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Monday, 29 October 2018 - Imphal Times

Police raids NIPCO office; 4 including Oinam Premjit pick up over Nagamapal blast case

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Imphal, Oct 29,

Police today raided the office of Civil society organization National Identity Protection Committee (NIPCO), Oinam Premjit President NIPCO were picked up along with his wife and 2 other suspects behind the October 20 evening Nagamapal bomb blast case which killed a CRPF personnel while injuring another in critical condition.

Report said that Oinam Premjit, President of NIPCO along with his wife were picked up from his resident at Oinam in Bishnupur district early today morning in connection with the Nagamapal blast case. Two person identified as  Sana of Nongren and Sahabuddin of Phoubakchao were also picked up by the police. The police also recovered 3 pistol along with magazine from their possession.

Around evening today police team of Imphal West cordon the office of NIPCO located at Keishampat Lairembi area and raided the office. No information regarding the development has been revealed by any of the police saying that investigation is going on and revelation of the development at the stage may sabotage the investigation.

Source said that the police team seized a computer set, printer and lots of discs. The source also added a sum of Rs. 44,550/- was also recovered from the office. 

Mentioned may be made that one CRPF Constable was killed another seriously injured after a bomb exploded at Nagamapal at around 5.30 pm on Oct. 20.

The incident occurred when a hand grenade exploded at the rear of a CRPF truck (AS-01JC/4384) near Ibudhou Moirangpokpa community hall at Nagamapal Phougeisangbam Leikai.

CRPF Constable Umesh M Helavar of 142 CRPF from Karnataka was killed instantly on the spot while Constable N Ramarajan of 109 CRPF from Tamil Nadu sustained serious injuries in the blast .

The two personnel are reportedly engaged in pre-induction training at 86 CRPF complex, Charhazare and they were returning to the camp after getting ration items from Imphal when the incident occurred.

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Chief Minister launches Imphal-Tamenglong and Imphal-Moreh helicopter services; No looter will be spared: CM

Imphal, Oct. 29,

In line with the Imphal-Jiribam helicopter service, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh launched Imphal-Tamenglong and Imphal-Moreh helicopter services as well at Imphal International Airport today.
The Chief Minister officially inaugurated the service of these two routes by cutting the ribbon of ticket counter of Manipur Heli-Service opened at the airport. He also handed over the ticket to the first passenger of the heli-service.
 Speaking to media persons, the Chief Minister said that introduction of helicopter services would enhance connectivity in the State thereby boosting the sense of belongingness and oneness amongst the people. Manipur is a State having many difficult terrains and it takes many hours even to reach district headquarters. However, people would now be able to reach district headquarters within minutes with the introduction of Manipur Heli-Service, the Chief Minister said.
Stating that helicopter services may be operational in many other routes wherever necessary including Ukhrul, Senapati and Churachandpur as well, the Chief Minister said that he had talked to the authority of Pawan Hans, the agency which is operating helicopter services in the State, regarding the matter.
Maintaining that the Government is extremely concerned with the inconvenience faced by the people residing in interior areas at the time of medical emergency, Shri N. Biren Singh also informed the media that Flying Doctors (air ambulance service) would also be launched within one and a half month.
On the other hand, the Chief Minister also said that the Union Sports Ministry had approved opening of a sports medicine unit at RIMS Hospital.
Responding to a query regarding looting of vehicles on NH-37 (Imphal-Jiribam road), Shri N. Biren Singh said that the State Government has always been restraining from exercising force as far as possible. However, it is now compelled to use security forces at the areas where unlawful activities are happening, he said while adding that it is the responsibility of the Government to provide safe passage to transporters and travelers.
He said that he had ordered the State forces to conduct a massive combing operation with the help of Army and paramilitary forces to nab the culprits, who were involved in looting of vehicles at Keimai and burning down of a vehicle at Awang Khun. The Government would not spare those involved in such illegal activities, and strong action would be taken against them, he assured.
Replying to another question regarding highway protection force, the Chief Minister said that the Centre had granted to raise two IRB Battalions, and necessary procedures to begin recruitment process had already started. Recruitment Committee had already been formed and completion of recruitment would take hardly two-three months, he added.  
CAF & PD Minister Karam Shyam, Tribal Affairs and Hills Minister N. Kayisii, Agriculture Minister V. Hangkhanlian, Manipur Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker K. Robindro, Manipur State Planning Board Deputy Chairman S. Rajen, Manipur Pollution Control Board Chairman L. Radhakishore, Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board Chairperson Heikham Dingo, Manipur Infrastructure Development Agency (MIDA) Vice-Chairperson O. Lukhoi, Yaiskul AC MLA Th. Satyabrata, Chief Secretary Dr. S. Suresh Babu, Advisor to Chief Minister Rajat Sethi, DGP L.M. Khaute, Information Commissioner Dr. S. Ibocha  and Commissioner (Transport) M. Lakhsmikumar were also present at the occasion.
Funding for these helicopter services is jointly borne by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the State Government at the ratio of 75:25. Passenger fair of Imphal-Tamenglong and Imphal-Moreh is Rs. 2000 each and Imphal-Jiribam is Rs. 3000 and baggage allowance of all these routes is 5 kg.

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Bangladesh Court sentence Ex PM of Bangladesh Khaleda Zia seven years imprisonment on Corruption Case

By- Siam Sarower Jamil,
Dhaka, Oct 29

A Dhaka court on Monday jailed Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia and three other accused for seven years after being found guilty in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.
The three other accused in the case are Harris Chowdhury, political secretary of the then prime minister Khaleda between 2001 and 2006; Ziaul Islam Munna, assistant private secretary to Harris; and Monirul Islam Khan, APS to former Dhaka city mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka.
The court also fined them Tk 10 lakh each, in default, to suffer six months more in jail.
Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Court-5 handed down the verdict.
Earlier, On October 16, Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman fixed the date for delivering the verdict.
The BNP chairperson is now undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University under a special medical board formed by the government.
She has been serving five years’ rigorous imprisonment at Old Central Jail, as she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 last.
On August 8, 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.

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Manipur Former MP Kim Gangte intends to contest upcoming Outer Lok Sabha election

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Imphal, Oct 29,

Former Member of Parliament Kim Gangte expressed her intention to contest the upcoming Outer Lok Sabha election while interacting with the people of Thoubal district on Sunday.

Gangte said that many elders in the state have expressed their desire to see more women representatives in the state.

Gangte added that she is likely to contest the election again if the people support her and encourage her.

Kim further said that she contested her first election after seeing different problems faced by the hills while working as a social activist. She had raised the issue of AFSPA in the parliament during her tenure as a member of parliament, she added.

“After I lost the election many individuals have contested and won the Lok Sabha election but none of them have raised the issue of the state in the parliament,” said Kim.

Addressing the gathering, Kim stated, “Family cannot grow without women but many women can live alone while men cannot leave without women, but by saying that it does not mean women should forget their role as a women.”

Loving and understanding each other is a must in human life and without that there can be no development, said Kim.

Working together is vital to support a family and the same goes for the state and the country, she added.

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Zonal Level Science Exhibition

Thoubal Oct. 29,

Zonal Education Officer, Zone III, Thoubal is organising a Zonal Level Science Exhibition for students studying in Class IX and X on the theme “Scientific solution for challenge in life”. The competition will be held on 6th November, 2018 at 10 am at Athokpam Junior High School, Athokpam, Thoubal.
The Principal/Headmaster/Headmistress of schools within ZEO, Zone III are informed to submit two selected names of students, one to exhibit Model of the Exhibition and the other to participate in the Written Quiz competition latest by 31st October, 2018 during office hours. Details can be had from ZEO, Zone III, Thoubal.

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Our expectation from the government

Notwithstanding the plethora of development measures being taken up by the State Government aimed at improving the quality of life of its residents, the sense of satisfaction and achievement has been lacking in everything that has happened here in the collective minds of the majority of the population. A slew of promises have also been made on an increasing frequency, the ultimate fate of which has not yet been ascertained. The trend is not one of recent origin. Successive parties and Governments, without any exception, have carried out the same modus operandi of garnering votes and ditching the promises made afterwards. The question here is not how much the Government has done for its people, as it is a given that the Government is there for the very purpose of providing governance, utilizing the resources at its disposal for the betterment of its people.
A more important and pressing question pertains to the manner in which the precious resources at the disposal of the State Government are being utilized to maximize the rate of development and progress. It is no secret that the heads of state, entrusted with the task of overseeing and regulating the development of the state as a whole, has been playing hide and seek with their responsibilities while utilizing more than their fair share of the rights. They have evidently lost their connection with the real world, cocooned inside their own safety arrangements.
The everyday travails of the common man being a thing of make belief. The ever increasing congestion and traffic snarls being faced by the common man does not concern them, as their way has been cleared and guarded by their cronies and security guards and insulated from the grime and dirt, not to mention the deafening sound of vehicles jostling for space in the narrow roads on which shoddy repair works have been carried out in fits and starts. The inconvenience in compounded by the perennially flashing orange lights along every intersections and junctions, serving nothing in particular. The everyday ordeal does not end when an ordinary person reaches home after a hard day. Greeted with a dark and chilly welcome, the wait for one’s quota of electricity becomes an all consuming obsession for those who are not fortunate enough to have the right influence or the means to afford a VIP line. And the whole cycle starts from the very moment one wakes up, with the efforts to collect the precious water which the PHED so generously provides every other day for a few minutes, the quality of which is better left unsaid. And these inconveniences are for the city dwellers. Imagine the plight of those who could only dream of being in such a place as Imphal. Without going into the details of the deficits the government has so prominently and frequently vocalized, it should be made clear that the most important thing lacking with the present government is the political will to make things happen. Providing clean water, adequate and fair distribution of available power to the people and upgradation of road and other basic infrastructures does not call for someone with qualifications of a rocket scientist.
More than anything, a proactive and transparent approach with a genuine concern for the betterment of the common man will work wonders in making a visible and positive change. That will be the greatest gift the government can give its embittered people.

The world’s largest democracy is a lie when it occupies Manipur and Kashmir nations through its military might - MSAD

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Imphal, Oct 29,

Manipuri Students Association Delhi (MSAD) in a statement said that the terming of India’s democracy as the world largest democracy is a lei as long as the country forcible occupied Kashmir and Manipur through its military might.
A statement of the students’ body said that 27 October, marks the day the Indian military forces landed in the valley of Kashmir. 70 years on the run, the political conflict remains one of the world’s deadliest. The purpose of the military presence is more than relevant today to those occupying the Kashmiri nation. They have already succeeded in killing more than 30 people even when this month is not over yet. Few days back 10 people were massacred on a single day by this brutal men in uniform. Of the total killed 3 were teenage students who were chasing a bright future. As we sit, write and circulate this message to the people someone is being killed somewhere in the occupied territory of Kashmir. There seems to be no expiration to this military crush on the entire population.
What is the most disheartening of all is the utter silence of the so called progressive intellectuals of this nation. Even the upper caste Hindu left liberal students and academicians in the Indian universities have become an audible voice when it comes to the task of countering Rightwing BJP policies. Recently the BJP government came up with a plan to remove textbooks of Dalit writer KanchaIlaiah from the syllabus of Delhi University and to remove the word “Dalit” from academic discourse. But one thing is for sure– they have removed long time ago the phrase “Kashmiris’ Right to Self-determination.”  So much of their critical and vibrant space of political discourse.
The Indian progressive left should be left to their comfort cocoon when it comes to the aspiration and interest of the Kashmiris. The only time they make themselves visible as an evening star is when they are in the task of “appropriation” of everything that has to do with Kashmiri resistance; the likes of the so called revolutionary students leaders Kanheiya Kumar and Shehla Rashid are the frontrunners in this progressive competition. Looked at from a different vantage point they represent the more vicious force than the Indian right. The narratives and politics of Kashmir that is made to reach the “mainstream” through this left liberal crowd are always the bastardized voices of Kashmir’s reality.
India was a signatory to the International Bill of Human Rights which the United Nations adopted in 1976. It gives legal form to the rights set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed by the General Assembly in 1948. Thus, India’s hypocrisy stands exposed and more so of the Indian liberals who stand for all forms of peoples’ right in India but are dead silent when it comes to Manipur and Kashmir.
Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the Kashmir-India conflict which is one of the longest and deadliest conflict in modern history. India maintains roughly 5,00,000 soldiers to keep the dispute at its favour. Pakistan remains the favourite punching bag of India when it comes to the topic of Kashmir, but it is only Kashmiris who are blinded and killed by their pellets and bullets. All this takes place right under the benevolent watch of the Indian constitution, a constitution that gives fundamental rights to all humans that is “Indian,” but is instantly suspended to the Kashmiri subject population.
The world’s largest democracy is a lie when it occupies Manipur and Kashmir nations through its military might; when Kashmir and Manipur are two of the most militarized zones on earth, when Manipur University has a permanent military camp inside the campus – the only one of its kind in the world.  The absence of morality and humanity cannot be invisibilized by arming itself with more and more nuclear weapons. India cannot silence a nation, nor can it annihilate the desire for justice and freedom.

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Regional SARAS fair at Iboyaima Sumang Lila Shanglen from 30th October to 8th November, 2018

Imphal Oct 29,

 Manipur State Rural Livelihoods Mission (MSRLM) is organizing Regional SARAS fair from 30th October to 8th November 2018 to 8th November at Iboyaima Sumanglila Shanglen, palace compound ,Imphal.
The main objective of the SARAS Fair is to provide a platform for rural poor families to showcase and sell products made out of their talent/skills and encourage them for incremental production through organized groups as Self Help Group (SHGs). The fair is aimed to emphasis more on their sustainable livelihoods through group and for which this SARAS fair is an avenue to showcase and sell products to enhance sustainable means of livelihoods by attracting the general market and bulk buyers.
RD & PR Minister Th. Biswajit Singh, MLAs, Joint Secretary, MoRD, Govt of India Alka Upadhyay, Additional Chief Secretary, RD & PR M.H Khan, Deputy Commissioner, Imphal East Chitra Devi, State Mission Director, MSRLM Yumnam Robita and other officials will be gracing the inaugural function of the Regional SARAS Fair, 2018.

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