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Manipur today witnesses one of the largest rallies Cry for protection of Territorial integrity fill the air of Manipur

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Imphal, Oct 31,

Manipur today witnessed one of the largest mass rally here in the heart of Imphal city, cautioning the government of India of unwanted consequences to any move which may distort the integrity of the state.
Number of people taking part could not be established at the moment however, the four lane road from Wahengbam Leikai, near Bir Tikendrajit to Keishampat and till Kwakeithel was jam packed with rally participants holding placards denouncing any attempt to distort the integrity of Manipur in any form.
The mass rally organised by the United Committee Manipur (UCM) supported by various civil society bodies from across the state kicked start from TRAU Ground at Tiddim Road and then after passing through Wahengbam Leikai road , Khuyathong and Thangmeiband road the rally concluded at Khuman Lampak Hockey ground.
When over lakhs and lakhs of people are crying with tears and anger for protection of the territorial integrity of the state, when people from interior part of the state spend sleepless night to reach Imphal for joining the rally, some people were seen busy organizing events like I –league football match which anger some of the participants.

The concluding venue of the mass rally was earlier scheduled at Khuman Lampak Main stadium but later shifted to the Hockey Stadium due to the I-League match.
On the other many attempts were notice to sabotage the rally from various section but the anger and enthusiasm to protect the integrity of the state had foiled every attempt and gave a befitting reply.
Even the day is also coincided with the Government sponsored run for nation to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Sardar Vallabalabhai Patel. However, amidst skepticism the turn out surprises even the government. Since early morning large number of police force have been deployed at all the route that the rally is coming. Strict security measures have been taken up to avoid any unwanted incident during the rally.
On the other hand, Local clubs members provided drinking water at various places to assist the participants.
SH. Ajit, an activist while talking to Imphal Times said that today’s rally will remain as another history. As India today celebrates the birth anniversary of the Sardar Patel, known as iron man of India and Manipur staged a historic rally which perhaps witnessed the highest turn out, people of the state will remember the day as Inida is erecting the tallest statue of the man whom the people blamed for his role in the annexation of the erstwhile kingdom.
Today’s rally was participated by leaders of 13 different ethnic communities of the state. Among them Dh. Gaikhem, Chairman, ZU, Imphal Zone, Mangcha Haokip President Kuki Inpi , Imphal Zonem H. Moses Tangkhul , RT Akhel Aimol, Manga Vaiphei, among others.

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UNC’s total shutdown call affects normalcy in Hill districts

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Imphal, Oct 31,

The total shutdown called by the Unite Naga Council (UNC) in response to the mass rally organised by the  United Committee Manipur (UCM) has put life in hill district particularly at Senapati district to a complete halt.
Report reaching here said that both the national High Way – Imphal –Jirbam Road and Imphal Mao road bore deserted looks with no vehicles plying on the road. Almost all shops and business establishment in Senapati district remain shuts, government offices and schools remain closed.

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JNIMS Dental College does not even have X-Rays machines; CMHT no use

JNIMS Dental College has no Root canal treatment facilities; OPG and RVG X-Ray advised to take at private clinic; scaling or filling of teeth charged Rs. 200/- no matter the patient produced the state government ambitious CMHT card

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Imphal, Oct 31.

The state government ambitious plan for opening a Dental College at JNIMS is likely to be in jeopardy with the Principal of the College Dr. Mutum Angou Singh runs the college at his will without listening to the complaints of the patients as well as some of the staffs including his higher authorities.
The College has no X-Ray machines for OPG (Orthopentogram) and RVG (Radio Video Graph). Patients in need are advised by the dentist to take X-ray at private clinic. It’s now almost 3 month that the college did not have Root Canal Treatment which is the most important diagnostic part of dental problem.
Besides, patients were charge in inappropriate ways .
“I paid Rs. 200/- for scaling and a receipt was provided to me, which seem to be printed by them”, Rocky (name changed) said to this reporter today. A staff of the hospital also inform him that it makes no difference when it comes to payment of the fee whether the person have CMHT card or not.  
For filling of teeth, the charge is Rs. 200/-. What is surprising it was that the fee gathered are not transferred through the proper channel, an employee of the JNIMS who do not want to disclose his identity said.
When Imphal Times tried to contact Dr. Bhimo, he could not be reached at the moment. His PA also did not pick up call even though his phone was ringing.  

The Jawaharlal Institute of Medical Sciences was established in 2015 and later in 2018 it has been upgraded as Dental College.
Members of the Dental Council of India had inspected the condition of the College two times and the third visit is expected in the coming days. 
During the visit the members of the Dental Council of India had advice to install the required equipments and other infrastructures.
As per source with the Imphal Times, all the required infrastructures and equipments have been supplied and are being kept at store room. However, for reason best known to the Principal the machines are not utilised till today. It has been around 4 months that the machine have been supplied. 

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Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

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Imphal, Oct 31.

109 BN C.R.P.F. as a part of nationwide campaign organized “Rashtriya Ekta Diwas” today at unit hqr, Mongsangei, Imphal. The function was presided over by Vinod Kumar, Commandant and was by attended by all officers  & unit personnel. The program was organized in connection with “Rastriya Ekta Diwas” to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, the “Iron man of India” who played a stellar role in the struggle for independence and creation of a united independent India out of several hundred princely states which existed at the time of Independence.
During the Rastriya Ekta Diwas Sh. Vinod kumar, Commandant 109 Bn CRPF took pledge and administered the same to all the Unit personnel present in the ceremony to stand firm to bring peace and uphold the unity, integrity, harmony and internal security of the nation reiterating the vision of Sardar Patel. He also emphasized to be more people friendly and also evoked that CRPF     has great responsibilities for internal security of this country. A true homage and tribute to the “Iron man” of this country will be that we must stand united.

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National re-dedication day observed; CM calls for strengthening integrity of the country

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Imphal, Oct 31,

 As done in other parts of the country, Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas (National Rededication Day) was observed with Chief Minister  N. Biren Singh as the chief guest at the conference hall of Manipur Secretariat (South Block) today. The observance was organised to mark the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister remembered Indira Gandhi’s contributions in safeguarding the integrity of India and bringing the country forward towards advancement and development. He urged the people of the State to take the pledge of strengthening the integrity and unity of the country following her ideals.

Stating that the day was observed on the death anniversary of the former Prime Minister to remember her sacrifices made for the country, the Chief Minister said that Indira Gandhi was an outstanding and dedicated leader of the country who was so prominent at the international level as well. He also urged the people to uphold her principles and make India a powerful and united country.
On the other hand, the Chief Minister also expressed serious concern over alleged involvement of some functionaries of a civil society organisation in Nagamapal blast which killed one CRPF man and injured another personnel. It is unfortunate to find weapons in the possession of CSO leaders, who are working for the masses, he said. After the incident, Shri N. Biren Singh said, he feels the need for further strengthening security in the State.
Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y. Joykumar, who attended the observance as the functional president, opined that the strength of the country lies in its unity. On her death anniversary, the present generation must appreciate Indira Gandhi’s roles in nation building and maintaining unity, the Deputy Chief Minister said. He said that the country should never forget her sacrifices.
Ministers, MLAs and high ranking civil and police officers also attended the observance. Teachers and students of Shri Shri Balmukunda Dev Music College presented patriotic opening and closing songs.

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A perfect coincidence: CM should not let this opportunity out of hand

    Today’s mass rally organised by the United Committee Manipur (UCM) participated by around thousands and thousands of people here in the heart of Imphal city is another indication to the central leadership that there will be no differences among the people of the state when it comes to the issue of the Territorial integrity of the state. The issue of the territorial integrity is a sentimental issue; everyone remembers that 22 lives have been sacrificed in June 2001 when the people felt that the peace talk between the NSCN-IM and the Government of India had signed extension of the cease fire without territorial limit. The inclusion of the 3 words “Without Territorial Limit” is a direct indication for segregation of the state of Manipur into two as per the desire of the NSCN-IM. Because every Manipuris including the Meitei, meetei, naga, Kuki, Pangal and other tribes knew that the extension of the cease fire to the territory of Manipuri is a direct indication for granting any demand put up by the NSCN-IM.
That was years back. The situation changes after the signing of the Frame Work Agreement on August 3, 2015. Narendra Modi led government assurance to the NSCN-IM to settle their issue is another big threat to the people  of the state who wanted to keep the state intact.
Even as the state government is also led by the BJP, it is left in a helpless position as any objection to the central government issue may be a troublesome for the Chief Minister. And a support by the Chief Minister himself to this rally may mean biasness towards his people. As the people supporting the demand of the NSCN-IM is also his people under his government administration.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh now seems to be caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. Against the proposed rally the United Naga Council had also called a total shut down in all the hill district of the state. Almost all major Hill district head quarters including the Senapati and Ukhrul district remain shut during the UCM rally.
Thankfully, today falls the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhai Patel and the state government is organizing a Run for the Nation.

N. Biren Singh joined politics after June 18 uprising . he had time and again promised for protection of the territorial integrity of the state. It is now upto him on how he will tackle the situation which seems like diving the state into two.
The Chief Minister’s yesterday’s visit to Senapati and Teamenglong district is indeed significant as his government position showed neutrality towards any community. His magic words – of building trust between hill and plain people with action and not with lip service ahead of both the UCM Rally and the UNC total shut down somehow left aside the two body as some groups set up by vested interested people and not by all the people of the state.
The UCM rally, the UNC total Shut down and the government sponsored unity run to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhai Patel co-incidentally save N. Biren Singh. It is now upto him on how he will deal with this issue keeping intact the integrity of the state.
Luck seems to favour the Chief Minister, but anger and intolerance may ruin him. If those surrounding him suggested good advice and if the bureaucrats are serious to turn into action what he is planning to do, his government may continue for more years.

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