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Landslide Victory for BJP led NDA: Country to see Modi as Prime Minister for the 2nd consecutive term

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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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Thoubal DC allegedly mistreats media personnel during counting of votes

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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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ISTA lauds Mao Police and Civil bodies of Senapati for their support to the association

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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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KSA appeals to stop interference at SCERT’s activities

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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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KCP-MC says complaint for molestation charge to Principal of Catholic School turns out to be false

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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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Eminent personalities from Critics Forum Manipur to interact with audience on Tunisian films to be screened at MFDC on May 25 & 26

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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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 .

Repeal AFSPA Which Was Enacted On 22 May 1958 by Indian Parliament Call for Urgent Attention

By - Rebati Raman,
Sr. Coordinator,
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