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Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 20 January 2016 - Imphal Times

Foundation stone laid for Institute of Human Excellence

State government will try to extend all possible assistance to the efforts of the Ramakrishna Mission in propagating education, Chief Minister I Ibobi stated in his speech at the Foundation Stone laying ceremony for the Institute of Human Excellence building at Babupara where previously the Bengali High school campus stood, under the Ramakrishna Mission Society today. A monk’s quarter was also inaugurated at the campus in the presence of Swami Suhitanandaji Maharaj- General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission- Belur Math, Howrah.
In his speech, the Chief Minister expressed hope that the upcoming institute will be able to provide quality education to the people of Manipur in such diverse spheres and subjects including Information Technology and give a positive fillip to the education sector in Manipur and help aspiring students to achieve their goals, adding that the desire to open a Ramakrishna mission Centre has been felt for long, but various developments in the state has been preventing the government from acting on it till now. Highlighting the secular outlook and belief of the society, the Chief Minister added that the state is like a Mini India with diverse communities, languages, beliefs and faiths being followed and adopted by different groups according to their beliefs and preferences.

Education Minister M Okendro, present as the Guest of Honor, speaking on the occasion expressed the hope that the Institute will help provide valuable input to the students, both in terms of material and spiritual knowledge and help them to develop into complete individuals. H Dilip, Secretary Education and past students of Ramakrishna Mission also attended the function.       

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It is serious: Thangjing cannot be converted into Thangting

The matter is serious and potentially dangerous; Historic Thangjing cannot be converted into Thangting, which does not have any relevance or connection to the age old history of this erstwhile kingdom. If the state government had committed the blunder of issuing a notification for the formation of Thangting sub-division out of ignorance, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi need to furnish an immediate response to the agitators who have been organising bandhs and blockades at Kumbi and Moirang and also along the Tiddim road. The matter is about insulting the history of this erstwhile kingdom as well as showing disrespect to the indigenous deity of the people of this region. The seriousness of the issue should be well understood and the present government should not make any mistake of stoking the communal tension by remaining silent as this specific issue has the likely possibility of sparking yet another tumultuous time in the state.
Well, it was indeed surprising to guess as to why the government of Manipur had intentionally converted the Historic Thangjing into Thangting. Even a child in the state knows the history, legend and myth that encircle around Thangjing.
The very terminology often used by administrators under the Chief Minister Okram Ibobi regime is that ‘the formation of Thangting Sub division is solely for administrative convenience’.
But the question being put up by various sections of people including the Meitei is why the name should be Thangting instead of the original name Thangjing.
 As according to the Manipur Gazette, the Governor of Manipur passed an order dated August 25, 2014 stating that Thangting Sub Division /TD Block in Churachandpur District has been created in the larger interest of the general public. This newly created sub division consists of 125 villages of Churachandpur district. The governor of Manipur passed the order in pursuance of the cabinet Decision taken in a meeting held on August 7, 2014.

Interestingly the name “Thangting” is not enlisted among the 125 villages mentioned, which means that the district administration has to find a location and name Thangting to establish a sub-divisional head quarter. Or otherwise it is well known that the term Thangting used by them is nothing but the historic Thangjing which has been associated with the Moirang Kangleirol(History of Manipur).
Another fact is that among the 125 villages which have been enlisted in the so called Thangting Sub Division, village chiefs of around 100 villages had already opposed the idea of naming the sub division to Thangting. According to these chiefs there is no village called Thangting and if the sole purpose of creating the new sub division is for administrative convenience than the name of the sub-division should be Khousabung.
Beside, being centrally located in relation to all the other villages, Khousabung has an inalienable relation with the history of Moirang Kangleirol.
 People of Moirang or Kumbi might not have any objection if the newly created sub division is name as Khousabung sub division or any other which does not insult the traditional deity of the Meitei people. Moreover, Thangjing can never be a part of Churachandpur district as the location cannot be divided from the history of Moirang Kangleirol.
Chief Minister Okram Ibobi need to act soon, and decisively at that, before any undesirable and unfortunate consequences arises.   

Bupenda Meitei calls on Dr. Karan Singh

Ningombam Bupenda Meitei, Founder of The Nehruvian, called on Dr. Karan Singh, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha at his official residence, located at 3, Nyaya Marg, in New Delhi. The courtesy visit made by Bupenda Meitei, on the 17th of January, 2016, went through with half an hour intellectual conversation with Dr. Karan Singh.  Dr. Karan Singh, a recipient of Padma Vibhushan, served as Sadr-i-Riyasat and Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. He is the son of the last ruler of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh.

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Land alloted to Manipur Govt. remains wasted at Bengaluru

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Land allotted for construction of Manipur Bhawan at Bangalore remains wasted  for over one year, as no government authority had attended nor did any of the officer has been appointed till today. A source with the Imphal Times said that the land measuring 10,781.63 Sq. Metres, at Bengaluru, Karnataka (near Banglore University) was allotted by Bangalore Development Authority on lease for a period of 30 years to the Government of Manipur for construction of Manipur Bhawan, after onetime payment of Rs. 4,59,37,196/-. The source added that earlier the government of Manipur had utilized Dr. V. Ramakantha, IFS, as Manipur Liaison Officer but after his retirement on 31/07/2013 state government has not posted any liaison officer to look into the matter. Even though state government has a provision for engagement of liaison officer on contract basis , no officer has been engaged to look into the matter till today. 

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TSA appeal to call off indefinite bandh in Moirang area

The Thadou Students’ Association, Churachandpur Branch (TSA-CCP) condemned the brutal assault of Thangcha Misao S/o (L) Kamsei Misao, 35 yrs of Matijang Village, Churachandpur at Torbung on 18 January, 2015 by the volunteers in the bandh called by the Joint Committee of various associations who are against the name Thangting while suggesting the concern associations to understand, and withdraw the indefinite bandh imposed at Moirang area against the alleged misinterpretation of the newly proposed Sub-Division name i.e, “Thangting” as “Thangjing”. A press statement issued by the TSA-CCP states that the word Thangting (in Thadou) means the apexes (in English) wherein termed after the mountainous range located on the western side of the Tiddim Road whereas, Thangjing (in Manipuri) is a name of plant (a noun) growing inside a pond, covered with thorns. Historically, the range/land belongs to the Chief of S. Nabil Village, a Thadou community and it was named by the Thadous as Thangting,. As time go by, the valley community had begin its Chingkaba and started claiming Thangting as Thangjing and hence the claim of Thangting on track, the statement claimed. Until recently, there was no argument in the name Thangting states the press release signed by Ngamkhole Haokip, General Secretary, TSA CCP. The release added that there is no Thangjng plant in and around the hills; it doesn’t grow in and around the Thangting range. There is no such pond/lake in Thangting Range to grow Thangjing plant. So, claiming Thangting Range as Thangjing Range thereby disturbing Thangting Sub-Division as Thangjing Sub-Division will not bring any harmony between the valley and the hills people. Instead, will only lead to misunderstanding and create chaos and violence among us, claimed Ngamkhole. Therefore, as clarified by Mr. Nehlenlal, Chief of S. Nabil on the 6th Jan., 2016, Thangting was given by his forefather and that Thangting hill and its ranges are within his jurisdiction and TSA-CCP declares it an unnecessary issue, further adding that if the state government could not come up with a favorable solution to the issue by January 21,TSA-CCP will react into it and the Govt. of Manipur shall bear responsibility for the consequences, the statement concluded. (ALSO READ OUR EDITORIAL “It is serious: Thangjing cannot be converted into Thangting”)

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One woman apprehended, explosive devices recovered

One woman was apprehended along with highly explosive device at around 7:30 am today morning by troops of 16 AR from a passenger vehicle coming towards Ukhrul at Gwaltabi area.
Report said the vehicle was coming from Imphal.
The apprehended woman has been identified as one Puprangla Hungyo, aged 53, w/o (L) Ajoy Hungyo of Sorde Village, Phungyar Tehsil, Ukhrul District. 9 nos of Detonator, 3 nos of Highly explosive weighing 125gm each and 3 nos of fuse, approx 7inch each were recovered from her possession.
The explosive devices were hidden in a bag.
The woman along with the devices has been handed over to Lamlai Police Station.

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Tension runs high between two communities at Torbung

As bandh against conversion of Thangjing to Thangting has intensified, tension runs high at Torbung area after some of the tribal communities are strongly opposing to the bandh called. At around 2 pm today afternoon some of the tribal people confronted the bandh supporters at Torbung area. Police team which arrived at the spot had a hard time in controlling the situation. As the situation went worse, the police team fired several rounds of tear gas shell and mock bomb to control the situation. At least one woman sustained injury after she was hit by a tear gas shell fired by the police team. The injured woman has been admitted at the Churachandpur District Hospital.

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JD (U) to file PIL against NBCC

Janata Dal- United JD(U) is going to file a PIL against the National Building Construction Company (NBCC) in connection with the Ima market which was badly damaged in the recent earth quake.
Speaking to media persons, M.Tombi- President of JD (U) said that Ima market should be rebuilt from scratch as the state falls in an earthquake prone area and the damaged market cannot be used after the proposed repair works. The crisis of the construction of the temporary Ima market is due to the politicking of the issue by the congress and the BJP. He further added that the ruling congress should bring a solution as soon as possible in the crisis of the construction of the market shed as more than two thousand families are depending on the Khwairamband market for their daily livelihood.
He also stated that there is no news about the sanction of fund by the central government to help the victims of the recent earthquake which led to the loss of lives for 8 people in spite of the state government having requested the Central Government. He further added that the state BJP unit should take up more responsibility on the issue.   

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Home Guard

Manipur Home Guard Employees Welfare Association today held a meeting at the Manipur press club demanding the enhancement of duty allowances of Home Guard personnel of Manipur .
Speaking to the media persons, Y Mangi Singh, President of Manipur Home Guard Employees Welfare Association said that the state seems to neglect the work of the Home Guard. Since July 2015, the association has been appealing to the high court of Manipur to pay their allowance equivalent to the minimum of the pay to which the police personnel of the State are entitled but such benefits have not been fulfilled, Mangi said. To provide help and support to the peoples and villagers affected in the earthquake and to provide beneficial help to the retired and the late members of the association, members of the association and any volunteers can provide help as donation at the account of the Manipur Home Guard Employees Welfare Association i,e 795808003 of Manipur Co-Operative Bank, Mangi asserted in his speech.

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Eastern Command Chief visits Manipur

Lieutenant General Amrik Singh, SM, Chief of Staff, Eastern Command arrived in the state on two day visit to HQ IGAR (South) from 20 to 21 January 2016.
The COS was briefed on the prevailing security situation in the state by Major Gen VS Sreenivas, VSM**, IG AR (South). The COS reviewed the operational preparedness of the formation during his official visit to the state. The COS lauded the efforts of the Assam Rifles for maintenance of peace and harmony in the state. He appreciated the efforts of IGAR (South) and also conveyed his support to various developmental projects in the state in coordination with the civil administration and local populace. The COS lauded the efforts of the soldiers for ensuring peace and tranquillity in the state and asked them to continue the good work in a professional manner and in the true spirit of the “Friends of the North East People”

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