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Bomb attack condemns; Protest staged

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Imphal, Jan 5,

Locals and Meira Paibis of Yaiskul Hiruhanba Leikai staged a sit-in- protest condemning the bomb blast which took place around 5.30 pm yesterday at the residence of one Yumnam Basanta, about 49 years old,  son of late Y. Ibotombi from the same area.

Speaking to media person Yumnam Bimolata, a local Meira paibi of the area said that such attack in congested area of Yaiskul is very unfortunate.

“Who will take the responsibility if the lives of people were lost due to the impact of the blast”, She questioned and added that no prior warning from any organizations have given to the families so far.  She urged those responsible to clarify the matter and appealed to to repeat such act in the future.

“Any misunderstanding can be settled with talks either with the person whom they target or with the local meira paibi to settle the matter without violence”, she added and said that such an incident is not only a threat to the families but also to the locality. She further appealed not to repeat such dreadful act in the future.

Yumnam Tomba, while talking to media persons said that it would have been better if the persons who planned the bomb had negotiated with him personally. He expressed strong condemnation on such attack to him that could have cost the lives of many.

No ransom or extortion threat was received by him, he added.

As per  CCTV footage it was seen that around 5.30 pm yesterday two miscreants riding on a Honda Activa stopped at the gate of Yumnam Basanta who is a contractor and place a bag containing IED bomb. After moving for few meters one miscreant hurled a hand grenade towards the gate. No causalities were reported from the blast.

A Sue Moto case has also been filed at Imphal Police Station under FIR number 6(1)2019 IPS U/S 307/427/34 IPC and 3 explosive Sub Act.

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JFA bats for media wisdom

By NJ Thakuria
Guwahati, Jan 5,

 Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), while expressing serious concern over repeated attacks on working journalists across India, insisted on honouring media wisdom by both media and non-media entities. The scribe’s body reiterated that as the journalists enjoy the right to ask questions for information, the others should have the opportunity to criticize the media persons as well.
It may be noted that following the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s long interview by Smita Prakash, editor of Reuters’ partner Asian News International (ANI), which was subsequently telecast by various news channels on January 1, 2019, criticisms erupted against the interviewer that she left many hard issues from discussing.
Even the Indian National Congress president Rahul Gandhi termed the ANI interviewer as a pliable journalist while addressing a press conference in the national capital, which was strongly denounced by

the Editors Guild of India over the use of word like pliable by the law maker.
“We believe journalists should claim no immunity from healthy and civilized criticism. At the same time, labeling of journalists has emerged as a favorite tactic on the part of the establishment to discredit, delegitimize and intimidate them,” said a statement of Editors Guild.
Various other journalist associations came out with strong words against the Congress president for his remark against the ANI editor as perhaps ‘she conducted an interview with a rival political leader’.
It’s unwarranted and unbecoming of a senior leader of a national political party, they asserted.
“JFA argues that journalists should not bother about critical comments from the politicians (or anybody),” said a statement issued today JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria adding that ‘it always believes in continue working with a clear mission to safeguard the interest of the nation in particular and the human race in general’.

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NSCN-IM condoles

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Imphal , Jan 5,
The GPRN (NSCN-IM) expressed deep pain at the untimely demise of Tokishe Zhimo, Leacy (Ut) son of (Lt.) Luhezhe Zhimomi of Khehoi village on 31st December 2018 after a prolong illness.
Late Tokishe Zhimo enrolled in the Naga national service in 2015. The Government also mourns the passing away of Viheshe Zhimomi, Razou Peyu (UT) son of (Lt.) Hovishe Zhimo of Nitozu village on 3rd January 2019 after a prolong illness. He joined the Naga national service on 11-10-2011.
They were both noble and diligent national worker, who served the Nation whole-heartedly until their last breath. Their names shall be recorded and honoured for their sacrifices they have given to the nation. GPRN conveys condolences to the bereaved family members and prays to Almighty God to grant them eternal rest and peace.

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Karam Shyam says competition is a must for students

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Thoubal, Jan.2:

In today’s world marking system has been criticized by various scholars, Manipur’s Minister Karam Shyam has said that competition is a must in today’s.  
“Without competition no good will come”, the CAF and PD Minister Karam Shyam said while speaking as the chief guest on the   6th Foundation Day held at Charangpat mamang leikai Polo ground yesterday. He was referring to the competition among students in their academic field. However, he mentioned nothing about the grading system which is a talk of the nation.
On the occasion for the development of rural areas youth of Thoubal and Charangpat Mamang Leikai formed an organization called “Manipur Imagi Changdanafam Oiba Nachasing “(MAICHON)
He further said that we should try to bring out  good leaders and to know the quality of good leaders is to know their surrounding people wants and to help to get their want.
As Minister of CAF and PD, the Minister said that there has been no lapses to the distribution of PDS items except Sugar. Subsidies on Sugar has be deducted so government now gives more priority on NAFSA Rice at the rate Rs. 3/-.
The newly formed  MAICHON will organise a programme called “ Personality Development and Moral Education “ .

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Organisations staged hunger strike against Citizenships Bill, Modi assures to pass Citizenship Bill

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Silchar, Jan 4,

Many organisations including Assam Indigenous Peoples Protection Committee, AIPPC, Manipuri Youths Front Assam, MYFA, Kishan Mukti Sangram Samiti, KMSS, Assam Manipuri Muslim Youths Front, AMMYF, Yaifalup, AIPPC Team Gardens cell, Muslim Development Council, MDC,Namasudra Parishad, Indigenous Students and Youths Forum, Assam jointly staged a hunger strike at VIP Road, Rongpur in Silchar on this Friday against the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill,2016.

Speaking during the hunger protest AIPPC General Secretary Seram Herajit said BJP led central government didn’t respect the sentiments of the indigenous peoples of North East.

The future of indigenous peoples will be ruined if the bill is passed , Herajit added.

AIPPC president Manmohan Barman mentioned that if the bill is passed , Assam will face Tripura like situations.

KMSS president Rukon Uddin Barbhuiya, Okram Lakhikanto, Sanathoi Devi, Tomij Uddin, Ahmed Hussain were also participated in the hunger protest.

Meanwhile, while speaking on the event of “Bijay Sangkalp Samabesh” here at Ramnagar in Silchar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the crowds that the Citizenship Amendment Bill will be passed in the parliament soon.

Prime Minister Modi also assured that no Indian citizens will be debarred from NRC.

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Doctors from Shija at Mandalay Medical Conference

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Imphal, Jan 4:
Dr. Somorendro Paonam, Consultant Urologist and Renal Transplant Surgeon, Shija Hospitals and Research Institute and Dr. Sachindra Laishram, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Shija Eye Care Foundation presented a paper  each today in the ongoing 18th Mandalay Medical Conference 2018, organized by Myanmar Medical Association from 3rd to 6th January, 2019  at Yadanapon Auditorium, Mandalay, Myanmar.
Dr. Somorendro Paonam presented a paper on “Kidney Transplantation: Surgeon’s perspective” and Dr. Sachindra Laishram on “Corneal Transplantation”. The session was chaired by Prof. Khin Maung Myint and Prof. Khun Aung.
Shija Hospitals and Research Institute has been at the forefront to develop medical tourism in the region. In its endeavor towards developing a good rapport with the neighbouring country of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Shija started the venture of Shija Mission Myanmar in May 2013. So far, three successful missions were ventured wherein 134 cleft lip and palate, 179 cataract blindness and 32 key-hole surgeries were performed for free at Monywa General Hospital, Myanmar. Shija Hospitals in collaboration with AMASI (Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India), took up the initiative of providing free training to two surgeons and six nurses from Monywa General Hospital, Myanmar for two months in the areas of Laparoscopic surgery, Operation Theatre Technology and Critical Care under Shija Overseas Training Program. Shija Hospitals has been treating many patients from Myanmar and today it has become one of the most sought after healthcare destination of the region by the population of Myanmar.

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A take on PM visit to Imphal

Some spread rumours that Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have teleprompter while delivering speech at Hapta Kangjeibung here in Imphal yesterday.  But the way, Mr. Modi spoke in public meeting yesterday, which was live telecasted at Local TV channel showed that, the rumour is wrong. Prime Minister spoke details about Manipur without looking at any notes and he was neither prompted nor disturbed by anybody while delivering his around 35 minutes long speech.
In his speech, he didn’t left out any part of the state, and what is more interesting is that he knows details of all villages  and almost all sort of development works at which he had inaugurated and laid foundation stone yesterday. The speech that Prime Minister of India delivered yesterday showed that he being a leader of the country did his home work well before coming to the state. Perhaps, Mr. Modi deserves his present position – the prime Minister of India as far as his wisdom about the nook and corner of the country  is concerned.
The sad part is that, even after knowing everything about the state, he announced nothing for the state. The multiple issues which gave headache to the government of Manipur have not been mentioned and he said nothing to solve the financial crisis being face by the state government. The 7th Pay demand, the border pillar issue, the Frame work agreement, implementation of the  Act East Policy, problem of the commuters along the NH 102 due to frequent checking by Assam Rifles troopers, the issue for protection of Indigenous people and people’s demand for inclusion of Scheduled Tribe status for Meitei/Meetei community were not mentioned. Government seems to be shocked as no package for taking up any development works has been announced. The prime Minister however had talk about construction of some more Ima market sheds. On the other hand, sections of people have now started questioning - why the Prime Minister visited the state? Most people considered the visit more for political purpose, as Parliament Assembly constituency is knocking at the door.
On the other hand, in his speech the Prime Minister had stated that Leishang Village in Kangpokpi district of Manipur is the last village in India to be electrified. This perhaps should not have been included to his speech as it will be criticized from section because what he was telling was not true at all. When a prime Minister speaks wrong definitely people will say that he lied. How could he not know that there are villages in Manipur which have not been electrified, where children of the village read on candle and kerosene and never experience the taste of electricity?
Yesterday this newspaper published a news story reported by ANI agency about the existence of such village under the heading -  “Powerless Thoubal, Hangoipat Chinkhong  villagers live on candle, kerosene”, the story was about a village in Thoubal district and in Wangjing Tentha Assembly Constituency called Hoingoipat Village. This is not the only village where electricity is a dreamt. Another Village called Chingkhonglong under Tousem Sub-Division of Tamenglong District is also not yet electrified.The road leading to the village is worst and even Google map doesn’t show the route. AT such a condition, one wander why the Prime Minister said that there is no village in the country which is not electrified and Leishang Village in Kangpokpi district is the last village in the country to be electrified. Either the Prime Minister is being misinformed about the reality by the state government authority or else the prime Minister think that people of the state are not less than fools who will applause at any dramatic dialogue.
One thing which is being questioned is the harassment meted out by air passenger at Imphal airport. When the Prime Minister is the champion of abolishing the VIP culture, why all flights has to be delayed during his visit in the state. A newspaper report said that flights of more than 700 passengers delayed for hours and remains stranded inside the airport due to the Prime Minister’s visit.
And one more thing which the prime Minister as well as the Chief Minister of Manipur seems to forgot is that yesterday rebel groups called total shut down and another boycott the Prime Minister’s visit. And speaking on the occasion Chief Minister stated that Manipur is now a bandh free. What a lei?
And one wonders why those citizen of the state who dare the shut down called were again harassed by the state police force.
End point: - It’s hard to decide on whether the visit of Prime Minister is a scourge or boon.

Haryana and Railway pugilists dominate quarter final show at the National Boxing Championships

Vijayanagara, Jan. 5

As many as nine pugilists from Haryana stormed into the semifinals, ensuring themselves medals at the JSW Sports presents 3rd Elite Women’s National Boxing Championships at the Inspire Institute of Sport here yesterday.
They were closely followed by the Railways as eight of their boxers made it to the medal round while All India Police (AIP), had seven of their players with Chandigarh and Punjab, having two pugilists each entering the semifinals in all the 10 categories with other state players just filling the vacant slots.
 All top boxers, including world championships participants and medalists—Lovlina Borgohain, Pinki Rani Jangra, Simranjit Kaur, Manisha Moun, Seema Poonia—all won their bouts, mostly with RSC verdicts as there were 13 of the contests in the two rings were stopped by the referee, fearing injury to the opponents of these fancied boxers.
But in the opening bout of the day on Ring 1, S. Kalaivani of Tamil Nadu surprised AIP’s K. Bina Devi in 48 kg, receiving a 4:1 verdict in her favour to take on Haryana’s Sanju, who beat Anchu Sabu of Kerala on points (5:0). In fact, it was Sanju who paved the way for her state mates to follow suit, showing excellent temperament and maturity In between, Rajni Singh of Uttar Pradesh, in a close bout, won a split verdict (3:2) against Swasti Arya of Rajasthan to send her packing. Later on experienced Pinki Rani pounded Chandigarh’s Gargi to win 5:0 in 51kg and other Haryana boxers that moved up included World Championship quarter finalist, Manisha Moun (54), Neeraj (60), Nisha (69) Nupur (75), Pooja Rani (81) and Anupama (+81).
Not to be outdone, the Railway boxers, too, had their place under the sun, entering the medal rounds convincingly. The process began with Pooja Tokas in 48 kg and it was carried on by Meenakshi (51), Siksha (54), Sonia Lather (57), Pwilao Basumatry (64), Pooja (69), Neetu (75), Bhagbati Kachari (81) and Seema Poonia (+81).
While much anticipation was there from World Championship Bronze Medalist, Lovilina Bogohain; she won a close bout against Delhi’s Anjali (3:2), thanks to the latter who produced some breathtaking combination punches to keep her better known rival at bay as the world championship bronze medal winner would have found it to her chagrin. In fact, the second round entirely belonged to the Delhi pugilist who failed to make any impression in the first but continued really well in the third as well. However, what worked in favour of the Assamese boxer was her first-round blows, particularly the lefts and a few straights which she was able to land on Anjali.
Even AIP’s E. Meemthoi Devi struggled against a determined Sohini from Chandigarh before overcoming her, especially in the third round, to win a 3:2 decision in her favour. Aveet Kaur of Chandigarh did herself a good turn with a nice come back in the third round to win another split verdict in her favour against Manu Badhan of Punjab. The Punjab pugilist was good in patches and that must have been her undoing.
Kavita Chahal of AIP in +82 kg category, beat the stuffing out of her Kerala rival Anaswara P.M. to win on points (5:0) while Basanti Chanu (64), Sandhyarani Devi (57) and Preeti Beniwal (60), Nikhat Zareen (51kg) too made the medal grade. 

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Joint team apprehends UG

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Imphal, Jan. 5
In a major breakthrough, Keithelmanbi Battalion and Noney Battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South), along with a team of Keithelmanbi Police Station apprehended a self styled Lieutenant Colonel of ZUF from Namching village on 4th December 2019. The individual confessed that he is an active cadre of ZUF and joined the outfit in August 2011. The individual has been involved in a number of extrajudicial activities in the area of Noney District. The apprehended individual was handed over to Patsoi Police Station for further legal action.  

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