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This election is a fight for 2nd Independence, says Gaikhangam

IT News
Imphal March 27,

Questioning whether the present India is an Independent one, President of Manipur Pradesh congress Committee Gaikhangam said that the BJP led government is curtailing the basic rights of people. Freedom of speech and dissent is being shattered from the common man.  Idea of cultural imperialism is being imposed on the diverse cultures and religions where individual liberty is restricted and added that the upcoming 17th Lok Sabha Election is not just an ordinary election but it is a fight for the 2nd Independence of India.
Addressing in a flag hoisting ceremony of Indian National Congress Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency candidate K. James which was held at his residence today morning at Sangaiprou Mamang Leikai, Gaikhangam said that even the British had given some freedom on the food habits and on the diverse culture and religion during the colonial era but the present regime under BJP has curtail all this liberty.
He said that criticisms against the government were taken as waging war against the nation by the BJP led government. He added that the present government hasn’t known clearly that Criticism against the government policy is not criticism against the nation and many were charged under sedition for speaking against the government. He further said that the coming Lok Sabha Election is a movement to regain the rights which was violated by the present government.
He also said that Congress Party is the party of the people and added that even the opposition BJP has also approved it. The Present chief minister of the state has also said that it is the party for the people a few years back, he added.
Gaikhangam further said that the BJP party is a very divisive party. It is not only the enemy of the minorities but even for the majority Hindu itself as Mahatma Gandhi was killed because he followed thoroughly the teachings of the hindus and under their hidden agenda that they cannot continue to move together. He added that RSS and BJP coined term ‘Hindutva’ is not Hinduism, it is just a political gimmick.  He further stressed that BJP doesn’t have any other philosophy other than the politics of statue, temple and lies.
Leader of Congress Legislature Party O. Ibobi while speaking on the occasion said that the BJP government hasn’t focus on any welfare schemes for the people but concentrated on cheap publicity and propaganda. Speaking as the Chief Guest of the function he added that according to a source of RTI activist the amount the BJP spent on propaganda and publicity exceeds 5000 Crores of rupees. He questioned what development has been done by the programs like Go to hills, go to village and Go to schools. No development has been initiated except for few Tribal markets. He added that even though the government initiated Go to school no infrastructure development has been done for the welfare of the schools.
Ibobi also said that the Go to village program is just a program to give the birth and death certificates to the people. He also added that the present government has lower down the Local self Government.
He asserts that the Congress party doesn’t want to focus more on inaugural function rather than they believe in benefiting the people. He said that the BJP led government only know publicity and inauguration of developmental works for the past two years done by the previous government and added that the BJP government can go on continuing inauguration for a year also.
He appealed not to think the people as a fool who can be trick by cheap publicity and propaganda. He concluded that if the communal BJP led government is not changed quickly than not only Manipur but India will be at a great loss. So he added that they need to teach a lesson.
Speaking to media person on the sideline of the function INC’s outer Parliamentary constituency candidate K. James said that he will focus more on the development of the poorer section of the state and also for the development of the 28 segments which was at its worst condition. And he also added that he will focus on the issues of public interest and will never opt which is against the opinion of the people.

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Police conducts massive hunt for escaped prisoner Nando

IT News
Imphal, March 27,

State police conducted search operation at various places in Imphal East area hunting for the escaped under trial prisoner Thokchom Nando since yesterday morning. The state police also alerted all police stations at National High Ways including the Imphal-Dimapur and Imphal Jiribam road.
Today morning a police team under the supervision of Imphal East SP conducted search operation at Keibi area. The police team reportedly entered some of the houses search for the escaped prisoners.
One SI and three police constables were reportedly suspended in connection with the escape of Th Nando from the Ortho Ward of JNIMS on the wee hour of March 26. Nando was arrested in connection with the merciless killing of Lungnila Elizabeth after kidnapping her from her school gate  on November 4, 2003. The minor girl Lungnila , daughter of the then Minister Franchis Ngazokpa 8 years old and studied at class 4. Her decomposed dead body was found in a sack at Tera Sadokpam, in Imphal West on November 12 of the same years. Hue and cry filled the air of Manipur with the killing of the innocent child.
Th. Nando, the main accused was arrested in the following month of that year and has been in prison since then. What surprised the public is the alleged involvement of the under trial prisoners in various cases including killing , extortion and bomb blast while he was in prison. There were incidents where smart cell phones were seized from his possession while inside the prison. Recently 10 letter head (extortion note) and two smart phones were recovered from his possession while undergoing treatment at JNIMS. It was not even a month after the seizure of the extortion letter and cell phone that he escaped from the JNIMS. His father Subol who was permitted to look after him was also detent under judicial custody following the recovery of the cell phone and extortion note.  

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AMSGO appeals govt. not to engage BOSEM and COHSEM officials for election duty

IT News
Imphal, March 27,

All Manipur Student Guardians’ Organisation (AMSGO) has appealed all concern authority of the government of Manipur to exempt staffs and officials of the Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BOSEM) and Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (COHSEM) from engaging in election duty as it may delayed the declaration of the result.
A statement by Sumati Sougrakpam, Secretary of the Organisation said that if the officials of BOSEM and COHSEM are engaged for election duty scheduled on April 11 and April 18 the target for declaration of both the examination by May 2nd week will not be possible. Their detention for election duty may delay the declaration of the examination as the declaration of the result requires various procedures like Evaluation Scrutiny and tabulation of the marks.
More importantly , for those students in compartmental, they need to submit form for re-conducting their exam by June so that result could be declared by July.
Sumati Sougrakpam further said that class X and class XII examination is one of the important examinations for all students as that is the turning point for their future. If the declaration of the exam is delayed students who wanted to go for technical lines or those who wanted to compete to better colleges outside the state may miss the chances if the examination result is declared late.
The secretary of the All Manipur Student Guardians’ Organisation appealed the Chief Minister of Manipur, Education Minister and the District Administration of the Imphal West to relieve officials of the COHSEM and BOSEM from engaging on Election Duty in the interest of the students.

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CEO, Manipur to convene meeting with all political parties

DIPR
Imphal, March 27,

In a notification issued by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Manipur, the CEO, Manipur will convene a meeting with all the political parties (recognised/un-recognised parties) and intending candidates.
The meeting will be held on 28th March, 2019, at 11:00 AM in the Conference Hall of the Chief Electoral Officer’s Office, Lamphelpat, Imphal.
During the meeting the following agendas - Model Code of Conduct (MCC); Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC); Paid News and Election Expenditure and Monitoring will be discussed.
The Office also appealed to all the political parties (recognised/un-recognised parties) and intending candidates to attend the meeting.

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Armed group KCP- PWG bans activities of KAI (Ningthibi)

IT News
Imphal, March 27,

Stating that the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), People’s War Group is still yet to take up action to those responsible for organizing the Holi Summer party at Utlou on March 22, the armed group today said that the event manager which organised the wild party against the culture of the state has been banned and warned of capital punishment if the KAI (Ningthibi) violates the outfit’s ban.
The outfit in a press statement also appealed the organiser and all those participants to surrender to the party by March 30, 2019. The outfit said that they had already announced not to organise events like concert, fashion show or party which is not a part of our culture.  

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Mission schools crisis: It is the govt. that creates the problem


Every year, Catholic run Mission school, particularly the Nirmalabas HS, Little Flower School, Catholic School and the St. Joseph High School (now upgraded to Higher Secondary School) face tremendous crisis  during the time of Admission. However, the Missionaries who run those schools always ensure normal flow of the academic atmosphere without making any mistake and ensuring safety of the students.
At a time when the state government had publicized to improve the condition of the government school, which have teachers with triple the salary then that of these private schools, witnessed over 1000s of people line up in front of the four schools for getting admission of their sibling. The picture caught on the day was terrible, traffic movement was put to complete halt at Gandhi Avenue road here in the middle of the city called Imphal. Unofficial source said that almost all those standing in queue for getting admission to the school are all either government employees or the high class family.
The unofficial source further said that many desperate parents who failed to get admission to these schools search for people who could admit their children by even spending lakhs of rupees. Imphal Times source said that some even paid over Rs. 1 lakh to 2 lakhs to people who have good connection with the school authority.
The problem happening at the Catholic schools here in Imphal is an open secret and as a result an UG had taken advantage as it appears to be an easy revenue for them.
Now intake of students in lower class has already been over and school academic curriculum now already entered quarter of the year. The students studying in class X have to complete their syllabus before December and for that each school authorities should be busy on how to make their school produce the top students.
But the culture of begging quotas in these four schools is going to distract the students, if the present problems between an UG group and also the school authority have not been settled. These is being speculated as another UG group, which claimed to go hand in hand with the earlier UG, that even blasted bomb at Catholic School Canchipur had threatened to obstruct the academic curriculum.
Now, if these UGs started interfering, one wanders the fate of our children studying there.
These mission schools are the de-facto of the Manipur society as their products are excellent. Even though their mission is to encourage Christianism, no students were compelled to opt Christians as their religion. They only give good education to the people irrespective of which religion they belong too. Almost all the young bureaucrats, scientists, academician are the product of these schools.
The recent disturbances seem to be rather an attempt to derail the good service of these mission schools.
When ponder on why so much harassment are given to these schools, it is the government who had time and again promised to improve the condition of the government schools.
Everyone knows, even the teachers of the government schools knows the present awful condition of government primary schools n the state. So it should be the government which is responsible in creating trouble in these premier mission schools.
Any unwanted incidents arises which hurt the sentiment of the parents should be the responsibility of the government.
At this point this paper would like to remind the assurance of the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh which promised to formulate a mechanism to ensure sons and daughter of all government employees goes to government school. It is a breach to the fundamental rights of the parents serving as government employee but certain mechanism can be made to make sure that these government employees looking for the welfare of the government schools sent their children to the govt. schools. Or else government should learnt how the Delhi Government are running the govt. schools in New Delhi
Hope the UGs in conflict with the Catholic schools should resolve their issues at any cost, perhaps with the help of the state government.

Manipur Commemorates Battle Of Shangshak

IT News
Imphal March 27,

In a colourful event to commemorate 75th anniversary of the Battle of Shangshak, 10 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR(South) organized a motorcycle rally from Ukhrul to Shangshak war memorial on 26 March 19. The Battle of Shangshak epitomizes Civil-military cooperation during the intense adversities of war. In addition to the soldiers from 50 Parachute Brigade consisting of two Parachute Battalions and 4 MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY Regiment, a large number of Manipuris including Tangkhul Nagas laid down their life in one of the fiercest battles fought during World War-II. The Battle of Shangshak was a turning point in the war against advancing Japanese might. The Japanese had launched the entire Division against the small garrison at Shangshak. The battle inflicted heavy casualties on both sides leading to inadvertent delay to Japanese advance towards Kohima.
 A total of 40 motorcycle riders under Additional DIG, 10 Sector Assam Rifles including officers, soldiers and local youth participated in the rally and traversed difficult mountaneous route covering important historical villages of World War-II between Ukhrul and Shangshak. Hao Riders, a motorcycle club based in Ukhrul consisting of 25 young riders also participated in the rally to commemorate the event. The rally was flagged off from TNL ground Ukhrul at 0900hours and concluded at Shangshak war memorial.
A war memorial service was organized to pay homage to fallen war heroes of World War II who made supreme sacrifice in highest tradition of soldiering during the battle. Shangshak Batallion Assam Rifles conducted the wreath laying ceremony including guard of honour at Shangshak war memorial on 26 March 2019. The officer and soldiers from 4 MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY Regiment which was part of the battle, laid wreath to remember their fallen bravehearts. The memorial is located atop village Shangshak and the ceremony was attended by many civil and military dignitaries including nearby villagers, veterans and ex-servicemen to remember the battle which shaped history. The ex-servicemen were felicitated during the event. The event has kickstarted the celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Imphal.

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A R Recovers Huge Contraband Cache Ahead of Elections

IT News
Imphal March 27,

In a major blow to the  fund generation by UGs, Shangshak Battalion of HQ 10 Sector AR under IGAR(S) recovered a huge cache of banned narcotic substance DODA POST( POPPY HUSK) weighing approximately 2100 Kgs worth approximately Rs 1 Crore from 04  individuals in a joint operation with police near Litan village on 25 Mar 2019.
In their efforts towards ensuring incident free General Elections, constant vigil is being maintained in the area to curb any illegal activity. The recovery of this huge cache of the narcotic substance will also go a long way in reducing the drug menace in the region.

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Assam Rifles Celebrates Yaoshang with Locals

IT News

Imphal March 27,

Units of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (south) over a period of five days organised a series of activities and events to celebrate Yaoshang Festival “Holi of Manipur” with locals in various parts of the Imphal Valley. As part of the celebrations various sports and cultural events, fun games as well as visits were organised for the locals.

As part of the celebrations, Keithelmanbi Battalion organised a cultural event for children and ladies of Legacy Home, DORCAS Compassion Home and Ema Foundation during which fun games for children and ladies were also organised. In addition, football and volleyball matches with the teams of youth clubs and villages, Run for Fun, Marathon run, various fun games for children of all age groups, Drawing and Painting competition for children were organised at all the Company Operating Bases (COBs) of the Battalion.

Mantripukhri Battalion celebrated Yaoshang with senior citizens of Mother Teresa Home along with the children of Tabitha Girls Orphanage and Carmel Jyoti Orphanage. As part of the celebrations, various fun games for children along with distribution of basic essential items to include stationery, common medicines, first aid kit and food items to children and senior citizens was also carried out. In addition painting and poem recitation competitions, football and volleyball matches, Run for Fun were also organised by the Battalion.

Thoubal Battalion celebrated Yaoshang by organising various sports tournaments and cultural events for all the villages in the area. In addition sports events for Meira Paibis were also organised by the Battalion which included Run for Fun and Tug of War.

Tulihal Battalion organised a picnic for the children of Sneha Bhavan Orphanage at Loktak Lake.     he children enthusiastically participated in the fun games and    enjoyed boating at Loktak Lake followed by lunch. In addition friendly volleyball and football matches and fun games were organised for the children and locals of the area.   

The series of activities undertaken by all the units during Yaoshang festival received overwhelming response from the local populace. The earnest endeavor of the events organised in this duration was to bring joy into the hearts of locals. The efforts of Assam Rifles in generating positive vibes in the area will further strengthen the amicable bond between the Security Forces and local population of Manipur.

 

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Kartik Jindal, Pranaav Jerry Chopra lead Indians into main draw at Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2019

From Correspondent

New Delhi, March 27,

 

Eight singles players and 10 teams from India secured berths in the main draw as the qualifying rounds got completed at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2019, here on Tuesday. Third seed Rahul Yadav Chittaboina and fourth seed Siddharath Thakur led the march of the Indians in men’s singles along with Kartik Jindal while veteran Pranaav Jerry Chopra made it through to the main draw of men’s doubles in partnership with Shivam Sharma.

World No. 257 Jindal hardly broke a sweat in dismissing the 365th Pavel Kotsarenko in the first round. He was then made to work hard by the spirited World No.  814 Sarath Dunna, who had knocked out the 210th ranked Yehezkiel Fritz Mainaky, 21-9, 17-21, 21-16 in his opening round.

Dunna showed the same resolve against Jindal before going down 12-21, 23-21, 19-21 in a tight contest that lasted 53 minutes.

Following the marathon, the 20-year-old Jindal stressed on the importance of recovering well before his first round clash with seventh seed Khosit Phetpradab. “I feel delighted qualifying for the main draw but need to recover from today’s play for tomorrow’s match against Khosit from Thailand.”

Chittaboina recorded a 21-14, 21-15 victory over Anant Shivam Jindal to qualify for the main draw. Thakur was equally impressive in his 21-6, 21-13 win over Gurpartap Singh Dhaliwal and was joined by Kartikey Gulshan Kumar.

In women’s singles, Ritika Thaker, Prashi Joshi, Riya Mookerjee, and Vaidehi Choudhari progressed. While Thaker will face eighth seed Mia Blichfeldt, Joshi and Choudhari have tough opposition in the form of third seed He Bingjiao and seventh seed Han Yue respectively.

Chopra/Sharma breeze through

Pranaav Jerry Chopra, one-half of India’s No. 2 mixed doubles team, had an easy outing in the qualifiers alongside Shivam Sharma. Chopra and Sharma needed just 19 minutes to prevail over Vikas Chauhan and Sandeep Choudhary 21-10, 21-5. In women’s doubles, Megha Morchana Bora and Manali Sinha staved off a stiff resistance from Anamika Kashyap and Sanghamitra Saikia to register a 24-22, 21-13 win.

In mixed doubles, Aparna Balan and Mohamed Muanis went down to the experienced Hong Kong pair of Tang Chun Man and NG Tsz Yau.

The main draw action at this World Tour 500 tournament starts on Wednesday. 2017 champion PV Sindhu starts her campaign against compatriot Mugdha Agrey. 2015 winner Kidambi Srikanth meets the tricky Wong Wing Ki Vincent in the first round while fifth seed Sameer Verma has Rasmus Gemke of Denmark first up.

Key results:

Rahul Yadav Chittaboina (IND) bt Anant Shivam Jindal (IND) 21-14, 21-15

Siddharath Thakur (IND) bt Gurpratap Singh Dhaliwal (IND) 21-6, 21-13

Kartik Jindal (IND) bt Sarath Dunna (IND) 21-12, 21-23, 21-19

Pranaav Jerry Chopra (IND)/Shivam Sharma (IND) bt Vikas Chauhan (IND)/Sandeep Chaudhary (IND) 21-10, 21-5

Megha Morchana Bora (IND) /Manali Sinha (IND) bt Anamika Kashyap (IND)/Sanghamitra Saikia (IND) 24-22, 21-13

 

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