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Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 08 August 2017 - Imphal Times

Life on NH-2 put to complete halt as total shut down underway

Imphal, Aug 8: The newly created Kangpokpi district today witness the first total shut down in protest against the alleged encroachment of the district while acquiring land for the construction of the national Sports University at Koutruk.
The total shut down was announced by civil societies of the district yesterday after staging a mass sit-in-protest. The bandh began from 6 am today and will be end at 6 am tomorrow.

Since early morning today large number of people came out on the National Highway and started burning tyres in between Kanglatombi and Kangpokpi where the district begins. Photo uploaded in social media showed many bandh supporters blocking the road and police trying to control them. Report reaching here said that vehicular movement along the National Highway was put to a complete halt and normal life in the newly created district was completely paralysed.

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Disgruntling the government affairs

There is a palpable air of urgency that is starting to be felt amongst the public, if albeit very faintly for the time being.
Various development and improvement projects and schemes have been on the anvil and we can often catch the subtle nuances of the so called leaders and political parties beginning to warm up to the public, with the ruling party trying to play down the incidents that could, and most surely would be used with added glitz and effects against them by the oppositions who are ever vigilant to catch those at the helm of affairs at present wrong footing on any issue of which there apparently is no dearth of.
In a society, of which ours is not an exception, where the institution of politics has been reduced to a game of one-upmanship and an avenue of securing personal gains rather than the noble activities of governing according to a set beliefs as is supposed to be, the only real losers, the butt of all jokes and the unwary beneficiaries of various Government largesse has been the common people all these while. Having said that, it would be immature thinking and rather irrational to raise a hue and cry about, when, in retrospect, the real reason behind the present political scenario with all the accompanying myriad defects and resultant reflections in the socio-economic conditions has been our own doing all along.
The hindrance over the construction of the National Sports University here in the state of Manipur still is continuing. From 44- Yaithibi Loukol in Thoubal district now has been shifted to Koutruk. Here to after everything is set to begin another obstacle comes up over the issues of land encroachment between groups of communities.

The other community straight away said that they are not against the construction of the sports University but they are against the encroachment of their land. What does this statement really mean? It certainly showed that there is a political hand in giving the obstacle as communities residing in the periphery of the sports university will be benefitted.
Manipur unlike other had experiences issues which are more serious then this kind.
The creation of new district in the state of Manipur had already sparked series of protest. But the same was supported by many who belong to certain communities.
It was already known that unless a boundary commission has been set up and complete the boundary of each district there is every way that anybody who wanted to sabotage the good effort may take up anything.    
Better prepare everything before taking up any good work in a state like Manipur.

JACAATB stands for separate tribal state

Imphal, Aug 8: A day after Kuki Inpi Manipur had urged for creation of a separate administration for the tribal people, JAC Against Anti-Tribal Bill today said that Government of Manipur had had acknowledged the the demand of the armed group of Zo people while signing the memorandum of Understanding with the government of Manipur on May 10, 2017 in the presence of a witness from the Ministry of Home Affairs, govt. of India.
the statement comes out on the eve of the scheduled tripartite talk between the  UPF, Government of Manipur and Government of India on August 9 at New Delhi.
The Government of Manipur, in its MoU with the JAC acknowledged the demand for a separate administration for the indigenous tribal people of Manipur and assured all possible help and cooperation in the tripartite talk”, a statement  of the JAC CCpur said. Earlier, the UPF is an umbrella body of six Kuki militant groups, Kuki National Front (KNF), Zomi Revolutionary Army (ZRA), Zou Defence Volunteers (ZDV), Hmar Peoples Convention (Democratic), United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF) and Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA) had appealed the Church leader to hold prayer for the success of the talk.
The similar appealed is also made by the JAC CCpur  to the tribal people. It urged the state government to honour the MoU signed on May 10, 2017.

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Zero tolerance towards crime against women: Nemcha Kipgen

Imphal, Aug 8: With the increasing rates of crime against women in the State, Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Smt. Nemcha Kipgen expressed deep concern and asserted ‘Zero Tolerance’ towards crime against women in the state. This was stated by the Minister during an emergency meeting convened at her residence along with a Manipur State Commission for Women, Chairperson Dr. K. Sobita Devi, MSCW Member Smt. Ranjita Golmei and Manipur State Social Welfare Board, Chairperson Smt M. Priyomala Devi.
Most recently, the team under the advised of the Minister, had conducted spot enquiries into the dead of a housewife named Smt Sapam (O) Thounaojam Sumila of Utlou Mayai Leikai who was found dead on 4th of this month after consuming caustic soda; on the same day, Smt Bedamani Devi, wife of Th. Hemanta Singh of Koutruk Maning leikai, was also found dead after she strongly raised disapproval when her husband sent their minor child to get liquor for her husband. Both the families of the deceased women suspected the nature of their dead.
During the meeting, the team also draws the attention about the custodial dead of Smt Mutum (o) Indira Devi wife of M. Ibohal Singh Singh of Andro Khuman Leikai who was found dead hanging inside the toilet of the Andro police station earlier this month. On accounts of all these cases, the Minister stated that those involved in all such forms of violence against women will not be spare under any circumstances. Minister strictly advised the Chairperson, Manipur State Commission for Women Dr. K. Sobita Devi to take up necessary steps to curtail the increasing rates of crime against women in the state and to look into these matters with grave concern.
While highly condemning such unfateful incident occurred against women of Manipur, Minister Nemcha Kipgen gave assurance to take up all possible steps to deliver justice at the right time without any delay. To bring an end to any forms of violence against women, the Minister urged the masses for full cooperation.
With a view to curb crime against women, the Government of Manipur under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri N Biren Singh, Fast Track Court for crimes against women and 181 helpline for women have been introduced as part of the 100 days programme.
As per the reports by MSCW since June 2016, domestic violence tops the chart of the case registered in the Commission, having registered 18 in numbers (two in the year 2016 and 16 in the year 2017). The commission has solved 63 cases from the 78 cases registered. 15 cases are in process and 63 cases are disposed. So far, MSCW Chairperson Dr. K Sobita Devi and her team had conducted a total number of 57 spot enquiries which includes suo moto cases, murder cases, rape cases, etc

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Ex-mayor IMC clarifies over vehicle auction

Imphal, August 8: Former Mayor of Imphal Municipal Council (IMC has clarify that he was not involved in the auctioning of IMC vehicles as he was already retired from the Mayor post before the auction notice was issued.
Speaking to the media persons at the office of the Opposition leader office, S Sunil, Ex-Mayor of IMC said that the auction process was part of the resolution taken by the house on October 25, 2016 which was put up by 27 ministers.
The notice approval for the auctioning was given on May 22, 2017 as per following the norms of the resolutions before he resign from his mayor post on May 26, 2017, he added. Sunil also said that after he resigns, the authorities of IMC issued the notice of the auctioning on May 29, 2017.
After file processing procedure, current commissioner gave the approval of the auctioning on June 21, 2017 and also on July 3, 2017.
It is stun to see the claims of the current IMC government published on locals daily’s that he issued a tender notice on May 22 and tender it on May 29, 2017, he added.

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Heavy vehicles banned on Imphal-Yairipok road, threats to shutdown for 48 hours

Imphal, August 8: Plying of heavy vehicles along the Imphal-Yairipok road has been banned from today.
The step was taken by the disappointed people of the road since the concerned department fails to restore the road for a very long time.
Volunteers of Imphal-Yairipok Road United Club Organisation (IYRUCO), a cluster of 18 clubs and Meira Paibis stop plying of heavy vehicles near Kongba Kshetri Leikai since today morning and even met to return back.
Speaking to the media persons, L Ashok, Joint Secretary of IYRUCO said that the organisation has already announced the concern and state government to restore the Imphal-Yairipok road on or before August 7, 2017. Since no positive response was given by the authorities, the organisation took up the steps to stop plying of heavy vehicles along the Imphal-Yairipok road beginning from today till August 10, 2017, he added.
Ashok also said that if the concern and state government fails to respond and restore Imphal-Yairipok road within the given time, August 8 to 10, 2017, total shutdown from the midnight of August 10 to August 12 on Imphal-Yairipok road will be imposed. Mention may be that Imphal-Yairipok road from Konung Mamang to Irilbung has been witnessing pathetic condition by many, yet no concern has lay their eyes on it. Even MAHUD Minister and others ministers are also using the road as daily commuter.
On the other hand, Heirangoithong Women Social Cultural Development Association, in a press statement said that they will block the Heirangoithong Makha Khagemba Road from August 16, 2017 if the road is road is not restored on or before August 15, 2017.

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AR seized Over 4 Kg Gold at Khudengthabi

Imphal, Aug 8: Troops of 12 Assam Rifles today seized over 4 kg of gold biscuit worth around rupees 1 crore from a four wheeler Maruti Van  while trying to smuggled towards Imphal.
According to report, after getting specific information about some persons smuggling gold from Moreh side towards Imphal, The 12 AR trooper remain alert and while checking a White Colour Maruti van bearing registration No, MNO1G9270 found the gold biscuits hidden inside the driver’s seat compartment. The driver has been identified as Raju Muniyandi (45), son of R. Muniyandi of Moreh Ward No, 5 . The Gold biscuits seized was 25 in numbers and weigh around 4.157 Kg. The seized items were handed over to the Superintendent of Customs Moreh, Tengnoupal District.  

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Man shot

Imphal, Aug 9: Unknown miscreants today shot a person at Khamnam Leirak opposite to Modern School under Lamphel Police Station.  at around 1.30 PM today.
A bullet hit at the left hand of the person. He is identified as Sandham Bhogen Singh (42 years) son of S Bhagai of Sairenkhul. Report said that the miscreants attempted to kill him but miraculously escaped from death.

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Search Operation

Imphal, Aug 9: A team of Imphal East Police under the supervision of Addl.SP.Ops  M.Kumarjit
 today conducted search operation at Hatta area at from 4 am to 6 am today morning. According to report, 530 male, 368 female, 207 students were verified. Among them 15 male and 11 female were picked up by for further verification at Porompat Police Station.

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KNLF expels its Gen. Secy

Imphal, Aug 8: The Kuki National Liberation Front (KNLF) has expelled its general secretary Mr. Letminthang Haokip @ Boithang Haokip @ Lhumlheng Kuki of M. Songgel, Ccpur for killing Mr.Tonglenlal Haokip @ Lalmoi Haokip ( C-in-C KNLF). This was issued by Kolphe Kuki, Info. & Pub. Secy. KNLF/KNO in a press communiqué.

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