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Mentally unsound person mistaken as child kidnapper; Police intervention rescue him from the claw of paranoid mob

Imphal, Jan 9: A mentally unsound person nearly died today after a paranoid mob thrashed him black and blue, suspecting him as a child kidnapper. The bizarre incident happened around 10 am today morning at Laipham Khunou in Imphal West district. A police team who rushed to the spot rescued him from the blow of then angry mob and arrested him suspecting him as a child kidnapper, but later realized that the person is a mentally unsound person.

First hand report said that the ill-fated person identified as Thounaojam Germa, age about 38 years, and son of Thounaojam Modhumangol Singh of Chingmeirong Mamang leikai, Imphal, as per information from his Adhaar Card entered the courtyard of a house where some little girls were playing at around 10 am today. Locals said they saw him trying to take away a little girl, however, when the little girls were asked whether they knew him, they said they did not. The little girl was snatch from the arms of the person alarming the surroundings by a lady. Report said that the person did tried to hold back the child however, the lady forcibly snatch the girl. Some persons who were near the site rushed and after listening the story thrashed him black and blue.

Imphal Times when enquired about the persons to some persons of Chingmeirong Mamang leikai finds the persons as mentally unsound. A neighbour said that, Thounaojam Germa, popularly called by people as ‘Honga’ use to play with children of his locality most of the time. Lamphel Police OC, while talking to Imphal Times said that, family members of Thounaojam Germa came to the police station where he was detained and showed all relevant documents for undergoing treatment due to mental instability. He was rushed to RIMS hospital for medical attention as he sustained injury by the wrath of the mob on mistaken identity.

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Of PM and our CM

Oratory Skill and convincing personality is not everything people expects
Excellent oratory skill with convincing personality is perhaps the most important requisite quality of a public leader. But the other important qualities that people expect are sincerity, simplicity, accountability and dedication in rendering his or her service for the people, who elected them to lead the society. Well India now has a leader – Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one among the best among all public leaders. His oratory skills and convincing personality has made his position gone up day after another. Yet when it comes to his sincerity and commitment, there are many which needs to be questioned. The essence of patriotism that runs to the veins of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sometimes made his administration mono-centric, which makes people feel that – Has he forgotten that India is a nation of diverse community?
The preamble of the Indian constitution which proclaims the solemn resolution of the people of India to constitute India into a ‘Sovereign socialist secular democratic republic’, sometimes appeared to be at stake with the Prime Minister taking up no action against some of his parivaar leaders who had deliberated anti-secular speech in public platform.  On the other hand, Narendra Modi’s serious concerns about outdated legislations which were framed by British colonial rulers to suppress the people of the country. September 28, 2014- Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while delivering speech at Madison Square Garden, New York, US, had stated that his government will scrape all outdated laws framed by British colonial rulers. Controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, an ordinance used by British rulers – a very controversial act, which also divide the citizens of the country into two types – one, which can be shoot at sight on mere suspicion and the other, who enjoy full freedom guaranteed under the constitution of India. It is at this point that sometime the sincerity of the Prime minister need to be questioned. A word of a leader should not be for mere applause from the public and it should not be with dubious meaning which can be interpreted. How come Prime Minister Narendra Modi still fails to express a single word on this outdated act, at which a lady had even undergone 16 years of fast-unto-death protest for repeal of the act. If the Prime Minister and his government think that AFSPA is a legislation still required for the country, then why is this act only for some selective region despite the fact that this act can be utilized at other places which have similar problems?   
Back here in our little state called Manipur, Chief Minister N.Biren Singh too is not that less than when it comes to the skill of delivering speech and convincing the people. The first thing, which the people of the state need to appreciate N. Biren Singh, is his government’s commitment under the motto “Go to Hill”.  What is worrisome is the number of package he announced during his visit to the hill districts of the state. As of now no package announced are implemented.
Second thing which people from across the state appreciate is his seriousness to deal with the menace of corruption. Well and good, the intention is clear. Setting up of Special Investigation Team led by 5 IAS officers to investigate irregularities to the appointment of staffs in 15 government departments and opening up of Anti-Corruption Cell shows Chief Minister N. Biren Singh’s intention on the issue of corruption. But it is almost 10 months now; no action expected by the people is seen taking up. Everybody knows what had happened and keeping quite on the matter is nothing but a matter on the sincerity and accountability of his government.

On January 7, this year, N. Biren Singh,while delivering his speech had stated a beautiful quotes. And the same words was posted at social networking site- facebook. The post read - “ Meeoibana sibada karisu pude.. Eina siba dasu karisu puroi, lemhouriba punsi sida esagi kanaba haiba pumnamak thadoktuna meeyamgi mateng pangani”.  Which literary means – human being takes nothing when he dies , I will also carry nothing when I die, rest of my life will be dedicated for the people of the state without making anything for my own.
Everybody appreciates these few words but which carries thousand meaning .
During June uprising in 2001, no-journalist walking under him will be able to forget, how N.Biren Singh took the peoples’ issue more important than his family. Then, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh was the editor of ‘Naharogi Thoudang”. A telephone call about his son and daughter missing from school and home when Manipur was in flame did not disturb him from performing his duty forgetting the worries of his family. Finally a staff understanding his problem went in search of his two children and brought them back somewhere from Paona Keithel, where people were agitating.
Points bringing here is to remind N. Biren Singh about his dedication to his work as an editor. Now He is in the top post in the state. Nobody can say whether he still possess the spirit or not.
The oratory skill and the convincing personality is perhaps his inborn gift. But the promises and his assurance to clean the society are still yet to be seen. Even as you are not taking anything when you left for heavenly abode, let the people remember you and let Manipur pray you as one of the greatest leader of the state for the good deed you do for the people of the state.    

Dead body found

Imphal, Jan 9: A dead body was found today morning at around 6.30 am near the fencing of DM College Campus, opposite to Tangkhul Baptish Church, Dewlaland in Imphal West. The identity of the person is yet to be established and the cause of his death is also still a mystery. Police team picked up the dead body and deposited at RIMS morgue.  As per police source, the height of the dead body is 5 feet 1 inch, fair complexion, thin body with black and medium hair and facial structure is oval with a moustache. He was found wearing one brown check man shirt full slip, one white cordial jacket. Police speculate his age to be around 30 years.  

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Minister Shyamkumar launches ‘Organic Manipur’; ‘Organic Manipur’ to be brand name for marketing state organic products; state all set to export


Imphal, Jan 9: Launching the brand name ‘Organic Manipur’, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar said the organic produces of the farmers working under the department of the State will be sold under the brand name.

Addressing media persons at his office in his residential quarter at Kangla Park, Minister Th. Shyamkumar launched the brand name and released the 2018 yearly calendar of Organic Manipur. He said the Centre has been providing livelihood to the organic farmers of the State under various schemes. The farmers need not worry as their produces will be sold under the brand name ‘Organic Manipur’.

Raising concern over the rise in cases of health issues and diseases, Minister Shyamkumar stressed on the need for switching to organic cultivation and usage of vermicompost instead of chemical fertilisers. He also informed that the department is working hard to provide loan to make vermicompost to the farmers of the State in collaboration with the banks soon. Appreciating the farmers of the State for cooperating with the department, he hoped that farmers in collaboration with the departments of Horticulture and Agriculture can take up more developmental work including increasing the yield and exploring other areas.

  1. Debadutta Sharma, Project Officer, MOMA said in the first year of organic cultivation covered an area of 5,000 hectares of land out of which 2,000 hectares of land was used for cultivating black rice or aromatic rice (chak-hao) in the valley districts. Meanwhile 3,000 hectares of land was used for cultivation of ginger, turmeric, orange, lemon, pineapple and king chilli (u-morok) in an area of 500 hectares of land equally in 6 hill districts.

He said the State this year will get the C2 certificate (organic certification) which is given after 3 years of continuous organic cultivation. Once the certification is procured the organically certified products of the State can be sold under the brand name ‘Organic Manipur’ worldwide.  The organic produces of the farmers will be processed in an integrated processing unit (which will be established later) that is where brand name is needed so that the products of the State can be packaged and marketed. The organic products of the State can be recognised with the brand name ‘Organic Manipur’. For promotion of organic produces/products Minister Th. Shyamkumar has approved to open more organic outlets in the State, he added.

In order to promote healthy lifestyle among the citizens of the State, ‘Organic Outlet’ was opened at Sanjenthong by Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar on November 20 last year, which is the first organic outlet in the North East India selling organic produces/products of the farmers under MOMA. The Organic Outlet was opened under the Mission Organic Chain Development for North East Region (MOCD-NER).

Instituted as the nodal agency for the central scheme MOCD-NER of the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, MOMA functions under the aegis of department of Horticulture & Soil Conservation, Government of Manipur.

  1. Radhakishore Singh, MLA Oinam A/C also the chairman of Manipur Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) and Miss Parul Mehta, Junior Marketing Officer, Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India were also present at the event


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Fitting tribute paid to Maharaja Gambhir Singh on 184th death anniversary

Samadhi of Maharaja Gambhir Singh to be developed as site of historical importance: CM

Imphal, Jan. 9: Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that that the Samadhi of Maharaja Gambhir Singh located at Langthabal would be developed as a site of historical importance. This was stated by him at the 184th Death Anniversary of the Maharaja Gambhir Singh held at the Samadhi of Maharaja Gambhir Singh at Langthabal today. The observation was organised by State Archaeology, Department of Art and Culture, Government of Manipur.
Speaking as Chief Guest, Chief Minister said that a Museum would also be developed inside the premises of the Samadhi to enlighten the youths and present generation about the supreme sacrifices made by our forefathers during the Seven Years Devastation (1819-1826) to liberate Manipur. He asked the concerned Minister and officials of the Art and Culture Department to discuss with a reputed International Firm or Consultant for the development and beautification of the place. He urged the Department to install the statues of Nara Singh and Herachandra inside the Samadi of Maharaja Gambhir Singh.
Chief Minister directed the Department to consult historians and subject experts and to prepare a Blue Print and Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the development of the Samadhi. The prepared DPR should be submitted to the Planning Department, he added. If the project needs more money then the government would approach NEC or NLCPR for the development of Samadhi.
On the occasion, Chief Minister said that we should feel proud about the supreme sacrifices and valour made by Maharaja Gambhir Singh, Nara Singh and Herachandra for the liberation of Manipur from the clutches of the Burmese following the Seven Years Devastation. He mentioned that history is a fact which can be neither manipulated nor distorted by us. History taught us a lesson that disunity among ourselves was the main reason for the invasion by the foreign powers. If we want a united Manipur then we should leave aside the greed and selfish desires, he added. Mentioning about the ethics to be maintained by the politicians, Chief Minister said that politicians would never succeed if they do not possess the nationalistic characteristics. If they posses such quality then there would be visible changes in the State, he added. He further maintained that they should be able to make sacrifice and commitment for the welfare, development and prosperity of the state. Those who don’t have patriotic felling and love for the country wouldn’t think and do nothing good for the people and society at large, he added.
Chief Minister appealed the people of the State to leave aside the idea of self interest but rather think for inclusive growth and development in the State. He said that let’s do some productive work to bring some positive changes in the State rather wasting our precious time.
Chief Minister led others in paying floral tributes to the portraits of Maharaja Gambhir Singh and Nara Singh. A contingent of Manipur Rifles offered a guard of honour and general salute and observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the Gambhir Singh, Nara Singh and others.
While delivering Presidential address, Minister for Art and Culture Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh said that the role of the government is to protect the territorial integrity and to uphold the sovereignty of the State. It is the responsibility of the government to work for the welfare of the people of the State, he added. Minister stated that the government need love, support and participation of the people to bring inclusive development in the State. He maintained that every issue can be resolved through dialogues.
Minister for CAF and PD Shri Karam Shyam, Minister for Education Shri Th. Radheshyam, Chairman MANIDCO Dr. Y. Radheshyam, MLAs Shri S. Subhaschandra, Shri P. Brojen, Shri S. Bira Singh, Shri Y. Surchandra, Shri L. Susindro Meitei, top civil and police officials and others attended the function.

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NMA urges PM to reconsider imposition of DAA

Kohima, Jan 9: Naga Mothers Association, NMA yesterday urged the Centre to reconsider the imposition of Disturbed Area Act and also to postpone the state Assembly  election due this year. In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, NMA said as mothers and Naga women they are deeply encouraged that the NSCN (IM) and the Naga national political groups are now in serious dialogue with the Centre under his leadership. NMA said the aspirations of Naga women for peace and a solution to the prolonged Naga political issue lies at the heart and home of every Naga woman. Maintaining that due chance must be given for the ongoing peace dialogue with different political groups to take its course, the NMA said the electoral process should be postponed for sometime, till the peace talk is resolved. The association urged the Prime Minister to keep his commitment made to the Naga people to resolve the Naga  political issue within a specific period in the interest of peace and political justice for the Naga people

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