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Minister, MLA and scribes kicks start Agar Plantation

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Imphal, Aug 11,

 

Forest and Environment minister Th Shyamkumar and MLA Sapam Ranjan along with the editors of various newspaper and electronic media in the state today kick start Agar plantation at the newly established Green Park at Mangra Ching in the adjoining area of Imphal West and Kangpokpi district.

The dream park is being designed and established with the help of the state government authority under the initiative of the Editors’ Guild Manipur in hands with the Socio Economic Development Society (SEEDS) with assistance from the Directorate of Environment of the government of Manipur.

The barren like hilltop is likely to be a gold mine in the near future if the Agar sapling planted today grows in the near future , opines a villagers who has been dreaming of developing the area for quite long .

“I am now nearing 60, and all I have been dreaming is making the Mangra hill a hill of wealth and I am happy that you editors and Minister of Forest and Environment and MLA Dr. Sapam Ranjan personally came and planted Agar sapling’ , the villager of the nearby area told this journalist.

Speaking to media persons, Forest and environment minister Th. Shyamkumar said that the state government has been taking up the initiative of replacing the Marijuana and Poppy plantation by Agar plantation since the last few months and any places which is suitable for plantation of Agar plant will be replaced by it.

The Forest and Environment Minister also stated that any barren hilltop or hill slopes will be planted with the Agar plants and this is not for the earning income but also for solving the environment of the state. First plantation of  Agar sapling was started at Langol Hillock , the forest Minister Th. Shyamkumar added.

The Minister appreciated the SEEDS and the EGM for the initiative taken up for plantation of Agar tree in the adjoining area of the Imphal West and Kangpokpi Area.

MLA Dr. Ranjan Sapam while speaking to reporters on the occasion said that after signing an agreement with the government of Laos, the Government of Manipur have started plantations of Agar plant at various places of the state which is suited with the plant. He added that the plantation will also save the deteriorating climate condition of the state.

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‘Pandey turns out to be a dreaded virus in N Biren Singh government’

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Imphal, Aug 11,

 

Incumbent Manipur University Vice Chancellor who often went on leave without mentioning the date of his joining the University now appears as the most dreaded virus in the N. Biren Singh led Manipur Government.

“He want to solve the problem but some unseen power threaten him of dire consequences if acted as per the wishes of the Manipur University community “, said a close associate of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh in response to why the person who succeeded in toppling the top job of the people fails to even solve a problem which is minor to Chief Ministers of any other states of the country.

“May be he is ordered to protect the incumbent VC for reason best known to the central authority”, said a close associate to the CMO who does not want to reveal his identity.

Over two months plus 10 days the academic activities in the Manipur University has been put to complete halt. And career of over thousands of students of higher studies in colleges are at stake due to the present imbroglio in Manipur University.

Instead of trying a way out to solve the problem the Manipur government under the leadership of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is using every means to sabotage the movement of the Manipur University Community who are demanding for the removal of the VC AP Pandey, the source from the CMO said. And added that why the chief minister is taking that much importance to AP Pandey then the rest of the whole of Manipur University Community.

Off the record statement by the source said that removing Pandey from the VC ship may put the Chief Minister into deep trouble. This is being stated in view of the present unseen crisis among the BJPian of Manipur state.

Meanwhile students of various college students continue to hold protest demanding removal of Pandey from the post of the Vice Chancellor of the Manipur University.

University across the nation including JNU among others had extended support to the agitation of the Manipur University Community.

 

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Sit-in-Protest Against Naga Peace Accord at Thoubal Keithel

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Thoubal,Aug11,

 

 Vendor Women and Students of Thoubal area in collaboration with different organisations of Thoubal District staged a sit-in-protest against Naga peace accord at Thoubal keithel today.

The sit-in-protest was jointly organised by United People’s Front (UPF) Thoubal Distrcit Council, All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) Thoubal Distrcit, Thoubal IMA and Thoubal Keithel Apunba Ima Lup.

Speaking to media persons W.Second President of UPF Manipur said that the Framework Agreement signed between NSCN (IM) and Government of India on 3rd of August 2015 creates anxiety and fear psychosis among the people.

If article 371 (A) is expanded to Naga inhabited area then it may hinder the administration, territorial integrity and boundary of Manipur. State government should bring a firm decision in the upcoming state Assembly session for a peaceful Manipur.

He said that the Manipur state assembly must take up an unanimous resolution during Special session most likely to be convened on 16 of August that similar provision(s) of article 371 (A) can never be extended under any circumstances to the so call Naga inhabited area of Manipur.

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Supply of AK-47 rifles to ZUF by UNLF is a fabricated story of the NSCN-IM - ZUF

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Noney, Aug 11,

 

The wild imagination and baseless allegation of the NSCN-IM that UNLF supply AK-47 rifles to ZUF is a fabricated story which shows their complete desperation said a statement by the ZUF. The statement issue by the Secretary information and public relation said  that there was a gun fight on August 7 at around 7 pm at Khumji-II (Lukhambi) near Longmai Village (Noney) between the NSCN-IM and ZUF in which a former NSCN-K cadre who was defected to NSCN IM group namely Mr. Gaibungpou @ Abung, Rajo Peyu was killed. The NSCN-IM cadres who are stationing in the village have been creating lot of problems and cause insecurity for the people. The Hebron camp had deputed so called Special Task Force (STF) numbering around 40 to assist the stationed cadres in carrying out maximum anti-social activities in Zeliangrong areas. The ZUF alleged that the NSCN-IM cadres have been involving in extortion of huge amount of money from different companies and agencies that are executing mega projects, imposing a huge amount of illegal tax from all vehicles plying on the National High Way – 37 and collecting as tax from the hard money of the general public in the name of Naga political movement. However, the huge amount of money collected in the name of pursuing the Naga political movement are using in construction of multiple gigantic building, luxurious houses, buying hectares of land in different cities of the country, purchasing costly and luxurious vehicles, accumulating wealth and spending on luxurious things, it added. The statement added that the NSCN-IM leaderships deputing “Zeliangrong” to fight “Zeliangrong” is despicable. Such policy of the NSCN IM is nothing but a desperate effort to sow seed of distrust among the Zeliangrong of which will be a futile exercise. The NSCN-IM leadership deputed non Zeliangrong and selective people to gather money which are collected from the various sources by NSCN-IM Zeliangrong cadres but at the time of confrontation and fighting the leadership of the NSCN-IM deputed Zeliangrong cadres which shows the worthlessness to get benefit but fit to die a worthless dead.

 

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Police Station Fails to arrest an Army Personnel who raped a 17 years old minor Girl from Andro- YFPHR

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Imphal, Aug 11,

Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) today lambast authority over failure to accused of one Mr. Heikhrujam Chittaranjan aged about 30 years S/o. H Munal Singh of Andro Khunou Leikai who reportedly molested a minor girl. 
“It’s been 13 days the accused is roaming Scott free till date and couldn’t be arrested by the WPS-I/E”, a statement said.
The matter has been reported on the 29th of July, 2018 with the WPS-Imphal East and an FIR has been lodged bearing FIR NO: 18(07)2018 WPS-IE; U/S-354 IPC & Sec. 4 POCSO Act’12. However, the said accused could not be arrested till date by the personnel of the WPS-IE, the statement said. “We have been informed that the said accused is serving as an Indian Army and now posted at Jammu and Kashmir. The latest information is that the accused is now out in bail which we suspect that it was advice by the Officer-in-charge of the WPS, I-E under political influences. We further learned that the family members of the accused have been approaching along with the local political leaders like the ward commissioners, etc, to the family members of the victim to compromise the matter. We fear that highly influence political leaders of the area are influencing the matter.  ”, it added
The statement further said that the unfortunate area is that the Special Juvenile Police Unit and Local Police Unit i.e. the WPS,I/E uttered failed to comply with the Section 19 (5) and (6) of the POCSO, Act, 2012. As a result, since the matter was reported on the 29th of July, 2018, the child was never been produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) by the Officer-in-Charge of the WPS, I/E till date which is mandatory to be produced within 24 hrs from the time of reporting as per the POCSO act. We suspect that instead of producing the child to the CWC, the OC of the WPS has been instigating the accused family members to resolve or compromise the matter under the customary law. Further, the Officer-in-charge uttered failed to arrange the recording of 164 statement of the victim girl till date.  
“We would like to appeal the Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights and Manipur State Commission for Women for their kind intervention and also appeal the Chief Minister of Manipur to direct the WPS-I/E to arrest the child rapist”, it added.

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Drug awareness campaign

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Imphal, Aug 11,

Yoga Pacharak Km. P Bijaya Devi of the Patanjalli Imphal West continues her service to safe the youth from the menace of dreaded drugs. An awareness campaign on the menace of drug abuse was organised in association with the Suraj Gorkha 5 JAK Rifles at Konthoujam Kangjeibung. Major Kripal, Subedar Satnam, Tahasil Prabhari and members of the meira paibi and club members of of Konthoujam area attended the drug abuse awareness campaign.

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Repeating history – Will it burnt the state again

‘Three words’ which was signed between the NSCN-IM and the then interlocutor of the Government of India Mr. Padmabhaiya killed 21 people and burnt almost all offices of political parties in the state of Manipur. It was June 14, 2001, a day after the then Defence Minister George Fernandes of Samata Party, which was an alliance of the then NDA government headed by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpay, declared in a public meeting at GM hall here in Imphal that no such thing like extension of cease fire between the government of India and the NSCN-IM would extend to the state of Manipur.
The signing of the agreement of extending cease fire agreement ‘without territorial limit’ at Bangkok on June 14, 2001 showed that the then Interlocutor Padmabhaiya either have no respect for the Defence Minister of the Country or the defence Minister simply tried to fool the people of the state as the signing was done a day after he left Imphal.
If one recalled, the mass uprising following the signing of the agreement – for the first time in the history of Manipur the temple of democracy was burnt. The then speaker was humiliated by the angry mob and one MLA was half burnt as no one noticed him hiding at a corner of the Manipur Legislative Assembly office building when people burnt it.
This write up is a reminder of how sensitive is the issue which concerns the integrity of the state.
The signing of the Frame Work Agreement and the recent submission of report to the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha by the Parliamentary committee which signals partition of the state on administrative line of a specific ethnic community once more gear up the anger of the people as it was an issue which took 21 lives and burnt almost all political parties offices of the state.
Mass uprising of June 18 was when the NDA government led by the BJP was at the center. And simmering tension which provoked the major civil society organizations of the state today is also at a time when the BJP led NDA is in power at the center. Life in Imphal and other other major district have been completely put to a grinding halt. Government offices and other establishment including banking have been paralyzed. Tomorrow will make no difference as another group called bandh in the same issue. That means two working days will put life in Imphal a dead state. It is only the police department which is busy during the bandh and all development works of the government and the private entrepreneurs as well as school children will be two days back comparing to other states across the country. The haunt of July – August has once more arrived.
Promises to make the state a bandh free by the present N. Biren Singh led government turns as a joke.
When I recalled, it was the mass uprising of June month against the extension of the cease fire to the state of Manipur that the Chief Minister of Manipur began his political career. His stand for safeguarding the state of Manipur made him peoples’ choice and finally made a roadway to politics. It was again the Congress regime inability to handle the multiple issues of the state including the prolonged Economic blockade called by a frontal body of NSCN-IM that he left the congress party and joined the BJP and it was his fate that he became the Chief Minister of Manipur. It was not the choice of the BJP but rather his fates that make him hold the most top position of the state.
Well, the once upon a time lion (Meitei Nongsha) of the soil now is more like a lion of the circus which a master keeps controlling to perform as desire by the master.
Knowing that it is wrong to keep Prof. A P Pandey here in Manipur University he did not have the guts to urge the central leadership which is in the same political party in a courageous manner. He cannot argued the implication of Article 371(A) to all the Naga Inhabited region of NE states of Manipur. He can’t present a bold statement on why the 6th Scheduled of the Indian constitution is not applicable to the state of Manipur even as the similar kind is being incorporated with the article 371(C) of the Indian constitution.
BJP’s leaders always said that it is the country first, then come the Party. Our Chief Minister N. Biren Singh who is also a BJP member should follow the tradition of the BJP and even ready to sacrifice his position if Manipur is at the verge of distinction.

GPRN / NSCN-IM condemn raiding of its Steering Committee member by AR

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Imphal, Aug 11,

The Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim has expressed strong resentment over the act of the 32nd Assam Rifles personnel that raided the residence of Mr. Kishore Jeedung, Member, Steering Committee at Dhansiripar, Dimapur district.
A statement by the MIP of the GPRN/NSCN-IM said that about 20-30 persons came wearing mask and without insignia deliberately violating the Cease Fire Ground Rules (CFGR) on 09/08/2018 at around 6.40 PM.
“The intruders forcefully made him to sign a NOC which stated that the intruders returned from his house without conducting any form of intrusion or raid at his residence. However, right after he signed the paper, the intruders unleashed their real motive to raid and abuse (physically and verbally) his family” , the statement said.
The NSCN-IM also alleged that the intruder tried to loot the family’s possession, but could only seize his Identity Card. The ordeal lasted for more than one and half hour until the Cease Fire Monitoring Cell (CFMC) intervened. “ The unfortunate incident was witnessed by the Village Gaon Bura and village elders.
Despite the Cease Fire agreement which came into effect from August, 1997 and the same reinstated reinforcement (the CFGR review committee meeting on 13/06/2018 at Chumukedima) to observe in letter and spirit the mutually agreed Cease Fire Ground Rules keeping in mind the Framework Agreement that was signed and for the safe landing of the Indo-Naga political settlement, the repeated Assam Rifles offensive against NSCN members is highly condemned, and at the same time warned of any possible confrontation.
“The GPRN with regard to another incident of unprovoked firing by the Indian Army at New
Ngaolong village in Peren district on August 8, 2018 where a jawan of the 6 Sector Assam Rifles sustained injury, it is made clear that the NSCN has no intention of creating unwanted situation at this crucial hour. Rather, the GPRN expect the Indian Army to reciprocate the NSCN gesture of respecting the mutually agreed Cease Fire Ground Rules. The violation from the Indian Army led to the injury of the jawan which was an unintentional affliction. A few NSCN cadres who were on duty and resting at a hut were indiscriminately fired upon by the Assam Rifles personnel that compelled the Naga Army personnel to retaliate.
Realizing that Nagas and Indians will co-exist, it is best if the Indian Security Forces restrain from indulging in violent acts that will hamper the understanding that is being built on the basis of shared sovereignty”, the statement said.

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Ravi Shankar Prasad releases “Digital North East Vision 2022” in Guwahati

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Imphal, Aug 11,

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice released the document ‘Digital North East Vision 2022’ at Radisson Hotel in Guwahati today. The Vision Document will be released in the august presence of Chief Ministers and IT Ministers of North East States and senior officials of Central Government Ministries including DoT and DoNER and officials from the State Governments of the NE States.
The Vision Document emphasizes leveraging digital technologies to transform lives of people of the north east and enhance the ease of living. The Document identifies eight digital thrust areas namely, Digital Infrastructure, Digital services, Digital empowerment, Promotion of Electronics Manufacturing, Promotion of IT and ITes including BPOs, Digital Payments, Innovation & Startups and Cyber security. State-wise roadmaps for implementing digital initiatives in the North East States have been developed. Through these, the Vision Document aims to empower the people of the North Eastern region.
Three parallel sessions have also been planned tomorrow preceding the event for the release of the Vision 2022. These comprise a Networking Workshop on Hub and Spoke Model for BPOs, a session on expanding the role and reach of Common Services Centre and another session on Government eMarket Place (GeM). These sessions are to expose the participants to the implementation and the role of these initiatives in providing employment opportunities, delivery of various services digitally to rural population and enhancing efficiency of governance. Also preceding the main event, the Minister of Electronics and Technology and Chief Minister of Assam will lay the foundation stone for the Common Facilitation Centre and Smart Meter Manufacturing facility in Electronics Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) in Tech City, Bongara Village, Assam for promotion of electronics manufacturing in NE Region.
During the event, foundation stone will also be laid for four NIELIT (National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology) permanent centres in Guwahati, Shillong, Lunglei and Gangtok. NIC (National Informatics Centre) is launching the Secure, Scalable and Sugamya Website as a Service (SwaaS) websites for Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura. To take participative governance to last mile citizen, State MyGov portals are being launched for Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Tripura. STPI (Software Technology Park of India) incubation facility is being inaugurated in Agartala, Aizawl and Shillong. A BPO centre under the North East BPO Promotion Scheme (NEBPS) is being inaugurated in Majuli, Assam. Manipur State Data Centre (SDC) is being migrated to the Cloud Platform. ERNET (National Research and Education Network) India is enabling virtual classroom facility in Tripura. Digital Locker is being integrated with Secondary Education Board Assam and with Nagaland e-District. A comprehensive GIS based Decision Support System for North East States and North Eastern District Resource Plan Geo-Portal (NEDRP) is also being launched.
‘Digital North East’ is envisioned as an integral part of the Digital India programme. It would help in leveraging the power of Information Technology to leapfrog the overall development of the North East region and realize its full potential.

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Central Silk Board Notifies Recently Developed Races of Silk Worm Seed

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Imphal, Aug 11,

Central Silk Board (CSB) has notified recently developed races of silk worm seed of mulberry and Vanya silk for increasing the productivity of cocoons and to increase the income of the farmers engaged in sericulture. Silk worm breeds for specific agro-climatic condition are essential for increasing the productivity of cocoons.
Tropical Tasar Silkworm (BDR-10) race developed by the CSB have 21% more productivity than the traditional Daba breed. Farmers can get upto 52 kg cocoons per 100 disease free layings (dfls). This silkworm breed will help the tribal farmers of Jharkhand, Chattishgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Maharastra, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. Multivoltine x Bivoltine Mulberry hybrid (PM x FC2) race of silkworm can produce 60 kg per 100 Dfls and the race is better than earlier race PM x CSR. Due to high quality silk and significant egg recovery, this race is suitable for the farmers of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Maharastra.
Eri Silkworm (C2) race has been found better than local breed and it can produce 247 numbers of Eri cocoons per 100 Dfls. This race is suitable for the farmers in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Maharastra, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.

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