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Flesh trade alert: 40 trafficked girls from Nepal rescued at Moreh; Another 2 at Imphal MARC and Police continue to search for more

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Imphal/Moreh, Feb 1,

At least 40 girls mostly teenagers, who were probably brought for sale at different cities of South Asian countries were today rescued by combined team of Manipur Alliance for Child Rights (MACR) and Tengnoupal Police under the Supervision of District SP Dr. S. Ibomcha from Moreh town. A middle aged Nepali man who is suspected to be the trafficker was also picked up by the police team. 2 other girls suspected to be among the trafficked girls were also rescued today from a Hotel in Imphal along with two other Nepali boys by a team of city police OC N. Ingocha. The 4 of them are being under verification process.

Talking to Imphal Times, Convenor of MACR, Montu Ahanthem said that a Nepal based NGO , Maiti Nepal had sent an intimation to the Delhi Women Commission regarding trafficking of large number of Nepali girls towards India in the middle week of January this year. Following that, NGOs and government machineries across the country were alerted and the Delhi Women Commission rescued 3 women from the nation’s capital. On being questioned the three revealed that other women who have been trafficked had travel towards Manipur to cross at Myanmar.

After the information has been forwarded to the Manipur Alliance for Child Rights, the members acted immediately and along with the help of police team they conducted search and rescue operation of the trafficked girls.

As Moreh town has a porous boundary with Myanmar, MARC also alerted the Tengnoupal Police regarding the Matter. SP of the district Dr. Ibomcha without making any delay conducted search operation at Moreh town. Checking at border gate have been intensified and source said that around 10 Nepali girls who possessed documents had already cross the border.

Report reaching here said that during the search operation conducted at Moreh town since early morning the police team rescued 16 girls who were planning for deportation towards Myanmar. As the hunt for the trafficked girls continue 4 more teenagers were also rescued along with a male adult from a Hotel at Moreh. And later at evening 9 more girls were rescued by the police team. Report added that among the 40 girls, some seemed older which suggested being traffickers.

The police acted on tip top as photographs of all those girls trafficked had been sent by the Maiti Nepal, the NGO which alerted the Indian machineries.

Convenor of MACR, Ahanthem Montu, talking to Imphal Times said, “This is a major rescue operation at which without the help of police it would have been impossible”. 

When asked about what are the authority going to do with the rescued girls, Montu said those victim of flesh trade will be accommodated at Ujwala Home and those traffickers will be deal by police under the law of the land. He also added that procedure to deport the victim girls will be done as per the law of the land after intimation with the Nepal government.

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Joint body of Civil bodies prepare for total shut down on the day CAB 2016 is table in Rajya Sabha

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Imphal, Feb 1,

After Manipur was put to a standstill due to General Strike called against the Citizenship Amendment Bill , 2016 yesterday, People Alliance Manipur (PAM), a joint body of different organisation has announced total shut down in the entire state of Manipur on the day of tabling the contentious CAB at Rajya Sabha.

In a Press meet organised by Socialist Women Association (SWA), Young Communist League (YCL) and All Manipur Muslim Organisation Coordinating Committee (AMMOCOC) at Press Club today President of AMMOCOC’s President SM Jalal said that a joint forum comprising of 131 clubs and organisation named People Alliance Manipur (PAM) has formed to fight against the contentious CAB.

Speaking to media persons Jalal said that a mass protest which includes Meira rallies, Sit-in-protest and human chain protest will also be done from 6pm of the 3rd Feb to 6pm of the next day. He further said that they will not accept the statement of the Home Minister verbally assuring that the bill will not affect the state until given in a written form.

Jalal said that they will continue and intensify the movement against the contentious CAB until the said Bill is withdrawn.

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Peoples’ Convention CAB

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Imphal, Feb 1,

Peoples’ convention of Citizenship Amendment Bill was once more held today at Iboyaima Sumang Leela Sanglen today. The meet discussed in depth on the present development over the issue of CAB 2016.

Reacting to the statement of the Indian President Ram Nath Kovind at which he said that he will give passage for passing of the CAB 2016, when the Union Ministry of Home Affairs said that NE region will not be affected and when the Chief Minister of Manipur again is urging for a clause in the Bill for protection of Manipur from CAB, Social Activist Lancha Ningthouja said that the government is fooling the people of the region.

The meet organised by Manipur Peoples Against CAB resolved to fight against the CAB till the last breath.

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Interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal today presented the interim budget in parliament.

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Imphal/ Delhi, Feb 1,

Among others Defence Budget will be enhanced beyond Rs 3 lakh crore, Goyal presented the parliament house.

 “Our Defence Budget this year is over Rs 3 lakh crore, if necessary additional funds will also be provided,” Mr Goyal said amid thumping of desks by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others. The Finance Minister underlined 10 most important dimensions that will guide the government in Vision 2030 and will help to build next-gen infrastructure – physical as well as social – for a 10 trillion dollar economy and to improve the ‘Ease of Living’.

 “India has already become second largest start ups in the world,” the Finance Minister said.

Regarding economy the FM said that India is poised to become a 5 trillion dollar economy in the next five years and aspires to become a 10 trillion dollar economy in the next eight years.

‘We are poised to become a 5 trillion dollar economy in the next five years, we aspire to become a 10 trillion dollar economy in the next eight years,’ Mr Goyal said presenting Interim Budget 2019-20 in the Lok Sabha.

A total 18 per cent increase in direct tax collections in 2017-18 as 1.06 crore new people included in tax base after demonetisation, he said.

GST collection said the government has committed Rs 1 lakh crore, he said.

Mr Goyal said the government was committed to eliminating the ills of black money.

‘Black money measures taken have brought undisclosed income of about Rs 1.30 lakh crore to the surface and 3.38 lakh shell companies deregistered,’ he said.

Businesses with less than Rs 5 crore annual turnovers, comprising over 90 percent of GST payers, will be allowed to return quarterly returns, he said.

A total 14 per cent growth in state tax collections was guaranteed and underwritten by Government of India, the Minister said.

Businesses with less than Rs 5 crore annual turnover, comprising over 90 per cent of GST payers, will be allowed to return quarterly returns, Mr Goyal said amid frequent thumping of desks by members.

The budget also focuses for Support of bonanza for farmers; separate Department of Fisheries in Budget 2019-20 proposals.

“ Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi – under which Rs 6000 per hectare in a year will be deposited directly in the bank accounts of about 12 crore farmers in the country”, the FM said .

It also announced creation of a separate Department of Fisheries, taking it away from the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.

The Centre will bear the cost of the entire scheme PM Kisan Samman Nidhi.

Announcing this in the Lok Sabha while presenting the Budget for 2019-20, Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said he was providing Rs 75,000 crore for the income support scheme and another Rs 20,000 crore in the Revised Estimate for the current year (2018-19) itself.

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Budget provides major relief to the middle income section - Ashinikumar

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New Delhi ,Feb 1

According to Asnikumar Singh, State Vice President, BJP Manipur Pradesh while talking to Imphal Times said that the budget provides major relief to the middle income section as individual tax payers with an annual income of upto Rs. 5 lacs will get full tax rebate. Also the GST has been considerably reduced, resulting in relief of 80000 crore rupees to consumers and most daily use commodities of the poor and middle class are now in the 0 to 5 percent tax bracket.
“This comes as a major relief to the poor and middle class and also clearly indicates that this government under the visionary leadership of Narendra Modiji, as highlighted by Piyush Goyal will always put its people over and above everything else” Ashinikumar said.
The budget also provided some much awaited positive news for the Northeastern Region as it proposed budget allocation for the region to be increased to Rs. 58,166 crores, an increase of 21 percent from the previous year. Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi an amount of Rs. 6000 will be transferred to the bank accounts of farmers possessing less than 2 hectares of land. This amount will be transferred in 3 instalments. This ground breaking initiative is going to benefit 12 crore marginal and small farmers at an estimated cost of Rs. 75,000 crores.
“In my personal opinion these reforms and initiatives couldn’t have come at a better time. It is a good feeling to see the lower and middle class’s plight being realised and acted upon by the government”.
“ I believe that a government which listens to the problems and plight of its people and acts upon it promptly is there for the long haul. This was, is and will always be a government that will show its true good intentions through its actions rather than words and that is what every democratic govt ought to be. The interim budget 2019 is a clear reflection of the government’s intention of continuation on the path of a healthy, prosperous India”, Ashinikumar added.

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Prevent BJP misusing religion: PF appeals SC and EC

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Imphal, Feb 1,

The Central Secretariat meeting of Popular Front of India in a statement said that the comments and remarks coming from the Prime Minister and Union ministers on Ayodhya issue are not prompted by any sincere commitment to the nation and its constitution; rather, they are politically motivated attempts to pressurize and unduly influence on judicial decisions.
“Babri Masjid - Ram Mandir issue now before the Supreme Court is basically a title suite which is to be decided on the basis of historical facts and official records, and not based the sentiments or beliefs of either religious group. What we see now is a government, failed in all aspects, with nothing to offer to people in terms of development, trying to capitalize sentimental issues to gain majority votes in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.  PF blamed BJP for cheating and exploiting the Hindu majority by making Ram temple construction just an election tool”, the statement said.
The meeting also reportedly decided the caption ‘Defeat politics of hate’ as the theme of the Popular Front Day which will be celebrated on 17 February.

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Sisters killed; mother injured in bomb explosion

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Imphal, Feb 1,

Family outing turns tragedy as a bomb blasted killing two sisters and injuring their mother while the three of them along with a relative on picnic were dining in an open space at Khoupum area at around 11.30 am today.

Report reaching here said that the explosion took place at Leishok, Subung @ 15 KM’s East from Khoupum Police station. Akhiuna Kamei, 18 yrs(student of class x, Don Bosco, Khoupum) d/o Poudinlung of Leishok, Subung and her sister Gaikhonliu Kamei died on the spot while their mother sustain serious injury . The relative who companied them reportedly sustain minor injury.

Source said the bomb was an old explosive used during World War time. Details of the news is awaited.

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Viral audio which confuse people: the two politicians should clarify

A viral audio record of a telephonic conversation between two politicians which reveal Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had finally signed against the CAB, 2016 to the memorandum submitted to the Union Home Minister along with other political party is perhaps a good news. Not because the signing to the memorandum which strongly demanded withdrawal of the CAB will stop the BJP led government at the center in making their effort of passing the Bill but because the people of the state felt that the stand of the Chief Minister is beyond the party dictate and if it happens so N. Biren Singh deserves appreciation from all the people of the state. But why the telephonic conversation is making viral some vested interested people instead of directly taking it to the newspaper or electronic media. The later part of the conversation between the two politician at which one seem to be camping at Delhi and another at Imphal confuses the listener as the one camping at Delhi seem to have stated that while meeting the Union Home Minister, the assurance given to them was that – the contentious Bill will not affect the North East States of Manipur. This means that the government at the center is all set to work out everything to pass the Bill despite the strong protest from all political party team of the state which was led be the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh of the state of Manipur.

Again news report appeared today in connection with the meeting of the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the N. Biren Singh led team from the state of Manipur was total contrast . As per reported in almost all newspaper here in the state the political party team led by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh urged the Union Home Minister to insert a safeguarding clause in the CAB 2016 before it is place in the Rajya Sabha so that there is adequate safeguard for protection of the indigenous people of the North East states in general and Manipur in Particular when the Bill become an Act. It is also reported that the team welcome the clarification issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs which stated that the final decision to grant citizenship to immigrants would rest with the state governments concern.

As per the newsreport the stand of the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh in regard of the CAB still stand unchanged. And it is still not clear on why a telephonic conversation between two politician which says that N. Biren Singh had agreed to oppose the Bill and signed along with other political parties in the memorandum submitted to the Union Home Minister.

This column has time and again argued the rationale behind justifying the bill saying that it will be exempted to the states of North East and that the people of the land will be protected.

Knowing the fact that the contentious CAB Bill had already passed in the lower house of the parliament, it is known to almost everyone that addition of clauses to the Bill should  be done before it was passed in the lower house. Besides, it is everybody’s understandings that – it does not matter whether an illegal migrant is not granted citizenship in the state Manipur as per the clause (if suppose), he will be still the citizen of the country and there is no law (as of now) to stop any citizen of the country to enter in this part of the country call Manipur. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, the one time champion of Manipur peoples’ right, would have certainly knew the impact , but it seem like the thrust for power compelled him to plan policy to divert the peoples’ movement by saying things which are illogical.

Now this paper calls on the two politicians who spread their telephonic conversation through social media to clarify their motives of trying to make their conversation viral. This paper also know the name of the two politicians but due to ethical reason we withheld their names.  

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