Wednesday, 27 February 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Feb. 27,

Leader of the House and Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today informed the House that the Government has urged the Centre to implement National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the State to help in the identification of the local residents and to check the influx of the illegal migrants. He was responding to a query raised by K. Ranjit Singh, MLA Sugnu AC during the question hour on the Day 6 of the 7th Session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly.

Chief Minister further informed the House that recently 50 additional State Police personnel have been sent to Jiribam district to tighten the security especially in the border areas. Police are patrolling using motor boats apart from frisking in the river near the border to keep a strict vigil, he said.

Replying to the query of MLA K. Ranjit Singh, he informed the House that a total number of 79 illegal Rohingyas migrants have been arrested by the police (2011-18) out of which 52 migrants have been sent back after completion of their jail term and remaining 27 are serving their term under the Foreigners Act. Stating that local people were involved in helping the Rohingyas migrants to illegally enter the State, he said two local persons, one each in Moreh and Jiribam were involved in providing duplicate Aadhaar card to the migrants. He said the accused persons are absconding and both of them have been booked under the law of the land. He assured to the House that both the accused will not be spared by the Government.

  1. Biren Singh informed the House that Rs 55 crore has been released by the State Government for the rehabilitation of the flood affected victims for the year 2016-17. Assuring to the House that no official will be spared if found guilty in swindling the funds, he said that there is no room for swindling of funds as the money will be transferred directly to the beneficiaries through DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer). Regarding the accusation of forgery and non-recipient of the funds by the beneficiaries, he recommended that re-verification of the beneficiaries can be done in presence of concerned District Collectors.

Replying to a question raised by Okram Henry Singh, MLA Wangkhei AC, Leader of the House Shri N. Biren Singh said that the State Government has deposited Rs 33 lakh for construction of Manipur Bhavan in Mumbai after identification of a plot. Regarding the construction of Manipur Bhavan in Chandigarh, he said the State Government is communicating with the authorities concerned. He further said that there is consideration for expansion of the existing building of the Guwahati Manipur Bhavan in the backside of the complex.

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Imphal, Feb. 27,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today launched La-Bike, a mobile laboratory system fitted on Motorcycle, which would provide diagnostic facilities at people’s doorstep of the State. The launching function was held at the Main Auditorium of JNIMS, Imphal East.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that the La-Bike has already started in some states of the country. Such portable equipment would be facilitating its laboratory services at the doorsteps of the people living in the remote and hilly areas of the State, he added. He mentioned that such laboratory service would be available at the existing 85 PHCs of the state. For the first phase, a total of 20 La-Bike is being provided in 20 PHCs located at hill and valley districts of the State. The La-Bike would be provided in the remaining 65 PHCs soon, he added.
Chief Minister stated that the government is planning to establish a Cancer hospital which would ease the woes of the cancer patients of the State. The present government has initiated new schemes which are ‘human oriented’ such as Go to Village, Go to Hills, CMHT, free diagnostics facilities etc. for the welfare of the people of the State, he added. He appealed the doctors and medical practitioners of the state to deliver selfless service and uphold the people’s trust in government hospitals.
On the occasion, Chief Minister also laid the foundation stones for the construction of Ladies Hostel-2, Gents Hostel- 3 and Infectious Disease Centre at JNIMS.
Minister for Health and family Welfare L. Jayantakumar Singh, Chairman of MSPDCL L. Susindro, MLA N. Indrajit, Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Principal Secretary (Health) V. Vumlunmang, Director Health Services Dr. K. Rajo, Director JNIMS Dr. Th. Bhimo, State Mission Director (National Health Mission) Dr. S. Manikanta Singh, faculties and students of JNIMS attended the function.

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Imphal, Feb 27,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, today called on the Peoples’ Action Committee (PAC) formed in connection with the death of Pravish Chanam to call off the total shut down called from tomorrow (18/2/2018) midnight as the government too is seriously working on with all possible way to ensure justice to the student who was found dead on September 8 , 2017 in suspicious manner.
The Chief Minister’s appeal came up today afternoon after Congress MLA K. Ranjit put up the matter as calling attention motion during today’s session of the state Legislative Assembly and demanded an appeal to the people. N. Biren Singh, who is also the leader of the house said that the state government after taking a cabinet decision has recommended to urge the UP government to hand over the case to CBI and in a reply to a civil society group the CBI had stated that they could not take up the case as there are expert police team who are expert in handling such case. The letter was sent to the President of Kangla Imphal Lup on September 20, 2018, the Chief Minister added.
K. Ranjit while drawing the attention of the house regarding the suspicious dead of Pravish Chanam and the demand by the PAC formed in connection with the dead said that students from the North East States felt insecure even the national capital as incidents similar to that of Pravish Chanam happened many times. Showing photos of the victims from North East states, Ranjit said that people suspect the crime to have been committed by a group of human organ traffickers. The opposition MLA while acknowledging the seriousness of the government in handling the case questioned on why the investigation has not been completed till today even after the Chief Minister himself assured the PAC on November 21st, 2018 that justice will be brought in three day after the PAC threatened to boycott the Sangai Tourism Festival.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh while replying to the calling attention motion further stated that , soon after the incident happen the state government sent Additional DGP Pramod Asthana to assist the UP police in investigating the matters.
“November 6, 2018, state cabinet took a decision to urge both the Union Home Minister and the Chief Minister of UP to hand over the case to the CBI”, Biren said. He added that after the cabinet meeting he met the Chief Minister of UP twice and discussed over the matter. The UP Chief Minister assured to hand over the case to the CBI but the CBI refuse to take the case as there are competent police authority which could handle the matter.
The Chief Minister while appealing the PAC to call of the total shut down called said that his government will be sending another state police team to assist the UP police for speeding up the investigation and deliver justice to Pravish Channam.  

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Imphal Feb 27,

The Secular Democratic Front, Manipur comprising of 8 political parties namely JDS, NCP, TMC, DBSP, RJSP, AAP, SP and MPC today declared that the front will participate in the movement for the inclusion of Meetei/Meitei on the Schedule Tribe list spearheaded by the Schedule Tribe Demand Committee (STDC).

Speaking to the media person at the office of Manipur Pradesh Trinamool Congress Committee situated at Haokip Veng, Dr.Th Inaocha Convenor of SDF said that with the front will join the mass rally to be held on the 3rd of March organise by Schedule Tribe Demand Committee for the inclusion of Meetei/Meitei on the ST list as the front consider it the need of the hour.

Regarding the upcoming election of Lok Sabha, Th Inaocha said that the Secular Democratic Front will produce candidates both the inner and outer to contest the upcoming election. He added that until now 5 candidates have already been given to the front for contesting the election out of which two outer candidates and three inner candidates. He added that after thorough discussion among the members the front will decide the candidates to be contested on the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

Condemning on the issue of not removing the posters put up on the median where court has already given instructions to remove it, Inaocha said that the law enforcing agencies disrespect the court orders as until now the poster hasn’t removed. He appealed that that government should remove the poster immediately.

Focusing on the issue of Citizenship Amendment Bill Inaocha said that the people need to remain alert as there the Bill can be brought up again. He further questioned the 60 MLAs whether they all agree with the issue of CAB as any concrete decisions weren’t taken until now in the ongoing assembly session. He said that a concrete resolution of the house against the contentious bill should be taken.

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Thoubal, Feb.27:

Journalist Rabi Takhellambam, added his work double by not only reporting for the needy and deprived people but also by helping the aged people getting their share of government welfare schemes. The journalist personally helped aged people of Keirenbikhok village in Wangjing Tentha Assembly constituency in getting Ayushman Bharat Yojna card, a centrally sponsored scheme under the   Ayushman Bharat Mission of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) Govt. of India without letting them spending a single penny.
Under the scheme, card holders will get medical treatment facilities covering upto Rs. 5 lakhs.
Rabi said, “Journalist can do social service in addition to reporting the voice of the needy people”.  He said that he will help more people in getting the government beneficiary at his capacity.

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Imphal, Feb 27,

An awareness cum interaction programme on Road Traffic Safety was organized by the Field Outreach Bureau, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, Imphal at C.I. College, Bishnupur District today.  Dr. M. Mangi Singh, Principal, C.I. College presided the function.
Speaking on the occasion as resource person, Ak. Shantikumar SIngh, Deputy Superintendant (OPS), Bishnupur, said that most of the cause of accidents in the Nambol-Moirang Stretch is due to intoxication. He requested the members of the public to avoid speeding and wear ISI certified helmets.
A quiz competition was also held and prizes was distributed by the dignitaries. Lecturers, assistant professors, members of NGO, news correspondents, students and trainees of news reporting were present during the said programme.

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Some few years back at an almost a catastrophic incident where 15 children were on the verge of being suffocated to death inside the van that was taking them to school should be an eye-opener for the multitude of van services transporting students for almost all the schools in the state, the unfortunate part is that people of the state as well as those in the government have almost forgotten.
Everybody knows that the school transporter render is immense, and for most parents, a vital one considering the limited transport facilitiesbeing provided for the public, which invariably leads to the only other alternative of undertaking the job of taking the kids to school and back home upon themselves, putting a huge strain on their time and efforts. Add to it the cold winter months and the long rainy days, not to mention the scorching summer, and the task becomes daunting for those of us who cannot afford a four wheeler, or to take out or synchronise  the time to their schedule.
But in as much as these van services are becoming an indispensable part of the support system, unwanted and unwarranted incidents that poses danger to the safety of the children have been on the rise. The Union/Association overseeing the regulations and rules of these service vans are apparently more interested in safeguarding their own interest and profitability to the point of neglecting the basic safety norms and regulations to be observed-if they everhad one to start with. Treating the young children with more sensitivity and care and not as mere commodities of their trade could go a long way in preventing such mishaps in the future. The urge to pack in more children in the van which translates to more income for the drivers should be curbed.
A proper framework and guidelines should be drawn up in consultation with various authorities to make these kind of mistakes and oversights a thing of the past. The association/ Union of these van services should take the responsibility to see that these steps are taken up at the earliest. No one can afford to expose the unsuspecting and vulnerable children to such unneccesary risks ever again. The drivers should be sensitized on the issue so that they can understand and appreciate their role in the scheme of things. Regular monitoring by the school authorities as well as the Union or Association with feedbacks from the students availing the services of these vans could keep the drivers on the alert and be a reassuring measure for the parents and guardians as well. Our children are our treasure, precious and versatile. It is for us to see that they are provided with the safest and best atmosphere we possibly can mange to, for learning and growing up to be responsible and successful citizens who will make our society a little more better.
They  are the future, to be nourished and protected. Everybody has a stake in their safety. Every single one of us.

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By: Sanjenbam Jugeshwor Singh.

In my childhood days, during the “LAI HARAOBA” festival of my village though I didn’t know the real meaning of laiharaoba & Maibi jagoi( Dance) etc ,I enjoyed it but the event I  most eagerly waiting was the Mukna –Lamjel, that use to hold one day after the last day of Lai haraoba(Lairoi).According to the tradition of my village, the players who are to take part in Mukna(Traditional wrestling) are put into two teams, which leaders and elders of the village named as Laroi panna and singloi panna or Lairembi panna and Lairemba panna. Each team is led by one of the best player whom we call him Mukna Jatra. Both the teams will arrive at the Laibung after traditional rituals at the residence of the Jatras. After the Mukna team arrived, the athletes who are to take part in marathon race (Lamjel) in the same team as Mukna arrived. In case of marathon race, the team leader is generally the one who got first, second or third place in previous year. The judge (we call him, lamtharoi) is the one who got hat trick in this marathon in other days. The encouragement given to those athletes by our people during their run by shouting: CHENKHATLU-CHENKHATLU” still fresh in my mind. The prizes given to those winners are very simple, very lovely but I envied at it. The prizes were those cloth of our deities which are conferred by Laipanaba. After that, the winners will go around the laibung where our elders (Famnaiba) also encouraged them by giving whatever they have, may be cash or kind or flowers etc.  I liked and envied at it even though I could not take part.

Whatever the case, it may be, I thought, games and sports in every part of Manipur might have been originated from Lai-haraoba. In addition to this, the Art & Culture of Manipur has also been associating with our Lai-Haraoba, I supposed myself. It could be the driving force which makes Manipur famous in Games & Sports as well as in Art &Culture, all over the World. It’s not wrong to say that in Manipur the spirit of Art & Culture as well as Sports started from every families, right from childhood days by every one of us. It’s a well-known fact that every elder of all our family started teaching dance to all our minors by saying “TADING –TADING “.

Who are those players who bring laurels for our motherland Manipur from National and International arenas? And where are they from? Are they the children of those rich, powerful big shots? Or are they the children of those who are taking utmost care for the career of their children by dragging out from sleep in early hour of a day for tuition by paying advance payment for tuition? AS of now, it’s not so. Most of the players who brings laurels and gives the name of the Manipur in the world are those who are deprived of proper education, basic amenities of contemporary world and children of those parents who can’t look after their children just for hand to mouth way of survival. They simply come to nearby playground, watch playing then induced the feeling of playing without any sports suits. At this point of time, I recall one Manipuri Film “NOBAB” which portrayed how our sports stars groomed.

 It is encouraging to celebrate Sports person’s Day(Shannaroisingi Numit) every year on 25th February in commemoration of awarding Manipur “The Raja Bhalindra “ trophy for overall team champion in 5th ( Latter on 30th ) National Games in 1999 at Imphal. On the sideline of this celebration, when we look into the condition of our players, playgrounds, sports infrastructures vis-à-vis the welfare scheme taken up for the players ,it is in a  highly deplorable  state and hope for our players is greatly miserable. In the remote areas, away from greater Imphal, though there are few play grounds, there is no sign of development and improvement. In the greater Imphal areas, play grounds are replaced by Community halls where certain indoor games can be played but not possible for any outdoor games. In the grass-root levels at villages and in the hill area there is no sign of translating anything into action which are inevitably to do for the development of Sports. NATIONAL SPORTS UNIVERSITY, the foundation stone for which was laid by Prime Minister is still in its infant state. The budget allocation for Sports & Culture instead of escalation seems to be cutting down. Because of this a great apprehension among the people develop whether our sports & culture will be outshine like yester-years. Felicitating eminent sports persons on this day by giving incentives or awards is a good step. However simply honoring those on this day will improve the condition of our sports is the question that many asked. Will it be worth to identify those local clubs and persons who are dedicated for the development of sports in our state and confer or honor them? This act will help to re- orient our sports activities in progressive direction. On the other hands, most of our schools do not have sports grounds which is one the most important criteria to be fulfilled while recognition is given by the Board/Govt. Due to lack of this important infrastructures, people started posting voice that most of our schools are something like a private tuition or coaching centers which in turn snatch away the inherent properties or qualities of our children who are our future pillars into a spoiled bread. Simply shouting and honoring few eminent sports persons by the Government on this 25th day of February every year will not help to translate our dream of Manipur to be the power house of sports into reality.

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