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General Strike affects normal life; JAC calls off strike at 5 pm today


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Imphal, Nov 16: Normal life has been partially affected at almost all part of the Valley districts particularly at Muslim dominated area on the first day of the 48 hours general strike called by JAC formed against the killing of Md Hashmad Ali @ Oja Babu.
Almost all schools, entertainment houses in valley area remain shuts, and both private and government offices witnessed thin attendance at Imphal area. The bandh was not effective at most areas of Imphal with traffic flowing without any disturbances, but it was total at Hatta, Lillong, Yairipok, Irilbung and other Muslim dominated areas.
Report from Thoubal district said that except for the Thoubal Keithel, there was total shuts at almost all other part in Yairipok, Wangjing and Sora. There were clashed between police and the strike supporters at Thoubal Bazar in early hours.
The JAC against the brutal killing of Md Hashmad Ali @ Oja Babu called the bandh from 5 am today morning till 5 am of November 17. However, the JAC has announced to call off the bandh from 5 pm today after a team of the JAC was assured by the Imphal East district SP to investigate the case effectively.

The SP reportedly clarified that the “Calf theft” tags on the victim MD. Hashmad Ali was not found true during the course of investigation. This means, the police are collecting evidences to punish all those involved in the killing of the School teacher.  
Earlier, protestor at Hatta Minuthong demands the state government to nab the culprit that brutally murdered Md Hashmad Ali @ Oja Babu within 15 days. If the government fails to do so, Hatta Minuthong members of the JAC will continue the agitations. They condemn the killing of school teachers and the blame that has been sought.
Apart from burning of tires, blocking of roads, protest on the streets, no unwanted incidents were reported during the general strike.
Medical emergencies, religious rituals and the media were exempted from the purview of today’s general strike.

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Funerals of the 9 Tribal Martyrs to be held on Nov. 30

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CCpur, Nov 16: With the Centre coming up with a formal statement declaring that all stake holders will be consulted before  giving consent to the three contentious Bills, the JAC along with tribe leaders and other CSO representatives today decided that the mortal remains of the nine ‘Tribal Martyrs’ will be laid to rest one 30th Nov..2015. At ADC, Churachandpur Complex, Bungmual village, Churachandpur.
The decision was reportedly taken after the Ministry of Home Affairs issued press statement regarding the three bills, on November 9, 2015.
The Ministry of Home Affairs stated that the Governor of Manipur has referred three bills passed by the State Legislature namely, “The Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015”, “The Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment Bill), 2015" and “The Manipur Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment Bill) 2015” to the Government of India for Presidential assent.
Delegations from Manipur under the aegis of Joint Action Committee (JAC), All Tribals Students’ Union of Manipur (ATSUM) and Manipur Tribal’s Forum, Delhi (MTFD) have met the Union Home Minister  Rajnath Singh and other officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs with their concerns over the three Bills.

The Ministry of Home Affairs assured to consult all stakeholders including the State Government, hill and the valley people and other interested parties on the issue before arriving at any decision in the course of examination of the Bills. It will be the endeavour of the Ministry of Home Affairs to address the issue in the best interests of all sections of the population of Manipur.
These three Bills are being opposed by some sections of Manipur population, who have been agitating over the issue since the last two months. Nine people have died during this agitation and their last rites have not been conducted till now, MHA stated.
According to the leaders of Manipur Tribals Forum Delhi, Manipur tribal want to march with the coffins towards Parliament to draw the attention of the Centre government.
The three infamous Bills was  passed by Manipur Assembly on August 31 after violent agitation by valley based organisations and similar protest was followed at CCpur for withdrawal of the Bills.

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National Press Day observed; 8 journalists awarded

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Imphal, Nov.16: Media in Manipur observed National Press Day to commemorate the establishment of Press Council of India (PCI) today at Manipur Press Club Manipur. In connection with the observance, a one day workshop on the theme “The Impact and Import of Cartooning and Caricature as a medium of Expression of Opinion” was also held. The observance function was organized by Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Government of Manipur.
Chief Minister Okram Ibobi, Wangkhemcha Shyamjai, President, AMWJU, M. Okendro, Minister and Spokesperson Government of Manipur and other dignitaries from DIPR took part in the function.
State Journalist Awards for the year 2014 was also distributed in the function. Khoirom Loya Lakpa, Editor of Manipuri daily, Thoudang bagged the Manipur State Journalist Award for Best Editor while Naorem Gyanand, District correspondent, Ashem Babycha, Staff Reporter, Mutum Rameshchandra, Staff Reporter, Wangkhem Rishikesh, all four of them from Hueiyen Lanpao Daily bagged this year’s State journalist Awards in the category of reporting on Rural reporting, Women and Children, Public Health and Hygiene, and Sports respectively. Angom Ranjit singh, Cheif Reporter, Laisharam Keshonanda, Sub-editor and S. Soniya, Sr reporter of Poknapham daily bagged the prestigious award in the category of Art & Culture, Science and Technology, and Best Parliamentary Reporting respectively.
While speaking in the gathering Wangkhemcha Shyamjai drew Chief Minister’s attention to add a award category to the present 8 categories. He appealed CM Ibobi to add a category on the “reporting on differently able persons” as media could also give special focus on the life and works of different able persons as well as the media could give more information on the welfare and developmental activities taken up by the Government especially for them.
On the other hand, giving sign the statement by Syamjai being noted, O Ibobi said the Government is always ready for the welfare of Journalist. The government is always acknowledged of the responsibilities being taken by Journalist of Manipur, the CM encouraged and said the media fraternity in Manipur to move forward in the future too. 

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Combing operation

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Imphal, Nov 16: A team of Imphal West Police today conducted search operation at Yaiskul area this morning around 5 am today as a part of the precautionary measures for the upcoming Sangai Festival.
A combined team of Imphal West Police and Commando conducted the search operation at Yaiskul Moirangkhom and Yaiskul Janmasthan. The search operation was led by DSP (ops), Imphal West, Netrajit. No individuals were apprehended in today’s operation.
Police and Commandos will continue such operations in sensitive areas of Imphal West to prevent untoward incidents ahead of the Sangai Festival.

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DDAM Cricket camp

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Imphal, Nov. 16: 5th Residential Cricket Coaching camp organized by the Disabled Development Association Manipur (DDAM) begins today at Oinam Sawombung Awang Leikai in Imphal West. The residential cricket coaching camp will continue till November 25. The inaugural function of the residential camp was attended by Social Worker Khuraijam Loken Singh, MLA of Langthabal constituency Karam Shyam, Chairperson of Samurou Nagar Panchayat Th. Mangileima, Legal Advisor DDAM G Pousing, and 12 Bihar Regiment of Mayang Imphal Post Captain Prasant Kuri as President, Chief Guest, Guest of Honor respectively.

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AMAND celebrates Ningol Chakouba

IT News Imphal, Nov. 16: The Association of Manipuri Diaspora (AMAND), Pune celebrated Ningol Chakkouba festival at the officer’s Mess, R& DE (Engrs), Vishrantwadi, Pune on Sunday. A press statement of the Association said that the age old festival was organised with firm objective to foster the spirit of unity, harmony and goodwill amongst the Manipuri brothers & sisters living in and around Pune. Around 170 Manipuris attended the festival, said the press statement. Manipuri Football star Gouramani, Jackichand, Gobin and Lalit who are playing for Pune FC in the ensuing Indian Super League (ISL) Football Championship, 2015 also took part in the auspicious occasion.   

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Blood Donation

IT News Imphal, Nov 16 : Life Savers Manipur in Collaboration with Langol View Charitable and Maternity Home today organized 11th voluntary blood Donation camp at IHBT complex, RIMS. The voluntary blood donation camp was organized by State Blood Transfusion Council, MACS and Blood bank, Dept. of Immunohaemotology Blood Transfusion (IHBT).

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The uneasy wind

Fear leads to war; peace begins with trust. Much has been discussed, dissected and written about the way things are being handled by the state Government regarding various issues that has been proving to be more of an impediment to the growth and progress of the state. While it would not be too far from the truth to state that the state Government is indeed putting up efforts to usher in peace and progress, yet it seems, going by the varied issues and undesirable social developments and unrest, that for every step forward, the society is forced back two steps. Just when the people in the state is starting to enjoy almost uninterrupted power supply for perhaps the first time ever, comes the ever present problem of panic buying, resulting in  the stockists and suppliers in the state taking undue advantage of the unfortunate consumers and making a killing in profits. The most prominently visible example, and one which has been much talked and written about is the petrol pumps or filling stations the LPG service provider operating in the state. It must be said for them that their sense of timing is uncanny, so much so that people have started predicting the law and order situation judging from their uncanny ability to stay abreast of any development, especially the unwanted ones. One then cannot help but wonder the plans by the CAF & PD Minister of ensuring continuous supply of transport fuel to the public, even till late in the evening- a welcome and necessary decision which was even put into practice, albeit for a very brief period.
The reason for the discontinuation of such a novel step, however, is best known to the state Government itself. One another important issue which was lost amongst the rising din of social unrest is that of clean water supply. Without going further into the sorry state of affairs regarding the water supply and its management, or rather mismanagement, suffice to state that the rapidly increasing presence of private water supply carriers in the state bears testimony to the efficiency or otherwise of the water supply department in the state. That the people in the state have taken these glaring lacunae for granted perhaps speaks of the level of disillusionment and loss of belief placed by the public on the government. The progress for other aspects of developments which tends to have an impact on the society does not fare much better. Education, especially in Government run institutions, for instance, continues to flounder after a brief spell of positive promise despite what was billed as radical changes that would bring the desired changes, in short, instituting Model Schools for initiating changes, have proved to be a no show. While a few may put down the rapidly increasing unrest and agitations of the public on various issues to irrational restlessness or impatience, yet the hard fact remains that there is a very real and rapid decline in the socio-economic progress and governance with a correspondingly widening rift between the Government and the public. While it would be evidently unfair to put the blame for everything squarely on the state Government, it would augur well for those in power to trace and weed out any and all non-performing entities from its system. After all, trust needs to be earned, not demanded. 

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