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Oil transporters begin cease work strike; long queue of vehicles seen at Oil depot

Imphal, Nov 23: Imphal today witness panic buying of petrol and diesel at almost all petrol and diesel filling station after oil tankers launched steering down strike since yesterday protesting the tender notification by the IOC.
Long line of vehicles – both two wheelers and the four wheelers were seen today at almost all petrol and diesel filling station.
The oil tankers’ body today staged protest demonstration holding placards denouncing the tender process of the IOC.

In a press conference held yesterday, Secretary of All Manipur Petroleum Product Transporters’ Association , A Tamphayaima, had stated that they are not satisfied with the tender process of the IOC. The association had submitting memorandum to the Manipur government for modification of the tender for oil transporters last year but so far no action has been taken up.
Protesting the failure to listen to the demand, the oil tanker transporters today launched the cease work strike and said they will continue till the demands are met.

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Prime focus: Thanks Dr. Nirala Sinha for highlighting Manipur and Sangai Festival

People of the state are soured with the trend of VIP or VVIP culture. Men in the government had promised to abolish these cultures and at the beginning some sort of initiatives. But there are still lots to change.
November 21 incident at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport here in Imphal at which a lady doctor confronted Union Minister of State for Tourism over the delay of her flight scheduled is the factual revelation of the present state of Indian citizen. What is more interesting is that – the incident happened in Manipur, a state which most people of the country have failed to consider it as a very integral part of the country. This part of the Indian sub-continent has never been in the mainstream National Media for any good reason, yet people have brought laurels many a time for the country in the field of sports, culture and of course at many other fields.
For reason best known to those running mainland media houses particularly the electronic medium TV channels, a tourism festival which showcases all the rich traditional heritage of the region, which invites people from across the globe to take a view of the beautiful landscape of the state, is of no interest to them. Most time events which picture the ugly truth of the state has been what is important to the mainstream National media. It is no wrong to say that Manipur has been portray as a place of bloodshed many a times by national media.
Now coming to the November 21 incident of Bir Tikendrajit International Airport, the incident is in one way a blessing to the state of Manipur.
It serves two proposes – 1) immediate needs of the govt. attention over the kind of inconveniences being faced by common people while making arrangement for full prove security of VVIPs locomotion; 2) The Sangai Tourism Festival, Manipur’s biggest tourism festival, which had never find room for publicity at National Media has been enabled to reach out to almost all states of the country.
On a deeper look to the incident, there are certain things that immediately come to the mind of every Manipuri. If supposed Dr. Nirala Sinha, the lady doctor who confronted the Tourism Minister, happen to be from among the communities of the state, what would have been the fall out of that incident? Will the National Media takes up the issue? Will she be treated as a concern citizen of the country?
This is being questioned as there is a case of a young Meitei Manipuri lady detained in police custody for voicing against the airport security force (CISF) some months back. Fortunately no charges had been leveled against that Manipuri lady, but she had to cancel her flight the day she was scheduled to board besides staying a night at Singjamei police station.

With this facts and circumstances, if Dr. Nirala Sinha happens to be a Manipuri, she would be now in police custody and no national media will picked her story. This is not just assumption but reality.
On the other hand, the Manipur Sangai Festival which the Govt. of Manipur is organizing with much enthusiasm by even inviting the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, still fails to draw any special attention from the National Media, especially the giant electronic media of the country.
The incident, though in about citizens concern and their rights, it is definitely related with the visit of President Ram Nath Kovind, who had inaugurated the Manipur Sangai Tourism Festival.
So by picking up this specific issue of a young lady doctor confronting a Union Minister at Imphal Airport, the National Media had in one way tells the country that Manipur’s largest tourism Festival is being underway.   

‘Conducive situation for growth of tourism in the state’

Imphal, Nov. 23: Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution Minister Karam Shyam said the overall situation in the State has improved which is conducive for growth of Tourism.
The Minister was speaking during the Lakeview Cultural show at Takmu, Loktak as part of Manipur Sangai Festival 2017. He said the State has witnessed visible improvement in law and order situation and progress in basic infrastructures which is accelerating the growth in Tourism sector. The Government is committed to not only to sustain the change but also to consolidate it further, he added.
Minister Karam Shyam also stated that Manipur Sangai Festival offers a glimpse of the rich culture and tradition of Manipur. He also said that enormous amount of investments is required to reap the potentials. He said the cultural diversity, long civilization history, attractive historical places, heritage sites and beautiful landscapes makes our State a unique natural tourist destination. The Government is taking up large number of tourism projects with the financial assistance from the Centre. Major tourists circuits have been developed across the State and more projects are in the pipeline. Minister Karam Shyam appealed to large business houses particularly from outside the State to invest and take advantage of the huge potential that exists in tourism, real estate and hospitality sectors.
Dr Sapam Ranjan Chairman, Tourism Corporation of Manipur Limited said Manipur is melting pot of culture and ethnic diversity. We must maintain and strengthen the bond of love and brotherhood through the vehicle of tourism.
As part of the cultural show, the laser show enthralled the audience. Boat rally with torches highlighting the daily lifestyle of fishing community of Loktak drew the attention of the audience. Music and dance performances were also presented during the Lakeview cultural show.

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NSCN-K sets new directives for tax collection

Imphal, Nov 23: Proscribed group NSCN-K today directed Dy. Kilonser, Hripunii refrain himself from causing disruptions or interference in the jurisdiction clearly specified for the Revenue Ministry in any manner or style.
In a press statement, the outfit said that unwarranted and unauthorized exercise of power by Hripunii, Dy. Kilonser in the Southern Chapter(Manipur) has hampered smooth functioning of the revenue Ministry. It said that tax payers are also being harassed and threatened.
The statement of the NSCN-K also appealed tax payers to co-operate with the Revenue Ministry headed by Kilonser Starson and not to succumb to the threats and intimidations issued by unauthorized officials. It said any payment made to any authority other than Kilonser of Revenue will be considered null and void.

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Mandalay women football team arrive Imphal; Match scheduled on Nov 25 & 26

Imphal, Nov 23: The Women Football team from Mandalay which is playing exhibition match with the women football team of the state on November 25 & November 26 as a part of the Sangai Tourism Festival have arrived Imphal today evening.
The exhibition match between players of the two country India and Myanmar is the first of its kind in the country and is being organized as a part of the Sangai Festival under the theme – ‘Connecting through Sports’ to enhance better relationships between the two countries, particularly those living in Manipur and those at Mandalay.
R.K Shivachandra, Convenor, of the committee formed by the Manipur Government for materialization of the Act East Policy, is the main architect for organizing the event. Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh had earlier lauded the effort of Shivachandra and his team in making the programme a successful event.   Football match between the two countries will now be a calendar event as the Myanmar government taking keen interest in the matter had resolved to do during a meeting at Nepytaw.
Editor of Huiyen Lanpao daily, Hemanta Ningombam had stated the event as a boon for the people of the state. Talking in a discussion hour at local television channel ISTV Network, Hemanta said that the kind of event organized as a part of the Sangai Festival will improve the quality of football players of the state. He however said that, if such event need to be organized national players from the state who have been playing at different club of India should have been brought here as Myanmar team is a hard working team.
“While it will improve the quality of football of the state players, it will also bring closure relation between people of Mandalay and Manipur”, Hemanta said.

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Combine SF nab armed dealers; recovers arms

Imphal, Nov 23: A combined security force comprising of personnel from 11 AR and Moreh Police rounded up two armed dealers from Moreh in Chandel district along the Indo-Myanmar Border today morning.
A source from the police said that some weapons including one 5.56 HK rifle along with a magazine were recovered from their possession. The source further added that, the two armed dealers were arrested after the combined security force conducted cordoned and search operation at Supermarket area near Sunrise ground of Ward No. 4. Moreh after getting specific information about the presence of armed dealers in the area
The two arrested armed dealers have been identified as  Liansuan Maung Ngaihte, S/O Girenthang Ngaihte, Age 22 yrs , of  Tualkhiang, Chikha, Distt Chikha, Chin State, Myanmar and Jamkheng Maung Ngaihte, S/O Dong Khanpao, Age 25 yrs, of  Baungmaual, P/S Churachandpur, Distt Churachandpur, Manipur. They are now in Moreh police custody.

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EGM, MHJU condemn killing of Journalist in Tripura

Imphal, Nov 23: Editor Guild Manipur and Manipur Hill Journalist Union (MHJU) expressed shocked over the a local TV journalist at Tripura.
“The Manipur Hill Journalist Union (MHJU) is shocked at the brutal killing of “Syandan Patrika” and local television channel  “Venguard” senior reporter  Sudip Datta Bhowmik by a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) trooper in Bodhjung Nagar, Tripura,” a statement of MHJU said.
The MHJU also demanded the Tripura Government to take prompt actions to bring the culprits to swift justice for Bhowmik.
Editor Guild Manipur also condemn the atrocious killing of journalists in Tripura and call on the State government as well as the Central government to ensure safety of journalists and an environment of safe working for all the working journalists in the state. Showing solidarity to the journalist fraternity of the Tripura in mourning the loss of their colleague, the EGM said that it will support to whatever protest the journalists’ organisations of Tripura undertake to secure a safe working environment for the scribes.
“Our sympathy is also with the family members of Sudeep Dutta Bhaumik who gave up his life in the line of his duties”, the EGM statement said.
Sudeep Dutta Bhaumik was reportedly shot dead by TSR Jawan identified as Nandu Riyang at RK Nagar near Secind Bn. HQ area in Agartala. Sudeep was a senior reporter with a Bengali daily and was out on reporting duty when the incident took place. Reports said, the culprit has been arrested.
This is the second killing of journalists in Tripura in recent times and EGM is shocked at the failure of the State government to provide safe working environment for media in the state. Lastly we urge the Chief Minister of the Tripura to ensure befitting punishment is given to the culprit.

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Foundation stone for Sai Sushanti Ching-Tam Heritage Park

Thoubal,Nov.23: The foundation stone for construction of Sai Sushanti Ching-Tam Heritage Park was laid today at Kakching Khunuta Ching in Kakching District.
A function organized on the occasion  was attended by Prof.N. Khagendra Singh, VC Manipur University of Culture, Brig.N.Bhanot,SM Assam Rifles Garrison, Prof.Dinabandhu Sahoo, Dir.Institute of Bio resource and sustainable development, N.Kalimohon, Social Worker Kakching, Ksh.Mangol Singh, Retd.Principal, Prof.N.Gandhar,Retd.Principal, Khaling Mikawlrawng, Chairman Khangshim Village and Markham Leiching, Chairman Leiching Village as the Presidium members. In his  speech, M. Sushikumar, Retd. IPS said that the basic objective of establishing the Heritage Park is to promotion of echo tourism and help resist global climate change.
The various ethnic groups of people living in Manipur and to ensure sense of consciousness among the people on the rich cultural heritage of the state, he said.

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UNLF to observe 53rd Foundation Day on Nov 14; says force annexation of Manipur to India is the root of the present political conflict

Imphal, Nov 23:  Armed rebel group United National Liberation Front, Manipur is celebrating its 53rd Foundation tomorrow.  In connection with the foundation day, the central committee of the rebel group releases its annual statement.
A copy sent to media houses deliberated on the present status of the erstwhile nation. It expressed apprehension about the fate of the indigenous people of the state saying that when nations across the globe has been enhancing towards development in this 21st century, the Manipuris instead of taking part in the competition has been moving backward. In 68 years of occupation, identity of the people of the region has been put at stake and there is a fear that there may be no Manipuris in the coming days, the statement said.
The central committee also stated the use of words like “presence of rebels have hindered developmental works” by various political leaders as a political gimmick to mislead the people.
The UNLF said that the root of the political conflict in the region is because of the uncertain fate of the people of the state after it was forcibly annexed in the Indian Union in 1949. The statement also reminded that the period at which Manipur was annexed was a time when decolonization was taking place in the globe. India too was decolonized by the British but in contrast it again forcibly annexed the nation state called Manipur.
The statement also said that UNLF is only a resistance force against the colonialism which is accepted by the International law.
On the misconception which is spread far and wide among the people of the state and had been injected to the minds of the Manipuri – which says “Manipur does not have any resource of its own”, the armed rebel group UNLF strongly disagrees with it. The statement said it is already known to the world that so many valuable medicinal plants, other Seri, horti and argi products are available in the state. These products can be properly utilized to make the region as self sustain by improving the economy of the people. Above this, rich minerals like the petroleum products are being extracted by the Indian government in broad day light, the statement said.
 The statement of the central committee also reminded about the rich human resource of the state. It recalled the talented sportspersons, academicians in the field of ITC, Space Science as well as in the field of culture. Alleging on secrete war against the people of Manipur and WESEA, the UNLF statement said that India has been sending their army in the region to dominate the region besides waging a cultural and Financial imperialism war against the people. It said in 20 years the outsiders will suppress the people of the region.  
The statement also said that India’s Act East Policy also have an agenda to wipe out the revolutionary movement of the region.
It also said that India has been dividing the different communities of the state by spewing venoms to incite hate feeling among the communities.
The UNLF calls for a peoples’ war to liberate the erstwhile nation to a Sovereign and Independent nation.
The central committee of the UNLF also greets the revolutionary groups of WESEA region fighting for restoration of sovereign status.
The statement further said that it will continue its struggle until it gets its goal.

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