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Major political parties in the state agreed to stand together against crime on women

IT News
Imphal, May 20,

Major political parties in the state who are not going with the ruling BJP have agreed to join hands in fighting against any form of crime against women and also decided to urge all concern for timely deliverance of justice to victims of sexual harassment.
“We are against any form of crime against women and children and we have been voicing against such heinous crime on women like rape of minors etc. from time to time”, Spokesperson of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, Hareshwor Goshwami said while speaking to an all political party meet organised by Socialist Students’ Union Manipur (SSUM), Manipur Proletariat Peoples’ Democratic Union (MPPDU) and Proletariat Feminist Movement (POFM) Manipur at Manipur Press Club today.
Members of the Manipur Peoples’ Party (MPP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI (M) besides MPCC were present in the meeting. Even though not all political party attended the meeting, those present have agreed to join hand when it comes for the safety of the girls .

Hareshwor Goshwami, further said that the Congress party have always been voicing for the safety of the women and children and any form of crime against them will not be tolerated. He however said that he will consult with the party high command of the state regarding formation of a common platform.
Kshetrimayum Shanta , State Secretary of CPI(M) even though agreed to fight for the cause of the women’s right together differ the idea of setting up a common platform for fighting against crime on women and minor girls. He said the mode of support should be in a synchronise manner at which each political party voice from their own side.  
BSP State Secretary Kavita expressing her views said that a common platform for all political parties present in today’s meeting will be forceful to urge concern authority in speeding up the trial of rape accused and to deliver justice to the victim on time. She said that her party is ready to extend all form of support to any mass movement or public meeting if times calls.
General Secretary Administration Ph Sajukumar, of the MPP while presenting the party’s views said that their party is even ready to form a fact finding committee to find out the real problem being face by victim and their family. He said that MPP being a regional party will always stand for the safety of the women of the state. Differences of ideology will not make any differences with any political party when it comes for the protection of the women of this region.
Socialist Students’ Union Manipur (SSUM), Manipur Proletariat Peoples’ Democratic Union (MPPDU) and Proletariat Feminist Movement (POFM) Manipur at Manipur Press has been organising series of protest demonstrations and consultation to assure the Victim of Thanga Gang Rape case and also about the Thangmeiband case at which a girl alleged rape by an MLA of the ruling BJP.

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Mass Rally cum Public Meeting against crime on women organised by WAD

IT News
Imphal, May 20,

Women Action for Development today organised a mass rally cum public meeting in relation with the Crime Against Women and Children in Manipur. The rally began at around 11 am today morning from Oinam leirak Community Hall of Singjamei opposite to Manipur College and proceeded towards Oinam leikai Pishum Thong and later passes the Heirangoithong  where they gathered at Heirangoithong Multipurpose Hall where a public meeting was held.
Speakers on the occasion, express deep apprehension to the rising crime against women and children. State machinery loopholes were also deliberated in rendering justice to victim of rape crime. Many stressed on the need to strengthen the state machineries which deals with crime against women and children.

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Married lady dies in road accident; family blame inadequacy of the Moirang PHC

IT News
Imphal, May 20,

A young married lady died while 5 others including a diesel auto driver died in a tragic road accident at Thoya Leikai area in Moirang Assembly constituency in Bishnupur district yesterday. Family of the decease lady blame the Moirang CHC for not having adequate facilities to safe the injured. The lady died on the way to JNIMS before reaching Bishnupur market after the Doctors at Moirang CHC hospital referred her to JNIMS. Following the news about the dead large number of people throng to the Moirang CHC and blaming the hospital for the cause of the dead of the lady the angry people tried to dismantle the hospital at around evening but timely intervention by police team led by Moirang Police station SDPO Sukumar put the situation under control.
Report said that the tragic accident happened when the passenger diesel auto carrying 5 lady passenger collided with an alto car bearing registration number  MN01G-1366 which came from the opposite direction. The Diesel auto was moving towards Moirang Keithel.
All the six including the driver were injured and rushed at Moirang CHC. As the condition of the deceased lady Moirangthem Ongbi Bidyaluxmi @ 30 Yrs deteriorated, she was referred to JNIMS by the doctors but she succumbed to her injury on the way to the hospital near Bishnupur.

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Dead body found

IT News
Imphal, May 20,
Dead body of a person was found floating early morning today at Nambul River  at Uripok Polem Leikai side near Bijoy Govinda Bridges in Imphal West. The body has been identified as Loitongbam Tikendra (25), S/o late Ibotombi of Naoremthong Khulem Leikai Imphal west. According to his family members, he was missing since 18May Friday. He is presently working at MASUM finance Uripok.
Cause of the death could not be known at the moment but source said a piece of paper with some words jotting on it was found . The dead body has been deposited at RIMS morgue for conducting autopsy.

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Youth found hung to death

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Imphal, May 20, A teenage youth was found hung to death at a tree near the premises of Ibudhou Lolang Leiyon Pakhangba,  Laibung, at Wangoo Sabal in Imphal West district.The deceased has been identified as  Amom Selmanin (17 Yrs.) S/o A. Leibakmacha of Wangoo Heinouyam Chingkhong, Kakching District.
Details on how the person was found hung to death is not known at the moment.

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An untold story

By- Dr Nunglekpam Premi Devi
Independent Scholar

I still know how it feels like, those uncomfortable;
Trying to take those moments away, I blend
Easy, undisturbed, safe and secure and comfortable;
Sunny brightly, serene compose that evening, calm and quietly;
I walked down the street swinging up and down beholding;
Fresh as a morning lily, I stood tall by the roadside;
Sweating softly as though morning dew drops shivering;
That lofty hair of mine swings across covering my face;
I took measures of those blue sheathe rapidly now and again;
Hanging down my spirit, veiling and masking my temple;
With that smooth half peeping blouse I adore;
I still remember that Phanek I carried a mystery to me.

Eager and hurried I glanced again and again distant apart;
Wanting a ride to some unknown place I ever visited;
I know it’s just a distance apart, handy but I doubts often;
I waited and waited, it never turns up that easily;
Securing myself, I was keeping ready for that excursion
Knowing not what may happen, I fasten couples of self potions;
Far distance I saw that beast riding sluggish towards me;
Ah! No vacancy, Seats all occupied, I hesitate;
Come! You can sit here, I doubts one and again inactively;
How! How can I sit in front by your side? I asked I may fall off easily! How safe the sitting is on the side? I inquired

I feel a little dismay; I know something is going to happen;
Uneasy as I was, feeling uncomfortable, I was quite concerned;
Restless and uneasy, unsettle and watchful, I took the ride along;
Oh! What an incorrect situation I was involving in?
Sitting by ‘his’ side, I thought I’m Stupid and false;
Securing myself out and again; I try sitting little on that seat
Should I have known ‘his’ confidence, that auto driver a frail;
Trying to connect those soft velvety white sheets of mine;
Attempting Pressing and nudging, folding and patting;
How may he do? I wondered ‘his’ insecurities all rubbishes;
‘His’ emotions all a lie; ‘His’ reach a failure held.

Should I stop the vehicle? I thought twice and thrice
Should I jump off that running beast? I meditate deep;
I feel quite easy riding that distance, a child’s cradle holding tight;
How alluring I was to him? I question self five,
My Simplicity a pride; uneasy lies on ‘his’ beholding;
Now and again ‘he’ tied to capture ‘his’ attention tense;
With those dirty elbow of ‘his’, nudging wrought emotions;
‘Riding’ and ‘rubbing’ ‘patting’ and ‘connecting’
Sooner I observed calmly enduring what may ‘he’ do?
 Silly old beast! Inside ‘his’ insensible stupid maneuver;
Keep gazing ‘me’ still far apart, when in I fall detach;
I still recall that evening bizarre, an untold story of mine.

On Academics, Intellectuals, Political Class and Activists

This write up is an excerpt from Prof. Angomcha Bimol’s speech delivered on 10th June 2006 under the tittle “Towards a Wholesome Holistic Self On Silence, Identity and Coloniality of the Postcolonial”,  on occasion of Arambam Somorendra Memorial Lecture here in Imphal

Mr Chairperson, it is possible that some in the esteemed audience might find the title of this Memorial Lecture(Towards A Wholesome Holistic Self: On Silence, Identity and coloniality of the Postcolonial) esoteric or even baffling. If that is so, I would say, it is not their fault; blame it on my “tribe”, the academics! I would quite agree with many if they feel that the member of this tribe don’t talk in “simple and straight” language. In fact, I would even go a little further and say, even, in the age of globalization, and amidst the talk of the global village, this tribe tells its stories on how they would thrive in isolation! Jokes apart, if the title sounds peculiarly “academic”, I am afraid that my lecture may be jeopardized from the very outset. Given my experience, particularly in Manipur where the word “academic” seems to conjure up a world that is nothing more than utter irrelevance, such a fate is more likely than not. In effect, such a fate, that is rendering the world of academia and their voice irrelevant, has been a critical element in aggravating and perpetuating the silence that haunts Manipur. Therefore, allow me to devote a few more minutes on the matter to preempt the possible subversion of the lecture, and engage with this aspect of the silence.
In Manipur, I have come across a tendency amongst social scientists to begin their comments on the realities of their societies and the state with a defensive opening remark, “let me share some views from the academic vantage point” or let me share some academic views”. I often wonder as to what they intend to communicate by such opening remark. By saying that their views are “academic” or from an “academic vantage point”, do they mean to suggest that their views have nothing to do, or are incommensurate, with the reality of the state of affairs on which they are commenting? Or, does it reflect an inability or unwillingness to take responsibility for the implications of their comments and views? Perhaps, professional academics in Manipur need to seriously reflect on these questions for themselves and for Manipur and her people. Finding answer to these would have a critical bearing on our understanding and finding ways of the silence I have talked about earlier.
Mr Chairperson, it should go without saying that a defunct or irrelevant academia or a sterile or impotent intellectual class is not a feature of the “advanced and developed” countries in the contemporary world, and, for that matter, many of the great “civilizations” of the past could not have been what they were without their thinking classes. A thriving thinking class, of which the academics and the intellectuals constitute two crucial segments, is a critical indicator of a healthy and civilized society. I must as well remind ourselves that if Manipur has been marked as a unique geo-political and cultural entity in this part of the globe, it has not been solely because of its political or military legacies; it is also critically because of its class of authors, thinkers and preceptors who have left us with ballads, songs, and various genres of literature along with the treatises on a range of issues, and cultural institutions in course of its history. I believe that if our society shows any signs of ill-health, our attention should also be focused on the health of our academia and the intellectual class as much as on our political class. In a sense, I would even place a higher responsibility on the shoulders of our academic community, particularly those working in autonomous institutions like the university system, and the intellectuals than on our political class to articulate issues of public concerns, and contribute towards shaping and refining public debates and political consciousness so as to ensure the well-being of our society.
By placing such a higher stake or responsibility on our academia and intellectuals, I am not absolving the responsibility of our political class, particularly the politicians. Neither am I devaluating or discarding the significance of the place and role of the political class or political institutions in our society, But rather it is to acknowledge and squarely face an unfortunate fact of our life – that is, the political class of Manipur is, willy-nilly, trapped or constrained by the existing “patron-client” (political-economic) structure between New Delhi and Imphal, and its concomitant ideological components. Whether one likes it or not, it has been a political-economic structure that produces our political class as a coterie of “middle-men”, whose power and legitimacy come primarily from their proximity, and capacity, to represent the interests of the political lordship at New Delhi rather than the people of the State whose will and wishes it is supposed to represent under the modern democratic polity. To expect such an uprooted or alienated political class to lead or rescue the society would be asking too much; at least at this juncture, it will be unrealistic. But at the same time, we have to remember that a people with an alienated political class, disconnected or uprooted from their own people, encourages despotic rule and, worse, it amounts to inviting subjugation of the people to forces from without.
It should go without saying that no society can live without a professional political class or political institutions; a healthy society requires a mature political class, well versed in the rules and nuances of the power game, including electoral politics, and capable of stewarding the society with the vision of statesmanship. It is our misfortune that we do not have a political class who can play the power game as well as show the leadership quality of statesmanship. We need to produce and groom a mature political class for the survival and health of our polity and society. The familiar cliché, cynicism and tirades against the political class have to give way to serious efforts to shape a political culture with a mature political class that its moorings firmly grounded on its own soil. Only then could we hope to ensure a real rule by our own political class, even if it operates within the constraints of an existing system, under the democratic imperative of the people whom it should not be able to displease. Such a political culture should enable us to distinguish this real rule from that of the rule by proxy with no local accountability, by forcing the latter to come out undisguised as it is and for what it is. Such a political culture can never flourish in a society with silent or defunct academic and intellectual classes.
Mr Chairperson, the academics and the intellectuals inhabit “autonomous” spaces(like other institutions in a given polity), and their locations underscores their unique identities and responsibilities. Members of the academia and intellectuals should be able to see through the hegemony of the meaning and sense of “power” embedded in the state-centric outlook. An inability to see through that hegemony, and lack of professional competence and purpose, will reduce or tempt the academics and intellectuals to play adjunct to the political class. Besides, they might even start believing that the only way to effect a change in society for the better is to become a politician! Here, I must also mention that the members of the academia and intellectuals must guard against any process that seeks to undermine their academic and intellectual autonomy and their organic link to the society. Our academics and intellectuals must be alert to the possibility of such subversions by a “patron-client” structure of research and institutional funding as well as a reproduction of the “colonial knowledge” practices wherein, in the production of “knowledge”, the local scholars end up as the “data collectors”, “local informants”, and “research assistants” while the scholars from the politically dominant decide the designs, methods and perspectives, and theorize. Keeping in mind such issues, members of the academia and intellectual class should take a major part in setting the terms and standards of public debates to ensure that cacophony of heresies and rhetoric do not become the mainstay of our public life in Manipur.
I believe that the social scientists, as crucial members of our thinking class, could and should provide us with better understanding of, and suggest solutions to, our pressing socio-economic, political and other related problems. Similarly, I am also sure that our social scientist will agree with me that the worth of a given work of a social scientist is directly proportional to the richness of her /his analytical and conceptional tools, and perspectives and methods that she/he deploys while addressing the empirical world or the world that she/he willy-nilly projects. The richness of these tools, perspectives and methods will enable us to have a better understanding of the realities and an effective negotiation with life, including our capacity to make ethical choices. An academic culture that does not trust or practice this belief could only produce alienated selves and knowledge that is professionally and socially useless. Ladies and gentlemen, while thinking or executing any effort to come out of the present impasse in Manipur, the implications of having an active thinking class, with the members of the academia and intellectuals taking active role in setting the terms and standard of the public debates and consciousness of our intelligentsia and the masses in general, should not escape our attention. Mr. Chairperson, I shall be truncated in my comments on this issue if I do not say a few words on our activists on the ground. I have come across activists who reciprocate the social scientists with comments on the same state of affairs, sometimes sharing the same public platform with the social scientists, with a claim that their views authentically capture the “ground reality”. Incidentally though, their comments and views would be invariably couched in words like “nation”, “state”, “history”, “hegemony”, “rights”, “colonial”, “neo-colonial”, “globalization”, “market”, “captive economy” and so on. I often wonder whether the activists are aware of the sources of these words/concepts with which they claim to “authentically capture” the “ground reality”? Are they aware of the meanings and implications of these words/concepts with which they construe and shape the reality? Or, more importantly, what would be the nature of the “ground reality” if the activists were to construe it without such words/concepts? For that matter, without such words/concepts, how would they construe the world in order to make sense of their actions and purpose? I believe that it is preposterous and presumptuous – or worse, suicidal – for those whose actions are directed towards a transformation, or a defense, of an existing order or system of relationships, values and beliefs in the larger collective domain, to believe that their actions are devoid of some form of ideational and ethical orderings of the objects of their actions, for the matter of their own actions. Without a sincere appreciation of this fact or the dialectical relationship between their actions and their ideational/ethical components, I’m afraid the activists could only produce ethically deprived, directionless and episodic acts. More dangerously, it also runs the risk of obliterating a desirable distinction between the activists who are fired by dreams of an ethical order and the lumpen elements who share no such dreams.
Mr. Chairperson, I am aware that, like most tribes or communities, the academic tribe has its own ways of construing, and communication about, the world, and that people outside this community deride(paradoxically, also romanticize) their strange sounding language(“Oh! Those jargons”, as some would retort, conveying an unfamiliarity with the tribe’s familiar vocabulary). One may deride the tribe or look at them with suspicion or find them strange and intriguing, or irritating or downright boring because they do not have the excitement of one’s reality. But may I say, Mr. Chairperson, one can ignore them only at one’s peril. It should go without saying that the tribe is crucial to any enterprise to define who and what we are as a people(of Manipur), and where we want to go from here and now. A life without this tribe would be a stunted life; it could very well be a life that poses dangerous and real threat to our very survival. Having said this, I should also remind those who see the tribe as an outside entity, that its existence is deeply embedded in the realities of the larger society. That common sense or folk knowledge and scientific knowledge can and does penetrate each other’s domain is an acknowledged fact.
The tribe’s language is therefore not unrelated to yours. However hard one might try to separate the two, or however unfamiliar one is with the language, the fact is that relationship does exist between your language and that of the tribe. To assume that universities and research institutions(can) exist outside the state or society is a myth. The tribe does not exist in the confines of its territorial and institutional spaces in isolation. In short, like almost all tribes, practically speaking, the academics do not exist in isolation from their surrounding world; and the interdependence between the two is not therefore a fiction. Thus, there are enough reasons for us to find and reaffirm the linkages, and also cultivate a healthy intercourse between the two for mutual benefit. I am confident that the academics and the activists will be able to communicate and understand each other.
Mr. Chairperson, I am not suggesting that all the academics should become activists or voce versa. Doing good work that is useful, both professionally (from the disciplinary point of view) and socially (in terms of social relevance), is obviously not the case of an academic trying to become an activist. Similarly, to be aware of the issues or to have ideological clarity that defines and guides one’s actions for the betterment of society does not mean that the activist has become an academic. Neither am I suggesting that the worlds of the academic and the activists are impenetrable spaces; an academic can be an activist as well, and an activist can also become a scholar. But what is important for us is to realize that the sincerity, commitment, and dedication to their respective jobs, and recognition of each other’s role and place in society will go a long way in ensuring the health of our society. Failing to do justice to their respective jobs, and deriding each other or not listening to each other or cynicism about the academics or the activists, would only represent symptoms of a pathological society.
Ladies and gentlemen, such pathology will only aggravate the silence I have earlier talked about, and guarantee a life for us wherein “forms without substance” becomes it defining characteristic, and labeling becomes a convenient way to hide the shallowness of that life. Such a life can never be called a wholesome life”: rather, it signals the danger of the bankruptcy and decadence that will destroy our society. In Manipur, one often comes across people seeking to de-legitimize others by saying that she/he is from this or that group. And unfortunately, it seems that this act of mere labeling is all that one needs to effect the desired results. Because, such “branding”, as it is called in Manipur, scuttles, if not replaces, real engagement with issues through dialogue or debates or sharing. This culture, far from generating “substance” for the “forms” that are jealously sought to be protected, can only feed the process of bankruptcy and decadence in our society. Therefore, the members of our academia, intellectuals and activists need to respond urgently to this dangerous trend before it is too late.
Such a response demands, amongst others, that we delineate the identities of the academics and activists. Such delineation should not be a difficult task for us. At least, this should not be as contentious or problematic as what I am going to address now: the question of identity with reference to Manipur as a geo-political entity, to which I would like to invite your attention now.

NDPP-BJP pre-poll alliance justifies Governer’s invitation to form government in Nagaland – NDPP

IT News
Imphal, May 20,

The recent political drama at Karnataka state assembly regarding the governor’s invitation to BJP legislature wing leader and the Supreme Court intervention to prove its strength on the floor of the house which ultimately left BS Yeddyurappa to step down before the floor test yesterday has prompted another political controversy over the invitation of political party for formation of government by the governor in Nagaland and Manipur.
In Nagaland regarding the claim of TR Ziliang , the NPF chief over the legitimacy of his party for getting invitation for being the single largest political party, NDPP, which is heading the alliance government in Nagaland had clarified that there is nothing unconstitutional to the invitation on NDPP-BJP Alliance PDA by the governor.
Terming  T.R. Zeliang ‘s claims on the issue of single largest party, the NDPP said that the NDPP-BJP Alliance was a pre-poll alliance that had a seat sharing arrangement as one single entity where the two parties did not contest against each other in any constituency. The NDPP-BJP alliance entered into a seat sharing arrangement of 40:20, which was the first of its kind in Nagaland.
A statement said that the NDPP-BJP prepoll Alliance won a combined number of 30 seats                        (NDPP - 18 & BJP - 12) and securing a total of 4,08,056 votes (40.51%) out of 10,07,163 - the grand total of votes polled in the State, and clearly emerged as the single largest party. On the contrary, in the 26 seats that the NPF won, it garnered a total of 3,89,687 votes, which is 38.69 % of grand total of votes polled (10,07,163). Later, after the elections, it is public knowledge that the JD(U) and the NPP which are natural allies with the BJP in the NDA Government at the Centre, along with the lone IND legislator also extended their support to the NDPP-BJP combine thereby taking the total combine of pre and post poll alliance partners to 34 in the House of 60.
Qouting the Justice Sarkaria Commission Report on Centre-State Relations with emphasis on Chapter 4 – Role of Governor, the statement said that in section 11 of Chapter 4 which deals with the Choice of the Chief Minister, it is clearly mentioned in Point No. 4 as “If there is no such party, the Governor should select a Chief Minister from among the following parties or group of parties by sounding them, in turn, in the order of preference that 1) An alliance of parties that was formed prior to the Elections; 2) The largest single party staking a claim to form the government with the support of others, including “independents.”; 3) A post-electoral coalition of parties, with all the partners in the coalition joining the Government; 4) A post-electoral alliance of parties, with some of the parties in the alliance forming a Government and the remaining parties, including “independents” supporting the Government from outside. The Governor, while going through the process of selection described above, should select a leader who, in his (Governor’s) judgement, is most likely to command a majority in the Assembly. The Governor’s subjective judgement will play an important role.
A Chief Minister, unless he is the leader of a party which has absolute majority in the Assembly, should seek a vote of confidence in the Assembly within 30 days of taking over. This practice should be strictly adhered to with the sanctity of a rule of law.
These conventions are self-explanatory and due process has been followed in installation of the PDA Government. Therefore, it is absolutely clear that the NDPP-BJP pre-poll Alliance was the single largest entity and selected in order of preference (as per 4.11.04 sub point 1). The numbers has proved majority with victory in 34 seats and it is further proved in the vote share. Finally it was proven in the temple of democracy, on the floor of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly on March 13, 2018 where Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio proved his majority by securing 33 votes against the 26 votes of the NPF. What more is there to prove”, the NDPP statement argued.
Breaking its silence over the opposition NPF’s incessant barrage of venom, the NDPP asked the opposition NPF to play politics based on ideologies, principles and strengths; not on religious references.
On the NPF attacking the PDA partner BJP, he said that it was quite surprising as till recently, the BJP was very much a partner of the NPF-led DAN coalition since 2003. But today, just because the NPF could not form an alliance with the BJP, they are going ahead and attacking the BJP, Jamir asserted.
He recalled that the NPF president Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu had, on 28 June 2017, at a party meeting in Arunachal Pradesh, proudly spoke of the NPF and BJP association as dating back to 1977 when the latter was called Jan Sangh. However, he pointed out that when the NPF crisis occurred the following month, where legislators decided to change leadership and bring back Zeliang as chief minister, the NPF led by Liezietsu had decided to sever its ties with the BJP on July 19, 2017 and had gone to the extent of even organising a ‘beef feast’.
“Today they (NPF) are calling the BJP a Hindu party, they are calling NDPP an anti-Christian party. Now if they consider the BJP a Hindu party, then what were they doing with the BJP over the last 15 years? Or as they recall, since 1977?” the NDPP statement questioned.

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Sajik Battalion organises musical concert

Imphal, May 20
4 Assam Rifles of 28 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) organised a Musical Concert Evening at Kana Valley under Chakpikarong Sub Division on 18 May 2018. The event was organised at Village Haika and is the first of its kind in the area which dawns the beginning the new era of peace in the Sajik Valley. Multiple singers of all age groups enthusiastically participated in the event and showcased their talent and passion for music. The Jazz Band of Sajik Battalion and the locals performed in various genres including English Rock and famous Kuki hits which instantly struck a cord within the music enthusiasts and the entire gathering of more than 250 people.
The conduct of the event included solo and group performances. Out of a total of 21 young talented boys and girls who performed, Mr Kakai and Ms Chongneo were adjudged the best talent amongst boys and girls. The musical group of St Mary School was adjudged the best group closely followed by the group from Haika Village. The event was well appreciated by the locals who are now closely knit with the Sajik Battalion and share common moments of fun and frolic. The Battalion has promised for more such events in future as well.

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Assam Rifles apprehended illegal immigrants

Imphal, May 20
12 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) apprehended two illegal immigrants alongwith 7.5 lacs Kyat (Rs 38000/- approximately) and a local handler at PVCP, Khudengthabi on 18 May 2018.
On 18 May 2018, at around 1330 hours, during checking at PVCP, Khudengthabi, a lady named Mrs Alima Begum, age 25 years, wife of Late Md Rashid, resident of Arakan state of Myanmar was apprehended with 7.5 lacs Kyat (Rs. 38000/- Approximately) alongwith her daughter Miss Nurjahan, age 08 years and a local handler named Mr Zakir Hussain, resident of village Haorebi Awang Leikei, PS Lilong, district Thoubal. On through checking, the apprehendees were found without any valid or legal documents. Mrs Alima Begum revealed that she was planning to go to Sona Mura in Tripura from Moreh along with her daughter. She also revealed that they were illegally staying in Moreh for past 10 days. All three individuals have been handed over to Moreh Police Station for further investigation and a FIR has been lodged with them.    

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