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Friday, 04 January 2019 - Imphal Times

PM inaugurates Integrated Check Post at Moreh, other infrastructure projects at Imphal

Imphal, Jan 4,

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, visited Imphal today. At a large public meeting, he inaugurated the Integrated Check Post at Moreh. He also inaugurated the Dolaithabi Barrage Project, the FCI Food Storage Godown at Sawombung, and projects related to water supply and tourism.
He dedicated to the nation the 400 kV Double Circuit Silchar-Imphal Line.
He also laid the foundation stone for sports projects.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister paid homage to the brave freedom fighters, especially the women freedom fighters of Manipur. He recalled that undivided India’s first interim government had been established at Moirang in Manipur. He also recalled the support that the Azad Hind Fauj had received from people in the North East. He said Manipur has an important role to play in New India’s growth story.
The Prime Minister said that projects worth over Rs. 1500 crore have either been inaugurated, or the foundation stone has been laid for them, at today’s event. He said these projects are going to improve “ease of living” for the people of the State.
He said he has himself visited the North-East, about thirty times in the last four and a half years. He said the North East is being transformed, and projects stuck for decades are being completed.
He said the Integrated Check Post at Moreh will facilitate custom clearance, foreign currency exchange, immigration clearance etc.
He said that the projects being inaugurated today reflect the Union Government’s commitment to development. He said the Dolaithabi Barrage project had been conceived in 1987, but was speeded up only after 2014, and is now complete. He also mentioned the tourism projects being inaugurated today. Elaborating on the more energetic and purposeful approach to project completion in the Union Government, the Prime Minister explained how the PRAGATI system set up in the Prime Minister’s Office enables monitoring of stalled projects through video conferencing. He said that these PRAGATI meetings have so far resolved issues related to stalled projects worth nearly 12 lakh crore rupees.
He said that work on the FCI godown in Sawombung had begun in December 2016, and it has been completed already. He gave similar illustrations for various water supply projects.
The Prime Minister said that the Union Government and the State Government of Manipur are both working with the vision of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas. He praised the “Go to hills, go to villages” programme of the State Government.
The Prime Minister explained how better road rail and air connectivity is being provided to the North East, with the overall vision of “Transformation through Transportation.”
The Prime Minister mentioned the progress made by Manipur in other sectors such as Swachh Bharat, sanitation, and development of the aspiration district of Chandel.
The Prime Minister said Manipur has also been a front-runner in the field of women empowerment. Mentioning the sporting icon Mary Kom, who hails from Manipur, the Prime Minister said that the North-East has a key role to play in making India a sports superpower. He said transparency in training and selection of athletes is reflecting in better performances by India in international sporting competitions.
Earlier, Chief Minister N Biren Singh spoke on the occasion.

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Of monologues and conveniences

The red carpet has been laid out and all stops has been pulled out, including deployment of security forces, cordoning of sensitive areas, search and verification operations to ensure that the visit of the Prime minister to the state can be passed off without any unwanted incident. The state government even issued an order for its employees to attend office and be present at Hapta Kangjeibung, the venue where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver his public speech. It would be an understatement to mention that even the staunchest critic would be impressed with the plethora of inaugurations and projects the visiting dignitary will unveil and initiate today. Whether these projects will see the light of day or achieve its intended targets is for time to tell. These projects and schemes are evidently aimed at speeding up progress in the state, and should be welcomed as such. At the risk of sounding pessimistic, it must be said that there is still a slip between the cup and the lip, and if the past is any indication, there has been more talk than the actual walk, or is it a case of too much talk without considering the limitations of time and resources? whatever the case may be, the continuing trend is something the present government should ponder upon so that their expressions of intent is not misinterpreted as empty promises to draw public attention and remain in the news.There is also a contradiction in the way the chief minister is trying to portray an image of a leader who is accessible and open to his people, and the manner in which every possible effort is being taken up to apparently shield the visiting prime minister from the general public except for the public speech which is nothing but a monologue in its truest sense. It would have been an epic moment had the chief minister planned an interactive session with representatives of civil societies even if for the shortest period to put their important social concerns and issues to the prime minister in person. Or would the outcome be too difficult and unbearable for the ‘hyper-confident’ prime minister? While the security concerns for such an important- perhaps the most important, and powerful person in office in the country is understandable, the fact that such diverse schemes and projects for different regions are initiated and unveiled for namesake from a place of their choice and convenience by the central and state authorities has not gone unnoticed by all and sundry. The pertinent questions arising out of all these hectic and often frenetic rush to present a semblance of control and normalcy in the state to impress a visiting dignitary is: what has the state really benefitted from the Prime Minister’s hour long visit? Are the schemes, projects and inaugurations not possible to be carried out without the physical presence of the prime minister? If so, would it not be more convenient and certainly welcomed by the much harassed general public in the state, and even by a majority of the overworked security personnel if all such inaugurations, unveilings and foundation stone laying ceremonies are held at the safety and convenience of the Prime Minister’s secure and comfortable official residence at the national capital which will also incidentally save a significant amount of public resources?It is the bounden task of the government to work for the progress and prosperity of the people who voted them to power. It is their responsibility to commit themselves to their tasks and use the resources at their disposal for public good. Such normal and expected duties from their ends should not be projected as a favour towards the public. Period.

Srikanth, Sai Praneeth guide Raptors to victory as Ahmedabad leg starts from today at Vodafone PBL4

From Correspondent
Ahmedabad, Jan 4

 Bengaluru Raptors rode on skipper Kidambi Srikanth and B. Sai Praneeth’s winning efforts to beat former champions Delhi Dashers 3-1 at the Vodafone Premier Badminton League Season 4 at The Arena by SE TransStadia, here on Wednesday.
This was the Raptors’ second consecutive victory at the league. With this, Srikanth continues his unbeaten streak this season, having won all three of his matches so far.
The teams opted to have their Trump matches up first. Sai Praneeth’s cancellation of Delhi’s Trump HS Prannoy was followed by the Raptors losing their own mixed doubles Trump. Srikanth then took the court to get a three-game win before Vu Thi Trang completed the job for Team Bengaluru.
In the first rubber of the game, Bengaluru’s Sai Praneeth met his Pullela Gopichand Academy training partner HS Prannoy, who represented the Delhi franchise. When the match started, it was evident that Prannoy, already hobbled by a right knee injury, wasn’t at his best. Facing breathing issues, the Indian national champion had a hard time stringing together points. Sai showed beautiful control of the shuttle to build a 6-2 lead.
It was only after the mid-game break that Prannoy started showing signs of resurgence and drew level at 10-10 before Praneeth dashed his hopes with a 15-12 scoreline.
Having gone down 8-10 in the second game, Prannoy found a second gear to explode to 13-10. With the score tied at 14-14, a struggling Prannoy found a wondrous drop shot to take the second game.
Sai cut down on his errors to take an 8-6 lead in the decider and extended it to 12-8 with a superb round-the-head shot, and finally slammed shut the match 15-12, 14-15, 15-13.
Bengaluru Raptors began their mixed doubles on a grand note, racing away to 5-0 through Commonwealth Games silver medallists Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith. But a spirited fightback from Delhi’s Maneepong Jongjit and Evgeniya Kosetskaya saw the latter snatching the game 15-13.
Agile as ever, the Thai shuttler simply kept oozing brilliance and carried the Dashers to 12-9 before adding the next three points as well to take the 15-13, 15-9 win.
Riding on his jump smashes, Bengaluru captain Kidambi Srikanth went ahead to 6-2 against Delhi’s Tommy Sugiarto. Looking fully in control of the play, he was relentless as he kept the scoreboard ticking to move up to 12-6, and then grabbed the one-sided opener 15-6.
The Indonesian showed real character to force an 8-3 turnaround in the next game. Srikanth went on a lull to allow Sugiarto to build a 13-8 advantage. A brief spark from the Indian couldn’t stop Sugiarto who pocketed the game.
The former World No. 1, however, managed to rebound strongly in the deciding game. Varying his shots, the aggressive Srikanth quickly went up to 8-4 as his opponent started looking more and more clueless.
It was just a matter of time before the Raptors man wrapped up the rubber with a 15-6, 12-15, 15-10 victory.
Delhi Dashers erased that setback soon through their women’s singles exponent Chia Hsin Lee. She opened the rubber with a strong play to get the first game 15-12.
However, having never met Bengaluru’s Vu Thi Trang on the international circuit, she simply wasn’t prepared for the fightback. The Bengaluru player absolutely toyed with her to grab the second game 15-3 in some smashing display.
Vu refused to give up in the decider despite Chia keeping it competitive till 6-6. Vu is ranked 59th and is placed 18 spots below Chia. That did not matter at all as a determined Vu kept cruising to add seven of the next nine points to fetch the tie win for Bengaluru.
However Delhi’s men’s doubles pait of C.Biao and M Jongjit ensured that established pair of M.Ahsan and H.Setiawan were stunned as they won lone team for the point and registed the only win of the night with a scoreline of 15-7;11-15; 15-14.
The Ahmedabad leg will continue till January 6 before the league moves on to Bengaluru for the final proceeding of Vodafone PBL Season 4.

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A R Conducts Security Meet

IT News
Imphal Jan, 4

Tulihal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) conducted monthly security meets at Mayang Imphal, Nambol, Patsoi, and Tulihal Company Operating Bases. The forums were attended by Village Pradhans and Ward members of Gram Panchayats, Councillors, Village Secretaries, Youth Club members, Ex-Servicemen, representatives of local Police Stations, School Principals and local contractors and local vendors.
Various issues pertaining to security, maintenance of peace and harmony in the area and current situation existing in the area of responsibility was discussed . Problems of extortion demands, drug peddlers and drug addiction were discussed in detail and the role of Meira Paibis  in curbing the drugs menace was highlighted.  In addition to the security issues, future action plan in respect of civic action projects like medical camps, provision of Solar Street lights, recruitment in Assam Rifles and Army and career counseling for youth were also discussed during the meet. Villagers were also educated on the importance of hygiene and sanitation and ways have been suggested to the villagers to keep their surrounding clean and healthy.  
The response of the meets was constructive and locals expressed their gratitude to 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.

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Total ‘shut down’ impacts normal life on day of Modi’s visit

IT News

Imphal, Jan 4,

The general strike imposed by the Coordinating Committee (CorCom) an umbrella body of six proscribed organisations based in the state as well as other militant outfits operating in Manipur against the visit of Prime Minister affected normal life in the state. Roads wore a deserted look except for very few motorists and major business establishments, shops, malls and markets including Thangal bazaar, Paona bazaar, and the three Ima keithels in Imphal remain closed. All public transportation including inter-state bus services and districts transport services were suspended due to the General strike. Petrol pumps were also found closed around the state capital and even further out.

Educational institutions like govt and private Schools, colleges and the University also remained closed. Although the state govt issued an order for all its employees to be present at the Hapta Kangjeibung to attend the function, the turnout at the said venue till the time of filing this report remains very less in proportion to the total strength of the govt employees. 

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Police foils rally demanding Justice for Pravish Chanam

IT News

Imphal, Jan 4,

Police prevented protestors who are pressing for bringing the case of the Murder of Pravish Chanam to its logical conclusion from taking out a Rally at Yambem Leikai Uripok which was planned and started from Uripok Achom Leikai. A sit in Protest was also held earlier at Uripok Achom Leikai demanding CBI enquiry immediately on the death of Pravish Chanam and Racial discrimination on North East people in Mainland India campaigned by CSOs, Human Rights groups and student organizations. According to L Pishu, Convenor of People Action Committee Against The Brutal Killing of Pravish Chanam of Uripok Achom Leikai at Greater Noida (UP), instead of the Prime Minister of India visiting the state for canvassing for the upcoming polls for the BJP, he should use his official position to try and bring the murderers to book and bring justice for the public. The convenor further pointed out that the suspicious circumstances under which the victim was murdered and his body cremated without prior information or consent from his family members only strengthen the suspicion of the handiwork of organ traffickers in the whole sordid episode and urged the relevant authorities and state as well as central government to extend cooperation in bringing the case to closure. It may be mentioned that after the murder case was submitted to the CBI for interrogation, the state government announced that the case was accepted by the premier investigating agency but interestingly, an official letter from CBI rejected the submission citing the capacity of the UP government to solve the case with its well-equipped and professionally trained unit.

The state government has thereafter requested the PAC to refrain from carrying out any form of protest for twenty days during which it is confident of a response from the CBI. There was no response even after the stipulated 20 days and yet the state government is avoiding the support it pledged earlier towards pressing for solving the case to the authorities. The MHRC have also recommended CBI to take up the case while the brother of the deceased had filed a case at the Allahabad High Court on the matter.

In view of the recent developments and increasing participation of numerous CSO, clubs and organizations in support of finding justice, a public meeting will be held on 12 January 2019 at Mapari Ningsingol (MANIL) Uripok Machin near Cheirap Court at 11 am. The organisors are requesting the cooperation and support from all and for bringing justice for Pravish which have been denied for so long.

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PMAY-G beneficiaries calls on govt. to look into the basic infrastructures of Tengnoupal District

IT News
Imphal, Jan 4,

Even though the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Gramin (PMAY-G) of the newly formed Tengnoupal district show gratitude to the present government, they demanded the government to further look into the basic infrastructure of Tengnoupal.
Speaking during a press meet held at the residence of the headman of Tengnoupal District Headquarter, Joint Secy of Tengnoupal village HP Chungkhulon Mate said that in previous years the people of Tengnoupal find it very difficult to get government schemes but with the present government, almost 50% of the population gets benefit from the PMAY-G scheme making a relief for the poor villagers.
He further said that as Tengnoupal is a newly formed district, the district lacks many of its basic required infrastructures and calls attention of the government to look into such matters.
Mate also congratulate the BJP led government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister, Works Minister and the vice president of  BJP for making PMAY-G beneficiaries to 142 households at one time and also appeal to make beneficiary  of the remaining villagers.

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State Institute of Journalism, DIPR invites candidates for certificate course

IT News

Imphal ,Jan. 4,

The Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Government of Manipur has  invited  interested candidates for Short term courses of 15 days on “News Reporting” at Kha Manipur College,  Kakching and Damdei Christian College, Kanglatongbi, Kangpokpi  . The courses commence from 7th January, 2019 for Kakching and 21st January for Kangpokpi. Interested candidates can apply at the DIPR, HQ, Moirangkhom or from offices of Principal Kha Manipur College, and Damdei Christian College.

Required minimum qualification is Class 12 pass. Last date for submission of filled application form is 5th January 2019 for Kakching and 19thJanuary, 2019 for Kangpokpi. For further information contact State Institute of Journalism, DIPR, Moirangkhom during office hours.

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