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Saturday, 02 March 2019 - Imphal Times

National Disaster Relief Fund misappropriated

IT News
Imphal, March 2,

“99 percent of the enlisted beneficiaries of a National Disaster Relief Fund were found as fake beneficiaries and the remaining one percent doesn’t get benefitted till now even though it was already sanctioned as they were informed through the reply of an RTI”, said Yengkokpam Tomchou.
On 2015 Manipur was greatly affected by flash flood leading to flooding of various areas for a long time, washing away of houses and paddy fields become non productive leading to a complete loss for the paddy field owners. As an aid given to the affected victims, National Disaster relief fund has been sanctioning funds to support the affected victims caused by natural disasters.
Speaking to media persons Yengkokpam Tomchou who is a beneficiary of the NDRF said that according to the notification orders given by Deputy Commissioner of Thoubal District, due to the flood occurred on 2015 the total no of damaged houses which is under Lilong Sub division is 2223 amounting to Rs. 71, 13,600 and the no of farmers or the beneficiaries whose paddy fields were damaged in the flood were 5971 amounting to Rs 3,02,50,306.
He further said that as they wanted the benefits given by the government to aid the affected victims they asked the DC to show the list of the beneficiaries of the affected victims. Failing to show the list, one woman identified as Asem ongbi Noyon filed an RTI to show the list of the affected victims caused by the flood of 2015. He also added that from the reply of the RTI they have known that the fund was already sanctioned to the victims through Direct Benefit Transfer.
On seeing the list given as a reply of RTI they were amazed that most of the affected victims enlisted as beneficiaries weren’t residents of their affected area and were all fictional persons, he added. He further said that the few names of the beneficiaries of the relief fund who were actually living there and got affected by the flood doesn’t even get the fund though information given by the RTI said that the victims got benefitted through DBT.
Yengkokpam Tomchou appealed the authorities to punish the culprit who misappropriated the funds of National Disaster Relief Funds and also let the actual flood affected victims to get benefitted through the Relief Fund.

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SSUM and MPDDU taking care of 25 needy children of a village near Mapithel Dam

IT News
Imphal, March 2,

 25 children are reportedly taking sheltered at the premises of Legal Aid Clinic in the village Nongbram Village near Mapithel Dam in Imphal East district .
Due to the construction of Mapithel Dam, the inhabitants of the Nongbram village who used to earn their livelihood solely by quarrying sand from the Thoubal river, have been deprived of their income thereby forcing them to go elsewhere for search of odd jobs. Initially the adult inhabitants used to go out from dawn and return to their families in late evening leaving their children to their own fate. However, as the work became scarce day by day, male adults were compelled to leave their families while the females were left to fend for themselves with their children. It is reported that some of the parents even left their children over a year ago.
Altogether 25 children of such families are now taking shelter at the office of Legal Aid Clinic with assistance provided by a member of the Socialist Students of Manipur and also members of Manipur People Proletariat Democratic Union. The children are now sent for leaning at the Kumuching Junior High School under the supervision of the Legal Aid Clinic.
A joint team of Child Welfare Committee, District Child Protection Unit, Childline Imphal and Imphal East Zilla Parishad today visited the to assess the situation

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KCP (PWG) says ban on Catholic School Society not lifted

IT News
Imphal, March 2,

Armed group Kangleipak Communist Party- Peoples’ War Group (Marxist Center) in a statement said that there is no way for the party to lift the ban imposed on Catholic Education Society. It said that as the Catholic School Society had sought support from the Manipur Police and open the school against the dictate of the PWG there is no way that the party roll back its decision.
“Had the Catholic Education Society tried to find a way instead of challenging the party with the help of the Security force there might have some solution”, the outfit said.
The armed group said that as their cadre can strike at any moment any time but had been waiting for an amicable solution. However as the time given has been lapses the cadre of the outfit will strike at composition related with the schools including teachers or the van service at any moment.

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V Hangkhanlian opens Community Policing Centre, Library-cum-Study Centre, OPD & Flagging Off of Sanitary Trucks


CCpur, March 2,

Minister for Agri, Vety.& AH V Hangkhanlian today opened Community Policing Centre at New Bazar, Library-cum-Study Centre at Hiangtam Lamka, Out Patient Department (OPD) at ADCC Complex and Flagging off of Sanitary Trucks at ADCC Complex, Churachandpur.

Attending the programme at ADCC Complex, Shri V Hangkhanlian appeals to the public to extend co-operation as the Community Policing Centre opened in Churachandpur is the first of its kind in the State which would hold a unique position among crime prevention initiatives between the community and its police force. The District Library-cum-Study Centre with unlimited facilities will take it further to provide the tools to fulfill the aspirations of students, added the Minister. A Scheme which will have far reaching implications as it has been specifically designed and targeted for small and medium farmers, Prime Minister NarendraModi kick off the PM-Kisan scheme on 24 Feb 2019 at Uttar Pradesh Gorakhpur and the state level PM-KISAN was also launched by Chief Minister N Biren Singh at Sati Khongnang, Bengoon, Mayang Imphal, Imphal West, said the Minister.The Minister further added that under the scheme, small and marginal farmers with less than two hectares of land will get cash in their accounts in three installments of Rs. 2,000 each.The Minister asserted that out of the 16 Hill District including the newly created District, the 10 Districts are not under Hill District and that there is a problem with the Land Holding System. As per the Hon’ble Minister proposal which has been accepted in Toto by the Govt. of India, under the Hill District all the farmers are to be identified as tribal farmer which will be authenticated by the SDOs concerned and certified by DC to receive the entitlement of PM-Kisan, said the Minister. The Minister appeal to all to extend maximum cooperation so that the PM-Kisan becomes a grand success in the District. 

When community leaders and CSOs join in partnership with the Police, it means we can all live more safely, anybody in the district can make a difference said the Sr. SP of Churachandpur District ShriKabib K in connection with the opening of the Community Policing Centre.

Dignitaries attending the programme included ShriPaukhanlian, Chairman ADC Churachandpur,  PaolalHaokip, Vice-Chairman ADC Churachandpur,  Shyam Lal Poonia, IAS, DC Churachandpur,  Kabib K, IPS, Sr. SP Churachandpur and other DLOs of the District.

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Dr. G. Tonsana Sharma to contest as MDPF candidate for Inner Manipur PA Lok Sabha Election

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Imphal, March 2,

Manipur Democratic People’s Front (MDPF), has announced to field Dr. G. Tonsana Sharma as the candidate for the upcoming 17th Lok Sabha Election 2019 in the Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency. MDPF is a State Political Party floated in the year 2009 and registered with the Election Commission of India (ECI) in 2011 on 25th April with its head office located at Larikyengbam Makha Leikai, opposite 33 KV Substation, near Lamlong bridge, Khuman Lampak in Imphal East District.

The MDPF Parties Election Manifesto has also been announced. The Manifestoes includes protection of the territorial integrity of Manipur and the survival of its people in peace and harmony by improving its law and order through good governance; improvement of the state of Manipur society, political and economically through the means of provisions as enshrined in the Constitution of India most importantly by harnessing God gifted natural resources available in the state in Manipur such as agricultural resources, mineral resources, water resources, forest and environmental resources including flora and fauna; improvement of the standard of living of the people of Manipur through education, health care and modern technology; safeguarding the interest of the local people as is required in a welfare state and through means of doctrine of “citizen be secured” as is depicted in the civilized nation (including CAB 2016 and Scheduled Tribe status demand compatible to International Humanitarian Law). The election manifesto further include to enrich the state exchequer through the means green revolution, while revolution, blue revolution and yellow revolution which are essential of mankind for day today living and also to encourage industrialization in the state through means of our resources/raw materials available in the state small scale and medium scale industries. 

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Sai Charan Koya upsets top seed to enter pre-quarter-finals at Yonex Dutch Junior International

From a Correspondent
New Delhi, March 2,

 Andhra Pradesh boy Sai Charan Koya put up a brilliant performance to upset the top seed and storm into the pre-quarter-finals of the prestigious Yonex Dutch Junior International 2019 in Haarlem, Netherlands on Friday. Koya needed 38 minutes to prevail over Indonesia’s Syabda Perkasa Belawa 21-11, 21-19.
The 16-year-old was joined by Maisnam Meiraba Luwang and Priyanshu Rajawat in the Round of 16 on a day of some scintillating upsets by the young Indian shuttlers. Manipur’s Meiraba registered a strong 21-13, 21-16 victory over the ninth seed Ernesto Baschwitz while Dhar native Rajawat emerged a fluent 21-14, 21-12 winner over the 13th seed Miguel San Luis, also of Spain.
India dazzled in girls’ singles as well with a mature show from Gayatri Gopichand.  The 15-year-old staved off a stiff resistance from the 10th seeded Amy Tan in the first game and then ran away in the second to secure a 21-17, 21-12 win en route to the pre-quarters.
However, the campaign came to an end for Samiya Imad Farooqui, Smit Toshniwal and Treesa Jolly. 2017 Asian Junior Championships U-15 gold medallist Farooqui was beaten 18-21, 15-21 by the fourth seed Anastasiia Shapovalova while the 12th seeded Toshniwal was edged 21-18, 12-21, 17-21 by Korea’s Hye Jin Choi. Jolly could not overcome the 16th seeded So Yul Lee, falling 13-21, 10-21.
The boys’ doubles team of Navaneeth Bokka and Vishnu Vardhan Goud Panjala were the only Indian doubles pair to win on Day 3 of this Junior International Grand Prix event as the Indian challenge got over in girls’ doubles.
Bokka and Panjala, both hailing from Telengana, pummelled the French combine of Clement Allain and Cyprien Samson 21-10, 21-9 to enter the pre-quarter-finals of boys’ doubles. Ishaan Bhatnagar and Edwin Joy, meanwhile, went down 9-21, 15-21 to Joon Young Kim and Min Woo Noh.
In the girls’ doubles section, Treesa Jolly and Varshini Viswanath Sri were shown the door 10-21, 21-16, 12-21 by Danes Natasja P Anthonisen and Clara Graversen.

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CAB no more issue: BJP blessed by Pulwama terror attack

The recent tension between Pakistan and India in the aftermath of the Palwana terror strike by militants (JeM) which killed 42 CRPF jawan is a ‘shock’ for all the people of India. Even the Manipuri who have been advocating freedom from India even expressed shocked to the kind of gruesome attack. But what is expected is that the ruling BJP take no time in taking advantage of the situation. Worries about the unpopularity in the last few months over various issues has been easily subsided that the BJP graph is climbing again now with the parliamentary election - just two month to go.
Coming to NE states ; The anti-BJP wave sweeping across entire NE states seem to give no worry to the BJP even before the tension between the India and Pakistan. May the BJP leadership under estimated the region even as they have tried when Narendra Modi wave hurled the country in 2014 parliamentary election. Their victory in 2014 had make them so confident that as long as the majority Hindu in the heartland of India can be hypnotized, the BJP is in no way going to lose the election. Of the 29 states, the BJP now seem to concentrate the issues of bigger states which have more number of MPs either in way of hypnotizing the less literate voters or by building unbreakable alliance with political parties so that the number of reinstating a similar BJP led NDA type government could be formed at the center. To be précised, targeting big states which have more numbers of MPs is becoming the agenda of BJP in their effort to bring back Narendra Damudor Modi as the country’s Prime Minister again.
Promises to scrape inhuman and outdated legislation or Act are a mere joke. If one remember what the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi had spoken at Madison Square Graden in New York at which he stated that draconian and outdated laws will be scraped, he or she will certainly think that , “Mr. Modi did know how to make joke”. The speech was delivered around 4 years back and till today the draconian Armed Forces Special Power Act is still enforced, the sedition laws make no changes and provisions to protect citizen from detention in the name of potential threat still continue in the name National Security Act (NSA) where a Manipuri Television Journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem has been detained after court set him free.  
The ambitious Act East Policy which was renamed after the coming of the Modi government turn out to be another appeasement policy of the North Eastern states. NRC in Assam was supported and after knowing that over 40 lakhs illegal immigrants has been found out, the Government led by Narendra Modi is amending the citizenship act to grant citizen to these people perhaps.
The day when the Contentious Citizen Amendment Bill, 2016 was passed in the Lok Sabha, there was wild uproar in the entire states of North East. In Tripura protestors were fired.
The Chief Minister of Manipur, perhaps under pressure at least joint hands with some political party urged the Union Home Minister and the prime Minister to insert a clause that would protect the state from CAB, which is neither feasible nor listen by the BJP leadership.
Even after knowing the fact that NE may burnt if the CAB is introduced and passed in the parliament, the Supremo of the BJP Amit Shah had announced that the CAB will be brought back if the BJP come to power again in the center.  The very statement of the BJP leader much have been the reason for the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh to oppose the opposition proposal for a unanimous decision against the passing of the CAB yesterday.
Amit Shah statement on CAB  showed that they care nothing to NE states. After all the states put together including Sikkim have only 25 MPs. The issue of CAB and the uproar from the people of the state is not an issue as the BJP now shrewdly penetrated to West Bengal which have 42 MPs. Half of this number which the BJP is expecting to get due to the anti-incumbency factor of the Mamata Banerji Government as well as the number of illegal migrants which had already entered the city of joy who felt that they will be granted Indian citizenship. It is not an issue for Muslim migrant to convert it to any religion as most entered the country for survival. After all the CAB says persons without any document can also be granted citizenship of the country. There are no marks to any human being to show that he or she belong to any religion.  

Media OPD clinic concluded at press club

By Our Correspondent
Guwahati, March 2,

GATE Hospital, an emerging healthcare institutions of northeast India had conducted a brief media OPD clinic at Guwahati Press Club on 1 March 2019, where Dr Navin Kr Bansal (medicine) and Dr Ranjan Kr Das (medical superintendent) offered free consultations to
the participants. Member-journalists of the active press club also got their blood sugar & pressure checked in the camp by nurses namely Sumita Kalita and Sumi Rajbongshi. Senior officials from the fastest growing city based hospital Mintu Ranjan Dutta and Ujjal Saikia were also present in the camp.
Organized under the series of healthcare awareness programs for the benefit of press club members along with their close relatives, the weekly camp has regularly been supported by various acclaimed private nursing homes like DownTown Hospitals, GNRC Hospitals, Dispur
Hospital, Wintrobe Hospital, Nemcare Hospital, Barthakur Clinic Hospital, Excelcare Hospital, Ayursundra Hospital, Health City Hospital, Sun Valley Hospital, Narayana Hospitals, Swagat Hospital etc.

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CII condoles the sad demise of Padma Bhushan Professor Lord  Kumar Bhattacharyya  KT CBE FREng FRS

IT Desk
Imphal, March 2,

 A visionary academic and tall leader of manufacturing excellence, Prof Lord Bhattacharyya was deeply committed to fostering India’s manufacturing excellence. Working on policy development, manufacturing competitiveness and research, he believed in deepening India’s global manufacturing footprint to make the country a leader.
Prof Lord Bhattacharyya played a significant role in India-UK economic relations and helped found the Indo-British Partnership Initiative (IBPI) where CII was the Indian partner. This was launched by both Governments in 1991 and was successful in taking bilateral trade and investment relations to new heights.
CII was closely associated with WMG under Prof Lord Bhattacharyya’s guidance for undertaking various educational and innovation programmes. The programmes contributed to building capacity among middle and senior manufacturing managers, enabling them to introduce new manufacturing practices in the Indian scenario. Over 25 years, the CII-WMG Engineering Business Program developed a core cadre of manufacturing leaders.
CII also worked with WMG for setting up a Technology Center in India in 1995. In 2017-18, the two organisations collaborated on an Advanced Manufacturing Programme for senior manufacturing managers to expand technology adaptation in Indian manufacturing. CII and WMG also worked together on issues such as climate change mitigation, higher education, technology and R&D in Indian manufacturing.
An alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, Prof Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya was globally respected for his vision and foresight. In 2002, he was conferred the Padma Bhushan by Government of India for his services to Science and Technology.

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Facts about the first Bird Sanctuary of Manipur to be established at Thinungei village in Bishnupur district

1.The proposed area, as per the Government notification, is 103.10 hectares (1.031 sq. km) which comprises of 13.93 hectares of swampy area, 35.37 hectares of floating biomass (phumdi) and 53.80 hectares of open water.
2. As per the independent study, the total State land in the eastern side of Thinungei adjoining Loktak Lake is 84.3 hectares out of which only and only 13.93 hectares will be covered under the Bird Sanctuary. The remaining 70.3 hectares is being encroached by individuals with their own fishing business. On the northern side of the proposed sanctuary area, 32 hectares is being encroached and on the southern side 38.3 hectares hectares is being encroached.
3. One of the claims of the agitators is that they do not have sufficient area for fishing. Their claim is true because most of these swampy areas have been encroached by the self interested people. The real fisher people are not allowed to even enter these encroached areas. So, automatically the fishing areas of the fisher people have reduced dramatically. This needs the intervention of the state government.
4. Still these fisher people have not protested against the illegal activities of the few encroachers till date. They are now protesting against a small area of just 13.93 hectares of swampy area, which is to be used for the development of the whole village.
5. Moreover, the whole area of 103.10 hectares (1.031 sq. km) is such a small area for a bird sanctuary. They have enough areas for fishing outside this area. It is also a fact that these fisher people do not only fish in this area but go far and wide even upto Mayang Imphal. So their claim that their fishing space has been reduced and their livelihood has been strangled is a faulty proposition.
6. Many in the agitation are not real fisher people. There are so many fake fisher people who have their own vested interest which will be prevented by the proposed Bird Sanctuary. In fact many of them are encroachers and they are spearheading the agitation by misleading and misinforming the innocent and real fisher people.
7. Encroaching illegally in the shoreline area of the core zone of the Lake in the name of fisherman in this Ramsar Site, a wetland of International importance, is a total gross violation of the National Wetland (Conservation & Management) Rules, 2017 and Manipur Loktak Lake ( Protection) Act, 2016.
8. Many of these so called fisher people are also engaged in fishing by electrocuting, poisoning and poaching of waterbird. These activities are against the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and Environment Protection Act, 1986.
9. These agitators have been spreading misinformation and has even collected signatures, mostly with coercion, from the unsuspecting villagers, to serve their ulterior motives.       

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