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The battle line is drawn CM relieves major portfolios from Minister Bishwajit ; sets enquiry on financial irregularities; Finance, Power & PWD now vested to the Chief Minister

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Imphal, June 13,

The battle line between Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and IPR Minister Th. Bishwajit has been drawn crystal clear today. At what could be termed as a shrewd political move, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh attempt a check mate to Th. Bishwajit and his team, by removing major portfolios from him. Power department and Public Works department, which was vested to Th. Bishwajit has been removed today.

An official press statement from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat stated that in the wake of the financial situation prevailing in the State, an urgent Cabinet meeting that was convened yesterday authorized the Chief Minister, to take all necessary disciplinary actions to imbibe a culture of financial prudence in key Government departments.

The meeting was held following huge overdraft and ban on the sanction of funds by the RBI, a source said.  Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar was present in yesterday’s emergency cabinet meeting however, source said that Th. Bishwajit did not attend the crucial meeting.

The official statement from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat stated that as an interim measure, the Chief Minister, Manipur has vested the charge of the Department of Finance (including Taxation & Excise), Public Works and Power department with himself.

The statement also added that a thorough investigation of the sanction procedures and financial management would be conducted for all key departments.

“The Government is committed to bringing a new phase wherein financial discipline will be the hallmark of governance. The Government also assures its employees that timely disbursement of salaries and benefits will not be impacted”, the statement added.

In another interesting development is that, an office memorandum issued by the OSD to Chief Minister, Nidhi Kesarwani, it has been stated that huge amounts were withdrawn by the Public Works and Power Department during the period of March to May 2019 while Model Code of Conduct was in force. The statement is a serious blow to Th. Bishwajit as he holds both the key departments till the Chief Minister relieved him from holding the post today.

The official memorandum also said that a three member committee comprising of V. Vumlunmang, Principal Secretary as the Chairman, Ms. Nidhi Kesarwani, Commissioner cum Secretary and W. Ajit Singh, Deputy Secretary as members to immediately examine the details of funds withdrawn. This committee has also been entrusted to examine large fund withdrawal from other departments.

It may be mentioned that Chief Minister N. Biren Singh was supposed to leave Imphal for New Delhi for important meeting of the BJP, however he cancelled the travel for reason only known to the public after he posted at social networking site Facebook about the reason for the cancellation of the journey. He wrote that he was supposed to leave Imphal for New Delhi at 2.20 pm by Indian Airlines but has been cancelled as he felt uncomfortable.

However, the emergency cabinet meeting was held yesterday evening.  Chief Minister N, Biren Singh leaves for New Delhi today afternoon.

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Combined Security force recovers huge cache of arms and ammunition

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Imphal, June 13,

A combine team of security forces comprising of NIA led by Nishant Singh DSP NIA, 6AR led by AK Das, Commandant and Imphal East Commando unit led by Inspector Md. Rajib 2 I/C CDO IE recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition during a search operation conducted at various areas of Khumbi Hillock and Ngaraou Chingjen under Lamlai Police Station in the wee hours today.

Source said that the recovered arms and ammunitions includes one AK 56 with three AK 56 magazine, two pistols,  two Chinese grenades, 180 AK rounds, ten 9 mm rounds and four . 38 rounds. They were found buried under the ground. Uniforms along with shoes were also found concealed in the cache.

The combined team believes that the arms and ammunitions recovered today belongs to outlawed organisation KCP (PWG)

As per the information received from the source it is also suspected that the recovered arms and ammunition were used in the firing accident on oil tankers in Kangpokpi in April 2017 and also in extortion of money under the command of s/s chairman of KCP (PWG) Moirangthem Rana Meetei @Paikhomba @Rana pratap @ Rana  Suchikar.

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Manipur Maoist lifts ban on RIMS and its engineering cell

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Imphal, June 13,

 Armed rebel group Maoist Communist Party has lifted the ban that was imposed on RIMS and its engineering cell.

In a statement issued on the matter, Manipur Maoist Communist Party (MMCP) said that RIMS authority paying due respect to the will of the party and the people halted all activities pertaining to the engineering cell.
Given this, the party, in the statement, said that it has lifted the ban for time being. It understands that the ban imposed on the engineering work has impeded the functioning of RIMS.
The outfit further reminded that it has neither obstructed not banned the treatment of the patients in the hospital.  MCPM said that the party understands that the ban on engineering works has created obstruction in the functioning of the hospital and the development works were stopped but the ban was a necessary evil. In order to cleanse the hospital, the party took the decision to halt the engineering work as some are using the development work done in the hospital to amass their personal wealth. The party in its statement urged RIMS authority to do their duties towards the people honestly. The party will keep a close watch on the activities in RIMS, the statement further added.
MMCP, in the statement, urged the doctors who are taking non-practicing allowances not to treat patients outside their hospitals taking money. RIMS authority should also keep an eye on this matter too.   

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Daniel Chabungbam of Poknapham among the 7 best NE Journalist chosen by Guwahati based organization

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Imphal, June 13,

Daniel Chabungbam, Sub-editor of Poknapham daily newspaper, is among the 7 best journalists from the North East India who was conferred award by a socio cultural organization ‘Anuperno’ for the year 2019.  Among the seven, four journalists are from Assam, one from Nagaland, one from Arunachal Pradesh, one is from Meghalaya

Besides the journalists, a doctor, a sports person, a fashion designer, a beautician, a noted educationist, and an entrepreneur were also honoured for their dedicated service to the society on the occasion.
The award was conferred on June 12, 2019 at a function held at the Conference Hall of Guwahati Planetarium.
The award was conferred to Daniel for his ground report of more than 300 villages of Manipur. The reports covers history, demography, economy, people and their living conditions. The report is published in Poknapham every Saturday since 2013.
He has received Manipur State Journalist Award 2017 (rural reporting) & RK Maipaksana Journalist Fellowship 2015.

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The battle for the Throne

It reminds me of the political fiction story - “First Among Equals”, one among the best novel by British Parliamentarian Jeffrey Archer. The story was about the competition among the 4 fictional characters (Seymour, Kerslake, Fraser and Gould) - all back benchers in the House of Common but later rise as the most prominent political figures.
The battle for throne in Manipur’s Political Theatre is interesting. Almost political analysts are keeping a close watch to the recent development. Not only the political analysts but also all the people across the state are waiting eagerly to see ‘What next?’ 
Even as there are some differences on the rise of leaders among the politicians between the way that was happening among the British Parliamentarian and that of the Indian legislature, something is common. In both the system only those with high ambition always comes to the forefront and lead the government.
These are not fictional Characters – the silent battle which has been talking around between N. Biren Singh, the present Chief Minister and Th. Bishwajit, the works Minister now is coming up in the public spares. It is not the media that brings the story enmity between the two leaders of the same party, but it was both the high profile leaders of the BJP that made the public understand of what is being happening between the two. 
First cabinet sitting after the post 17th Lok Sabha Election held at Ukhrul on June 4 raises the curtain of the battle between two groups – one which wants Chief Minister N. Biren Singh to continues, another which wants to replace him with a new face to replace the post.
As this newspaper always says that ‘everything is possible in politics’ – a quote from the ex-minister Radhabinod Koijam, no want can predict the fallout the battle between the two important figure of the ruling BJP. But as renowned author Jeffrey Archer had mentioned somewhere in his fiction political novel, it is the one who can tackle the situation that will hold the top post. Interestingly, the present political development shows fight between two leaders, at which both are high profile leaders of the same political party. 

Media report says that Th. Bishwajit’s group comprising of 14 BJP legislature including 3 Ministers are urging the BJP leader at Assam to replace the N. Biren Singh from the post. While Chief Minister N. Biren Singh along with his team is working hard to remain in the post by meeting several leaders. 
Just two and the Half years old government, and the battle over the Chief Minister’s post came in public domain. What is more interesting is the imposition of ban on all kind of sanction to all banks as the state is in serious financial crisis. Moreover, the ban on the recruitment in all government sectors; all happened when there is a tough political battle going on.
Finance Minister Y. Joykumar’s assurance at which he stated that the overdraft will be cleared by this month, also speaks volumes as this is assumed related with the ongoing political crisis. The ban on the recruitment of all government undertaking is also one serious development which may have indirect connection with the ongoing crisis over the rivalry against the Chief Minister. All this happening seems to be well plan game if look from beyond the official guidelines, rules and regulations. Who knows this development may help in the demand by groups of BJP legislatures who are demanding replacement of the Chief Minister? 
Now it is the wisdom of the Central BJP leaders to decide on whether to replace the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh or not. N. Biren Singh at the capacity of the Chief Minister has restored peace and normalcy and bridge the gap between Hill and Plain people using his own wisdom. There are many criticism to his policy program or the way he govern particularly from this newspaper (Imphal Times), but it is a matter that we too are confused on deciding the outcome if N. Biren Singh has been replaced. 
Even though the present political crisis in the state is more like a game of the Jeffrey Archer’s  ‘First among equals’, all is now left to the wisdom of the BJP central leadership. Until and unless the central leadership decides – people will have to wait and watch to see whether N. Biren Singh continue or will be replaced.  

Parenting- A challenge in modern time

Some of the most important issues facing our teenagers at this time include teen suicide, teen violence, cyber bullying( online bullying),Internet & online addiction, teens& sex,teens and substance abuse, teens anorexia and eating disorders, violent video games, teens watching porn,TV violence, violence at home, violent culture etc. at the same time most teens experiment with drugs and alcohol. Many experiment with cigarettes also. Common reason behind teen drug use include, curiosity, developmental need for experimentation, peer pressure, stress, emotional issues and a desire to escape. Parents, teachers and communities across the country are concern with teen issues which are caused by a number of social, cultural, technological, communal, economic, familias and individual factors. While it may be hard to change the nature of the internet, computers, cell phones and TV, there is always something that each one of us can do to reduce teen violence, the rate of teen suicide, teen cyber bullying, bullying at school and help develop a well-adjusted relationship to our technological and commercialized cultures and a creative and balanced use of the internet, online games etc. However, because of all these factors mentioned above parents are facing a grim problem in parenting.
Parenting is a challenging task in the modern times. Rapidly changing lifestyle, newer demands and requirements of life etc., put forward multiple challenges to parents. In the older times, fathers go out working and mother use to reserve their time in growing up the kids and looking after the household duties. But in the modern society both the parents need to work to accomplish the economic stability of the family and fewer mothers remain dedicated household moms. Balancing between the work and parenting duties make them feel parenting is a stressful and challenging task. Parent need to manage several requirements of life along with the essential duties. There are many other aspects in parenting that erect challenges in parenting. The most important challenge that many parents face is the scarcity of time (Time, a scarce resource). The twenty four hours in a day has to be juggled between home, office, children and self. It is quite difficult to reserve time for each of such requirements in the best possible way. Better planning management of time may help parents to meet the life with grace and accomplish all the demands and requirements of it.Kids are to be considered to be important elements of life and solid share of time should be reserved for parenting. If parents are too busy most of the days, convince kids why parents can’t make available for them always and need to teach them ways of being self-sufficient when parents are away.
 Studies have shown that lack of moral principles( Failure in mending the moral life) is the reason why kids gets into unwanted activities and acquiring unaccepted behaviors patterns.Modern life style has opened ways for even kids to get familiar with computers, televisions, and internet and explore both goodand bad realities of life and many often they follow to so call bad or unaccepted path of life. They learn to adore movie actor and also waste time watching games or the freely available porn in the internet. Parents do not recognized the changes in children as they get very less chance to interfere in children’s life and communicate with him /her. Imbalanced life is another challenge the modern parentingfaces. Office, work, kids, personal requirements; nothing can be avoided or neglected in life. Balancing between all of these requirements is a tiresome task, and as a result many parents become highly imbalanced in life. Balancing life by preplanning the ways of performing the required duties is essential key to facing the challenges in life and becoming effective parents. Realize the possible imbalances in life and be prepared to react to them in the best possible positive manner. The lack of emotional bondage (Emotionaldissolution) is a challenge many parents face in life. They may lose time and mind to spend with children to create the emotional bondage with them. Knowing the feelings of each other is essential to grow affectionately. When the emotional bond between parents and kids get broken, they go astray from parents and live in their own World.
Parenting is strictly a personal practice based on the mind and wishes of two people, namely the father and mother. It is foolishness to define rules for parenting and forcing parents to follow clear-cut paths of parenting. Parenting is not a single activity but the total of approaches to care and groom children. The parenting styles are based on the entire specific behavioral patterns that influence the mental developments of children. Experts suggest four different styles of parenting generally known as the parenting patterns. They are: Authoritarian parenting; Authoritative parenting; Permissive parenting and uninvolved parenting. Authoritarian parenting  is similar to monarchic administration. In this style, parents establish must to follow rules and regulations for children. Minor failure to obey these guidelines will result in punishment. This is the most unproductive and closed way of parenting as in authoritarian parenting parents never explain the importance of following the rules, or they simply do not bother to understand the emotional or feeling level of kids who may wonder why to follow rules. Authoritarian parents do not tolerate kids questioning their authority on kids. Kids are expected to follow blindly what is ordered by the parents. In authoritarian parenting, parents demand too much from the kids and at the same time they neglect the responsibilities towards kids. No explanation and no advice are given to children but only commands and punishments. Needless to say, this is a destructive parenting style, rather influence and creative.

Authoritative parenting is much lenient style compare to authoritarian parenting. It is more like the democratic style of administration and training. In authoritative parenting, parents still hold the authority, but are tolerant enough to the doubts and questions of the kids. They do not just insist the children to obey blindly but make them understand why to obey the rules and regulations. It is a demanding and responsible type of parenting. It is not through punishments but through nurturing and advice parents influence the kids to follow the rules and form disciplinary lifestyle. Authoritarian parenting is restrictive while authoritative parenting is assertive. The mentality of parents change entirely in the pattern and the intention behind executing commands is not to establish authority over children but to groom them to be responsible social beings. Permissive parenting also known as indulgent parenting is a pattern that follows strong intercommunication and self-control measures. In this pattern parents allow kids to be groomed himself /herself. They do not demand the kids to follow strict orders and punish them heavily for even minor mistakes. This is a give and take system. Parents nurture the kids and concern them properly and in return they expect mature and disciplined behavior from the kids. The responsibility levels are greater than the demands. Permissive parents allow children to be self-regulated. More communication and friendly approach to kids is the exclusive feature of permissive parenting. A disadvantage of permissive parenting is that children may end up in troubles as they do not know the limits. All children may not responsibility react to the freedom given by parents.
Uninvolved parentingis considered to be the worst among parenting. As the name suggest, in uninvolved parenting, the involvement of parents in parenting process is zero. They do not communicate effectively with kids or get involved in their grooming. They leave the kids to grow their own. Uninvolved parenting