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Items filtered by date: Monday, 11 December 2017 - Imphal Times

Some positive introspective on FA

Indian interlocutor RN Ravi, of the Indo-NSCN-IM peace talk is setting out for a final step to conclude the decades old issues. Newspapers report say he is meeting with some of the senior citizens of the state perhaps for a final round.
After the president of India Ram Nath Kovind had assured a solution to the issue while delivering speech on the inaugural day of the Hornbill Festival, the meeting of the three chief ministers of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh with the Union Home Minister Rajnath recently signals a possible conclusion to the issue.
Not just the things seen in the government side but also the way the NSCN-IM and its frontal body are gearing up for a new journey showed that, the long standing demand is yet to be fulfilled. NSCN-IM had replaced a new army chief and it had reorganized its administrative units by appointing CAOs. Source said that hectic preparation is on in the organization of the NSCN-IM to take charge for administration of their proposed demand in whatever way the government of India granted. The NSCN-IM now has no worries for a separate greater Nagaland state neither a sovereign Nagaland.  
So far so good, the supporters of NSCN-IM seem to be happy with the agreed points between RN Ravi and Th. Muivah. The Chief Ministers of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam seem to be relaxed with the kind of settlement that the Government of India is going to bring. Even as no one of the Chief Ministers of the three states were let known the contents of the agreement, the three showed signed of relieve after meeting with the Union Home Minister some few days back.
Already, the Prime Minister and Home Minister of India had assured that there will be no disturbance to the territorial boundary of any North Eastern states while solving the vex Naga issue and the solution will sorted out only under the framework of the constitution of India.
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh kicked start his political journey riding the issue of the Indo-NSCN-IM peace talk in the late 90s standing firm for the protection of the territorial integrity of the state. Until he became the Chief Minister of Manipur, he had shown his firm stands for the integrity of the state in his own way even by criticizing the political party he belongs too. After becoming the chief minister in March this year he has been taking up every possible task to bridge the differences among the various ethnic people of the state. From an editor of a local daily he is now in the top post of the state who can take decision. And he is well aware of any kind of separation that might disintegrate the state by any other arrangement like a separate administration. On the issue of 6th scheduled, it is irrelevant with the state of Manipur as the constitution of India has already incorporated Article 371 (C).

When the Chief Minister of the three states, particularly the Chief Minister of Manipur seem no worry, why the supporters of NSCN-IM seem to be happy and celebrate.
It is for sure that the final solution will be definitely under the framework of the Indian Constitution. And as per the Indian constitution any agreement which incorporate amendment of the constitution should be table in the floor of the parliament under article 368 of the Indian constitution.
This showed that whatever agreement that is to be inked between the interlocutor RN Ravi and Th. Muivah under the Framework agreement is not going to be final if it contents agreement that need amendment of the Indian Constitution.
As this column has earlier stated that a greater autonomy similar to that Article 35 (A) would mean creation of another Kashmir in the North East region. This would not be encouraged by Prime Minister Modi and the BJP. And the government of India would definitely not want any complication in solving the issues of the NSCN-IM. Which mean that the solution is likely under the purview of the already existed contents of the constitution of India.
A more autonomy to local bodies of Hill district, a special package for the NSCN-IM and some sort of integration base on culture and traditions by accepting a platform not at the government level is  what may comes as a solution.
If the condition of agreement is in the way that is speculated, people of Manipur need to support the solution. After all empowering of local bodies like ADCs and Panchayat is a long standing demand for every citizen of the state.

Stage set for Nupilal Day ; CM pays tributes to Imas

Imphal, Dec. 11: The Government of Manipur is organizing the Nupee Lal Day, 2017 on Tuesday the 12th December, 2017 at 9 a.m. at Nupee Lal Memorial Complex, Imphal.
Chief Minister, Manipur N. Biren Sing and Hon’ble Minister, Agri., Vety. & Animal Husbandry V. Hangkhanlian will grace the function as Chief Guest and President respectively.
With floral tributes to the departed freedom fighters of Nupee Lal Movements, artistes of Shri Shri Bal Mukunda Dev Government Music College, Imphal will present the opening and the closing songs.
Joint Artistes of Nupee Lal Memorial Association and Nupee Lal & Khongjom War Memorial Society will also present Nupee Lal Drama on the occasion.

On the occasion Chief Minister N. Biren Singh pays his respect to the mothers of Manipur what had waged war against the colonial rulers.
“I join the people of Manipur in paying tribute to the brave Imas of Manipur who fought against the monopolistic policies of the colonial rule and came to the fore for bringing socio-political reforms in the state”, N. Biren wrote in a statement.
He further added that Nupi Lan is an unforgettable and one of the important movements of the womenfolk of Manipur which was carved a distinct niche in the history of Manipur.
“It was an occasion in which Manipuri women exhibited to the world that they have the courage and spirit to challenge the then mightiest world power, the British and any wrong doing by the authority. The heroic struggle of the Manipuri Women against the british is a rare occasion in the history of Mankind,”, the Chief Minister wrote.

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Meitei of Chachar wants Manipur Govt. to have more attention in Imphal - Jiri road

Imphal, Dec 11: Meiteis inhabiting at various part of Cachar district in Assam wanted the Manipur government to have extra attention to the condition of the Imphal Jiri road.
Talking to the group of reporters from Thoubal and Kakching district who are on tour at Meitei inhabited areas of Assam, Somor Luwang, a social worker from Rongpur Village in Silchar said that if the state government have a will than the Imphal Jiribam road could have been much better than the Guwahati-Shilchar road stretch. “The way the state government is having interest at Imphal-Dimapur road, the state government should also have interest to the Imphal Jiribam road”, Somor Luwang said.
Mentioned may be made that under the India’s Act East Policy the government of India is constructing the Trans-Asia highway which will be an important route to connect with the ASEAN countries. The Trans Asian High way is projected along the Imphal-Jiribam road and construction from Guwahati till Silchar has been completed. If the portion of the Imphal-Jiribam road could not be converted into four lane than there is a possibility that the Trans Asian Highway be shifted along the Imphal Dimapur Highway as conversion of four lane from Dimapur till Kohima has been almost completed.

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“Oranges” The Tamenglong’s Pride

By: Anthony Gangmei
Tamenglong, Dec. 11: With an aim to showcase the world the Unique taste of Tamenglong Oranges, Manipur’s most backward albeit picturesque Zeliangrong community inhabited Tamenglong district which is said to be the state’s orange orchard witnessed the 14th edition of state level Orange festival recently under the theme “Oranges” The Tamenglong’s Pride.
Tamenglong happens to be the largest producer of oranges in Manipur. Using oranges as a good reason to bring more business and boost the tourism of the district, every year the Orange Festival is held in Tamenglong during the month of December where participants come from the nook and corner of the Tamenglong district. The Orange Festival is organised every year with the aim of promoting the largest produced fruit of the district.
Tamenglong contributes over 50 per cent of the state’s annual total orange production of nearly 10,000 to 11,000 metric tons. Around 3,838 hectares of land are under orange cultivation in Manipur. According to the experts, another advantage of the regular holding of orange festival in the region is that it helps in minimizing the large scale of jhumming cultivation in Manipur.
The first ever Orange festival was held in 2001 as a district level festival to promote tourism and provide an opportunity for orange farmers to display their produce before potential buyers. The festival of the district became a state level fest in 2005.
Unlike the previous year this year the 14th State level Orange Festival was held for 5 (Five) days long starting from 6-10 of December  at Lower Ground in Tamenglong District  jointly organised by the District Administration and the public of Tamenglong. “Tour de Tamenglong” 150km cycle rally, seminars, musical concert, indegenous games, orange eating competition and Orange Queen contest were some of the major events during this 5(Five) days long festival.    Minister of Horticulture and Soil Conservation Shri. Th. Shyam Kumar who also holds the portfolio of Forest and Environment  inuagurate the opening of the 14th State level Orange Festival 2017 as a Chief Guest bringing with a whole lot of financial packages of nearly 90.75 lakhs from various government schemes and projects  for the orange farmers  of Tamenglong district and for the various development of infrastructure in Tamei and  Tamenglong District area in particular.
Three days witnessed the seminars which is first of its kind is conducted during the orange festival, in which it gives an insight knowledge to the farmers about the importance and potentials of oranges  from various experts and government departments. On the first day of seminar Horticulture department of Tamenglong and a team of ICAR scientist talks about the present orange status in Tamenglong and its perspective, potential and problems faced by the oranges farmers from Tamei and Tamenglong District.
On the second day experts and government officials from DRDA, Disaster Management Authority and TAMBAC (Tamenglong Bamboo and Cane Development Centre)  holds a serious discussion about the present status of development in the Tamenglong town area, disaster management and its preparedness   and tourism perspective and its potential in Tamenglong area.
On the final day of the seminar, 3-Ps (problems, projects and potentials) of various developmental projects and its impact were minutely discussed  by the experts from Indian Railways Department, ADP (Group) HCC. National Highways and Industrial Development  Corporation Limited (NHIDCL)  also makes a presentation on the various projects being implemented in the national highways of Tamenglong District. Rain Forest club of Tamenglong also make a presentation of  Environmental impact in our day to day life.
Padma Shri awardee, Kailash Kher an Indian pop-rock and Bollywood playback singer  bring cheers to the crowd of Tamenglong by presenting his various hit numbers. In a exclusive interview with Kailash Kher, he said he is excited and happy to be part of this festival. He loves the people of Tamenglong and has an immensed respect for the DC of Tamenglong Armstrong Pame.
Apart from being a platform for traders to meet and improve trade relations this year the festival see various competitions and cultural extravaganzas, including orange eating competition, best orange competition, seminar for orange growers, indigenous games and sports. This year the organising committee gives a lots of importance to the orange farmers.  The prize for the best orange producer carried a cash reward of Rs. 2 lakh and a citation certificate, and Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 75,000 along with a citation certificate each, was awarded for the second and third position, respectively. Each particiapants also gets a sum of Rs 7000 as consolation prize. The prize money given so far is highest till date. This year due to bad weather most of the program was conducted at Indoor Stadium, and despite the bad weather huge crowd turned up on the closing function of the State level orange festival 2017.  
One of the major attractions of the festival is the Orange Beauty Queen contest where girls from all over the state come to participate but due to the bad weather condition the much awaited Orange Queen contest was postponed on 13th December. Today, the Orange Festival is one of the major tourist attractions of Manipur. So let us all celebrate this festival together to boost socio-cultural activity as well as to bring peace and unity in the state of Manipur.

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Press tour: Villagers of Kwatha interacts with media persons

Imphal, Dec 11: A 2-day Internal Press Conducted Tour was organized by Directorate of information and Public Relations, Government of Manipur at Kwatha in Tengnoupal District on 8th and 9th December, 2017. The tour was mainly organized to highlight the developmental work and grievances of the villagers of Kwatha Village. Media persons from reputed media agencies including DIPR Staffs took part in the tour. The tour was flagged off by N. Krishnakumar, Deputy Director, IPR, from the DIPR office complex, Keishampat at 8 am on the 8th of December, 2017.
The media team was warmly welcomed at the Tengnoupal District Headquarter by Dr. S. Ibomcha Singh, SP, and Rabindra Singh, SDO, Tengnoupal District, on the way to Kwatha. Interacting with the media persons, Dr. S. Ibomcha Singh said that for the time being the SP office is functioning from the office attached to Manipur Rural Bank, as the District is newly formed. The Department is facing difficulties in safeguarding the Indo-Myanmar Border in Tengnoupal District because of the lack of infrastructure and manpower. And so the Police Department along with the Assam Rifles is taking up steps to maintain the law and order situation of the District. Moreover, the District Administration is trying their level best to meet the demands of the people and bring peace and harmony among the different communities within the jurisdiction of the District, he further added.
Rabindra Singh said that even though the District is not upto the ideal level but things are improving and in the next 3-4 months some changes may be seen in the said District. The administration is trying to bridge the gap between the public and the Administration even if there are difficulties in reaching out to the remote areas, he added. On reaching Kwatha, the media team was welcomed by the village authorities and share the grievances of the villagers. A village authority member interacting with the media team said that the villagers are facing many problems. The main plight of the villagers is the lack of proper road connectivity. Even though there has been some developmental work in the recent days because of the festival, the road leading to Kwatha village is not completed as per the steps taken up by the previous Government and the present Government. The main source of income for the villagers, fermented Bamboo shoots (Soibum Khangba), has been affected due to flowering of bamboos. It will take upto 10 years to start from the beginning. Cultivation of rice is also at the brink because of the menace of the rodents. Procuring Charcoal (Meitan Louba) becomes the only means but it is seasonal and so the source of income is almost to the level of zero. The villagers will suffer a lot in the coming years and so wanted the Government to look into the matter, he said. He further said that the only means to curb the present situation is to start cultivating vegetables, pineapple, banana plantation etc., suitable to the climatic condition of the area. These are the alternative means to earn income for the livelihood of the villagers. All villagers want the concerned authority and departments to look into the matter to support the villagers for their livelihood, he added. Taking opportunity of the media interaction, the villagers appealed the government to take up the government schemes at the earliest.  
The media team left the village on the same day and reached DIPR office, Imphal, the next day after halting the night at Moreh, as there is no accommodation facility at Kwatha village.

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Rahul Gandhi is the new Congress Chief; elected as president unopposed

New Delhi, Dec 11: Rahul Gandhi has become the Congress President-elect with the deadline to withdraw nomination for internal polls ending at 3pm today. Gandhi, however, may officially take charge on December 16 when his mother and longest-serving party president Sonia Gandhi formally hands over the baton to him, marking a generational shift in the grand old party.
AICC spokesperson says the deadline for withdrawing nominations was 3pm today. All 89 nominations papers for Rahul Gandhi have been found valid. As the only candidate, Rahul Gandhi is declared Congress President.
 “This is a historic moment,” says party leader MM Ramachandran.
Sonia Gandhi will formally hand over the reins of the party to her son on Saturday, December 16 at 11am. a party source said. The Congress’ Central Election Authority chairman Mullapally Ramachandran, and CEA members Madhusudan Mistry and Bhubaneswar Kalita announced Rahul Gandhi as the only nomination for the top job in a press conference held at 24, Akbar Road, New Delhi.
Large numbers of Congress workers were seen celebrating outside the party headquarters in New Delhi.
Rahul Gandhi, meanwhile, is busy campaigning in Gujarat.

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Constable re-recruitment appeared candidates call-off total shut down ; tenders apology to High Court

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Imphal, Dec 11: Total hut down called by the All Manipur DPC completed re-recruitment candidates of police constable (male) 2013 from midnight yesterday has been called off.
President of the body Ahongsangbam Binoy Singh, speaking to media persons said that the bandh was called to highlight the grievances of the constable re-recruitment appeared candidates without going into details of the pending case regarding the matter. He also tender apology to the Manipur High Court while requesting the state government to lift all the charges leveled against the 8 candidates who were arrested by the police in connection with the total shut down. It may be mentioned that a Court order regarding the matter has directed a four members enquiry committee headed by retired Justice Mutum Binoy to investigate over the matter and submit the report before the Court on or before January 22 next year. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had earlier stated that the government could not decide anything on the demand of the constable re-recruitment appeared candidates as the matter is with the Court.
The announcement for calling off the bandh was made by the President of the constable appeared candidates’ body at around 1 pm at the office of the IGP Administration Dr. Ibomcha, at Manipur Police Head Quarter.  
The constable body’s president Ahongsangbam Binoy also appealed the state government to lift all charges levelled against the 8 candidates arrested in connection with the calling of the total shut down.  

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