manipur when the Manipur Legislative Assembly was first held after British left the erstwhile kingdom..
“From this day onwards, people of Manipur and CIRCA demands to implement pre-merger political status in Manipur and people’s representative and people’s parliament representing all the ethnic group of Manipur”, Angamba added.
The flag was hosted by Thangjam Dhaneshori Devi, Ex-Counselor, Keishanthong at Sana Janmasthan Club Hall, Keishathong Moirangningthou Leirak.
Aheibam Meira Paibi, Laishom Leirak Meira Paibi and Moirangningthou Leirak Meira Paibi attended the function.

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Girls from NE went missing at Delhi

Two girls from North-East have gone missing at Delhi.
According to a post uploaded by Delhi Police in the Facebook page ‘Delhi Police For North East Folks’, the girls have been identified as Miss Chlovi aged 23, D/o Hriipou of Tungguam village pumai, Senapati district, Manipur and Miss Awale aged 19, D/o. Gwaselo, House no 06. Gukhanyu Tseminyu Dimapur, Nagaland.
The post specifies that the two girls went missing from 14 of this month.

While trying to contact them, their phone has remained switched off.
IGP Robin Hibu, the Bodal Officer for North-East people, Delhi, in the post sought information, if any, to help locate the missing girls at the number, 1093 (NE people helpline, DP) and 9810083486 (Nodle Officer for NE People, Delhi) or may contact whatsapp/sms at 89810083486 or Email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Kalakshetra website

Kalakshetra Manipur launches its website today at Manipuri Dance Academy Imphal. During the function, K. Radhakumar, Secretary of arts and culture government of Manipur and L. Upendra Sharma, Director of JNMDA Imphal graced as chief guest and president respectively . The Web site is designed and hosted  by eManipur, a web-designing firm based at Imphal.

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KSA organizes painting competition

A state level painting competition for students studying class 3 to 12 was held today at T.G Higher Secondary School. The competition was organized by Kangliepak Students Association (KSA) as a part of its 10th foundation day.
The theme of the competition was the ancesteral place of Kangleipak inside historic Kangla fort and other historical monuments.
Speaking to the media persons at T.G Higher Secondary School, Lakshman, President KSA said that the main focus of the competition was to raise consciousness among the students about the history of our state, historical places, monuments and to provide a platform for exploring the hidden talents of the students.
The competition was divided in three sections A, B, C according to their standard. In section A 50 students from class 3 to 4, in section B 150 students from class 5 to 8 and in section C 70 students from class 9 to 12. A total of 270 students from different school took part in the competition. A blood donation camp will be held at JNIMS hospital, Porompat on 12 November, 2015.
Lakshman further said that the competition was suppose to be held at Kangla as per the agreement with the Kangla authority but at the last moment they change their word which left KSA to find new place to organize the competition. Such uncivilized act of the Kangla authority is strongly condemned by the member of KSA, he added. 
Angouton Khuman, Secretary (HRD) KSA, said the result of the competition will be announced later today. The prizes of today’s competition will be distributed on 27 November, 2015, he added.

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Okram Sagei Apokpa Trust distributes prizes to exceptional personalities

14th Annual Prize distribution Function for the Meritorious students of the state & Okram Sagei in the HSLC & Hr Sec Exam (Manipur) & Class X & XII Exam, CBSE 2015 With Best sportsperson in Fencing, Football & Hockey Disciplines & Financial assistance to the destitute old Okram Ningol, oldest Okram Piba & Ningol and old women regd. vendor of Ima keithel, kwairamband Bazar was held today at Manipur Press Club.
Altogether 30 persons including students, sportspersons, destitute elderly women, old women vendor of were conferred awards and financial assistance in the function organized by The Okram Sagei Apokpa Trust, Thoubal.
Attaining the award distribution function as guest of honour, Dr.R.K. Lenin, Professor, Deptt of Psychiatry, RIMS spoke on ‘Needs for counseling Youths in Manipur’. While, O.Nabakishore, IAS, Chief Secretary, govt of Manipur and N.Praveen,MCS, Director of education (S), Govt of Manipur graced the function as Chief Guest and President of the function.
In the annual function organized by The Okram Sagei Apokpa Trust six of meritorious students, three each in State level and Sagei level in the HSLC and that of Hr Secondary Examinations, in Science, in Arts and Commerce streams were awarded with a case value of Rs. 3,000,Rs 2,500 and Rs. 2,000 with citations.
Three players, one each from Fencing, football and hockey were awarded with Rs 5000 and a citation. While four elders were honored with Rs 5000 and Rs 3000 to the destitute old Okram Ningol, oldest Okram Piba & Ningol and old women regd. vendor of Ima keithel, khwairamband Bazar.

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AR nabs UGs

Troops of the 45 Assam Rifles of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) along with representatives from Heingang Police Station apprehended one NSCN (K) cadre on Oct 16 at Khabam Lamkhai Check post. The apprehendee was identified as No 19653, Batch No 01, SS Pvt Chingkhuiduan Gangmei, aged 20 years, S/o Mr Gaikulung Gangmei, resident of village Noney, Tamenglong district. According to a AR statement the apprehendee had revealed that he joined the group in January 2008 and underwent 60 days training and is expert in handling of AK-47 Rifle. He has been handed over to the Heingang Police Station. In another operation,  troops of the 11 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) along with Manipur Police Commandos apprehended one UNLF  cadre on the same day from Sunrise ground, Ward No 3, Moreh while trying to infiltrate from Myanmar side. The apprehendee was identified as No 0603, Sgt Maj Lishan Ibango Thomba Singh, aged 37 years, resident of village Thambangkong, District – Imphal East. The apprehendee is being handed over to the Moreh Police Station.

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Communal Harmony and Integration

After 68 years of independence India is still facing three basic challenges of minimising disparities eradicating discriminating and avoiding alienation. The reasons are not far to seek. India being a big country of big communities, tribes and sub-tribes speaking different languages and dialects has multi-social customs and festivals and religious faiths. The development programmes and projects, if not implemented under equal facilities and balances and prospects for the people as per geographical regions, the economic disparity will prevail. Similarly the Manipur state situated in the North East Region will not be an exception to it.
During the last sixty eight years development works are confined mostly in urban areas rather than the rural areas, Road communication is also not good as compared with the urban areas. Electricity work was not adequately available in rural and different hill areas. This has led to the disparity between rural and urban areas in many respects of development and progress. That dissatisfaction of the rural and hill areas is the hurdle towards promotion of harmony. Hence the overall development process for improving the living standard of the poor rural people will be affected to a great extent.
Non Government Organisations and local clubs and other organisations of different communities have to be approved to take part in the development works programmes. Change of thoughts and joint efforts have to be made for general upliftment of economic standard. All the concerned Govt. agencies have to be contacted for taking up all feasible development programmes which can give direct and quick result to the local residents. Constant contact and interaction among various communities are encouraged by all possible ways in order to create sense of awareness and maximum sharing in the social responsibilities and effective motivation. Our unique composite culture based on social harmony and integration could be survived through indomitable will of the nation.
Manipur is abode of more than thirty six tribes seven scheduled caste, Muslims, Nepalese Biharis, Bengalis, Marwraries, Punjabis and Meiteis who account for sixty per cent of the population there is not elements of social discrimination among the various communities except the recent anti-India feelings incited by the underground elements and anti-social groups. Never in our long history the communal riot had never flared up between the Hindus and Muslims. But recent conflict between the two major tribes, the Nagas and the Kukis caused mainly by the utopian concept of Greater Nagaland at the aegis of NSCN-IM. The majorities Meiteis with a liberal attitude towards every section of society will have to make themselves involved in all social aspects of economic and administrative treatments.
Youth camps are the best means for promoting harmony and emotional integration and as organising camps in various places where many communities led down can give ample opportunity for associating together among themselves. Inter community marriage is a good step towards sharing common bondage of lone and fraternity, constant contact and joint sharing in the joint concern of manifold complex issues will surely minimise callous misunderstanding. The tendency of the minority government to keep in isolation under the old conditions of frustration could only be minimised through frank and open mind in all dealings for economic and social welfare indiscriminately until and unless the balance and equitable prosperity could be brought about among the communities no harmony and integration could be promoted. All the major decisions towards the common cause of the country and state Government or Non-Government Agencies should be made on the basis of peoples welfare, political and geographical consolidation without winning the heart of the public cannot be sound policy of integrity. India is the home of secular democracy; every person should be proud of being an Indian in the mainstream of the country. If so regional integration based on emotional mind and moral integrity with deep thought and humanity will work ‘well towards end of abstract vision. The most constructive element of unity and communal harmony is to be enhanced at any cost through massive middle class levels too. It is quite appropriate to remember few words of Indira Gandhi - “Every Indian has the right to demand its right full claim; but it should not infringe into the right of other community”.

By : L. Shyamjai Singh, IIS (B. Com L.L.B)
PRESS OFFICER (RETD.)
PIB, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
Govt. Of India

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AR saves snake bite victim

The medical team of 12 BIHAR of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) saved life of a snake bite victim on 16 Oct 2015. The victim named Kongkham Nilamani Singh, aged, 37 years, resident of village Nambol Maibam Chingmang, Bishenpur district was bitten by a snake and was brought to the medical room of 12 BIHAR in a critical condition.  The victim was readily attended by the medical team and necessary first aid and anti snake bite venom injections were administered. The med aid and support extended by the Assam Rifles, thereby saving the life of the individual was highly appreciated by the family members of the individual and the village head.

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AR conducts lecture on insurgency

20 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) organised a lecture on “Insurgency and its Impact on Development” at Lamkang Khunou Village on 17 Oct 2015.  Officer and troops of 20 Assam Rifles interacted with the villagers and brought out the ills of insurgency. The lecture emphasized in simple terms to make them understand that all development activities in all spheres of life have been hampered due to active insurgency in North - East. Over the years the Assam Rifles and Army has expanded the scope of Military Civic Action. It has moved beyond initiatives to achieve the aim of improving the quality of life in villages by creating basic infrastructure like provision of WSS, primary health centers, primary schools and improving roads and tracks. The chief and chairman of the village alongwith others villagers expressed their gratitude and thankfulness to the Assam Rifles for conducting such an informative lecture.

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