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Monday, 22 October 2018 - Imphal Times

Bomb found at Moreh Town; protest staged

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Moreh, Oct 22,

Unknown miscreants suspected to belong to an armed rebel group operating in the border town Moreh today planted a bomb beneath a parked truck used by Workers and Traders Association Moreh (WATAM) for collecting garbage this morning.
Women workers of WATAM suspected some miscreants belonging to an armed rebel group whom they refused to name to be behind the planting of the bomb.
“Last evening at around 7.30pm some of them, numbering around 6 to 7 came and vandalized the truck used by WATAM for collection of garbage”, said a member of WATAM while talking to reporters.
The truck was handed over for collection of garbage through the ADC by MAHUD. The incident happened while it was parked on the roadside near Kondong Lairembi Haraobung.  
She added that the miscreants also reportedly acted rough with some women folk.
Unable to tolerate the excessive and abusive behaviour of the perpetrators the women folk and members of WATAM reported the matter to police.
Today morning a bomb resembling a rocket bomb was found beneath the truck. Members of WATAM suspected those miscreants who vandalized the truck the previous evening to be behind the planting of the bomb.
Decrying the planting of the bomb, members of Nupi Khunai Chaokhat lamjing Lup , Kha- Nongpok Apunba Nupi Lup and Workers and Traders Association Moreh staged a sit-in-protest at Ima keithel Moreh. Placards with slogan denouncing the horrifying incident were displayed during the protest staged today afternoon. “We are not your enemy”, “don’t terrorize civilians by placing bomb”, do not repeat this kind of acts in future”, etc were some of the slogans written on the placards.

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TSA objects to construction of settlement area at Chikim Village in Moreh

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Imphal, Oct 22:

The ongoing works for construction of new houses or quarters at Chikmi Village in Moreh of Tengnoupal district has been strongly objected by Thadou Students’ Association (TSA).
A statement of the students’ body said that the plan to construct houses at tribal land for allotment to non tribal residents has to stop as such activity in tribal land sharply contravenes the tribal peoples’ right to their land.
The TSA said that their volunteers had visited the site and confirmed that earth-work activities to build hundreds of houses for non-tribal population in tribal land at Moreh Chikim village is going on in full swing.
It further added that a house under construction at the site belongs to one Colonel Nectar Singh, Commanding Officer of the Assam Rifles battalion at Tengnoupal.
The master plan or the plan lay-out of the colony, showing map of the settlement with demarcation of roads and distribution of house plots said to be up to 500, has spread on social media with community members voicing their anger and concern. It is possible that the army officer might have used his position or influence to acquire the land in connivance with some unscrupulous government officers and anti-social elements from within the community, but this is without the consent of the community and is unacceptable, the TSA added. 
“We have not yet established the facts in certainty of how the said tribal land, where a huge settlement of non-tribal population is currently being constructed, landed in the hands of non-tribal valley people. However, mention may be made that back in the early 1990s some valley people requested for a piece of land to build a temple, later named Kondong Lairembi, in the area where the said settlement is now being built. In good faith, community leaders (MTC, now HTC) at the time agreed to give a small piece of land with the condition that it has to be used only as a place of worship or for construction of a temple, but not for residential purpose in any manner or under any circumstances”, the statement said.
The TSA claimed the land to be theirs. It added that the rights of owners of this traditional tribal land on which the land grabbing in question is happening must be respected.
The TSA also urged the Government authorities to investigate into the matter urgently and to take up appropriate actions against any wrong-doing officers and any other individuals or parties involved in this unlawful transfer of tribal land to non-tribals.

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Dr. S. Ibocha and Oinam Sunil take oath as state Information Commissioners at Raj Bhavan

Imphal, Oct 22,

Dr. Soibam  Ibocha Singh, IPS (Rtd)  and  Oinam Sunil Singh were today sworn in as State Information Commissioners of Manipur  at Raj Bhavan, Imphal . Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla administered oath of office to the two State Information Commissioners.
Speaking to media persons after the swearing-in-ceremony, Dr. Soibam Ibocha Singh said that as the Information Commissioner of the State, he will work whole heartedly and provide information sought by the people regarding their grievances. He also said he will try to forge better relationship with the all the community members. Notably, Dr S Ibocha Singh, IPS retired from service as IGP (Administration).
Oinam Sunil praising the State Government stated that it is a proud moment for the     Journalist fraternity not only in Manipur but the entire North East for appointing a journalist as the State Information Commissioner. With his appointment the State has achieved the distinction of appointing a Journalist as State Information Commissioner for the first time, he added.
He further added that he is hopeful that with the appointment, in due course of time every govt. in other North East States will also appoint qualified Journalist as State Information Commissioner. The Commission consists of three members including Chief Information Commissioner and two State Information Commissioners. Shri Oinam Sunil began his career in Journalism in 1988-89 and at the time of his appointment to the coveted post, he was working as the Senior Assistant Editor (North East) with national newspaper- The Times of India.
Mentioned may be made that Th. Ibobi Singh is the Chief Information Commissioner of the Manipur Information Commission.
The swearing-in-ceremony was attended by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Yumnam Joykumar Singh, CAF & PD Minister Shri Karam Shyam, Speaker Shri Y. Khemchand, MLA Shri N. Indrajit and others.  Top ranking Civil and Police officials, family members of the newly sworn-in State Information Commissioners also attended among others.

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Adim Panmei kicks start campaign as BJP Candidate

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Imphal, Oct. 22,

Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party is still yet to announce its candidates for contesting at both the outer and inner Manipur parliamentary constituencies for the upcoming Lok Sabha election scheduled in early 2019, Adim Panmei, the vice chairman of Manipur State Disaster Management Authority (MSDMA) expressed confident that he will be the BJP candidate for the upcoming election in Outer Parliamentary constituency.
“If I win in the upcoming MP election, MP Local Area Development Fund will be handed over directly to the public of the 28 constituencies to take up development works “,  Adim Panmei said while delivering speech at Hiyanglam Makha Leikai Community Hall in Kakching District yesterday in a election campaign cum reception function. 
Adim Panmei also tried to touch the sentiments of the Kakching district people saying the the most important problem of the people in some constituencies is that some people has voting right but do not have right to contest election. 

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Workshop on Amur Falcon begins at Tamenglong

From a Correspondent
Tamenglong, Oct 22,

A two day Workshop on Amur Falcon (Falco Amurensis) and conservation of wildlife was inaugurated here at the Zeliangrong Evangelistic Fellowship hall at Tamenglong town, 150km west of Imphal on Monday.
The workshop was organized by Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Mumbai, Centre for conservation of nature & cultivation of science Manipur (CCNCS) in association with Rainforest club Tamenglong and Tamenglong forest division Manipur.
Chief medical officer Dr Chambo Gonmei and Nehmiah Pamei both honorary wild life warden, Rainforest Club Tamenglong, Range officer Kh Hitler of western forest division, Rainforest club Tamenglong president Gaisui Gonmei led club functionaries, associate Prof RK Birjit, managing trustee of CCNCS, associate Prof N Sony meitei of Moirang college, CCNCS functionaries including winner of ‘NE body can sing 2014’ H Rahul, village chairmen and village authority members of Dailong, Bhallok and others took part in the inaugural session.
In the day’s technical session of the workshop, Dr Neha Sinha, policy officer of BNHS Mumbai talked about Amur falcon and its production estimate while associate professor RK Birjit spoke on diversity of birds. Vishal Santra, reptiles expert of Simultala conservation Kolkata spoke on reptiles and amphibians and associate Prof N Sony on fish diversity. Earlier, those who worked on conservation activities in Tamenglong were given recognition by United Kingdom based Birdlife International by handing over certificates by Dr Neha during the day’s event. Managing trustee of CCNCS RK Birjit also handed over a binocular provided, by Royal Society for Protection of Birds, UK to the functionaries of Rainforest Club Tamenglong.

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Owlet-Nightjar – A Rare Migratory Bird rescued

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Thoubal, Oct.22,

 Staffs of Kakching Range office today rescued a very rare and beautiful migratory bird with whiskers just like those seen on the cats.
The bird was spotted and caught by M Inakhunbi Devi, Ex- Chairperson, Kakching Municipal Corporation while the bird was about to be eaten by a dog. Onlookers were really fascinated at the sight of such a beautiful and rare bird with whiskers which are the natural inhabitant of Australia and New Guinea of the Southern Hemisphere in our State Manipur.
Australian Owlet-nightjars (Aegotheles cristatus) are medium sized with 8 to 10 inches in length. They usually nest in cavities of tree and below of the nests are lined with green leaves but owlet nightjar are very intelligent and hence to avoid from harmful insects, they used leaves with insecticide power like Eucalyptus leaves etc. In one season, a pair gives 3-4 eggs and after incubation by both sexes for about 25-27 days it hatches. The parent takes care of the young ones only for about a month.
The Australian Owlet-nightjar is hardly counted during the last many bird census in Manipur but luckily as the onset of this year’s season for the migratory birds, the presence and joining of this beautiful migratory birds in Manipur is a good sign for a bright year for our winged visitors who do not have political boundaries.
Most of the migratory birds in our state are of from Northern Hemisphere like Siberia etc. but we are lucky by the arrival of the owlet nightjar from Australia which proves the latitudinal migration to our state.
The most attractive part of the owlet nightjar is the stout like feathers called Whiskers on the face pointed downward on both sides of the beak.
These small nocturnal birds are widespread across the Australian mainland, New Guinea and also found in Tasmania. They are common in suitable habitat, especially woodlands where there are suitable tree hollows in which to spend the day roosting. Also holes in embankments and cliff faces may be used. In winter they often sun themselves at the entrance of their roosting hole.
Finding them at night with a light is almost impossible for unlike most nocturnal animals which have large light reflecting eyes, Owlet-nightjars, while they do have large eyes, do not reflect light at all.

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Mini Marathon – in the memory of BSF Martyrs

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Imphal, Oct. 22

54 Battalion under the aegis of Sector Head Quarter BSF, CI (OPS) Koirengei organized Martyrs Mini Marathon at Tac HQ Loktak on 21st Oct. 2018 at 05.30 hrs in the memories of Martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for our Country during various Insurgent/Militant encounters and attacks. In the Mini Marathon total 100 personnel participated from 54 Bn BSF.
MKT Simte, 21C/Offg. Commandant of 54 Bn BSF has flagged off the Mini Marathon at 05.30 hrs at Tac HQ Loktak and also distributed the prizes to the Jawans who achieved 1st, 2nd, 3rd position and consolation prizes to the personnel participated in the Mini Marathon.
In addition to that, at 08.00 hrs, the police commemoration parade was also conducted at unit Tac HQ, Loktak, in which all troops and officers kept two minutes silence to pay tribute to the martyrs who had laid down their precious life in the line of duty.
At the annual conference of Inspectors General of Police of States and Union Territories held in January 1960, it was decided that October 21st would be observed as “Commemoration Day” in all Police Lines across India to mark the memory of police personnel who were killed in Ladakh in a faceoff with the Chinese Army and all the other Police personnel who have been killed on duty elsewhere.
The faceoff took place at Hot Springs in North Eastern Ladakh. A memorial has been erected at Hot Springs and every year. Police personnel from across India trek to Hot Springs to pay their respects every year.

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Nirode K Barooah to attend press club program

By NJ Thakuria
Guwahati, Oct. 22

Eminent historian Professor Nirode K Barooah  will attend the ‘Guest of the Month’ program of Guwahati Press Club on Tuesday (23 October 2018). The interactive session with the author of Chatto: The Life and Times of an Anti-Imperialist in Europe’, ‘Gopinath Bardoloi, the Assam problem and Nehru’s centre’, ‘India and the Official Germany, 1886-1914 (European University Studies)’, ‘Germany and the Indians’, ‘David Scott in North-East India’ etc will start by 3 pm. Born in 1937, Dr Barooah completed his doctorate degree in modern history from London University (1964) as well as from Bonn University (1977). Presently lives in Germany, the prominent Assamese scholar has done extensive historical research in diverse fields & different periods and published many books & papers.
Some of the areas of Prof Barooah’s research include the earliest British administrators in Assam and their administrative ideas, the German- Indian relations during 1886-1945, the Gopinath Bardoloi period of Assam’s history etc. Member-journalists of the press club are requested to participate in the program.

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BSF organizes cultural programme

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Imphal, Oct. 22

In continuation to yesterday’s martyrs Mini Marathon, a cultural programme on patriotic fervour was organized by 182 Battalion BSF at Battalion HQ Koirengei for family members of BSF martyrs of Manipur.
The event organized under the aegis of Commandant 182 Bn BSF ND Mao, was intended to show gratitude & reach out to family members of BSF martyrs of Manipur State.
The colourful event was graced by Bala Devi w/o M. Lekhendro Singh, Commandant (Administration) as Chief Guest, Sushila w/o Dr. Momo Kom, CMO(SG) of DIG HQ BSF Manipur and M. Bharati Devi w/o Thokchom Binot Singh, Offg Commandant 182 Bn as Guest of Honour.
The invitees were treated to a colourful cultural programmes performed by BSF Mahila Constables & family members.
Offg Commandant of 182 Bn BSF further says that more such interactive programmes/events are being planned for the family members of the BSF martyrs to show concern and respect for the sacrifice all these martyrs had done for the motherland.
Commandant also further says that family members of these martyrs can always approach BSF for any of their help and BSF will be more than happy to extend whatever little help BSF can do for them.
Gifts were also distributed to the family members and the event culminated with sumptuous refreshment.

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Punia enters World Championship semifinals Three other Indians fade away early

From a correspondent
New Delhi, Oct. 22

Jakarta Asian Games gold medallist Bajrang Punia beat Tulga Tumur Ochir of Mongolia 5-3 to enter the Freestyle 65 kg semifinals on the second day of the World Wrestling Championships at the Papp László Sportaréna in Budapest today.
In a thrilling quarterfinal, the Indian held upper hand until the last minute, leading 4-1. But Punia conceded to his Mongolian opponent three crucial points, including one for the neutral position and two for the takedown within 40-odd seconds, almost stopping the Indian’s progress.  
But luckily, Punia held his nerves and even thwarted a challenge by the Mongolian in the last second, thus earning an additional point for the CWG gold medallist.
“I am happy I was able to keep my cool in the last few seconds to see this through. I am confident and I also knew that the challenge cannot go against me,” said a relieved Punia, who led 3-1 at the end of the first period,” said the grappler from Budapest over phone.
The Indian will take on in the semifinals, later tonight, Alejandro Enrique Valdes Tobier of Cuba.
Coach Jagminder was equally happy to see the grappler enter the semifinals. “I am happy for Bajrang. He is an experienced player and did well throughout the bout but I am particularly happy that he could keep cool and win it despite the match being very close,” said the National Men’s Freestyle Coach.
Earlier, Punia defeated Roman Asharin 9-4 in the first round and beat Korean Lee Seungchul 4-0 in a bout which saw both grapplers trading cautiously. After having earned three points in the first period, Punia added just one more in the second even as the Korean was concentrating more on his defence.
In other bouts of the day, Sandeep Tomar scored an excellent first-round win over his Guatemala opponent Jose Mox Arias with a score of 10-0, six of his points coming in the second period. He, however, lost the second round to Azerbaijan’s Giorgi Edisherashvili 2-2—his opponent was declared winner because of a warning which the Indian received in the first period.
Sachin Rathi lost his first round 92 kg category bout to the strong Mongolian wrestler, Unurbat Purevjav, 13-1, the latter outclassing the Indian in the second period. On the other hand, Deepak, who received a first-round bye, lost the second-round bout to Liubomyr Sagaliuk of Ukraine 4-0.

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