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Saturday, 08 February 2020 - Imphal Times

MLA Dingo survives deadly crash by his car with a truck

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Imphal, Feb 8

MLA of the Sekmai Assembly constituency , Heikham Dingo today survives deadly crash with the car that he was travelling and a truck at Khonghampat area in Imphal Dimapur road at around 1:40 pm today. Report reaching here said that the MLA and his driver miraculously survived with some injury but his PSO sustained critical injury. The PSO is undergoing treatment at Raj Medicity.

Report said that the car that the MLA was travelling crashed to a truck parked on the roadside at Khonghampat. The car reportedly came towards Imphal from his residence at Khurkhul.

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Assam Rifles team busts illegal drug manufacturing unit in Thoubal District

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Imphal, Feb 8

A joint team of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) along with representatives of Maphou Police Station busted an illegal drug processing cum manufacturing plant and recovered a huge quantity of drugs from Kamu Saichang area of Thoubal District today.

Based on a corroborated specific input, the troops of Assam Rifles launched an operation and busted the illegal drug processing and manufacturing plant. The plant was being utilized to extract Morphine from Opium which was further processed into Brown Sugar and Heroin. During the search, the team recovered approximately 29 Kgs of Heroin Brown Sugar (Solid), 20 Litres of Brown Sugar (Liquid), 8 Kgs of Marijuana including equipment and chemicals used for processing of drugs. The drug after processing was being supplied in form of loose bags and moulded bricks to the youth of Manipur and Nagaland. A lady identified as Mrs Elizabeth Khongshai has been apprehended by police while the owner of house in which the drug processing plant was functioning is presently absconding.

The assessed value of the recovered contraband items is approximately around Rs 120 Crores in international market. The apprehended woman and seized contraband items have been handed over to Maphou Dam Police Station for further investigations.

The swift operation reflects the commitment and resolve of Assam Rifles to curb the Drug Menace from North East Region by targeting the manufacturing and distribution network by means of similar surgical operations and sustained efforts to choke influx of drugs from neighbouring drug havens by means of effective manning of the Indo-Myanmar Border.

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CM interacts with civil service aspirants  ‘Every hard work will pay off ’

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Imphal, Feb. 8

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that every hard work will pay off if you focus on what you want to achieve. This was stated by him at the Interaction session with the scholars of the Chief Minister’s Coaching Scheme for Civil Service Aspirants held at GM Hall today.
Speaking at the gathering, Chief Minister stated that the purpose of getting education is not to go after government jobs but to become a responsible citizen. He maintained that the people of the State are filled with enormous talents and these talents are exceptional. We need to groom the students and youths of the State for a better tomorrow, he added.
The Chief Minister further stated that the Chief Minister’s Coaching Scheme was introduced with an objective to provide the much needed support to those deserving and meritorious students of the State. It is indeed happy that many students who come from humble background are getting the benefits of the scheme, he added.
 Stating that the primary objective of the present government is to fulfill the aspirations of the people, Chief Minister said that the government has implemented human oriented schemes such as CHMT etc. for the welfare of the people. He added that around 1.5 lakh families have been benefited so far under the scheme.
 During the function, the students gathered introduced themselves before the Chief Minister. Students expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister and Government of Manipur for implementing such noble scheme. Students also shared their suggestions opinions and grievances to the Chief Minister.
It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister’s Scholarship Scheme for Civil Services Coaching worth over Rs. 1 crore was launched in March last year. Under this scheme, the State Government will provide 100% scholarship to 150 selected Civil Services aspirants to realise their dreams. With one year course fee of Rs. 70,800 per student, the total amount, which is to be borne by the State Government is pegged at Rs. 1,06,20,000. The scheme is being collaborated with the Delhi-based ALS-IAS Coaching Institute under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.

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MPA to celebrates 33rd Foundation Day; Kh. Pambei greets people

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Imphal, Feb 8

Armed wing of the proscribed group United National Liberation Front (UNLF), the Manipur People’s Army (MPA) is observing its 33rd Foundation Day tomorrow (February 9). Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee of the outfit Khongdongbam Pambei, paid gratitude to the people of the region who have been supporting the cause of the revolutionary movement for such a long period.
While thanking the people the Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee of UNLF categories the present state of society where people have been injected with venoms to let them believe that without depending to the India there is no way that we survive.
“After India annexed Manipur people of the region have been treating as those living under colonial rule”, the chairman said while adding that every people of the region including those who have great educational knowledge now think that without depending to India Manipur will not survive, which in reality is a wrong perception.
The statement also elaborated the reason for enforcing draconian laws like AFSPA and others which is an instrument to suppress the people.
The statement also categorically mention on how the self sustain economy resulted out of the natural resources available in the state have been sabotaged and made dependable. The statement mention about how the government of India destroyed the natural resource of the state by establishing NHPC at Loktak lake destroying over 80,000 hector of cultivable land.
The statement also gives a critic of how the people of the land are trying to wipe out from their own region by bringing act like the CAA.
The statement recalled on how we the indigenous people can make our own destiny by joining hands together and fighting for the rights of the people.

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Minister Nemcha Kipgen calls for peaceful co-existence amongst all communities

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Kangpokpi, Feb. 8

Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister, Nemcha Kipgen today graced the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Leimakhong Bazar Hill Town held at Community Hall Campus, Leimakhong Bazar.

While addressing the gatherings as Chief Guest, Minister Nemcha Kipgen acknowledged that the Leimakhong Hill Town is one such place in Manipur where people from different communities reside; in short it is like a ‘Mini India’. On this note, she called upon all to reside in peaceful co-existence and set an example to all other people that no religion, caste or creed can break the bonds of brotherhood that are present since its existence.

Beating the traditional gong, unveiling the monolith and cultural items performed by different communities were the major highlights of the celebration.

MLA, 51 Saitu AC, Ngamthang Haokip and Chairman, Sadar Hills ADC, Kangpokpi, Haokholal Hangshing also graced the occasion as functional President and Guest of Honour respectively.

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CAA unconstitutional, say Catholic religious at grassroots

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Mumbai, Feb 8

A group of Catholic priests and nuns (Justice Coalition of Religious) (JCR) working among the poorest and most marginalized communities in Maharashtra has opposed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as unconstitutional.
“The CAA is the first instance of religion being overtly used as criterion for citizenship under Indian nationality laws and therefore fundamentally discriminatory and divisive in nature,” a  press release from 36 representatives of 16 Catholic congregations that oppose the act, stated.
JCR which  recently met in Mumbai,  opposed CAA,National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC). They said these laws are at odds with secular principles enshrined in the Constitution and contradict Articles 13, 14, 15, 16 and 21 that guarantee to every citizen the right to equality, equality before the law, and non-discriminatory treatment by the State. JCR attended a capacity-building workshop titled, “Rights-based Advocacy in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) at the end of the last month.
The grassroots workers also noted that the new law undermines India’s commitment to uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and other human rights treaties to which the country is a signatory.
The CAA fast-tracks Indian citizenship for Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhist, Christians, Parsis and Jains who arrived in India on or before December 31, 2014, from its Muslim majority neighbours, namely Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
“By giving special privileges to migrants from these religious communities, the government has singled out Muslims for exclusion. As citizens and members of the minority Christian community in the country, we are dismayed that a statutory attempt is being made through the CAA to privilege peoples of certain faiths while relegating another, Muslims, to a secondary status.”
Muslims and Christians, the Catholic religious noted, have been experiencing “a deep sense of vulnerability and insecurity with the rising tide of majoritarian nationalism in the country and actual violence perpetrated against minority communities particularly Muslims.”
JCR also said that the CAA “unfairly” disadvantages Muslim groups, such as Hazaras and Ahmadis who have historically faced persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh from seeking refuge in India. “It leaves out Sri Lankan Tamils who form the largest refugee group in India residing here for now almost three decades,”.
The CAA also excludes the Rohingya Muslims, the “world’s most persecuted minorities,” from Myanmar with whom we share a border. The country needs a proper law on refugees and so we appeal to the government to develop a sustainable refugee policy that is non-discriminatory and compliant with international conventions, like the UN Refugee Convention, 1951 and the 1967 Protocol to which India is not a signatory.
 Since 2013, the north eastern Indian state “has been reeling under the impact of an ill-conceived NRC exercise. Apart from the huge material costs, the human costs have been immeasurable.”
When asked whether the press release condemning CAA put up by the Archbishop of Bombay Cardinal Oswal Gracias in December 2019 helped boost the community’s voice of dissent, Brinelle Dsouza, coordinator for JCR (Western India), said, “Our protest is a part of the larger Christian voice that is emerging. As Christians, we are strongly opposed to that which gives privileges to certain religions over others.
In the meanwhile, the TISS students’ union (TSU) has demanded that an FIR lodged by police against one of the students Urvashi Chudawala, be withdrawn. She was charged with sedition for raising slogans pro-Sharjeel Imam slogans at a rally organised by the “Mumbai Pride” solidarity gathering on 2 February. She reportedly raised slogans such as “Sharjeel Tere Sapne Pure Honge” in support of his demand to divide India. The cases of  sedition have been registered against Imam in Assam and Uttar Pradesh for his inflammatory speeches against the country and he is in police custody in Delhi.
The TIS statement stated, “A Supreme Court judgment says that only raising slogans doesn’t lead to sedition until and unless there is an implicit threat of violence. Using these charges to curb the dissenting voices of the oppressed is highly condemnable..BJP is trying to play with our education, career and future. In the same gathering, Urvashi had also read out the Preamble. This negates all claims of being anti-national, TSU stated.  
The Adivasi Students’ Forum, Ambedkarite Students’ Association, Muslim Students’ Forum, Muslim Youth Voices, North-East Students’ Forum, Progressive Students’ Forum, Spaceless Collective and Queer Collective have come out in support of the statement.

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India unites on wrong issues - but the divide remains obscured

After an undeclared war between Pakistan and our country begins, India today faces an internal war type scenario dividing the citizens into two with different ideologies. The idea of new India as per the ruling government led by BJP all began after Pakistan nurtured JeM militants who claimed the attack on our CRPF Jawan at Palwana district of Kashmir. Modi administration attack needs appreciation, but the real problem now has been curtain. Nobody talks about a lasting solution of Kashmir but a war – or revenge for killing our martyred soldiers is the topic for all. If the Kashmir problem exists such unwanted incidents may continue and maybe more precious jawan of ours may lose a life. Finding an alternative solution is perhaps the need of the hour. We cannot simply play cards to meet the desire of the majority community base religion for a mere benefit at the cost of brave soldiers. India is a land of multi-ethnic people who speaks the various language and follow a different religion.
The idea of the nation having one identity, one religion, one culture, one language promulgated by some self-style son of mother India has created fear psychosis to various ethnic communities in the country. At a time when chauvinistic idealism of creating a nation of only one community is seen marching ahead, it is natural that each and every ethnic communities of the nation have reason to be feared. Because it is family first then comes to society then it is the nation. That is why people are either against the CAA r the NRC or NPA.
India was and is a nation of diverse people. The beauty of India is the existence of different ethnic people with diverse cultural people. It is important that if India has to prove the world as the most successful democratic country, the leaders and the so-called self-style son of the soil should be tried to become real son of the soil by accepting that the concept of one religion, one culture, and one language should not be followed in the Nation called India.
Talking about North East state in general and Manipur in particular, during Kargil war, two soldiers from this region, that too from a border village between Myanmar and India in the state of Manipur were martyred while fighting the Pakistani troops. Family of the two did not know the common language that their sons spoke with their fellow soldiers and moreover, the villagers of the two soldiers are fighting tough safeguarding their villages from intruders of the neighboring villages. Yet they pray for the success of India.
The Indian administrators of the time were not the one which brought victory to the Kargil war, but it was the prayers of those thousand parents, whose sons were fighting for the country, but who never see Delhi, or who never understood the common language (Hindi) that make India a success. Indeed, many critics are of the view that India is still in the process of nation-building. But the reality is that India is already a nation. A nation of imagines community living under the same roof.
The peaceful co-existence and communal harmony were put in dead danger with the rise of communal centric feudalism classes. They spew venom of hate feeling among the various communities for their mere selfish gain. The last few decades showed the rise of many such feudalists and the rise of this class raises the feeling of enmity among the various community.
Coming back to the state of Manipur, the problem facing right now has similar roots. The force annexation is often pinpointed as the root of all sorts of trouble here, but the reality is that the root of the entire problem facing in the state of Manipur is the chauvinistic attitude of the ruling government in the mainland India.
Instead of looking at the problem, the then ruler of mainland India had sidelined the real issue submitted by the then expert officials deputed by their government, they never tried anything to put a halt to the rise of the armed opposition group. But rather the then government incited hate feeling among various communities thinking that the same technique adopted the British ruler can suppress any movement in the region.
Instead of taking into consideration and finding a means to end all sorts of violent activism a Scheme called Surrendered Rehabilitation Schemes had been introduced and the result - people now suffered double the problem that they had faced before the coming of the scheme.
Well, Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, the last President of the USSR had understood the importance of safeguarding each community and the USSR was separated into various independent nations. The problem will be there as long as humankind exists. Because they think and act and those acts are sometimes negative from one’s viewpoint even if he or she thought it right from his viewpoints.
The fear factor right now is felt to everyone. Man dies and sacrifices for their children and nation. If the fear factor grows no one can guarantee any untoward incident at which the fear factor was a challenge and wipe out completely to restore the once upon a time nation-state called Manipur.

Coronavirus : Chinese passenger vomits on Air India flight, admitted to Pune hospital

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Mumbai, Feb 8

A 51 year old Chinese man was admitted to a hospital in Pune (Maharashtra) for possible exposure to novel coronavirus (2019-CoV) after he complained of nausea and vomited on Delhi-Pune Air India flight, on Friday.  
The passenger vomited on board and after the plane landed at the Pune airport, he was immediately isolated and shifted to Pune Municipal Corporation’s Naidu Hospital. The flight was cleaned and sanitised before it took off for Delhi again. Resultantly the flight was delayed by over four hours, due to  the incident.  
Chief Health Officer of Pune Municipal Corporation, Ramchandra Hankare, said the passenger’s blood samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology for analysis.
With this number of isolated patients in Maharashtra went up to (5)- Pune(3)- Ahmednagar-1, Jalgaon-1. Thirty patients who were isolated earlier were discharged. Whereas 4 patients ((Nagpur-3, Mumbai-1).remained admitted to  hospital  
National statistics was: Passengers scanned in India-1.39 lakh (1275 flights), confirmed cases-3, isolated- 150. The global statistics: Died-638 (China-636, Hongkong-1, Phillipines-1), affected-31535  (critical-4826), recovered-1778.
In another development an isolation ward has been created at Mumbai Port Trust’s (MbPT)Hospital in Wadala, to scan the crew and passengers showing symptoms of coronavirus and an ambulance has been  kept standby in the docks for an emergency.
The trust has asked vessel agents and master of foreign vessels coming from countries affected by Corona Virus, to inform Harbour Master (HM) or Port Health Officer (PHO) through email about crews suspected of virus infection with details including name, nationality, age, sex, symptoms and the history of previous visit to China. A self-declaration will be obtained from the crew/passengers with the history of travel to China and also who belongs to Chinese origins.
“N95 masks and other Personal Protective Equipments have been procured and issued to the Doctors, Pilots and concerned officers likely to come in contact with vessel crew and passengers. Signages have been placed at prominent locations to create awareness against the disease. Regular coordination and liaison are maintained with Port Health Officer (PHO) and DG of Health Services. SOP have been framed and circulated to vessel agents and concerned,” a  spokesman for MbPT said.
Till now, the MbPT  has screened 158 crew members and 19 passengers from vessels either coming from China or having the history of travel to the coronavirus-hit country. However, no crew/passenger showing symptoms of coronavirus has been detected.
The passengers having a history of travel to China are being screened with the thermal scanner. For crew of the vessel coming from China and South East Asia and crew/passengers who have visited China in the last one month, shore leave/ shore excursion is not being allowed, MbPT Chief PRO V R Joglekar, said.
In the meanwhile, due to outbreak of coronavirus, the Indian women’s team which was  scheduled to travel to China from March 14 to 25, has cancelled its tour, leaving the Indian Hockey federation with the difficult task of finding an opponent to compete with as part of its preparation for the Olympics.

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Run Chandel Run 2020 held successfully with 200 plus participants

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Chandel,Feb.8:

Winners of Run Chandel Run 2020, First Ever Mini Marathon for the 12 km run Man Category are Khumlo Morningson and 6 km run Women & Dream run Category P.Neisochun.
The event, Run Chandel Run 1st Ever Mini Marathon was organised by Wisecrabs in Collaboration with 18 AR, District Police, District Administration, 8 MR, DSA Chandel and District Health Department successfully today the 8th February 2020 at Maha Union Higher Secondary School ground Chandel, Chandel District. 200 plus runners from different parts of Chandel District came and participated this run in supporting the zeal and efforts of Chandel for Chandel Unites for Health. Former Indian Football Team Captain Mr.Renedy lifted the starting flag for the Man Category from Kapam (Komlathabi) and Col.Ajit Khatri 18 AR flag off for the Women & Dream Run Category from JNV Lamkhai Chandel.
In the 12 km run for competition the Man category Khumlo Morningson from Chandel, Bs.John Anal and Kh.Allwinson Anal from Chandel stood first, second and third positions respectively. In the 6 km run Women & Dream run category P.Neisochun, Tungdim Anita and Sr. Ningnihring from Chandel stood first, second and third positions respectively.
Chairman of Organising Committee Ts Mhanthung Anal Said, Today’s fast paced, competitive and physically taxing world, every third person suffers from diabetes, blood pressure, obesity, depression and many more conditions.
Run Chandel Run aims to promote healthy Lifestyle, peaceful environment and unity amongst the different communities Living in Chandel. The marathon is an attempt to promote unity in diversity, a healthy and sustainable environment and also an Opportunity to facilitate a better understanding and connection between the administration, defence Personnel and common citizens at the grass-root level, he added.
In the 12 and 6 km run, male and female, young and aged, students and teachers, children and adults and all, more than 200 runners took part and felt the happiness of running together for a cause of bringing a healthy society.

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