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Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 04 April 2018 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

Prohibition against peoples’ will: Why not we take a referendum and decide

Laws are made for the convenience of the people. If the law that become no more relevance or in other word if it is not supported by majority – than it is better take a referendum and change it. Yes it is a spirited defence for drinks.
Drinking is a vice- so said a few men considered wise and pious.
Though it stands agreeable, on further consideration and deliberation on the matter, exhausting a few more of the sparse grey matter than ever done before of which yours truly is endowed with in the process, things began to look more confusing and complex. What exactly is it that makes drinking a vice- is it the type of drink, or the amount of drink that one consumes, or the manner in which it is consumed or is it the ingredient or the content in a drink that is considered bad?
The unanimous response to this poser would be ‘Alcohol’. Granted, alcohol induces an altered state of mind and a decrease in the motor coordination of a person (an amusing sight any given day).
Yet, does every person who drinks behaves and is affected in the same way? Is there nothing positive or beneficial to say or write about for the humble spirit? What about the irrefutable claims by various researchers and scientists of the uncountable benefits of having wine regularly- a drink that contains mostly alcohol? Wasn’t gods supposed to have enjoyed wine? How could something the gods themselves imbibed be so bad? Or is it that the gods are after all just as vice loving as humans? Technicalities aside, one fails to understand the ruckus over drinking.

The State has been a dry state for more than a decade, yet prohibition has not done much to dissuade people from drinking, nor has it hampered the ease of procuring the chosen brand or type. The only real benefit prohibition provides is to the bootleggers and black marketers who are running a well oiled network of lucrative business. A very huge source of income for the fund crunched State like ours is not being tapped.
The people running the state has conceded as much when he says prohibition is not working in the State and precious funds and taxes from the liquor trade is not being collected in the State due to the Dry State status in effect.
Total prohibition will never be possible in our state. Prohibition has not had any effect on the consumption pattern of the people. Crimes related to drinking hasn’t seen much significant change, there are more pressing challenges of the drugs in the state – a problem which needs immediate attention and remedy.
Crime in the states where there is no prohibition in effect isn’t necessarily higher than in our state. The above instances demand an immediate removal of the dry state status from the state. It is not the drink that is bad, but the person taking the drink is the one which needs to be controlled, and control will only be possible when a systematic and strict enforcement is implemented regarding the type and availability of alcohol rather than to let the present situation continue.
A firmly regulated sales policy will ensure improvement for a social indulgence which simply will not be wished away. There are far more serious and heinous atrocities being perpetrated in our society for which the social organizations, the media and the Government agencies should be working in unison and channelize their efforts.
A consistent awareness drive against the evils of excessive drinking, coupled with intensive enforcement of the rules and regulations being implemented can control the crimes and problems related to drinking to a great degree, while providing a pragmatic solution to the baffling and disputed issue of the practicality and the effectiveness of prohibition in the state. The Chief Minister should make that call, however difficult it may seem, based on his beliefs and for the betterment of the State. There won’t be a dearth of supporters and well wishers who will be raising a toast to such a decisive decision.

Bomb threats: Two hand grenade found at 2 brick field with extortion notes

Imphal, April 4,

Unknown miscreants today placed hand grenades at two different brick fields located at two different places of Thoubal district under Khongjom Police Station. Extortion notes with written notes demanding monetary demand were also placed along with the hand grenades.
Police bomb disposal squads safely detonated the two bombs at a nearby field popularly known as Khongjom Sabal Leikai.
The two brick fields where the bomb were placed are YMC (Yumnam Construction) located at the road side in between Khongjom to Phundrei Village road and Arbindro Brick Field located near Khongjom Kheba Ching.

The hand grenade at YMC was found by the labourers at around 7 am today morning. The owner of the brick field is identified as Yumnam Choaba also known as AE Chaoba from Thoubal Athokpam Makha Leikai.
The other hand grenade at Arbindro brick field was found at around 8 am today. The owner of the brick field is identified as Sapam Arbindro from Sapam Mamng Leikai in Thoubal district.
According to report from both the brick field, both the owners had received extortion threats from armed group PREPAK (Nongdrenkhomba). The source added that the outfit had demanded a sum of Rs. 2 lakhs from YMC brick farm while it demands some monetary help to the AS Brick field.  
Meanwhile, workers of both the brick field staged a sit-in-protest in front of the brick fields. The workers condemn placing of bomb at the work place as it would result injury to the workers if blasted.
On the other hand one old bomb was also found at Sora village under Kakching district while digging drains using excavator at around 11 am today.

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Kidnapped labourers rescued

Imphal, April 4,

Two labourers, who were kidnapped by suspected armed group on March 26 from the area between  Lhahvom and Nabil Khuman village in Churachandpur district were safely rescued by a joint team of Churachandpur district police and Assam Rifles with the help of KNF (MC), currently under suspension of operation with the government.
The two kidnapped labourers - Nausomlian, 17, son of Tonzagin of Lingshiphai village and Khupginlian , 20, son of  (L) Pauneilun of Tuilileibul ,Thanlon Sub- Division works for special contractor M. Dama of Lingshiphai village,Ccpur. Newspaper source said that the two labourers were kidnapped for ransom of Rs.20.
The two labourers were handed over to their families today morning by the Churachandpur District Police. Family members of the labourers extended their heartfelt gratitude to CCpur district SP & his team.
The joint security force also apprehended some persons who were involved in the kidnapping of the two labourers. Those apprehended are - Nemneilam Haokip (40) w/o Paolun Haokip, Chief of Mongkom Village, Churanchandpur, Leh Hatneikim Haokip (35) w/o Nehjang of Hengjang Village, Churanchandpur, Nehminlen @ Joseph (26) s/o Letthong of Phoipi Village presently staying in K Mongjang, Churanchandpur,  Lamkholal @ Prem (36) s/o Hemlet of D Vaison, New Boljang Churanchandpur and Chonminlal Manlun(37) s/o (L) Ngulmang Manlun of Songjang, a police source added.

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“Pravish Chanam case handed over to CBI”

Imphal, April 4,

Family of Pravish Chanam along JAC executives, Meira Paibee leaders and Human Rights Alert Executive Director Babloo Loitongbam met the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh in his office today.
During the meeting, the Chief Minister assured them that a concrete policy for the safety and security of Manipuris staying and studying outside the State would be framed. The same policy would be sent to Union Home Ministry after a decision of the State Cabinet within a week.
Pravish family and the JAC urged the Chief Minister to personally speak to the Chief Minister of UP, Yogi Adityanath for handing over the Pravish Chanam case to CBI.
The Chief Minister had a telephonic talk with the UP Chief Minister in the evening in which the latter informed him that the case has already been handed over to CBI just after his letter dated 27.09.2017 addressed to the Manipur Chief Minister.
It may be recalled that the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had sent a reminder to the UP Chief Minister on December 15, 2017 regarding the case.

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