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Manipur’s 1st Lokayukta Chairperson sworn in retired justice T. Nandakumar Singh as Chairperson

DIPR
Imphal, June 19,

 Justice (Retd) T. Nandakumar Singh was today sworn-in as the first Chairperson of the Manipur Lokayukta along with Justice (Retd) Basu Deo Agarwal and Ameising Luikham, IAS (Retd) as Judicial Member and Non Judicial Member respectively. Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly appointed Chairperson and members at the swearing-in-ceremony held at the Darbar hall of  Raj Bhavan, Imphal.
The ceremony was attended by Council of Ministers’ led by Th. Biswajit Singh, L. Jayantakumar Singh,  Karam Shyam, Th. Shyamkumar Singh,  V. Hangkhanlian, and MLA Khasim Vashum. Chief Information Commissioner Dr. Soibam Ibocha Singh, State Information Commissioner Oinam Sunil, Acting Chairperson, Manipur State Human Rights Commission, Khaidem Mani were in attendance. Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Director General of Police L.M. Khaute and other senior officials of civil and police of the state government were also present during the ceremony.
Speaking to media persons, after the swearing-in ceremony, newly appointed Chairperson Justice (Retd) T. Nandakumar Singh said that Lokayukta will take up complaints filed against ministers and senior IAS officers. Every complaint will not be entertained and only those genuine complaints will be taken into consideration after preliminary enquiry. Lokayukta is a quasi judiciary authority for transparent administration of the State Government.  Lokayukta is for the people and it will work for the interest of the public, he added.
Mentioned may be made that appointment of Manipur Lokayukta Chairperson and members was published in Manipur Gazette notification dated,  13th May, 2019.

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Doner Approves 176.43 Crores for different schemes in the state

DIPR
Imphal, June 19,

The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has approved a total amount of Rs.176.43 crores for different schemes to be undertaken in the State. The said amount was approved by the Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) in its meeting held at New Delhi on June 18, 2019.
The IMC meeting was chaired by Secretary DoNER Dr. Inder Jit Singh. Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Addl. Chief Secretary Dr. Suhel Akhtar and other senior officers of the State Government participated in the meeting.
Out of the approved sanctioned amount, Rs. 59.06 crores has been approved for the three projects under North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS), a total of Rs. 90 crores for 38 projects under Hill Area Development Programme (HADP) and Rs. 27.37 crores for 16 projects under Flood Relief Works in the State.
The three projects under the North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS) are upgradation of Moirang Sendra Road upto Sendra Hillock, Moirang Sendra Road to Omba Hillock and Keina Bazaar to Thanga Keibul Road for promoting tourism, augmentation of Moreh Water Supply Scheme and provision of paid/Private ward in JNIMS.
Some of the projects under Hill Area Development Programme (HADP) include construction of Water Supply Scheme at Tamei, Nungba, Haochong etc., construction of transit quarter/hostel for doctors, teachers and government employees at Nungba, Noney, Haochung and Sub-Divisional HQ in Tameng District, development and promotion of eco-tourism centre at Zeliad lake and Tharon cave etc.

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Few hours rains flooded Imphal; Water logged on the street at many places

IT News
Imphal, June 19,

 Few Hours rains flooded most part of Imphal areas today afternoon. Most streets including national Highway today witness rain water running on it as most drains constructed on the road sides fails to drain the rain water.
As  usual the Manipur Secretariat Office (both New & Old) Complex were also flooded in the few hours rain as there are no proper drainage system till today.
A video uploaded by a police officer while on duty show water filling some portion of the National Highway. As per his views it was the due to the encroachers by many people which created a stumbling block to the drainage system. At Yaiskul area  of Imphal the few hours rain flooded the locality.
Traffic at Keishampat was disturbed as water remain logged on the road after the few hour rain.
Drainage constructed at the cost of huge amount seems no help in solving the problem.   

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Chief Minister N. Biren Singh returns; leaves airport without facing reporters

IT News
Imphal, June 19,

The air is still thick in the N. Biren Singh led government, as the political crisis remain unsolved even after meeting various leaders of the BJP Central leadership.  Suspicious over deepening of the crisis was suspected as Chief Minister N. Biren Singh who arrived here in Imphal today afternoon refused to meet reporters who have been waiting for him at Imphal airport.
As per Imphal Times reporters, the flight where CM came landed around 1.55 pm today.
Several media persons waited for him at the Tulihal airport and unfortunately he neither came out from the main exit where everyone came out nor meets the media persons.
Instead he came out from another gate where his vehicle got inside the air field and take him straight away leaving behind all the media persons and their queries.
It is hard to understand on why the Chief Minister didn’t talk to reporters who have been waiting for him at airports for hours curious to know the political development  at this crucial hours. The battle between Minister N. Bishwajit and CM N. Biren is now crystal clear and in addition to source with Imphal Times, Minister Bishwajit had yesterday stated that it is the central leadership that will decide and settle the issue. As the ball is now in the court of the central leadership CM Biren might thought talking to reporters may deepen the crisis more.  

Ajay Jamwal arrives
Meanwhile, North East Zonal General Secretary Organisation of the BJP , Ajay Jamwal also arrived at Imphal today. He arrived at Imphal airport at 11 .45 am. The BJP leader also refuse to give any comment regarding the political crisis in Manipur.

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Export promotion conference cum international buyer seller meet on North East region held

IT News
Imphal June 19,

Export promotion conference cum international buyer seller meet on North East region Product export is being organised at City Convention Centre today.
The conference cum buyer sellers meet was organised by Agricultural and processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) in association with North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation limited (NERAMAC)
The conference was attended by Chief Secretary of Government of Manipur Dr. J Suresh Babu and Commerce Secretary Department of Commerce Government of India Dr. Anup Wadhawan as Special Guest and Chief Guest of the function.
The main objective of the meet is to promotes export of agricultural and processed products from North East regions and to facilitate market linkages of the exporters with international buyers.
It will also provide support to exporters to set up infrastructure like pack houses, cold storage etc. The event aims at bringing the North Eastern States of India on the export map of India.
It can be mention that around 21 international buyers from South East Asia, Gulf countries and neighbouring countries are participating the event.
Various speakers from Manipur, Tripura, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Assam, Nagaland were also spoke on the occasion.

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Revised Edition of ‘Tales of Human Mischief’ is now available

IT News
Imphal, June 19,

The ongoing armed conflict and civil unrest in Manipur has drawn a lot of attention. But it has hardly received deserving elaborate attention, the victims in particular.  They have always remained as mere names and counted numbers whose stories have never been told.
Nameirakpam Bobo Meitei’s Tales of Human Mischief is their stories, the stories of the insignificant many told with great significance in rich prose. Set in Manipur, also known as Kangleipak, the elaborate tales are the laments of a mother for her child who she will never see; the unheard voice of a young soul shaped by violence that surrounds him; the unspoken agony and humiliation of dishonoured victims; of those who have been gnawed by avarice and no longer bound even by basic moral code; the prolonged and widespread fear of those who live with the wish to be salvaged; and the extremity of terror and human brutality, to underscore some.
Written between 2010 and 2011, the book was first published in 2012 only to be withdrawn soon, owing to the publisher’s lack of competence.
“There was no regret when the book was permanently pulled out along with the second book, which also suffered the similar fate. It apparently caused an end to an erratic relation, but it nevertheless gave one sufficient time to reflect on how to repair the damage and, most importantly, the editorial touch the book deserved,” explains the author.
Tales of Human Mischief is Bobo Meitei’s first book. The author is also planning to launch his second book, A Cursed Land, after a few months. The book is already available on www.amazon.in both in paperback and kindle format.
About the author:
Born in Manipur, also known as Kangleipak, Nameirakpam Bobo Meitei grew up in Kyamgei, Imphal, the capital of the state. He studied Economics at Pune University. He started his career as a language teacher in South-East Asia. Since 2011, he has been working in New Delhi, handling range of editorial profiles.

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Pouring anger to media won’t help solving the crisis

Every person in the state knows that there is a political crisis going on in the BJP led Coalition government after some Ministers and MLAs of the BJP revolted and submit memorandum to the Central BJP leaderships for change of Chief Minister. The differences and the revolt against Chief Minister by some Ministers and MLAs is a fact and have been in the public domain since June 4 cabinet meeting held at Ukhrul district head quarter. The cracks become clearer after the removal of key portfolios from Dy. CM Y. Joykumar and Minister Bishwajit. State media being a keen observer of the development collected news regarding the political crisis erupted in the state government using various sources to make sure that people of the state remain informed on what has been going on in the state political theatre. Journalists’ main duty is to inform public on the truth that has been happening around us.
From various sources and series of event that have been taken place in the BJP led government since its formation in March 2017, media people have notice unfriendly wind blowing over the differences among the BJP top profile MLAs over leadership issue. Disappointment to some MLAs of the BJP over not getting ministerial berth has been kitchen talk for quite a long time after key portfolios have been offered to coalition partners legislators. It was lack of proper evidences that media were keeping the matter underneath without disclosing to the public as media people knows publication of such news without proper evidences would be equivalent to misleading the people as well as confusing the members and legislators of the BJP, which is now recognized as one of the largest and most discipline political party in the world. 
Political crisis in the state evolved after some Ministers and MLAs of the BJP reportedly submitted a memorandum to their central leader for change of chief Minister as there are differences to the continuation of N. Biren Singh as Chief Minister. The MLAs out rightly stated for replacement of Chief Minister even though they have not mention a specific name on whom to replace N. Biren Singh.
If a group of legislators of the same party revolted against their leader and demanded removal, the media people coin the word ‘dissidents’. Dissidents, as per dictionary meaning are those who disagree. 
Are not the Ministers and the MLAs of the BJP who have submitted petition for change of Chief Minister ‘Dissidents’? 
The ongoing crisis in the BJP led coalition government is not provoked by the media. State media only reported that is happening. And attempting to pamper the image of the media who only performed their duty by saying that there are no dissidents and it is the media that mislead and tried to make confusion to the public, is nothing but a desperate attempt to rape the sanctity of media.  
Well as of now, all those dissidents have returned and Chief Minister of Manipur too has returned today, but the crisis remained unsolved. Putting all blame to media for unwanted things happening in their family will not help in solving the issue amicably.
A crisis in the government over differences and rise of dissidents will only hindered all developmental works that are supposed to be taken up in the state. The crisis will also hinder in the state government effort to solve the issue of overdraft. Media people reported those happening in the government only wanted to let people know, so that those MLAs and Ministers who are revolting for power understand that peoples’ anger may cost their future career. All those reports appeared in the media are a message to the peoples’ representatives that “we are watching your every move and we know what you did and what you are planning to do”. Please stop blaming media.    

 

Causes & Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency

‘Low educational attainment, a low attachment to school and low educational aspirations are very prominent in Manipur, because of our education system (Tuition Culture), irregularities in BOSEM, COHSEM, MPSC, corruption, nepotism, favoritism, unemployment problems, which make our children & youths hopeless and restless which could be a major factor for the delinquency of our youths’

 Juvenile delinquency also known as juvenile offending is the act of participating in unlawful behaviors as minors (Juvenile i.e. individual younger than the statuary age of majority). Most legal prescribe specific procedure for dealing with juvenile ,such as juvenile detention centers and Courts, with it being common that juvenile system are treated as civil cases instead of criminal or a hybrid thereof  to avoid certain requirements required for criminal cases (typically the rights to a public trial or to a jury trial). Depending on the type and severity of the offense committed, it is possible for people under 18 years to be charged and treated as adults. In recent years a higher proportion of youths have experienced arrests by their early 20s than in the past. Some scholars have concluded that this may reflect more aggressive criminals’ justice and zero tolerance policies rather than changes in youth behavior. Juvenile crimes can range from status offenses (such as indulge smoking/drinking) to property crimes and violent crimes.
Juvenile offending can be considered to be normative adolescent behavior. This is because most teens tend to offend by committing non-violent crimes, only once or a few times and only during adolescence. Repeated and/or violent offending is likely to lead to later and more violent offenses. When this happens the offender often displays antisocial behavior even before reaching adolescence. Juvenile delinquency or offending is often separated into three categories: Delinquency; crimes committed by minors which are dealt with by the juvenile Courts and justice system; Criminal behavior, crimes dealt with by the criminal justice system; status offenders, offenses that are and classified as such because one is a minor, such as truancy, also dealt with by juvenile Courts. According to the developmental research of Moffitt (2006), there are two different types of offenders that emerge in adolescence. One is the repeat offender, referred to as the life-course-persistent offender, who begins offending or showing anti-social/aggressive behavior in adolescence( or even childhood) and continues into adulthood; and the age specific offender, referred to as the adolescence –limited offender, for whom juvenile offending or delinquency begins and ends during their period of adolescence .Considering that most teenagers tend to show some  form of anti-social or delinquent behavior during adolescence, it is important to account for these behaviors in childhood in order to determine whether they will be life course persistent offenders or adolescence-limited offenders. Although adolescence-limited offenders, they still show more mental health, substance abuse and financial problems, both in adolescence and adulthood than those who never delinquent.
The two largest predictors of juvenile delinquency are: parenting style and peer group association. In parenting style most likely delinquency being permissive parenting characterized by a lack of consequence- based discipline and encompassing two sub types; neglectful parenting characterized by lack of monitoring and thus knowledge of the child’s activities and indulgent parenting, characterized by affirmative enablement of misbehavior andauthoritarian parenting characterized by harsh discipline and refusal to justify discipline on any basis other than “because I said so”. Peer group association, particularly with anti-social peers groups as is more likely when adolescent are left unsupervised. Other factor that may lead a teenager into juvenile delinquency include poor or low socio-economic status, poor school readiness/performance and /or failure peer rejection or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).There may also be biological factors such as high level of serotonin, giving them a difficult temper and poor self-regulation and a lower resting heart rate, which may lead to fearlessness. Delinquent activity, particularly the involvement in youth gangs, may also be caused by a desire for protection against violence or financial hardship as the offenders view delinquent activity as a means of surrounding themselves with resources to protect against these threats. Most of these influences tend to be caused by a mix of both genetic and environmental factors. Some research indicates that change in weather can increase the likelihood of children exhibiting deviant behavior. Individual psychological or behavioral risk factors that may make offending more likely include low intelligence, Impulsiveness or the inability  to delay gratification, aggressions lack of empathy and restlessness.Other risk factors that may be evident during childhood and adolescence include aggressive or troublesome behavior, language delays or impairments, lack of emotional control (earning to control one’s anger) and cruelty to animals. Children with low intelligence are more likely to do badly in school. This may increase the chances offending because low educational attainment, a low attachment to school and low educational aspirations are all risk factors for offending in themselves.
Low educational attainment, a low attachment to school and low educational aspirations are very prominent in Manipur, because of our education system (Tuition Culture), irregularities in BOSEM, COHSEM, MPSC, corruption, nepotism, favoritism, unemployment problems, which make our children & youths hopeless and restless which could be a major factor for the delinquency of our youths.
Children who perform poorly at school are also more likely to be truant and the status offenses of truancy is linked to further offending. Impulsiveness is seen by some as the key aspect of a child’s personality that predict offending. However, it is not clear whether these aspects of personality are a result of deficits in the executive functions of the brain or a result of potential influences or other social factors. In any event, studies of adolescence development show that teenagers are more prone to risk-taking which may explain the high disproportionate rate of offending among adolescents. Family factors that may have an influence ; the level of parental supervision, the way the parents discipline a child, particularly harsh punishment, parental conflict or separation, criminal parents or siblings, parental abuse or neglect and the quality of the parent-child relationship. Children who develop behavioral problems early in life are at greater risk for continual lifelong anti-social behavior, criminal activity and violence. Some have suggested that having a lifelong partner leads to less offending.Juvenile delinquency, which basically is the rebellious or unlawful activities by kids in their teen or pre-teens is caused by four main risk factors namely: personality, background, state of mind and drugs. These factors may lead to the child having low IQ and may increase the rate of illiteracy. Children brought up by single parents are more likely to start offending than those who live with both parents. It is also more likely that children of single parents may live in poverty, which is strongly associated with juvenile delinquency. However once the attachment a child feels towards their parent(s) and level of parental supervision are taken into account, children in single parent families are no more likely to offend than others (one vivid example is RAJO GI PHURIT, a Manipuri short story). Conflict between a child’s parents is also much more closely linked to offending than being raised by lone parent. If a child has low parental supervision, they are much more likely to offend. Many studies have found a strong correlation between a lack of supervision and offending and it appears to be the most important family influence on offending. When parents commonly do not know where their children are, what their activities are, or who their friend are, children are more likely to truant from school and have delinquent friends, each of which are linked to offending. A lack of supervision is also connected to poor relationship between children and parents. Children who are often in conflict with their parents may be less willing to discuss their activities with them. Children resulting from unintended pregnancies are more likely to exhibit delinquent behavior.
     Delinquency prevention is the broad term for all efforts aimed at preventing youths from becoming involved in criminal or other antisocial activity. Because development of delinquency in youths is influenced by numerous factors, prevention efforts need to be comprehensive in scope. Prevention services may include activities such as substance abuse education and treatment, family counselling, youth mentoring, parenting education, educational support and youth sheltering. Increasing availability and use of family planning services including education and contraceptives help to reduce unintended pregnancies and unwanted births which are risk factors for delinquency. Education is the greater equalizer, opening doors to lift themselves out of poverty.Education also promotes economic growth, national productivity and innovations and value of democracy and social cohesion. Prevention through education aides the youths to interact more effectively in social context, therefore diminishing need for delinquency.Timely intervention may leave at risk children worse off because placing large groups of at risk children together only propagates delinquency or violent behavior. The most effective /efficient interventions are those that not only separate at risk teens from antisocial peers and place them instead with pro-social ones but also simultaneously improve their home environment by training parents with appropriate parenting style, parenting style being the other large predictor of Juvenile delinquency.

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Ukhrul Baby League Football Cup - 2019 Launched By AR

IGAR (South)
Imphal June 19,

Somsai Battalion of 10 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) in conjunction with Ukhrul Football Club launched the District Level 7-a-side (under-12) Baby League Football Cup 2019 at Ukhrul today. The Baby League to be conducted from 18-22 June 2019 has been widely received by the locals.   
The first match kicked off in the morning amidst cheering parents and excited supporters. A total of 6 teams have registered for participation in the tournament. It is worth mentioning that the Assam Rifles has been instrumental in reinforcing the football culture of Ukhrul District. The inaugural Baby League was organised by Assam Rifles under the banner of Late Major Bob Khathing Football Tournament in February 2019. Since then there has been great anticipation from young players for next edition of the tournament.  
The Assam Rifles has also been offering sports scholarships to budding talent. This tournament will further promote the sports culture in Ukhrul district and encourage the efforts of local clubs like Ukhrul Football Club in harnessing young talent.

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AR Conducts Security Meet

IGAR (South)
Imphal June 19,

Mantripukhri Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) conducted a security meet at Yaingangpokpi Company Operating Base. The security forum was attended by the meira paibis, ward councilors along with representatives of local youth clubs.
During the meet the locals were sanitised and updated on current situation existing in the area of responsibility. There was also an interaction carried out on necessary measures required to be undertaken by locals in synergy with Assam Rifles for maintaining a strict vigil against illicit activities in the area. In addition to the security issues, future action plan in respect of civic action projects like medical camps, recruitment in Assam Rifles and Army and career counseling for youth were also discussed during the meet.
The locals expressed their gratitude and appreciated the efforts of Assam Rifles for conduct of such security meetings and ensuring peace in the area and assured their commitment and assistance in maintaining the same. The security meet concluded with tea and refreshments for all the attendees.

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