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Tuesday, 05 November 2019 - Imphal Times

Myanmar troopers drive out around 300 NSCN-IM cadres from their soil; Source said the escaped NSCN-IM cadres are now camping at Khayang area in Ukhrul district

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Imphal, Nov 5

Around 300 armed cadres of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Issak Muivah) (NSCN-IM) which have been camping at a forest under the Lesi Township in Myanmar have been driven out by a large number of Myanmar Army on Monday evening. A source from inside Myanmar said that there were no gun fight between the Myanmar troops and the armed NSCN-IM cadres, but the cadres left their camp along with their arms and ammunitions before the Myanmar army invaded their camp.“Location of the camp is reported to be in a forest lying between Hengkot and Ngachan village which falls under the jurisdiction of Lesi township of Naga Autonomous Region, Sagaing Division, Myanmar near Indo-Myanmar border pillar number 124 and 125. This area is popularly known as Somra Track. The camp is reported to have been run under the command of a Retired Lt. Gen. of the NSCN-IM identified as Hangshi Ramsom and one Brigadier of the NSCN-IM Nganingkhui. Some of the top leaders of the NSCN-IM including Col. Mahongam and Col. Yurho were also staying in the said camp which they abandoned yesterday evening.   “The source further said when the Myanmar troops reached the NSCN-IM camp there were no cadres. It added that the IM cadres cross towards Indian Territory along with their arms and ammunitions and are presently taking shelter at Khayang Village in Ukhrul district of Manipur in India located near border pillar number 123. Reason behind why the Myanmar troopers take up the sudden step to drive out the NSCN-IM cadres from their soil is not known as of now as no gun fighting took place between the two.

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5 police persons including an Additional SP and one civilian injured in bomb blast; CM condemns

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Imphal, Nov 5

At least six persons, including five police commandos were injured after a bomb blast in Thangal Bazar near Sani Mandir at around 9:20 am.

The injured police personnel are identified as Lamabam Amarjit  of Langthabal(Addl.SP Ops. IW), Thongam Devan of Lalambung (SI of CDO Iw Bazar Unit), Ningthoujam Ibotomba Singh of Thoubal Okram (ASI of City PS), Khuraijam  Boney of Singjamei Chingamathak (ASI of CDO IW), Huirongbam Boboy of Thoubal Ningombam (Rfm.of 7th IRB attached with CDO IW and escort of Addl. SP Ops. IW). The civilian injured in the blast is identified as Krishna Gurung of Pangei Nepali Basti.

The injured persons were rushed to Raj Medicity. Police team rushed to the blast site and has been cordoned off.

According to report, after police found a suspected IED planted amidst parked vehicles, the area was cordoned and civilian were push out of the area for safety when they were waiting for Bomb disposal squad. How the bomb was triggered is not yet known as of now but some suspected the bomb to have been triggered using mobile devices. The police team have not been equipped with jammer or any other technical instrument to check or jam such strike as of now, a source said. The 5 police personnel including the Additional SP were injured when they were trying their best to ensure civilian safety.

This is the second blast taking place in Imphal where security has been deployed in the wake of mass public uprising in connection with the signing of the Frame Work Agreement between the NSCN-IM and the  Government of India. Just 2 days back i.e. on November 2 a powerful blast injured 3 BSF personnel at Telipati area of Imphal East.

Meanwhile the state Home department has announced cash award of Rs. 1 lakh to the person who can provide information about the bomb blast occurred on Nov. 2 at Telipati as well as the blast that injured 5 police personnel and a civilian at Thangal Bazar today morning.

So far no organisation has claimed responsibility of both the blast that took place at Telipati and Thangal bazar.

Such barbaric act is condemnable in the strongest term –CM

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh terms today’s blast at Thangal Bazar that injured 6 persons including a civilian as barbaric act and condemn it in the strongest term.

The Chief Minister, said this while visiting Raj Medicity to inquire about the condition of those undergoing treatment. He later inspected the site where the blast took place.

“Yes there is a possibility of security lapses and we will look into it”, the Chief Minister said while replying to reporters queries.

He further said that such act rather seem to be a retaliation of people who are depressed due to the government’s success in keeping the law and order condition improved in the last 2 and half years of his government. He condemns the blast in the crowded area terming it as most barbaric action.  

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KYKL refutes

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Imphal, Nov 5

A statement by armed rebel group Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) today refutes news report telecasted by TOM TV 12 PM, superfast news on October 28 about the arrest of one Toijam Japan from his own locality at Ghari Awang Leikai, on October 27 by combined troop of Imphal East Commando and 6th Assam Rifles as unfounded and cooked up. The statement of the outfit signed by Thoiba Mangang, Deputy Secretary, Publicity and Research of KYKL said that the person that the combined troop arrested identified as Toijam Japam as no connection with the KYKL and that he is another civilian of Kangleipak. 
Such incident are designed by Indian colonial master for instilling fear psychosis to the minds of Kangleichas to suppress years long Kanglei Liberation movement, the statement said.
The  KYKL appealed to all the people of Kangleipak not to be carried away by the act of Indian army and colonial master.

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AMNEMEA assist cash to Head Machine man of Poknapham and The People’s Chronicle

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Imphal, Nov 5

The All Manipur Newspaper and Electronic Media Employee Association (AMNEMEA), a body of Machine men of Newspaper Printing press today handed over monetary assistance to the Head Machine man of Poknapham and The People’s Chronicle, Wahengbam Jogen (45) of Khaidem which is currently undergoing treatment at Shija Hosiptal after he sustain serious injury in an accident happened yesterday morning while returning home after office.

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Thoubal SP Dr.S.Ibomcha distributed rewards

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Imphal, Nov 5

Superintendent of Police Thoubal Dr.S.Ibomcha Singh today distributed appreciation letters and cash rewards to the Khongjom Police Station for being the best lagao dice seizing Police Station, Pechi VDF Post for being lagao dice seizing Police Outpost and HC Rambai of CDO Thoubal for being the best Lagao dice seizing Commando Officer.

Later, Thoubal District Police destroyed lagao dices, laiyums and baskets which were seized during this year Diwali.

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What if the much-awaited turns out to be Samuel Beckett’s ‘Godot’

Stakeholders in all neighbouring states of Nagaland, particularly the government of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, will be consulted before settling the issue of the NSCN-IM and other Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs). This was what the union home ministry had clarified amidst rumours about signing the final agreement between them on October 31. Indeed, we the people of this democratic country need to appreciate the Union Home Ministry for the timely clarification when people across the state of Manipur were on alert to uproar a 2001 June Uprising-like situation after various news were being carried out based on speculations and sources by media houses. But the assurance for invitation or consultation of Government of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh reminds of Samuel Beckett’s classic play ‘Waiting for Godot’. The air that is blowing in Nagaland state is of joy and celebration with the assurance from the government of India to end the 6-decade long Naga issues, and people in the state are waiting for December 1 as they have been told that the day will be another historic moment as the Prime Minister will announce officially that has been agreed on October 31.
What is that agreement that the Prime Minister is going to announce? Is it going to be the acceptance of all the demands that have been made by NSCN-IM? If so, then what will be the air that will blow in the state of Manipur?
On the other hand, similar to the way that Vladimir (Didi) and Estragon (Gogo) waited for a person named Godot who never arrived in Samuel Beckett’s play, government of Manipur is waiting for an invitation from the Union Government to have a consultation on the issues before any settlement has been brought. October 31, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh himself stated that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had told him that no settlement will be signed or had been signed and such a settlement will be brought only after consultation with the government of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Today is November 5, and as per news report, it is only 25 days left for the historic announcement to be made by the Prime Minister on the inaugural day of HornBill festival, which coincidentally is also a day that Nagaland became a state of India in 1963.
The government of Manipur says that they have no knowledge of the content of the agreement, but are waiting for the invitation from the center for the consultation, more like waiting for Godot by Vladimir (Didi) and Estragon (Gogo).
India government is not run by idiots – even though many elected legislatures or parliamentarians have sometimes showed their stupidity, the country is run by highly educated bureaucrats and the Prime Minister of India is utilising and noticing every time in consultation with intelligentsia group before acting or deciding on anything. And the government of India under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will never act anything that will put on fire the gateway to the South East Asia (Manipur) and, at the same time, he will never hurt the sentiment of the people of Nagaland.
The moods of the people here in Manipur are restless waiting for what will happen if any agreement signed or accepted by the union government against the wishes of the people is announced. So, the government of Manipur, civil society organisations as well as the people of Nagaland are anxiously waiting for something that they don’t actually know.
In short, what if the much-awaited turns out to be a Godot of Samuel Beckett.

Training Program for Police Officials on Prevention and Investigation of Cases of Human Trafficking and Child Sexual Abuse in Manipur

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Imphal, Nov.5

India Suraksha in collaboration with Manipur Police and Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights is organizing a two day State Level Training Program for Police Officials on Prevention and Investigation of cases of Human Trafficking at 1 MR, Banquet Hall, Imphal on 4th-5th November, 2019.
The main objective of the programme is to train the police officials on various prevention and investigation mechanisms to be followed by police in handling cases of human trafficking and child victims. A total of Police Officers from different districts of Manipur participated during the first day of the training programme.
The programme is conducted as part of project Mukti-an Anti Trafficking initiative to combat human trafficking and child sexual abuse in Manipur implemented with the support of ECPAT Luxembourg since 2015 in Imphal and Ukhrul. Shri T Guite, IPS, Addl. Director General of Police (Modernization) graced as the Guest of Honour during the inaugural session of the two-day training programme.
Apart from him Mr. Koijam Radhashyam Singh, IGP, Int/NAB, Mr. H.T Gangte, Director General of Police, Crime Branch, Ms. Joyce Lalremmawi, SP, CID-CB, were also present as chief guests during the inaugural session.
Welcoming the participants and thanking the department FXB India Suraksha for organizing the two day training programme, Shri T Guite, IPS, Addl. Director General of Police (Modernization) said that the subject which is of utmost important for the present time, during his inaugural speech.
He shared that definitions and protocols are present in the legislations and therefore it is the duty of the officials to follow the same and strengthen its mechanisms in preventing and combating the heinous crimes like trafficking and crime against children and women.
Koijam Radhashyam Singh, IGP, Int/NAB stressing upon prevention said, “More than investigation prevention is very much important. One who becomes a victim of trafficking has to undergo various forms of trauma and stigma. Counseling is therefore very much important. We as police officials have to understand and be sensitive towards such cases and work towards reducing such instances.”
The day long training programme started with a welcome note by Satya Prakash, Program Manager, FXB India Suraksha introducing the purpose and objective of the training programme. He stressed upon the fact that Manipur due to its geo-political location and sharing border with Myanmar in itself stands vulnerable in terms of trafficking of persons and smuggling of persons.
He thanked the Hon’ble Director General of Police and the Manipur Police department for collaborating and supporting in organizing the program.  He also informed about the drafting of the Standard Operating Procedures in addressing and handling cases of human trafficking.
Differentiating between Want, Need and Right, Mr. Satya Prakash initiated his training sessions saying that Rights are non-negotiable and has legal connotation and goes beyond any age, gender, caste, race, religion or region. Starting on the definition of a child he said, “Although different laws have defined a child differently, the only definition considered supremely as per the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of children) Act 2015 which says that any person below the age of 18 years should be treated as a child.”
He also discussed various provisions laid out under the law especially the procedures to be followed by children while handling children in need of care and protection and child in conflict with law.
The day long training concluded with the sessions on Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and the role of Police laid out under the law. The session also included the comparison between POCSO and JJ Act which focused on how children who are victims of sexual offences should be treated as a child in need of care and protection and undergo the procedures as per the JJ Act.
Apart from that the daylong training focused on the definition of trafficking as laid out in Section 370 of the India Penal Code, reason of vulnerability, modus operandi in terms of source, transit and destination, trends and forms of trafficking. The day long programme ended with movie screening for context setting, queries, suggestions and recommendations from the participants.
Till date FXB India Suraksha through project Mukti has been able to reach out to around 10,000 students and 15000 community people, religious leaders, community members through its various awareness generation programmes, trained around 400 law enforcement agencies including paramilitary forces, 300 Government officials, 200 journalists in Imphal, Ukhrul and Tengnoupal districts of Manipur.
Moreover, 4000 adolescents and teachers have been trained through adolescent clubs and 18 Vigilance Committees has been formed and migration registers being introduced in Ukhrul district.

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Assam Rifles seizes contraband drugs worth Rs 92 Lakhs

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Imphal, Nov 5

Troops of Assam Rifles under HQ IGAR (South) recovered Contraband Drugs worth Rs 92 lakhs from Khudengthabi Check Post in Tengnoupal district.
On 3rd November 2019, during search at a vehicle check post, troops of Assam Rifles intercepted a suspicious  Silver Colour Van  driven by Mr  Md Rafik Khan of Thoubal District. After a through check of vehicle, the team recovered 19 packets of Heroin weighing  230 gms worth approximately Rs 92 lakhs.
The detained individual and the recovered items have been handed over to Moreh Police Station for further investigation

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Education Dept. to provide Helicopter ride to Students

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Imphal, Nov 5

With funding from Samagra Shiksha State Implementing Society, state education society is going to provide an opportunity for a “Helicopter Ride” to the students studying in Classes IV – VIII of Government Schools.

For the students to be able to enjoy the “Helicopter Ride” they have to participate in a Zone-wise competition to be organized by the concerned the Zonal Education Officers (ZEO) in their respective Districts or Zones during the month of November.

The competition will be carried out in two categories from Classes IV-V and from Classes VI-VIII. The winners of these competition will be given “Helicopter Ride” the  From the category of Classes IV-V three best students and from category of Classes VI-VIII five students will be selected as winner. For each Zone only ten representatives inclusive of eight students, one teacher or guide and one representative of ZEO can be recommended.

The Zone-wise competitions under the broad theme ‘Know Your State’ in different literary activities of extempore speech, quiz or story telling of other communities or in any other way to help the children explore and understand the State better. Topics of the competition will be based on information and matters related to the State.

The Helicopter Ride will commence from the 14th November, 2019 on Children’s Day. The opportunity is being provided to the children to explore and understand the beautiful landscape and landmarks of the State in a unique way. Each Helicopter Ride will be of 20 minute duration.

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