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Thursday, 25 October 2018 - Imphal Times

‘Hasty and premature assumption makes Manipur Govt. a mockery; degrades Governor’s office’

“The Governor is expected not to get involved in such cases until and unless it was properly verified”, O. Joy

“The premature felicitation of Shri N. Biren Singh as 3rd best CM of India ...by the Hon’ble Governor of Manipur .... degrades the office of the Governor ” - Hareshwar Goshwami

“Our party doesn’t believe in the publicity stunt of the news channel on the popularity of Indian Chief Ministers”- Ksh.  Santa


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Imphal, Oct 25,


In today’s fast changing world truth cannot be kept under the carpet for long as mass communication has reached its peak with the invention of high speed internet plus 24x7 news channels.

The much publicised celebration by N. Biren Singh government following the announcement by a National TV Channel India Today as the 3rd best Chief Minister based on a survey conducted in collaboration with Axis My India, an independent body turns out to be another hasty publicity stunt which has even defamed the Governor of the state, when it comes to displaying how seriously the government is monitoring the responses to its activities from both the media and general people.

Talking to Imphal Times, veteran politician Okram Joy the kind of announcement is nothing but a game played by the Narendra Modi led government to this small part of the country, popularly called “THOK LEELA”, which literally mean ‘Cheating Drama”.

Reacting to a news report appeared in Imphal Free Press, the veteran politician who represented Langthabal Assembly Constituency as MLA for 5 terms also said that he did not expect the Governor of the state to be involved in such games before conducting proper verification.

“The Governor is expected not to get involved in such cases until and unless it was properly verified”, O. Joy said. As for the BJP organization it is left to their decision.

O Joy also stated that one can fool people for some time but not all the people for all the time.

“Statement of the Chief Minister is the statement of the government, it should be very careful that there are possibility that some people befool some section of the society, but it is not possible to mislead the whole people”, O Joy said. 

Congress Spokesperson Hareshwar Goshwami while speaking to Imphal Times said that the immature decision without proper verification has brought down the level of credibility of the Governor’s office.

“The premature felicitation of Shri N. Biren Singh as 3rd best CM of India and best CM among BJP CMs by the Hon’ble Governor of Manipur and supporters of BJP degrades the office of the Governor and shows the immatureness of Shri Biren Singh and his supporters. It shows the quality of BJP Government India in general and Manipur in particular”, Hareshwar Goshwami said.

Kshetrimayum Santa , Secretary CPI-M talking to Imphal Times said that his party don’t believe in the publicity stunt of the news channel on the popularity of Indian Chief Ministers but think that the vested interest groups and individuals organised premature felicitation programs as a mark of congratulations and to send a message to the people that  N Biren Singh’s popularity doesn’t fall even his government could not give a solution to the 4 months long MU impasse . He further said that the High Court of Manipur’s intervention helped the returning of normalcy in the University. Santa opined that N Biren Singh’s popularity rate may be downward after the respected channel’s grand finale which may be telecasted within a short period.

As per “Imphal Free Press” report, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is not even among the top 5 best Chief Ministers when the survey has been completed for 23 states.

“The popularity level of Biren Singh has gone down in the graph as the India Today popularity assessment programme continue across the country with chief ministers of more states being added in”, the newspaper report.

The Imphal Free Press report was published after confirmation from Rajdeep Sardeshai, the India Today journalist who co-hosted the show “Political Stock Exchange” which declared Biren Singh as the 3rd best CM.

“The most popular CM as per the survey figure is Odisha’s Naveen Patnaik at 59 percent, Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee at the second spot at 53 percent, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani at 3rd with 48 percent and Delhi CM Arvind Kejiriwal at 4th spot at 47 percent. Out of the four CMs, three are non BJP CMs. Out of the 25 states covered, CM Biren no longer figures in the top three positions and there are more states to go”, the report added.


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CM attends to around 400 complaints

Imphal, Oct.25,

Hundreds of people turned up to highlight their grievances to Chief Minister
N. Biren Singh on the combined Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day held at the Durbar Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
The Chief Minister personally attended to around 400 complaints and met nearly 1200 people from 8:30 am to 1:20 pm. Huge number of people were seen gathered at the gate of CM’s Secretariat since early morning to obtain entry pass.
Officials of Health Department and JNIMS were there to attend to the people, who seek medical assistance, reimbursement and health care in Government medical hospitals. Other Departments including Minority, Other Backward Classes and Scheduled Castes, Social Welfare, Education (S), Information and Public Relations, Manipur State Co-operative Bank Ltd. and Police were also deputed at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat to help the visitors.

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Man arrested with huge quantity of drugs from Moreh

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Moreh, Oct 25.
Tengnoupal police team arrested a person with huge quantity of drug today morning.
Report reaching here said that a team of Moreh CDO led by Thomas Thokchom, DSP CDO/oreh and Y. Shakti Shen Singh, OC CDO/Moreh under the command of Addl. SP Tengnoupal Robinsun Khamnam and overall supervision of SP Tengnoupal Dr. S. Ibomcha Singh conducted a raid  at the house of one Yumnam James Meitei (27) s/o Yumnam Joy Meitei of Moreh ward no.7, Turel Wangma, Tengnoupal District at around 4 am today morning.
The police team recovered 10(ten) plastic soap cases containing Heroin powder weighing about 133 grams, worth approximately Rs 13,30,000 ( thirteen lakhs thirty thousands) in the international market in the raid.

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PREPAK refutes claimed by Police

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Imphal, Oct 25,

One Thingbaijam Sumila devi (30) daughter of Th. Nimai  Singh of Pungdongbam, which was reported by an English new paper to have been arrested by combined team of 9 Sector Assam Rifle Mantri Pukhri and Imphal East Police Commando on October 22 from Lamlai area and reported to have been remanded in police custody is in no way related with the PREPAK and have nothing to do with its armed wing the Red Army. This was stated by a statement of Achouba, Publicity officer, Department of Publicity and propaganda, PREPAK. 

Reacting to the news report base on police statement, the statement of the PREPAK stated that there is no shelter or base camp of the PREPAK in Myanmar as reported by the IO of the police which he stated was the statement of Sumila. It said that such propaganda is nothing but an attempt to malign the image of the PREPAK and the kind of propaganda is not new at all.


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Workshop on Faith based leaders meet on climate policy begins

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Imphal, Oct 25,

 In a move to work together and find issues and solutions, a two day workshop on Faith based leaders meet on climate policy was formally inaugurated at the Diocesan social service society(DSSS) hall at Mantripukhri in Imphal.

The workshop was organised by state climate change, environment department in association with the Manipur forum for sustainable mountain development. The inaugural function of the workshop was addressed by Prof N Mohendro Singh (retd), advisor, state climate change, Manipur and former member steering committee, NER vision 2020,DoNER, government of India and Director Dr Y Nabachandra Singh of environment department, state government.

 In his speech, Prof Mohendro suggested to develop a model village with physical, knowledge, technology and market connectivity besides reiterating the idea of ‘think globally and act locally’ in dealing matter relating to climate change issues. On the other hand Environment Director Nabachandra sought help and cooperation from the participants in framing a better and comprehensive version II of the state action plan on climate change.Fr Anthony director DSSS and Rev T Karang Maram of Manipur Baptist Convention also spoke on the occasion. More than 50 faith based leaders representing different Christian inter-denominations based in hills and plains of Manipur participated the two day workshop. In his inaugural note, Deputy Director Dr T Brajakumar Singh said, the main objective of the workshop is to work to gather and deliberate on the existing policies on climate change and environment in one platform in order to integrate it into Manipur state action plan on climate change version II. In the technical session, Dr Brajakumar made a presentation on climate change in Manipur while Fr Anthony director DSSS and Rev T Karang Maram of MBC attended as panelists. Later a group exercise on climate change vulnerability assessment, setting of priority and indicator by project Scientists and state climate cell Manipur was also held. The workshop will conclude tomorrow.

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Yuva Puraskar awards and Writers’ Meet

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Imphal, Oct 25,

Sahitya Akademi is organizing award ceremony to present the awards to its Yuva Puraskar 2018 awardees at 4.30  pm on October 26, 2018 at Tribal Research Institute Auditorium Chingmeirong, Imphal, Manipur.  Vice President, Madhav Kaushik, will present the prestigious Sahitya Akademic Yuva Puraskar 2018 to 22 awardees in the form of a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque and a cheque of Rs. 50,000/- will be presented to the awardees at the special function.

On 27 October 2018 Writers’ Meet will be held at 09.30 am at Tribal Research Institute Auditorium Conference Hall, Chingmeirong, Imphal, Manipur where the award winning authors will speak about their works and experience.

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When arrogance meets ignorance

Arrogance, overconfidence, dismissive - traits that have proven to spell the downfall of an individual. And if that individual happens to be the elected leader of a state, then it would not be much way off the mark to state that the state is bound to regress, and the very leader would have been digging his own political grave. Could it be the practically limitless power derived from the position he holds, or is it a manifestation of the money and muscle power he has inherited as the Chief Minister of a state with one of the most heinous record of human rights abuse and state-sponsored terrorism? Is it just a natural progression of the vagaries of being in power? While it is still not possible to put a finger on the exact reason or cause of the emerging facet of the present Chief Minister hitherto assiduously kept away from public, it has become increasingly clear that N Biren is a man who does not like to have his decisions questioned. There are also recent incidents which have surfaced through various social media strongly indicating that he does take affront to unfavorable comments or critical opinions of his actions and tends to take these expressions personal- a frightening revelation given the power and resources he wields due to his position as the elected head of the state. And there are an increasing number of people questioning the wisdom in putting him to power, more convinced than ever after witnessing the intolerant and intimidating manner in which dissenting voices are sought to be suppressed.
Despite the much publicized effort of connecting with the people of the state, the increasingly impregnable official residence which had put untold pedestrians not only to much inconvenience but also to risks of physical injury is an ironic twist to the whole public stunt. While the compulsive obsession with safeguarding the heavy iron gate from the frustrating kicks of the enraged public may be explained away as a personal indulgence of someone in power, the real issue of why the public has to resort to such dire acts has been sidelined. Imphal Times has been trying to put the issue of barricading the Chief Minister’s official quarter in the correct perspective, pointing out the futility and the symbolic detachment of the Chief Minister from the grave and immediate concerns of the general public. Truth be told, no amount of barricades and rolls of barbed wires will be able to keep the enraged public away for long- it will only result in the public feeling neglected and pushed away by the very person they looked up as a leader to allay their fears and listen to their concerns.
Another sign of immaturity is the failure to reign in the chest-thumping attitude even after enough incidents that should have taught the elected leaders that the only way forwards is to make radical changes and pave new roads towards progress. So long as the present government keeps comparing the result of their actions with that of the previous government, the focus will never be on the future development. Spending crores on posters, hoardings and advertisements to announce their achievements will impress very few. Real progress should be felt and experienced, not projected. The myriad schemes and uncountable yojanas being brought out to purportedly benefit the general public and the downtrodden section of the population can only become meaningful when implemented efficiently and swiftly. The top leaders should communicate with the real targets of the beneficiary schemes to gauge the actual performance and efficiency.
What started out as an optimistic change of guard in the state has withered to one which is increasingly intolerant, impotent and megalomanic. More than anything, the people of the state needs to confide in the government but for that to happen the leaders of the state need to show empathy, humility and tolerance- attributes hard to detect among the present breed.

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