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NAB arrested Chandel ADC Chairman with large quantity of drugs

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Imphal, June 20,

A special team of Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) yesterday raided the quarter of Lutkhosei Zou, Chairman Autonomous District Council (ADC) Chandel at Lamphel last evening and recovered 4 kilogram of Heroin drugs as well as 2.8 lakhs number of WY tablet. However, the quantity of drugs is still yet to be officially verified
Report said that the raid was conducted by the special team of the NAB led by ASP Brinda Thounaojam along with a team of state police after getting specific information. The NAB has been investigating the king pin of the drug smugglers that has been on the rise in the state. Source said that the name of the ADC comes up in the aftermath of the arrest of some drug peddlars somewhere in Meghalaya.

The team also seized several lakhs of currency. Sources state that at least 8 persons were arrested along with the chairman. It added that the ADC chairman Lutkhosei Zou first refused to co operate the NAB team and did not allowed them to enter saying that he would talk over the matter with higher authority. He reportedly called on to the chief Minister and also to top police official to intervene the NAB team. Source said both the Chief Minister and the top police official refuse to interfere the matter as it is a matter of serious affairs.
Having no choice and failure to get support of the higher ups the NAB team raided the quarter and found the huge amount of drugs which worth around crores of rupees in international market.
The Chairman of the Chandel district ADC Lutkhosei Zou belongs to BJP.
A press conference regarding the breakthrough will be conducted at 5 pm today evening.

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Light earthquake, 4.5 magnitude strikes near Yairipok in Manipur

Thoubal, June 20,

A light earthquake with magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) was reported near Imphal, Churahandpur, Thoubal, Kakching, Mayang Imphal, Moirang, Yairipok, India on Wednesday. The earthquake was picked up at 13:14:26/1:14 pm (local time epicenter) at a depth of 65.09 km (40 miles).

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Two Vehicle Lifter Arrested

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Imphal, June 20,

A joint team of CDO Thoubal and 6 AR arrested two members of vehicle lifter gang identified as Md. Wajid khan (28yrs), son of Md Azad khan of Lilong Mairenkhul and  Md. Mustakim khan (24 yrs), son of Md. Hamid khan of Lilong  Hangamthabi on Tuesday.
Both the arrested persons are involved in vehicle theft, extortion of money from public. One pistol with live bullets was recovered from the possession of Md. Wajid Khan.
According to police source, on interrogation, both admitted to have lifted one 4G Activa using one Alto car black color bearing Regd. No. MN02B/ 7867  and the same Alto car is recovered from them.
On follow up action, the said 4G Activa blue color was also recovered from them.
A case has been registered for further legal action.

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MSME-Di Will Observe International Yoga Day

Imphal, June 20,
Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises-Development Institute, Takyelpat, Industrial Estate, Imphal is going to observe International Yoga Day on 21st June, 2018. To give active participation of citizens, the MSME-DI would like to spread the rewards of Yoga in terms of physical and emotional well-being amongst all sections of the society informed a Circular issued by Dy. Director i/c.
The programme will start with Yogasana at Exhibition Hall of MSME-DI, Imphal from 8 am to 9 am. A seminar and discussion on usefulness of Yoga in our day-to-day life will also be organised at the Training Hall from 12.30 pm

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AR conducts a lecture on drug awareness

Imphal, June 20,
Moreh Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) conducted a lecture on drug awareness in Chavangphai Village, Tengnoupal District on Tuesday. Total of 120 locals attended the lecture. Chavangphai village being a border village and ready availability of various kinds of drugs through the porous borders has disturbed the society to a great extent. Individuals shared their stories about their acquaintances who have been a victim of drug abuse and how not only the individuals suffer because of drug abuse issues but also non-cooperation from family members further aggravates the situation. The lecture was concluded by taking a unanimous pledge to fight against the menace of drug abuse in the society.

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Bishnupur Disposed GTV Pending Cases

Bishnupur, June 20,
The district administration conducts 2 days ‘Khungang Chatse – Go to Village’ Mission follow up in 5 places for disposal of pending cases starting today. Distribution of benefits to pending and eligible beneficiaries of Go to Village will be carried out in these camps.
The distribution camps are being conducted in Ishok Laibung, Sanjenbam Pukhrambam, Nachou, Haoreng Chingyang, and Phougakchao Ikhai.

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3 disabled players of the state selected for IPPL; one cannot attend due to financial constraint

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Imphal, June 20,
Three disabled cricket players of the state have been selected to take in the first Indian Para Premier League (IPPL) which is scheduled to be held on June 23 and June 24 at Green Park Stadium Kanpur (UP) under the supervision of the Indian Cricket Federation.
The sad news is that one among the player who got selected is not able to take part due to financial constraint. The other two Ch. Rajkumar Singh (baller) and A Prashanta Singh Batting) have left Imphal for Kanpur to take part in the league. The two players were flagged off today by Yunus Khan , General Secretary of the Disabled Development Association Manipur (DDAM) and National Awardee L. Amrendra Sharma, a staff of the State Disabled Commissioner.  

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NDPP’s rejoinder to NPF

The statment sent through e-mail by the Media cell is produced here without any editing

1. It is shocking to observe the policy of the so called oldest regional political party resorting to a strategy of lies, deceit and spread of false propaganda. The NDPP is not concerned about the NPF sponsored complaint letter to the ECI which has signatures and declarations by the NPF president who had recently broken all norms of the Model Code of Conduct and insulted the Constitution of India by seeking votes and support on religious and communal lines and is now on anticipatory bail.
2. Public memory will recollect that when the NDPP was founded on the response to the call of the people, the erstwhile Chief Minister Mr. TR Zeliang had declared on several occasions that the NDPP is unregistered and will never get registered before the assembly elections. However, despite the announcements of the then NPF                       Chief Minister, the NDPP was given registration by the ECI on 13th October, 2017. Subsequently the NDPP was given exclusive use of the globe as its symbol on                    7th December, 2017.
3. In the run up to the general elections the NPF tried all the tricks in its book to strike a deal with the BJP for a pre-poll alliance going to the extent of the erstwhile CM                      Mr. TR. Zeliang announcing falsely of a pre-poll alliance after meeting National BJP President Mr. Amit Shah. This was of course a lie. The NPF president after severing ties with the BJP upon being dislodged from the Chief Minister’s chair by Mr. TR Zeliang, later contradicted himself by saying that NPF and BJP were natural allies. This was again disproved when the NDPP-BJP pre-poll alliance was announced ahead of the polls.
4. Suddenly, the NPF resorted to the most irresponsible and unbecoming campaign of slander, lies and false propaganda again and carried out a strategy on communal and religious lines as it was bereft of any vision or development plan for the State. The affidavit declaration of the NPF’s chief ministerial candidate Mr. TR Zeliang also revealed how he had been living in a world of lies when he finally declared that he was a failed undergraduate. The result was a crushing defeat and outright rejection by the people. But, overnight, the NPF shamelessly went begging to the BJP to share power and they unsuccessfully continue to do so.
5. Then after the formation of the PDA Government, the NPF unleashed its next strategy of spreading false propaganda when it’s so called famed legal expert Mr. Yitachu declared on 12th April 2018 that the NDPP would not be recognized till 2023 and that its MLAs were like independent MLAs. This attempt to spread lies by the so called legal expert and the NPF’s highly acclaimed advocate was once again exposed when the ECI acknowledged the NDPP when formal recognition along with permanent allotment of the election symbol was granted to NDPP by the ECI just 5 (five) days later on    17th April, 2018. 6. In the recently held Lok Sabha bye elections, the unconstitutional and irresponsible campaign was led by no less than former Chief Minister and NPF President                          Dr. Shürhozelie who urged the people to vote for its party candidate on religious and communal lines. For that action of his, the NPF president was compelled to take anticipatory bail.
7. In the same campaign, despite the exposure of Mr. TR Zeliang that he had lied to one and all by falsely claiming that he had passed BA from Kohima College in 1979 though he had failed in all subjects, the NPF once again declared that Mr. TR Zeliang is the Chief Minister in waiting.
8. The NPF is bereft of responsible leadership and continues to be led by a misleading liar and a President on bail. As long as the NPF continues to be led by a person who had lied to every citizen of the State and the country on his false BA pass claim, the NPF has no moral authority to speak on every issue.
9. The latest NPF sponsored complaint to the ECI and the subsequent spread of false propaganda is a desperate attempt by the party to stay afloat after successive electoral defeats and its inability to hold on to its own ground. We assure the public that the complaint to the ECI is a matter that will be replied to and clarified and the matter is politically motivated and hold no water.
10. The NDPP is confident that no section will be convinced or distracted by the by the strategies of continuous lies, deceit and false propaganda which seem to have become the only options for the NPF, a party that is in fast decline and heading towards obscurity.
11. Now the NPF has made another wild allegation that is aimed at creating confusion and adding to its game plan of survival through false propaganda. It has claimed that the NDPP is planning to merge with the JD (U). The JD (U) is a member of the NDA Government at the Centre and also a member of the PDA in Nagaland and it was on these lines that the Nagaland CM and the Bihar CM met on the sidelines of the                    NITI Aayog meeting in New Delhi. The question of merger does not arise.
12. It can only be concluded that a party led by leaders who lie to the public will find no other strategy but to spread further lies instead of sharing its vision or playing the role of a constructive Opposition.

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For a little bit more

The one basic thing that could make much of almost everything much easier, simpler and smoother, yet seemingly impossible to accomplish is the act of coming clean. It would indeed take a much greater strength of character to own up to our mistakes and shortcomings, and still greater willpower to refrain from deliberately committing acts we consciously know is wrong and false.
The few fortunate ones who have the grit and will to transcend these urges are acknowledged and respected, even revered. On the other hand, a new breed of “Go-Getters” who would not stop at anything to achieve their goal is on the rise- the pressures of present day society helping in developing and pruning such mindset to perfection.
They are the restless, hyperactive and aggressive ones who do not cater to emotions and aesthetics. Modern parents and guardians are increasingly urging their wards to adopt the letter approach towards life in order to carve out a place in the society that invariably results in a level of respect- respect that again is dependent on the earning capacity, the social circle adopted and living status maintained. Increasing compulsions for security in terms of food, shelter and a step towards a more secure future could be the factors that prompted the collective thinking towards adopting such an attitude towards life. But then, does that justify the adage “All is fair and love and war”? Is our life becoming a daily struggle, a battle- if not a war, we are destined to wage every single living day of our lives? Where does that leave us with any room or opportunity for improvement- not the financial kind, but a more rounded and holistic one as a person? The present developments in the society – particularly that of mindless atrocities and lack of considerations that is becoming rampant would be, to a large part, a spill-off of this new approach towards life. Greed takes precedence over everything else, making our lives worse off than when we started. What then could be the panacea for these aberrations that has come to plague our lives of late? The answer lies within us- common knowledge which just needs to be acknowledged, and more importantly to act on. Putting up a façade of make-believe and a show of benevolence and righteousness will not absolve anyone of the crimes and wrongs.
This is of utmost importance for everyone, and more so for those who are donning the role of public representatives. Concepts like beauty, peace and harmony can only be experienced if we can rise above our petty urges and look at life- that of ourselves and the ones around us in a different and totally new perspective- one that does not have anything to do with wealth, power or fame. But how does one explain these “abstract” concepts, even after knowing them to be true, to someone struggling to earn a square meal on a daily basis? Aren’t there adequate schemes and programs to alleviate these basic sufferings being borne by a majority of the people in the State? How do these people who are consistently trying to find any menial job just to earn enough to eat come to know of these schemes if they are not informed, and more importantly, assist them in getting their fair share? Who would not want a little extra, even inspite of having more than everything they could possibly ever need in life?
 The best persons to validate this observation will be in the performance of those in whose hands are the reign of power and affairs of the State. “The earth has enough to satisfy man’s needs but not man’s greed”: Mohondas Karamchand Gandhi.


By- Dr. N. Joykumar Singh
Manipur University.

The merger of Manipur into India was a great significant event in the history of Manipur and at the same time the birth of Manipur State congress was also a great political development in the political development of this state. So, the history of the merger agreement and the Manipur State Congress may be treated as the two faces of the same coin because when the matter of the merger is to be discussed the role of the Manipur State Congress cannot be set aside. In this respect we cannot just ignore the predominant political role played by the Manipur State Congress between the year 1946-49, and it is also a fact that they played a very important motivating role for the merger of Manipur into India. Indeed, two compelling phenomenon were responsible for the integration of Manipur into India, i.e. internal and external factors. The internal factor means the internal political condition which was prevailing in the state and the external factor means the pressure from the leaders of the MCC and government of India. The objective of this paper is to make a humble attempt to highlight the role played by the Manipur State Congress at the time of the process of integration. In this connection it can be suggested that the process of integration is directly interlinked with the history of the changing political development of Manipur right from the birth of the Nikhil Manipuri Mahasabha.
Indeed, the establishment of this political organization may be suggested as a gestation period for the emergence of the idea of merger of Manipur into the political boundary of the Indian Union. If we closely observed the composition and the political affiliation of the members of the Mahasava it can be stressed that the political party was constituted by the members who have two different objective. One group was in favour of the integration and another was in favour of Manipur nationalism. Their difference was clearly demonstrated by their later political action. However, their political difference was not visible at the early stage because it was cover by the unanimous opinions of anti-imperialism and anti-feudal issues. Then in the year 1939 the demarcating line of their differences, although it was not very clear, came to visible point. In this year, the issue of Nupi Lan (women agitation) the party was split into two. Hijam Irabot Singh, the president of the Mahasava and some other members felt that this movement was basically aimed for the upliftment of the economic position of the state and so they fixed their target against the exploiters who were given protection by the colonial rulers and feudal lord the mahasava of Manipur. He was of the opinion that it was not agitation of the women but a movement of the people. (Irabot’s Address on 7th January 1940 at police Line). On the basis of this view his group wanted to extended the full co-operation of Mahasava to the women. But the other remaining members, without giving any reasonable agreement, did not shared his view. Such type of political stand of the majority members of the
Mahasava may be observed as contradiction or ambiguous to their anti-feudal and anti-colonial stand.
In the meantime the Second worlds war broked out and this war have brought a complete change in the political landscape of Manipur. Just after the end of the war everybody began to feel that the impending independence from the colonial rule was not only a matter of time. Such type of political development was also closely monitored by the likeminded people who seem to be a believer in the political culture of the Indian National Congress. Their inner political motive was elearly revealed by their later political action. But outwardly they strongly asserted the immediate need to establish in common platform of all the parties so that it would be able to represent the general feeling of the masses. Keeping this view in their mind a preliminary meeting was held on 18th September 1946 at the Aryan Theater Hall in which all members shared their view. Accordingly a ruling was convened at the initiative of some people like R.K. Maipaksana, Sagolsem Indramani, Nongmaithem Sudhir, Leitam Yaima, A. Lalmani, R.K. Priyogopalsana etc. (R.K. Maipaksana was the important of the writers). This conference was a very significant in the political history of Manipur because it laid the basic foundation for the loss of the political identity of Manipur. The organisers invited three representatives from each political party and it was held on the 4th October 1946 at Aryan Theatre Hall. But the most surprising and dramatic episode of the conference was the objection raised by some delegates at the presence of Hijam Irabot Singh. They alleged that he could not be a delegate as he was already in touch with communist party when he was in exile. It also said that all the members of the Mahasava also joined hands with this objection and the organisers also are appeared to be in favour of the objection. Such type of political attitude of the organisors had clearly demonstrated their real political motive and at the same time it may also be deduce that their action was serious contradiction to their plan of forming a common political platform which was supposed to be constituted by the representatives of various political organisation. From their policy now it was quite clear that the real intention of the organisors was to establish a political party which could represent their political outlook. In a way their political ideology was very much different from the idea of true Manipur nationalism of Late Hijam Irabot Singh. Thus due to the strong opposition from other delegates Irabot was forced to permanently from the ruling and the unanimously resolved to form a new Party called Manipur State Congress. The formation of this party was indeed a great success of silent whispering campaign which was initiated from the very inception of Mahasava by the likeminded person who observes to make a permanent political platform through which their political idea could be spread among the people of the State. In short it can be observed that the establishment of this party paved a way, for the integration of Manipur into India. Just after the establishment of this party all the members of the Mahasava who were once against the political principle of Irabot also joined into congress party Shri R.K Bhubonsana was elected as the first President of the Manipur State Congress, Shri Yumnam Khoimacha Singh and Shri Budhachandra Roy was made as the Secretary & Office Secretary of the Party respectively. Then they also began to launch their political movement with some basic demands like the establishment of responsible Government in Manipur etc. Thus, the Manipur State Congress began to emerge as a very important political party in Manipur. However, the election result of 1948 gave serious setback to the policy and programmes of the Manipur State Congress. Before this election they strongly believed that they were the spokesman of the people of Manipur. Therefore they felt that they would be able to get a strong support from the people. In the election result of fifty-three seats the Manipur State Congress secured only thirteen seats and their member was increased to fourteen after the defection of Shri Sinam Bijoy Singh from Jiribam Assembly Constituency. First he was elected as a candidate of Manipur Krishak Sabha. From the election result it was quite clear that the Manipur State Congress was not the most popular party in Manipur. It is observed that the failure of the Manipur State Congress to form Government in 1948 had probably disappointed not only the State Congress but also the Indian National Congress and greatly effected its integration. (A history of the Manipur Congress party in Manipur an unpublished work). It further observed that had the Congress party formed the government the process of the merger of Manipur within Indian Union might have been accomplished the same year. Whatever opinion it may be but is a fact that after this result the leaders of the Manipur State Congress began to understand their position among the people and so they immediately began to adopt certain political step for the fulfillment of their objective. As a first step they tried to establish kind of relationship and understanding with the All India Congress Committee. In the meantime a new proposal for the formation of a new state comprising of Manipur, Cachar and Lushai Hills began to emerge in the political scenario of the State. It is said that this plan in reality was direction of the Indian Government and was instantly a plan of Bengali in Cachar who migrated from Sylhet (Memorandum submitted by Congress in 1955 to State Reorganization Committee) and so the proposal was initiated by the Cachar District Congress to safeguard their interest quite adequately (Ibid). It is further said that the proposal was received with mixed reaction and only a small section of the Manipur State congress led by E. Tompok and his party supported the proposal. (A memorandum on the creation of new state Pt-I). Whatever the case it may but it can be suggested that the emergence of this proposal gave a very good opening to the Manipur State Congress for the establishment of a direct contact with the leaders of the Congress Party of India. In order to give a proper shape to their plan they invited Dr. Praffula Chandra Ghose, an eminent Congress leader of Bengal to Manipur. A public meeting was arranged for him by the Manipur State Congress on 22nd August at Imphal Pologround. In the said meeting, Dr. Praffula Chandra Ghose, by supporting the Purbachal theory stressed that “Manipur State in order to make equilibrium, according to the motto of the Congress required to be amalgamated with the three places, Tripura, Cachar and Lushai Hills” (Report of the police regarding the Public meeting held on 22.8.48 at Pologround). After this meeting, the political situation of the country became very tense. A large section of Manipur was not in favour of the proposal. On the 18th September, a large public meeting was held in which all the leaders of both hills and plain strongly opposed the proposal of Congress party and declared that the people of Manipur would resist any type of imposition of proposed province. (Resolution No.1 of the meeting of both hills and plain leaders held under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Panjat Singh). The Government of Manipur was also not in favour of this proposal. As a result of this strong opposition of the majority of the people, the people of Manipur State Congress for the creation of Purbachal State were not materialized.
However, in a way it was not a serious setback to the aim and objectives of the Congress party. Rather it can be treated as a great success in their policy and programme because it produced a positive indirect impact in favour of their political line. In fact the idea of Purbachal movement produced two important positive results in favour of Congress party. First it opened a direct contact route between A.I.C.C. and Manipur State Congress and after this they were able to place all types of their political movement in Manipur to the knowledge of leaders of the Congress party of India. Secondly, such type of relationship also gave a great advantageous position to the political leaders of the India as well as to the India Government to interfere to the internal political affairs of Manipur State.
In the meantime the people also witness a series of political development in the relationship between the Government of India and Manipur State particularly their repeated interference in the internal affairs of the State. The proposal for the appointment of ‘Dewan’ was the glaring example of their direct interference in the internal affairs of the state. His duty, according to the letters of the India Government, was to watch the treaty obligation between the State and the India dominion. (Letter of Akbar Hyder to the Maharajah Budhachandra of Manipur 2.8.1948). It is also quite obscure to know that under which special relationship, sir Akbar Hyder expressed his desire to give the responsibility of ‘Dewanship’ to Maharajkumar Priyobarta Singh who was the younger brother of the King. However, his proposal was not materialized, in the meantime, due to sudden expiry of Akbar Hyder, the responsibility of Government of Assam was given to Shri Prakash. Like his predecessor he also pressed the Maharaj of Manipur to appoint a ‘Dewan’ Maharaj Budhachandra was not happy and he wanted to know the administrative power of the propose office (letter of the Maharaj of Manipur to the Governor of Assam vide D.O. No. 1986 P 11-1 dt.23.3.49). On the 10th April the Maharaj received a telegraphic message from the Governor about the appointment of Major General Rewal Amar Singh as the Dewan of Manipur and in a letter to the Maharaj the governor of Assam also mentioned the power and function of Dewan. In this respect we can observe serious question which could not be ignored very easily that when the proposal of the appointing ‘Dewan’ was made by the Government of India through the Governor of Assam why did neither the Maharaj of Manipur nor the member of other political parties make any type of opposition to the move of appointment of ‘Dewan’ because it was not a part of the Constitution of the Manipur State. Such type of the immature political atmosphere among the political leaders of the State of Manipur also gave a very good opportunity to the Government of India.
In due course the Secret political intrigue between the Manipur State congress party and all India Congress Committee for the integration of India became an open secret and other political parties began to think such movement as serious threat to the political identity of Manipur. The Members of Praja Samitte Sabha in the Legislative Assembly took a strong resolution against the policy of the Manipur State Congress. The Resolution stressed that “If integration or merging be imposed here irrespective of our unfortunate (and) helpless circumstances and (against) the principle of Bapuji without the consent of the people, the present moral submission of the Manipur into India, which is most precious, may disappear bidding good bye to the physical control by imposition and the bitter experiences thereof may be a shortly handicaps in the political races of India with other countries a double loss for India and Manipur. If the people have been sinned against and wronged the people themselves have to be watch over in addition to across the frontier” (Resolution of the meeting of MLA’s belonging to the Praja Samiti Sabha. on 25-8-49 under the chairmanship of Kh. Ibotombi).Thus the members of Praja Samiti has tactfully stood against the merger. But Manipur State Congress gave three points arguments in favour of their pro-merger stand. The points were (i) the inability of the Government of Manipur to tackle the law and order situation of Manipur (ii) the apprehension from the communist movements in Burma. (3) the integration of Manipur and India would bring peace and development.
Keeping this view with consideration, they even decided by the meeting of the 29th April 1949 to send a delegation of three members to meet the leaders of AICC for immediate integration of Manipur into India.
From these above evidence it can be observed that the role of the leaders of the Manipur State Congress was the pre-dominant factor for the coming direct interference of the India Government in the internal administrative offices of the State and integration of Manipur with India. And the congress parties of Manipur adopt a different stand, the India Government and leader of AICC could not be able to adopt such kinds of undemocratic policies towards Manipur.
(This write up is re-produced with prior permission from the publishing authority of the Book called Annexation of Manipur - 1949)

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