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Black Day Observes: over 905 victims still not delivered justice

Imphal, Sept 13: Commemorating the 1990s bloody ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the NSCN-IM, at which over 905 Kukis including women and children were slaughtered in the most merciless manner, Kukis from across the state today observed ‘Black Day’ or SHANIT NI.
Between 1992 and 1997, NSCN (IM) had launched attacks across Manipur, killing over 905 Kukis and burning down 360 Kuki villages. One lakh villagers became refugees on their own land.
Kukis the third largest community in the state observe September 13 as a ‘black day’ every year.
Observing Sahnit Ni or ‘black day’ to mourn the victims, the Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding that these criminal acts be brought to and resolved in a court of law before the Centre and NSCN (IM) reach an agreement in the ongoing peace talks. KIM is the apex body of Kuki civil bodies in Manipur.
Observing Sahnit Ni or ‘black day’ to mourn the victims, the Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding that these criminal acts be brought to and resolved in a court of law before the Centre and NSCN (IM) reach an agreement in the ongoing peace talks. KIM is the apex body of Kuki civil bodies in Manipur.

“The demand for justice has not been met despite the fact that the government is morallu obliged to resolve it,” the memorandum, signed by KIM president Thangkhosei Haokip and general secretary Khamliankhup Lianzaw, said. It added that the Kuki Inpi will be “forced to decide the collective political fate of the people” if the Centre fails to address this. every year by the Kuki people everywhere as a day of mourning and prayer for the 900+ innocent Kukis slaughtered by the NSCN-IM.
“The Kuki people have been seeking justice for these innocent who had fallen victims to NSCN-IM’s ethnic cleansing policy. But the central government seems to feign ignorance of this crime against humanity. Rather than prosecuting the criminals the government instead engaged them in a dialogue and signed the Framework Agreement” a leader of the community said.
In connection with the observance protest rally were staged at various places.
The KSO General Headquarters has earlier appealed to all and sundry to observe the 2 hrs long bandh/hartal as a mark of respect for all the deaths.

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Perplexity trends

In an effort to keep up with the increasing pace of development and advancement in every sphere, our lives are being forced to conform and keep pace with these progressions.
With this hastened pace of existence, an inevitable change is taking place- what is now being accepted as the “quick-fix” mantra or instant gratification- instant food, instant drink, instant relationships and instant solutions. Such changes, borne out of necessity rather than a fad, bring with it various radical changes that cater to the needs and conveniences, most remarkable being the spawning of a whole new sector of packaged foods and drinks that can be used in an instant.
The increasing incidences of adulterated packaged foods and drinks being detected and reported, with the concerned Government officials seemingly waking up from their long slumber is a welcome and positive sign of the increasing awareness of the general public of the realities facing our society at present. The unanimous condemnations and protests, while understandable and desirable, could also spell a premature demise of a nascent industrial movement in the State. We should spare a moment to delve deeper into the actual trials and tribulations that a few of our pioneering people from the State are facing to bring about a revolution of sorts by fighting against almost insurmountable odds to turn their dreams into reality. Taking the trodden path has always been fraught with dangers and uncertainties, especially in a State like ours where only negativity and pessimism thrives, not to mention the teeming parasites lurking in the shadows, waiting for any vulnerabilities and weaknesses of fellow beings to take advantage of.
The Government should take proactive steps and help out these struggling start-ups to flourish and show the way to an industrialized society instead of taking a negative and punitive stand. It would be stating the obvious to mention the fact that the laws, measures, plans and steps of the Government  at present is not conducive for the growth of industry-  from investment and financing problems to the utter absence of support and encouragement which is vital for a sustainable and viable industrial atmosphere.

Bottomline- the Government and the public should make constructive criticisms, suggestions and extend a helping hand to the struggling industrial pioneers of this State if we are to usher in an era of industrial growth and prosperity.  

Mao Union donates to CM relief fund

Imphal, Sept 13: Mao Union, Imphal donated Rs. 55,000 to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) to help the flood affected people today.
The amount was handed over to Chief Minister N. Biren Singh by a team of the Union at Chief Minister’s Secretariat. N. Biren thanked the Union for their kind gesture and generosity.

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STDC to resume movement

Imphal, Sept 13: Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee (STDC) for the Meitei/ Meetei community is all set to resume its movement for inclusion of the Meitei/ Meetei community as Scheduled Tribe under the constitution of India. A statement by Waikhom Anand Meitei, Publicity Secretary said that that a public meeting will be convened on September 24 at Iboyaima Sumang Leela Sanglen Palace Compound from 10.30 am. The STDC requested civil society organisations and Meira Paibi to sent their representatives to attend the public meeting.

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Nagaland students shows serious concern to keep Dzuko Valley clean

Imphal, Sept 13: Amidst controversy over the land demarcation of Dzuko Valley between neighbouring Nagaland and Manipur, civil society organisations particularly the Southern Angami Students Union, SASU along with  13 Southern Angami villages had showed serious concern to keep the valley clean. Report reaching here said that the Southern Angami Students Union, SASU has conducted cleanliness drive at Dzükou Valley from September 8 to 10 with the theme ‘Viridescence.’
The drive is being conducted with an objective to keep Dzükou Valley clean and visitor friendly, SASU spokesperson was quoted as saying to AIR reporter.
With unprecedented number of trekkers and visitors coming to the valley year round, proper waste disposal has been arranged, the union informed, requesting the visitors and public in general to make proper use of the dustbins. The union also warned against any act that will tarnish the beauty of the valley such as plucking of flowers and cutting trees. Mention may be made that 100s of tourist from the state of Manipur visited Dzuko Valley every year and as the route to the valley is not convenient from the side of Manipur, trekkers from Manipur have to start the journey the land of paradise from Nagaland side.
Even as Dzuko Valley is shared by both the Manipur and Nagaland, civil society from Manipur hardly gives hand to the good cause of the Southern Angami Students Union.

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Electricity to remote villages under ‘Mission Ujala’

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Imphal, Sept 13:  Khuga Battalion launched ‘MISSION UJALA’ for people living in the far flung areas near Indo – Myanmar border having very limited access to development schemes. There border villages namely Zoukhunou, Hiangtam Khunou and C Lanchah are in very remote areas and have no connection or access to electricity.  The company posts located in the villages undertook a special drive under ‘MISSION UJALA’ and provided the villages electricity in night for four hours from own limited resources.  
The villagers have benefitted a lot as it helps them charge their electronics devices like mobiles and also helps  their children to do studies in the night.

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RIMS is turning 46; new hope sees as new director comes

Imphal, Sept 13: A onetime premier medical institution of the North East India, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), now drowning in the pool of controversy over appointment of top post, haunted by irregularities and misappropriation of fund somehow sees hope to restore the prestige with the newly appointed Director Dr. A. Shanta along with his team preparing to celebrate the 46th Foundation Day tomorrow.
The Institution was established in 1972 as Regional Meidcal College. It was later rename  Regional Institute of Medical Sciences. The institution caters to the healthcare needs of the country particularly North Eastern Region in the field of imparting undergraduate (MBBS) and Post Graduate (MD/MS/M.Ch.), M. Phil in clinical Psychology, BDS and BSc Nursing courses apart from providing health care facilities.
Living aside , the chaotic situation happened in the administration of the institution during the last few years, the institute have HIV Laboratory (NRL & ICTC), Department of Microbiology, RIMS, Imphal which was one of the 12 National Reference Laboratories (NRL) in India. It has have been granted NABL Accreditation by the National Accreditation Board for testing and Calibration Laboratories in accordance with ISO 15189:2012 in the field of medical testing.
It trains personnel in all important branches of medical specialties including Dental and Nursing. The institute is affiliated to Manipur University, Canchipur and is an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,  Government of India. The institute has so far produced 3249 MBBS doctors and 1583 MD/MS postgraduate doctors as on March 31 2017, in different specialties including super specialty (M.Ch) department of Urology and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. A total of 54 M.Phil in Clinical Psychology have been produced. A total of 29 gold medals and 75 institutional awards are conferred to meritorious students every year. There are 183 BSc. Nursing students and 137 BDS students on roll.
Apart from this a total number of 240 research papers have been published by different faculties and department of RIMS, Imphal during the year 2016-17 in international, national and regional journal of repute. A total of 27 conference, seminar, workshops and CME, etc. were organized by different department of RIMS, Imphal during the same period. The Medical Society of RIMS has organized the 7th MESOCON this year.
The outpatients department (OPD) and impatient department of the institute have been rendering yeomen service to the patients of the region in its 1074 bedded hospital. Moreover, the institute has Medline access from WHO, Telemedicine centre, Regional Medical Library and Advanced Hospital Management System.

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EMA annual meets

Imphal, Sept 13: European Manipur Association (EMA) organised its social gathering from August 26 to August 26 to August 26 at Coldblow Farm in the historic county of Kent, also known as the ‘Garden of England’ renowned for its rural beauty.Many people of Manipuri Diaspora who are currently living in Europe attended the Annual Social Gathering said a statement by IT/ Publicity Secretary of the Association Mr. Rajesh Hidangmayum
The Annual General Meeting of the Association was inaugurated  by the out-going Chairperson, Dr. Shamurailatpam Krishnananda Sharma, followed by organisational reports from the outgoing committee in relations to the various activities, achievements and support provided by EMA during the previous year. The Annual general meeting elected Biramani Sagolsem as the new chairperson while Somorendro Khangembam has been handed over the post of general secretary. The new treasurer of the association is Rojita Laishram and the new IT Publisher is Daniel Ningthemcha, a statement from EMA said.

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CM reviews schemes/projects to be completed in a year

 Imphal, Sept 13: Chief Minister N Biren Singh presided a meeting to discuss the targets of the developmental projects or schemes undertaken by different government departments to be completed in the current year 2017-18. The meeting was held at the Cabinet Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today. 

During the meeting, Chief Minister critically assessed the projects/schemes executed by various departments in the State. The Chief Minister directed all the Administrative Secretaries and Head of Departments to ensure timely completion of various developmental projects or schemes taken up by their respective departments to be completed within the current year.

N. Biren Singh categorically stated that the present working system or style needs to be changed so as to bring positive change in the State. He instructed the Administrative Secretaries and HODs of different departments to work sincerely and should co-ordinate among themselves to deliver good governance in the State. He further directed the Administrative Secretaries/ HODs to work seriously and conduct field visits so that the poorest of the poor could be benefited from various developmental schemes.

At the meeting, officials of various departments presented an elaborate power point presentation of the development projects which are to be completed within the current year. Some of the departments which have presented their detailed status of the projects are Agriculture, Horticulture, Forest, RD & PR, IFCD, MSPCL, MSPDCL, Commerce and Industries and Science and Technology etc.

Cabinet Ministers, Chief Secretary, DGP, Administrative Secretaries, Commissioners and Directors of various departments attended the meeting.

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