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Sunday, 22 December 2019 - Imphal Times

Dr. Nara urges government to release L. Sotinkumar without condition

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Imphal, Dec 22

CPI leader Dr. M. Nara today urged the government of Manipur particularly to the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh to release L. Sotinkumar, the General Secretary of CPI, Manipur State Council, without any condition.

“Comrade Sotinkumar was only performing his duty as a leader of a political party in the interest of the people and it would be wrong to treat him like a criminal”, Dr. Nara said during a meeting with media persons at Irabot Bhawan in Imphal today.

He said that many members of the CPI were arrested from different part of the state in connection with the nationwide general strike called by left parties of the country on December 19. They were all charged under seditious act but court released them all as the sedition charges were not attracted to the activities of the CPI members. However, Comrade Sotin has been arrested again and again from one police station to another under the similar charges after the court had released him. 

“December 19 was a significant day in the history of India as on this day of 1927, when the country was struggling for freedom from the British colonial rulers, many freedom fighters who were lodged in prison were hanged to death”, Nara said and added that the left parties of the country taking into account the significance of the day announced ‘Protest Day against CAA across the country’ on December 12.

Voice of dissent against an Act which is a threat to the people of the country is what has been following in a democratic country and the same argument has also been made in both the houses of parliament, Nara said. He further said that it was the numbers that they passed the Bill and every political party have the right to protest against it.

“Now December 19 is over and no unwanted incident had taken place on that day, there is nothing wrong in releasing him”, the CPI leader who had contested the last Lok Sabha Election in Inner Manipur Parliamentary constitution said.

Recalling a speech made by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh during a function at Namdanglung at which he appealed people to forgive and forget, Dr. Nara said, “Such appeal is the need of the hour for solving the differences and today I appeal the Chief Minister to ‘forgive and forget’, as whatever Comrade Sotinkumar had addressed was in the interest of the political party he belongs to”.

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CPI condemn repressive measures of the State Police

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Imphal, Dec 22

Communist Party of India (CPI) Manipur State Council has condemned the re-arrest of its General Secretary L.Sotinkumar after being released on bail by the Court. A statement by M.Joykumar Luwang, Asst. Secretary, CPI Manipur State Council said that L.Sotinkumar who was arrested by the State Police on December 20 in connection with the General Strike called by Left Parties in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 on December 19. He was released on bail by an order of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West. However, as soon as L.Sotinkumar came out from the Court Complex, he was picked up again by a team of state police from the gate of the Court Complex on the pretext that SP/Imphal West wanted to have a talk with him.

The statement added that L.Sotinkumar Singh was re-arrested and detained unlawfully as SP/IW was on leave yesterday and not available in his office.

The statement term the arrest as repressive measures of the State Police.

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Wangoi Municipal Council Housing for All Scheme in chaos- “Beneficiaries’ money halted without any reason”

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Imphal, Dec 22

Beneficiaries of the Housing for all schemes under Wangoi Municipal council today said that funds which had been already sanctioned under the scheme have not been released for reason best known to the Executive officer of the WMC.

In a press meet held today at Manipur Press Club one of the beneficiary Laishram Yumshang Leima said that even as fund have been released for some of the beneficiary who are close to the local MLA, fund for other beneficiaries have not been released.

A total of 206 applied for grant under the scheme for the WMC, out of these 167 were approved by the Town Planning department. Leima said that the fund has been released to the WMC however the Chairperson and Executive Officer of the Municipal Council halted the money of the beneficiaries without giving any proper reason.

The matter has been put to the notice of the Chief Minister by the beneficiaries and even the former Chairperson of the Municipal Council had reached out to Secretariat concern authority. However, the fund has not been released till today. 

Pradhan Mantri Awaj Yojana (Urban) Housing for All schemes was one of the important schemes/Programmes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi but for Wangoi Municipal Council H.F.A/P.M.A.Y is in mess.

Leima further said that the Executive officer have been harassing the beneficiaries when asked for release of the fund. She appealed the government to intervene the matter.

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Anti and pro - CAA rallies continue in Maharashtra; Sharad Pawar opposes CAA and NRC

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Mumbai Dec 22

While anti and pro-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) rallies continued in Maharashtra, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday said that the Maharashtra Government should refuse to implement new citizenship law since it would hurt the religious and social harmony of India.
Speaking to media after attending “Bhimthadi Jatra”, an annual affair in Pune, Pawar said that 8 NDA rules states, including Bihar, have refused to implement the law. Besides Bihar, states of Kerala, Punjab, West Bengal and Rajasthan have also opposed the CAA implementation. As such Maharashtra also should take a similar stand. But if the states oppose the Union government’s order, there is a likelihood that it may dismiss these state governments, Pawar hastened to add.
The NCP is a ruling constituent, along with the Congress, in the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government headed by the Shiv Sena. Earlier Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray (Shiv Sena) had said that implementation of the CAA will be dependent upon the ruling of the Supreme Court and had added that.”We are checking legality of the new law and waiting to find out whether the new act fits the framework of Constitution or not, since some people have challenged the CAA in the SC”.
Pawar also questioned selective grant of citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan under CAA while excluding Sri Lankan Tamils. “Is it because Sri Lankan Tamils don’t belong to a particular religion?” he asked.
“As per the Act, people from Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who have come to India till December 31, 2014 owing to their religious persecution will not be treated as illegal immigrants and will be given Indian citizenship”. There are many Nepalis working as domestic helps in many establishments in Maharashtra, Pawar said and added that two Nepali staff members have been looking after his official residence in New Delhi for the last 30 years.
Pawar said that the Union government was misusing its power and avoiding the dialogue with the stakeholders. In fact it should clarify things so that peace is restored.
In the meanwhile on Saturday evening hundreds of people congregated outside Dadar railway station in Central Mumbai in support of the contentious CAA and raised slogans hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On the occasion, the organisers–‘Sanvidhan Sanman Manch’–appealed to the citizens to peacefully support the CAA and proposed NRC (National Register of Citizens) exercise. “We just put up the poster with the message ‘I support CAA’ and students came forward to sign,” the organiser Harshad Kulkarni said.
The pro- CAA rallied were also held in Thane, Kalyan, Navi Mumbai and Panvel. Senior citizens to youngsters shouted slogans and displayed placards expressing their support. Some also distributed pamphlets explaining how CAA is beneficial. In Kalyan, students held a drive outside Birla College to collect signatures in support of CAA. “Around 250 students signed the banner.
However the anti-CAA rallies organised in Bhiwandi (by a group of Congress workers), Nanded, Parbhani, Hingoli,Jalna, Beed, Solapur, Buldhana, Gadchiroli,  Chandrapur and Gondia out numbered pro-CAA rallies.
The biggest rally took place in Buldhana town, where around 10,000 people marched 1.5 km to the district collector’s office and submitted a memorandum of their demands. Whereas 20 people were detained and 130 booked in Hingoli for allegedly damaging public property and rioting during protests. Similar pro and anti-CAA rallies were slated to be held in late Sunday evening in Mumbai.

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On the other side

By : Dr. Nunglekpam Premi Devi
Independent Scholar

Life’s isn’t good, life always hacks shits;

Life isn’t a written dairy, it’s been a open book;

Past doesn’t hacks an incidence, it’s a wrong decision Taken;

Life isn’t an account we’ll opened, it’s been an amazing journey;

Hacks and hacks we’ll been into gathering stresses and depression;

Life’s stuck where we’ll be bored, past incidents isn’t a history;

 

We’ll carry on and on say - mistakes and burdens;

“Opening”  And opening isn’t a great start we’ll take into;

“ Consideration” Isn’t always a better option, past it all we’ll in will;

Take it in or take that out, life always hacks on the other side;

“Seeing” Isn’t a good taste of life still we blame and blamed;

Life isn’t a great experience on the other side.

 

“Hate it or love it” Life’s a mere memory we’ll care been onto;

“Burden and stress” A double sided effects we’ll be exercising;

“Happy or sad “ “Sad and laughter” Isn’t always a sisterhood;

“ Avoid my soul “ And “ Take it all your’s soul “ On the other side of life;

“ Pain and shout “ “Agreed and engaging” Oh! a part of time;

Life’s a fucking awesome account, we’ll care about;

Nothing a better option, whether we have a word or not;

“ Rights and decisions “ Always been into chain and humanity laws”

Cutting through so piercing sharp and pointing emotions;

“Hell we’ll know what to and how not to” Engaging and engaged;

“ Prisons and Dugeoun “ Oh! A sweet heaven we’ll been carving for;

Life’s isn’t a dramatic move we’ll love to act. 

 

“ Drugs and medicines” “ Love and dying” “ Guns and roses” All we indulge into;

Making our life an embracing path to step out and back;

What’s so good to say- “ Searching for a citizen leadership “

“ Voices and massages” “ Rights and duties “ All barred with handcuffs;

Save it or move it on, life’s isn’t a great day ahead;

What the hack! We’ll been breaking into acts and opposition;

“ Party’s and nominee “ Isn’t always a new book to open;

Life’s full of distress and haters,  try opening up a new page and new chapter;

Every single day, every single move isn’t a game played ;

On the other side of life, we aren’t a good player, playing an amazing options;

“Handcuffs and cells” “ FIR and supreme Court “ “ Immigrants and boarders “

One new idea, a closing lips forever still a bleeding mouth;

Life’s isn’t a great expectations on the other side of life.

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General awareness for investors not to feel panicky on false propaganda


By : Bikram singh Chandam

When minutely examined on internet, the leading financial Companies of Manipur like,- Lamjingba Nidhi, Smart, Birla Emporium, Panthoibi etc.etc. are found operating within the purview of “Regulated Deposit Schemes” of the Gazette of India, Extraordinary [Part II] Column (3) of First Schedule [Sec 2 (15)], Sl. No. 9 registered under the Companies Act 2013 (18 of 2013) and Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India as Regulator:
Accordingly these financial Companies are permitted to accept deposits under the “Ministry of Corporate Affairs” Government of India in the following manner,-
(i) deposits are accepted or permitted under chapter V of the Companies Act 2013 (18 of 2013): and
(ii) any scheme or arrangement under which deposits are accepted by a Company declared as a “Nidhi” or a mutual benefit Society under Sec 406 of the Companies Act 2013 (18 of 2013):
However, it’s rather ridiculous to find the unnecessary inclusion of Lamjingba Nidhi, Smart, Panthoibi, Birla Emporium etc.etc. in the agenda of Round 10 discussion of the State Level Consultative Committee (SLCC) Meeting for discussion of the activities of “Non Banking Financial Companies (NFBCs)” and Unincorporated bodies for the state of Manipur: The SLCC Meeting held on 8th Dec’ 2019 has also made an unnecessary attempt to drag such financial Companies of Manipur under the “Unregulated Deposit Schemes Act 2019”:
Here, it’s noteworthy to mention that the “Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Act 2019” as the SLCC is going to bring into is totally out of its purview while dealing with the financial Companies of Manipur like,- Lamjingba Nidhi, Smart, Birla Emporium and Panthoibi et.etc. as they are all regulated deposit schemes which are governed totally under a different provision of law as mentioned in the 1st Para of this post:
The Revenue Commissioner has also been appointed as the “Appropriate Authority” vide Finance Dept’s order No. 3/366/2018/IF dated 3rd Dec’ 2019 for dealing with the “Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Act 2019”:
However, this order can not be considered to have extended its jurisdiction over such financial Companies of Manipur which are registered under the Companies Act 3013 (18 of 2013) and governed by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India as Regulator, under “Regulated Deposit Schemes”:
The relevant provisions of the “Regulated Deposit Schemes” which governed such financial Companies of Manipur are reproduced herewith for ready reference, along with SLCC agenda and Finance Dept’s order:
May also refer to my earlier post made on Saturday the 14th Dec’ 2019 at 11.56 pm on this issue for more details:
The provisions for “Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Act 2019” is not reproduced as it is not relevant with the context:
Therefore, the “Competent Authority” may kindly make an in-depth study of the relevant provisions of the “Ministry of Corporate Affairs” Govt of India and the “Companies Act 2013 (18 of 2013)” for making a clarification of the matter to the public in its earliest convenience with a view to defuse misunderstandings created earlier and avert any kind of panicky situation:
Disclaimer: However, I don’t vouch for any of the Companies to be within the purview of Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India and the Companies Act 2013 (18 of 2013) which do not adhere to the relevant acts & rules in their financial practice

Minister Shyamkumar praises ‘Native Flavours’ celebrating Tangkhul cuisine & tradition

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Imphal, Dec.22

Forest and Environment Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar yesterday graced the second day of the Native Flavours, a three day long food and cultural festival held at Langei, Nongpok Sanjenbam, Imphal East organised by the Langei International in collaboration with the Department of Tourism.
Speaking as the chief guest of the function, Minister Shyamkumar opined that the festival which is celebrating the rich lineage of Tangkhul cuisine and tradition will spread awareness to the masses regarding the Tangkhul culture and tradition.
Stating that the community development by the Langei is a success story, he said the knowledge and ideas can be borrowed and implemented in other projects for overall development of the State. He said Manipur is home to different communities and is gifted with natural flora and fauna which needs to be protected for the future generation. He said there is a need for preserving and protecting the assets which our forefathers have passed on to us.
He said good hospitability to the people coming to the State can further flourish the tourism sector which will help in expanding the livelihood of the people. He said the focus can also be given on home stay so that tourist can enjoy the authentic custom and tradition of our State.
Expressing concern over the drug related cases in the State, he said that the situation is alarming and called for concerned authorities to continue their efforts to curb the menace.  He also appealed to the people to shun tobacco products to avoid the deadly disease like cancer.
He further announced that under the Forest and Environment Department Rs 10 lakh will be handed over to Langei International for water conservation and environment protection including tree plantation.
W. Ibohal Singh, Director, Department of Tourism said that under the pilot project, Langei adopted Nongpok Sanjenbam Khunou and focused on community development. He said it has boosted the prospect of rural tourism for the area.
Stating that a tourist coming to the State wants to enjoy the traditional customs of the particular community, he said people at different areas can focus on providing home stay to such tourist. He opined that providing the authentic customs and tradition will surely help in awareness regarding our different communities. He further said that the effort of the Langei is recognized by the State Government and a discussion will be held for upgradation.
All together 15 stalls displayed different food varieties of Tangkhul cuisines. Entertainment programmes followed the evening session. The food and cultural festival will conclude tomorrow.

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Maharashtra Chief Ministe rannounces loan waiver up to Rs 2 lakh for farmers

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Mumbai Dec.22

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday announced waiver of farm loans up to Rs 2 lakh, even as the BJP threatened to launch an agitation against new loan waiver scheme saying that it was “cheating of farmers”.
At the conclusion of winter session of the state legislature in Nagpur, Thackeray said that crop loans up to Rs 2 lakh outstanding up to September 30, 2019 will be waived off by the Maharashtra government under the “Mahatma Jyotirao Phule loan waiver scheme”. Besides, a special scheme would be offered to the farmers who repay their loans in time, he added. Thackeray heads a coalition government of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress.
Finance Minister Jayant Patil (NCP) said the waiver would be unconditional, and details would be communicated by the chief minister’s office in due course.
However former CM and the leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis (BJP) alleged that the
government had not fulfilled its original promise of full loan waiver. He also said the Sena-led government failed to give assistance of Rs 25,000 per hectare to farmers who suffered losses due to unseasonal rains in October this year. This demand was made by Thackeray himself before he became the CM. After protesting against the loan waiver scheme in the assembly, BJP MLAs led by Fadnavis staged a walk out.
Later speaking to media outside the state legislature, Fadnavis said, “We are going to hold a state wide agitation against this “cheating of farmers”. “The loan waiver announced by the Government led by us in 2017 has already benefited farmers. We had waived loans up to Rs 1.50 lakh. Between 2017 and 2019, there will be very few farmers with outstanding loans.”The needy farmers are those who lost their crops due to untimely rains in October,” he added.
In the meanwhile it will be a testing time for Thackeray since the state is already reeling under the debt burden of Rs 6.71 lakh crore (which is 22.54 per cent of state GDP). Besides there is revenue deficit of Rs.20,293 crore (2019-2020).The Shiv Sena led coalition government has alleged that the loan burden mounted up to Rs.4.71 lakh crore from earlier Rs.2.94 lakh crore, during last 5 years when Fadnavis led the Government. The debt included the additional loans of Rs.2 lakh crore for infrastructure sector.
The salary burden rose from Rs 59,735 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 1,15241 crore in 2019-20, pension from Rs. 15,186 crore to Rs. 36,368 crore and interest on loans from Rs 14,838 crore to Rs. 35,207 crore.
The debt burden grew since the state had to bear the cost of the implementation of the 7 th pay commission recommendations, farm loan waiver, heavy cost of the proposed mid-sea Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial in the Arabian Sea near Mumbai and the proposed Ambedkar memorial coming up in the premises of erstwhile Indu Mill at Dadar in Central Mumbai. The cost of establishment is 47.3 per cent in Maharashtra, while it is 33 per cent in neighbouring Gujarat and 27 per cent in Karnatak.
Caption Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announcing waiver of farm loans in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly

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