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Indo-Naga talk hits another hurdle NSCN demands separate Naga constitution

Kohima, Aug 24 : The ongoing Naga political talk between the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) has hit another hurdle.
The weary talk has hit another obstacle when the NSCN (IM) insisted for a separate constitution for Nagalim (Nagaland), which it said is another key demand to resolve the vexed issue.
NSCN (IM) sources said they have crossed some major hurdles like integration of contiguous Naga inhabited areas and a separate flag. But the latest round of talk held Tuesday in New Delhi witnessed one more hurdle when the Naga group demanded for a separate constitution.
“Having a separate constitution for the Nagas has become the bone of contention in the talk,” said a senior functionary of NSCN (IM). In yesterday’s talk the NSCN (IM) was led by Chief Negotiator, Thuingaleng Muivah. Union Government’s interlocutor R N Ravi had a marathon negotiation with the Naga representatives.
The next round of talk is expected on Tuesday next.
The NSCN (IM) asserted that a separate constitution and a flag will not be compromised as this will recognise the existence of two entities.
“We will never accept Indian Constitution. Separate Naga Constitution should be incorporated in it for safeguard,” another NSCN (IM) leader said.
A NSCN (IM) insider said demand for a separate flag for Nagalim is almost settled. Centre’s emissary Ravi also said Nagas’s demand for a separate flag is under discussion.
“For separate flag it is almost settled,” NSCN (IM) source disclosed.

The Naga group also said it would not decommission arms, adding that the cadres would be commissioned as regular army and guard the borders of Nagalim.
Extension of Article 371(A) of the Constitution of India to other Naga inhabited areas and Pan-Naga are other two core issues settled, according to sources.
On the issue of Centre’s map to take all factions onboard the final agreement, the NSCN (IM) source said the former will not have a political dialogue with other groups. It is understood that the Centre wanted other groups to accept the agreed points with the NSCN (IM) and accept the final accord.
Centre’s interlocutor Ravi is also in touch with other factions - the prominent among them is NSCN (Unification). He is also in touch with Naga National Council (NNC) led by Adinno Phizo. But the group said there was no need to enter for another round of peace talk and demanded for a political talk. A senior leader of NNC disclosed that Ravi was in touch with them.
NNC said Naga people are heading for another 16 Point Agreement which would be signed between the “pseudo nationalists” and the Government of India.
While the Centre and the NSCN (IM) are in hurry to strike a final agreement there is a fractured support to the ongoing peace talk. Several Naga organisations led by the Naga Hoho has supported the talk while few others have rendered their scepticism stating that it would be a sell out agreement.
The state government has also supported the talk.
“And whereas we discourage mushrooming of state-centric groups and their slogans based on narrow approach that promotes divide and rule policy in Naga society,” a joint statement issued by senior leaders of Ao community stated. The statement has come against the backdrop of some people asking the NSCN (IM) not to talk for Nagas of Nagaland.
The joint statement was issued after the joint meeting of Concerned Citizens’ Forum and Concerned Senior Citizens Forum Mokokchung on August 17. “Whereas we have minutely evaluated the previous commitments of the Ao community giving mandate to the NSCN/GPRN (IM) collective Leadership during the last several political consultative meets Indo-Naga political matter for negotiating with GoI and to bring early settlement honourably and acceptable both to the parties and therefore, the Aos should continue to stand by it,” the statement added.

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It’s shocking; still no condolence message from PM Modi

Some politicians are remembered for their services of the people, irrespective of which political parties they belongs too. For years people of the state as well as people across the nation who are familiar with one of our great leader Rishang Keishang as a property of Congress Party.
Every learned scholars of the state knows that Mr. Keishing had already stepped out beyond any political party. From being a Socialist party member he become a congress man, and became the oldest parliamentarian in Rajya Sabha. For 4 times he was the Chief Minister of Manipur and to recounts, Mr. Rishang Keishing is the first MP to represent Manipur in the Parliament.   
The death of the leader has indeed shocked the people. The state government paid the highest respect to the oldest parliamentarian by declaring holiday for a day and by mourning his death for three days. The kind of respect showed to the departed leader shows that Mr. Rishang Keishing is the true leader of the soil. He is a true Manipuri – a true leader for the Meitei/Meetei, Tangkhul, Mao, Maring, Kuki, Zomi, Muslims and all the 32 plus ethnic communities of the state.
His wisdom in making the state alive had left with no choice to the politicians of the state but to make him represent the state as the first MP to the Lok Shabha in 1972. Later when he returned to the state he managed to become Chief Minister for 4 times while electing as MLA for 5 times.

He was a pioneer in the struggle for inclusion of Manipur as a state of the Indian Union. Every one knows his contribution to the Indian Union. And he represent the state as Rajya Sabha MP some few years back and set records as the oldest parliamentarian of the country.
What shocks Imphal Times is the silence of the central leadership to his demise. There were condolences message from various political parties. Even the Nagaland Congress and the West Bengal Chief Minister had extended their heartfelt pain and sorrow to the demise of the oldest parliamentarian. As of now we still see no such condolence from the NDA.
When Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha expired, the prime Minister of India Narendra Modi takes no time to share the pains and sorrow. No such condolence is heard from the Prime Minister Office even though it is 3 days now, that Mr. Keishing had expired.
State mourns his demise, but the nation seems to have no value for the oldest parliamentarian.  
Should we still believe that the nation still treats this part of the country as an integral region. If so the nation should certainly share the pains of this region to the loss of Octogenarian politician and the oldest parliamentarian.  

Man escapes from kidnappers

Imphal, Aug 24: A person who was kidnapped by 4/5 gunmen escaped unharmed from the claws of the kidnappers. The incident happened yesterday.
Report reaching here said that a person identified as Thanglienmang s/o Satkhohao Khongsai r/o Thingkangphai under Churachandpur Police Station was picked up and kidnapped by 4 to 5 gunmen at around 11.30 pm day before yesterday. Thanglienmang after staying in the custody for a night latter managed to escape from their custody yesterday. The matter was reported to police and accordingly police had registered a case. Reason behind the kidnapping could not be ascertains.

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Evening Daily Paonilkhon observes 27th foundation Day

Imphal, Aug 24: Evening Daily ‘Paonilkhon’ today observed its 27th Foundation Day at Manipur Press Club here in Imphal. Director IPR, Meghachandra Kongbam graced the occasion as Chief Guest while President of the ALL Manipur Working Journalists’ Union, Wangkhemcha Shamjai presided over it. Deputy Director of IPR Chongtham Noyon and former President of AMWJU AK Sanaton attended as Guests of honours.
A special issue of one of the oldest vernacular daily was also released today in connection with the 27th Foundation Day.
In recognition to his service of W. Inaocha, who had distributed the news papers, Phaonilkhon honoured him by presenting a small token of gift.   
Speaking on the occasion, Meghachandra Kongbam said that Evening papers are taking important role in a society like ours. He said people always get first hand news through evening papers and appreciates the dedication of the staffs and editorial team of evening papers.
The Director of IPR further said that the state government too in recognition to the service of the journalist fraternities and hardship faced by them has formulated certain welfare measures of the journalists fraternity. He said the government is all set to establish a Press Park in the coming days and already the state government has sanction a journalist welfare fund to help the working journalists in time of need. He give the credit to the new government led by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh who was once a journalist and understood the problem being faced by the journalist of the state.
Vetaran Journalist and the one time president of the AMWJU, while speaking on the occasion calls on journalists fraternity to be more serious with their job. “Sacrifice, sincerity essence of patriotism is a much for journalist of the state”, he added.
Earlier, Editor of the Daily Chongtham Meghabarna, in his key note speech, deliberated on the struggle he face in bringing life to the newspaper facing all odds. The role of the newspaper particular the role being taken by Paonilkhon newspaper has been categorically stated.
“Evening papers are small newspaper papers with limited audiences due to certain factors”. Meghabarna said that time limitation for distribution of the newspaper to reach the audience is the greatest challenge of eveningers in the state. He however said that the role in shaping the society should not be ignored by the people of the state particularly those in the DIPR.
On one hand the state should be proud of acknowledging the fact that in print medium media Manipur is marching far ahead when compare with other North Eastern State.
“We have now over 7 evening newspapers including English daily”, Megabarna said. He further added that the evening newspapers are small due to certain limitation and in recognition to its service the government particularly the DIPR should support these small newspapers as it stands as another pride of the state.

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IMF liquor seized

Imphal, Aug 24: A team of Manipur Police led by Sub Inspector K Bikramjit Singh of Khomjom Police station under the supervision of OC of the police station today seized over 500 bottle of Indian made Foreign Liquors. The IMF whisky bottle were seized from the possession of Soibam Ibotombi Singh (46) years of Khongjom Laibung Leikai.
The drive is being conducted to ensure free and fair election in the upcoming panchayat election. the police team also seized around 200 litre of local brew from Khongjom area.
The seized IMF Whisky bottles along with the country liquors were displayed in front of media persons today and later disposed in their presence.

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Premier Singh honoured with 1st International Excellence Award for Service to Disabilities

Imphal, Aug 24: In recognition to his selfless service for the welfare of the persons with disabilities, son of the soil  Moirangthem Premier Singh has been honoured by conferring the “1st International Excellence Award for Service to Disabilities” during a function held at  the Multipurpose Hall, India International Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi, India   yesterday. The prestigious award was conferred on by the Dr. Thawar Chnad Gehlot, Hon’ble Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. The award will recognized path breaking work in the fields of inclusive education and empowerment of persons with disabilities through interventions in accessibility, advocacy, employment, sports and culture, those working towards empowerment of people with disabilities  in their everyday lives or those living with disabilities that are role models for other like them. These  include schools , teacher, sportspeople, physiotherapists, activities, NGOs etc. to name a few.

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Khousabung ready for Xth State Level Manipur Pine apple Festival

Imphal, Aug 24: Commemorating the 70th Year of Pineapple Cultivation, the Xth Manipur Pineapple Festival will be set into motion at Khousabung in Churachandpur District, Manipur on August 25 & 26, 2017.
Whereas Aug 25 will be observed as “Farmer’s Day” with workshop, seminar and Pineapple contest, Aug 26 will witness the gala event, a sui generis celebration with gaeity, bash and merriment.
A 70th Year commemorative monolith would be unveiled on Aug 26, with a bevy of beauties taking the stage by storm in the evening
On the day, bevy of beauties would be taking the stage by storm at the Headquarters of Khousabung District Council Constituency in Churachandpur District of Manipur. Khousabung, the “Capital” of “Pineapple” in Manipur is the Headquarters of 01-Khousabung DCC since 1972.
The beautiful village, abode of Pineapple is about 5kms North-West of the historic Moirang town and will be hosting the Xth State Level Manipur Pineapple Festival on August 25 & 26, 2017, that will also marked the “historic” 70th Anniversary of Pineapple Cultivation as a livelihood alternative in Manipur.
One may take along the fame Dr Kalam Road, from Moirang Power House to reach the destined destiny.
Meanwhile, the District Health Society, Churachandpur is organizing Free Medical Camp tomorrow  at Khousabung as part of the Xth State Level Manipur Pineapple Festival.

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