Tuesday, 19 February 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Feb 19,

Veewon Thokchom, who was brought here in Imphal from New Delhi by a team of Manipur Police, was released on bail by the Chief Judicial Magistrate Imphal West today evening.

Veewon Thokchom was arrested by a combined team of Delhi Police and Manipur Police from his rented room at Saket New Delhi on February 15. He was brought back to Imphal today and produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate Imphal West at Lamphel today afternoon.

The student leader was secretly produced at Patiala House Court the following day and later a News agency report said that the bail application applied by the counsel of Veewon was rejected by the Delhi court yesterday. 

The former MSAD President was arrested under charges of Sedition (Section 124 (A)  IPC) and Section 53 IPC.

As Veewon was picked up by civil dressed police team numbering around 8 and was pulled up without issuing any warrant to his sister and brother, his family and friends search for his whereabouts till early morning on the following day.

As per reported from Delhi the sister was given the special cell address and two contact numbers by the cops who came in civil dress.

The Police plead custodial remand of Veewon but the CJM Imphal West denied the plea and released him on bail.

Speaking to reporters at the CJM I/W, Rakesh Meihoubam , the counsel of Veewon said that he was arrested under Seditious act by the police for uploading a Facebook post in connection with the protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016. The police applied custodial remand but after the CJM hear the argument from both the Counsel representing the Police and Veewon, the Court released him on Personal Bond of Rs. 30,000/- and a similar amount as Security bond.

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Imphal, Feb 19,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said that there should be no political interference of any form in the activities of uniform/security forces.
He was speaking as the Chief Guest at the Passing Out parade of the 47th batch of Civil Police Constables (Male) at Manipur Police Training College, Pangei in Imphal East District today. In all, 2471 newly recruited police constables passed out from the College today.
Stating that security forces are known to be disciplined institutions, the Chief Minister observed that politics should always be kept away from uniform/security forces so that they may perform duties in a fair manner. Expressing serious concern over detecting a case of supplying substandard belts to Manipur Police a few years back, Shri N. Biren Singh assured to all the personnel serving in Manipur Police Department that the present Government would never allow anybody to indulge in such irregularity in future.
The Chief Minister said that he had discussed with the DGP to supply branded uniform, belt and shoe by inviting bids from reputed firms through an open tender. Stating that police/MR/IRB personnel are serving the State and the nation by travelling to different parts of the State including interior hill areas, the Chief Minister said that they deserve to receive standard uniform, belt and shoe. Shri N. Biren Singh also asked all the personnel to directly lodge complaint to the Grievance Cell of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat or to the office of the DGP if they come across any substandard supply in future.
He said that soon after the new Government came to power, pending results of different batches of Manipur Rifles and Manipur Police had been declared understanding the prolonged woes faced by the candidates and their parents. Now, recruitment for two fresh battalions of IRB is also going on, he said adding that the State Government is putting in best possible effort to recruit these two batches in a transparent manner without any favouritism and corruption. It is known to everybody that erring personnel found involved in an irregularity in the Physical Efficiency Test (PET) of the said recruitment had been immediately put under suspension, he said.
He said that all the police personnel who were passing out today would be posted at different districts and units for maintaining law and order and protecting life and property of the public. All the personnel should discharge their duty with sympathy, understanding, courtesy, firmness and above all with justice, the Chief Minister said.
N. Biren Singh assured that no personnel or officer would be victimised in the matters of transfer and posting and promotion. He also urged all the personnel not to seek Ministers, MLAs or influential persons’ help to get posted in comfortable areas. No personnel would be there to serve the interior border areas if every personnel choose to stay at safe places, he opined. Members of the State Police Department must acknowledge the fact that many army and Central paramilitary personnel hailing from different parts of the country are guarding the borders of the State without even thinking that they are being posted at the remotest corner of the country, the Chief Minister said. The Chief Minister also wished all the passing out personnel for a great career ahead.
MPTC Director R.K. Tutusana administered oath to the newly recruited Constables and presented report of the training batch. Soon after his arrival, the Chief Minister reviewed the guard of honour and received salute of an impressive march past presented by the passing out personnel who were separated into 22 companies.
Later, the Chief Minister also handed over the trophy and certificate of Best in Physical Training to C/N 1815118 Kangujam Inaoba Singh of Leimapokpam Thongkhong, Best in Drill to C/N 1809067 Khundrakpam Chandrakanta Singh of Nachou Makha Leikai, Best in Weapons to C/N 0183077 Lourembam Suresh Meetei of Dibong Makha Leikai, Jiribam, Best in Musketry to C/N 01806068 Laishram Sanjit Singh of Naransena Mamang Leikai, Best in Allied Subjects to C/N 1815086 Phijam Biju Singh of Luwangshangbam Makha Leikai, Best in Law to C/N 1806054 Md. Iqbal Khan of Uchiwa Wangbal and Best in Overall to C/N 0180606 Laishram Sanjit Singh of Naransena Mamang Leikai.
Ministers, MLAs, DGP, high ranking civil and police officers and huge number of parents, guardians, family members and friends of passing out Constables were also present at the occasion.

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Churachandpur, Feb. 19

Singngat Battalion Assam Rifles under the aegis of Churachandpur Sector Assam Rifles seized huge quantity of sandalwoods from Singngat sub division under Ccpur District. Upon received of specific information, troops of Assam Rifles intercepted two Shaktimaan trucks fully loaded with red sandalwood at general area between Ngaljang and Hangsum village under Singngat Sub Division of Ccpur District. A total of approx 6138 Kilograms of Sandalwood were recovered which is likely to cost approximately 3 crores in international market. The consignment was to be delivered at Myanmar. The seized sandalwoods,     two Shaktimaan trucks alongwith the individuals accompanying the trucks were handed over yesterday at Singngat Police Station for investigation and further necessary action.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:07

Ministers at CCpur

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CCpur, Feb 19,

Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen today inaugurated AWCA’s tailoring centre and childline  sub centre AWCA’s administrative office located at Lailam Veng Churachandpur.
The first tribal Women Minister was also felicitated during the occasion.
Satyabhama Devi, Chairperson, Manipur State Women Development Cooperation,
Dr Soibam Jibonkumar Singh, Director, Childline Manipur State Nodal Agency and N Binod Singh, District Social Welfare Officer, Churachandpur were also attended on the occasion.
 In another development Health and Family Welfare Minister L. Jayentakumar also inaugurated a coronary care unit, High dependency unit and palliative Wards from 9:30 am at Churachandpur district Hospital. The inauguration program was also attended by V Hangkhanlian Minister of Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:06

Medical checkup program at Old Age Home

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Thoubal, Feb.19

In its continuous efforts to reach out the needy and socially deprived section of society, the Thoubal Battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ 9 Sect AR organized Medical check up program at IRDEO Old Age Home, Wangbal benefitting all the members of the said Old Age Home.
The Old Age Home is being run by an NGO named IRDEO(Integrated Rural Development and Education Organisation). The social service event started with a welcome speech by K Kumar Singh, Secretary, IRDEO. Following that the Unit Medical Officer carried out medical check ups and distributed medication to the diagnosed one.
Post the medical check up, a lunch cum interactive session was also organized with all the members of Homeless Shelter.
The program concluded with word of thanks and appreciation towards Assam Rifles by Dr Rajendra Singh, Chairman, Senior Citizens Forum.

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Imphal, Feb 19,

 All privately owned weigh bridges operating without prior permission/license from the Department of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Government of Manipur are strictly prohibited and cancelled, stated CAF & PD, Revenue Minister, Karam Shyam.
He was speaking at a press conference held today at his office in connection with the recent reports of a weigh bridge run by a private organization, Highway Truck Owners Welfare Organisation(HITOWO) at Gularthol, Jiribam District without obtaining necessary permission from the CAF & PD Department.
The CAF & PD Department has decided to prohibit such illegal operation after consultation with other related departments of the State Government and a notice has also been issued to the concerned authorities including the SP and DC of the district, he also added.
Talking to media persons, the Minister also said that any individual or entity desirous of operating weigh  bridge should obtain proper clearance from the concerned Department as per Rules of Business otherwise he will be liable for penalty under the relevant provisions of the Legal Metrology Act, 2009.
Such prohibitory actions are needed because a lot of crimes are prevalent amongst the transporters and the public in the State relating to such issues, he also assured.
Secretary, CAF & PD, Government of Manipur, Shri T Ranjit and Joint Secretary, Ranjan Yumnam also attended the press meet.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:04

Intimidating media: Think before you lift

The advancement in information technology has made today’s world a ‘Global village’ – the term first coined by Canadian-born author Marshall McLuhan. Man born at the extreme corner of Far East Asiatic countries knows, cry and pray for the kind of disasters that happen in Middle East countries or in Latin America. Installation of internet technologies to cell phones which every human being can afford makes the people of our Earth- whose circumference is estimated at about 40,075 Kilometer staying at a communicable distance. Now every human being equipped with cell phone can now talk or stay in touch with any of their friends or relatives staying thousand miles away. Point bringing here is about the changes in the theory of mass media in relevance to today’s journalism. The very concept at which the older generation considered ‘proximity’ as a characteristic of news is somewhat losing its foot.
Professor M.L Stein, the then chairman of Department of Journalism, California State University, Long Beach, Carlifornia in his book “Shaping the News” in 1974 wrote that people are more interested in what happens in their neighbours. The one time presumption that ‘a dog fight on Main Street is of more interest to our readers then fifty thousand foreign troops killed in battle somewhere’ seems to have no relevance in today’s society. Readers are now interested about happenings at distance places if the subject matters is his or her interest.
However, another characteristic of news - ‘Prominence’ on the hand is becoming a matter of more interested subjects for almost all readers. People now want to know what had happen to their leaders, celebrity or the bureaucrats irrespective of where they stay or which country they reside. Every news readers are eager to know the story of successful personality.
Points bringing up here are not to lecture on what is news and what should be reported but this is an attempt to make some of our critic to understand on why the newspaper especially the kind of ours often published story about real heroes or events that happen far far away from our state. Sometimes a mere insignificant event at which some people are of vested interested are often left of and the result is not always good for we in the media fraternity of Manipur state in particular. The other kind of pressure that the media persons sometimes remain helpless is their intentions to get publish their story.
Manipur or say Imphal is not a safe place for even VIPs who are escorted by security personnel days and night. It is an open secret that almost all the politicians including MLAs or Ministers or even the Chief Ministers have linked with the UGs , the only thing we don’t have is the proof.
So, what would be the security of those working with the media if in case, some of the individuals or rebels force us to publish stories of their interest. Being taken up this profession, we always stand with our ethics and there is no question of compromising our ethics while publishing stories. But when the government said that this should not be published and this should be published then where is the freedom of speech provided under the constitution of our country. Government machineries can invite news editors and can discussed about the content on objectivity reason but should in no way dictate the media on what or what not to publish. Calls of bandh or blockade by any organisation are in some way an essential news items for media houses living in conflict zone – because it is for the safety and security of the common people that the government machineries cannot guarantee safety. We have PCI guidelines, local code of conduct and this should be respected.
Bottom line is that media should not be harassed at any cost for any reason because we chose this profession not merely to earn for living but with full intention to serve our nation.   

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:02

A R Maj Bob Khathing Tournament 2019

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Imphal Feb 19,

The 8th edition of Assam Rifles Major Bob Khathing Tournament commenced with a glittering opening ceremony at TNL Ground, Ukhrul on 18th February 2019. The event comprising of Men Football, Women Volleyball, Baby League Football and Church Choir competition will be held till 23 Feb 2019. Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held on 28th February 2019 at the Mantripukhri residence of the Tangkhul Legend.
 The grand event is being organised by Somsai Battalion of 10 Sect Assam Rifles under aegis of IGAR (South). The Opening ceremony comprised of a multicultural extravaganza showcasing the rich culture and heritage of Manipur especially the Tangkhul Naga tribe. Miss Bala Devi, Indian Woman Footballer, was the torch bearer and the event was graced by eminent dignitaries to include Col Paramjit Singh, officiating Commander 10 Sector Assam Rifles, Mr Hopingson Shimray, TNL President, Mrs Grace Shatshang, TSL President and Mr and Mrs John Khathing, son and daughter in law of the legend. Speaking on the occasion, the TNL President paid his respects to Maj Bob Khathing and appreciated the efforts of the Assam Rifles in keeping alive the memory of the great Tangkhul personality.  
 The first football match of the tournament was played between Ukhrul FC and Kachai FC. Women Volleyball match was played between Ever Green club and Ukhrul police volleyball club. A total of 22 matches will be played in football and 9 matches in volleyball competitions. Choir competition will take place on 21 February 2019.  
The Bob Kathing Baby league football championship to encourage the future stars was held on 14th and 15th February at Ukhrul. The event was won by Ukhrul Football Club.

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New Delhi, Feb 19,

Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal continued his quest for a second consecutive gold medal as he reached the final of the prestigious 70th Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria on Monday. The 23-year-old, also a silver medallist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, showed his grit and determination in a hard-fought 3-2 win over Said Mortaji in the 49kg semi-finals.
Former world junior champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg) led 3 women boxers into the finals as India is now assured of a total of seven medals from this season-opening tournament. Zareen put up a dominating performance as she outclassed Drabik Sandra of Poland 4-1 to keep up her quest for the gold. 48kg national champion Manju Rani too continued her dream run on her debut on foreign soil. The youngster, who turned to boxing to manage her anger, pummelled Emi-Mari Todorova 4-1 to enter the final.
But the best performer among the Indian women pugilists on Day 5 of this event was Maisnam Meena Kumari. The Nagaland boxer, a former bronze medallist at the Asian Championships, did not give her opponent, Ekaterina Sycheva to settle down and was declared a 5-0 unanimous winner.

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