Tuesday, 26 February 2019 - Imphal Times

Imphal, Feb 26,

On the 5th day of the ongoing Seventh Session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly today, Power Minister Th Biswajit in response to starred question raised during question hour by Dr.Chaltonlien Amo, MLA(55-Tipaimukh) regarding proposal for electrification of the non-electrified villages in Tipaimukh A/C, stated that electrification of these areas have already started during the first week of February 2019 and that the work is still in progress and is targeted to be completed by March 2019.
In another supplementary question put forward by him regarding the present status of National Highway NH-2 under NHIDCL, Minister Th Biswajit said that incessant rainfall hampers the road conditions of the National Highway-2  causing inconveniences to the public and there is need for periodic renewal. The restoration work is in progress currently and the road maintenance will be completed by 1st week of March 2019, he added.
PHED Minister Loshi Dikho while replying to MLA O Henry’s query in connection with the current status of the installation of pieline networks in Wangkhei A/C under the AMRUT scheme, said that the overall progress is around 24% and the project shall be completed by 31st March 2020. In connection with starred question number 268 regarding water supply scheme at Langathel and Khongjom raised by MLA P Brojen Singh, Minister Loshi Dikho assured that there is upgradation/developmental work of water supply scheme at these areas with the scheme operating at Khongjom in Wangjing Tentha for supply of water to every household.
Regarding constitution of the 4th State Finance Commission, Finance Minister Y. Joykumar informed the House that the State Cabinet has given approval and that the process for appointment of its Chairman and members is under process. In a supplementary question raised by MLA Surjakumar Okram for consideration of its implementation and appointment, he replied that whoever seems fit to serve the concerned posts will be considered.
 Water Resources Minister Letpao Haokip replying to a question raised by MLA Fajur Rahim, informed that work order and 3 DPRs formed for sanctioning Rs.435.98 crores are submitted to the Ministry of Water Resources for renovation of river embankments to check floods.
In a question raised by MLA O Henry,labour Minister, Th. Radheshyam clarified  that the total number of persons trained under the Skill Development Mission is 2313 out of which 401 trainees are placed. The placement rate is 17.34%, he further mentioned.

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Imphal, Feb 26,

Protest intensifies as the government doesn’t heed to the demands of the disabled students. Today road leading to Sports Authority of India (SAI) complex, Takyel were blocked by disabled students of Ideal Blind School and government Deaf and mute school along with the parents and guardians.
It can be mentioned that protest has been going on since February 23 by staging it-in-protest at the gate of Ideal blind school. And also a memorandum was also submitted to the Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren.
Speaking to media person President of Parents and Guardians Council for Persons with Disabilities Manipur Thangjam Saratkumar said that talks and discussion has been made with the officers of the social welfare department after their memorandum was given to the CM. Even though written assurance was given to them by the officers but most of their demands didn’t assure for a specific time frame. So to fulfill their much needed demand, students along with the parents and guardians block roads intensifying their protest.
He added that if specific time frames of their demand were given they will withdraw the protest.
Thangjam Saratkumar further reminded their demand which mainly focuses on to upgrade the Govt. Ideal blind School and govt. Deaf and Mute School up to the standard of higher secondary and also to run a state government school for intellectual and development disabilities.  He also added the schools required teachers and staff to function properly and also to implement immediately the rights of persons with disability Act, 2016.
Khuraijam Kunje, a mother of a disabled student said to the reporter asking why there hasn’t any discussion in the ongoing budget session for the deprived disabled students which has been protesting since Feb 23. She appealed to care the disabled students like that of the general students by the government. She also asked if their deprived disabled students’ fates were made only to learn up to the standard ten only.

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Imphal Feb, 26.

“10,050 VDF personnel may initiate a mass protest after the assembly session which is still going on if their demands aren’t put up and discuss in the house”, said Riyaj khan
Speaking to media person on a press meet held at Manipur Press Club, General Secretary cum Spokesperson of All Manipur VDF Welfare Association Md. Riyaj Khan said that Chief Minister already assured to fulfill their demand by tabling the issue in the ongoing state assembly Budget session. The VDF are demanding increase of their honorarium.
But sadly as the Budget session which is going on will finish after a few days and still their demands have not been discussed in the session apprehension among the VDF personnel were felt, he said.
He warned that if their demands aren’t put up in the assembly session and their demands to increase the honorarium providing service security aren’t made, consequences of the intense agitation by 10,050 VDF personnel should be held responsible by the government.

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Imphal Feb 26,

Showing solidarity to the demand for the inclusion of Schedule Tribe of Meetei/Meitei spearheaded by the Schedule Tribe Demand Committee, today President of Women Association for Social and Economic Development (WASED) RK Tharaksana announced that their organisation will join the mass rally organise on March 3.
She added that almost all the communities residing in the Manipur are included in the ST list and is saddened that Meitei/Meetei was left out even though they fulfilled all the categories of being a schedule tribe. She also said that the people generally the Meetei/Meitei are in a state of being submerged as there isn’t any constitutional safeguard to protect them. And as the people aren’t protected various factors affect the Meitei.
She finally appealed the government to give recommendation and let the Meetei/Meitei be included in the Schedule tribe list and get protected through Constitutional safeguarding mechanism.

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Imphal, Feb 26,

War between India and Pakistan already begins in media of both the country after Indian Air Force claims surgical strike at terror training camp of Jaish-e-Mahmod (JeM) inside the territory of Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
While report on India media about celebrating its victory in neutralization of major terrorist camp set up inside the Pakistan Territory, Pakistan Media Samma TV report said that attempted attacked by the Indian Air Force has been foiled by the Pakistan Air Force.
Tensions between the two countries have heightened since the February 14 Pulwama attack. Over 40 Indian paramilitary personnel were killed in the attack, which India has blamed on Pakistan.
As reported in the All India Radio News, The Indian Air Force conducted airstrikes at the biggest terror camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan in the wee hours today.
Briefing media in New Delhi, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said, credible information was received that JeM was attempting other suicide terror attacks in the country and terrorists were being trained for that purpose. Saying that it became inevitable to carryout a pre-emptive strike, the Foreign Secretary asserted that in this operation, a very large number of terrorists, trainers and senior commanders of the group were eliminated.
He said, the airstrikes were a non-military pre-emptive action and they were conducted in a thick forest area to avoid civilian casualties. The camp was led by Maulana Yusuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghauri, brother in law of JeM Chief Masood Azhar.
Mr Gokhale said, JeM is responsible for series of terror attacks in India. He said, information about location of training camps was provided to Pakistan but no concrete action was taken.
The Foreign Secretary said, India remains firmly committed towards taking all measures to fight terrorism. He said, India expects Pakistan to dismantle all terror camps, including those of JeM.
In view of the airstrikes, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has convened an all party meeting in New Delhi this evening.

 Pakistan media  Geo News report,
Pakistan Air Force’s ‘timely response’ repels Indian aircraft after LoC breach: DG ISPR


Indian military aircraft violated the Line of Control (LoC) as they “intruded” from the Muzafarabad sector and were forced to return owing to the timely response of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Pakistan military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said early Tuesday.
“Indian aircraft intrusion across LoC in Muzafarabad Sector within AJK was 3-4 miles. Under forced hasty withdrawal aircraft released payload which had free fall in open area. No infrastructure got hit, no casualties. Technical details and other important information to follow,” director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) wrote on Twitter.
Earlier, Major General Ghafoor had said, the Indian aircraft “released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot”.
Joint parliamentary session summoned
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan announced a joint parliamentary session has been summoned on the opposition’s demand.
“A joint parliamentary session will take place,” the minister of state for parliamentary affairs said as he responded to the demand of the leaders of opposition parties on the floor of the National Assembly. “I will try that the session is summoned today even if it is at midnight.”
“I have just come from the national security committee meeting and I told the participants that the entire Parliament and nation are united,” he added.
As the National Assembly session resumed today, opposition leaders demanded that a joint parliamentary session be summoned.
“We are in a state of war. The Parliament should sit together and decide,” Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader Khursheed Shah said. Stating that “India wishes to exploit our internal differences and attack us,” Shah said, “We have to show to India and the world that the entire nation is united.”
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former defence minister Khawaja Asif also took to the floor and seconded Shah’s demand for a joint parliamentary session.
The PML-N leader also called on all parties to “be united” and to show solidarity with the armed forces. “Our country, our sovereignty and our integrity are being threatened,” Asif said.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 17:20

Towards optimistic ideology

The rather unfortunate and undesirable turn of events in the state has left the public the worse for the wear. And to put it bluntly, things are set to turn for the worse, going by the looks of it. The naïve public has been taken for a ride by various groups with vested interests who surprisingly are slowly uncovering the thin veil that were masking their myopic agenda by themselves. What is surprising is the amount of blind trust and irrational support that the public has accorded these self-serving and self-professed misleaders of the expectant mass, even after the state government has categorically declared that its decisions will not harm or infringe on the interests or resources of any individual or group.
Though we would like to hope otherwise, perhaps the people in the state have yet to experience the darkest hour as a collective society before realization sets in, albeit at a cost everyone of us are neither willing nor able to afford. Perhaps a rigorous churning of the society is what is required for the easily excitable and often misdirected public to come to its senses- that the real power to make ourselves better lies not with those who wield power and influence, but within ourselves. But to come to such a state of enlightenment, we need to look inward, to introspect with detachment, without the mirage of our egos which has been the greatest drawback to shedding our baseless pride and narrow views. We need to realize that the greatest enemy to our own happiness and contentment is ourselves.
What could be the basis of the fear psychosis consuming the minds of the people in the hills of Manipur which made them to overlook the grim realities of the past to forge alliances with the declared aim of battling an illusionary foe? Since when have we started considering anyone or any group casting even a shadow of doubt on our unhindered flights of fantasy as our arch enemies? Do we not wish to have friends who make us see our mistakes and shortcomings without mincing words rather than people who offer us lavish praise and spoil us only to
further their personal gain? Do we reject friends who points out our mistakes because it might make annoy us? Are we intellectually so weak that we believe every misinterpretations and rumours, especially those which concerns our belongings and pride without feeling the need to find out the truth?
Our life, or our society for that matter, is what we make of it. We need to inculcate the habit of finding out the facts before drawing conclusions and passing judgments. We need to exercise restraint and communicate better. But above all, everyone of us need to develop empathy and a rational approach. If we are as concerned about our roots as we portray to be, we should be trying to leave a better world for our children. The only way that can be done is by showing them by example the ideals and values we want them to imbibe, and we would not certainly want them to indulge in mindless violence with a herd-mentality.

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New Delhi, Feb 26,

Commonwealth Silver medalist, Manish Kaushik alongside two other pugilists progressed to the semi-finals and in the process assured medals for India at the ongoing Makran Cup boxing tournament in Chabahar, Iran on Sunday.
The reigning national champion put up a dominant display to secure a place in the semis after outclassing Moumivand Salar in a unanimous 5:0 victory in the 60kg quarter-final clash.
Following suit was Rohit Tokas who came under the limelight with his promising performances in World Series Boxing, early last year. Tokas is known for his attacking style of boxing, did not give his opponent Tugrulbeg Pazzyyev any chance to settle down, he was declared a 5-0 unanimous winner by the judges t the end of three rounds.
Army man, Duryodhan Singh Negi also guaranteed himself a semi-finals berth in the 69 kg category  after his match against Kamyab Moradi was abandoned in R2 in favour of the Indian. 
It was, however, end of the road for boxers Manish Panwar and Madan Lal. Chemistry Cup Gold medalist, Madan Lal, is also the reigning national champion; put up his trademark aggressive display but suffered an unfortunate result losing out narrowly 2:3 against Mohammad Kaspour in his 56kg semi-final bout. 
Young pugilist Manish Panwar too suffered a similar fate after being stunned to a 0:5 loss against Safari Keivan (81kg).
India pugilists have assured a total of 8 medals in the ongoing tournament. Earlier, five other Indians- Deepak (49kg), Lalit Prasad (52kg), Manjeet Singh Panghal (75kg), Sanjeet (91kg) & Satish Kumar (+91kg) assured medals after winning their respective quarters bouts to progress to the semi-finals of the event. The semi-final matches will be played later on Monday night.

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