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Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 08 November 2017 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

A reminder to Central Govt.

The final settlement between the government of India and the National Socialists’ council of Nagaland (NSCN) lead by Th. Muivah and late Issaac Chi Swe is finally at the door. India government earnest effort to solve the problem of ‘the rebel group’, which they consider to be the mother of all insurgency movement in the state has compelled  the mainland administrators to finally fulfill some of the demands which will not hurt the interest of the Indian nation.
 After engaging in several rounds of talk for over 2 decade the Indian Government had finally succeeded to divert the conflict between the country and the NSCN-IM to a conflict between the state governments of each North East Indian state with the rebel group. Now the ball has been successfully thrown to the court of Chief Ministers of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
The declaration of the cease fire with the NSCN-IM on July 25, 1997 at the floor of Lok Sabha by the then Prime Minister of India, late Inder Kumar Gujaral had already sparked tension among the various communities of the North East India, compelling some of the civil society organizations of the state to take up awareness campaign about the ‘would be’ affects of the cease fire agreement. Four years later, after the declaration of the ceasefire, the extension of the cease fire ‘without territorial limits’ on June 14, 2001, at Bangkok, which was later popularly known as ‘Bangkok declaration’, the simmering tension of the various communities of the state reached to catastrophe.  Manipur was nearly turn to ash with almost 60 percent of the people of Imphal coming out to the street of Imphal and pouring their anger to the government set up of the state. Almost all offices of political parties, official quarters of MLAs, Ministers etc were set ablaze by the angry mob. Even the temple of democracy – the assembly secretariat was not spared. It was during this famous uprising in the history of Manipur that a complete change to the peoples’ mandate during the general assembly election was brought.

After the signing of the Frame Work agreement on August 3, 2015 and the recent meeting with the interlocutor of the India government RN Ravi with 6 underground groups of Nagaland , stage is now set for a final solution. However, content of the agreement has not been let known to the public making it as a secret deal. Bothe Manipur and Assam government had expressed their apprehension.
On the other hand civil society bodies in Manipur are preparing for another bog protest if the FA crosses the boundary of Nagaland towards Manipur.
Manipur was burnt in 2001 and that too when the BJP led government was in power at the center . If Manipur burnt again people will no more tolerate to the responsible political party and its alias any more.     

Demonetisation and GST benefited the country: Chief Minister N. Biren

Imphal, Nov 8: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bold step of demonetisation was welcomed by the people of the country and it has affected a lot to those wealthy people who don’t pay taxes to the government.  The demonetisation and implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) has benefited various sectors of the country. This was stated by him while giving the message in connection with the observation of “Anti Black Money” Day being held across the country.
Chief Minister said that the objectives of demonetisation was to eradicate black money, to ban fake currency, terrorism and extremist funding, funding of drugs and illegal arms smugglings, to curb the black money menace, to encourage cashless transactions and use digital wallets and their credit/debit cards for money transfer for a transparent National Economy. One of the biggest achievements of demonetisation is that it pushed the country towards a digital economy and has encouraged in bringing a digital transaction revolution in the country. After demonetisation, there has been a 58 percent increase in digital financial transactions in the country. As a part of digital economy revolution, 52.4 Aadhar card has been linked with 73.62 crore bank accounts, he added.
Stating that the objective of the demonetisation is not just limited to curbing the black money, Chief Minister stated that the government has also taken up certain steps to curb Benami transactions and the use of black money in real estate deals. He mentioned that after the implementation of The Goods and Services Tax (GST) there has been an increase in government’s revenue collection. In Manipur too, the State government has able to collect a sum of Rs. 184.31 crores as revenue collection from July-September, 2017, he added.

N. Biren Singh said that there is a substantial increase in the numbers of Income Tax Returns and demonetisation has boosted income tax collections in the country. The income tax payers have been drastically increased from 66.53 lakhs in 2015-16 to 84.21 lakhs in 2016-17. For the 2016-17 fiscal year around 2 crore individuals have filed e-returns. For the current year 2017-18, around 3.01 crore individual have filed e-return till now. According to the reports by Banks and Financial institutions, around 4.7 lakhs illegal financial transactions are under scanner in the post demonetisation period in the country, he mentioned.
Chief Minister asserted that under the UPA regime from 2004-2014, the then Government allocated a sum of Rs. 627 crores only for the construction of Jiri-Tupul Railway line in Manipur. However, with the advent of NDA government under the leadership of Narendra Modi, Central Government has earmarked Rs 9,658 crore for the said railway project, he added. He further stated that the railway project is set to complete by December, 2019, three months earlier than the stipulated time. The Central Government has promised to allocate Rs. 25,000 crore for the construction of highways in the State where the construction of Barak and Makru bridge has already begun, he added.
With the installation of the new BJP led Government in Manipur, he said, various social welfare schemes has been launched and implemented whereby LPG connection were given to 21,320 families under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. Under the MUDRA scheme, Rs. 66.72 crore has been sanctioned to provide loans to 9,879 individuals for the year 2017-18. Among them Rs. 63.26 crores have been given to the beneficiaries. With an aim to provide Housing for All by 2022, 39,000 houses PMAY (Gramin) and 26,462 houses under PMAY (Urban) would be constructed in the State.
The Nation would celebrate 8th November as “Anti-Black Money” Day and a weeklong observance against the black money and corruption is being held from 4th -12th November, 2017 across the State.

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General Strike called off

Imphal, Nov 8: All Manipur Police Constable recruitment appeared candidates (male 10+2) of 2016 has called off the general strike scheduled from November 10 to November 13, after the government of Manipur has declared the result yesterday evening. In a meeting with media persons the representatives of the candidate’s body thank the people of the state particularly the media fraternity for extending support to their agitation.

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Congress and Opposition Political Parties observed Black Day

Imphal, Nov. 8: Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC)  and opposition political parties in the state today observed Black in protest against the demonetization of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes.
The MPCC earlier staged a sit in protest by displaying banners and playcards with slogans against the demonetization. Opposition Political parties like the CPI, CPI(M) also staged protest against the demonetization. Later a protest rally was also staged from Congress Bhavan till Sumang Leela Shanglen where a meeting was held.
Speakers on the on the occasion highlights the impact of demonetization on common people of the country.

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Mary Kom does it again, clinch gold in Asian Boxing Championship

Imphal, Nov 8: Indian Boxing queen Mary Kom does it again by winning gold medal in the Asian Boxing Championships in the Light Flyweight category. In the final bout Mary Kom defeated DPR     Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi by 5-0 .
This is Mary Kom’s sixth medal in the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships and fifth gold medal, having won four gold medals and one silver medal in previous editions of the tournament.
Agency report said that both boxers started the first round looking to attack and get an early lead. Mary Kom landed a number of blows but Kim didn’t back down and got in a few punches of her own before the round ended.
The second and third rounds were less intense, as Mary Kom took her time before picking her moment to strike. Showcasing her defensive capability, she fended off her challenger whilst also landing a few punches when the opportunity arose.
Her game plan worked and she won the final by a unanimous decision.
Despite not qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics, this tournament proves there is still plenty left in the tank of ‘Magnificent Mary’ as she added yet another feather in her already illustrious cap. “I am really happy the way this Championship has panned out. I would like to dedicate this victory to all those who have supported me even though the world had written me off. I would like to thank my coaching staff who worked hard with me over the last few months,” Mary Kom said after her victory.
“A special word for the professional setup that BFI has put in place, ensuring the best facilities was given during the month-long camp and all the exposure trips for the team. Also, I am thankful to BFI president Mr. Ajay Singh especially for showing faith in me,” added the teary-eyed boxer.
Many thought the celebrated Indian boxer was done with the ring after failing to make it to the 2016 Rio Olympics. However, her run to the final of the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships has shown that she is still the gold standard of women’s boxing in India.
Before today, Mary Kom’s last medal came in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, where she became the first Indian woman boxer to win gold in the Women’s Flyweight (51 kg) category.
Indian boxer Sonia Lather, who made it to the final of the Featherweight category, had to settle for a silver medal as her Chinese opponent Yin Junhua was awarded the bout on a split judges decision.

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