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Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 16 August 2017 - Imphal Times

Tributes paid to Anti-AFSPA crusader

Imphal, Aug. 16: Fitting tribute was paid today to anti AFSPA crusader Pebam Chittaranjan Mangang today. Chittaranjan self immolated demanding repeal of AFSPA on August 15, 2004 and succumbed to his injury on August 16 morning of 2004.
The day is observed as Students’ Martyrdom by Manipur Students’ Federation (MSF) in association with other students’ body.
In connection with the observance over hundreds of people including students paid floral tribute at Bishnupur and Takhel Leikai where his mortal remains was cremated.

Bishnupur Keithel was the place where the anti AFSPA crusader had self immolated in protest against the AFSPA. A statue was of the martyred student was also unveiled today. Takhel Leikai, Imphal West is Chittaranjan’s birth place.
A Rally was also staged on the occasion.

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The real taste of Independence Day

The nation celebrated it’s 71st years of independence on the August 15 this year with much fervour and fanfare, as has been done every year since India attained independence from the British rule in 1947. The occasion was initially observed to remind and redeem the pledge of rebuilding and redirecting the nation towards the path of development and progress from the state of despair and disarray in which the British rulers left it in. 71 years on, what we are actually experiencing is a far cry from the dreams and visions which every citizen of this country hoped to see unfold into reality. There has been a perceptible loss of foresight and vision amongst the so called leaders who have grown to take their positions and the powers entrusted to them for granted, making a mockery of the democratic set up that was designed to aid in the speedy and judicious dispense of duties and justice. The law and order situation in almost every part of the country leaves much to be desired and development index seems to be going southwards. There has not been any significant increase in the basic amenities for a very large number of citizens who are struggling to make ends meet in the rural areas and in the far flung villages. In this day and age when space travel is no longer a figment of the imagination, a substantial percentage of the population still dreams about electricity. Roads still remain basic and unpaved and social upliftment measures like the Public Distribution System has been proving to a colossal waste of precious food grains, being manipulated by those entrusted to ensure their proper implementation in order to aid the underprivileged and the needy. Perhaps these people have taken the slogan “Public property is our property” to mean that they are thereby authorized to hoard them and use them for their personal purposes. Social unrest and agitations are on the rise, and the governments are taking undue advantage of these to fill their own coffers instead of looking for measures to address these unrest and upheaval. The nation is rather regressing into a vortex of chaos and unrest, while the leaders and officials are busy giving lip service without the will or the temper to carry out their empty promises. The symptoms of social ills are pretty evident closer home. The police personnel, trained to protect the public are in total disconnect with the common public, their very presence causing panic and concern rather than reassurance and safe. The representative of the people are unreachable once they assume power, and amidst all these mayhem, various unrest and social chaos, amassing wealth through hesitation kill or be killed, justifying their actions and deeds by citing noble ideals and espousing selfless sacrifice with their fingers on the triggers of their guns all the while. The altruistic meaning of Independence has been lost in the chaos. The maddening rush for survival and personal enrichment has caught the public and the powerful alike in it’s wake. Development and progress are concepts that have been relegated to the dark corners. Unless we come to our senses and redeem ourselves now, it would be too late to salvage whatever little we have achieved as a society and as progressive humans. It is in us all to change things. It is in us to stand up and start working on it.  

Kidney Transplantation in Manipur – 1 year & looking ahead

Imphal, Aug 16: Shija Institute of Kidney Science completed 1 year of Kidney Transplantation on the 14th of August, 2017. In the last one year, it has successfully performed 10 (ten) Kidney Transplantations on 6 female and 4 male recipients including 3 (three) from Nagaland. The Transplantation team is led by Dr. Guliver Potsangbam, Director and Consultant Nephrologist and Dr. Somorendro Paonam, Consultant Urologist & Renal Transplant Surgeon, Shija Institute of Kidney Science. The donor Nephrectomy (removal of kidney) is done Laparoscopically.
The institute is now equipped with 14 Dialysis machines and uses Double RO water and is pioneering in comprehensive Kidney Care in the region. The dialysis facility at the centre includes advanced machines like CRRT, SLED, etc. CRRT is used to treat critically ill, hospitalized patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) who develop acute kidney injury (AKI). SLED is used as a renal replacement modality in critically ill patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) and hemodynamic unstability. The unit has 2 separate dialysis units for high risk patients.
Empanelment of Shija Hospitals by Govt. of Manipur for reimbursement of Renal Transplantation is under process. The Govt. of Nagaland and Mizoram have already empanelled Shija Hospitals for reimbursement. Shija is aspiring to perform liver transplantation in the near future.
Shija Foundation is initiating awareness program on Cadaver Donation in collaboration with Mohan Foundation, Chennai.

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Suspected militant killed in Dhaka hotel raid

By Siam Sarower Jamil,

Dhaka, Aug 15:  A suspected militant was killed during an operation conducted by the law enforcers at a hotel in Panthapath area of the capital.
Sanowar Hossain, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC), said the first phase of the operation at the hotel has been ended, leaving a suspected militant dead.
Sounds of heavy gunfire and explosion were heard from the Hotel Olio International near Square Hospitals around 9:50am, witnesses said. Earlier this morning, Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit cordoned off the hotel suspecting it a militant hideout.
Officer-in-Charge (OC-Investigation) of Kalabagan Police Station Samir Chandra Sutradhar said, “We have the information that militants are staying in the No. 301 room of the hotel’s fourth storey but we are not sure about their number.” 

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3 members of PWG- KCP held

Imphal, Aug 16: The Delhi Police Special Cell claims to have arrested the commander-in-chief, finance secretary and another member of the Manipur-based banned terror outfit Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP). The accused were arrested from north Delhi on Sunday.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwah said they had received a tip-off that KCP leader Laishram Ranjit Meitei alias Manao alias Apik alias Tamnganba alias Loya was in Delhi to set-up the organisation’s base at new Delhi
 “It was learnt that he had plans to set-up a hideout in Delhi to carry out anti-national activities,” Mr. Kushwah said.
The trio were arrested after specific input that Laishram would meet the outfit’s finance secretary, Khumanthem Naobicha Singh alias Jack, and Thoidam Chaothoi alias Chingsang alias Raju at a Tibetan market near Kashmere Gate Inter-State Bus Terminus.
“We have seized a laptop, a tablet, two phones with Nepal and north-east SIM cards, a pen drive containing KCP letterheads, railway tickets and some personal diaries,” said Mr. Kushwah. According to the police, Laishram and the other members operated out of Kakarbeta near the West Bengal-Nepal border to evade arrest.
Laishram, who was on the run for the past five years for carrying out alleged anti-national activities, was earlier arrested by the Manipur police.
During interrogation, the accused told the police that they used to extort money from various government authorities, businessmen, local political parties and operators of oil tankers.
The group had recently fired at oil tankers after the association refused to pay up, the police said.

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Chief Minister calls for peaceful settlement of issues in his I-day speech

Imphal, Aug 16: As in other parts of the country, the 71st Independence Day of India was celebrated in the State on August 15.
The State level celebration was held at 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles ground with Chief Minister N. Biren Singh as the chief guest.
The Chief Minister hoisted the National tricolour amid playing of National anthem by various band contingents.
Speaking at the occasion,  N. Biren observed that people need to march forward together with an objective to achieve progress and development of the State by forgetting all the differences and past mistakes.
He urged all concerned to resolve the issues through talks if they have any dissatisfaction with the initiatives being taken up by the present Government.
Celebration of the country’s Independence Day and paying homage to the martyrs and freedom fighters, who gifted freedom to the current generation, would be meaningful and bear fruit only when people concentrate on accomplishing their tasks and objectives with a strong sense of patriotism by forgetting all the differences.
He also appealed to the public to put in collective effort to make Manipur a peaceful and strong State having egalitarian development.
Though Manipur had also achieved many milestones of development being a part of the vast and strong India in the past 70 years, the State still needs to work hard to enhance the State’s economy and improve connectivity infrastructures, communication  and  conditions of children and women etc.
Mentioning the achievements of the newly formed BJP-led coalition Government, the Chief Minister said that the Government had successfully resolved UNC’s economic blockade and the stir of JAC Against Anti-Tribal Bills within a short period of time.
He also said that the Government has a firm commitment to bring equal development in all parts of the State to regain emotional integrity between hill and valley.
Admitting that the current financial health of the State is not that good, the Chief Minister informed the gathering that the State Government had started taking up necessary measures to maintain financial prudence and improve resource mobilisation.
Effective implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) is an important step towards this end, he added.
Earlier, the Chief Minister took salute from 43 march-past contingents of BSF, CRPF, Assam Police, civil police, India Reserve Battalion, Manipur Fire Service, Home Guards and VDF personnel, NCC Cadets, Government Department employees and college and school students.  Commandant of 3rd India Reserve Battalion, Shri Thokchom Vikramjit Singh, MPS was the parade commander.
Eleven band platoons of different security forces, Home Guards and Sainik School also took part in the march past.
Chief Minister N. Biren later decorated two police officers with President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and presented Police Medal for Meritorious Service to 20 personnel.
Recipients of the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service were A Ghanashyam Sharma, MPS (Dy. SP of Imphal West) and Jemadar Bisham Dev Thakur of MPTC, Pangei while the recipients of Police Medal for Meritorious Service were H. Gyaneshwar, MPS (Dy. CO of 7th MR), Inspector T Sanatomba Singh (CID SB), Inspector Kh. Shashi Kumar Singh (CID SB), Inspector O. Jibonchandra Singh (CID Security), Inspector Palmei Shantikumar Kabui (CID Security), Inspector A.S Masongam Shimray (Senapti), Subedar T.S Chamna Anal (8th Bn. Manipur Rifles), Inspector Th. Nilamani Singh (Noney district), Sub-Inspector S. Guni Singh (CID SB), Sub-Inspector Kh. Debananda (CID SB), Jemadar Th. Bharatchandra Singh (1st IRB), Assistant Sub-Inspector N. Dilip Singh (CID SB), Assistant Sub-Inspector O. Achoubi Devi (CID SB), Havildar Y. Manglemjao Singh (MPTC), Havildar Lunkhosei Haokip (2nd MR), Havildar R.K Sarat (2nd MR), Havildar Md. Rahimuddin (2nd MR), Head Constable L. Khamba Singh (Imphal West), Rifleman Mangjathang Haokip (MPTC) and Rifleman Kh. Babudhon (MPTC).
The Chief Minister also presented Police Trophy for Community Service and Police Trophy for Anti-Drug Campaign for the first time from this year at the function.
The award included a trophy, a cash reward of Rs. 20,000 and a Chief Minister’s Commendation Certificate.
 The recipients of Police Trophy for Community Service were Shri K. Meghachandra Singh, MPS (SP Thoubal), Inspector Yaikhom Shanta Singh (Imphal East District) and Constable Okram Yaipharenba Meetei (Kakching District) while the winners of Police Trophy for Anti-Drug Campaign were Shri Kabib K, IPS (Imphal East SP), Sub-Inspector H. Koyaingam Maring (Narcotics and Affairs of Border) and Havildar Md. Islamuddin (2nd Battalion Manipur Rifles attached to Bishnupur District).
The Chief Minister also handed over the State Level Swachhata Award, 2017 on Cleanliness and Sanitation at the occasion.
Churachandpur, Imphal West and Thoubal districts were adjudged first, second and third positions in the competition respectively.
Certificate of honour and cash award of Rs 10,000 was also awarded to Shri Wangkheimayum Shanta Singh of Shamurou Bazar for his innovative works of manufacturing various reeling and spinning machines. The award also included a medium term loan of Rs. 5 lakh.
Ministers, MLAs, top civil, police and military officers, Government employees and general public also took part in the celebration.

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Aug. 14 Home Coming Ceremony is a new surrender drama - CorCom

Imphal, Aug 16: Conglomerate of armed rebel group CorCom today said that the Home Coming Ceremony held on August 14 by the state government is a new surrender drama and being played after so many years and there is nothing to be surprised.
Such programme are organised by colonial ruler to suppress the arm struggle and to shatter the hopes of people by spending lots of money and time.
In a statement of the Publicity Committee, the joint body of rebel groups said that arm struggle for restoration of freedom needs tolerance, sacrifices and suffering. Many who can’t stand with the cause have to be left out. In the way those in the Surrendered Drama were conducted by accumulating the people who does not have the spirit of revolutionaries.
What is interesting is the inclusion of cadres who had been absconded from the party some 14/15 years back. These absconders were already used by the colonial army to commit crime against the people for suppressing the arm movement of the region. The statement said that among those surrendered cadre is one Sapam Mohon @ Ibouaima of Tentha Khunou of the UNLF. The statement said this person was mentioned as Major rank but he was only a 2nd Lt, in 2005 and after doing some works for the party under the department of Organisation he had abscond the party in the same year. Later he had started committing anti-social crimes in collaboration with KCP (City Meitei) and the Army. Another Longjam Jiten @ [email protected] Boinao of Yairipok Kekru, which they stated as Captain was only a Rank of Sgt. Maj in 2006. He had absconded the party in the same year and re-appeared as YRF for committing crimes of extortion, kidnapping and others.
Same is with Brig. Jame @ Uttam. He had left the party and remain as absconder after he failed to uplift the freedom struggle due to lacks of wisdom.
The statement further said that all those cadres staged on the day are of these kind and there is nothing to be surprised. It however said that the body will not spare them for giving bad names to the revolutionary movement and is ready to punish them at any moment.

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Internet Game ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ may be the cause of Siddharth’s death - Report

Imphal, Aug 16: Delhi Police investigating the mysterious death of former Minister Okendro’s son Siddarth said that the deceased might be a victim of the notorious Blue Whale game challenge, a report appeared in Times of India said today.
The report also said Siddarth, was either already drunk or unwell when he came to the restaurant on August 12. CCTV footage show him staggering his way up the stairs.
Police are also checking his phone and laptop. The game allegedly consists of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators during a 50-day period, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide. The term “Blue Whale” comes from the phenomenon of beached whales, which is linked to suicide.
As per report of the Times of India, a police team visited the MyBar Grill restaurant to recreate the sequence of events on Monday. So far, they have been unable to find out if Siddharth Singh was accompanied by anyone to the terrace from where he fell to his death. Police had found his phone and sunglasses on the staircase on Sunday. Sources said Siddharth Singh had made calls and sent messages to some unknown numbers before his death; these are also being checked. While the victim’s body was cremated at his hometown in Imphal, police have preserved his viscera samples and sent them to a laboratory in Hyderabad to check for the possibility of poisoning.
They are also trying to find out whether Siddharth Singh had visited any other restaurant before coming to MyBar Grill. On Monday, investigators questioned waiters at the restaurant to verify different versions. Sources said Manipur police may join the investigation.
Meanwhile, police are trying to reach out to Siddharth Singh’s friends for information. A family friend told The Times of India: “We have found nothing so far that indicates that it was a suicide; so, there is a strong possibility of a foul play. The restaurant management needs to answer how Singh entered the terrace when it is a restricted area.”
Doctors who conducted the autopsy had on Sunday said that Siddharth Singh had multiple fractures on the shoulder and collar bone and had severe internal bleeding.

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RPF clarifies on surrendered of cadres

Imphal, Aug 16: Proscribed group Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) has clarified that G. James who had surrendered to the government is an absconder. In a statement of the outfit signed by Assistant Secretary, Publicity the outfit said that G. James has been taking shelter to an outfit as he himself felt ashamed due to lack of wisdom on revolutionary ideas and due to health condition. It said he was no longer a member of the RPF since then. Regarding other cadres of the outfit surrendered in the drama, the outfit said that they have left the party and have been staying at their respective homes without having any relation with the outfit.

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‘YMC Chairperson playing ‘divide and rule’ among vendor ladies’

Imphal, Aug 16: Vendor ladies of Tampha Keithel in Yairipok blamed the Chairperson of Yairipok Municipal Council (YMC) for playing divide and rule among the vendor ladies of Yairipok Keithel. The Keithel ladies has been staging protest against the biased attitude of the YMC Chairperson since August 13.
Yairipok market complex has been divided into three parts – 1) Tampha Keithel, 2) New Market and 3) Nga Yonpham (Fish Market). The vendor ladies of Tampha Keithel alleged that the YMC chairperson allowed the New Market vendor ladies to sold goods that were not mentioned in the trade licence however she put ban to the selling of goods that are not in the trade license for Tampha Keithel vendors.    There were misunderstanding between the vendor ladies and amidst the situation the Chairperson came supporting the New Market vendor ladies and even threw the goods on the face of a vendor lady, alleged the Keithel lady of Tampha Keithel.
In protest against the act of the Chairperson, the protestors said that the Chairperson and his followers are boycott in Tampha Keithel until she has been replaced. Any unwanted consequences should be bear by the Chairperson, said a protestor.

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