Sunday, 14 July 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, July 14,

After MLA of Khurai Assembly Constituency along with the people of the area spark protest over non-distribution of NFSA rice to the people various people and social bodies started protesting against the irregularities committed in the distribution of NFSA rice.

Women volunteers of Wabagai Tera Pishak Meira Paibi Association today staged sit-in-protest demanding CBI enquiry to the stealing of NFSA rice at Wabagai Tera Pishak Laksmi Bazar. The protest demonstration was organised by Socialist Women Association (SWA).

Speaking to reporters, Wahengbam Lili Leima, a representative of the Meira Paibi said that even though the government had allotted 5 Kg of NFSA rice to each card holder for one month they never get the 5 KG of rice. She said that some people are hijacking their share and government needs to investigate over matter so that people get their share. She demanded CBI enquiry to the stealing of NFSA rice.

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Imphal, July 14,

Security measures have been beef up in the state following reports of unwanted element trying to sabotage law and order condition of the state. State police today conducted combing operation at various areas of Greater Imphal area.

The state police conducted the combing operation at Paona Bazar, Thangal Bazar, Khuyathong crossing Lillasing Khongnangkhong, North AOC, ISBT Chingmeirong, Nityaipat Chuthek, Keishampat, Moirangkhom, Singjamei and Waheng Leikai in Imphal West. Similar search operation was also conducted at Palace Compound, JNIMS crossing, Lamlong and Kongba Bazar of Imphal East.

At least 43 persons were picked up for verification during the combing operation conducted at various part of Imphal West while 153 people were verified. In the combing operation conducted at various places of Imphal East, at least 26 persons were picked up for further verification.

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Imphal July 14,

Around 100 indigenous trees were planted today at Langol Punshilok for a greener place.

The plantation program was organised jointly by Kangla Enat Yokhat Lup (Kangla Facebook Group), International Sanamahism Students’ Association, Salai Taret Punshi Luptil, Kangleipak Chaokhatna Lup.

Speaking to media person President of ISSA Khaidem Bonish said that the main objective of the plantation was to obtain a greener Manipur.

Highlighting the need to save indigenous plants and trees he stressed that they have all planted the indigenous trees in the event.

This is a crucial juncture where nature and its resources are all depleted in the name of urbanisation and development, he added.

Highlighting the ways how the Meetei have preserved forest, he highlighted that the Umang Lai were made all covered with trees and plants and also a pond is a must near the area.

He lauded the steps many have taken up to plant trees for a greener place. We need to take care of the plants and trees that we have planted and leaving it abandoned will be of no use for planting, he added.

He concluded that many such activities will be taken up in the near future.

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Imphal, July 14,

Armed rebel group Maoist Communist Party Manipur today slammed the CAF and PD Minister Karam Shyam over his clarification regarding ruckus over non-distribution of NFSA rice to people of Khurai Assembly Constituency terming it as self contradictory.

A statement of the outfit said that the Minister has stated that NFSA rice cannot be issued untilled utilization certificate for one month is submitted and the Minister also stated that the NFSA rice for five months has been issued to contractor. The Maoist question on the modus operandi of how a contactor could lift the NFSA rice quota for Khurai Assembly constituency without submitting any utilization certificate. And why the Minister appreciated the Contractor for lifting the five month rice quota when he had stated that rice cannot be issued without submitting the utilization certificate, the Maoist asked.

Stealing of NFSA rice is equivalent to lifting of rice without submitting utilization certificate, the Maoist said and demanded action against the contractor and those staffs of the CAF and PD who are involved in the  stealing of rice meant for the poor people.

On the other hand the Maoist said that the controversial NFSA rice has never been seen by the people of 20 Assembly Constituencies. It also ridicule the Minister for threatening defamation case against those agitators demanding their rights. It added that the lifting of NFSA rice amidst the investigation by the so Called High Power Committee formed to investigate over the matter is nothing but a violation to the guideline which the Minister had stated. The Maoist also question about the whereabouts of the SK oil which are to be distributed under the PDS by the CAF and PD.

This SK oil has been sold in back door to petrol pump depot so that the owner of the petrol pump adulterate it with the petrol, the Maoist said.

It further warned the government of general strike if the authority fails to award appropriate punishment to those staffs of the CAF and PD who had allowed to lift the 5 months quotas of the NFSA rice to the Transport Contractor within five day.

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Imphal, July 14,

A day after unknown gunmen shot dead a top cadre of the UKLF at Moreh, the outfit expressed strong condemnation.

A statement released by the rebel group, The United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF) term the incident as brutal murder.

“ UKLF strongly condemn the brutal murder of  2nd Lieutenant John Gangte, Town Commander of Moreh at Ngamkhai Veng, Moreh in broad daylight on the 13th July, 2019 without any provocation” , The statement signed by T. James , Joint Secy. UKLF said.

The statement further said, “It is very unfortunate that, the KNO still continued killing our own brethren in a cold blood while most of the leaders of Kuki Revolutionary groups under Suspension of Operation (SoO) were sitting together for bringing our national Political Solution with the Central and State government. And it is not the first time that KNO unleashed reign of terror and creating panic amongst the denizens of Moreh Hill Town”.

It said in the past KNO Cadres inhumanly murdered Late Capt. George of UKLF and continued  random firing and bombing of civilian resident of the town. It is high time to question the leadership of KNO on what intention do they come down in the mainstream in signing Suspension of Operation with the State and Central government.

As per the Investigation Team of the front it is reveals that, 2nd Lieutenant John Gangte was ambushed and mercilessly murdered by Cadres of KNO under the Command of Mr. [email protected] Haokip, OC of KNA Moreh. And the assassination was carried out by Mr. Thangmang Haokip, Moreh Town Commander KNA, Mr. Hemlen Khongsai Second-in-command of Hermon Camp and Seingam Haokip, a Cadre and a resident of Chavangphai, Moreh, the statement said.

The UKLF appealed the Competent Authority to take stern action against all the perpetrators and the leaders of the responsible group in order to avoid recurrence of such unwanted incidents in the future.

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Senapati, July 14,

Thangal Union (TU) had clarified that they have no link with the Kuki tribe as stated by some scholars.
 In a press statement issued by Dikapa K., General Secretary, Thangal Union (TUit is stated  that they have been made aware of several fabricated stories and false claims doing the round in some self-titled scholarly publications and articles linking the “Koirao Tribe,” also known as the Thangal Tribe with the Kuki Tribe of Manipur. There were also reports of a memorial stone being erected somewhere by certain group with “Koirao” name inscribed on it, listing it as one of the Kuki sub-tribe of Manipur. In this connection, the Thangal Union (TU) made this clarification very clear once and for all that the link-up theory, emanating from certain quarters is totally unfounded, mischievous and untrue further warning any attempt to do so would be totally unacceptable to the people of the Thangal Tribe living in Manipur.
“History has established that the Thangal Tribe is one of the original indigenous Naga group living from time immemorial in the northern part of Manipur. The tribe was recorded by the Britishers through various names such Thangal, Meeyangkhang (W. MC. Culloch, 1859), Kolya (Dr. Brown, 1873) and Khoirao (Grierson, 1903), it stated. After India got its independence, the tribe was again recognised and listed in the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Orders (Amendment) Act, 1956 as “Koirao.” The term “Thangal” was added as a synonym in the year, 2012 with the constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Act, 2011 (SL. No. 2 of 2012 Order), issued by the Gazette of India under Ministry of law and Justice (Legislative Deptt.) (An Act further to amend the constitution (Scheduled Tribe) order, 1950 to modify the list of Scheduled Tribe in the states of Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh) even though the term “Koirao Tribe” still retained. The term “Koirao Tribe” is never applied to any other tribe or group except to the people of the Thangal Naga tribe, it mentioned. It is neither used by any people nor known to any group of people except the people of Thangal living in Manipur”, the statement said.
It further said that the Thangal tribe is one of the Naga groups of Manipur who migrated from Makhel (Ancestral home of the Nagas) and moved further south, settling in the present hill territories of Manipur, the statement added. Makhel, a village located near Tadubi under Senapati district is considered as the ancestral home of the Koirao tribe (Erstwhile name of the Thangal tribe). The Thangals have their own traditions, cultures, customs and costumes which in no way is akin to any of the Kuki sub-tribal groups. It has a wide variety of folk traditions, folk tales and folk songs transmitted from generation to generation that depicts the history and origin of its people and also reflects the socio-cultural ethos of the Thangal Nagas. The Thangals speak a language which is entirely distinct and different from Kuki languages. Dr. Grierson (1993) and TC Hodson (1911) recorded the language and called it “Khoirao Naga” language.
The Thangal Union strongly condemns the fabricated story of the Koirao tribe to be one of the Kuki sub-tribe, which is being circulated around to mislead the ignorant people. The body therefore appeals those individuals and vested groups concerned to come to reality and not infringe upon others’ identity and culture while building their own cause and at the same time not try to distort the historical facts.

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Sunday, 14 July 2019 16:58


Dr. Nunglekpam Premi Devi
Independent Scholar

Some may say ‘everything’s’ good’
‘Everything’s okay, everything so loves’,
She wonders much ‘thinking’ of ‘his’ kind activism;
Not wrong enough ‘when she says it’s a sort of essence’!
Fight on me and piss me off! Crazy unstable,
Rule over me and command over me! His strong caliber,
Argue after argue; spitting and shouting;
No topic so necessarily good and accepted;
No statement so essential review;
Ah! His superiority, his own enemy;
So challenging and so undoing;
Pity that ‘he’ fights over dominance;
Pity that ‘he’ sways ‘her’ so nobble controlling;
No adjustment can be so strong lasting;
Man, oh man! You’re stealing thy show;
Rumbling and crashing; your purity so weak;
 She awes ‘his’ admiration so erroneously foul.

Living’s too difficult, oh! It’s like surviving;
Quantum’s of debates; and quantum’s of consideration;
‘Houte’, ‘chaningde’, ‘leite’, ‘si kadaideino’?
‘chat khro chatlo’, ‘yeng ningde’, ‘nasak tuga’, ‘kaou ra’,
‘His’ words too sharpening; edging and perfecting;
As if ‘she’ kneels down, bowing and looping;
Feeling so sorry ‘she’ knew not what bounds ‘rules’?
Her clarity dampening; her image so ugly;
Man, oh man! Your hands so rude impolite;
Scattering and chasing, throwing and bowling;
She works as if ‘he’ knew not any longer;
She cooks as if ‘he’ knew no battles available;
She serves as if ‘he’ knew no benefits tired;
No manners shown a fancy proud;
No styles shown a technical;
Heated and furious; your purity so weak;
She awes ‘his’ admiration so erroneously foul.

She’s tired and she’s afraid;
No love could bind that so easily;
Well said intellectuals; he paws down ‘her’ under;
So violent and lively; she feels no pains;
She feels so deadly alive; no bed roses of bed;
No sheets softer to those tempests;
Forcing and weighing; sounding and authorizing;
Propelling and expelling; pressurizing and compelling;
What the man! What the muscle!
‘He’ rules as he thought; ‘he’ won as his impact;
Never the kind so hearted; ‘she’ laughs within;
‘She’ judges ‘his’ instincts’ not so mankind;
Those words! So piercing so intimidating;
‘Yadaba yaroi’, ‘Kanada touhandoino?’
Terrifying and threatening; your purity so weak;
She awes ‘his’ admiration so erroneously foul.

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Imphal July 14,

Convenor and co convenor of Coordinating committee of All Manipur Youths and Students Association was elected.
In the occasion of electing the new executives of the Association held yesterday at the office of Association situated at Thangmeiband Polem Leikai, Khundrakpam Rameshwar was elected as the convenor and L. Thoungamba as co-convenor of the Association unanimously.
The other executives will be elected on 24 July.
Stating in a press statement signed by the Co Convenor of the committee L. Thoungamba said that during the occasion several issues of the education and its sector were discussed. The issues includes the problem faced by the students, the deteriorating conditions of government schools, unreasonable increase of fees in private school, extra fees taken for IT though students were not made avail and used the computer, the problems of youth caused by drugs.

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Imphal, July, 14,

The 56th Foundation Day of Bharat Vikash Parishad was celebrated today at the auditorium of the State Institute of Journalism, MSRTC Complex, Moirangkhom, Imphal. Bharat Vikash Parishad, Manipur organised the State level celebration. Dr. S. Rajendra Singh, National Vice President of Bharat Vikash Parishad graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Dr. H. Priyosakhi Devi, President of Bharat Vikash Parishad, Manipur presided over the programme and Shri B.B. Sharma, National Secretary (North East Region), Shri R.K. Dilip Singh, Sampark of Bharat Vikash Parishad and H. Balkrisna Singh, Secretary Bharat Vikash Parishad, Manipur attended as Guest of Honour respectively.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sinam Rajendra Singh, renowned Urologist said that remembering the contributions of past leaders, recognising the value of their work and reciprocating through self contribution will really develop our country. He further said that in order to achieve success in socio-cultural sphere of life, we need co-operation and co-ordination.

Executive members of various branches of Bharat Vikash Parishad, Manipur also highlighted performance appraisal during the celebration function.

It may be recalled that Bharat Vikash Parishad, a unique socio-cultural organisation was established by Dr. Suraj Prakash in New Delhi in 1963 with an objective of building a physically, economically and morally strong India.

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Imphal July 14,

Moreh Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) organised a monthly village chief/secretary meeting at T-Minou, Chandel district on yesterday.
Village chiefs and secretaries of nearby areas attended the meeting. The details of various skill development courses being offered by Assam Rifles at Multi Skill Development Centre under the PMKVY (Pradhan Mantri Koushal Vikash Yojna) for the youth of the area was explained during the meeting. Village chiefs/ secretaries showed keen interest to send maximum youth of their villages for the skill development courses and thanked Assam Rifles for conducting such drives which will help in overall development of villages by providing requisite skill to the youth and making them professionally qualified.
The recent devepoments and security situation was also deliberated upon and the importance for maintaining peace and  harmony in the area was discussed in detail during the meeting.
The other agenda points of  the meeting included security aspects, exchange of information and updation of mobile numbers. The village chiefs and secretaries thanked Assam Rifles for its efforts to ensure peace and tranquility in the area. They also assured their  whole hearted cooperation with Assam Rifles in future as well.
Keithelmanbi Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) conducted a security coordination meet at Lilong Company Operating Base (COB) on 13th July 2019. The security forum was attended by the Meira Paibis, Ward Councilors, Pradhans, representatives of Anti Social Prevention Organisation (ASPO) and members of local youth clubs.
During the meet the locals were sensitised and updated on current situation existing in the area of responsibility. There was also an interaction carried out on necessary measures required to be undertaken by locals in synergy with Assam Rifles for maintaining a strict vigil against illicit activities in the area.  In addition to the security issues, future action plan in respect of civic action projects like medical camps, recruitment in Assam Rifles and Army and career counseling for youth were also discussed during the meet.
The locals expressed their gratitude and appreciated the efforts of Assam Rifles for conduct of such security meetings and ensuring peace in the area and assured their commitment and assistance in maintaining the same. The security meet concluded with tea and refreshments for all the attendees.

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