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Monday, 16 March 2020 - Imphal Times

Tension grips Chassad area of Kamjong district after unknown miscreant burns paddy field; DC imposed prohibition under Section 144 of CRPC

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Imphal, March 16

Tension grips Chassad Village and Sampui Village of Kamjong district today after unknown miscreant burn Paddy fields of Chassad Village, which are under preparation for harvesting, has been set afire yesterday evening.

Following the burning of the paddy field angry villagers blaming neighbouring villages reportedly armed with lethal weapons came out and blocked road at Sampui junction, 4-km before reaching Kamjong district head quarter.

Two vehicles on way to Kamjong have been stopped & not allowed to pass through as hundreds of villagers blocked the road.

The report said that Police are not even allowed to perform their duty as Chassad villagers have not allowed them to pass through the village. It’s also reported that many trees have been felled on the road.

Following the report of the villagers blocking the road another group of villagers from neighbouring area confronted and reportedly burn some of the houses at Chassad village.

Assam Rifles and police rushed the spot but could not control the situation. 

Following the tension DC of Kamjong district impose prohibition of gathering people or carrying lethal weapon in the Chassad-Kamjng and along the main road of Sampui area under sub-section 2 of Section 144 of the CrPC.

Following the incidents, taking serious note of the hate mongering post and videos being spread through social media and messaging apps, state Home department had reportedly initiated measures to ban internet data service in the state. A source said that the initiative to ban internet is being taken up after the videos and photos of the  unfortunate incident that place at Chassad have started spreading through Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram inciting anger to the public. As the Home Department felt that such spread of rumours and hate speech is likely to create serious repercussion to the law and order problem in the state, the internet data needs to be curbed temporarily.

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Moreh town sees sign of relief after MLA D. Karungthang along with district administrator intervene

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Imphal, March 16

Indo-Myanmar border town Moreh witness a sign of relief today as CSOs which has been spearheading agitation against the police excess and demanding for termination of the Police personnel who allegedly assaulted two civilian on March 13 afternoon held a meeting with District administrators.
Since March 13 evening Moreh town witnessed violent protest from large number of people, after a police team allegedly assaulted two civilians who came for hair cut and picking students. The large number of people even vandalized vehicles belonging to police and properties of the Moreh Hospitals against the police excess. Demanding termination of the police team involved in the incident, Hill Tribal Council and other CSOs of the Kukis called indefinite bandh along the Imphal Moreh Road and 24 hour total shut down of Moreh town on the following day. Police and the agitators confronted at various places. At some of the video an angry protestor was seen kicking hard to a police personnel during the course of agitation. In yesterday confrontation between the police and the agitators, at least 12 police personnel were reported injured after the agitator attack them by pelting stones. Police too fire tear gas shells to disperse the agitators. What is more interesting is that those tear gas used by the police team were marked as expired. Expired tear gas shells are slow killers and Imphal Times had reported the matters time and again.  
On the fourth day of the agitation, Moreh town somehow saw a sign of relief after local MLA D. Karungthang, ADC Vice Chairman Tongpao Mate rushed and initiated dialogues with the leaders of the CSOs at the office of the Hill Tribal Council today afternoon. DC of Tengnoupal district Mayanglangbam Rajkumar, SP Th. Bikramjit and other top officers of the Tengnoupal Police were also present during talk with the CSOs leaders. However no conclusion could be arrived in the first meeting held at the HTC office. Later, another second round of talk was held at Police IB Bungalow. Till the filling of this report both side continue the talk.
However, source said that both the side may find an amicable solution.

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“Dental College, RIMS, Imphal observed World Oral Health Day”

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Imphal March 16

Prof. A. Santa Singh, Director RIMS, Imphal inaugurated a week long Oral Health awareness campaign to observe World Oral Health Day, 2020 at Dental College, RIMS, Imphal today.
In connection with the observation of World Oral Health Day, Department of Public Health Dentistry organized various interactive and engaging activities to motivate good oral healthcare among OPD patients. Fruits were distributed to promote tooth friendly snacking. Prof. A. Santa Singh, Director RIMS, Imphal also inaugurated the oral health awareness booth and distributed free oral kits to the children. He also mentioned about the importance of teeth.
As a part of the programme, free dental checkup and denture camps were organized for elderly at 5 old age homes across Imphal area by Department of Public Health Dentistry in collaboration with Department of Prosthodontics of Dental College, RIMS, Imphal. However, due to the current scenario of COVID-19 across the country, the denture delivery which was scheduled in the oral health celebration week has postponed as precautionary measure in the interest of protecting the health of the elders in the homes.
The Principal in charge of Dental Collage, RIMS, Imphal, Dr. Deepak B.S emphasized that individuals should take charge of their own oral health. Faculty members, Staff Nurses and Non-Teaching Staff attended the programme.

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Deputy Chief Minister inaugurates innovation hub and toy train

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Imphal, March 16

Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh today inaugurated Innovation Hub and Toy Train at Manipur Science Centre at Takyelpat in Imphal. The Innovation Hub which aims to engage youth in creative hobbies and activities in science and technology and also to promote their critical thinking and practical problem-solving skills has been constructed under the funding of National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), NE Zone, Kolkata, Ministry of Culture. It consists of Biology, Chemistry, Mechanical, Electrical & Electronics Labs, Resource Centre, Design Studio and a Hall of Fame. The Toy Train which consists of three bogies with a capacity of 30 seats have been provided by the Ministry of Railways free of cost.
After the inauguration, speaking to media persons Deputy Chief Minister said, the Innovation Hub will help people especially the students to conduct scientific experiments wherein innovative ideas and scientific temperaments can be translated into action. He said, the Hub will help to inspire people especially students to make innovations, ultimately spreading a culture of innovation in the State and the country as a whole.
Director, Science & Technology E. Ibocha Singh while delivering the key note address said, seeing the importance of innovations, National Council of Science Museums is developing a chain of Idea Labs where young innovators get the platform and resources to pursue the passion to create through science and technology innovation leading to the installation of Innovation Hubs in several states of the country. He said, Manipur Science Centre has launched ‘Innovation Hub’ to provide facilities to the students or any individual to help them unlocking their innovative ideas thereby promoting creativity and inspire students to make innovations.
Citing some of the objectives of launching such facilities in the State, he said, the idea of opening such facility includes to support innovative ideas and build them to come to fruition, to recognize, encourage and facilitate local innovations in Science & Technology and to help the society and economy to face future challenges in science & technology.
Commissioner (S&T) Bobby Waikhom, Director NE Zone, NSCM, Kolkata Subhashis Das and Rajesh Awasthi, Chief Workshop Manager, N.E. Railways, Izatnagar, U.P, Scientists, Innovators and students participated among others in the inaugural ceremony.

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No change in examination schedule of COHSEM

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Imphal, March 16

Authority of the Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (COHSEM) today said that exam schedule conducted by the COHSEM will have no change even though classes of schools may remain suspended till March 31 in the wake of the spread of COVID 19 as preventive measures.

Talking to reporters, Secretary of the Council said that a fake order of the council stating postponed of the exam has be circulated and this has nothing to do with the COHSEM and that there is no change to the exam schedule of tomorrow and other days.

Regarding the spread of the fake order a compliant has been lodged at the Cyber Crime Branch Manipur Police department.

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Understanding Ponzi scheme: Do not fall in the trap

There is a saying - Where money is involved, you can be sure there’s a scam around the corner. The rise and popularity of options trading drove millions of traders to try a hand at it. The majority of traders lost their money in this seemingly easy way to make profits.
This led to the rise of a new breed of scammers. They preyed on unsuspecting traders who lost their money but were still willing to invest in options trading. These scammers are ponzi schemes that claim to be options trading investment funds.
Note that investment funds are a legitimate business model. Ponzi schemes on the other hand aren’t. This article will show you how this scam operates and how to avoid it.
A Ponzi scheme usually has a leader at the top. Under the leader are two or more people. Each of these has two or more people under them and so on.
What happens is that every new member is “sponsored” to join the group. The new member is expected to pay a fee. But in this case, the fee is your investment. The scheme leadership claims to use this investment to provide high returns from their options trading activities.
In truth, this investment is actually shared out to higher members of the group. The only way you can get your money back is by sponsoring new members and ensuring that they sponsor other new members. As soon as the scheme stops attracting new members, it collapses and tons of money is lost.
You can clearly see that this isn’t an investment fund in any way. Investment funds enable you to make money from your investment. Ponzi schemes on the other hand require you to work for the group in order to make money – after they take your investment.
One thing about these Ponzi schemes is that they’ve devised easy ways to hide their underlying intent. First, they won’t advertise themselves as Ponzi schemes but rather as investment funds. Their sleek advertising also includes huge amounts to be made each day or month.
Making money as an options trader involves risk. So why would any person want to transfer this risk to a complete stranger?
A simple request is that those who join Ponzi scheme, get out fast. Besides Ponzi schemes, there may be traders claiming that they can help make someone’s money trading options.
Many traders are losing money to third parties claiming to make hundreds of thousands for their “clients”. Do not fall for this trap.

On completion of three years in office, CM announces special scheme for Sportspersons and Artists

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Imphal, March 16

Celebrating the third anniversary of the BJP led government in the State, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh announced the biggest ever scheme for the welfare of the sportspersons and artistes of the State at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat yesterday.
Deputy Chief Minister N. Joykumar, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, DGP, top civil and police officials were present during the celebration. Chief Minister and other dignitaries released a Coffee Table Book on the completion of three years of the government. The Coffee table book is published by Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Manipur. A short film highlighting the achievements of the government in the last three years was also showcased during the program.
Briefing the media persons, Chief Minister informed that the Chief Minister’s Akhannaba Sanaroisingi Tengbang (CMAST) and Chief Ministergi Artiste Singgi Tengbang (CMAT) would provide benefits to thousands of sportspersons and artistes who have brought laurels to the State and country. It is projected that around Rs. 736 lakhs and 570 lakhs respectively will be required for the newly announced CMAST and CMAT.
N. Biren Singh said that under the CMAST scheme, the government would provide suitable employment in government services to sportspersons winning medals in notified disciplines in notified international events on the basis of criteria to be laid down by State Government. All unemployed sportspersons and coaches who have participated or won medals in National and International sports tournaments will be covered under Chief Minister’s Halshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) with all benefits, he added.
 The Chief Minister stated that CMAST would also support the sportspersons for purchasing of costly sports items like cycle, bow, rifle, pistol etc. The enhanced cash awards to be given to Olympians who bagged gold, silver, bronze and participants to Olympics are Rs 1 crore, 75 lakhs, 50 lakhs and 10 lakhs respectively. Under the scheme, the government would provide incentive of upto Rs. 2 lakhs per annum to around 250 local clubs of the State.
The scheme would also include lifetime pension scheme for unemployed sportspersons and coaches of 50 years and above who have represented Manipur/India either in National or International tournaments, he added.
Recognising the contribution of artistes of the State, Chief Ministergi Artiste singgi Tengbang (CMAT) has been designed with a view to encourage the artistes in every field such as performing arts, literary arts & visual arts and their associated institutions. The CMAT is targeted to benefit about 4000 artistes in a year.
N. Biren Singh said that under CMAT, pension will be extended to around 1000 artistes who are 60 years and above. Pensioners include Awardees, Gurus and Non- Awardees who have contributed in preserving the tradition, culture and art forms of Manipur. Financial assistance would also be provided for artiste, groups and institutions for participating in International and National festivals.
The CMAT scheme would also extend monetary support to cultural groups or institutions for training and productions in various fields such as theatre, sumang leela, dance, music and visual arts. To nurture the deserving budding artistes of the State, the financial assistance will be provided to the students of Government Dance College, Shree Shree Bal Mukunda Dev Music College, Imphal Art College, Manipur University of Culture.
Acknowledging the achievements of various artistes, the scheme would provide financial assistance to the award winners in the national competition and festivals. Padma Awardees, National Akademi Awardees such as Sangeet Natak Akademi, Sahitya Akademi and Lalit Kala Akademi Awardees, State Kala Akademi Awardees including young awardees will be extended one time financial support for pursuing their dreams and vision towards preservation and promotion of our culture successfully.
Chief Minister mentioned that artistes recognized by competent authority of the State Government would also be covered under Chief Minister gi Hakselgi Tengbang (CMHT). Around 1000 artistes would be benefited under CMHT.
Mentioning the achievements of the government in the last three years, Chief Minister said that the Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) has been extended to Manipur. Since May 2017, Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day is being held every month and has met about 34,000 people personally, he added. The government has also initiated Go to Village and Go to Hills mission. Around 3,06,026 beneficiaries have been registered and around 2,15,461 benefits and services have been delivered at their doorsteps. Schemes like CMHT, CMST, Start-up Manipur have been launched for the first time in the State by the government. Till date, around 6.8 lakh individuals have been benefited from CMHT, he added.
Chief Minister said that the law and order situation has been improved drastically. Bandhs and blockades have reduced. There is an increase of 222 percent in the inflow of international tourists since 2016. Under the ‘War against Drugs’, drugs worth Rs 2000 crores have been destroyed, he added. The Gross State Domestic Product has registered a growth of 16 percent in 2018-19. The State’s revenue collection has seen a growth of 34.8 percent in 2017-18 and 16 percent in 2018-19.
N. Biren Singh mentioned that the government has launched School Fagathansi Mission and 60 schools have been addressed comprehensively. The overall pass percentage of Class 10 students reached an all time high of 74.69 percent since 1972. For the first time, the government had organised 1st Chief Minister’s Indigenous Martial Arts (Thang-ta and Cheibi) Meet, 2020.

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Wife of Late SS Khaplang passes away 

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Imphal, March 16

Chimroi, wife of former Chairman of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang), Shangwang Shangyung Khaplang, died Friday morning after a prolonged illness.
According to sources, Chimroi breathed her last at around 2 am Friday morning at Myitkyina in Kachin State, Myanmar. She was staying at her grandchildren’s residence.
Naga organisations, including Naga Students’ Organisation (NSO), have extended their condolences to the bereaved family members.
Her husband, popularly known as SS Khaplang died on June 9, 2017 after a brief illness.
In his later life, Khaplang began to suffer from diabetes and other age-related ailments. He died of cardiac arrest in Taga, in Myanmar’s Naga Self-Administered Zone in Sagaing Region, where the NSCN-K was based during the time. It was reported that he had returned from China after a treatment and was to head to Waktham, his birthplace.

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Miscreants steal school uniforms worth around Rs. 15 lakhs from a store room

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Imphal, March 16

Unknown miscreants break the lock of a store room of a shop called M/S Lifetime Enterprises located at Paona International Market, in Imphal West and stole school uniforms with logo of some school and Mattress among  others which worth around Rs. 15 lakh at around midnight of March 15. The godown is located at the ground floor of the shop owned by Khumanthem Khamba Meetei, son of Late Kh. Chaoba Meetei of Moirangkampu Khewa Bazar, Imphal East.
A complaint has been filed at City police in connection with the stealing of the goods at City Police Imphal.

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