Tuesday, 27 February 2018 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Feb 27: One person was injured when a crude bomb went off in a polling station in Tizit constituency of Nagaland on Tuesday. The bomb went off around 5:45am.
Report said that the person sustained injuries on left leg when a hand-made crude bomb was lobbed by miscreants 15-20 feet from polling booth in Tizit, Nagaland at 5.45 am, says V Vise, SP of Mon district.
Bottle grenade was thrown at the polling centre by unknown miscreants.
Poll related violence was reported from 31- Akuloto assembly constituency at which a person was shot dead by another person belonging to supporter of his rival candidates. Details of of the gun fight could not be get at the moment but report said that the deceased is identified as one Kivika, (Age: Around 35 yrs), son of Hovishe,  Lapulu village.
The two incident however fails to mar the electioneering process in Nagaland as heavy turn out was reported in the election. Fate of the 195 candidates have been sealed in the EVM. Result will be declared on March 3 along with Meghalaya and Tripura..
Election began at 7 am amid tight security as more than half of 2,156 polling stations have been declared critical.
With Nationalist Democratic People’s Party(NDPP) chief Neiphiu Rio winning unopposed the Northern Angami-II seat, polling is being held in 59 seats.
Voting continued  till 4 pm, except in some polling stations of the interior districts where it will end at 3 pm, election office sources said.
Officials said as many as 281 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), beside the state police force, have been deployed throughout Nagaland to ensure peaceful polling.
Nagaland Chief Electoral Officer Abhijit Sinha said of the 2,156 polling stations in Nagaland, 1,100 have been declared critical, 530 vulnerable and 526 normal.
All the polling stations would be manned by the CAPF personnel and the state police would also be assisting them, he added.
A total of 11,76,432 voters, comprising of 5,97,281 male, 5,79,151 female, and 5884 service voters, are eligible to exercise their franchise during the day to decide the fate of 195 candidates.
There are no third-gender voters in the state while the first time voters between the age group 18-19 years are 26,900, Assistant Chief Electoral Officer, Awa Lorin said today.
Voting will be conducted in 2,156 polling stations as 40 polling stations fall under the Northern Angami-II seat, from where Rio has been declared elected unopposed.
Out of the 2156 polling stations, 1062 are critical, 530 vulnerable and 564 normal polling stations, he said.
Over 15,000 government employees will be on poll duty and there will be 177 all-women polling stations across 25 constituencies in the state.
Sinha said there are 55 election observers, include 22 general and expenditure observers each and 11 police observers, besides 442 mirco observers.
Electronic voting machines with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail machines will be used for voting, he added.
The election process in Nagaland had started on a difficult note with the Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTHCO) advocating “solution (to the Naga political issue) before an election”.
Following this no-election diktat, the political parties had initially kept away from the poll process and the first batch of 22 contestants filed their candidature only on the penultimate day on February 5, though filing of nominations had begun on January 31.
There was a heavy rush of nominees filing their papers on the last day.
BJP, which is determined to expand its footprint in the northeast this time after Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, is relying on its partner, the NDPP.
In Nagaland, BJP’s hope hinges on its alliance partner NDPP which is contesting from 40 seats. The saffron party has fielded candidates from the remaining 20 seats.
The Congress, which has given three chief ministers to Nagaland since the state’s inception in 1963, is contesting from only 18 seats - two less than the BJP.

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Chandel, Feb.27: Chairman of Autonomous District Council (ADC) Chandel Lhukhosei Zou today inaugurated Two newly constructed Barrack type Teacher’s quarter of Nungpan Primary School and Tonsen Primary School under  Autonomous District Council (ADC) Chandel at Nungpan and Tonsen Village in Chandel District.
The inaugural function was also attended by Member of Autonomous District Council Dy.Holngam, Executive Member (Edn & PHED) of ADC Chandel Tongsin Willingson, Member of 20- Wangkhira DCC,ADC Chandel and EM (PWD & SW) of ADC Chandel J.N.Baite as the presidium members respectively.
Lhukhosei Zou also unveiled the  inaugural plaque and cutting the ribbon of the newly constructed quarter which consists of eight rooms and separate toilets.
The Barrack type Teacher’s quarters was constructed under Special Plan Assistance (SPA)-III 2015-16 at the estimated cost of Rs.39,56000 Lakhs.
In his speech, Lhukhosei said that the construction of the quarter will solve the accommodation problem faced by the teachers in their respective place of posting and it will also ensure regular attendance of teachers.
Therefore, the villagers and teachers of the school should maintain the newly constructed building properly and make the best use of it, he added.
While appealing to extend co-operation for smooth functioning of primary schools, he further maintained that the government will provide other infrastructures of schools.
Beside, N.Yaiskul Singh, executive engineer (PWD) ADC Chandel, Tk.Moshilpha Inspector of School, Th.Joy Lamkang Vice-chairman ADC Chandel, Ts.Kanlun EM (Agri, Horticulture), Kh.Morung EM (TA & Hill), Th.Hopeson Chothe MDC (ADC Chandel) and also teaching staffs of the school, several villagers, Village Authority members, Church leaders of Nungpan Village and its surrounding villages also attended the inaugural function.
Meanwhile, A newly constructed Veterinary Dispensary under Autonomous District Council (ADC) Chandel inaugurated at Purum Khullen Village today.
Chairman of Autonomous District Council (ADC) Chandel Lhukhosei Zou, MDC of Autonomous District Council Th.Hopeson Chothe and Vice-chairman of ADC Chandel Th.Joy Lamkang graced as the inaugural Chief Guest, Functional President and Guest of honour respectively.
After cutting the ribbon, chief guest Lhukhosei Zou also unveiled the inaugural plaque of the newly constructed building.
The Veterinary Dispensary was constructed under State Finance Commission (SFC)-III Award 2016-17.

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Thoubal, Feb 27: Women Welfare Association Charangpat has strongly reacted to the objection by BJP Wangkhem Mandal to the construction of the 3.5 Km road  ( Charangpat to Yairipok road) by a special contractor identified as H. Romen Singh. In a press note the association said that plea for construction of the road stretch has been denied time and again by the past government as well as the present government. The road stretch even though have been included on the route of the MST Buses, it was never passed due to the dilapidated condition of the road.
“This special contractor H. Romen Singh finally comes to help the people of the area and such a good effort should not be obstructed”, the statement said.

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 16:49

Lhukhosei Inspects Govt schools

Chandel, Feb. 27: Chairman of Autonomous District Council (ADC) Chandel Lhukhosei Zou has inspected today government schools on primary level at Chandel District.
The schools inspected were Tampikovol Primary School, Tampi Primary School, Khambathel Primary School, Unopat Primary School.
During the inspection, the Chairman had an interaction with the teachers on different problems of the schools like infrastructure, toilet, up gradation, low student-teacher ratio etc. and remedial measures.
N.Yaiskul Singh, executive engineer (PWD) ADC Chandel, Tk.Moshilpha Inspector of School, Th.Joy Lamkang Vice-chairman ADC Chandel, Ts.Kanlun EM (Agri, Horticulture), Kh.Morung EM (TA & Hill) and Th.Hopeson Chothe MDC (ADC Chandel) also attended the Schools inspection.

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March 15, 2019, N. Biren Singh led BJP government supported by 4 MLAs from NPF and NPP, 1 MLA from the LJP, another an Independent MLA, 8 MLAs who were defected violating the provision of the 10th Schedule of the Indian constitution will complete 1 year. As per statement of the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh reported in newspaper and electronic media, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to visit the state to join the celebration of 1 year BJP government in the state. Various aged old centrally sponsored mega projects including the aged old Mapithel Dam, Civil Secretariat among others will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister as per scheduled. The state witnesses hectic preparations for the inauguration of the aged old project. Moreover, the much awaited National Sports University will be reality after the Prime Minister lay foundation stone for construction of the infrastructures during his visit.
All is well, with the leadership of N.Biren Singh in the state. The crumbled relationships between various communities of the state have been bridged successfully. He had shrewdly proved that his government is people oriented government by organising peoples’ day every month where common people can directly expressed their grievances and moreover open access to the people to directly contact him any time using internet technology through social media. Now a survey to all the activities showed that this new government of BJP in the state is somewhat supported by many. A criticism with empty eloquence received triple the criticism she or he made from thousands of friends supported to the leadership of N. Biren Singh. On development works being taken up, he and his colleague are well prepared to defend the government.
Now what seems to be forgotten by the incumbent Chief Minister is that the country is run by rules of law. Constitution of India, one of the largest constitutions in the world makes the country as one of the largest democracy in the world.
Government institution is run under various provisions of the constitution of India. A mere mistake to understand what has been written in the constitution would amount to mockery of the democracy, which the people will not remain silence.
Senior Journalist of the Statesman Yambem Laba had well written about the fact that how the Biren led government has been violating the constitutional provisions regarding the appointment of the Parliamentary secretaries which many High courts including the Supreme Court India had declared unconstitutional.
Well, remaining silence over the merger of 8 Congress MLAs to the BJP is also in violation of the 10th Schedule of the Indian Constitution. The silence of the Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly on the ground that it still have not received any complaints makes the democracy more like an autocracy where the rulers rule suppressing all that stands as obstacles.
Like this newspaper in its earlier editorial had expressed that “you can’t keep the fire cover long with the blanket” base on the famous Manipuri Proverb – “huranbagi tarani mapugi nongma”, one day the wrongs and mischievous act will be made public.
Introduction of a repealing bill for the Parliamentary secretary on the last day of the recently concluded state assembly session seems to be a deliberate attempt to save the government which is again called unconstitutional by the opposition party.
The Congress which win 28 seats in the last election but unofficially reduced to 21 has been quite for almost one year listening to all kind of hue and cry blaming their 15 years of ruled. Even the violation of 10th Scheduled by its MLAs has not been reacted. But they are now out in public as the case revolving around the appointment of Parliamentary secretaries is something which is not possible for the government to defend.
The Governor of Manipur too will not want herself a bad name and sure if this bill on the repealing of the Parliamentary Secretary act will be done consulting constitutional expert.
The Governor even though is from the background of BJP will certainly acted as per the law of the land and will certainly deny any plea for protection of the government at the cost of her career.
Better prepare to face for another election by supporting the Prime Minister’s idea of conducting the parliamentary and assembly election simultaneously in 2019. May be N. Biren singh led BJP return with more power that time.

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 16:45

Festival of colours to festival of sports

“Instead of proposing to shorten the duration of the festival, the Manipur Government may exercise its wisdom to declare the five days of Yaoshang as ‘Sports Movement Week’ in order to make the festival a constructive event for Manipuris”

By : Seram Neken
Greeting my readers with the coming of Yaoshang Festival and wishing all to enjoy a constructive Yaoshang Sports extravaganza, this writer takes the privilege to propose the Government of Manipur to declare the five days of festival of colours as ‘Sports Movement Week’ all over Manipur.
Festivals are an indispensible component of human life. Without them, life would have been monotonous and invaluable. Hence, every community on earth has its own festival in their varied designs and compositions. Manipuris have a rich heritage of festive celebrations, among which the Lai Haraoba is a major one. Lai Haraoba, since the pre-historic times, has changed its style and facets to suit the changed perception of people from generation to generation. Constructive devolution of the celebrations and observances occurs in almost all festivities belonging to different communities inhabiting this Earth. Taking into account the increasing replacement of Yaoshang festival by a variety of games and sports in the nook and corner of Manipur, we may optimistically presume that ‘Yaoshang Festival’ of the Manipuris has gradually become a constructive event day by day. This writer terms it “an intellectual transformation from festival of colors to festival of sports”, which has been occurring in modern Manipur during the last five decades.
Yaoshang Sports has become an institution of socialization with multifaceted benefits. It serves as a school for cultivating personality development and hunting young talents. Kids get the opportunity to expose to various competitive events. It inculcates discipline among youths. Besides recreating the ageing people, it promotes organizational skills among the locals, increases social cohesion and reduces crimes & unwanted behavior in society. Every locality must endeavor to tap the inherent potential of Yaoshang Sports in the making of a strong Manipur.
Looking back to its recent history, Yaoshang Sports has a unique purpose of its birth. The addition of a variety of games in the Yaoshang festivities began as early as during the pre-independence period. Although there is obscurity on the exact origin of Yaoshang Sports, it is believed that the organization of sporting events during Yaoshang in 1946 at Akampat in the present Imphal East district was the first of its kind in the state. 
As part of Yaoshang festival, the local adults of that time organized the Yubi Lakpi event by selecting a King. Written accounts named one Thokchom Bhubon from Singjamei Kshetri Leikai (Irengbam Leirak) who acted as the King. He was made to sit on a bullock cart that staged a procession from Thiyam Leirak of the locality via Kongba road to reach Akampat. A number of men, women and youths accompanied the procession and witnessed the Yubi Lakpi. Programmes in the form of Fancy Dress were also conducted. This may be considered the pioneer in the Yaoshang Sports movement which was witnessed and participated by locals of Singjamei Kshetri Leikai, Khongman, Bheigyabati Leikai etc. The second edition of the games was held in 1947 at Akampat again. More events like Arithmetic Competition for children, Chaphu Pubi Race, Laphu Kabi and Blind Hit were added to the meet. One who was known as Maiba Amuba who had hailed from Kabo Wakching Nambol and had been staying along with Yumnam Komol (said to be the driver of Budhachandra Maharaj) at Yumnam Leikai took the role of King in Yubi Lakpi that year. Thus, born the Yaoshang Sports of today. The Annual Yaoshang Sports being organized at Bamon Leikai Basketball Ground is also one of the oldest of its genre, with its 66th edition held this year. (Reference: Souvenir, Silver Jubilee Celebration of Yaoshang Sports, 2008, SEYO, Singjamei Kshetri Leikai ).
Meitei ‘Yaoshang’ is believed to have its ancestral origin from the ‘Ougri Hangen Chongba’ of pre-historic times. When the two sons of Godly King ‘Atiya Guru Shidaba’ were asked to complete the ‘Nongkhong Koiba’ for succession to the throne, the elder son ‘Sanamahi’ started the journey. However, the younger son ‘Nongda Lairen Pakhangba’ being a small boy was apprehensive that he could not complete the journey. Meanwhile, with the invaluable advice of his mother, ‘Pakhangba’ went round the royal throne of the King in no time and claimed to have completed the ‘Nongkhong Koiba’ before his brother ‘Sanamahi’ came back after going round the whole land physically. When the elder brother came back, he was so furious that he swore to avenge the person who revealed the modus operandi to ‘Pakhangba’ in order to be the king of the land. If it were a man, he would be killed and if it happened to be a woman, he would marry her – this was Sanamahi’s promise. Surprisingly, ‘Sanamahi’ realized that it was none other than his mother who had stealthily helped the younger brother to become the king. ‘Sanamahi’ had to keep his promise by marrying the mother. In every Meitei household we now see ‘Sanamahi’ and ‘Leimaren’ residing together, but with a wall separating them.
The furious ‘Sanamahi’ after coming back from ‘Nongkhong Koiba’ chased ‘Pakhangba’ to beat him while the women of royal palace defended ‘Pakhangba’ by joining hands and singing the song “Ke Ke Ke Mo Mo, Yangen Samba Sao Sao, Tokpaga Kambaga Keiga Yenga, Yenkhong Phate Chasillu, Laigi Yenni Chaphade, Ke Ke Ke Mo Mo ...”. It is believed that ‘Thabal chongba’, ‘Phee Munbi’, ‘Sen Munbi’ etc. which are parts of contemporary ‘Yaoshang’ had their origin from the tradition of ‘Nongkhong Koiba’. Hence, Meitei Yaoshang had its own origin as different from the ‘Holi’ of the Hindus.
As time goes by, ‘Yaoshang’ changes its facets year after year, decades after decades and centuries after centuries. To the present generation, ‘Yaoshang’ is synonymous with games and sports. It is indeed a mini Olympiad particularly in the valley districts of Manipur. All the ugly scenes and traditions of earlier ‘Yaoshang’ have been subdued to bring in constructive sports festivals in almost all Manipuri localities. Various games including indigenous events such as Mukna and Laphu Kabee are seen to be popular during Yaoshang sports. Apart from sporting programmes; academic events like debating competitions, Ex-tempore speech, symposium competitions, Essay writing, song competitions, mathematics competitions, recitations etc. are organized in the interests of students. ‘Yaoshang’ has today become a festival of sports in Manipur.
Apart from being a festival, ‘Yaoshang’ has served as a useful platform for promoting sporting spirit and hunting talents of young people in varied fields of personality development. The children are given enough opportunity for exposure to various competitive events. For the elders who are at the dusk of their lives, ‘Yaoshang’ serves as a valuable recreation item by breaking the monotony of ageing life. It is a meaningful rendezvous where local people of all ages meet, interact, share, exchange views and ideas among themselves. It helps in reducing unwanted behavior, crimes, substance abuse and drugs. May the Yaoshang Sports festival continue to play its constructive role in the making of a unified and strong Manipur. It would be wise enough for the state government of Manipur to declare the five days of the festival as “Sports Movement Week” in order to make the festival a constructive event for the state.
The following suggestions may be noted for future growth and fruitful results:
1. Yaoshang Festival may be declared as “Sports Movement Week” by the state government.
2. Schedules for various examinations may be made so as not to coincide with this festival.
3. Local Sports Events be organised under strict guidelines prescribed by Sports Department in the form of a policy.
4. Unwanted scenes such as water spraying, dancing etc. may be prevented by Government. (Last year, at some places in Imphal city, young boys and girls danced in water by using even Fire Brigade vehicles of the government without any intervention by Police)
5. Police should be alert to prevent adolescent youths from indulging in undesirable acts such as ‘Aber Teinaba’, Pichagari Kapnaba, etc.
6. Elected MLAs, and representatives of local bodies may be advised to involve in organizing sports events in localities.
Only then, the festival will be constructive and fruitful for future generation.
(The writer is a senior columnist. Comments may be fed back at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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Imphal, Feb 27: State police today pulled up 6 persons along with the 6 different vehicles which failed to produce proper valid documents during a search operation conducted at Khetri Bangoon Yangbi Leikai today morning.
Report said that a police team of Imphal East district led by M.Kumarjit Singh Addl.Sp.(Ops), Robinsun khamnam DSP-CDO and RK.Saklemba Singh DSP ( Ops) conducted cordon and search operation at Khetri Bangoon Yangbi Leikai  from 4 am to 6 am today. During the operation 315 persons including 112 female were reported verified. The team also found 1 Tata Winger Vehicle  , 1 TATA Magic , 2 Auto Rickshaw and 2 kinetic Honda without proper documents. The vehicles along with the claimed owners were picked and handed over to Porompat Police station for further verification.

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