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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 kicks off today

Imphal, Oct 6: The biggest football extravaganza for India, FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 kicks off today with four opening day matches to be played in Delhi and Mumbai.
Two Matches between Colombia and Ghana at 5 p.m.and Hosts India and the USA at 8 p.m. will be played at Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. Dr. DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai will be the venue for matches between New Zealand and Turkey and Paraguay and Mali.
This is the first time that India will be participating in a FIFA World Cup. In all 24 teams are participating, and 52 matches will be held in six city venues across the country upto 28th October. The event will be watched by a global audience of 200 million.

Football minnows India stand on the cusp of history as they make their debut in a FIFA event against USA, which is known for its man-to-man marking. India are placed in a tough Group A along with United States, Colombia and two-time champions Ghana. USA are the clear favourites in the Group, but India would enjoy the home advantage in today’s match.
Indian coach De Matos has said his focus would be on strong defence and not to concede goals. His strategy would be to rely on smooth and swift transitions from defence to offence and hit on the counter-attacks.

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Let Holy books be replaced by the Constitution of the country


Earlier perception about the definition of a nation which is impounded with similar religion, language, caste, creed and communities is no more relevant in the present day context. Making the country a strong nation by waging an unseen war of converting everybody living in it into a common religion or by forcing them to speak a common language is more like inviting civil war among the different communities following different cult and religion. The idea of bringing one nation one tax cannot be implied when it comes to religion, caste and creed as well as language in a vast country like India resided by over 1000s different communities speaking different language.
The concept of Hindu, not in term of religion but in terms of the inhabitants between the Himalaya and Keinyakumari by one Sadhu Baba during an exclusive interview at a National television is an innovative invention of a humanitarian philosophy which is beyond religion. Neo contemporary philosophers whose motive is to bring communal harmony in the country needs to be encouraged even at the cost of amending traditional script written in the so call holy books of each religion.
In his letter to his daughter Indiara Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, had explored the rise of human civilization. Religion when we pondered upon is the creation of human being for smooth running of the society. But opportunist and few psychopathic individuals are converting the good cause into tools to create enmity among human beings.

India being a secular state allows freedom to follow any religion of their choice. This not what we in the Imphal Times said but enshrine in the constitution of the country.
If for some time each Indians believe that the Constitution of India is the holly book for almost all religion that is being followed by different people in the nation state, then the present chaos happening in the country may be somehow relieved.   
Let’s give some peace to all the people of this vast country to live in one belief even though following their own religion. For time being let’s hope holy books for Hindu, Muslim, Shikh, Jain, Christian and Budhist, a historical commodities and instead let all the people of different faith accept the Constitution of India as the only one Holy book for all religion. If the preachers at Hindu temple, Muslim Mosques, Churches of Christians and other indigenous faith followers preach contents of the constitution of the country then it will not take long for India to become a united nations with diverse communities.   

Indian Army organises skill development prog. for NE students

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Imphal, Oct 6: As part of the skill development initiative for the North East students, Senapati Brigade under the aegis of Red Shield Division undertook an awareness cum training programme, wherein wide publicity was given across various districts of Manipur and a total of 106 students (boys & girls) were registered and trained for the scheme.
The Taj hotels have recently introduced “Golden Threshold Programme”, a hospitality programme for students who have completed 10+2/Graduates/Diploma holders with hospitality background. Under this programme, the management of Taj Hotel Guwahati, with assistance from Army, conducted an interview on 11th & 12th of Sep 2017 at Battallion HQ 34 Assam Rifles Maram, for selecting candidates who are seeking to pursue their career in hospitality industry. The selected candidates would be undergoing vocational training at Taj Hotel, Guwahati for one year starting form 03 Oct 2017 and would be paid stipend of Rs 4000 per month. The registered candidates from Manipur were provided free accommodation and messing facilities by Maram and Jwalamukhi Battalions and various lectures/workshops were conducted by 34 Assam Rifles at Maram, in order to train them and prepare for the interview.
A total of 27 candidates were selected after the interview. The candidates were given joining instructions and necessary directions from the Management of Taj Hotel Guwahati, which was conveyed to them through messages, phone calls and e-mails by 34 Assam Rifles being the Nodal Agency.
The selected candidates were mustered at Bn Headquarter Maram, 34 Assam Rifles on 28 September and were accommodated, provided free messing till  30 September 2017. On 30 September these candidates were transported to Dimapur after Flag Off Ceremony at Maram. To facilitate centralized and co-ordinated move, train tickets were booked for them by 34 Assam Rifles on 01 October 2017 from Dimapur to Guwahati. A representative detailed form 34 Assam Rifles accompanied these candidates till Taj Hotel Guwahati and ensured their well being and smooth settlement at Guwahati before commencement of training on 03 October 2017.

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Third gender warned

Imphal, Oct 6: An armed organisation called KCP (MC- Progressive) has banned wearing of women’s cloths by third gender community of the state popularly known as ‘Nupi Manbi Nupasing’ (Man who looks like woman). The organisation however said that used of women clothes by artists for spreading message to the people are exempted from the ban. The armed organisation said that on September 29, 2017, while celebrating the birthday celebration of one T. Nonglenkhomba @ Bebe, a third gender community, son of Takhelmayum Mohen Meitei on his 28 years had polluted the dignity of the Manipuri society by wearing women’s clothes by various of his friend. The way they enjoyed with their friends showed no respect for the community of the area, the statement added. The armed organisation said  those performers of the day should not to repeat such act in future.

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Let’s stop alienating people of northeast in the country: N. Biren

Imphal, Oct 6: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that collective effort is needed to overcome the alienation of the people of North-East in the mainland India and it is our responsibility to create the sense of unity among citizens of the country. This was stated by him at the Regional Conference of State Labour Ministers and Principal Secretaries/Secretaries/Commissioners of State labour Departments of North East States held today at Hotel Classic Grande, Imphal. The conference was organised by Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his idea of “Sab ka Saath Sab ka Vikas”, the Central Government has given its priority for the welfare of the people and inclusive development in the country. N. Biren Singh highlighted the harassment and discrimination faced by the people of North-East in Mainland India. Stating that North-East India is filled with talent and potential, he stressed that Manipur has the highest per capita of population in the field like sports and sends the highest numbers of officers in the Indian Army by a State etc.
Chief Minister stated that such conference/review meeting is very important and a way forward in terms of strengthening the infrastructure to enhance the skilling the manpower and human resource of the country. State Level Skill Development Mission has been introduced to formulate prospective plans and detailed action plans for Skill Development in Manipur, he added. Shri N. Biren Singh said that apart from the Skill Development Mission, a State Mission on employment generation, housing and drinking water for every household by 2022 has also been launched by the Government.
N. Biren Singh said that vocational training courses have been introduced in 40 colleges to impart skill development to the youths of the State in the field of IT, Tourism and Hospitality, Retail Management, Computer Hardware Technology etc. The Government has set a target to generate 7.50 lakh employments by the year 2022 through various departments of the State Government, he added.
Addressing the delegates, Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar said that the Government of India is focussing towards the development of North-Eastern part of India so as to bring an inclusive growth and development in the country. Stating about constituting State Social Welfare Board in every State of the country, Santosh said that the Chairperson of a State Board is to be appointed by the respective States with the approval of the Central Board. On the occasion, Minister of Labour and Employment, Manipur Shri Th. Radheshyam Singh said that labourers are the downtrodden and vulnerable section of the society. He said that under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Shri N. Biren, a Labour Mela was held with an aim to create awareness on the various central schemes for the welfare of labour in the State recently. The new government has already introduced many social security schemes for the organised and unorganised labourers of the State and distribution of smart cards to the labourers etc., he added.
Showing concern about those children who are working in the construction of roads with BRTF/BRO in the State, Shri Th. Radheshyam said that such matter would be investigated and checked properly so as to stop child labour. He further assured that the government would keep an eye on the employment of children in brick firms, as domestic help etc.
During the conference/review meeting, elaborate presentations on Child labour, plantation workers, social security schemes, matters relating welfare of unorganised workers were made by various subject experts.
Minister for Labour and Employment, Assam Pallab Lochan Das, Parliamentary Secretary, labour and Employment, Nagaland Dr. Neiphrezo Keditsu, Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India M. Sathiyavathy, Financial Advisor and Additional Secretary, Labour and Employment, Government of India Arun Goel and officials from various North-East States participated in the conference.

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Tripartite Talk: Centre now throw the ball to State

Imphal, Oct 6: State government is now put between the devil and the deep blue see when it comes to the tripartite talk between UNC, Central govt. and the state govt. which was held today at Senapati district head quarter.
The UNC still stands with its demands for roll back of the new district creation, on the other hand the state government is left with no choice but to stand in favour of the district creation as it is for administrative convenience. Meanwhile, Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), in-charge of Northeast, who chaired the talk had earlier said that the center has nothing to do with the solution of the talk as it is the state government which had to take the decision.

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Manipuri football fans set screen at various places to witness the much awaited U-17 FIFA World Cup

Imphal, Oct 6:  With 8 players from the state in the Indian squad playing the U-17 FIFA World Cup 2017 hosted for the first time the country, football euphoria has spread far and wide across the state particularly in Imphal area. Fans and lovers set stage to watch the historic match in groups and various places initiated by local clubs.
The Indian team will clash the United States at Jawarhal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi at 8 pm today. Ghana and Columbia will play the match at 5 pm at the same stadium.
Of the 21 Indian squads almost 80% of the players are from poor families. Most parents had almost lost hope witnessing the historic event of their wards. The parents of the 8 players from the state who had lost hope of witnessing the match, were lucky enough to get kind hearted footballer like Renedy who is initiating all the expenses of the parents along with supports from many like him and others in witnessing their wards playing the historic event. Manipur have reason to be more enthusiastic. Son of the soil Amarjit Singh Kiyam, mid fielder will lead the team as captain. Other players from the state representing India are Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem (Goalkeeper),  Jackson Singh Thounaojam (Midfielder),Boris Singh Thangjam (Defender), Md Shah Jahan (Midfielder), Nongdamba Naorem (Midfielder), Suresh Singh Wangjam (Midfielder) and Ningthoinganba meetei (Midfielder).
India has been listed in Group A against USA, Columbia and Ghana. The national team head coach, Luis Norton de Matos was reportedly very confident of his team and said that the team will not give up under any circumstances.

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12 hours Tamenglong dist. bandh on Oct 11 called

Imphal, Oct 6: Tamenglong & Longmai (Noney) District Citizens’ Welfare Forum has threatened to call total shut down of NH-37 and ban of all national Projects being taken up in both the districts on October 11 over government failures to make functional of the Autonomous District Council Tamenglong.
A press statement of the forum said that a memorandum regarding the defunct state of the Autonomous District Council Tamenglong has been submitted to the Chief Minister of Manipur on September 24, later an ultimatum has also been served on October 5 for addressing the issue, however no intimation has been made from the state government. The statement said that in view of the statement issue the NH -37 shall be blocked from all vehicular movement on the 11th of October , 2017 (6:00 am to 6:00 pm) and thereby Halt all National Projects whatsoever active along the Highway.
The forum further added that the incumbent Council has already faced a No-Confidence motion in March 2017 and the resignation of the Vice Chairman and four other executives has also been made public.

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ATUM clarifies, says no criminal activities by NSCN-IM at Pallel area

Imphal, Oct 6: Reacting to a statement by RT. Akhel Aimol, Tuikhang Village, Bishenpur district through local media President of Aimol Tribe Union Manipur (ATUM) S. Munthuireng and his collective Staff today said that there wasn’t any sort of alleged criminal activities like, demand, extortion, ransom, etc. perpetrated on the innocent villagers, esp. the Aimol employees allegedly by the NSCN (IM) cadre at Aimol Villages of Pallel and Tengnoupal, as claimed by TR. Akhel.
“In fact, the former (employees) have no idea about such harassment committed on them. The statement was totally false and baseless. It is warned that he shouldn’t continue to act or spew venomous propaganda under the instigation of some vested interests. By doing so, he is only keeping the lives of the innocent villagers and Aimol employees at risk, also crippling and entangling their liberties – to be seen , as if they are challenging the nation. Besides he is inviting unnecessary trouble and confusion to tarnish the image of the Aimol populace and disrupt the calm and still atmosphere within the Aimol area, Pallel. He is trying to mislead the general public esp., the state Govt. in the wrong light”, a press statement of the Union said. The statement also alleged TR. Akhel of self contradictory when he said that community cannot be altered – neither Naga nor Kuki as he has been elected/appointed Vice President of Kuki Inpi, Manipur (KIM), on 17th May, 2017, current year.

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Doctor blamed again over the death of patient

Imphal, Oct 6:  Doctors at Bishnupur District Hospital are blamed again for the death of a lady patient at the hospital yesterday evening.
Relatives and friend of the deceased lady vandalised the hospital and demanded immediate punishment of the doctor whom they said is responsible for the death of the patient. Report said that a lady identified as Naorem Ongbi Premila Devi (Aged about 48 years), wife of Naorem Rameshware of Toubul Mayai Leikai in Bishnupur district was admitted yesterday evening at around 6.20 pm. The husband of the deceased lady said that doctors assigned on duty did not attend her wife even though they reported it to be serious. The lady died at around 7 pm.

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