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Thursday, 03 January 2019 - Imphal Times

Security tighten ahead of Prime Minister’s visit

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Imphal, Jan 3:

Security measures in and around Imphal city has been beefed up ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in the state.

The Prime Minister is expected to travel on land route from Imphal Tulihal Airport till Hapta Kangjeibung. State authority have fence on both side of Tiddim road from Airport to Keishampat. Besides, conducting series of Combing operation at various parts of Imphal city and its periphery area, heavy security personnel have been deploy from today along Tiddim road where the Prime Minister is expected to travel on road.  

Meanwhile, the state police continue combing operation at much part of Khwairamband Keithel area and its surrounding. A team of Imphal West police conducted cordon and search operation in-between Maharani Bridge to Wahengbam Leikai from 7.30 am to 8.50 am. The cordon and search operation was conducted under the supervision of Additional Imphal West SP Krishnatombi (operation)

During the cordon search operation 189 persons  were verified, among them 25 persons who failed to produced proper identity card were picked up for further verifications.

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Respecting life and the trust deficit- a call for immediate remedy

Article 21 of the Indian Constitution clearly states that “No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law.” Also, it is stated in Article 22 that “No person who is arrested shall be detained in custody without being informed, as soon as may be, of the grounds for such arrest nor shall he be denied the right to consult, and to be defended by, a legal practitioner of his choice.” India’s Apex Court, The Supreme Court clearly states that in matter relating to basic human rights or personal liberty, International laws should be taken into account on top of the articles provided by the Constitution of India. In spite of having all these provisions in the Indian Constitution relating to basic human rights and Liberty, there are reports of unrelenting violations of human rights and torture in Police custody during interrogation and even custodial deaths on a regular basis.
To torture an individual in Police custody during interrogation is an inhumane act and one of the most condemnable acts in human civilization. Such act has no place in a civilized nation. If such type of act occurs, then it can be said that we are regressing as a society. The duties of a police officer, also known as a law enforcement officer, are to focus on protecting people and property. But if these custodians of law happen to act the opposite and start torturing individuals while in custody, who will the common people turn to for protection? Such atrocities by the Police and other law enforcement agencies towards the people is the single biggest reason for the common public for losing confidence in the Law of the Land.
To arrest and book a culprit is a basic duty of the police. But to interrogate a culprit and torture using 3rd degree methods in Police custody is not permitted by the law. If a culprit or suspect is to be interrogated then it should be done in a scientific way. Police should understand the values of human life. In one way, those Police which have wronged and used extrajudicial force should not be spared too. Regardless of ranks and social stature, those who have wronged should be judged and punished as according to the rule of law in full purview of the Public. Those who are representing the state should all work in a way which is acceptable and appreciable by the general people who are looking up to these authorized law enforcers to protect their rights and lives. Victims of Custodial death whose rights have been violated can now appeal to law court for compensation from state and to punish those responsible behind the death and these has now become the law of the land.
A Verdict by Supreme Court clearly mentions that a culprit who is convicted or those undergoing trial has to enjoy all the fundamental rights mentioned in Article 21 of the Indian Constitution and the state has to ensure that the rights are not violated in any way. To strip an individual of all its rights guaranteed by the Indian Constitution after arrest is wrong. A convict lodged in Jail or those undergoing trial should be given his basic Fundamental rights and this has to be ensure by the competent Jail authorities and the Police. If any individual is violated of his/her basic rights while in custody, state should take appropriate action against those responsible.  In such case, state cannot escape citing “Sovereign Immunity”, clearly states the Supreme Court of India. People living a carefree and happy life is the most important law, as per Supreme Court of India.
In a landmark verdict by the Supreme Court of India in 1997, the apex court rules that any individual who has been arrested or is going to be arrested should be given his Right to Live. The ruling announces 11 points to be followed by the Police and other related authorities. One of the points mentioned that a Police officer should make his identity clear and should wear a badge while making his arrest and a valid arrest memo is to be used duly signed by two individuals, the arrested individual is to have routine health checkup every 48hrs by Doctors appointed by State Health Directorate and a lawyer of the accused should be present during the entire interrogation. The ruling further states that those Police officers violating these points by Supreme Court can result in Departmental action and even Contempt Case can be registered against the authorities in a High Court. Violating this ruling of the Apex Court, an SP in Assam was slapped with 50thousand rupees fine and two years conviction.  
There is still a long way to go in making the general public reinvest their trust and confidence in the law enforcers of the land. Until the trust and support of the mass can be won, every other step towards improving law and order in a state or a country will remain a tantalizing dream. It is the onus of the state and central government to do the needful at the earliest.

Contraband item worth Rs 81 lakhs seized by AR

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Imphal Jan.3,

Tengnoupal Battalion Assam Rifles of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) caught 27,000 WY tablets, yet again proving its might as a major deterrent to antinational elements and smugglers involved in contraband trafficking. 

On 02 January 2019 at around 0700 hours, based on specific input received from reliable source regarding smuggling of contraband items, a team of Khudengthabi Post stopped a silver coloured Maruti 800, bearing registration No MN 02 B 3497 travelling from Moreh to Imphal for checking. While being interrogated and on carrying out a thorough checking of vehicle, 135 blue coloured packets containing 27,000 tablets, suspected to be WY tablets weighing 2.802 kg were found hidden inside chassis fold of vehicle, amounting to 81 lakhs. 

Apprehendee Mr Md Feroz, age 40 years, s/o Mr Md Alimudin, r/o Muslim Nagar Mayai Leikai, Pumkot Minzang, Churachandpur District in Manipur, along with recovered items has been handed over to the concerned authorities after thorough interrogation and checking of the carrier vehicle.

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CM inspects preparations for PM’s visit

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Imphal, Jan 3:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inspected the preparations going on at Hapta Kangjeibung in Imphal East District where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public meeting on January 4.

Speaking to media persons, the Chief Minister said that the projects which would be inaugurated by the Prime Minister may include Integrated Check Post (ICP), Moreh and Dolaithabi Barrage Project. The Chief Minister also informed that Shri Narendra Modi would also lay the foundation stones for various other new projects during his visit to the State.
Biren Singh urged the public to turn up in huge number to welcome the Prime Minister and listen to his thoughts. Responding to a query regarding the total shut down called by armed outfits in connection with the PM’s visit to the State, the Chief Minister said that adequate security measures had been taken up to thwart any unwanted incident and expressed hope that people would come out in good numbers to take part in the PM’s public meeting.

Stating that the Prime Minister would reach Hapta Kangjeibing at around 12 pm, the Chief Minister urged the public to be seated before 11 am at the venue.

Tourism Corporation of Manipur Ltd. Chairman Dr. Sapam Ranjan, Khurai AC MLA L. Susindro, Advisor to Chief Minister Shri Rajat Sethi and other high ranking officials of the State Government accompanied the Chief Minister.

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State Education Department to open remedial Coaching center for class 10 and 12 students of government school

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Imphal, Jan 3:

State Education Department is opening remedial coaching Centers for students appearing class 10 and class 12 examinations of government schools

The measures are being taken up to improve the condition of the government schools.

“It is a well known fact that the result of Government School students in Class X and XII examination over the past many years are not encouraging. The overall pass percentage is quite low. In order to improve the overall pass percentage the state education department have activated 146 Remedial Coaching Centres in government schools (123 in valley and 23 in Hill district) by way of pooling selected teachers and students in the selected centre”, a statement of the state Education (S) department said.

The department is also arranging additional private teachers by engaging them whenever required. The department is expecting to benefit around 10,000 students with the new initiative.

The department has also taken up a major exercise to restructure and Rationalize Government Schools by way of Amalgamation, a statement said.

It added that various categories of class structure and abolition of few schools having very “low” or “Nil” enrolment continuously for 3 to 4 years with a view to bring about an overall improvement in the schools will be taken up.

The Education department statement added that the proposal will felicitate in streamlining the functioning of the schools, optimize resources.

“The exercise is carried out after exhaustive field survey by the concerned officers of the department keeping in mind the relevant provision of Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009.

“After Amalgamation , the existing assets viz, land, building, ground, may be used in a more resourceful manner by converting it into teachers’ transit camp, Resource Centre(s) office(s), Libraries, Playfields, Anganwadi centers, Kids Day care centre etc. depending upon the situation”, the statement said.

With the new initiative the state government authority is on the process to amalgamate a total of 247 schools (176 in valley districts and 61 schools in the hill district) to nearby schools having better infrastructure better connectivity, better student enrollment for overall improvement in the school education sectors.

The education department is also planning to upgrade Schools having class VI and VII to High Schools or Higher Secondary school.

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Farmer reap Poireiton Chakhao (Black Rice) by cultivating at floating Biomass of Loktak Lake

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Imphal, Jan 3,

A farmer from Ngaikhong Siphai in Bishnupur district successfully cultivated Black rice at floating biomass in Loktak Lake at an area of ½ hectare and successfully reaped 15 bags of black rice (Poireiton Chak hao) with each bag containing 75 kilograms.

“I have firm believe that cultivation on bio mass at Loktak lake would be possible, so I tried on experimental basis”, Thiyam Iboyaima, the farmer who surprised his fellow farmer said to Imphal Times.

Floating biomass is often considered as waste land and remains unused for many years. The biomass contains rich nutrients. But as no proper research are conducted by farmers of the area, have no knowledge that the floating bio mass could be utilized as cultivable land for paddy.

On May this year Thiyam Iboyaima, the farmer started leveling the floating Biomass which is located around 45 minutes ride on canoe at Tharopat Awang (Ngaikhong Siphai Maning). P. Devakanta, an agriculturist supported the work of Thiyam Iboyaima after he shared his idea of cultivating at the floating Biomass. Without delay, P Devakanta gave him seeds of Poireiton Chakhao (Black rice) to Iboyaima. Iboyaima also got support from All Manipur Trained Medicinal Plant & Aromatic Plants Promoter Consortium in his innovative idea.

Dr. RK Ronendro, a member of the Consortium, while talking to Imphal Times said the members were surprised to the idea of cultivating rice at floating Bio Mass.

“We take no time to support him”, Dr. Ronendro said.

“I starting the plantation work on June 19, 2018”,   Thiyam Iboyaima said and added that he expect to reap 30 bags of rice.

“In August due to accumulation of floating biomass I could not sail my canoe to the place where the cultivation was on”, Iboyaima said.

The said month was important for farmers to take care of the cultivated field as pest usually attacks the crops. He said that it takes some time to clean the passage to the cultivation site and finally he used Seed Guard to save his crop. And by the time when he was supposed to reap the crops, bird started landing on the field. Iboyaima really have hard time taking care of the crop as he did not want to hurt the birds.

The crop was reaped in 100 days and total expenses was Rs. 20,000/- Iboyaima said and added that he sold the 15 bags for Rs. 50,000/- that means he earned Rs. 30,000/- in hundred days.

If cultivation can be done in floating Biomass it would be a hope for many farmers who are settling in the periphery of Loktak Lake.

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AR Welcomes New Year 2019

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Imphal Jan.3,

Mantripukhri Battalion and Thoubal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) celebrated New Year 2019 at its Company Operating Bases on 1st January 2019.
Mantripukhri Battalion carried out New Year celebrations at Sawombung and Hanuman Top Company Operating Bases with the students of Leishamba Mahikol School and children of Nongpok Kakching Village. The troops extended New Year wishes to the locals and children and celebrated the New Year eve with great zeal and enthusiasm. The event was celebrated by offering sweets, indoor games, singing songs and an interactive session with the students followed by tea and refreshments.
Thoubal Battalion celebrated New Year at Upper Khoiripok Company Operating Base with the locals of Khoiripok Village. The event commenced with Nagamese prayers and ‘The Song of Joy’. The troops extended New Year greetings and best wishes to the locals. A friendly volleyball match was also played between the troops and team of Lungtoram Village as part of the celebrations.
The endeavor of the Battalions to reach out to the villagers to extend warm wishes on the New Year eve was appreciated by all. All the locals including students and teachers welcomed the good gesture of Assam Rifles and wished for peace and harmony in the region.

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‘Any Naga tribes’ to be replaced by specific name of the tribes in AP

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Delhi, Jan, 3,

The Union Cabinet approved the Home Ministry’s proposal to replace the generic term ‘any Naga tribes’ with the specific names of the tribes that would qualify for recognition as Scheduled Tribes in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday.
The decision taken ahead of the 2019 general election, on a proposal from the Arunachal Pradesh government, may impact on the on-going peace talks between National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak Muivah (NSCN-IM) and Government of India.
The NSCN-IM and other Naga groups have been campaigning for a Greater Nagalim or a contiguous land for the Nagas across Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Myanmar.
The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In October last year, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had cleared the proposal, which was examined and recommended by the Tribal Affairs Ministry and the Registrar-General of India.
“As for replacing ‘any Naga tribes’ with the specific names of Tutsa, Wancho, Nocte and Tangsa, it has been cleared by the Tribal Affairs Ministry first. The Cabinet has endorsed it,” said a senior official.
Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2018, for revision of the list of Scheduled Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, was cleared, and the names of some communities would be deleted.
An official statement said ‘Khampti’ would be replaced with ‘Tai Khamti’ in the list. ‘Abor’ would be deleted and ‘Mishmi-Kaman, Idu and Taraon’ would be included. ‘Monpa, Memba, Sartang, Sajolong’ would be included in lieu of ‘Momba’ in the ST list of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Home Ministry will have to move the Bill in Parliament before the winter session concludes on January 8 for the changes to come into effect.

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AR Conducts Security Meet cum Friendly Volleyball Match

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Imphal Jan.3,

Mantripukhri Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) conducted monthly security meet at Sawombung Company Operating Base.  The security meet was attended by Village Head men and members, Youth Club Secretary’s, Meira Paibis and Police representative. At the onset, troops exchanged New Year greetings and best wishes with the locals.
During the meet the locals were sanitised and updated on current situation existing in the area of responsibility. There was also an interaction carried out on necessary measures required to be undertaken by locals in synergy with Assam Rifles for maintaining a strict vigil against illicit activities in the area.  In addition to the security issues, future action plan in respect of civic action projects like medical camps, recruitment in Assam Rifles and Army and career counseling for youth were also discussed during the meet.
The locals expressed their gratitude and appreciated the efforts of Assam Rifles for conduct of such security meetings and ensuring peace in the area and assured their commitment and assistance in maintaining the same. The security meet concluded with tea and refreshments for all the attendees.
Chandel Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) conducted a friendly volleyball match with the youth of Larong Khullen village at Larong Company Operating Base on 1st January 2019. A total of 14 youth from the village participated in the match.
The friendly match was organised as part of the week long Christmas celebration to mark the beginning of New Year. Such sports events are organised to keep the youth from remote villages motivated to take the righteous path and rejecting the path of insurgency, to identify potential sportsman for joining Assam Rifles and develop the bonhomie with local populace. The match concluded with an interaction with the players during tea and refreshments.

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