Monday, 10 February 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Feb 10

Fifty-two cable service distributors of the TOM TV which is run by the Lamjingba Group of Companies today demanded the refund of the money they had deposited to the firm along with interest and also the subscription fees that they had collected from the subscribers.
Talking to media persons at Manipur Press Club today morning, one Khangembam Amarjit, who identified himself as the Secretary f the All Manipur TOM Cable Distributor Welfare Association said that as the Lamjingba Group of Company fails to provide service to the subscribers as promised by them, the distributors are now facing a hard time getting scolding from the costumers. When a complaint was raised about this matter, some staff of the Lamjingba group even threatened, he said.
“On June 29, 2019, Chairman of the Lamjingba Group announced to provide cable service of TOM TV across the state and to start providing the service by September 25, 2019, during a meeting at Hotel Classic Grande”, Amarjit said and added that technical team from the ZEE TV were surveying to make the dream come true.
Following the announcement, 3 distributors from each assembly constituency have been allowed to deposit a sum of rupees One Lakh each along with another Rs. 10,000/- as fine. The total distributors depositing the amount is 80, he added and said that following that the distributors collected a sum of rupees 6100 from the subscribers.
As Tom TV fails to provide service to their subscribers the distributors are being blamed and even threatened to return the money that they collected for connection.
“We have tried to meet the Chairman of Lamjingba Group many times to discuss over the matter but we were never allowed to meet him, so we submitted a letter in connection to our grievances to Chairman but was not accepted”, Amarjit said.
Having no other choice TOM Cable distributor Welfare Association conducted a meeting with the press and expressed the grievances that the distributors were facing.
Later during a function of the Lamjingba Group, the chairman announced that the service will be handed over to the people in January 2020.
“February already begins now and we see no action for converting what they have promised to us”, Amarjit said and demanded to return the money that they deposited along with interest and also the money collected from the subscribers.

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Imphal, Feb 10

Man who attempted to murder a middle aged woman by attacking with knife at Charangpat area in Thoubal district was reportedly arrested by a team of Thoubal district yesterday evening. The arrested accused idenditifed as Laishram Anand Singh (27 yrs) s/o L. Ingoshabi Singh of Heirok Part-2 Mayai Leikai attacked s 46 years old woman by chopping at her head and face, however the lady survives with critical injury.
The incident happened at around 2.30 pm on February 3 at a place called Selom Loukol of Charangpat Mayai Leikai in Thoubal district. The lady was reportedly found lying in a pool of blood at the left main canal. She was taken to the Thoubal district Hospital and later referred to Raj Medicity as her situation deteriorated.  

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Monday, 10 February 2020 17:59

New NPP office inaugurated at Churachandpur

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Health and Family Welfare Minister L Jayanta Kumar inaugurated the Churachandpur Office  of the he National Peoples Party , at Ex-Servicemen Office building Tedim Road today at 11 am.

Soon after the office was  inaugurated a hall meeting was held at Young Paite Association, YPA, hall near Public Ground .

Ajang Khongsai working President gave a welcome address to the gathering and introduced all the state level  leader of the state NP P

Later, NPP leaders of the district we’re introduced by Paulemthang General secretary Churachandpur  district which was followed by presentation to all the leaders of the state while come along with the Health minister L Jayanta an MLA from NPP .

Ajang Khongsai working President Manipur said the NPP after the inauguration of it’s office will pick up pace and grow stronger though it has remain without office  and assumes nominal existence

Health Minster said the party looking always for the uplfitment of the poor and downtrodden and it plans to work for people of the remote areas who have been of developmental benefits

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Council of Teachers Association (COTA), All Manipur Elementary School Teachers Association (AMESTA), All Manipur Government Lecturer Welfare Association (AMGLWA) and All Manipur Secondary School Teachers Association (AMSSTA), jointly organised a sit in protest in front of the office of ZEO Zone III Office at Mini Secretariat Thoubal today demanding implementation of 7th Pay for the teachers.
Speaking to media persons on COTA Convenor Ch. Santakumar said that 7th Pay has already come in effect for the other North East States.
If the State Government remained adamant and still refuse to implement the 7th Pay structure, he warned, adding that COTA, in the past, had submitted an ultimatum to the Government. Similar agitation will also be launched in other districts of the State, he cautioned.

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The 15th Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting was conducted today at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Chandel.
The meeting was attended by Dr. A. Chinglenkhomba Meetei, MCS, Addl. Deputy Commissioner/Project Director, DRDA; Dr. N. Prakash, Joint Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre; Dr. Kh. Surchandra Singh, Joint Director, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry, Chandel; Dr. Dipak Nath, Dy. Director, CAU- Extension Education, Imphal; Ts Gladny Monsang, District Agriculture Officer, Chandel; Dr. Deepak Singh, Sr. Scientist & Head, KVK
Chandel; Dr. Y. Rama Krishna, Sr. Scientist & Head, KVK Ukhrul; Dr. S. Zeshmarani, Sr. Scientist & Head, KVK Thoubal and Dr. S. Roma Devi, Head i/c, KVK Churachanpur were the Presidium Members.
The Annual Report 2019 - 20 was presented by Dr. Deepak Singh, Sr. Scientist & Head, KVK Chandel to the Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting members, thereafter Action Plan 2020-21 was presented by the concern Subject Matter Specialists of KVK Chandel wherein valuable suggestions and feedbacks from the presidium members and members presented were taken into consideration and incorporated. In total, 29 stakeholders including farmer representatives have attended the meeting.

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Monday, 10 February 2020 17:57

Thoubal Launched National Deworming Day

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The first phase of the National Deworming Day was launched today at Thoubal as a part of the nationwide programme held all over India. It was organised by District Health Society, Thoubal at the 5 Star English School, Atoukhong in Lilong.
On the occasion, ADM Thoubal L. Radhakanta attended as Chief Guest, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) & District Mission Director of DHS Thoubal Dr. N. Jayantakumar Singh as President while Chairman of Five Star English High School Md.Zakir Huissan and Principal Md.Islauddin attended as guests of honour.
The aim of this programme is to deworm all the children from 1 to 19 years and improve their well-being. Children between 1 to 2 years are administered half of one Albendazole tablet.Children between 2 to 19 years are given one full tablet.
Dr.Ksh.Memcha Devi District Family Welfare Officer Thoubal, Ch.Basanta Singh DPM DHS Thoubal and Staffs also took part in the Launching Program among others

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A passenger who had arrived from Dubai was arrested with “high quality” fake currency notes of face value of Rs 23.86 lakh, routed from Pakistan, at a bus stop near terminal II, at Mumbai International airport on Sunday.
The accused, identified as Javed Gulamnabi Shaikh(36), was carrying 1,193 high quality notes of Rs 2000 denomination, which were neatly stacked in his travel bag to avoid suspicion. He was arrested on the charges of possessing counterfeit currency and criminal conspiracy under IPC and was being produced in the court on Monday.
During interrogation, Shaikh, a resident of Kalwa (in Thane district on the outskirts of Mumbai), told police that he had gone to Dubai to meet his brothers a few days ago. He  further informed that the notes were routed from Pakistan and he had received them in Dubai.
Acting on the tip off, a trap was laid by a team comprising officers Ajay Joshi, Ravindra Mane under the guidance of Joint Commissioner of Police of Mumbai Crime Branch, Santosh Rastogi and DCP Akbar Pathan, right from the Sunday morning. The accused after immigration and customs clearance, came out and was hurriedly moving towards a taxi. The officer immediately swooped down and nabbed him.
Speaking about the seizure, the Joint Commissioner of Police of Mumbai Crime Branch, Santosh Rastogi, said, that looking at the quality of notes, terror link was not ruled out. The notes are of a very good quality and for an untrained eye it is very difficult to distinguish them from real ones. Only two features in the seized note are missing: one, in the original, the green strip changes colour to blue when the note is tilted, but in these notes the strip remains green. Also, in the original note, the face value can be seen only when the note is held against the light; this feature is also found missing. We are trying to ascertain from where the currency originated, who was the recipient and the purpose behind the delivery,”  he added.
The police officers said that there has been a spurt in the incidents of fake currency being dumped into India by operators across the border. Such cases have international ramifications as the involvement of an international syndicate based in Bangladesh is suspected.
It may be recalled that this year on 13 January, the fake currency worth Rs 18.75 lakh, which was smuggled from Bangladesh to India, was seized from Nagpur by officers of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and one Lalu Khan (38) was arrested.
That seizure was part of a joint operation in three states — Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and West Bengal, on the basis of specific intelligence. In that seizure 386 fake currency notes of Rs 2,000 denomination and 1,191 notes of Rs 500 denomination were seized.
In the meanwhile the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967( UAPA) has already been amended and damage to the monetary stability of India by way of production or smuggling or circulation of high-quality fake Indian paper currency, coin or any other material has been declared as “terrorist” act.

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People of Manipur , who have been staying harmoniously since time immemorial seriously look for the right time to start a new venture. Among the many communities who have been living here together, Meetei people considered choosing a day and right time which is stated by either astrologers or palmists or say traditional healers to make sure that no obstruction occurred while taking up their dream project. Such belief of consulting persons who are believed to have an extraordinary link with almighty may have practice everywhere in almost the society of the world. But kind of believe in Indian society particularly in the Hindi heartland as well as in South India is so oblivious that men in the profession of who claimed to have linked with the almighty started living a five-star lifestyle. Some of these people whom people believed to have like with the almighty, today become much more important people that even the Prime Minister or Chief Ministers of each state were noticed visiting these people spending time to get a blessing. In multiethnic country India, the government today first took advice about the right time to begin projects or schemes and is done according to the date time and place given by the so call person whom people to have a connection with supernatural power. Even persons who acquired academic excellence in the field of Science and technology follow the idea of consulting these demigods to start their project – either for construction or houses or taking up a job.
With the kind of practice notice in the country, it is now time to ponder upon the education patterns that the children of today are being switched. If an illiterate self-appointed communicator of God can decide a well-educated person it is definitely a systematic failure of the education system that has been inciting so call knowledge to the young mind of this nation who still fear spell of self-proclaimed godman.
The various medium of media like the blockbuster Bollywood movies like ‘PK’, ‘Oh, My God’ etc. have tried many times to eradicate the fear in the human mind, which is being incited by vested interested persons to make their earning.
The tradition to perform some rituals is our culture and there is no harm in doing such while laying the foundation stone for constructions of any offices or building of public importance. But delaying it or waiting for a time as advice by self-proclaimed demigod will do no good as the relevancy of such advice have no logical meaning.
Today’s politicians now seem to spend more with self-proclaimed godman than going to villages for meeting the farmers who are in deep crisis either due to drought or famine.
This write up is a simple and honest suggestion to the government. Please stopped consulting self-styled godman for doing good in society. Saying so being an atheist may no bring any good to either the person taking up welfare programme for the people or to the people

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By Thingbaijam Dhamen,
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Recently, the central government, the Assam government and the Bodo groups, including all factions of the militant National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), signed an agreement to redraw and rename the Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD) as the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR), in Assam which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had termed it as historic accord that paved a way for permanent peace in North East.
The accord was one of many peace agreements which the Centre signed end armed conflict and third accord to end Bodo conflict, dates back to the pre-independence era which gained momentum from 1987 when the ABSU launched an agitation for a separate state. Some prominent armed separatist groups were founded during the 1980s.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on attended a function to celebrate the signing of the Bodo agreement had termed Bodo Accord as a historic agreement that will bring peace to the region. He had said that insurgency in the region had been raging on for decades and had claimed thousands of lives, but past governments were reluctant in addressing the problems.
Another notable statement, Narendra Modi had made was that his government has changed the perception of the Centre towards the Northeast saying that earlier, the North-eastern states were considered to be recipient states, but today they are being seen as engines of growth. “We have to work together for peace and development of Northeast and we will not allow violence to return,” he had declared said.
It was indeed an encouraging and welcoming statement, a top leader of India government made as it has people of the region have been yarning peace for decades. Unending low intensity conflict has been witnessing in the region since Independence in 1947. Most of the conflicts have been waged to assert for a different ethnicity, culture, identity, political empowerment, optimal utilisation of resources and to ensure protection of ethnic minority rights.
As the political goals of the armed conflicts differed, ranging from demands for greater political autonomy, more transparent political rights and institutional structures to outright secession from India, it has been headache for the Central government in its efforts to bring peace and stability in the region for promoting development. Peace and stability are of high importance in promoting economic development of states and country at large, and that political stability is the key to progress and development, as it affects all aspects of security, economic and social development in a state or country.
The impact of political instability on the security of communities is evident, as states, which are politically unstable, are experiencing unrest and security changes. This is because insecurity is an inevitable result of instability. Man, being political by nature, seeks to live in a humane society where security, stability and harmony away from conflicts and wars.
The blessing of security and stability is reflected on economic development, which is a lifeline for any society. Hence, security and stability have direct, long-term effects on the creation of a sound, competitive economic environment that have positive impacts on citizenry and society as a whole.
Therefore, there is the need for strengthening security and stability in north-eastern region of India to improve the living standards of their citizens on the one hand, and to push the country forward towards economic development in order to build up learned generations capable of steering the affairs of their home countries and catching up with the developed countries.
No country can develop and grow economically without peaceful coexistence among its population. It is true that India cannot be a developed country without developing northeast; the region comprises many tribes with diverse cultures mingling into the mainstream of India’s national life.
The presence of different ethnic groups, various tribes as well as non-tribes, their histories and cultures as seen in different languages, food habits, festivals, etc are one of the strongest reflections of the diversity of the region.
Peace-building in the northeast, home to different ethnic groups, various tribes as well as non-tribes, is the normal responsibility of Central government on the one hand and states on the other.
As ethnic groups have different problems, we should focus on the each group being the target and means of reforms. Reform programmes do need focus on each ethnic group to develop their abilities, assert themselves and utilize their own faculties properly in order to lead a dignified life.
Of course, this can never be attained without security and stability which are regarded as a precondition for the achievement of comprehensive development. Phasing out economic reforms is a prerequisite for the timely introduction of such reforms without bringing about radical changes into the existing conditions to which people were accustomed for a long time.
Economic reforms are considered as a ceaseless process, which has many positive effects, such as complacency, sense of belongingness on the part of citizens, reduction of crimes and social violence, which in turn enhances national security in such a way that promotes development and creates a favourable investment environment. This would induce local enterprises and attract foreign investments, the driving force of economic development.
Thus, economic reforms and political reforms should go hand in hand in order to attain their ultimate goals and to this end, there should be adopted a clear strategy and far-sighted vision acceptable to all social segments.
To come to the point, the Bodo peace accord and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement after the signing of the agreement has given a ray of hope to the people of the region who are yarning for prevalent of peace.
The signing of the Bodo accord has influenced Assam government that expressed keenness on initiating the peace talk. In the backdrop of the same accord, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh had also government’s appeal to the armed groups in the state to come to the negotiating table.
While making the appealed chief minister Biren had added that ULFA is also on the verge of coming to the peace talks and time has come in Manipur too for insurgent groups to come forward and initiate peace talks with the Centre asserting that there was no other option other than political dialogue to resolve armed struggle while claiming that armed struggle across the globe were resolved through dialogue.
If the keenness of the Assam government and appeal of the Manipur government came up reality with the positive response from the armed groups, then it not only turn out to be great achievement of the government at the Centre towards bringing peace and stability in the region but also people will praise Prime Minister Narendra Modi as peace avatar as his commitment to settle the vexed Naga political issue in Nagaland is on the verge of settling with another peace accord sooner or later.

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A Three Day Training Programme of Farmers on “”Enhancing Agricultural Marketing Through Value Addition of Horticultural Crops” began today at the Training hall of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Thoubal.
The training programme is being organised by Manipur Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium and KVK Thoubal under the supervision of National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM) Jaipur.
The inaugural function was attended by Director of Agriculture Manipur Ms. Laltanpuii Vanchhong IAS as Chief Guest of the Inaugural Function, Project Coordinator, Manipur Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium, MS Khaidem, District Officer of Horticulture and Soils Conservation Thoubal Ksh.Nabakishwar Singh, Associate professor College of Food Tech. of Central Agriculture University (CAU) Imphal Dr.Ng.Joykumar Singh and Subject Matter Specialist (Agronomy) of KVK Thoubal N.Tomba Singh as the Presidium Members.
Speaking as the Chief Guest, Laltanpuii Vanchong said that organising such programme to promote Agricultural Marketing is a very welcoming step. The Director also exuded confidence that the training programme will encourage the farmers to practise value addition and help reduce the risks of human exposure to toxic materials.
On the opening day, Associate professor College of Food Tech. of Central Agriculture University (CAU) Imphal Dr.Ng.Joykumar Singh, SMS (Hort) of KVK Imphal East Dr. Priyadarshini Salam, SMS Agri. Extension of KVK Bishnupur and Farm Manager of KVK Thoubal spoke on the topics “Entrepreneurship Development of Rural Youths Through Processing of Fruit & Vegetables of Manipur”, Pre Harvest Factors Affecting Quality on Post harvest life of fruit & veg. Fectors responsible for deterioration of fruit”, “Opportunities & Challenges in Marketing of Fruit viz. Pineapple, Orange & Lemon” and “Soil Nutrient Management for Production of Organic Fruit of Pineapple, Orange & Lemon” as the resource persons. The resource persons also responded to different queries raised by the farmers.
The 2nd day of the training programme will be participated by APO (MOMA) Deptt. of Hort. Dr.L.Jeebit Singh, Programme Asst. (Avril.Extn) of KVK Thoubal S.Prabin Singh, SMS (Hort) of KVK Tamenglong Dr.Rk.Roshan and Food Safety Officer Dr. Nongallei Pebam as the resource persons.
The resource persons for the 3rd Day will be Asstt. Professor Dept. of Hort. PDDUIAS Bishnupur S.Joybi Singh, SMS (Home Science) KVK Thoubal Rk.Lembisana Devi, Asst. Project Officer (MOVCD) Kh.Nimai Singh and Dy. Director (Skill & Mitg) NIAM.
 to divert attention from the weak financial condition of the country, then it is wrong. But if these acts have been introduced to cleanse the country, then they should be strictly implemented.
I have supported the issues like Ram Temple verdict, scrapping of article 370 etc. There is nothing like anti or pro BJP. Whatever is good is good and bas is bad.
I had organised similar morcha a few years back, when the “Raza Academy” had organised a morcha (in support of Rohingya Muslims) and during the morcha their activists had assaulted even women police constables, Thackeray reminded the audience.
 Maharashtra politics after successive electoral drubbings in the last ten years, is trying to fill the Hindutva vacuum believed to have been created after the Shiv Sena joined hands with the NCP and Congress to form a government in November last year.
Raj Thackeray-led MNS launched its new party flag, ahead of its day-long Maha adhiveshan (mega meeting). The new saffron-coloured flag of the party also features Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s, Raj Mudra. Raj Thackeray’s son Amit Thackeray has also been inducted into the party.

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