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Saturday, 16 March 2019 - Imphal Times

CM N. Biren Singh clarification on media report about supporting a specific person as candidate for inner Manipur talks volume

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Imphal, March 16,


Reaction to media report about the Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh on the matter of his inclination to a specific person and his support to make sure that the person he backed is nominated as the BJP candidate of the upcoming Lok Sabha poll talks volume about the internal politics of BJP. The report appeared at some of the newspaper was based on source and was speculative as anything is possible in politics.

It seems that the battle for candidacy of BJP is left between 2 persons – Th. Bashanta and Kh. Loken.

March 12 edition of this newspaper had reported that almost all BJP workers had set on Th. Bashanta for the Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency.

The report was base on source from the BJP functionaries which establish logical explanation. 

RK Ranjan who had contested as BJP candidate in last parliamentary election in the inner Manipur have been promised the post of Manipur Public Service Commission member recently and Haobam Borababu another contender is likely to be sent at NEC as member. This means that the only contender left is Th. Basanta, son of former Union Minister Th. Chaoba who had played a major role in building and strengthening of the BJP of today in Manipur.

The report received feedback, which bring one former MLA Kh Loken from Sagolband Assembly constituency. This was expected as this newspaper also reported that any new face may also come up under the influence of RSS.

A source said that the Chief Minister in consultation with few party leaders recommended and added to the list of probable candidates name, the name of ex-MLA and ex-minister Sagolband constituency with the opinions from RSS Karyalaya Manipur Prant, Seva Bharati Nagampal. 

The Sagolband constituency is a very important and powerful assembly segment at the moment (with the high probability of a major news in the coming days based on high command and RSS approvals before or prior to the Lok Sabha Election).  The BJP Manipur Pradesh Gen. Secretaries Org. and Admin are in the loop.

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Congress may nominate new candidate for Lok Sabha poll; name likely to be announce on March 20

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Imphal, March 16,

In its strategy to make sure that congress retain its seat in the two parliamentary constituency of the state, the Congress party is likely to nominate new candidate by replacing both the seating MPs. Dr. Th. Meinya and Thangso Baite may not be the party candidate this time, said a highly place source. The source however did not disclosed on who will be the candidate.
“It is up to the AICC to chose the candidate for contesting in both the parliamentary constituency but as desire by the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, it is likely that the AICC might nominate new face from among the party ticket seeker”, said a source.
However, another source said that as for the inner constituency Dr. Meinya still have high probability of contesting the MP election as congress candidate as he is being supported by many AICC leaders.
The source confirms that the party will announce who will contest in the upcoming parliamentary election on March 20 or a day after.
AICC president Rahul Gandhi is coming to the state to kick start campaign for the congress party.
A public meeting is likely to organised on March 20, but state congress authority still did not announced on where the meeting will be conducted.

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Mamta’s Manipur Women Leaders, their storyline released

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Imphal March 16
A Book title “Manipuri Women Leaders their storyline” penned by MAMTA Lukram was released today by Administrator of Manipur University Jarnail Singh at the library hall of Centre for Manipur Studies (CMS), Manipur University.
The release function was attended by Administrator of MU Jarnail Singh, Editor of Imphal Free Press Pradip Phanjoubam and Professor of Economics Department of MU Amar Yumnam.
Speaking as the chief Guest Jarnail Singh recalled the articles written by MK Binodini where he was struck in awe on how beautifully she had written and added that he have read three times.
He further added that such book like Mamta’s Manipur women Leaders their storyline will inspire others to write more in the future.
The book is about the biographical accounts of some selected women leaders of Manipur who have been involve in the Meira Paibi movement which has been taking frontal roles in all spheres of social life.
The book was reviewed by Editor of Imphal Free Press Pradip Phanjoubam

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CNPO comes out to rescue arrested NSCN-IM cadres arrested on charge of kidnapping a woman

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Imphal, March 16,

Coming to the rescue of the two NSCN-Cadre arrested by the Assam Rifle on charge of kidnapping a woman in Chandel area, Chandel Naga Peoples Organisation (CNPO) said that the woman identified as Kh. [email protected] was arrested by the NSCN-IM cadre from Thamla Khuren for interrogation on March 13, 2019 as she was suspected to be drug trafficker.

 The CNPO statement said that as per the clarification Issued dated 15th march 2019 by the Thamla Khuren Village Authority she was into this unlawful activities of drug peddling for the past many years and habitual offender against Society and humanity.

It added that the woman was habitually involve in anti social activities and was repeatedly warned to distance from her wrong habit to safe guard the youths from drugs menace, She was picked due to her arrogant behaviour.

“The Civil Society Organizations of Chandel strongly disagreed to the report against NSCN(IM) cadres as kidnapper. In fact, the NSCN(IM) having received Information about drug trafficker in the vicinity of Thamla Khuren Village near PalIel bazar arrested Kh.Peilin @ Gracy for Interrogation to exposed the involvement of influential persons harboring the unlawful Activities”, the CNPO statement said.

The statement further said that before she could be release her associate had reported to the Indian Security Forces and in the ensuing circumstances, the NSCN(IM) Cadres relented to the 18 Assam Ruffles without any firing incidents for respecting the agreed Ceasefire ground rules between GoI and NSCN(IM).

“That, expressing our concern to eradicate drug menace and drug abuse, appreciate the NSCN(IM) for taking measure to prevent any anti social activities in the district. In this regard the Chandel Civil Society Organizations advocate any actions to reprimand any drug trafficker for sensitizing drug free environment”, the statement said. 

The CNPO appeals the government of India to support any exercise to sensitize the society from drug menace. The statement also urged the authority representing GoI to advice the security agencies in the North East Region to maintain operational agreed Ceasefire ground rules.

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SVEEP Campaign

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Imphal, March 16,

An awareness campaign on Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) was organized by the Field Outreach Bureau, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, Imphal at DM College of Commerce, Imphal today.  A quiz competition on the topic was also held and prizes along with certificate were distributed.

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9th Annual Conference of Medical Society of RIMS held

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Imphal, March 16,

The 9th Annual Conference of Medical Society of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal MESOCON 2019 was held today at  Jubilee Hall of the Institution

The theme of this year is “Translational medicine need of the hour”. The annual event is being organised to update the knowledge on current trends in medical sciences for teaching staffs and post graduate students of various departments of RIMS.

More than 370 delegates have registered for the conferences. Prof Pallab Ray, Department of Microbiology, PGI Chandigarh has delivered the theme talk on “Translational Medicine: need of the hour”. Prof Huber Hutchin Robinson, secretary General North American Institute of Oriental and classical studies has delivered a talk on “Science, Psyche and spirituality”. A panel discussion on “Hepatitis : An update “was also organised with Prof. Ng. Taruni Devi Prof & HOD of Medicine as a moderator and Prof Kh. Sulochana Devi, Prof. N. Nabakishore Singh and Dr R.K. Rosie were panel members. Prof. AK Brogen Singh talked on “ Addressing Ethical issues in writing proposals and Prof Th. Suraj Singh delivered talk on “ Multidisciplinary Research Unit: An avenue for medical research “. Certificate and Mementos were distributed to the winners of PG, Award session 2019 of the society held on 19th January , 2019.

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Parking paralysis

‘An exercise in futility’ would perhaps best describe the ongoing determined attempt of the state traffic police to control and maintain proper parking rules and regulations in the city. The seemingly harsh observation which is more an opinion than a qualified assessment is derived from the experiences, narrations, discussions and reactions from concerned public and bewildered motorists who have pointed out certain highlights to drive home the truth of the present situation.
 The present efforts of the state authorities particularly the Imphal West Traffic Police to streamline parking methods as well as to regulate and prevent illegal parking so as to ensure minimal resistance to traffic flow in and around the city is a much needed exercise in light of the steadily increasing vehicular traffic in the city. The state has seen and experienced a rapid surge in the volume of traffic during the last decade which, while being a good indicator of increasing disposable income of the people in the state, has been proving to be a worsening problem as regulating traffic is becoming an increasingly challenging task. And the challenge is only set to get even more difficult.
The most pertinent question then is how the existing resources in terms of manpower and available spaces be utilized to ease the increasingly worsening traffic woes in the state capital. The initiative of the state government to revive the state road transport is laudable, but as of now, there are few takers which indicate an inherent flaw in the arrangement which the state think tank need to review, identify and address. Lack of dedicated parking spaces for public transporters such as autorickshaws, wingers etc around the periphery of the heart of the city, as well as the lack of a feeder transport system to ferry the public into the heart of the city has been a major stumbling block in the effort to regulate traffic in the heart of the city. The state run public transport system can be effectively used to provide the necessary service. Proper and highly visible demarcation of parking spaces with strict enforcement to comply with the authorities will definitely yield the desired result.
However, the biggest and most overlooked factor contributing to the congestions which has been baffling the public is the deliberate ignorance of the authorities- read police personnel doing the rounds in the heart of the city enforcing traffic rules and parking regulations- are the scores of women vendors displaying their wares within the parking spaces along the Thangal Bazar stretch on both sides of the road depriving the public of the much needed parking spaces. Their number is rapidly increasing by the day and is at present occupying almost half the designated parking spaces. Roadside vendors are also now spilling over onto the Paona Bazar side as well. Another prominent situation which the authorities have so far failed to notice is the encroachment of pavements/footpaths by shops for displaying their wares forcing the public to walk on the road.
Unless all the factors contributing to traffic congestion are taken into consideration and an inclusive plan to tackle the issue is drawn up and put into action, no amount of patchy albeit spirited efforts will bring the desired result.

Chen Yufei and Shi Yuqi top seeded as Chinese stars headline 9th edition of the Yonex Sunrise India Open

New Delhi, March 16

Newly-crowned All England Open champion Chen Yufei and defending men’s singles champion Shi Yuqi will lead the draw as the 9th edition of the Yonex Sunrise India Open begins at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall of Indira Gandhi International Stadium, on March 26.
After eight successful years at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, this time the USD 350, 000 tournament will not only have a brand-new address but is also set to welcome the biggest ever Chinese Contingent. Having upset the World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying in the final of the All England Open last week, World No. 2 Yufei will command a lot of attention as she battles it out with India’s very best at this premier World Tour Super 500 event.
The main draw of women’s singles has as many as six Chinese shuttlers, with World No. 7 He Bingjiao and World No. 14 Han Yue receiving the third and seventh seeding respectively. Former champion and 2012 Olympic gold medallist Li Xuerui makes her return while Chen Xiaoxin and Cai Yanyan are the other Chinese in the draw.
The Indian challenge will be spearheaded by second seed and 2017 winner PV Sindhu and two-time champion Saina Nehwal, seeded fifth this time.
Shi Yuqi, whose All England title defence ended in the semi-finals to Viktor Axelsen, will hope to rebound at the Yonex Sunrise India Open. The World No. 2 Chinese, who begins his challenge against compatriot Huang Yuxiang, could meet his countryman Zhou Zeqi in the quarter-finals. World No. 19 Lu Guangzu and the 37th ranked Zhao Junpeng will clash in yet another thrilling all-Chinese face-off.
The highly popular Viktor Axelsen, second seed this time and winner in 2017, will look to continue the fireworks after reaching the final of the All England Open earlier this month.
India has handsome representation in the men’s singles section with six shuttlers from home vying for the title. While 2015 champion Kidambi Srikanth has been seeded third, BWF World Tour Finals semi-finalist Sameer Verma is the fifth seed.
Sai Praneeth, HS Prannoy, Parupalli Kashyap, Subhankar Dey will carry the home hopes as well.
The third-seeded men’s’ doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will begin their 2019 season at the India Open amid a lot of expectations. Former National Champions Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy are the only other Indian pair to have been seeded at sixth.
2018 World Championships quarter-finalists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa are the eighth seeds in the mixed doubles draw which is led by the Chinese pair of Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping, the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals champions.
Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy are unseeded and could face the fourth seeds Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja in the second round.
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist combine of Reddy and Ponnappa will look to pull off an upset over the sixth seeds Li Wenmei and Zheng Yu in women’s doubles.

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IGAR (South) Celebrates 16th Raising Day

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Imphal, March 16

Inspector General of Assam Rifles (South) celebrated its 16th Raising Day on 15 March 2019. HQ IGAR (South) was raised in 2004 at the historic Kangla Fort and moved subsequently to its present location at Mantripukhri.
In line with tradition, Major General KP Singh, YSM, IG AR (S), officers and troops paid homage to martyrs by laying wreaths at the War Memorial. A special Sainik Sammelan by Maj Gen KP Singh, YSM was held at Haflong Hall. Major General K P Singh conveyed his greetings and best wishes to all ranks of HQ IGAR (South) and applauded their contribution towards creating a conducive and secure environment in the state.
He exhorted the force to strive for the well being and safety of the people of Manipur at all times. Fondly called “Friends of Manipur”, IGAR (South) has contributed not only to the security and peace in the state, but has also aided development activities especially in the border areas. Driven by the urge to usher in the well being of Manipur and its people, the efforts of the last sixteen years are today visible on the peaceful streets of Imphal and other districts of Manipur.
The raising day celebrations mark yet another successful year to the annals of the history of HQ IGAR (South) and the oldest paramilitary force - Assam Rifles.  In a short span of time since its raising in 2004, IGAR (South) has been able to achieve a lot and continues to strive for excellence in every field. On its raising day, IGAR (South) takes the opportunity to reassure the people of Manipur that it is committed to the well being, safety and security of Manipuri people.

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Assam Rifles organises awareness lecture on World Consumer Rights Day

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Imphal, March 16

Tulihal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) observed World Consumer Rights Day at Leimapokpam  Public High School, Leimapokpam on 15 March.
Students are the building blocks of any society and hence they need to be educated on the social issues. One of the important issues is, the consumer rights which normally remains unheeded, hence with the aim of raising awareness about the consumer rights and needs, an Interactive lecture on the occasion was organsied for the students. The lecture witnessed attendance over 150 students of Leimapokpam Public High School.
The students were informed about the theme of the World Consumer Rights Day 2019 which is “Trusted Smart Products”. The students were also made aware about the various ways in which consumers are exploited such as adulteration, sub-standard items, under weighing and under measurement.
In the end students were also educated about the “Consumer Protection Act” and various means to prevent exploitation such as purchasing ISI/Agmark products, obtaining bill of the purchased items and to approach consumer forum for redressal of consumer grievances.
The program was concluded with word of thanks by the School Staff. They also appreciated the kind gesture of the Assam Rifles in reaching out to them and hoped that this effort would go a long way in further cementing the bond between the people of Manipur and the forces and reaffirming the faith of the people in Assam Rifles as “Friends of Manipur”.

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