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“Act Jiribam policy also matters for Manipur”

Shortening the distance between Imphal and Jiri using all means should be top priority.

High tech modern vehicles now can drive more than 100 kilometer per hour. If the driver is highly train the speed can reached beyond 100 Km/per as according the condition of roads.

The distance between Imphal to Jiribam by road is only some 220 kilometers but even the best driver takes not not less than 6 hours to reach Jiribam from Imphal no matter how sophisticatedly designed is the vehicle he drives. For passenger vehicles it takes more hours even the whole day if in case the bridges constructed had to be repaired as it becomes mandatory for every vehicles to wait until the repairing work of the bridge is over.

Saying so it’s no wrong to say that road construction works are being taken up in full swing. The way the construction or say the repairing work is being taken up is appreciating but it is skeptical to believe that the works will be completed before the rainy season.

In late 90s there was hue and cry from various sections of the people demanding construction of the road stretch. It was not only because of the frequent bandh and blockade at Imphal-Dimapur road stretch but because of necessities as Silchar of Assam is likely to be a major business hubs some other days. Above this Jiribam which is also a strategic location for business transaction from the state of Manipur need to be connected with the fastest form of transportation. That time the present Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh, started a campaign for improvement of the road when he was the Editor of a local Newspaper Naharolgee Thoudang. A meeting held at the residence of Dr. Ibohal at keishampat elected him as the chairman of the committee form to improve the road condition of Imphal-Jiri either by way of pressing to the government or by donating from the people of the state. Even transporters too had even contributed everything they could to improve the road condition of Imphal to Jiribam.

Well there may be scientific reason for the government inability to complete the construction works of Imphal Jiribam road as expected by the people due to the geographical factor. But using any means to make this stretch of road which is just 220 kilometer will boost state revenue.

For example, with the introduction of GST, the state government does get its revenue from goods selling in the state which are being bought from other state. However, people in Jiribam district as well as people from Noney and Tamenglong sometime had to go to Silchar to procure their day today necessities. The SGST definitely went to the Assam Government  this way.

Mr. Nilotpol Choudhury during a short interaction with this writer said that there are around 90 residential schools in Shilchar area. In all these school, 80 to 90 percent of the students are from the state of Manipur.

It is common that parents of the state prefer their children to sent to school outside thestate. But the children were sent to schools at Silchar because  there are no proper infrastructures in both Tamenglong ( now bifurcated as as Noney and Tamenglong) and Jiribam districts. Huge amount of money has been spent for theses students in schools at Silchar and with the introduction of GST the revenue from these people which can be benefited to the state government goes to Assam Government.

Well not every hope is lost. With the coming of the railway here in the state, there is a possibility that the state of  the state of Manipur might change overnight. It will be just 2 hours journey from Jiribam to Imphal once the railway started functioning. May be it would take not even 2 hours if express train are introduced.

Today Jiribam is a full fledged revenue district. But except for a DC office and SP office many government offices which are compulsory are yet to be established. Had not the state government prepared a proper planning most of the opportunity that the state could have enjoy might shift to the neighbouring state.

On the matter of the threat to the local people due to influx of ousiders, it is time that Manipur government learnt some lesson from the Assam government like introduction of NRC. Not necessary that the state prepare legislation which will have differences among various communities of the state.   

Justice Abhilasha Kumari Sworn in as the first woman Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur

Imphal, Feb. 9: Justice Abhilasha Kumari, Judge of the High Court of Gujarat was today sworn in as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur. Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma Heptulla administered the oath of office  to Justice Abhilasha Kumari at a ceremony held at the Durbar Hall,  Raj Bhavan, Imphal. She is the first woman  Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur.

She was appointed as Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur by the President of India on February 6, 2018. Justice Kumari is a native of Himachal Pradesh. After graduating from Delhi University, she obtained a law degree from Himachal Pradesh University. She joined the Bar in 1984 and practiced in the HP High Court.

The ceremony was attended by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, Dy. CM Y. Joykumar, Speaker Y. Khemchand, Dy Speaker K. Robindro, Council of ministers, MLA’s, Opposition leader and MLA Okram Ibobi Singh, Former CM Radhabinod Koijam,  Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, and other senior officials of the state government, police and Bar members.

Mention may be made that the swearing–in-ceremony of Justice Abhilasha Kumari as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur was also attended by her father Virbhadra Singh, former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister

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State Human Rights Commission to be revived soon

Imphal, Feb 9: On the day 6 of the ongoing 4th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, Law and Legislative Affairs Minister L. Jayantakumar said that Manipur State Human Rights Commission will be revived and made functional very soon.

Answering to a question raised by MLA O. Henry Singh, during question hour, Jayantakumar Singh said that the due process for reviving the Manipur Human Rights Commission has already started. He also maintained that the eligible candidate for the post of Chairman has been intimated. As soon as the present processes are completed, the Commission will be functional, he added.

Jayantakumar, who is also Health and Family Welfare Minister, informed the House that the physical progress of the work for the expansion of JNIMS Gynaecology Ward is 45% complete and Rs 600 lakhs has been released against the estimated cost of Rs. 1860.54 lakh. Replying to the question raised by MLA Shri O. Surjakumar Singh, the Minister also said that Planning Department has been requested to allocate fund for the remaining balance of Rs. 1260.54 lakh which is needed for the completion of the project.

Answering to a question raised by MLA O. Henry regarding the physical progress for the construction of 45 MLD Water Reservoir at Chingkhei Ching at Imphal East, PHED Minister Shri Losii Dikho said that the work for hill cutting/leveling of site has been completed. Excavation of earth work for foundation of clear water reservoir is also completed. The Minister said that the total project cost is Rs. 153.17 crores out of which budget provision for the year 2017-18 is Rs. 20.00 crores. The project is targeted to complete by March, 2019, he added.

Supplementing to the reply of the Minister, O. Henry urged for timely completion of the project in the interest of the people especially residing in an around Imphal.

Replying to a question asked by MLA Dr Chaltolian Amo, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the number of vehicles detailed at Delhi Manipur Bhavan is 15, 6 at Kolkata Manipur Bhavan and 5 at Guwahati Manipur Bhavan.

The Chief Minister also replied to a question raised by O. Surjakumar regarding the total budget provision of MoBC and its different schemes. He informed that the total budget provision (RE) of the Department for the year 2017-18 as allocated by the Planning Department is Rs. 7871.00 lakh including Rs. 4684.00 lakh Central Share of MsDP and Rs. 1412.00 lakh Central Share of SC Scholarships. Skill development programmed like reed making/bamboo crafts, banana/pineapple fibre crafts, tailoring/embroidery, computer training, health (Chief Minister’s Laiyeng Shen), Remedial Coaching (CM’s Lairik Yengminnashi), fishery, etc. are the trades on which the department is taking care, Chief Minister added.

MLA K. Ranjit Singh raised a call attention during the zero hour regarding the location of kakching District Headquarter. Replying to the query, Revenue Minister Karam Shyam said that the Government will take decision after thorough assessment as the matter is delicate in nature. He also said that the decision will be taken in the maximum interest of the public so that the sentiments of the people are not hurt in the process.

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State Human Rights Commission to be revived soon

Imphal, Feb 9: On the day 6 of the ongoing 4th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, Law and Legislative Affairs Minister L. Jayantakumar said that Manipur State Human Rights Commission will be revived and made functional very soon.

Answering to a question raised by MLA O. Henry Singh, during question hour, Jayantakumar Singh said that the due process for reviving the Manipur Human Rights Commission has already started. He also maintained that the eligible candidate for the post of Chairman has been intimated. As soon as the present processes are completed, the Commission will be functional, he added.

Jayantakumar, who is also Health and Family Welfare Minister, informed the House that the physical progress of the work for the expansion of JNIMS Gynaecology Ward is 45% complete and Rs 600 lakhs has been released against the estimated cost of Rs. 1860.54 lakh. Replying to the question raised by MLA Shri O. Surjakumar Singh, the Minister also said that Planning Department has been requested to allocate fund for the remaining balance of Rs. 1260.54 lakh which is needed for the completion of the project.

Answering to a question raised by MLA O. Henry regarding the physical progress for the construction of 45 MLD Water Reservoir at Chingkhei Ching at Imphal East, PHED Minister Shri Losii Dikho said that the work for hill cutting/leveling of site has been completed. Excavation of earth work for foundation of clear water reservoir is also completed. The Minister said that the total project cost is Rs. 153.17 crores out of which budget provision for the year 2017-18 is Rs. 20.00 crores. The project is targeted to complete by March, 2019, he added.

Supplementing to the reply of the Minister, O. Henry urged for timely completion of the project in the interest of the people especially residing in an around Imphal.

Replying to a question asked by MLA Dr Chaltolian Amo, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the number of vehicles detailed at Delhi Manipur Bhavan is 15, 6 at Kolkata Manipur Bhavan and 5 at Guwahati Manipur Bhavan.

The Chief Minister also replied to a question raised by O. Surjakumar regarding the total budget provision of MoBC and its different schemes. He informed that the total budget provision (RE) of the Department for the year 2017-18 as allocated by the Planning Department is Rs. 7871.00 lakh including Rs. 4684.00 lakh Central Share of MsDP and Rs. 1412.00 lakh Central Share of SC Scholarships. Skill development programmed like reed making/bamboo crafts, banana/pineapple fibre crafts, tailoring/embroidery, computer training, health (Chief Minister’s Laiyeng Shen), Remedial Coaching (CM’s Lairik Yengminnashi), fishery, etc. are the trades on which the department is taking care, Chief Minister added.

MLA K. Ranjit Singh raised a call attention during the zero hour regarding the location of kakching District Headquarter. Replying to the query, Revenue Minister Karam Shyam said that the Government will take decision after thorough assessment as the matter is delicate in nature. He also said that the decision will be taken in the maximum interest of the public so that the sentiments of the people are not hurt in the process.

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Khousabung gears up for Black Day

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Imphal, Feb 9: Protesting against the alleged discriminatory and undemocratic decision of the Manipur Cabinet in renaming the erstwhile Thangting Sub - Division to Kangvai in lieu of the popular sentiment for Khousabung, the public of the proposed Khousabung Sub - Division is gearing up to observe Black Day tomorrow, the day the Okram Ibobi Singh Government took the illogical decision two years ago.

The Manipur Cabinet chaired by the then Chief Minister Okram Ibobi decided to renamed the erstwhile Thangting Sub - Division to Kangvai despite majority of the village chiefs expressing their support for Khousabung Sub - Division on February 10, 2016.

“The Cabinet decision of the then Congress Government was highly unacceptable and condemnable”, said an Activist.

Khousabung is the most centrally located location in and around Thangting / Thangjing Hills Range, which has been the Headquarters of 01 - Khousabung District Council Constituency since 1972.

With the popular sentiments running high against the then Congress  Government due to alleged discrimination and victimisation, the Congress strongman and Minister T Manga Vaiphei failed to get re-elected from Henglep AC in 2017 Assembly election.

The mandate of Henglep AC in 2017 Assembly election indicates that the Feb 10 decision of the Manipur Cabinet was undemocratic, illogical and unacceptable, said an Activist pointing out that the Henglep AC mandate was for Khousabung Sub - Division.

Sources said that the then Congress Government took the decision over looking the majority choice as the BJP nominee was elected to the Autonomous District Council election in 2015 from 01 - Khousabung District Council Constituency. “This is nothing but political victimisation for electing the first BJP MDC in Churachandpur ADC”, said an Activist.

The Black Day would be observed to denounce the illogical decision of the Okram Ibobi Government and to press for expedite creation of Khousabung Sub - Division to meet the end of justice.

Wall poster campaign and campaign through social media are in in full swing for tomorrow’s Black Day.

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Hundai RSO at Kakching

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Imphal, Feb 9: Priya Enterprise, Kakching today open a retail sale outlet (RSO) for  Priya Hundai at Kakching Sengron in Kakching district.

The newly open RSO will benefit to Hundai lovers from Kakching, Chandel, Tengnoupal and Thoubal District. The inaugural function of the RSO was attended by

Taruna Mangsatabam, Managing Director, Puniya Hundai, Ganeral manager, Rk Prem Kumar, Area sales manager K Prem among others

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Children music workshop concludes

Imphal, Feb 9: The  closing function of the One month Children Music Workshop conducted by Haobam Nisheshwor music composer of the Rhythms of Manipur with the financial support of the Ministry of  Culture was held on Thursday at the Golden Jubilee Stage of the Manipuri Jagoi Marup, Imphal.

The closing function of the  Music Workshop was graced by Budha Chingtham,Eminent Art Critic also State representative at the NEZCC Dimapur and EZCC Kolkota as Chief Guest, Shri N.Jadumani Singh,State kala Akademi Awardee and Theatre Director as President and Dr.W.Ibomcha Singh President Spic Macay, Manipur Chapter as Guest of Honour respectively.

The fusion music performance lasting about one hour presented by twenty young musicians including eight girls was the main highlight of the closing function of the music workshop.

The music workshop was conducted under the scheme of the Cultural Functions and Production Grant Scheme of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Speaking at the function the Chief  Guest Budha Chingtham stressed the need for organising such music workshops and lauded the Project Director and Rhythms of Manipur for taking up such bold ventures.

The President of the function Jadumani stressed the need for preservation of age old traditions to safeguard the identity of the community. Dr Ibomcha assured to shows the talents of the young boys and girls outside the State in the near future. The closing function and the music performance was witnessed by impressive crowds.

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AAMSU Observes its Rubby Jubilee

Silchar, Feb.9: The All Assam Manipuri Students’ Union (AAMSU) observed its 40th Foundation day at BR Ambedkar Hall,Silchar on Wednesday.

The formal session of the event was graced by Ashangbam Biren Singh, former Home Minister,Government of Manipur and former President,AAMSU, Kangabam Santi Kumar Singh,ACS,Chief Executive Officer,Hailakandi district, Assam and founder General Secretary AAMSU, Wangkhem Sarat Chandra, founder Advisor AAMSU, Sorokhaibam Nanda Kishore Singh,former President, AAMSU and Laishram Bir Kumar Singh, former General Secretary,AAMSU as presidium members while AAMSU president Pangabam Nilkanta attended as functional president.

Amongst other, Former AAMSU and AASU activist Khaidem Amal, Ng.Braja, Dr.M.Santi Kumar,RK Gopalsana and Champalal Singh were delivered speech as speakers.

In their speeches, the speakers and presidium guests  mentioned about the contributions of AAMSU and also cited the importance of students activism for the greater developement of society.

It may be noted that AAMSU was formed on 8th February ,1978.

AAMSU also takes a great role for the development and protection of the language,identity and culture of Manipuri community of Assam. In a event, former AAMSU activists were also cited its close relationship with various students union of North East including AASU,AMSU and NESO.

The day long event was consist of flag hosting,floral tributes to the martyrs and departed souls of  AAMSU and felicitation to former AAMSU members.

It can also be noted that the welcome address of the event was delivered by  a member of AAMSU Womens wing Ashangbam Chingkhei Nganbi while key note and vote of thanks were delivered by AAMSU general secretary Khangjrakpam Krishnamohan and Anjali Yurembam respectively.

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Will Not Force Naga Citizens to Boycott Assembly Election- NSCN-IM

Source News 18

New Delhi, Feb 9: Changing its earlier stance, Nagaland’s militant organization NSCN-IM has clarified that they will not use ‘force or coercion’ to make people boycott the upcoming election. This is a major relief for the Election Commission, as this paves way for successful participation of people in the electoral process.

National Socialist Council of Nagaland, an insurgent group, whose original demand has been independence from India, has been in talks with the Centre over a ‘Naga Accord’, which would fulfil certain demands while staying within the Indian state.

After the mainstream political parties decided to defy the boycott diktat and contest the election, NSCN-IM had made a veiled threat, stating that any national worker found “defying the decision of the Naga people would face serious consequences as per the Ajha (decree) of the government”.

“We fully support the prudent decision of the Naga people for solution of the Naga issue and hence, not to go for election. We will stand by this decision to the end. We reiterate our stand that imposed election will not be acceptable to the Naga people,” it added.

The insurgent group was first to announce its call for ‘solution before election’, which was later picked up by the larger Naga civil society. On January 29, the heads of several tribal communities had issued a boycott call for the elections scheduled on February 27.

Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTHCO) had issued the January 29 declaration, demanding a “solution (to the Indo-Naga political issue) before election.”

CCNTHCO had, with the support of seven Naga insurgent groups, compelled 11 political parties to sign a joint agreement to not contest the elections to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly. But the boycott call fell flat when political parties and its candidates rushed to file their nomination papers.

The committee was later dissolved by its founders who admitted that people were largely “reluctant” to stand by the committee’s demand for ‘solution before election’ without knowing what the solution is.

Mainstream political parties whose candidates will be contesting the upcoming elections include the BJP, Congress, JD(U), NCP, AAP and those from regional parties such as Naga People’s Front (NPF), Nationalist Democratic People’s Party (NDPP) and Naga People’s Party (NPP).

The Centre has been engaged in peace talks with NSCN-IM for the last 22 years. In 2015, a ‘Framework Agreement’ was signed between the two entities in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to set the agenda for formulating the final solution.

The Centre later brought in six other insurgent groups of Nagaland on board the peace process to find an all-inclusive lasting solution.

Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang had, in November, said that the Centre was likely to announce the peace agreement with NSCN-IM and six other groups either before Christmas or before the assembly elections. When that did not happen civil society and the various pressure groups led by the NSCN-IM demanded dissolution of the poll process till the final solution is declared by the Union Government.

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Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma contesting from two seats

Source PTI

Shillong, Feb 9: Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, who is making effort to enter assembly for the fifth time, has filed nominations from a second constituency too in addition to his traditional seat of Ampati.

The Congress strongman is in the fray from Ampati in South West Garo Hills district as well Songsak in East Garo Hills district for February 27 state elections.

This is for the first time that Sangma, who is Chief Minister of Meghalaya for past 10 years, is also contesting from a second seat.

After end of scrutiny of nomination papers, Ampati has only three contestants, including the CM.

Songsak has seven candidates including Sangma in the fray.

At Ampati, Sangma would face a triangular contest after the BJP fielded former bureaucrat Bakul Hajong from the seat.

Independent candidate Joyanto Marak is also a strong contender from the constituency.

Altogether 374 candidates have been cleared for fighting the state poll after scrutiny of nominations. Out of this, there are 33 women and 85 Independent candidates, chief electoral officer F R Kharkongor told PTI today.

Rongjeng constituency in East Garo Hills district has maximum number of 11 candidates in the field for the poll for 60 constituencies of Meghalaya.

Tikrikilla and North Tura constituencies have 10 candidates each.

The CEO said the last day of withdrawal of nominations is February 12. The date of counting will be on March 3, three days before the tenure of the current assembly ends.

Besides, Ampati seat, two other constituencies— Sohiong and Bajengdoba—also have only three candidates in the fray.

Chief Minister s colleague and close confidant H Donkupar Roy Lyngdoh, who was given plump portfolios in charge of Home and Transport in the last re-shuffling, will also face a triangular contest at his Sohiong constituency in East Khasi Hills district.

Samling Malngiang, a candidate of the Hills State Peoples Democratic Party (HSPDP) is the regional parties best bet against the Donkupar whose eldest son was defeated in the autonomous district council elections over a year ago.

Judah J M Wahlang put up by the Peoples Democratic Front, a new political party floated last year, may crack in either of the vote banks spoiling any of the top runner s votes.

The third triangular contest in this election will be in Bajengdoba constituency where the Congress, the National Peoples Party and the BJP will put in their best bet against each other.

Brigaddy Marak who joined the Congress last month will contest against the former MLA and BJP s candidate John Manner Marak and the NPP s candidate Pongseng Marak from Bajengdoba seat.

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