Sunday, 11 February 2018 - Imphal Times
Sunday, 11 February 2018 16:59


By - Dr Nunglekpam Premi Devi
Independent Scholar

I have a fear, a fear of dread darkness;
So wild and too forbidding, within me;
‘Darkness’ instill unauthorized, making me shaky;
All I feel is nowhere round, I traveled far off;
Losing ever inch of my bravely confidence,
I struck loosely nowhere infusing shady phantoms;
Its mortal dark and, I see things! I cried loudly
Hang in there! Wait and look for me!
Mother! Mother! Still all, quite and hush;
I lost self presence, ‘fearing’ quieting my breath;
Concealing all colors, darkness the one rules hallucinating;
Breathing in and breathing out, as I stand still
Silence speaks all, merging more wraiths stilly.

Perturbed every single night, Uneasy lies within me;
Afraid! Collecting ‘nura’ wasn’t welcoming;
Fear as hell, darkness has eaten me all;
Stretching out my arm searching nura, here and there;
I stopped breathing, not an inch I see unclear,
I see things, many things as I could imagine, marching towards;
Get me a light; get me a podon! I cried loudly,
None hears the call, neither attended, I surf along vividly;
Still continued, searching unsighted with the unseeing eyes;
Loosing total control, one arm out and one pulling back;
I flattered dangers, ‘mother’ stand by me! I whisper   
Hating ‘self’ consciousness, I roar within loud out;
Fear rules, as I stood kneeling reaching out hand.

I have a fear, a fear of dread darkness;
Ceasing my arm, I jumped in the empty, halting;
Suspended searching, one and two and three,
Onto the bamboo stalks, I never did found ‘nura’;
What was that? I hold onto, soft and cold creasy,
Feeling shocked touching out ‘toad’ breathing underneath;
I cried of danger and I scream for the light;
Jumping back and front appealing and pleading;
Light! Light! As do I beg, Mother watches me over;
I feel blessed beholding distant podon lights, overwhelming;
And she bubbles away frothing ‘smiling’ adorably;  
Assembling my senses, I tried instilling darkness into lights;
I walk through reoccupying, with lamp in the hand.

One and two and three, I looked around searching;
Blinking eyes open out, with a lamp in the other hand,
Oh! There you are! Connecting to abandoning piece;
Catching and holding firmly, I spaded faster;
Turning back sooner, overlooking podon in the left,
I run and rush faster as I could; dashing and smashing;
With one heap breath, flash! Go away the little light;
I flipped inside the door, soothing breathing;
How great! I throw it back in the dark wilderness;
Lessening ‘Fear’ that forbidding within me.

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Imphal, Feb 11: Former Minister of Manipur Government, presently serving as the State Secretary of the CPI, Manipur and National Executive Member, Dr. M. Nara Singh had lambasted Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to clarify on what kind of government is the BJP is heading in Manipur.
“I want to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi on whether the government lead by the BJP in the state of Manipur is a legal government or illegal government”, Dr. M. Nara the CPI leader put this while speaking during election campaign at Jail Ground, Agartala in Tripura while campaigning for CPM candidate Amal Chakraborty who is contesting the upcoming Tripura Assembly Election scheduled to hold on February 18.
While asking the magic played in the formation of the government in the state with just 21 BJP MLA whose number is less than the Congress Party which won in 28 seats, Dr. M. Nara said that the existing government in the state of Manipur is a treacherous government which was forcibly formed by ignoring the constitutional provision of the constitution of India.
“Soon after the declaration of the election result, one Congress MLA supported the BJP and become a minister. All together 8 Congress MLAs had joined BJP but at state Assembly house these congress MLAs still sit at the congress lobby which is the main opposition party”, Nara said.
As per the Anti-defection Law (10th Schedule of the Indian constitution) the MLAs defected from the Congress party and joined the ruling party should be disqualified.   
Nara also down play the present government saying its survival is at stake with the recent disqualification of 20 Parliamentary Ministers in Delhi. There are 12 Parliamentary Secretaries in the Manipur government and if these MLAs are disqualified it is hard to believe n whether the government will survive or not, Nara said.
(Regarding the Parliamentary Secretary, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had stated in the floor of the State Assembly during the ongoing session that the Parliamentary secretaries appointed had been revoke as per the ruling of the Supreme Court and recent development.)
Digging to the assurance about implementation of 7th Pay scale to the government employee of Tripura, Nara said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is lying to the people of Tripura. Government Employees’ bodies are agitating demanding implementation of 7th Pay in the state as they are not getting till today even though it has been BJP vision documents released before the election.
“2 days back the Finance Minister of Manipur Y. Joykumar, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur while replying to a question by Congress MLA  K. Ranjit had stated that the state government has not yet planned about implementation of 7th pay or its equivalent pay to its employees”, Nara said during the campaign.
M. Nara, the CPI leader even call the Prime Minister a “cheater” as what he had said to the people of Tripura in terms of Manipur where the government is led by the BJP is not true at all.

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Imphal, Feb 11: Manipuri swimmer participating at Master Swimming Championship at Almaty, Kazakhstan has bag gold medal at the championship today.

Salam Jayenta Singh (38 yrs), son of Salam Dhaneshwor Singh of Kongba Kshetri Leikai in Imphal East has been participating the Master Swimming Championship at grand pool of Almaty, Kazakhstan which had begun from 8 February till 11 February, 2018 along with other 43 swimmers representing India.

Jayenta bagged gold medal in 50meters breast stroke in todays championship event.

Altogether four country, namely Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia including India are participating in the championship.

Mention may be that, Salam Jayenta is participating the championship with self sponsor, help from his friends and colleagues.

No sponsor or financial support from the concern which is very unfortunate for players like Jayenta who are participating many events and championship at the international level and bringing medals making the name of their country and state proud.

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Kohima, Feb 11: The Chief Election Commissioner along with Election Commissioners and Deputy Election Commissioners will be visiting Nagaland from February 14 to 15.
Informing this to media persons, the Chief Electoral Officer, Nagaland Abhijit Sinha said that the team of Election Commission will be reviewing the preparedness of the State for the February 27 State Assembly elections.
Meanwhile, All India report said that General Observer, J. M. Pathania held meeting with the security personnel, Election Expenditure Monitoring team, Flying Squad and the Static Surveillance team of 29-Jangpetkong and 30-Alongtaki Assembly Constituencies at the Dobashi Conference Hall Mangkolemba in Mokokchung district yesterday. During the meeting, the observer apprised the member of the various teams and the security personnel to discharge their respective duties in a polite and tactful manner so as to ensure free and fair election. ADC Mangkolemba and Returning Officer while seeking cooperation and activeness from the security forces and the various teams also urged upon them to discharge their duties in a polite manner for successful conduct of the election. EAC, Kedale Sebu also briefed the roles and guidelines of the various teams.
The Administration and Police of Zunheboto also conducted surprise raid and checking at Zunheboto town. The raid led by SDO (Sadar) Ajit Ranjan and SDPO Zunheboto, Zubenthung Lotha on Friday busted a gambling den where 13 person, including the owner were booked and FIR proceedings have been lodged under Public Gambling Act.
Intoxicants were also seized from different locations.
Static Surveillance Team led by DB Ghotokhu also seized banned syrup and narcotics drugs.

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Imphal, Feb 11: A copy of the Imphal Times evening daily February 7, edition  was seized by city police for publication of the news items under the heading ‘UNLF claims blasts at AR Transit Camp, Polo-ground and M Sector’ in relation to a case being taken up by the city police of Imphal under FIR No/2(2) 2018 City PS, under section 307/326/34 IPC and 3 Explosive Substance Act.
The news was published as claimed by the outlawed rebel group UNLF through press statement sent to Imphal Times email address. The news was first verified as per source with the Imphal Times in consultation with other media houses of the state which also publish the same story.

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Imphal, Feb 11: A mother of 19 years old drawing the attention of the state government and concern department has sought for financial help for her son who is currently undergoing treatment at the ICU of Raj Medicity for the last 21 days.

Speaking to the media persons at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul, Imphal, Laishangbam Ningol Heisnam Ongbi Ibenu (46 yrs), wife of Late Heisnam Himalay @ Shyamkishore of Konthoujam Lairembi Mamang Leikai said that on the evening of January 22, 2018, she receive a call about her son Heisnam Seityajit (19 yrs) had met an accident along with his two friends at Maibam Lotpa Ching (Red Hill), Nambol at around 7 pm.

Seityajit was admitted at Raj Medicity in serious condition and since than he is under ICU till date while his two friends suffered only minor injuries, she added.

Ibenu also said that her husband left his family when Seityajit was only 5 years old and another son also died at the age of one in an accident, since then she had been suffering financially.

She had already spent more than Rs 4 Lakhs for her son treatment where Rs 2 lakhs was given by her sister.

However, she is facing financial problems for her son treatment who is still at ICU of Raj Medicity,North AOC and seek for help from the state government and concern department as she had no other option and hope that help will be provided at the earliest, she added.

Mention may be that Seityajit and his two colleague met the accident at a pothole near Maibam Lotpa Ching while trying to avoid police checking at Nambol as they were travelling three person in one Activa vehicle.


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Imphal, Feb 11: The Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) leaders have expressed optimism that political level talks with the Mizoram government next month would find a solution to the Hmar problem.
According to report of the All India Radio Shillong the HPC (D)leaders, based in Manipur said that the militant outfit was yet to decide on the members of the delegation while confirming that the working president of the insurgent group, Lalthalien Hmar would continue to be the spokesperson.
Mizoram Home minister R Lalzirliana had recently announced that the first round of political level talks with the outfit was scheduled to be held on March 5th in Aizawl.

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Imphal, Feb 11: Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) had stated that the Nagaland State Assembly Election scheduled on February 27 this year is not  a mere clash of political parties fighting for power but a clash of ideology that will define the course of Nagaland politics in the years ahead.
A statement of the Media Cell, NPCC emailed to media houses said that the Indian National Congress through NPCC stands by the ideology and principles of secularism and liberal democracy, while the BJP- the major opponent, on the other side is representing the Hindutva forces.
“Today we still have a choice to either accept or reject the Hindutva forces before we are left without any choice once they grab absolute power and start imposing their divisive agenda”, the statement said.

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Imphal, Feb 11: Manipur team comprising 6 female intellectually disabled athletes & 4 officials is participating In the Female Futsal National Coaching Camp cum National Championship to be held at Haridwar from 16th to 21st February 2018.
The 6 players Pepetha Dayal, L. Chitra Devi, M.Kanchan Chanu, Laishram Chitra Devi, Nengnio Neishal  and  L. Neinu Khongsai along with officials M. Indira Devi ,  Amila Huidrom (Head Coach), Phajabi Devi and Amitkumar Huidrom (Escort) had left lmphal today.

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Khousabung, Feb 11: Denouncing the ill-conceived Cabinet decision of the then Okram Ibobi Singh Government on this day two years ago, the Khousabung Sub Division Demand Committee (KSDDC) observed ‘Black Day’ at Justice Square in Khousabung DCC Headquarters in Henglep Assembly Constituency of Churachandpur District, Manipur on Saturday.
 The gathering rejected the illogical, undemocratic and untenable Cabinet decision of the Okram Ibobi Government in renaming the erstwhile Thangting Sub Division as ‘Kangvai’ on February 10, 2016. They also vehemnly condemned the subjugation of democracy by the then Congress Government in ignoring the signature of 117 village chiefs who appended their consent in support of Khousabung Sub Division out of 125 villages covered by the Sub Division.
 People of all hues turned up at Justice Square in Khousabung DCC Headquarters to voice their demand for immediate creation of Khousabung Sub Division by the new BJP Government. People were seen holding placards which reads “Khousabung Sub Division for administrative convenience”, “We will fight for justice”, “117/125 village chiefs for Khousabung Sub Division”, Khousabung - a political victim for electing the first BJP MDC in Churachandpur”, Khousabung - the most centrally located location”, Henglep AC 2017 Mandate - Sub Division for Khousabung”, Hon’ble CM Pu Biren Singh - we bow before you for creation of Khousabung Sub Division” and many more.
 ”The Cabinet decision of the then Congress Government in suppressing the majority voice was highly unacceptable and deserved condemnation by one and all”, said a press release issued by the Khousabung Sub Division Demand Committee.
 It may be pointed out that with popular sentiments running high against the then Ibobi-led Congress Government due to alleged discrimination and victimization, the 4-time MLA from Henglep AC and PHED Minister T Manga Vaiphei, who was allegedly behind the ill-conceived idea of ‘divisive’ politics bite the dust in the Assembly election held last year.
 ”The people’s mandate of Henglep AC in 2017 Assembly election was a victory of the people against injustice of the then Congress Government”, said a community leader. He said that it was a resounding rejection of illogical, undemocratic and untenable Cabinet decision of the then Okram Ibobi Government. He further added that the Henglep AC mandate was for restoration of justice by creating Khousabung Sub Division at the earliest.
 ”The majority choice Khousabung Sub Division has been politically victimized by the then Congress Government for electing the first BJP MDC of ADC Churachandpur in the District Council election 2015 from 01 - Khousabung District Council Constituency, reasoned a speaker at the solemn Black Day observance.
 Khousabung is located at the centre most location in and around Thangting / Thangjing Hills Range and the Headquarters of 01 - Khousabung District Council Constituency of ADC Churachandpur since 1972.
 The Black Day has been observed since last year to denounce the ill-conceived decision of the Okram Ibobi Government and to press for speedy creation of Khousabung Sub Division to meet the end of justice.
 The solemn Black Day observance was marked by speeches from village chiefs and public leaders, raising of slogans, procession and candle light vigil. Hundreds of people who turned out for the occasion, including village chiefs and public leaders renewed their indomitable pledge to take on the fight for justice till the goal is achieved, the released added.

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