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As Myanmar troop reinforced and Indian Army alerted, NSCN-IM cadres move inside forest area at Indo-Myanmar area

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Imphal, Nov 7

Large number of NSCN-IM cadres that were reportedly driven out by the Myanmar troops from forest area between Hengkot and Ngachan villages under Lesi township area of Saigang Division , Myanmar, towards the Khayang area of Indian side  (near Indo  -Myanmar Border Pillar No. 123) were reported to have moved towards the forest area in-between Chamu and Khayang area in Indian Territory.

The large number of NSCN-IM cadres (around 300 in numbers) which were camping at two different location at forest area in-between Hengkot and Ngachan villages which falls under the jurisdiction of Lesi township of Naga Autonomous Region, Sagaing Division, Myanmar near Indo-Myanmar border pillar number 124 and 125, reportedly left their camp and moved towards Indian territory before a large number of Myanmar troop reached Ngachan Village on November 4. Source from inside Myanmar said that more Myanmar army has been reinforced at the forest area between Hengkot and Ngachan villages in Myanmar early today morning.

On November 5 evening, sources from the Indian army said that there are no reports about setting up of camp by NSCN-IM at Khayang village near border pillar no. 123 in Indian territory and that there were also no report of any armed militants trespassing towards Indian side through Border Pillar No. 124 and 125 as the Indian security forces were keeping strict vigils. However, local source from the border area said that the last one day saw movement of Assam Rifles troops who were stationed as Chetric Khullen area towards Khayang and Chamu Village. There were no reports of any gun fight as of now, the source added. It added that following the entry of Assam Rifles troops those reported to have been taking shelter at Khayang village had moved towards the forest area in between Khayang and Chamu villages.

It further added that some of the cadres that cross through Border Pillar 125 had moved towards Huishu village.

The Indian troops are reportedly alerted in the area. 

On November 5 afternoon, Imphal Times reported about the entry of the large number of NSCN-IM cadres that were driven out from the Myanmar territory. 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 and some of the top leaders of the NSCN-IM including Col. Mahongam and Col. Yurho . Whereabouts of the leaders is not revealed by the source with Imphal Times.

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5 shops gutted in Lalpani bazaar fire; locals express dissatisfaction on the late arrival of fire tender

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Jiribam, Nov.7

At least 5 shops and all the goods inside them have been gutted in a devastating fire that broke out last night at Lalpani bazaar of Jiribam District which falls 6km from the zero point of Jiribam towards the southern side.

According to report culled from the site of the fire, it broke out at around 10 p.m last night and it was suspected that the fire may be ignited from the tea stall. Tea stall, Hardware store, clothes stores and grocery shop were among the 5 shops that have been gutted.

Speaking with the media person, the Lalpani Bazaar Committee Secretary Md. Jamal Hussain said the fire broke out at around 10pm. Immediately they reported to the Fire service department of Jiribam but due to delay of fire tender arrival in the spot it was not able to save the shops which is very unfortunate.

He also appealed to the concern authority to take up rapid action when such unnatural devastating fire broke out in future so that it might save the properties of people.

Later, to combat the fire along with three fires tender, it took 3 hours to put out the fire and prevent it from further spreading. Though the exact loss in the fire has not yet been worked out, the loss is estimated to be lakhs of rupees.

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Left Parties demands immediate Assembly Session on Indo-Naga Peace Talk

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Imphal, Nov 7

An emergency meeting of the four Left Parties was held at Irawat Bhawan, BT Road , Imphal under the chairmanship of Dr. M Nara Singh, National Executive Member of CPI on Wednesday evening has resolved to urge the government for an immediate assembly session to take a fresh resolution on the Indo Naga Peace talk.
The meeting was attended by CPI (M) leaders Kshetrimayum Santa (Secretary), Sarat Salam and Thounaojam Sharat ,  CPI leaders L. Sotin (Secretary), Kh. Surchand Thokchom Joykumar and RK Amusana , AIFB Secretary Khomdram Gyaneshwar and RSP Secretariat Member Kangjam Manoranjan .
The meeting discussed the latest situation in the state of Manipur particularly the situation after the October 31 dateline on the Naga Peace Talk between the Government of India (GOI) and Naga Representatives at New Delhi.
After a threadbare discussion on the issue the meeting adopted the following Demands :
1) Immediately convene Manipur Legislative Assembly to discuss and adopt a fresh resolution in the interest of Manipur and its people.
2) Send the resolution of the Manipur Legislative Assembly to the both Houses of Parliament which will be commenced from November 18 , 2019.
3) Invite immediately the stakeholders of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by the government including the state governments, political parties and CSOs to discuss for the finalisation to the Indo- Naga Peace Talk.
The meeting expressed dissatisfaction of the casualness on the part Central and State governments on the ongoing process on Indo - Naga Peace Talk and warmed that the time may be exhausted to tackle the issue.

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Drug Peddler nabbed

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Imphal, Nov 7

A team of Kakching Police chase and nabbed a drug peddler from Pallel area at around 4.30 pm yesterday. Police said the person tried to escape at his motor bike after he showed them frisking  at Sora area. As per police source the motorist threw a bag carried by him and  taking advantage of the crowd , he escaped towards unknown locations in Pallel Bazar. On checking the bag under due procedure, the bag contained 15 soap cases of heroin number 4 weighing 210 gms, and 908 gms of Opium (Kani) was recovered. 
On further checking the bag contains one Aadhar Card in the name of T. Mangsat Haokip (19) s/o T Khuplet Haokip of K Savumpa village, Chandel Dist. A case under FIR No. 89(11)2019 KCG PS was registered, the police source said.

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Warm welcome accorded to MP Dr RK Ranjan at Jiribam 

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MP Inner Parliamentary Manipur, Dr RK Ranjan Singh was accorded warm welcome in a simple function organized by Progressive Meitei Pangal Society (PMPS),Jiribam, Meitei Pangal Women Development Welfare Association (WPWDWA), Jiribam and Oriental Club, Babupara today at Jiribam District. 

The reception programme was attended by MP Dr RK Ranjan Singh, Local MLA  Md. Ashab Uddin, DC Jiribam Mayanglambam Rajkumar,  Superintendent of Police, Jiribam District Mubi Moirangthem and L. Veerjeet Singh,  Protocol Officer and Media Advisor to President as dignitaries.

The PMPS, MPWDWA and Oriental Club volunteers honoured the MP with simple gifts. 

On the speech, the MP Dr. RK Ranjan Singh said Jiribam is a District where different community’s people are inhabited. He added, we need to respect and honour each other as well as to protect the State from illegal infiltration and migration. He also assured to extend all possible assistance for the educational development of women in the Pangal Society.

Thereafter, local MLA of Jiribam Assembly Constituency Md Ashab Uddin applauded and honoured the MP for visiting Jiribam. He assured that he will follow up the advice of MP for the development of Jiribam District.

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Khengjonglang to host 1st Northeast Nupi drama festival

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Imphal, Nov 7

First ever North East Nupi(women) drama festival cum national seminar on theatre will be organized with the support of the Sangeet Natak Akademi New Delhi in Manipur next month as part of empowering women through their works.The festival cum national seminar on theatre will be held at the picturesque Khengjonglang theatre complex near Irilbung in Imphal East district.
Chairperson K Radhakumar of the organizing committee of the women drama festival cum seminar accompanied by other organizing committee members made an announcement during a press conference at the Manipur Press club this afternoon.
Radhakumar, a retired IAS officer also informed that altogether 10 women theatre groups of the northeast will present 10 different plays during the festival which will be begin from December 2 and it will continue till December 11.
At the same time a national seminar on theatre will also held as part of the festival from December 3-6 next. Prominent women theatre Directors of north eastern states are also exhibiting their feminine aesthetic and sensibility through their plays,he said.
Prominent women theatre Directors of the northeast namely Ima Sabitri of Kalakshetra,Dr S Thaninleima of Khengjonglang(Manipur),Rojibita Gogoi of Jirsong Theatre(Assam),Bijoli Chakraborty of Jagitri Culture Society(Tripura),Toijam Shila of Prospective Repertory Theatre (Manipur),Kismat Bano of Wings Theatre(Assam),L Randhoni of PADA(Manipur) and others will attend the festival and present their plays.
Besides two prize winning ‘Folk theatres’ (or Shumang Leela) will also staged during the festival, the organizing committee chairperson added.
Many well known eminent women theatre personalities of the country such as Anuradha Kapoor and Kirti Jain both from New Delhi, Nilam Mansingh of Punjab along with Kago Mado of Arunachal Pradesh,Bharat Gupta of Delhi and Pabitra of Sikkim will also participate in the national seminar, Dr S Thaninleima, a National School of Drama graduate and a key functionary of the organizing committee said.
According to noted playwright Budha Chingtham who was also present during the press conference, first ever Nupi(or women) drama festival was held in 2015 in Manipur while the country’s first International women drama festival was held in 2003.

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Chandel farmers encouraged to cultivate millets in large scale

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Chandel, Nov. 7

Seed  Day on Millets under IISS, NEH Component was conducted at Chandonpokpi Village, Chandel by ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chandel.
Dr. N. Prakash, Joint Director, ICAR Manipur Centre, Dr. I.Meghachandra Singh, Principal Scientist & Nodal Officer – ISP/BSP, ICAR, Manipur Centre, Y. Romeo Chothe, Chief of Chandonpokpi Village and Dr. Deepak Singh, Sr. Scientist & Head, KVK Chandel were the presidium members.
Dr. N. Prakash, during his speech encouraged the farmers to cultivate millets in large scale because of its importance value and sustaining their livelihood. Dr. I Meghachandra, informed the farmers the purpose of the programme.
He also highlighted the importance of millet seed production and the need to introduce processing unit for millets in the district. Y. Romeo Chothe thank the ICAR and KVK for introducing the improved varieties of Millets in the district under seed production on millets under IISS, NEH Component and informed that it is a viable option to mitigate drought like situation.
Dr. MA Ansari, Scientist (Agronomy) addressed that millets have high nutritional and medicinal values which is important for the farmer health and also said that value addition and processing of the millets can generate their incomes. While Dr. Deepak Singh delivered the keynote address. Ts. Leenda Monsang, ACTO (Plant Breeding) highlighted the Millets Seed Production under IISS, NEH Component programme in the district. The Programme was also attended by Dr. E. Lamalaxmi Devi,  Scientist (Genetics & Plant Breeding); Bhuvaneswari S, Scientist (Genetics & Plant Breeding); Dr. Konsam Sarika, (Genetics & Plant Breeding) and Staff of KVK.

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No more resolutions, translate those ‘taken’ into action

Manipur Assembly took several resolutions to safeguard Manipur’s integrity and interest. Many civil society organizations resolved to fight till the end to safeguard the same. Even the Chief Minister of Manipur is ready to die for the State if anything happens to lower down its dignity and authority. The people of Manipur believe N Biren, Chief Minister of Manipur, because what he says is in public. He is different as he claims now and then from many politicians of his stature. 
Today, Manipur is at the juncture of disintegration and fragmentation. The threat to Manipur’s existence is crystal clear after October 31. It is no time for taking resolution on the floor of the Assembly, but it is time to act and response – either diplomatically, lobbying or otherwise. It is time for the state leader to clear the confusion. At the same time people need no more rhetoric speech, colorful resolution or press conference. The people and state should act and solution lies in action.  
To begin with, let us be clear about working nature of Manipur’s Consultative Committee. The Consultative Committee should not act as an agent of Government of India, not even as interface between Government of India and people of Manipur. It should work for the Assembly resolution that reads as for oneness of Manipur. No administrative change on ethnic line; no territorial council in one form or other. In the word, the existing equation between State Assembly, State Government and Autonomous District Council should not be disturbed in any way. 
The bargaining between Naga outfits and Government of India is a threat to existence of Manipur’s political entity. Consultative Committee should not think, at any cost, of getting something for Manipur when Government of India is giving something to the Naga people. Manipur is a State, not a collection of populations. Getting something in return to whatever given to the Nagas is not proper way of political thinking. Manipur’s stand for integrity should be absolute. Consultative Committee should stand for translating the Assembly resolution into action. 
Manipur is a political entity; it cannot be kept on the negotiating table between two parties in which Manipur is not one. However, Manipur is facing trouble because of the concealing the negotiations reached with the Naga militant groups. This is not only a political threat to its existence but also an act of undermining the political abilities of the people of Manipur. 
An ‘Action’ is required. All the stakeholders should speak in their respective languages of action. Taking another resolution at this juncture is just wasting of time; such a move to take new resolution may be considered as attempt to delay our action. It is time of defiance; it is time to show we are still alive. It is time to prove that Manipur cannot be taken for grant. We had committed in 1827 when two other parties entered an Agreement that affected Manipur’s integrity and dignity. We are still losing our ground because of the Treaty of Yandabo. No more 1827. To correct the 1827 mistake and to take a dignified position in 2019, we have to act bold. How many languages of action we know to express our interest? Unluckily, students are now busy with the Government-set election process. Is it not an example of ineloquent in action language? Stop the election process for college student unions. Let the students speak their own language of action. 
Manipur should act for the resolution we take. We should remember how we suffered during the indefinite Economic Blockade. Have you forgotten that the Economic Blockade was for alternative arrangement?  We suffered a lot during those days and bear all sorts of pain only for safeguarding the oneness of Manipur. The pain was not for price hike in essential commodities but for the love of an unified Manipur. In those days too we denied all the demands of alternative arrangement or demarcation of Manipur in the name of ancestral lands. The denial is only to safeguard Manipur and peaceful co-existence of the peoples of Manipur. Speak loud this denial in the language of action, today. No more rhetoric, we need. We need realistic and pragmatic approach to defy high commands of all sorts. Let us remember how this State defied central command when Muivah tried to enter the State to disturb the ethnic harmony in the State. Remember defiance is also one language of action. 
If the elected representatives see no means available, resignation from MLA-ship or MP-ship is the only means left. Resignation is also a language of action. Be brave, ready for such action too, if we are so committed to the cause of safeguarding Manipur’s interest and oneness. If you can sacrifice your life then do it diplomatically. 
Writer : Sh Ajit


What the Frame Work Agreement of NSCN-IM and the Government of India says?

By - B. Angousana Sharma
Member of Senior Citizen’s Forum of Manipur

 The  Senior  Citizens  of  Manipur;  the  forums  of  Imphal  East  and  West;  the Women Organisations of Manipur are requested to hold an urgent meeting in regard of Framework Agreement of NSCN-IM and India Government which is still not ready to  honour  the  intent  of  the  people  of  Manipur,  by  maintaining  secrecy  which  must have open up to the stake holders of the people of the North-eastern states, which is inviting a civil war; which will not be good health to the Government of India.
  On the other, the BJP led coalition Govt. is else responsible for the lack of real information  and  intent  of  the  Central  Government.  Otherwise,  Government  of Manipur could have been dissolved the Govt. on the basis of lack of coordination to the  core  of  the  agreement  undergone  in  between  NSCN-IM  and  interlocutor  of  the Government.
  People of Manipur is asking to the Government of India that, what agreement is  undergoing  which  cannot  be  disclosed  to  the  people  of  Manipur?  As  a  result, Manipuris are in doubt of territorial integrity of Manipur, as NSCN-IM has long been exercising  to  dis-integrate  the  people  of  Manipur,  of  the  Hills,  in  the  name  of  Naga Integration,  which  was  long  been  witnessing  by  the  Legislators  of  Manipur,  by  the Governments of Manipur, political activists of Manipur.  
  But, Government of Manipur could not react upon the Naga Integration inside the  territory  of  Manipur  with  the  introspection  of  politics,  with  the  vote-bank politics.  But  today  it  seems  Manipur  is  in  trouble,  which  would  understand  by  the Government.
  Therefore, my appeal to the Senior Citizens of Manipur that we have lost time, dedicate  time,  we  have  lost  lives  but  I  am  in  serious  doubt  of  loosing  integrity  by warming up of the situation due to Framework Agreement, which rumouring loss of territory  by  extending  Single  Umbrella  Administration  and  Share  Sovereignty  to Nagaland;  which  of  the  cause  might  install  a  battle,  if  the  Govt.  of  India  is  not  in favour  of  maintaining  territorial  integrity  of  Manipur;  not  in  favour  of  safeguarding Manipur, but intending to make pieces into small communities.
  Also  I  would  demand  to  dissolve  the  State  Assembly  to  fight  the  undisclosed agenda of the Govt. of India, which always leads the people of Manipur lost.   Let the people of Manipur allow to know the real intent of the Govt. of India’s agenda in connection with NSCN-IM Peace Talk, which of the acts are time and again found  irritating  the  innocent  people  of  Manipur,  with  the  cause  of  Naga  Peace  Talk with  the  Govt.  of  India  after  1999,  the  then  BJP  Govt.  are  all  found  to  be  serious about the conspiracy in the BJP Govt. of India with the Naga activists.   The frequent attacks upon the people of Manipur are unforgettable. Manipur remain  victim  of  Naga  Terrorism  with  the  facts  of  the  National  Highway-2,  which through Nagaland  to reach Manipur become weak  point for the people of Manipur.
Advantaging  NH-2  to  the  NSCN  Manipuris  had  lost  lives,  properties,  revenue  to appease  Naga  Terrorists,  which  is  serious  note  to  the  Govt.  of  India.  Yet, instead of healing the deep injuries of Manipur, Govt. of India if else to sabotage the integrity of Manipur must hold responsible dialogue with the Govt. of Manipur and Govt. of India immediately;  so  that,  the  doubt  of  loss  of  territorial  integrity  of  Manipur  in  the people would removed.
  Because,  as  and  when  any  movement  about  the  integrity  of  Manipur happened,  had  lost  lives  of  a  single  community  i.e.  Meiteis  occurred;  which  is considerable  to  the  Govt.  of  Manipur  and  the  Senior  Citizens  intellectuals  of Manipur.
  Keeping in view of the latest development of the Imphal valley in relation with the  Framework  Agreement  of  Naga  Peace  Talk  with  the  Govt.  of  India,  Manipur remained  turmoil,  asking  question  frequently  to  finalise  a  proper  peaceful agreement; so that the territorial integrity of Manipur should not be hurt at any cost.

MYFA Organise Ningol Chakouba

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Silchar, Nov.7

The Manipuri Youth Front Assam (MYFA) celebrated Ningol Chakouba programme here at the office premises of Assam Indigenous people protection committee (AIPPC) on November 6.

The President of the MYFA, Seram Herajit Singha presided over the general meeting. The president of Assam Manipuri Apunba Meira Lup (AMMPAL), Lily Singha graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Besides, Sahadeb Rajbangsi, Tomij Uddin Laskar, Bidhubhusan Das and Krishnamohan Singha were also present on the dias as special guests.

Various Ningol ( women) from different communities across Barak Valley including Manipuri, Manipuri muslim, Das pattini, Hmar, Rongmei, Khasi, Dimasa , Cachary, Naga, Tea garden attended the occasion. The organisation also felicitated Keishnamohan Singha who recently bagged the national youth award.  It’s has been learnt that around 80 Ningols of different communities were felicitated during the occasion.

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