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Mass combing and frisking conducted in Chandel district

Imphal, Nov 15: Following Monday blast at Chandel district head quarter which killed 2 AR personnel, state police and AR have been conducting mass combing operation at Chandel district head quarter. The combing operation has been intensified since early morning after report about ambush near Chamol Top in Sajik Tampak. On the other hand checking of loaded vehicle coming towards Imphal from Moreh have also been facing serious inconvenienced after security troops intensified the checking. Some of the drivers while talking to reporters said that they are being to halt for times from before. Many of the loaded vehicles as well as passenger vehicles coming from Moreh towards Imphal have been kept stranded for hours at Tengnoupal area, a report said.

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High Ways perspective: Govt. needs seriousness

November 13 accident, at which a cement loaded truck felt at the River near Nungdolan in Tamenglong district after a Bailey Bridge collapsed, has once more draw the attention to the public to the condition of the National Highways in the state.
In the last couple of decades, no words of appreciation is heard from any sections of people to any authority responsible for maintenance of the Highways- either it may be the Imphal-Jiribam road stretch or the Imphal-Mao stretch or the Imphal-Moreh stretch. Leaving aside the ‘once upon time’ frequent bandh blockade and looting, deteriorated road conditions of High ways in the state was what the public outcry many times. After Central government agency BRO took over the charge of maintaining and construction of the Imphal Jiribam Road stretch people had some expectation but was soon shattered with the government organisation under the Defense Ministry could not proved its credential by failing to maintain the 222 kilometers road in over one decade.
The road stretch had also been politicized by vested interested political parties to use as tool for their election. But one thing that was not heard spelled out is that - had some underground outfit have some matual understanding with the BRO authority not to make this road convinient for motor users. May be a rumours but there is logical explanation in believing so.
Perhaps this is one reason that the Union Ministry of Road and Surface Transport had decided to take over by it.
April 1, 2017 -  maintenance work as well as newly proposed upgradation work for National Highway 37, Imphal-Jiribam stretch has been handed over to the National Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NIDCL). According to Works Minister Th. Bishwajit, a sum of Rs. 400 crores has been sanction for the development of this road stretch.  
Its now seven months and some development has been seen taken up, but the actual work that has to be carrried out is still yet to be seen. Bridges build on this section of highways are outdated and limited for only 24 tons at one time. No work is seen taken up up for upgradation of the portion into four lane.

Upgrading this portion of road to at least four lane is important because India government has promised and is preparing to make the Trans Asia Highway, perhaps during the tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
It’s already known that the projected Trans Asian Highway from Porbandar in Gujarat to Shilchar in Assam have already reached upto its mark with 4 lane as the smallest portion. When dream about 4 lane in Imphal-Jiribam road stretch is still very very far. On the other hand neibouring state Assam had already completed constructing road infrastructure to hold the mark. Even neigbouring state Nagaland has also started converting the Kohima Dimapur road stretch to a four lane.
The country’s keen interest to materialize the Act East Policy will come across all obstacles using any means which means that any delay to the part of the state government will only means India government skipping this portion of the Indian region.
The expectation of the Manipuri people over the expected changes towards development of the region with the materialization of the Act East Policy will remain as a dream if the infrastructures are not completed and if the state government is not prepared to face the outcome.
Now there is no shortage of money for upgradation or maintenance of the National Highways. What is required now is the commitment and integrity of the state government.
Let’s hope a change Manipur in the coming days.

Rebel strikes back: Attacks to Indian army for the 2nd time in 3 days at Chandel district

1 AR, 1 PLA killed 5 including 3 PLA injured; AR recovers AK Rifle, IEDs

Imphal, Nov 15: At what could be term as another daring attack by rebel groups to Indian Security forces in trouble prone region of Manipur, 1 personnel of the 4 Assam Rifles succumbed to his injury another sustained serious wounds at Indo-Myanmar Border in Chandel district today morning. In retaliation by the Assam Rifle troopers 1 militant was reported killed while 3 other sustain injury. The AR troopers also reportedly recovered 1 AK 56 rifles and 3 IEDs from the encounter site.
First hand report from Police said that the site where the deadly encounter took place near Chamol village, about 3 Kilometer from the Police Outpost at Sajik Tampak in Chandel district.
As per source, a heavily equipped team of 4 Assam Rifles rushed to Chamol Top area after getting specific inputs about armed rebel group preparing ambush to security forces. As the team was on their way a heavily armed rebel group attacked them near Chamol Top injuring two of the personnel.  Rifleman Jai Prakash Oran and Havildar Golmei Pun sustained serious injury. Both were immediately evacuated to Leimakhong Army Hospital by Chopper but Rifleman Jai Prakash Oran succumbed to his injury at the hospital, a report said.
In retaliation one cadre of the rebel group was also killed on the spot, the AR trooper recovered one AK Rifle from his possession. The AR trooper also recovered 3 IEDs, which the rebel group was planning to attack the Security troops.  Source said that 3 cadres of the rebel group also sustain injury in the deadly gunfight. The rebel group fled towards Myanmar side after the AR trooper retaliated. The gun battle took place at around 5 am today morning.
Later, more AR troopers reinforced and conducted search operation by cordoning the area. Till the filing of this story there are no reports of any arrest made.
Meanwhile, army wing of the rebel group Revolutionary Peoples’ Front, PLA has claimed responsibility for the attack. Mentioned may be made that the armed rebel group had triggered a blast at Chandel district head quarter on November 13 morning killing 2 of the 18 AR personnel injuring six other.
This is the 2nd strike by the rebel group in 3 days by the PLA to Indian security force.

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After Ukl. Senapati, CCpur and Chandel, CM N. Biren once more wins the heart of Tamenglong people

Imphal, Nov 15: Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh once more proves himself as the inevitable leader of the state with thousands welcoming him at Tamenglong district today.
Since N. Biren Singh become the Chief Minister of Manipur, relationship between the hill people and the government of Manipur have been improved a lot with people of almost all district welcoming the Chief Minister.
After Ukhrul, Churachandpur, Senapati and Chandel, 100s of people today gave grand reception to Chief Minister N. Biren Singh at Tamenglong district head quarter.
BJP Mandal Tamenglong organised a reception function of the Chief Minister and his cabinet colleague at Tamenglong Lower ground.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the 50 bedded Tamenglong district hospital. Speaking during the inuaguration N. Biren Singh appeals the people to make use of the hospital judiciously . N. Biren singh also laid foundation stone of Rani Gaidinlui Market shed to be constructed at the cost of Rs. 10 crore at Tamenglong district head quarter, FCI godown and a transit Accommodation center.
Speaking during the reception programme, N. Biren SIngh said that all the structured which were laid foundation stones today will be completed by last week of Janaury  or by 1st week of February next year. The transit Accommodation center is being constructed to accommodate the government employees who will be on govt. duty for taking up developmental works in the district. Moreover, the accommodation center can also be utilised for other government related works.
Chief Minister also announced Rs. 325 crore special package for taking up developmental works for the whole of Tamenglong district.
Other cabinet Ministers, government officials were also attended during the meeting.

Highlights:-
- CM announces Rs. 325 Crore special package for Tamenglong district for this current financial year
- Inaugurates 50 bedded Tamenglong district hospital
- Laid Foundation stones for construction Rani Gaidinlui Market Shed, FCI godown, Transit Accomodation
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