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Imphal, May 23,

As counting of the 17th Lok Sabha Election held in 7th phases across the country is nearing its completion, there is no doubt that peoples’ mandate has been once more given to the BJP.

Prime Minister Modi retained his seat in Varanasi by a massive margin of 3.85 lakh votes.

Modi on Thursday led his Bharatiya Janata Party towards a resounding victory for a second term in office as the BJP has touched the 300 mark on its own while the NDA is at 350 seats, crossing the humongous tally of 2014. The BJP has demolished the combined opposition, with the Congress Party stuck at 50 seats, according to the trends. Modi himself won in Varanasi with a margin of over 3.5 lakh votes while party President Amit Shah won in Gandhinagar in their home state of Gujarat by over 4 lakh votes.

In the politically critical state of Uttar Pradesh, where the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party had posed a stiff challenge, the BJP is leading in 59 of the 80 seats at stake. The SP is ahead in 7 and BSP in 13. The Congress Party was ahead only in one. Even, Congress President Rahul Gandhi is trailing in Amethi to BJP’s Smriti Irani, however he has win the Wayanad Parliamentary constituency by a margin of 12,76,945 votes which is 64.5%.

In Manipur, NPF candidate Dr Lorho S Pfoze is leading with 2,69,911 votes, followed by BJP’s Houlim Shokhopao Mate with 1,85,226 votes in Manipur’s Outer Manipur Lok Sabha constituency as on 4:30 pm. 

BJP candidate Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh is leading with 214855 votes, followed by Congress’s Oinam Nabakishore Singh with 187570 votes in Manipur’s Inner Manipur Lok Sabha constituency as on 6:10pm

Following the lead the state BJP unit is preparing for a warm reception of their candidate which they now have full confidence that they will win.

In the Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency a total of 11 candidates are in the fray and voter turnout on the polling day held in 2nd Phase April 18 is 81%. At the Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency a total of 8 candidates contested for the seat and voter turnout was 84.20% . The polling was held on April 11 on the phase election.

Both in the outer and Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency BJP had a tough fight with Congress in the Inner and NPF at the outer.

In Nagaland, four candidates were in the fray and Congress Candidate K.L Chishi is leading at 5 .00 pm with margin of 4,37,448 votes which is 50.6%. NDPP candidate Tokheho is following with 47.3 % votes .

Meanwhile, BJP Parliamentary board is meeting at the party headquarters in New Delhi today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior leaders will attend the meet.

Mr Modi will also meet party workers there.

BJP has also asked all winning MPs to come to Delhi by Saturday.

In Assam too, BJP is leading in at least 8 seats. Assam has a total of 14 Parliamentary constituencies. Son of former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and sitting lawmaker from Kaliabor, Congress candidate Gaurav Gogoi, is trailing from the Kaliabor constituency. He is fighting Moni Madhab Mahanta from the Asom Gana Parishad. Gogoi has had considerable campaigning support as well with party president Rahul Gandhi, his father, and actress Nagma lending a hand.

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Imphal May23,

Various media persons who are at the counting venue of votes at Thoubal DC office felt offended on the way how Thoubal DC Haobam Rosita treated them.

Even though the counting of votes started from 8 in the morning today at Thoubal DC office, the media personnel were not allowed to enter and cover the news hindering to spread the news to the masses.

The space for media persons were made at a newly constructed building near SBI Bank inside the DC Complex. Unfortunately the media persons were not allowed to enter and gather the news from the place where votes were being counted which is about 100m from their space and no staff from DC gave any results for counting. Even the DIO of Thoubal and its staffs faced trouble in seeking the results of the votes.

Media persons have no other things to do other than talking to each other and watching news in television as they were not allowed to cover the news.

Bringing the result of the counting from Counting Hall to media centre is a big question which needed to be asked.

By obstructing the duties of media persons in gathering news DC Thoubal tried to hinder timely dissemination of news to the public.

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Imphal, May 23,

Manipur Inter State Taxi Service Workers’ Association thanked personnel of Mao Police Station and civil society of Senapati district for extending all support in punishing hooligans who had assaulted a Winger driver at Karong area along NH 2.

A statement issued by Mohen Asem, Secy. ISTA, said that on May 20, a driver was assaulted by a group of 4 young men at Karong, Senapati, Manipur.

The group broke the windshield of the vehicle and fled the scene towards Mao side, it said. The driver with the help of his passengers lodged an FIR in Senapati Police station. Within few hours Senapati P.S. nabbed the culprits and brought to the station for interrogation and to confirm the crime they committed against the innocent driver in front of many passengers the statement said.

The ISTA extended their sincere appreciations to those passengers on board, Song Song Youth and Student’s Organisations (SSYSO), Mr. Adakho, NPO, Winger Driver’s Union, Maimom Anil Meetei, Secy.(AMRTDMWU) and specially Mao Police Station and Senapati Police Station for their helps and cooperation.

The statement also appealed not to upload the video clips of the incident in Social Media.

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Imphal, May 23,

Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) appeals to stop the interference done by some people in SCERT’s activities to review the syllabus and curriculum from class I to VIII. Instead of creating problems in SCERT, the concerned people must show professionalism and support the work that SCERT is doing, the KSA statement added.
On the other hand, KSA statement appeals on the issue of DIET centre at Keikol that instead of hurling allegations over mainstream and social media both parties must sit down to bridge the communication gap and work out a solution.
Furthermore, the statement added that those people who are interfering in the work of SCERT for their personal interests will be blamed if SCERT is unable to complete its work of reviewing the syllabus and curriculum and students face inconvenience.

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Imphal, May 23,

Armed group KCP-MC in a statement said that molestation complaint against the father of the Catholic School Canchipur by three persons turn out to be a conspiracy to malign the image of the school.
The statement signed by one Comrade Lanchenba Meitei, Secretary Information & Publicity Military Affairs, KCP-MC  said that the complaint was an attempt to malign the Catholic School at Canchipur. It acknowledges that Catholic school Canchipur is the only school among Catholic Education Society Manipur which takes less admission fee and has good relationship with the locals. The outfit said that the allegation was made because of some personal issues that these three persons have against the father of Catholic School Canchipur.
The outfit has met those persons who have raised the complaint of molestation and discussed the matter. Later, they were handed to their families, the statement added. The statement also appreciated Maoist Communist Party of Manipur for their cooperation in the inquiry that KCP-MC was conducting on the matter.
The outfit however warned against building of churches in the Catholic school campuses in Imphal Valley giving quota on the basis of religion in school admissions. The statement said that the outfit does not have any objection to people practicing their faith and establishing churches in the Valley. However, the outfit’s ban on the religious activities in schools in the Valley area continues.  Furthermore, KCP –MC has postponed the general strike which was scheduled on 26th May 2019 to 2nd June.

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By- Meghachandra Kongbam
Imphal,May 23,

 Eminent personalities from the Critics Forum, Manipur will share the space of the interaction session to be conducted after screening of every film of the Tunisian Film Festival 2019 to be held at MSDFS Auditorium, Imphal on May 25 and 26, 2019.  
On the first day of the festival, Dr. N. Tombi Singh, Advisor of Critics Forum will initiate the interaction session on the first film- Porto Farina directed by Ibrahim Letaief. The film was premiered on Friday, January 18, 2019 and tells the story of a man, Aly in need of a child, refractory to adoption, back in his native country to marry his first cousin.
Sahitya Akademi awardee Yumlembam Ibomcha will interact with the audience on the second film- Mostafa Z directed by Nidhal Chatta. The film traces 24 hours of the life of an ordinary Tunisian, Mustafa, caught up with the absurdity of the system. Mustapha has a tumultuous relationship with his teenage son and his wife who blame him for his lack of ambition and his effaced nature.
 Dr. Lamabam Gojendro, President of Critics Forum , Manipur will lead the interaction session of the third film- Shattered Waves directed by Habib Nestiri. The film is about Hassouna, an officer in the French army in spite of himself, is faithful to the cause of the independence of his country. Disregarding the risks, he transmits information to the network of separatist activists.
 On the last day of the festival, Dr. I. S. Kangjam, former President of Critics Forum and presently the President of the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad will initiate the interaction session of the film- Whispering Sands directed by Nacer Khmir. The film narrates an encounter in the desert between a lady brought by the tragic past of her family and a guide who discovers, at the end, the dark future of his family.
 Dr. N. Premchand, Vice President of Critics Forum, Manipur will interact with the audience on the film-. Visit (El Ziara) directed by Nawfel Saheb Ettabaa.  A dreamlike journey of Youssef, 30 years old sick with the amnesia. A girl leads him in front of the “House of the light”, that recalls something in him. He researches the missing piece of memory.
 Theatre director Loitongbam Dorendro, Treasurer of the Critics Forum will talk on the last film- Sweet Smell of Spring directed by Ferid Boughedir. Aziz, young unemployed graduate, leaves his village on the border of Sahara for Tunis and becomes installer of satellite dishes on house roofs. One day, while working on the terraces of the beautiful village of Sidi Bou Saïd, he falls madly in love with a girl, who looks locked up by a mafia group close to the regime. The 2-day Tunisian Film Festival is jointly organized by the Federation of Film Societies of India, Film Society of Manipur with the support of Tunisian Embassy in New Delhi and the Manipur State Film Development Society.
The Federation of Film societies of India is organizing the Tunisian Film festival at different cities  of the country like Kolkata, Jamshedpur, Imphal, Guwahati, Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pondicherry, Madurai, Thiruvanathapuram, Kochi, Thrissur and some other places to propagate the film culture of Tunisia country.
M. Lakshmikumar Singh, Commissioner(Art & Culture), Manipur will inaugurate the festival on May 25, 2019 at 2.30 pm at MSFDS Auditorium, Imphal.

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 17:32

A take on India’s Act East Policy

The long cherish dream of of getting benefit through the opening of the Indo-Myanmar border trade still fails to serve its purpose. Almost all trades are on illegal goods and those with licence legitimate traders are not showing much interest as the authority who were supposed to improve the condition still fails to show and translate into action to what they promise.
A noted scholar Edmund Downie once wrote in this paper that Cross-border transit infrastructure deficits are a major drag on India-Myanmar trade. Redressing this issue on the Indian side will require substantial investment, especially in railways and roads, the most natural channels for large-volume trading in this region.
In the railway sector, such efforts are ongoing, but progress is slow. A November 2014 presentation by India-ASEAN connectivity expert Prabir De suggests that efforts to connect Imphal to India’s railway map, initiated in 2003, are slated to be completed by March 2018.
 An extension from Imphal to Moreh, likewise set in motion during the mid-2000s, finished its engineering survey only this year, according to the Bangkok Post; and links from Moreh into Myanmar are further off.
For roads, at least, the basic infrastructure of trade already exists. Manipur connects to mainland India via two major highways. National Highway 102 (NH-102) is the extension of AH-1; it goes northwards into central Assam. National Highway 37 (NH-37) runs westwards into southern Assam. These two highways are essential not just for overland trade to Myanmar, but also for providing Manipur with the rice, petrol, cement, and other basic commodities which the state imports from other parts of India. However, both highways are plagued by shoddy construction, especially NH-37: Even in the dry season, traveling the 220 km from Imphal to Jiribam on Manipur’s western border can take 13–14 hours.
The border trading environment itself is characterized by a combination of weak basic infrastructure and byzantine bureaucratic procedures.
 In 2006, central government authorities approved the development of an Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Moreh – a single complex for border management authorities, intended to improve inter-agency coordination and it still under construction.
A 2011 report on border infrastructure at Moreh suggested that maintenance of current customs facilities had dropped off since ICP development began. Such deficits work against the sort of professionalized trading operations that Delhi policymakers seek to encourage, and in fact, the vast majority of Moreh’s trade goes through informal and illegal channels.
Official statistics for these channels do not exist – both publicly available  and in my own conversations with experts in Manipur – indicate that the annual volumes moving through each of these channels today stands somewhere in the billions to tens of billions of rupees, far above the hundreds of millions of rupees in annual formal trade.
Indeed, the volume of informal trade can be understood to indicate the mismatch between the infrastructure of formal trade and the demand for trade at Moreh. Informal trade here consists primarily of “headload trade” – goods carried across the border on one’s head, which are largely exempted from standard customs procedures. But much of this trade is actually coordinated by high-volume traders, who hire large armies of coolies to carry goods across the border.
 Prof. Ch. Priyoranjan Singh, an economist at Manipur University, last year stated that, of the forty traders who obtained licenses to operate at Moreh’s formal customs station upon its establishment in 1995, just three still use them.
With the kind of delayed the Imphal-Moreh trade is going on illegal goods more than the legitimate goods. Above all Manipur still felt that are the promises made under the Act East Policy will be benefitted the people of this region or are they waiting for multi crore traders of the mainland to find a way by suppressing the local traders – a question to be pondered .

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By - Rebati Raman,
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North East Dialouge Forum

(1) Many civil society organizations and NGOs, network of NGOs of indigenous people, religious institutions, and indigenous Women’s organizations working in Manipur for peace building and human rights since four decades to repeal Armed Forces (Special Power). Manipur was merged to India in 1949 with the instrument of controversial Merger Agreement. Indian parliament enacted the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in 1958 on 22 May and imposed on all the regions of the North-East states of India to be ruled by the Indian Army under AFSPA. AFSPA is –according to Amnesty International (1997) – the undeclared emergency without reason for unlimited period of time. (2) Why do we provide this information and request your action? We believe that the military operations under AFSPA in Manipur and the North East of India in general correspond to grave and systematic human rights violations of the civilian population, infringements with the International Humanitarian Law, and even include aspects of ethnic cleansing. Following, we present a number of facts also in their historic dimension which may allow understanding our position. (3) Operation Blue Bird (1985) in Oinam village: 27 people were killed after being brutally tortured. 96 villagers (including women and children, aged person) were kept in the detention centre for 3 months. Two women were forced to give birth in the open field in front of the soldier, the mothers were forced to work for the paramilitary Assam Rifles on the day of delivery, and hundreds of villagers were forced to labor for the Assam Rifles for months without payment. The Indian Army never allowed entering the representatives of the civil administration to provide support to the victims and investigation of the case by police. Members of the Indian Army committed mass raped in the detention centre. (4) Operation in Patsoi village: On 26 of April, 1980, an operation was conducted at Patsoi located near Imphal town of Manipur. Several incidents of rape and maiming women were reported during the operation. A pregnant woman was shot while she was hiding in her granary. Men and women were stripped naked; nearly 50 men were savagely beaten. 3 people (including a woman) were killed. (5) Operation Summer Storm (2009): Since April 10, 2009, a security operation called “Operation Summer Storm” at Loktak Lake was launched by the 57th Mountain Division to flash off militants from that area. Hundreds of people were displaced. Some of them were used as human shields by the security forces. It is reported that 12 persons were shot dead by them. (6) Further operations of that pattern: Operation Stinger (2005) at Loktak Area; Operation Somtal no.I (2006) and Operation Somtal no. II (2007) at Somtal area, Operation Sunny Vale (1993) ,Operation Tornado (2005) in Jiribam subdivision, Operation Dragnet (2006) at Parbung and Thanlon Division.
Operations in Assam in terms of military strikes against the rebel movement ULFA (Operation Bajrang 1990, Operation Rhino 1991, Operation Rhino 2 in 2000) which always victimized civil population.1 (7) Massacres in Manipur: (i)HeirangoithongMassacre (1984):Thousands were watching a volley ball match at the Heirangoithong Volley Ball Ground in Imphal. Some extremists tried to snatch weapons from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel there which resulted in the CRPF to resort to firing killing five people. The CRPF at the spot then began to shoot indiscriminately at the crowd. Thirteen people were killed and 31 injured in the firing that went on for half an hour. (ii) Tera Bazar Massacre, March 25, 1993: Unidentified youth shot at CRPF personnel at Tera Keithel, Imphal which killed 2 CRPF men. Thereafter, the CRPF personnel rushed out and fired indiscriminately. Five civilians were killed and many others received bullet injuries. However, no enquiry has been instituted to date.(iii)Regional Medical College Massacre: On the morning of January 7, 1995, (CRPF) shot dead nine innocent persons at the Regional Medical College, Imphal, in retaliation to attacks on them by the members of an armed opposition group.(iv) Malom Massacre: November 2, 2000: Assam Rifles convoy was attacked near Malom, Manipur by insurgents. In retaliation, the troops shot at civilians at a nearby bus-stop leaving 10 civilians dead, including a 60 year old woman and a boy who had been awarded the bravery award by the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. A brutal combing operation followed.
(8)Other massacres in Manipur: OinamLeikai Massacre on November 21, 1980, Ukhrul Massacres on May 9, 1995, Bashikhong massacre on February 19, 1995, Churachandpur Massacres on July 21, 1999, Nungleiban Massacre on October 15, 1997, Tabokpikhong Massacres on August 12, 1997, and Tonsen Lamkhai Massacres on September 3, 2000.2 (9) Concentration Camps in Mizoram :In January 1967, 75 villages were grouped in 15 grouping centres and during1968 to 1970, 367 villages were grouped in 73 grouping centre.When the villagers were led out of the villages, the security forces burnt down all their houses. There was no sanitation plan; they faced many problems, water and waste disposal. They were compelled to build the camp, dig trenches and bunkers, build fences, do the work of the porters, to fetch water for security forces. They did all the work without getting any money. Only a meagre amount of food was given, hungry children wept and cried for food. Famine swept the grouping centres and epidemic prevailed. They were not allowed to work in the fields for agriculture as they used to do before.
(10) Operation in Mizoram:(i) Air Raids: On 5_ 6th March, 1966, the Indian Airforce conducted aerial bombardment at Aizawl town after the Assam Rifle Camp was attacked by the Mizo National Front (MNF)two days before. While dropping the bombs over civilian residences, the Indian Army fired their heavy machine guns on scattered places not only on the position of MNF but anywhere of the town.
(ii) Air raids at Khawzawl (Champhai District): On 6th& 7th March 1966, two planes started dropping bombs over Khawzawl district. The planes struck the village 4 times and totally destroyed seven houses and four ships. (iii) Air raids at Pukpui (Lunglei district):the Indian Army attacked Pukpui village after MNF had over ran the Indian Armed Forces and took their weapons. It dropped bombs and fired its machine guns. Many houses were burnt to ashes. (iv) Air raids on Vartekkai and S. Mualthuam (Southern Mizoram): On 6th September 1966, when people came from their jhum cultivation work and when children were waiting for their parents to come home, the Indian Army war plane attacked the village of Vartekkai. The plane further attacked Mualthuam village and dropped bombs one after another. (v) Similar air raids were carried out in Tlabung on 9.3.1966, Hnahlan on 7.3.1966, Sangau on 8.2.1966, Bunghmun on 23.3.1966,Hmuntlang on 1.2.1967. (11) Why do we speak in terms of ethnic cleansing and genocide? Manipur is inhabited by ethnic groups broadly classified into Meitei, Meitei Muslim, Nagas and Kuki. The last two are concentrated in the hill areas while other are concentrated in the plain areas. Manipur has been witnessing armed conflicts between government, several insurgent groups, and ethnic groups.
(12) Historic conflicts: (a) Naga Kuki conflict (1992-1999):During the Naga-Kuki conflict in Manipur, in Nagaland and Assam were 2124 civilians killed including children and pregnant women, 285 villages were destroyed, 6000 houses were burnt, 10,000 school children and 15,000 people were directly affected and their human rights violated. (b) Meitei-Muslim:During the Meitei-Muslim violent conflict in 1993, 140 people were killed, 25 others were injured. The Muslim armed group PULF emerged with the support of the Indian Army to counter Meitei armed groups.(c)Kuki-Paite conflict: Lasting from June 1997 to October 1998 and by the end over 50 villages were destroyed and some 13,000 people were displaced. According to the Government of Manipur, the communal violence claimed the lives of 352 persons, injured 136 and reduced 4,670 homes to ash. In 2012, the violent conflict in Kokrajhar District of Assam, which took place between two communities of Bodo and Bangali speaking Muslims, more than 90 lives were claimed, 11 people were reported missing and over 400,000 people were internally displaced and sought shelter in 270 relief camps.3 In Manipur there is report of involuntary disappearances of 28 civilians in 2000s. (13) Recently, on 23rd December 2014, 96 Christian Adivasi and Bodo communities in Assam were killed and more than 200 innocent villagers were injured including women and children. The Government of India spread the allegation that the massacre was committed by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland which hardly has the capacity to strike such violence at 6 different places at the same time. Mr. Ripun Bora, the Ex-Minister on Education in Assam made a statement on 25th March 20154that he had received the report from villagers that the armed people were in full camouflage with sophisticated weapons andspeaking only in Hindi. Still, the Government of India denies any independent investigation.
(14)Human Skulls: Several human skulls were found in the Tombisana High school complex located in Imphal City, which was occupied by central paramilitary forces during the peak of insurgency in the early 1980s and 1990s in Imphal West district of Manipur.On December 26, 2014 a senior police said that the school complex was occupied by the central paramilitary forces from 1980 to 1999.During that time, many youth was made disappeared by the armed forces. Local dailies published front page photos of the skulls while various organizations demanded DNA tests.5)
(15) Disappearance, torture and killing : Since 1992 to 2017, the total number of 18,791 people were extra-judicially executed in the North East of India by the Indian Army, the Indian Police and allied paramilitary forces in the name of counter insurgency. The fatal consequences were spread such as 7448 people in Assam, 5101 (Manipur), 2266 (Nagaland), 3031 (Tripura), and 598 (Meghalaya).6 Thousands of civilians were brutally beaten up which lead to physically disable, electric shook at the body and private parts, putting nails inside the fingers, water were pouring on the face which were covered with cloth for hours, using electric chair etc. We have thousands of cases of disappearance during the counter Terrorism activities of India Armed forces under AFSPA.
Some background information
(16) 15 members of parliaments from eight states in the North-East of India attended a meeting with civil society representatives on 3rd December 2014 and supported to repeal AFSPA; as did a number of commissions contributed by the Government of India in previous times. The Government, however, decided not to take up such recommendations but to extend AFSPA in Manipur, Tripura, Assam and other North-East states of India in December 2014 till 2015. Recently, AFSPA was renewed in Nagaland as well. Many international organizations including International Commission of Jurist strongly denounced the government of India and its continuous refusal to repeal AFSPA.7 (17) Since 1997, ICCPR with deep concern urges the Government of India to repeal AFSPA. CERD also recommended repealing AFSPA (in terms of racist discrimination) in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 under the Early Warning procedure. The former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay (2009), the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders (2011), the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions (2012) and the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women (2013) recommended in their reports to the Human Rights Council (HRC) in the subsequent years 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014to repeal AFSPA too. They were invited by the Government of India to visit India including the North-Eastern states. Prof. Christof Heyns, the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions, also stated that he was confused of the response by the Supreme Court of India at that time to decline investigating into the cases of human rights violations under AFSPA which was applied for by the Naga People’s Movement for Human Right in 1997. The facts which are sighted above are the few reasons why we call unitedly to repeal the draconian act AFSPA.

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Shillong, May 23,

An MoU between the North Eastern Council (NEC), Shillong and the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi was signed yesterday at North Eastern Council, Secretariat, Shillong as a part of the initiative to develop the NEC as the ‘state of the art’ resource centre. This collaboration would enable the setting up of the Centre for North Eastern Studies (CeNEST) at the IIFT Kolkata Campus in a partnership model between the NEC and IIFT. The Centre would facilitate the North Eastern States in policy making, strategic planning and effective implementation of various trade promotion schemes; undertake research and analysis on issues relating to international trade and business, capacity building and serve as a knowledge partner. This will help the States in exploiting the potentials of exports of the products from the Region and promote innovations in business. The newly developed website of (CeNEST) was also officially inaugurated and launched by Shri Ram Muivah, Secretary, NEC on the occasion.
The MoU was signed by Shri Ram Muivah, Secretary, NEC and Prof. K. Rangarajan on behalf of IIFT in the presence of officials from NEC and IIFT Kolkata.
The North Eastern Council is the agency for the economic and social development of the North Eastern Region which consists of the eight States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. The North Eastern Council was constituted in 1971 by an Act of Parliament. NEC has been instrumental in setting in motion a new economic endeavour aimed at removing the basic handicaps that stood in the way of normal development of the region and has ushered in an era of new hope in this backward area full of great potentialities. The main objective of the Council is to ensure the balanced and integrated economic development of the North Eastern parts of the country.
IIFT, Deemed to be University was established in 1963 as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry. With the establishment of its Kolkata Campus in 2006, it has taken serious initiative to enhance export for the North Eastern States. IIFT has always maintained that when Act-East policy of Government of India is in vogue and given the cross border connectivity of the North Eastern states, there remains a huge potentiality for enhancing the regions trade based connectivity with South East Asia in particular and world as a whole.

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Imphal May 23,

On the occasion of  World Autoimmune Arthritis Day, Keithelmanbi Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) organised a Medical cum Health Awareness Camp in Chadong Maphao village on Yesterday.

The medical cum awareness camp was organised by Hanuman Top Company Operating Base (COB) with the aim to reach out to the needy and socially deprived section of the society and provide them basic medical facilities. The camp witnessed  an attendance of over 150 locals of the area.

The event commenced with an informative lecture on arthritis, joint pain, seasonal diseases with guidance on necessary precautions required to undertaken in view of upcoming monsoons. This was followed by an interactive session in which various queries raised by the attendees were clarified.

As part of the camp, a dedicated medical team under the Unit Medical Officer provided medical assistance to the locals of the area. In addition to the medical checkup, consultation on various diseases and health related issues as well as free medicines were distributed to the needy patients. The medical team also visited houses in the village rendering medical assistance to the elderly and bed ridden patients. 

The initiative of Assam Rifles was appreciated by the local populace who conveyed their heartfelt gratitude to the Assam Rifles for conducting such a camp and providing much needed medical assistance to the people. They also requested for more such camps in the near future for the benefit of the entire community.

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