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No let up in protest against CAB

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Imphal, Feb 7

With the beginning of the ‘On Road Mass Agitation’ from yesterday initiated by Manipur People against Citizenship Amendment bill 2016 (MANPAC) to protest for the withdrawal of Contentious CAB, today also protestors blocked one side of the NH2 highways in between Singjamei to Canchipur at various places. Similar protests were also staged at Uripok Kangchup road and also at Khuman Lampak ISBT road. Mayai lambi too was disrupted as protestors sit in the middle of the road and also at Takyel Kolom leikai.

The police were in a state of dilemma in controlling the protestors. Protestors confront with the police who were blocking the National Highway No.2 (Indo-Burma road) just behind Kakwa police Station.

To disperse the protestors protesting in the Highway police throw tear gas shells. One woman identified as Mayengbam Kripa (40 years) wife of Sharat from Kakwa Laiphrakpam Leikai fainted and was rushed to a nearby hospital.

While vesting the protest at Kakwa Ex. MLA O. Joy spoke to media person that he condemned the atrocities of the Manipur Police department in handling the democratic protestors by throwing tear gas shells. He also condemned the state government for their irresponsible nature.

Even though the police tried to control the situation to unblock the highway, still protestors at various places continue to block the road.

The protest were done at Singjamei Keithel, Kakwa Keithel, Kakwa Naorem Leikai and Kakwa Narsingh for the area of National Highway No.2

Speaking to media persons Ninghtouja Lancha said that MANPAC will intensify the protest until the bill is withdrawn and will even dishonour National symbols.

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Imphal Angels Hosts first ever Biggest North East Startup Summit 2019

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Imphal, Feb 7,

 Imphal Angels on Wednesday hosted the first ever North East startup summit 2019, the biggest startup event in the North east at Hotel Imphal where various prominent entrepreneurs, investors and other

ecosystem partners gathered. JCRE Skill Solutions was the title sponsor of the event.

Prominent entrepreneurs like Fahad Moti Khan, CEO Technology 9 Labs, Vipul Saini, Head partnership, NASSCOM 10,000 startups, Yasuhiro Seo, partner at Spiral ventures, a Japanese VC farm, Manoj Kumar Basumatary, CEO and Co-Founder Symbiotic Foods, Nickson Sharma, Venture capitalist, North East Venture Fund and Lian Thangvung, Founder and CEO, Thangvung Privilege Services Pvt Ltd spoke as resource persons.

Manoj Kumar Basumatary, CEO and Co-Founder Symbiotic Foods, a farmer from Assam, whose commercial pig breeding got VC funding narrated as how became a successful entrepreneur amidst various hurdles and hardships.

Stating that Pig breeding business is a lucrative business which can change one’s life with the demand of pork being high in the north east, he said north east a best Narrating about his visit to a piggery farm in Karnataka, he said he found 22 people from North east working in a piggery farm for a small salary. “At a time when the North east is a best market for pork, Why the north east people should go a long way for earning rather than initiating the same business here”, he questioned.

Pointing out that Banks were reluctant to provide him even 10 lakhs worth loan at the initial stage of his business, he said Banks have approached him to take loan worth crores after witnessing his successful

business venture. He said he left Bank job to start his piggery farm.

Agriculture is a sector where a lone farmer cannot create a business ecosystem without collaborative effort, he added.

Fisher Laishram, Governing member, Imphal Angels,  while delivering introductory speech regarding the Startup summit 2019, said that the first NE start up event was organized by the Imphal Angels to bring the various ecosystem players like aspiring entrepreneurs, startups, mentors, investors, VC funds, and local industry on one common platform to promote entrepreneurship and to build a robust startup and innovative ecosystem in North-East India. It aims to to create a vibrant and diverse startup ecosystem in North-East India, he said.

Stating that startup entrepreneurs are facing various challenges and hurdles in terms of funding, technical know-how and inputs, Imphal Angels was initiated by 9 likeminded entrepreneurs to help resolve the issues confronting the early-stage business.

By becoming a member of Imphal Angels one will have a unique opportunity to become an early stage investor of some of the most innovative ventures from the region, which are largely untapped, and not only gain financially but also have an impact in the economic development of the region, he said.

Apart from the capital investment, the company will help the entrepreneurs with timely mentoring and access to their large network of industry experts and VC funds, he said.

Five things being carried out by Imphal Angels include Incubator and Accelerator, Startup mentoring, Startup services and partnership opportunities, he added.

A startup pitch completion for the 10 selected startups was also held. Nearr from Assam, Hill Wild from Manipur, North East App from Nagaland, IWARI from Manipur, Medilane from Manipur, ELGAE TECH from Manipur, Tenderbud Tea from Assam, KAKSOI from Manipur, NIBIAA consultancy from Manipur and Hillsland Education from Manipur pitched for their business.

Top 3 winners of Startup Pitching Competition were selected. The winner goes to Hillsland Education. While 2nd and 3rd positions went to Medilane Healthcare and Hill Wild, respectively. An Angel funding worth Rs 1 lac was provided as cash prize to the best startup company.Title Sponsor - JCRE Skill Solutions Hospitality Partner - Classic Group of Hotels

Food & Beverage Partners –Machal (Kangleipak Spices Industry)LIKLA (Thangjam Agro Industries Pvt. Ltd.)

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Precious life saved by AR

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Imphal,Feb 7,

On 06th February 2019 at around 1400 hours a mother brought her child to Unit hospital of Tengnoupal Battalion with critical burn injuries.

A two year old female child of Chelep village was brought to Unit Hospital of Tengnoupal Battalion with serious burn injuries. The mother of child intimated that the child was playing around the transformer when it caught fire because of short circuit.  The child being in proximity of transformer got burnt by the fire.  
Senior Medical officer of Tengnoupal Battalion with his elaborate experience and professional skills administered prompt first aid to the child and treated her with medicines to provide her immediate relief from pain.
The child named Boinu Mate daughter of Khailen Mate was in agony because of severe injuries which were upto 40 percent deep burns on her back, chest and arms. The senior medical officer applied medicines on the body of the child to reduce the burning sensation and also administered injections to prevent infection from spreading and subsequently referred her  to burn ward of  RIMS/JNINS.
The timely and swift actions taken by the Tengnoupal Battalion helped in saving precious life of a child. The senior medical officer with his expertise in medical field administered effective treatment which provided relief to the girl child and enabled her to be evacuated to Hospital of Imphal. The village authority of Chelep expressed their gratitude to Assam Rifles for saving the life of girl. The Tengnoupal Battalion is resolute to help locals in every possible means.

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35 youths left Imphal for North East Youth Exchange Programme

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Under the Scheme of the North East Youth Exchange Programme of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India 35 youths selected from Thoubal, Kakching and Chandel Districts left Imphal for Nagpur on the 6th February, 2019.

The objective of the Scheme is to expose the youths to the technologically and industrially advanced states so that the youths will see various developmental activities including skill development, educational and employment opportunities.

There will be exchange of the rich traditional and cultural heritage with a view to preserve and promote for future generation. This is an attempt to develop emotional linkage with their peers in different states of the country and enhance self esteem towards national unity and development. The Youth Exchange Programme is  being organised by NYK Nagpur from 10 to 16th February, 2019.

NYKS State Director Jacky Ruivah, District Youth Coordinator Yumnam Laksman Singh and UNV DYC Chandel flagged off the Manipur Team at the Youth Hostel,  Khuman Lampak. The State Director wished the participating youths of Manipur to perform well in the National Level Programme.

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Satjal Academy Wangbal Branch Observes 22nd Rising Day

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Meitei Huyen Langlon Sintam Shanglen (Satjal Academy), Wangbal Branch Observed its 22nd rising day Celebration on Wednesday at Wangbal Mayai Leikai in Thoubal District sponsored by the Universal Friendship Organisation.

The Celebration begins with Chief Guest with Satjal members giving general salute to the “Pakhangba” flag, symbol of Satjal along with the theme song of Satjal.

The formal function was attended by the Former Director of Centre for Myanmar and South East Asian Studies and Former Dean School of Human and Environmental Science of Manipur University Professor Wangkhem Nabakumar Singh, Former Member of Manipur Human Right Commission R.K. Rajendra Singh, Renown Actor & Social Worker R.K.Somorendro (Kaiku), President of All Manipur Apunba Nupi Samaj  Thokchom Ramani, Pradhan of Wangbal Gram Panchayat Heisnam Manichandra Singh and Legal Aid Counsel of Imphal West Advocate Khuraijam Kanta as Chief Guest, President and guests of honour respectively.

Around 500 members from different branches of the organisation and locals also attended the function. At least 100 members wearing black uniform gave salute during the flag hoisting of the organisation.

Speaking at the function, Commander of Special Duty UFO, Naokhomba said that altogether 227 Satjal Academy had been opened and raised 38 Battalion so far in Kangleipak adding that Satjal Academy believes in peaceful co-existence and respect other culture and religion.

He further said that Kangleipak used to be an independent nation having her own scripts, religion, culture, rule of law, and self-sufficient kingdom for a long period of time and added that the episode of Puya Meithaba some 200 years back was the most unfortunate incident happened in the history of Kangleipak.

Stating that Kangleipak is home to more than 36 different communities, each community having their own culture, tradition and religion, the commander maintained that the UFO Society (Satjal Academy) was established to bring some order in the society which has been marred by chaos, indiscipline and directionless that has emerged in the last 300 years.

The organisation was formed on four main objectives: to inculcate discipline among the elder and the younger generations, to bring back the lost culture, to spread awareness on the values of justice and to save the Meetei religion, he said.

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BJP shows no concern for NE states

Inability to make a united stand among civil society groups , political parties and the students’ bodies is again becoming a stumbling block to the ongoing agitation against contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill which is on its way to pass at Rajya Sabha.
All are against the Bill as it is about our land and people. Various form of agitations organised by various organizations are also against the passing of the Bill. But what will make the peoples’ movement ‘fail’ is the disunity among the various group either it may be the political parties, civil society bodies, students’ body or the meira paibis.
As of now, two apex bodies – one MANPAC another PAM is spearheading movement against the contentious CAB. Political parties too have group themselves as M DF and SDF. May be some differences of strategy on how to move on the agitations and oppose the Bill may be different, but the goal of all the agitating body are similar.
Yesterday saw PAM clarifying over a doctored video which went viral. As per their statement there are some people who are trying to confuse the agitation by drawing line on communal line. There may come another time that such plan to sabotage the peoples’ movement may come again using the similar techniques. And one thing the people of the state should understand is that as long as there is not unity among the various group it will give chances to those people who are in favour of the CAB in sabotaging the peoples’ movement.
Interesting development is the state BJP’s open declaration of opposing the Bill by leading a joint alliance of MDF. The Congress already make its stand and they had tie and again oppose the Bill and the 9 political parties under the banner SDF are on their way pushing their respective MPs to stop the CAB 2016 from passing in the Rajya Sabha.
Meanwhile, Ram Madhav , the North East in Charge General secretary of the BJP is very confident of getting passage of the Bill in the Rajya Sabha that he openly declared that the Bill will be presented as Supplementary in the Rajya Sabha.

It is on record that the day when the Contentious Citizen Amendment Bill, 2016 was passed in the Lok Sabha, there was wild uproar in the entire states of North East. In Tripura protestors were fired.
It is at this point that one need to ponder on why the BJP NE secretary told media about the things that has already burnt the NE. The very word of Ram Madhav is nothing but pouring of the fuel to the fire.
It may be remembered that the Chief Minister of Manipur, perhaps under pressure at least joint hands with some political party urged the Union Home Minister and the prime Minister to insert a clause that would protect the state from CAB, which is neither feasible nor listen by the BJP leadership.
Ram Madhav, the General Secretary in Charge of NE states for the BJP and present MP had stated that they are going to present the CAB 2016 and will pass in the Rajya Sabha too. The very statement of the BJP leader without saying anything to the demand of a BJP Chief Minister showed that they care nothing to NE states. After all the states put together including Sikkim have only 25 MPs. The issue of CAB and the uproar from the people of the state is not an issue as the BJP now shrewdly penetrated to West Bengal which have 42 MPs. Half of this number which the BJP is expecting to get due to the anti-incumbency factor of the Mamata Banerji Government as well as the number of illegal migrants which had already entered the city of joy who felt that they will be granted Indian citizenship. It is not an issue for Muslim migrant to convert it to any religion as most entered the country for survival. After all the CAB says persons without any document can also be granted citizenship of the country. There are no marks to any human being to show that he or she belong to any religion.  
As per news report appeared at some of the  Assam based newspapers, bold statement of Ram Madhav which humiliated the uproar of the public against the Bill showed that NE states is not important to them.

11th Manipur Assembly Elections 2017: Issues, Manifestos and Outcome

By Aheibam Koireng Singh

The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced the dates for the 11th Manipur Assembly Elections (MAE) 2017 two be held in phases on Wednesday, 4th January 2017. Accordingly the 11th Manipur Assembly Elections (MAE) 2017 was held in two phases correspondingly on 4th and 8th March 2017 under tight security. Repolls for both the phases were also later held based on reports and complaints of the voting process getting interrupted due to technical snags and other malpractices during elections. For the first time, two polling stations of Ukhrul AC were exclusively manned by women officials. The overall voter turnout for the state elections had been recorded at 86.61 Per Cent (PC). A total of 23 underground outfits of Manipur, consisting two conglomerates - the UPF and KNO are currently under Suspension of Operation (SoO) agreement with the Union Government. Three valley-based underground outfits of Manipur - the URF, KCP-L and KYKL-MDF too have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Union Government. The Chief Electoral Officer, ahead of the election, announced on 2nd March that altogether 2,228 underground cadres belonging to various militant groups who are under SoO and MoU with the Government of India (GoI) would cast their votes through postal ballot at 14 designated camps across the State. 
First Phase Election: 
The five districts going to poll in the first phase MAE 2017 to decide the fate of 168 candidates in the fray including seven female candidates were Bishnupur, Churachandpur, Imphal East, Imphal West, and Senapati. The total number of electorates for the first phase was 19,02,562 comprising 9,28,573 males and 9,73,989 females. Out of the total 1,643 polling stations, the ECI had identified 837 polling stations as ‘hyper sensitive’ and 529 as ‘sensitive. For maintaining peaceful polling 280 companies of Central Paramilitary forces and armed police of other states have been deployed. In addition to it, 9338 state police personnel were also deployed. 8404 polling personnels were also appointed to condu