Friday, 12 June 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, June 12:

Even as it is bad news for the Manipur University (MU)as it cannot include among the top 200 Universities in India, people of the state have reason to smile as Regional Institute of Medical Science  (RIMS) saves the image of the state by including in the top 40 best Medical institution in India as per report by National Institutional Ranking Framework  (NIRF), Ministry of Human Resource Development.

As per the report, RIMS has become the only Medical Institute in the entire North East states including West Bengal to have been included in the top best Medical Institute in India . As per the ranking RIMS ranking among the best medical institute is 38. There are over 542 medical colleges in India. RIMS is also ahead of all new All India Institute of Medical Sciences except AIIMS New Delhi.

Among the Universities in India, Manipur University is at 266 rank as reported by the  National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). Manipur technical University is at 739 while Manipur University of Culture at 869.

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Friday, 12 June 2020 17:36

Lhukhosei Zou sent to jail

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Imphal, June 12:

Lhukhosei Zou, the main accused in the multi crore drug smuggling case, has been set to jail by the Special Court (ND & PS) Manipur today.

Zou was released on bail by justice A Noutuneshwari Devi of the same court on May 21 on medical ground for performing Cholecystectomy. The granting of bail was vehemently criticized by the then investigation officer of the case Th. Brinda (MPS) and Additional SP of NAB. A contempt case has been underway at Manipur High Court against her following criticism to justice A Noutuneshwari .

After Zou was released on bail on May 21, he attended at the Christian Hospital, Imphal as an Outpatient and after having done examination of his health condition and after getting advice from the doctor, he was admitted to the said hospital on June 2 and the Cholecystectomy was done on June 4. He was discharged on June 8 with the advice to attend on June 13 for check-up and complete bed rest for 1 (one) month.

Lhukhosei Zou today appeared before the court of A Noutuneshwari and applied for another interim bail. However, after hearing the Special Public Prosecutor, the bench of Justice A Noutuneshwari remanded the accused person into judicial Custody as further extension of interim bail on medical ground is not called for.  

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Imphal, June 12:

A 23 years old person, who tried to supply No. 4 (heroin powder) at a Kodompokpi quarantine center today was arrested by police personnel on duty and handed over to Thoubal police station.

According to report, a person Laishram  Kishan Singh (23 yrs) s/o L. Leishang @ Tomba of Samram Mamang Leikai, carrying a black polythene bag approached the police check point and enquired about an inmate namely Soibam Prem Singh (27 yrs) s/o S. Ibomcha Singh of Teckcham Maning Leikai who was lodged at Boys’ Hostel.

The person tried to enter the Quarantine centre which is against the SOP followed at Quarantine Centre. The police personnel and Anti COVID Committee of the Quarantine Centre detained the person for verification. While checking the polythene bag he was carrying, a small quantity of suspected No. 4 Heroin powder was detected.

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By : Kamal Baruah

There are lots of great stories of Caravan that crossed the Old Silk Route for ancient trade connecting Far East with Middle East and Europe with the Red Dragon. The sound of galloping hooves had panicked us. Grandmas are always ready with warm hugs. We have sweet memories of our childhood and also saw our grandmother’s eri cloth of a very fine weave. That contains some secrets of warm fabric which time discovered that the knowledge of sericulture “Assam Silk” namely golden muga, white paat, and warm eri arrived with the Tibeto Burman groups from the Garo Hills of Meghalaya and the Chutiya Kingdom of Assam. Our ancestors have a knack of weaving. Maybe they were right after all they belong to “Thura” community of Burma now Myanmar. So do with North Eastern people originating from Mongoloid community. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Assamese women weave dreams on their looms.”
Although Himalayan Mountain range geographically separated China from India but, trade of Assam Silk passed through the difficult Pangsau Pass of the Patkai Range to Burma, finally getting connected to the main land China. It is the Ledo Road that finally reconstructed as Stilwell Road during World War II. Now much of the road has been swallowed up by jungle. The other side of the Himalayas, the Red Dragon ruled over their vast territories often by military force or by gaining political and economic control of their neighbouring areas since ancient times. The Greeks and the Romans came to contact with China through Silk since 2nd century BCE. The ancient trade network the Silk Road linked the two great civilizations. Later Mesopotamia, Egypt, Africa, Britain and Europe went for trade with Chinese. Beyond trade, the Silk Road legacy exchanged civilization. Another path eventually crossed down into the Indian sub-continent and Buddhism reached China.
The historic Silk Route was established during the Han Dynasty linking the ancient world between 130BCE-1453CE. 6400 km caravan tract originated at Sian followed the Great Wall, bypassed the Takla Makan Desert, climbed the Mountains Pamirs, crossed Afghanistan and finally went on to the Levant (Middle East) across the Mediterranean sea. Silk went west and wools, gold and silver went east through this route. With the downfall of Roman Empire and the rise of Arabian power, the route became unsafe. When the Islamic Ottoman Empire boycotted trade with the west, the Silk Road eventually closed that forced merchants to take to the sea thus initiating the Age of Discovery. Europeans explored and conquered America. Thus Silk Road has significance for the development of the modern world.
With thousands of years of continuous history, China is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of Qin dynasty unified the Chinese empire in 221 BC.
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Later a line of hereditary rulers (from 202 BC to 1912) from Han to Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, Jin and Qing dynasties ruled over. Although disputed that China has never invaded but Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) invaded tribes and smaller states under the control of the Manchus, who organised traditional Chinese infantry. The Great Wall of China was built during Ming dynasty (1368-1644) to protect the threat of barbarian invasions from Mongolia.
Trade is a key factor of the economy of China since ancient times. Communist takeover in 1949 and modernization of economy in 1978 by Deng Xiaoping greatly improved efficiency in economic transactions. But time to time, they asserted their control over Manchukuo, Korea, Tibet, Taiwan, Vietnam and also influenced the island territories of Philippines and Japan politically instead of any conflict. President Xi Jinping follows determined imperialist economic policy towards the developing nations of south and west referred as the Bamboo Network (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam).
Now China has Free Trade Agreements with several nations including Australia, South Korea, Asian, Switzerland and Pakistan. Since 80s, India has rebuilt diplomatic and economic ties with China and now became India’s largest trading partner after US.  People Republic of China is well known as global assembly centre for the manufacture of products thereby surpassed the US as the largest trading nation in the world. India faces hurdles to overcome the imbalance of Trade Deficit (-46B US$) with China (Exp 15B US$ Imp 62B US$). India’s trade balance shows negative with most of the top 25 countries except US, UK and Netherland. But with US it is +15B US$, Exp 49B US$ Imp 33B US$.
Despite all good trade relation, Chinese and Indian troops clashed. Ironically the Sino-Indian boundary had never been formally delimited as McMahon Line separated Tibet from India by British against the aggression of Chinese into Tibetan region. The relationship was resulted in military conflicts since 1962, followed by Chola Incident 1967, skirmish 1987 and Doklam standoff 2017 for Sino Bhutanese border. Recently at Nathu La in May 2020, following skirmishes in Sikkim and tensions in Ladakh, the education reformer Sonam Wangchuk, who inspired 3 Idiots, calls for boycotting China products.
Like it or not, we just can’t boycott their products but it’s a reality that India lacks the ability to produce on a large scale. India’s total Export Import data bank (291 US$ B 442 US$ B) shows the true picture of Trade Deficit of – 151B US$. GATT promotes international trade by reducing trade barriers such as tariffs. Also WTO ensures trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible. India’s average bound tariff rate is 48.5%, while its simple MFN average applied tariff is 13.8% only. Should India increase import duties to stop fleeing our capital? To protect the interest of common people, India opens cheap imports from China as our manufacturing industry is still under developed and don’t have the ability to produce competitively. We need to address those issues. We need to capitalise our real strengths instead of shouting slogan on Twitter.
The Middle Kingdom China had once ancient trade Silk Route with the Romans, now they resurrected a new double trade corridor with the west through central Asia, Middle East and Europe. The new Silk Route encompasses Belt and Road Action Plan for land as well as maritime routes covering 68 countries with a huge $900 Billion infrastructure investment. Is Trans-Eurasian trade a new era of Chinese Imperialism? But India vehemently opposed China Pakistan Economic Corridor, which runs through a part of Kashmir. G7 countries from Japan, South Korea and North Korea were also absent from the summit. Napoleon Bonaparte once said about the Sleeping Giant China that they don’t press government affair politically outside their borders but can shake the world, if they would do something. The bottom line is that the Chinese imperialism doesn’t happen overnight.
(The writer is a former Air Warrior and now works for SBI).

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Friday, 12 June 2020 17:33

Over 8000 expats land in Mumbai

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Mumbai, June 12:

Over 8000 people from nearly 32 counties have landed in Mumbai as part of the “Vande Bharat Mission (VBM)” being implemented jointly by the Union Civil Aviation Ministry, External Affairs Ministry and Union Home ministry to bring back expatriates to India.
While the passengers from other states and from Mumbai, have been quarantined in designated hotels in Mumbai, those from other parts of Maharashtra are being  quarantined at respective district headquarters by the district authorities. 
In all 8465 expats have landed in Mumbai. They include 3059 from different states across the country, 2488 from Mumbai and 2918 from other parts of Maharashtra. Those from outside Maharashtra will be allowed to proceed to their states after e pass arrangement is made.
The expats have come from UK, Singapore, Philippines, USA, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Kuwait, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Oman, South Africa, Indonesia, Netherland, Japan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Tanzania, Spain, Ireland, Qatar, Hongkong, Kazakhstan, Mauritius, Brazil, Thailand, Kenya, Miami, Vietnam, Italy, Sweden and Rome.
Under VBM III regulations, the passengers cannot take connecting flight to their own states on arrival. They can only proceed after completing the mandatory quarantine period at the airport of arrival. They, however, can board a connecting flight on arrival if it is a feeder flight.
The third phase of VBM, India’s mammoth repatriation exercise, has begun amid confusion over different quarantine rules for the incoming international passengers in various states. While the passengers remained perplexed regarding booking of connecting flights and quarantine rules, the Consulate General of India, New York, has stated that the people intending to book flights to India from now onwards must register themselves with the Consulate.
Under no circumstances, international passengers will be allowed to mix with domestic passengers before completing mandatory quarantine. The passengers will have to provide an undertaking at the time of booking and also at the airport prior to boarding.
With a view to ramp up the repatriation exercise to bring back stranded Indians, Phase III of the VBM will see 80 flights being sent to Europe — two daily flights to London and two to other European destinations — till 30 June. In view of the huge number of requests from stranded Indians in the Gulf, the number of flights have been increased up to 165 as against 107 flights originally planned.
Till now over 70,000 citizens have returned and nearly 17,000 flew out of India on VBM flights. In addition nearly 1,10,000 people flew out and 55,000 citizens returned on more than 730 charters on foreign and Indian carriers permitted by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).


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Corruption is the root for decaying the society. No person encourages corruption. Even the Chief Minister, N. Biren Singh had assured the people to make Manipur a corruption free state. Every people in the state knows how the present Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had put his effort to wipe out corruption from the state even by setting up an Anti Corruption cell and later strengthening the Manipur Vigilance Commission by renaming it as Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau in January 2018. Much has been tried, but Manipur still continue to remain as a decayed society with report of corruption having heard every single day. Besides having a strong Vigilance and anti-corruption bureau, corrupt persons are often let free on failure to produce any evidences. Even if evidences are produced many still are let free for reason best known to the government authority. The scene of corruption seen in the state of Manipur is indeed a revelation of the mindset of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on his promises to eradicate corruption from the state of Manipur.
On June 4, 2020, Imphal Times carried a news report that exposed corruption that has been going on in the Custom Division Office, Imphal. In the news report supported by video evidences, an inspector of the Custom Office was heard asking an advocate a sum of Rs. 1 lakh as tips. The news report was again telecasted in a local cable TV some few days later but no action has been taken up against those officials concerned. On the assumption that the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh will support and encourage fight against corruption, people like advocate Chongtham Victor and Amom Malemsana had come up with courage and expose corrupt practice of an officer at Custom Office. But as no action has been taken up by the concern government department the two finally received threat calls.
On the other hand, this newspaper also highlights about the irregularities in the submission of beneficiary lists under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme in Bishnupur district. The aim of the government of India to support the small and marginal farmers has been made a mockery by some government officials. The report about submission of the names of farmers who are not existed in the village of Khoijuman Khullen, Khoijuman Khunou and Nachou has been highlighted by this newspaper but no response has been given from the side of the government till the filing of this story.
The series of events happening in the state shows that, corruption still is at large and for reason best known, the Chief Minister of Manipur, once a crusade for anti-corruption is now silence on corruption.

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