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Powerful IED safely detonated at Catholic School; PWG claims

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Imphal, Feb 14,

A powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED), planted at the gate of the Catholic School Canchipur today was safely detonated by police bomb squad at the same place where the bomb was planted as the Manipur Police Bomb Squad reportedly lacks proper equipments to defuse the IED.

The IED was planted by some unknown miscreants in front of the Southern gate of Catholic School Canchipur, and it was found by morning joggers at around 6 am today. Report added that the morning jogger wasting no time reported the matter to police as the object was more like a bomb.

As per police source The IED weighing around 5kg was planted inside a Tiffin box with nails and explosives. The police source further suspect the bomb to have been planted in the intervening midnight of 13 and 14 February. 

It was reported that the blast impact spread radius of the bomb might be around 300 metres.

Earlier it can be mention that some proscribed group have warned the school authority to shut the school down.

A Suo-motu case under FIR No 22(2)2019 SJM PS has also been registered for further investigation by Singjamei Police.

Meanwhile, armed group Kangleipak Communist Party , People’s War Group has claimed responsibility of the IED that was planted today at the gate of the Catholic School Canchipur.

A statement signed by one Comrade Lenin Meitei, Secretary, Central Media , Co-ordinator , People’s War Group (Marxist Center) said that the IED was planted as a last warning to the Catholic Mission Society  by an Urban Warfare team of the PWG (Marxist Center) without intention to injure any teachers or students of the school.

The statement further said that they have not serve any monetary demand to the Catholic Education Society but as the Society in hands with some groups has been trying to mislead the name of the group  outfit , the IED was planted as a warning to stop such act immediately . The outfit also claimed to have placed a Hand grenade and blasted on February 3 at around 8 pm but was concealed making a mockery of the armed group. Further consequences maybe which happened ought to be borne by those going in hands with the Catholic Education Society.

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ASUK warns BOSEM & COSHEM to conduct free and fair examination; Imposes curfew at 2000 metres surrounding of all examination center

IT News

Imphal, Feb 14,

Conglomerate of armed rebel group operating in the region – Alliance for Socialist Unity, Kangleipak (ASUK), which the Union Home Ministry had listed as outlawed today appeal the authority of the Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BOSEM) and the Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (COHSEM) to bear all responsibility for fair conduct of the class X and Class XII exam which is set to begin from February 18 and February 20 respectively.

The ASUK has been conducting campaign to save the community under “Campaign for National Regeneration (CNR) to ensure quality education since the last couple of year and ‘Special Task force’ of the CNR has also been taking up various measures to make sure that students of the region received quality education.

In a press statement made available to media houses of the state, K. Deepak , Commander , STF of the CNR, ASUK said that inorder to make sure that the authority of the COHSEM and BOSEM conduct the class X and Class XII examination free and fair the special task force has formulated temporary arrangement to make sure that the examination was conducted in free and fair manner.

The statement said that the STF had imposed curfew within 200 metre at the periphery of all examination center to disallow helper from outside the classroom. No students or invigilators will not be allowed to encourage unfair means ad all electronic devices like I phone Camera and written script of any kind should not be allowed in the examination hall. Invigilators are warned not to help any students and should not encourage copying to one another. The ASUK STF Commander said that if the above mention restriction has been found at any Examination Hall the Officer in Charge of the Examination Center should be held responsibility .

The statement further said that action taken up by flying squad of the BOSEM and Council to students who practice unfair means should not be given any obstruction. It also said that Original or Hoax question paper should not be spread at Social media.

The Commander of the STF said that any one found violating the ASUK warning will face the music.

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CAB failure is a ‘Moral Victory’ for the indigenous People of North East – NESO

IT News
Imphal, Feb 14,

The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) which comprises of the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), Mizo Zirlai  Pawl (MZP), Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF), All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Garo Students’ Union (GSU) and All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), has congratulated the entire indigenous people of North East that through our united and concerted effort the Government of India has not been able to table the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 on the floor of the Rajya Sabha.

“ NESO would like to thank all the component organizations who have worked very hard and sacrifice a lot to oppose this draconian Bill, on this occasion, it is very imperative to also thank the different state Governments of the North East who have taken a bold stand on this issue, notably the State Government of Meghalaya led by Mr. Conrad Sangma, the State Government of Mizoram led by Mr. Zoramthanga, the different Students’ Unions, Social Organisations, Women Organisations. Our gratitude goes to Mr. Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar in which his party the JD(U) has even taken a Resolution in their National Executive Council to oppose this CAB. NESO would also like to express its deep sense of appreciation to the different Political parties whom we have met and have extended their unstinted support to this cause particularly the Shiv Sena, Congress (I), SP, BJD, TMC, DMK, SAD, NPP, AGP,TDP, BPF, CPI, CPM, IPFT Tipra Ha, NCT, NDPP,NPF and also even other political parties who have extended their support in opposing this Bill. NESO, could not forget all  the people who were injured during this movement especially in Tripura, Manipur and Assam and salute their bravery and wish for their speedy recovery and their sacrifice has not gone in vain, a statement said.
NESO, calls the occasion as ‘Moral Victory’ for the indigenous People of North East.
It said, “ we can achieve in stalling this Bill is only because of the united continuous movement of the people. This also goes on to show that the Government of India will not concede to our demands on a platter but we have to fight and struggle for the protection and survival of our indigenous people of North East. Lastly, NESO would like to give a strong warning to the Government of India not to adopt, implement policies which is detrimental to the interest of indigenous people of North East”.

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CAB failure is a ‘Moral Victory’ for the indigenous People of North East – NESO

IT News
Imphal, Feb 14,

The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) which comprises of the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), Mizo Zirlai  Pawl (MZP), Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF), All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Garo Students’ Union (GSU) and All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), has congratulated the entire indigenous people of North East that through our united and concerted effort the Government of India has not been able to table the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 on the floor of the Rajya Sabha. “ NESO would like to thank all the component organizations who have worked very hard and sacrifice a lot to oppose this draconian Bill, on this occasion, it is very imperative to also thank the different state Governments of the North East who have taken a bold stand on this issue, notably the State Government of Meghalaya led by Mr. Conrad Sangma, the State Government of Mizoram led by Mr. Zoramthanga, the different Students’ Unions, Social Organisations, Women Organisations. Our gratitude goes to Mr. Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar in which his party the JD(U) has even taken a Resolution in their National Executive Council to oppose this CAB. NESO would also like to express its deep sense of appreciation to the different Political parties whom we have met and have extended their unstinted support to this cause particularly the Shiv Sena, Congress (I), SP, BJD, TMC, DMK, SAD, NPP, AGP,TDP, BPF, CPI, CPM, IPFT Tipra Ha, NCT, NDPP,NPF and also even other political parties who have extended their support in opposing this Bill. NESO, could not forget all  the people who were injured during this movement especially in Tripura, Manipur and Assam and salute their bravery and wish for their speedy recovery and their sacrifice has not gone in vain, a statement said.
NESO, calls the occasion as ‘Moral Victory’ for the indigenous People of North East.
It said, “ we can achieve in stalling this Bill is only because of the united continuous movement of the people. This also goes on to show that the Government of India will not concede to our demands on a platter but we have to fight and struggle for the protection and survival of our indigenous people of North East. Lastly, NESO would like to give a strong warning to the Government of India not to adopt, implement policies which is detrimental to the interest of indigenous people of North East”.

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SSA and RMSA teachers stage protest

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Imphal Feb 14

Teachers of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) today staged sit-in-protests at Porompat ZEO office Zone 2 organised by Joint SSA and RMSA Teachers’ Association Manipur to provide permanent solution to the problem being faced by SSA and RMSA teachers.
Speaking to media persons SSA teacher Kh.Tararani said that the government has been neglecting the teachers of SSA and RMSA. She said that they have been tolerating for the past 8/9 months even as their salary for the last 8/9 months remain pending. She demanded to give their due salary at the earliest.
 She also asked the government why they were not given any facilities of being a regular teacher as they were appointed on regular basis. Kh Tararani demanded the government to give teachers of SSA and RMSA a similar rights and facilities like other teachers if the state education department. She said that there is no line of promotion for them and also demanded the government to formulate a mechanism for promotion of the SSA and RMSA teachers.
Kh Tararani warned the government that if their demands weren’t fulfilled before the code of conduct of the upcoming election, the teachers will not take any duties of the election and also will boycott any exam.
She further said that they are well prepared to take up more intense agitation.
Placards saying Equal work equal status, Stop discriminating SSA and RMSA teachers, No pay No work were held by the teachers.
Similar protest was also held at Khuyathong ZEO office Zone 1.

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GNRC Medical serves 6 lakhs in 5 years

By Our Correspondent
Guwahati, Feb. 14
Over 10 million individuals in northeast India lack access to affordable, quality healthcare services and bridging this gap through appropriate healthcare services would result in a healthier population and a robust economy. Fulfilling this pressing need requires a multi-dimensional effort encompassing educating various sections of society, continuous advocacy, concerted actions and societal collaboration. As an initiative to pursue the multi-dimensional objective, Dr Nomal Chandra Borah designed a unique healthcare model named as GNRC Medical. On completion of the fourth year of operation on February 13, Dr Madhurjya Borah, CEO of the hospital presented the progress report at GNRC Medical Campus in North Guwahati and reiterated its commitment towards their guiding principle – Health for All, Smiles for All. “Affordable quality healthcare is the pillar of a healthy economy and is central to preventing epidemics, improving women & children’s health and managing the rising burden of non-communicable diseases such as heart & neurological conditions,” said Dr Madhurjya adding that lack of affordable quality healthcare causes over 60 million Indians to slide into poverty every year.
He highlighted that over six lakh outpatients had visited GNRC since 2014 and over sixty thousand patients were admitted. Over thirty thousand individuals were benefitted from the 24 hour free healthcare services and over three million diagnostic procedures were carried out at GNRC Medical, added Dr Madhurjya. The program was also addressed by Dr Manoj Agarwala, medical superintendent of GNRC Medical and Gautam Rajkhowa, deputy hospital superintendent where they informed that GNRC Medical as an institution under affordable health mission pledged to serve the society and the nation with all their commitment.

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SIJ, DIPR invites applications for certificate course

DIPR
Imphal, Feb 14,
State Institute of Journalism (SIJ) under the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), Government of Manipur invites applications for 15 days Short term certificate course on ‘News Reporting’ from willing and interested candidates.
The course will commence from 18th February, 2019 at Chanambam Ibomcha College (CI College), Bishnupur.  Interested candidates can apply at the DIPR, HQ, Moirangkhom, Imphal or from the office of Principal, CI College, Bishnupur.
Required minimum qualification is Class XII passed. For further information contact State Institute of Journalism, DIPR, Moirangkhom during office hours.

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On Govt. inability to present CAB at Rajya Sabha

Smile showing sign of relieve is notice to almost every citizens of the North East people particularly in the state of Manipur as the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 was sidelined and the Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die before the Bill is presented in the floor. As per revise business list of the Rajya Sabha the Bill was supposed to be tabled at the RS either on February 12 or on February 13. Having understood the magnitude of the kind of peoples’ uprising almost all political parties representatives including the BJP and almost all Ministers and MLAs including the Chief Minister had flown to New Delhi and remained waited for the outcome. Opposition Congress MLAs including the president of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Party stage sit-in-protest at the National capital for two day preparing to move any agitation if the contentious Bill which had almost burn the entire states of North East India particularly the state of Manipur.
Now the Bill has not been tabled and the Rayja Sabha adjourned sine die, which means that the Bil is lapses as Lok Sabha Election is just months to go. The ‘accidental Chief Minister” of Manipur which was chosen to hold the top post not merely because of his political status in the BJP but because of his luck, has been once more rescued from the wrath of the people of the state. That was not because he and his colleague Chief Ministers of BJP from the NE states got blessing from the central leadership, but the ruckus in the house over issue of Akhilesh Yadav being prevented from attending a meeting at Allahabad  by the UP Chief Minister and the protest from opposition over passing of consumers related Bill compelled the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha to adjourned the house and later resumed giving no time for presentation of the CAB 2016. Many Bills were passed and as per what Venkiah Naidu, who is the chairmen of the sitting said that those bill already have consensus  between the oppositions and the ruling at his chamber were put up. This indicated that the issue of CAB which was supposed to be tabled by the Union Home Minister has strong oppositions.
CAB is important election agenda of the BJP and also some other political parties in the Hindu heartland of Northern India where the number of MP is much higher in number. The inability to table the Bill is perhaps term as a setback for the BJP, some says but it is a win –win situation for the BJP. The campaigned for the upcoming parliamentary election will be this and BJP is likely to take all advantage of the obstruction given by the opposition political party while trying to pass the Bill.
Another conspiracy theory, that could be speculated is that – if the BJP feels it important to introduce the Bill as the bill is an instrument of returning to power in Northern India, there may be possibility of passing an ordinance by a cabinet meeting. Protest over the passing of the ordinance on CAB like Act will face similar protest for those who oppose it but it will gain more vote bank for the BJP. Well and good normalcy has resume in the entire North Eastern states after the government fails to table the Bill. One thing that we the people have to remind is that it is the peoples’ movement that defeat the ruling in their effort to pass a Bill that have tendency to wipe out the entire indigenous people of the region.
And the next drama that we the people will see is speech from both the BJP and Congress  trying to to take credit of the peoples’ movement. As for the congress they have been opposing the CAB since a long time back and as for the BJP, it was recently that almost all workers, spokespersons and supporters support the CAB saying that it would not give any impact to the people (as if they know everything).
A Minister was heard saying that CAB will not give any impact to the state and he even said that he will hang himself if it gives impact after passing in the parliament.   Chief Minister N. Biren Singh also first said the similar word but later talk about inclusion of a clause to exempt Manipur and NE from the purview of the CAB. Today he will talk something which will make people by surprise as all was heard on what he had commented regarding the issue through media.
CAB issue seem to be closed , but people still need to remain alert as there is one more means for the center to pass a similar act by passing an ordinance. Because it is all about parliamentary election 2019.

Manipur Tourism Conferred Global Mice Congress and Awards

DIPR

Imphal, Feb 13,

Manipur tourism has been conferred the global mice (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) congress and awards in Mumbai for promotion of tourism during the year 2018-19 in an award ceremony held today at the taj lands end hotel, Mumbai. Ibohal singh, director, tourism, government of Manipur received the award at the event attended by global stalwarts in the tourism industry. representatives of international tourism boards from across the world exchanged ideas and business at the two event (feb 12-13, 2019) in the city.

Manipur tourism has been at the forefront in organising and promoting mice activities through its events and business summits. starting from 2016, Manipur tourism has been organising events like tourism marts and business summits as part of its annual Manipur sangai festival.

around 81 countries participated and were honoured in different fields of hospitality, event management, exhibition, travel, tour operator among others.

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