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Items filtered by date: Monday, 08 January 2018 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

CSOs of Nagaland demands settlement of NSCN –IM issue before state assembly election

Kohima, Jan 8: When source with the Election Commission of India says that the election scheduled for Nagaland along  with Tripura and Meghalaya is likely to be announced on January 12, various civil society organizations in Nagaland want settlement of the NSCN-IM issue before the election.  
Various Naga civil societies including the Nagaland Tribes Council, Gaon Bura Federation of Nagaland, Central Nagaland Tribes Council, Rengma Hoho and ACAUT have unanimously called for a solution and settlement to the Indo Naga political issue before conducting elections in the State. In a separate appeals and representations to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the civil societies called for the deferment of polls in favour of a political solution saying that an election in the state at this juncture would jeopardize the ongoing Naga political talks.

While ACAUT has demanded for President’s Rule in lieu of election, the GB Federation has warned that Elections at this point in time would bring negative elements which will disrupt the political decorum including the present peace process.
Meanwhile Rengma Hoho has appealed to all the tribal Hohos and Naga civil societies, including the religious organizations to come out openly demanding for solution before election.

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Law enforcers action - Well and good But need to trap the King pin


The continuous seizure of narcotic drugs in the last couple of days cannot be considered just another achievement of the law enforcing agency. No doubt the persons in uniform are doing their job and people across the state need to appreciate them. However, it is also the need of the hour to ponder on the rise of the drug smuggling in the state. There are also possibility that those arrested might have been only some few are unlucky toddlers, as many could have been escaped. When smuggling of narcotic substances is a threat to the entire society, the seizure of illegal gold smuggled from Myanmar side by security force also showed the rise of mafia in the region. Pass evidences and logic showed that Gold or drugs smugglers would have some connection in one way or other because both in the illegal business need huge investment and political backing. A common man with little money or who does not have political connection would never indulge in such business.
In the last couple of days, Assam Rifle troopers seized 20 gold biscuits worth around rupees 95 Lakhs from two persons at Imphal-Moreh road. From the way the toddlers carried the gold biscuits it can be understood from common sense that they are on the business for quite some times. It is unlikely that these two toddlers could have invested the huge amount for smuggling the gold inside the state. There is definitely someone who could do the investment part. This was not the first time that gold biscuits are being seized by security agency.
On October 1, 2017 authority of Customs seized 12 pieces of gold bars weighing around 19.954 Kg, worth around Rs. 6 crore were seized from Jiribam bound Tata Sumo vehicle at Yurembam area. Earlier on September 16, of the same year CISF personnel deployed at Imphal Tulihal Airport seized around 6 Kg of gold hidden at the anus of six persons. These gold were supposed to be smuggled out of the state and they were reportedly smuggled from Myanmar side, as per source from the law enforcing agency.
On August 17, 2017 Assam Rifles arrested one gold smuggler carrying 140 gold bars weighing approximately 23.230 kg and worth Rs 6.969 crores at vehicle check post at Imphal Moreh road.
In almost all the case the toddlers carrying the gold are different persons and background of some of this toddlers showed that they are carrying the gold for a mere tips.
Few years back, in February middle week of 2013, police seized drugs worth Rs 1.3 core which was smuggled in the state.  The case for this matter is still pending in the court with CBI investing over it. Some of the high profile individuals are facing trial for the case.

On January 6 this year, Psychotropic drugs (WY) worth Rs 3 crore in the international market was seized from by Manipur Police team hidden inside the sand in a truck which came from Moreh side.  
On April 13, 2017, Narcotics and border affairs team of Manipur police seized 300 gm of narcotics drugs (Heroin no.4) worth about Rs 30 lakhs in the international market in Imphal.
On July first week of 2017 - Manipur police seized 150 gm of heroin worth around Rs 11 lakh in the local market from the possession of youth during a frisking and checking operation in Imphal East district.
When gold smuggling had little to do with the society of Manipur, drugs smuggling should be seriously deal as it will give tremendous effect in the society. And what should be kept in mind is that there is always a possibility of strong nexus between the gold smugglers and the drugs smugglers in the region.
The quantity of drugs smuggling in the state showed that there is an easy market for the substances in Imphal and other part of Manipur. It is a fact that these psychotropic substances are mostly used among the vulnerable youths. The changing trend of Manipur society has now kept these users very very far to reach as they become more hidden population.
So far well and good on the part of law enforcing agency. They have now arrested many toddlers. But the effort will be meaningless if the law enforcers fail to investigate properly over the matter so that the king pin behind the smuggling of illegal substances are not let free.

AR seizes WY Tablets

Imphal, Jan 8: 12 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) recovered 4000 numbers of WY worth Rs. 20 lakhs. On 05 Jan 2018 based on specific information at around 1445 hours one Silver coloured Maruti Van bearing Regd No ML 05J 3551 moving from Moreh to Imphal was stopped for checking at
PVCP, Khudengthabi. During checking of vehicle and the Individual 4000 numbers of WY tablets were recovered. The individual is identified as Md Abas Khan, aged 25 years s/o Md Raosan, r/o Sambrukhong, Lilong, Thoubal District. Recovered items
along with apprehendee handed over to Moreh Police Station.

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Students stage protest demanding justice to Pravish Chanam

Thoubal, Jan.8: Students of various schools located at Khangabok area today form human chain at the road side of NH-102 demanding justice for Pravish Chanam who was found death in a suspicious manner at Noida after he was found missing in September 8 last year. Chanam was cremated without informing the family members even though a missing report had been filed at Noida Police station and relatives and friends were searching his whereabouts.  
Khangabok Development & Students Union (KDASU), Khangabok and People Action for Social Change jointly organized today’s protest. Secretary of KDSU Kiran, while terming the incident as unfortunate said that the protest is being staged to deliver justice to the deceased 22 years old student who is suspected to have been killed in connection with organ transplantation. While demanding to hand over the case to CBI, Kiran urged the Chief Minister of Manipur to understand the sentiments of the people of the state.

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Prog. on Gender and Criminal Justice System Reform

Imphal, Jan 8: A one day Sensitization program on Gender and Criminal Justice System Reform was held at Kongpal Iranpham Community Hall, Imphal East on 7th January 2018. The Program was jointly organised by Oriental Youth Organisation Kongpal, Women Action for Development and United NGO’s Mission Manipur Imphal East ,where  more than 150 participants were attended.

Laimayum Sevananda Advocate Guwahati High Court one of the resource person said that the cases of crime against women and Children is increasing day by day but Justice delivery System to the victim is low.  For speedy justice of the victims the role of police is very important in our society he added. Sevananda further said that the general people (Public) should know the role of police and support the police during investigation for speedy justice of the victim.  Radhapiyari Convenor, Women Committee United NGO’s Mission, Manipur Imphal west also delivered speech on Protection of Women from Domestic violence act. She expressed that early marriage is one of the root cause of domestic Violence in the State as per her experience she added.

Sobita Mangsatabam Secretary Women Action for Development & Convenor Women Committee United NGO’s Mission Manipur lamented that everyone has experience the cases of crime against women and Children through local newspaper and radio in every nook and corner of the state.  The case of rape, rape and murder is becoming one of the burning issues in the state.  She further said that 57 women lost their precious lives in the year 2017. It is need of the hour to take ownership of the issue by the local bodies specially the Youth club, Panchayat ,Meira paibi etc to prevent crime against women and children in the state.

Kshetrimayum  Janama Singh  Retired S.P.Govt of Manipur, Kshetrimayum Tama Devi, Zilla Parisad Top Naoria, M. Dinachandra, Pradhan Top Naoria, Th. Surchandra President Oriental Youth Organisation, Mr. Mangsatabam RadhaKanta ward Member Top Naoria, Shri. Mukta Rajkumari, Pradhan, Khurai Khaidem Leikai (G.P) and Pangambam Asita ward Member, Top Naoria respectively participated as presidium members.

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Rhizome Festival to preserve medicinal plant at Tekcham

Thoubal, Jan.8: With a mission to save the ‘Rhizome’- an endangered medicinal plant available in the state, the   Rural Auxiliary For People’s Action (RAPA), Lamding in association with the Directorate of AYUSH Manipur is organizing the first Rizhome festival from January 17 to January 19 at Ningtam Ingkhol located at Tekcham Maning Ching in Thoubal district. The festival is being sponsored by the Department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation  
Even as the name of the festival is Rizhome festival, the organizers main aim to organized the festival is to protect and preserved the various indigenous medicinal plants of various variety available in the state. This was stated by the Secretary of RAPA, Laishram Subhashchandra while  speaking to media persons at Ningtam Ingkhol, the location where the festival is set to organized. “Entry will be free, and various stalls will be open to showcase the indigenous plants which have medicinal values”, said Subashchandra.
The organizers are also planning cultural programme during the festival to attract visitors.

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DAMMS releases calendar

Imphal, Jan 8: Delhi Association of Manipuri Muslim students lunched the DAMMS calendar of 2018 as a tribute to Janab (L.) Alimuddin, the first chief minister and visionary leader of Manipur state, for his remarkable contribution towards the development of Manipur,
The launch event was presided by the President of DAMMS, Ch. Kheiruddin shah, and SM Farooque Abdullah  And Syed Wakimul Ali as chief guest and Guest of honor respectively in the presence of seniors, students and well wishers of DAMMS from across the Delhi at DU park, North campus Delhi University. Featuring the visionary work of the late Alimuddin, the President, in his speech draw the attention from all the stakeholders of Manipuri society to acknowledge the developmental initiative taken up  by this departed leader.He also request to all Manipuris to have a copy of the said calendar to appraise the leader as well as a warm support for DAMMS. He further thanks all the sponsors for their contribution in the publication of this calendar. With special note of thanks and appreciation to all the attendees for making this program successful, he signed off his speech.
The program was followed by a group discussion on the themes of the calendar. And program was timely sign off with Dua.

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Radheshyam distributed labour cards and opened the tailoring and cutting training centre at Heirok

Thoubal. Jan. 8: Labour and Employment Minister Thokchom Radheshyam, distributed Labour Cards to the registered labours at Heirok Higher Secondary School, Heirok and also opened the Four Months Tailoring and Cutting Training Centre at Salungpham Kangyambem Panchayat Ghar on Sunday.
Highlighting the idea on the opening of the Four Months Tailoring and Cutting Training Centre, the Minister said that the training is provided so that the women folk could become financially independent. In Manipur there are about eight to nine lakhs students only in government school and requires at least two - two pants and shirt which is being imported from outside the state.
Once the training of the tailoring and cutting training centre is completed then these school uniforms can be made by the women who are part of this class. If this project becomes realty, he said an employee would be able to earn minimum eight to ten thousand per month, he added. The women being selected for training belongs to the family living under below poverty line whose spouses hold the labour cards. He explained the training programme is being organised targeting those who are willing to work but does not have regular job, a proper work shed and financial support.
While distributing the labour cards, the Minister highlighted the benefits that a labourer could obtain through the card. The labour card holders can take the advantage in terms of providing education to their children, monetary help in terms of illness and in time of demise. He said money will be deposited in phase wise to the respective accounts that are entitled for such benefit.
Later Th. Radheshyam Inaugurated two waiting sheds at Bengi and another at Langmeithet Langjing Leirak which are constructed under MLA Local Area Development Fund in the presence of the locals.  The labour cards were also distributed at the Ukhongshang Mamang Leikai.

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