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Assam Rifles Conducted Medical Camp in Old Samtal

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Imphal, Dec. 11

Sehlon Battalion of 28 Sector, Assam Rifles under aegis of HQ IGAR (South) organized a day long medical camp in Old Samtal village of Khengjoi sub division, Chandel District on 10 Dec 2018 under OP SADBHAVANA initiative.

The aim of this initiative was to provide free medical treatment and consultation to the remote villages of Old Samtal and neighbouring village of Sejang and S Bonjai. Sehlon Battalion understood the medical needs of these villages, where not even a Primary Health Centre (PHC) exists and even if, there is any, they are located far away from the reach of these villagers. Further due to poor road infrastructure along the Indo Myanmar Border (IMB), in these areas majority of the villagers do not have access to hospitals or PHCs for treatment. Hence the team of Sehlon Battalion took initiative to provide requisite medical facilities to maximum villagers of these remote and inaccessible villages and conducted the medical camp.
The medical camp received overwhelming response from local populace where ARMO of Sehlon Battalion alongwith staff provided medical treatment to 218 people and distributed free medicines.
Village Chief of the village expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Sehlon Battalion for this initiative and appreciated this gesture immensely. The battalion’s continuous efforts in increasing the bonhomie between the Security Forces and local populace have resulted in strengthening of relations between the locals and the Security Force.

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Popular Front condemns Andhra Police abuse at minority educational event

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Imphal, Dec. 11

Popular Front of India General Secretary M Muhammed Ali Jinnah has strongly condemned the disturbances created by some police officers at a scholarship distribution programme in Andhra Pradesh organized by the Popular Front and the arbitrary unjust arrest and torture of its zonal secretary and district leaders on false charges. He demanded the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu to immediately intervene in this issue of minority rights violation in the state.  
What happened today at Punganur, in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh was sheer abuse of police power on students and innocent people at an educational event. It was a scholarship distribution programme at Sumaiya Hall, a full day event with different motivational, counselling and skill development sessions for the beneficiary students. When the Sub-inspector and Head Constable from Punganur Police station tried to disturb the programme and intimidated the participants by taking their photographs, the organizers intervened and informed the police that it was a public event and that they were happy to give photographs taken by themselves, which they did. While the matter should have ended there peacefully, the officers were not ready to let go. To the shock of the organizers and the students, officers came back after a little while and defiled the hall arrangements and arrested innocent people.  The arrested include Popular Front Zonal Secretary Muhammed Arif Ahmed and Popular Front Punganur district president Fayaz Ahmed among others. They are presently under judicial custody under false charges of obstructing police duty.
Popular Front Scholarship is unique scholarship scheme in the country and it is in existence since more than a decade. Thousands of poor meritorious students belonging to the Muslims and other deprived sections have benefited from it. This kind of police hooliganism on an education programme can only be viewed as attack on the efforts for educational empowerment of backward sections in the country. It is shameful for a civilized society and for a government that claims to uphold secular democratic values. We call upon Chandrababu Naidu government to take action on the officers who are responsible for the abuse and take necessary steps for the unconditional release of the four innocent people arrested. Popular Front will continue the struggle against the police high handedness through democratic and legal efforts.  We appeal to the civil society to come out against this police excess.

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Blood screening report confirms, Guwahati scribes maintain good health

From our Correspondent
Guwahati, Dec 11,

The city based scribes maintain good health as most of them have performed well in a recent blood screening camp conducted by Assam’s celebrated healthcare institute Dispur Hospitals. Nearly 80 scribes, age limit from 30 to 60 years, participated in the free camp, where their blood samples were collected to test thyroid, haemoglobin and sugar.
Only 11 scribes were diagnosed with high thyroid stimulating hormone (more than 7 milli-international units per liter or mIU/L), where four participants were with low haemoglobin (less than 12 gm/dl) and five with high random blood sugar (more than 140 mg/dl), said a statement from Guwahati Press Club, where the camp was organized last week.
Dr Jayanta Bardoloi, managing director of Dispur Hospitals offered free consultations to the participating member-journalists, so that they can start medication in need. Interested scribes may arrive at his hospital in Ganeshguri locality of the city for necessary consultation and medications.

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Chief Minister N. Biren’s statement on a TV network worries MLA Joykishan; Says if he really said so then the CM is in state of unsound mind

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Imphal, Dec 10,

Congress MLA Khumukcham Joykishan today expressed worry over the mental state of the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh as the later seem to have no knowledge of the status of a legislature representing Thangmeiband Assembly Constituency in the Manipur State Legislative Assembly.

“I heard the CM telling to a TV channel through social networking site Facebook that he did not know who is MLA Joykishan Singh while replying to a query to a TV reporter”, Joykishan said in a press conference held at his residence at Thangmeiband here in Imphal.

A newly opened satellite TV channel call TOM TV spread the statement of the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh at which he said that he did not know whether Khumukcham Joykishan is still an MLA or not. He also said that he took him as a contractor. The TOM TV clip did not have any details on how and why the Chief Minister responded in the manner.

“If the statement of the Chief Minister regarding his knowledge about the status of an MLA who sit in the opposition bench is true than the mental status of N. Biren is unsound”, Joykishan said.

He further said that he will however look whether the statement delivered through social media by TOM TV is unedited or not. Joykishan had sent a letter to TOM TV authority to give the details on the authenticity of the Chief Minister statement.

If the statement is unedited and if he did said that he did not know the status of the MLA saying that he took him as a contractor then the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is in state of unsound mind.

“If it is so he should be disqualified under the article 191(B) of the Indian Constitution”, the MLA added while recalling his days with N. Biren Singh when he was working as an editor of a newspaper before joining to politics.

Article 191(1)(b) of the Constitution of India says – “if he is of unsound mind and stands so declared by a competent court”.

Reminding the article of the Indian Constitution, MLA Joykishan said that if the mental state of the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is unsound then he is liable for disqualification.

Joykishan however said that he will first look into the authenticity of the CM statement spread by TOM TV.

Recalling his close association with N. Biren Singh before their joining to politics, Joykishan said that he has no personal enmity with him. However, he was performing the role of opposition MLA.

He said that he will appreciate if the policy programme of the government is for the welfare of the people but will criticized if it is against the will of the people. If the government think that anybody who speak against them is their enemy and will silence using unconstitutional technique and other means then he is definitely wrong.

“Intimidation will not keep the people silent”, Joykishan pointed out.

He said that he spoke against the detention of the Wangkhem Kishorchand by slapping NSA as it was wrongful detention.  The detention was criticized and condemned by the Indian Journalists’ Union (IJU) and other national media and even the Press Council of India had taken up a suo-motto case regarding the arrest.

He appealed the government not to consider all dissents as anti National. Joykishan further appealed the people of the state to remain cautious if the mental status of the Chief Minister is unsound.

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