Monday, 25 February 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Feb 25,

Wife of a victim of custodial death alleged that some unknown person came to her and offered Rs. 7 lakhs if she withdraws the case filed in the matter at Law court. Athokpam Angousana, who was allegedly killed in police custody in 27th Feb 2011 by Thoubal police commando, is among the 1528 case filed by the EEVFAM and CBI has charge sheeted but CJM Thoubal disposed the case as the state government had not given prosecution sanction.

Athokpam Tampha, wife of the deceased, while speaking to media persons at Manipur Press Club said that justice has not been delivered till today even after knowing that her husband died in police custody.

The court disposed the case on the ground that there is no prosecution sanction from the state government. She appealed to sanction the prosecution order to deliver justice to the victim. She also added that she had turned down the offer to her by unknown person.

She also said that the unknown person mocked at her saying that the accused will never be punished no matter how hard she tried.

Daughter of Angousana Athokpam, Athokpam Tanoubi said that they felt quite happy as the cases were handed over to CBI in the hope that justice will be delivered to her departed father who was murdered in police custody. She added that with the recent judgment of her father’s case due to the lack of prosecution sanction justice will be denied. She appealed the responsible authorities to give the prosecution sanction to continue the case further so that the victim gets justice.

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Imphal, Feb 25,

A total of Rs. 4171.14 lakhs has been allocated for development of Tourism sector for the year 2018-19. This was stated by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh who is also in charge of Tourism while replying to a question by Congress MLA O hennery during question hour today. He said of the total allocation , Rs. 3703.14 lakhs has been earmarked for development of tourism infrastructure, organising state festival and promotion of tourism. 

The CM also said that steps taken up for implementation of Tourism policy in the state includes promotion of Manipur Tourism through state and local level festival and showcasing of local products to stake holders at domestic and international tourism events among others.

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Imphal, Feb 25,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the present government is trying its level best to rollout a “Sports Policy” so as to encourage and produce more sportspersons in the State. This was stated by him at the ‘Shannaroishingee Numit 2019’ held at Main Stadium, Khuman Lampak today.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that in order to encourage sportspersons in the State, the government has reserved 5 percent sports quota in government jobs and is offering government jobs to gold medallists in National and International tournaments. Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of the local clubs in encouraging youths to get involved in sports.
Stating that sports helps in building discipline and character among our children, Chief Minister stated that we need to produce more sportspersons and reduce the number of hospitals in the State. He highlighted that sports helps in inculcating positive values which finally leads in building a progressive and healthy society.
Chief Minister stated that Manipur occupies a prominent place in the field of games and sports in both National and International arena. He mentioned that President of India Ramnath Kovind referred Manipur as ‘Sports Capital of India’. Chief Minister said that Manipur has produced a number of National and International players including 1 Padma Bhusan, 4 Padmashri, 18 Arjuna Awardees, 3 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardees, 1 Dronacharya, 1 Dhyanchand Awardee, 17 Olympians.
Minister for YAS Shri Letpao Haokip, Secretary YAS Shri Bobby Waikhom, Director YAS Shri Armstrong Pame, officials of MOA and SAI, coaches and players attended the function.

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Imphal, Feb. 25,

Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam urged to all stakeholders to make education sector a free zone. He stressed that education in the State will only grow and progress when all the hindrances like bandh, blockade and pressure for individual interest on the educational institutions is prevented.
The Minister emphasized that an educational institution is an education institutional whether it is private or government. Every educational institution imparts knowledge educating the young minds for a better society. He appealed not to indulge in any form of violence and destruction in the educational institution and to encroach on the school property. He said violence in any form brings only damage to society.
Th. Radheshyam congratulating the UNACCO Social Development Trust UNACCO School, Meitram on the inauguration of the second school said that the school will have huge contribution in the education sector. These schools also need to be established at the hill districts too.
Speaking about the recent visit to the border villages of Ukhrul District and Kamjong District, he said that the unreached need to be reached. Recollecting the experiences of the visit, he said that the conditions of the villages at the border of the State are in a very poor condition. He stated that the connectivity, health and education sector are three main priorities need to be attended. He opined on need to take up the initiative for introducing such schools at any of the remote areas of the hill districts by tying up with local NGOs. He said that the act could help in building bond as well as in bringing a positive change in the State through edification.
The Minister said that the knowledge being imparted to the students should be focused on making it relevance for future and present. He said that changes are taking place in a very fast pace and it is therefore important that the education being provided is up to date and be upgraded with the change of time. Children need to be made innovative and creative rather than live in the world of copy and paste. He said that through education the children should be made to learn to face the challenges that life would throw to them.
Chairman, Manipur Tourism Corporation, Dr. Sapam Ranjan Singh, Ex - Speaker Manipur Legislative Assemble, Dr. Haobam Borbabu Singh, Director ICM, Imphal Dr. N. Ranjana Devi, former Vice Chancellor Manipur University, H. Nandakumar Sharma and the Chairman UNACCO, School, N. Irabanbanta, teachers, students, guardians and locals attended the ceremony.

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Monday, 25 February 2019 16:55

RPF celebrates 40th Foundation Day

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Imphal, Feb 25,

Proscribed group, Revolutionary People’s Front today celebrated its 40th Foundation day as “Independent Demand Day”. A statement of the armed group said that the Independent Demand Day was held at the outfit’s general head Quarter, Council Head quarters, Central Bureau, Sub Divisions of Central Bureau, SR-1, SR-2, SR-3, General Head Quarter of PLA, Technical Command, Strategic Command, 252 Mobile Battalion and other units, department and station of the PLA.
The statement further said that flags, stars and festoons related with the outfit were placed during the ceremony organised along with the people of the region.
Paying of tribute to the revolutionary martyrs by hoisting the flag of the party mark the day, the statement said and added that message of the President of the outfit Irengbam Chaoren was read out on the occasion.

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109 Bn CRPF today paid fitting tribute to the martyrs of the CRPF who had laid down their life during a local Civic Action Programme organized at Makha Leikai ground, Mongsangei, Dist. Imphal (West). The programme was organised under the aegis of IGP M&N Sector, CRPF.

 Chief Guest of the occasion Brig. (Retd) S.K. Sharma, DIG, Range Imphal while paying rich tribute to the martyrs of Pulwama incident of J&K , inaugurated Blood donation camp.

 Further walking stick, wheel chair, walker and hearing aid were distributed to 35 villagers of 08 villages, All Manipur handicapped School and Old Age Home o f the locality.

On the occasion Sh. Vinod Kumar, Comdt 109 Bn, CRPF along with 26 CRPF personnel, and 8 villagers donated the blood and lauded the pious donation for the services to the humanity, Brig. S.K. Sharma, DIG and Sh. H.K. Kanaujia DIGP during their speech praised the 109 Bn CRPF for its continuing social services and reaching out the local populace. Village president of various villages and distinguished guests present on the occasion praised the concern of the unit Commandant for its virtuous affiliation with the Old Age Home and All Manipur Handicapped People’s Organization. Local boys and girls also presented splendid cultural programme. Sh. Vinod Kumar Comdt, 109 Bn, CRPF stated that unit will continue to serve the people of Manipur by carrying such humanitarian activities.

Blood donation camp was organized in association with the “India Red Cross Society” Manipur State Branch to pay the befitting homage to the gallant soldier of CRPF who attained martyrdom in Pulwama attack (J&K). All village presidents thanked the Chief Guest and 109 Bn CRPF for its social concerns and speculated the stronger bonding in coming days.

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Monday, 25 February 2019 16:52

The Consumers’ Rights

More often than not, the immediate necessity for the preservation of the self and family (read: staying alive) in these uncertain times have relegated a very vital issue which should have been of much concern for the people of this state to a mere inconvenience. Perhaps, the rising sense of desperation or the expectation of worsening social conditions has made the public alter its sense of priorities. The issue; the rights and interests of the consumers of the state and measures to protect them. The Consumer Protection Act, 1986 was enacted to provide a simpler and quicker access to redress of consumer grievances.
However, in India, it has been found from a number of independent analyses carried out over the years that the agencies at the district level are working more efficiently than those at the national and state level. Therefore, there is still need of agencies functioning at state and national level to dispose of the pending cases as early as possible by creating supplementary benches as per the provisions of Consumer Protection Act, 1986.
Consumers are very often at the receiving end of the poor, inefficient and negligent services and substandard goods on offer. Modern technological growth and complexities of the sellers’ techniques, existence of a vast army of middlemen and unethical and untruthful advertisements as well as hoarding and creation of artificial scarcity during difficult and troubled times in the society have aggravated the situation of consumer exploitation. And yet, these blatant exploitations can be brought down or at least curtailed only with proper awareness and involvement of the consumers about their rights.
Under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, Redressal Forums have been established at three different levels namely District Forum, State Commission and National Commission or National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. A complaint can be filed with the district forum
by a consumer, any recognized consumer association, a group of consumers or The Central /State Government as the case may be, either in its Individual capacity or as a representative of interests of consumers in General. Moreover, any person aggrieved by an order made by the District Forum may appeal against such order to the State Commission within a period of 30 days from the date of the order. The State Commission may entertain an appeal after 30 days if it is satisfied that there was sufficient cause for not filing it within that period. The same process can be repeated with the national commission if the consumer is still not satisfied with the rulings of the state commission.
It must be said that there already exist a strong setup designed to protect the interests and rights of the consumers of the state, at least in principle. The state forum situated at the Food & Civil
Supplies complex at Sangaiprou have started functioning after being suspended for a few years, and the public should avail of the legal and other assistance which can be had from this centre if there is any instance where the sellers of goods or providers of services are felt to have used unfair means or cheated the consumers. It is we the consumers whose proactive ways can send a clear message saying that no one can shortchange us.

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