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Imphal, May 24,

Congress President Gaikhangam, who is also a member of the Congress Working Committee Member, today expressed skepticism to the huge margin that BJP and its alliance partners get in the 17th Lok Sabha Election whose result was declared yesterday. He however, said that the Congress party accepted the peoples’ mandate

The Congress leader was speaking in a press meet held this morning at Congress Bhavan.

However, Gaikhangam didn’t agree that election in Manipur state was held free and fair.

“If the Election was free and fair Congress could have easily won the election”, a confident Gaikhangam said.

The Congress candidate gets a huge number of votes and it was just around 20,000 that the BJP candidate won the vote. Gaikhangam said that had there been no unfair means the Congress candidate could have won the election with huge margin.

He appreciated the people of Manipur who had voted for the Congress candidate O. Nabakishore amidst all odds.

“We appreciate the people of the state for their love to Congress party and braves the intimidation, personnel attack and mass rigging and voted for the Congress party”, Gaikhangam said.

“Peoples’ mandate should be accepted, however, it is hard to believe this result”, Gaikhangam said. He however said that even though it is hard to believe this mandate the Congress party did not oppose it and rather accept it as people are supreme authority in parliamentary democracy.

“BJP and alliance partners get huge margin in the poll result which is not expected by the people”, Gaikhaingam said.

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Imphal May 24,

While demanding enquiry to the alleged leaking English question paper of class XII examination conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur, Student bodies DESAM and AIMS has announced boycott of Tony Coaching Centre until the truth is revealed by the committee.

Speaking to media in a press meet held at its temporary office, Secretary General of DESAM Shital Oinam said that they have boycotted Tony Coaching Centre which is run by Laiphrakpam Tony who is an English teacher at Johnstone Higher Secondary School for allegedly leaking question paper of Class 12 English paper examination.

He said that they have found out various questions of Advance writing skills questions similar with the Mega mock test conducted by the said Coaching Centre and the 12th examination question. He further said that such similarity of the question in the mock test with the question paper of the class XII final exam conducted by COHSEM is shocking. The DESAM leader also said that answers given on option are also similar.

The students’ body demanded immediate enquiry by COHSEM and Directorate of Education (s) and added that the Coaching Centre should be stopped until the enquiry is completed.

Shital Oinam further stressed that they observed a new trend of using unfair means in the examination. He said that recent trend include leakage of questions to the students prior to the exam and leakage of questions by the teacher asking in mock test conducted by Coaching centre and in revision courses.

Highlighting the reason behind the new trend of using unfair means Shital added that some unethical teachers who should be in a confidential state for being a question setter for their sole purpose of increasing their students of the Coaching centre suggest the students with questions with slight modifications.

He said that similar incidents too happened in the past many years and a series of talks were also done with question setter regarding such matters.

“What worried us is that no actions were taken up by the concerned Education department and also BOSEM and COHSEM being a silent spectator”, Shital added.

Shital appealed the teachers to stop giving suggestion, Mock test and doing tuitions who held the responsibility for being confidential of BOSEM and COHSEM. He added that BOSEM, COHSEM and Education (S) should also order to stop government teachers in establishing Coaching Centre and teaching in Coaching centre. 

Shital said that BOSEM and COHSEM should deliver the documents directly to the teachers not to the school or any other third person if it is a confidential one. He added that there isn’t any sign of confidentiality as many were aware of the question setters.

He appealed to look into the matter regarding such issues and take appropriate steps to maintain confidentiality.

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Imphal May 24,

Independent candidate for the 17th Lok Sabha election, RK. Somorendro popularly known as Kaiku to the people of the state seems to have more confidence with the result of his election.

“I loss in the election but it is my moral victory”, Kaiku said adding that he will keep focusing on politics to contest in the next term as MP candidate.

First timer inner MP candidate Kaiku stood fourth in the election by obtaining 81634 votes.

Thanking the voters Kaiku in a press meet held today at Manipur Press Club said that even though he lost the election it was a moral victory for him as the votes he gets were genuine votes.

He said that many people were still on the right side as shown by the sum total of votes obtained by him and Dr Nara and assured that he doesn’t buy votes using money power.

Kaiku stressed that he has some loop holes in the election for being an independent candidate and added such loop holes will not be there if he had contested from a political party.

He desired to be in a political party and have favoured more in regional ones though he doesn’t decide which political party to join.

Kaiku further added that he will still continue with his acting career also.

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Imphal, May 23,

The Central Secretariat meeting of Popular Front of India, in a statement issued in the context of the Lok Sabha election result trends,  has said that the  the victory of BJP led alliance does not reflect the ultimate defeat of secular politics in India. Rather it has only proved the success of vehement communal propaganda and the failure of secular parties in taking appropriate steps to counter RSS-BJP strategies, a statement said. It added that the meeting pointed out that in spite of these failures, the idea of India as an all inclussive secular democratic socialist republic will survive.
“The victory of BJP, despite leading a government that was a failure in all fronts, demands close scrutiny. The fact that the BJP managed to win the support of a considerable section of Indian society even after five years of anti-people rule shows the triumph of communal hate over developmental issues in India.  It must be acknowledged that the secular parties repeated the mistake they had committed in 2014 by not leading a joint fight leaving aside differences, selfishness and petty ego clashes among leaders. On the other hand, along with communalization campaign at the grassroots level, NDA has tried to take all available regional parties into their fold. In states like UP and Delhi, instead of fighting each other, if opposition parties joined hands, the result would have been different. Ironically, their step to  form a broad alliance by declaring a new ‘Secular Democratic Front’  came only after the conclusion of polling. Once again the responsibility of defeating BJP has been given to minorities only, while the secular forces, by fighting each other in many constituencies, has put even the minorities in a difficult situation.  
“The meeting reminded that the election should serve as an eye opener to all. Democracy can survive only with an accountable government and a responsible opposition.  Both groups are duty bound to protect people’s rights and guard the constitutional and democratic values.
“Those sections of the society that have always been at receiving end of the communal politics and have cherished a regime change doesn’t have to fall into despair.  The marginalized and victimized sections have to continue their efforts of empowering themselves by aligning with all positive elements in the country”, the statement added.

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Imphal, May 24,

Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla presented the Unit Citation Award to 15 Assam Rifles and Appreciation Certificate to 19 Assam Rifles today at Raj Bhavan.
The Unit Citation Award mentioned that 15 Assam Rifles arrived in Manipur in December, 2017 and is deployed at Mantripukhri, Imphal to assist in stabilizing volatile security situation in the state while at the same time contributing in society building. The Unit has ensured implementation of its mandate in the face of challenges posed by intense counter insurgency or counter terrorism scenario and has preserved the decorum of law and maintained empathy with the local populace in a praiseworthy manner.
It was written in the Certificate of Appreciation 19 Assam Rifles that the Governor is pleased to put on record her Appreciation for the outstanding service rendered by 19 Assam Rifles at Samtal Salient in Chandel District of Manipur. The Battalion has made immense contributions in safeguarding peace and tranquility in an extremely remote area. It has maintained its conduct par military excellence during the three years of its tenure in a very sensitive location. The devotion of the Battalion towards its efforts to bring inclusive growth for the villagers residing in the far flung areas along Indo-Myanmar border particularly through civic action programmes merits special mention. It also wished all ranks of the Unit the very best in all their future endeavours towards the cause.

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In democracy people’s mandate should be respected. The BJP once more has been given the people’s mandate to rule the country. Narendra Modi’s personality is one factor for the massive victory of BJP. Saying so, the dedicated hard core grass root workers of the BJP cannot be ignored. The party is now the people’s choice. The controversial demonetization, introduction of GST , issue of CAB which had flared up massive protest and the party’s stand on it gives no impact when it comes in winning election. People like it or not , the choice doesn’t really matter on issue of job crisis and the multiple issues that has been facing but it is the politics of religion and identity that the BJP rightly picked up and easily gets the mandate. The mandate is given for the love and belief to the promises that Modi had made by riding the Nationalism chariot. Riding the Nationalism chariot for the Hindu and of the Hindu makes the people convinced that for India , resided by majority Hindu , Modi - Shah combo ideology is perhaps considered the only option for the people who want to see India as a nation of Hindu only.
There may be many other reasons for the BJP to achieve such a landslide victory with number crossing 300, despite the fact that there were scores of criticisms to the programme and policy of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his tenure. It would not be wrong when one say that the position of the BJP was not very popular among the people across the country.
When hard attack were flooded to the Modi government against the controversial demonetisation, GST, farmers’ suicide and unemployment, the Modi - Shah combo showed no worry and kept going with their policy and programme hitting back with different theory to justify their stand. Almost all neutral political analysts are of the view that there is a little chance of BJP returning to power. But all the issues were diverted with the Pulwama terror attack at which 42 CRPF jawans were killed by a suicide bomber. Modi Govt. was quick to response and even permitted the Indian armed forces to strike at terrorist camps inside Pakistani territory using Indian Airforce fighter planes. The Indian force claimed destruction of 3 terrorist camps located at Balakot which reinstated the position of the political party.
There are several other reasons noticed to the second coming of Modi government in the Hindu majority land. One among such is the failure of the Congress organisation as it still continues to be the dynastic politics.
Leaving aside others, Modi’s return is perhaps a CHAMATKAR .... something good for the Hindu fanatics may be fulfilled.
As for Manipur, it is left with no choice but to perform Ras Leela at the palm of Modiji.

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Chennai May 24,

TAFE - Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited, the third largest tractor manufacturer in the world and second largest in India (by volumes), has announced a brand association with actor Akshay Kumar for Massey Ferguson tractors. Over the past 60 years, TAFE has been reshaping the agricultural landscape of India and the world with a global footprint across 100 countries and a cumulative sale of about 2.5 million tractors to date. The globally renowned Massey Ferguson brand is one of the most iconic tractor brands, especially in India. Reputed for its superior and futuristic technology, international styling and ergonomics, the Massey Ferguson range offers robust performance and uncompromising quality with over 125 products and variants. Acclaimed actor Akshay Kumar has endeared himself to fans across the world with immense mass appeal especially in rural India, where he is considered as the “King of Action” and the compassionate social crusader. His acting style is a fine blend of sensitivity and heroic boldness. His roles range from the rugged hero to being the intelligent social transformer. His innate ability to handle challenging roles to meet the expectations of his fans has distinguished him as one of the most versatile actors of Indian Cinema. This association between India’s iconic Massey Ferguson tractors and Akshay Kumar resonates well with their brand personalities. One rules every terrain and every task with ease, and the other portrays any role and character with absolute confidence and style. Versatile, dynamic and ready to take on challenges, both have withstood the test of time with an ever burgeoning popularity that stands testimony to their performance. Speaking on the association, TR Kesavan, President& COO - Product Strategy and Corporate Relations, TAFE said: “Massey Ferguson tractors with its superior performance and modern engineering is an industry leader in agriculture, haulage, infrastructure and industrial applications. We believe a dynamic, powerful and accomplished brand ambassador like Akshay will help build a strong connect with our customers.”On his association with the Massey Ferguson brand, Bollywood Superstar Akshay Kumar said, “I look forward to my association with the legendary Massey Ferguson tractors from TAFE, one of the pioneers in agriculture mechanization. Driving a Massey Ferguson with a loaded trailer, I could truly understand what makes it India’s most loved tractor. It was evident why it enjoys such tremendous loyalty and pride of ownership by our farmers.”TAFE’s association with Akshay Kumar for Massey Ferguson tractors will feature power-packed high visibility campaigns covering a series of television commercials, advertisements and digital promotions that will spotlight India’s favorite Massey Ferguson tractors and the world-renowned actor Akshay Kumar, embarking on a new journey together.

About TAFE:

The world’s third largest tractor manufacturer and second largest in India by volumes with an annual sale of over 150,000 tractors, TAFE is one of the leading exporters of tractors from India with a turnover in excess of ¹ 93 billion. TAFE manufactures a range of tractors in the sub-100 hp segment in both the air-cooled and water-cooled platforms, and markets them under its four iconic brands - Massey Ferguson, TAFE, Eicher and the recently acquired Serbian tractor and agricultural equipment brand IMT – Industrija Mašinai Traktora. TAFE’s over 1000 strong distribution network covers the entire length and breadth of India. Apart from India, its products have found excellent acceptance in over 100 countries across the world, including developed countries in Europe and the Americas.

Besides tractors and farm machinery, TAFE manufactures diesel engines, silent gensets, agro engines, batteries, hydraulic pumps and cylinders, gears and transmission components, and has business interest in vehicle franchises and plantations.

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Chennai, May 24,

 Assam’s shuttlers sizzled in the qualifying rounds of the Microplex Global and Yonex Sunrise All-India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament here on Thursday afternoon, Tonmoy Bikash Boruah (in the Under-19 Boys Singles) and Angshuman Gogoi and Dixit Gogoi (in the doubles) advancing to the main round in style even as the top seed in the Under-19 Girls Singles P Gayatri Gopichand began her title quest in style.
In the boys’ singles qualifying round match, Tonmoy Bikash Boruah showed great skill and composure to register a comfortable 15-6, 15-11 of Shivam Mehta of Uttarakhand. He will now face the top seeded Priyanshu Rajawat of MP next.
While Tonmoy sparkled in the boys’ singles competition, boys’ doubles teams in the fray from the state also kept their hopes alive of going deep into the tournament.
The duo of Angshuman Gogoi and Dixit Gogoi got the better of Ambuj Prakash and Navneet Raushan of Bihar 15-12 15-10 to set up main round clash with the fourth seeded Kerala pair of Sankarprasad Udayakumar and Syamprasad Udayakumar.
Subhakar Borboruah of Assam teaming up with Vikehietuo Kense of Nagaland also made it to the main draw with a hard-fought 15-12 12-15 15-4 victory over Varaprasad Kanakala and Vasanta Rayudu Sarikonda of Andhra Pradesh. They will now face Suraj Goala of Assam and Uttar Pradesh’s Balkeshwari Yadav.
Early Results (Assam)
- 12PM
BS U19
R5 Tonmoy Bikash Boruah, ASM, def. Shivam Mehta, UTR, 15-6 15-11 .
BD U19
R3 Subhakar Borboruah, ASM, and Vikehietuo Kense, NAG, def. Varaprasad Kanakala and Vasanta Rayudu Sarikonda, AP, 15-12 12-15 15-4 . Angshuman Gogoi and Dixit Gogoi, ASM, def. Ambuj Prakash and Navneet Raushan, BHR, 15-12 15-10 .

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