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Mary Kom and Lovlina to lead the Indian Charge on day one of the semi finals

By a correspondent
New Delhi, Nov 22,

 Two Indians, M.C. Mary Kom and Lovlina Borgohain, are in fray for their final bouts in the 10th Women’s World Boxing Championships here today.
The Indians cannot get a better chance than this one at home conditions as four of their pugilists have entered the medal rounds. But a lot depends on the celebrated Mary Kom, having already become the most successful boxer in history by assuring herself of a seventh medal, to give the kind of start like she did on Tuesday for the young India brigade to follow suit.  
Undoubtedly, all eyes will on the 35-year-old when she enters the ring at the JD Jhadav Hall for her semifinal bout against North Korean Kim Hyang Mi.  
The Indian had beaten Kim in her last meeting in the Asian Championships but the Manipuri veteran is confident. Like she said during the quarterfinal victory over Chinese Wu Yu, all bouts in the world championships are tough. But what weighs things in her favour is her sheer experience.
“I am confident. I also know when to drop guard and when to attack. I have worked with the coaches and have a plan in place to  counter her,” was how Mary described about tomorrow’s semifinals, after a strenuous practice session yesterday.

The North Korean’s USP is her aggression and quick movement as one witnessed on Tuesday when she pummeled her South Korean opponent, Chorong Bak, who was a favourite before the quarterfinals.  
A lot of hope hinges on Mary Kom, who is chasing her sixth world title. Equally important will be Lovlina Borgohain’s performance as India will hope the young pugilist to progress into the next round.
The Welter category (69 kg) boxer had done extremely well throughout the championships and was particularly good against Australia’s Kaye Frances Scott, a CWG bronze medal winner, in the quarterfinals.  
The Assamese boxer gets her chance to avenge her only loss to the Chinese Taipei opponent, Chen Nien-Chin. But Lovlina feels she has matured as a boxer and can think on her feet now. “I was inexperienced last time when I took on her. But I now know how to tackle her. I did watch some of the video clips to know her style of boxing,” said 21-year-old who has displayed a perfect mix of caution with aggression so far.  
Two other Indians in fray, Sonia (57 kg) and Simranjit Kaur (64 kg) have their semifinals on Friday. But will be present at the venue to cheer both Mary Kom and Lovlina along with the rest of the squad.
Both Sonia and Simrajnit said they were prepared for Friday’s bout. “I have beaten my North Korean opponent (Jo Son Hwa) once before. But both of us know about each other’s style, but I am confident of winning because I have worked with the coaches on strategies,” said Sonia.
As for Simranjit, she said she was equally prepared, before she went for the practice. “I have worked hard and am prepared well for my bout,” she said.  
In today’s semifinals, bouts in five weight categories (48, 54, 60, 69, 81) will take place while the remaining five are slated for Friday.

Four Indians enter medal round; Mary leads the way in World Boxing

By a Correspondent
New Delhi, Nov. 20,

 Five-time world champion M.C. Mary Kom became the first Indian on Tuesday to enter the medal round of the 10th AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships at the packed JD Jhadav Hall here this afternoon.
The experienced Indian icon gave a perfect start and the platform to India’s medal campaign at home, outsmarting Yu Wu from China 5:0 in the Light Fly (48 kg) category which was later cashed in on by Lovlina Borgohan, who accounted for Aussie Kaye Frances Scott in Welter class (69 kg), with another unanimous decision of the day. Later in the evening session, Sonia beat Colombia’s Yeni Castenada.  
But Manisha Moun, Bhagyabati and Pinki Rani Jangra were not so lucky on the day. The aggressive 20-year-old could not get past top-seeded Stoyka Zhelyazkova Petrova and ended up on the losing side, the split verdict (4:1) going in favour of the Bulgarian, while Bhagyabati Kachari lost to Colombian Jessica Sinisterra, in a split verdict (2:3). Pinki lost to a superior North Korean Mi Choi Pang, the latter winning 5:0.
What separated Mary Kom and Manisha was the patience that the 35-year-old employed during her bout and the aggression that Manisha displayed against Petrova. With the crowd rooting for Mary, the tactical boxer didn’t try to dominate to begin with biding time to inch her way, tackling the Chinese, a first-timer at the Worlds, before upping the ante in the second and third rounds for the unanimous decision. Her lethal rights, when combined with the lefts and the jabs opened up the avenues for her to send down the blows on target areas.
Mary will be meeting in the semi-finals North Korean Mi Hyang Kim, who won 5:0 against South Korean Chorong Bak. The Indian has a good record against Kim, having beaten the North Korean in the final of the Asian Championships last November.
“The World Championships are always tough. The Chinese come up with good new faces. I won’t say it was very easy or very tough. I planned my strategy and fought accordingly,” said Mary. On her next opponent, the Manipuri said “she could be coming with some plans against me because I had beaten her last year. But I am prepared for it.”
Manisha, on the other hand, was full of aggression in contrast to the Astana silver medal winner’s patience. In the first Manisha lagged behind her rival though midway she tried to catch up, trading combination punches. However, the calculative Bulgarian went about methodically, landing a few lefts and a couple of straight on Manisha’s face. In the third, the former European champion was far superior reaching out to her Indian opponent which, perhaps, got the judges’ nod, despite Manisha’s last-round efforts.  

“I thought I did my best, but her (Petrova’s) experience carried the day. I was not as good in the first but did well in the last two rounds. It was my first outing and the experience I gained will help me in the future,” said the 20-year-old, who had beat reigning world champion Dina Zholaman of Kazakhstan the other evening, mixing caution with aggression.
Lovlina was as explosive as one expects a young boxer to be. The 21-year-old Assamese, who came into form early this year in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) and Silesian (Poland) events, took her time before going all out from the first round. The Aussie was straightaway on the back foot even as the Indian piled on her agony. She continued the trend in the last two rounds and impressed the judges who almost gave a clear verdict (27-30, 28-29, 27-30, 27-30, 27-30).  
Talking on her next opponent from Taipei Chen Nien-Chin, the Assamese pugilist said that she got to watch her videos to plan her strategy. “I had met her once before when I lost to her. But I will have to prepare well for Thursday’s semi-finals,” she said.
Bhagyabati did admit to her folly of relaxing in the first round which cost her berth in the medal round. Indeed, she was slow to start with while the Colombian was at her attacking best. The Indian did manage to trade off blows in the second and, mostly, in the third to make amends. But it was too little and too late as the decision as the marginally better Jessica won (28-29, 28-29, 30-27, 29-28, 28-29). In fact, only one judge awarded full points to the Colombian.
 ”I didn’t box well in the first. I covered up a lot of ground in the second and third, but my opponent did really well and deserved to be the winner,” said Bhagyabati.
Pinki was up against Jakarta Asian Games silver meallist North Korean, whose reach and speed is too well known. As expected, 24-year-old Pang was aggressive and landed her punches on target areas. The Indian, pushed to the ropes, came back partially in the second showing her intent. In fact, she managed a few blows which could have brought the judges into focus. Her open guard and the distance she maintained were of no avail as the speedy Pang made the Indian nervy on more occasions than one. As expected, the North Korean’s superiority prevailed in the Fly (51 kg) quarterfinals. She will take on USA’s Virgina Fuchs, the only American boxer so far to enter the medal round.  
A disappointed Pinki admitted that the tall North Korean had better trade-offs. “She used her height to great advantage. She also had the knack to come against me and I was not up to the mark,” said the CWG bronze medal winner.  
Sonia made amends for the senior pugilist’s loss, as she defeated Colombia’s Yeni Castenada in a split verdict in the 57 kg category. The Indian continued her fine run as she won the bout with a 4:1 decision.  
Among the foreign participants, Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee reached the medal round beating Finland’s Mira Potkonen, the top-seed here. The only Olympics medallist from Finaland, she was expected to go up to the final but it was disappointing to see her bowing out of the championships as the Thai won the quarterfinals in a split vereict (4:1).
The Thai, who was the great hope in Jakarta Asian Games, had finished fifth and it was a disappointment for her country, which has rich boxing traditions. Today, she made amends to send the bronze medal winner from Astana packing to bring some cheers to her countrymen.

Ashmita grabs gold in Dubai International Challenge 

By a Correspondent
New Delhi, Nov 20,

 Nineteen-year-old Shuttler Ashmita Chaliha defeated Jeon Jui of Korea 21-19, 21-15 to win the women singles title in the Dubai International Challenge  on Sunday.
But Subhankar Dey had to settle for a silver medal after going down in the final to Vladimir Malkov 10-21, 15-21 in men singles. The Indian-Malaysian pair of Tarun Kona Lim Khim Wah also had to satisfy with a silver medal in men’s double when it went down to Kim Sang Soo and Yoo Yeon Seong 13-21, 16-21 in the final.

Ashmita, who has six career wins, took just 33 minutes to dispose of the Korean, who is ranked 29 in the world. Though the first game was a touch-and-go affair which the Indian won by mere two points, the shuttler from Assam did well to sew it up in the second with confidence as the Korean made too many net errors.
“The close first game win gave me confidence. I was well ahead in the second and never felt the pressure,” said the teenager. “My rhythm was good and I played to my strength attacking well.”
Earlier, she had beaten compatriot Neha Pandit 21-19, 21-17 in a close quarterfinal battle while got a walkover in the semifinals from Beatriz Corrales of Spain. Before that she had accounted for Egyptian Hadia Hosny in the round of 32 and Czech Republic’s Katerina Tamolova in R 16 rather easily.
Dey was not in his elements in the first game as the Russian ran up a good lead and maintained it throughout. The Indian, who did well in the second, was found wanting in execution against the Russian who was tactically good.

Manisha upstages reigning world champ as she joins Lovlina, Bhagyabati Mary Kom in quarters Sarita’s pre-quarter loss stops India getting a Perfect 10

By a Correspondent
New Delhi, Nov 18,

 Kellie Harrington from Ireland stopped what could have been a Perfect 10 for India when Sarita Devi got a split verdict against her (2-3) in the lightweight (60 kg) category as the 28-year-old Irish woman in the 10th AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships here yesterday.
What turned the bout in favour of the Astana and European medal winner was the third round in which the Ireland pugilist was really charged and out-boxed her Indian veteran, who was returning to the Worlds after 12 years. But the 36-year-old definitely had the edge in the two earlier rounds. Three out of five judges gave 29-28 in favour of the Irish boxer.
“I thought I got unluckier. Some points did not go my way. But I will continue to box as long as I can,” said a dejected Manipuri.
But the loss was made up none other than the 35-year-old Indian icon, M.C. Mary Kom, Manisha Moun, Lovlina Borgohain and Bhagyabati Kachari who all marched into the quarterfinals on the fourth day of the championships.
Just before Sarita Devi’s bout, chasing her sixth world title, Mary Kom made it as easy as it can get in her opening bout in the 48 kg class when she won a unanimous decision against Aigerim Kassenayeva from Kazakhstan.
The experienced Manipuri sent down a few rights which brooked no challenge from her rival who, reeling under pressure, slipped twice before gathering herself up. But she was never able to match the guile and speed of a 35-year-old. Mary will take on Wu Yu of China in the quarterfinals on Tuesday afternoon. The Chinese had earlier beaten Filipino Josie Gabuo.
Talking after the bout, Mary Kom said: “Feeling good, the pressure is off. I always enjoyed boxing, it has been my life whether I train or compete in tournaments,” said the mother of three children.
“I am happy I lived up to expectations. I got doubly energized because of the support from my fans,” added the pugilist before going for a cool-off session. On her Chinese opponents, Mary said: “She is a new entrant and I will have to see how to handle her.”
In the afternoon, Manisha outpunched her way to upstage reigning world champion Dina Zholaman from Kazakhstan with a unanimous decision in the 54 kg pre-quarterfinals. It was Manisha’s successive victory over the Kazakh whom the Indian had beaten in Poland recently. Manisha, having met her opponent once before, banked on her speed and evasive action to keep Zholaman out of harm’s way. The India’s left-right and the straights made her a clear first-round winner but the experienced Kazakh came back aggressively in the second. Yet, did well in the third round despite raised intensity and land a few combination blows even as Dina made good efforts, charging at the Indian. But it didn’t matter in the end as the Haryana girl had full points from three judges to win 5:0.

Asked about her strategy, Manisha said: “I had beaten her once before (in Poland) and I focused on speed and concentrated on target areas. I did well in the first two rounds but in the third it was more or less even.”  
Manisha takes on top-seeded Stoyka Zhelyakova Petrova, who defeated Uzbek’s Tursunoy Rakhimova 4:1, in the quarterfinals. The Bulgarian had won a silver medal at Astana and had started the championships here as a favourite medal contender.
But Manisha is not worried yet. “Our coaches will tell me the way to stop her (Petrova) when we sit for a meeting today evening. I will also watch videos to plan things,” said the 20-yar-old Indian.
Equally impressive was Lovlina in her 69 kg pre-quarterfinal bout against Panama’s Atheyna Bylon, former world champion. Getting full points against the gold medal winner at Jeju in 2014 was as credible as it can get for the Indian who did leave a chance to throw punches at her rival right from the word go.
The tall Panama pugilist some startled by the Lovlina’s charge and was tactically not as good despite her experience, having won multiple medals internationally. The southpaw did come at the Indian intermittently but Lovilina punched her way ahead, collecting the goodwill of judges on technical and tactical aspects (27-30, 27-30, 27-30, 27-30, 27-30) to be a clear winner.
“I know it would be a tough bout. But I had the confident because I had prepared well. I had a good defence despite the tall opponent coming at good speed at me,” said the Assamese, who will clash with Australian Kaye Frances Scott in the quarterfinals.
The Aussie beat Kazkhstan’s Akerke Bakhytzhan in a unanimous decision. The 34-year-old has a silver medal from the last edition of the world championships at Asthana besides a bronze medal from the 2018 CWG. But the Indian has the age on her side as she is just 21 years old and very nimble footed.
In the last bout of the afternoon, Baghyabati Kachari proved her prowess, beating Germany’s Irina-Nicoletta Schonberger in a split verdict (4:1) in 81 kg category. After a very positive start and a grand opening, the Assam boxer was pushed somewhat on the back foot in the second with the German, cleverly using her reach to land a few combination punches.
But the strong Indian launched really nicely in the third as both pugilists went broke in the last minute. The points (29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28) that the judges awarded indicate that the Indian was superior technically.
“Speed was essential against the German and I controlled it nicely. My coaches told me to keep it lower and I followed the direction. Ultimately, it paid off,” said Baghyabati.
Day five witnessed a upset,top seed in Russian boxer, Anastasiia Beliakova lost to China’s Yang Wenlu in the 60 kg category in a split decision of 3:2.  

Gold and Silver Medalist of Asian Martial Art Game Feted

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 Social Welfare Organisation, Thoubal today felicitated Leisangthem Marika (Loibi) Devi D/o L.Basanta Singh of Thoubal Bazar and Akoijam Diamond Singh S/o Ak.Suresh Singh of Thoubal Bazar at a reception function organised in their honour at the premises of the Organisation at Thoubal Thongkhong Torban Ground today.
Leisangthem Marika clinched Gold Medal in Kumite (Fight) and Silver Medal in Kata in the Asian Martial Art Game 2018 held from November 12 to November 14 at New Delhi while  Akoijam Diamond Singh Singh  bagged silver and bronze medals in Kumite (Fight) & Kata in Asian Martial Art Game 2018.
Marika and Diamond is also Participated of the 29th Karate National Championship held under the All India Karate Federation at Rajasthan in 2016 and gold medal winner of the State Level Karate Championship held under the Karate Association Manipur in 2017.

‘Suspend Corrupt Officials, Reform TA&Hills/TRI, for better Manipur’

Open letter to Hon’ble Minister of Tribal Affairs and Hills, Govt. of Manipur and Chief Minister, Manipur:


Honourable Sirs,

I am deeply disappointed to write to you through this esteemed daily as the Govt. has failed to addressed my grievances despite complaints and reminders after reminder. Both of you are unanimously credited for being personally honest and perceived to be strong leaders but what strong leaders would remain personally honest but allow dishonesty and corruption under their nose? For this reason, with all the respect and trust I have for you and your Govt., I am unable to rejoice much, for your Govt., were napping as the thieves were looting and emptying the coffers.
I am writing to you today to share my experience and disappointment on how the Govt., departments under your leadership is functioning. As a citizen, I have every right to endorse my grievances through the Govt., Department. But what if the Govt.,officials who are supposed to be the guardians become a beast in themselves? Such is the story of this one man versus the whole set of corrupt officials in the Department of Tribal Affairs & Hills. I was also one of the candidates who appeared for the DPC for the contractual post of Research Officer in TRI. But unfortunately, one Mr. John Gaidingam Dangmei who was one of the least qualified candidates was selected for the post. He was just a second class MA without M.Phil or Ph.D. As if that was not enough, he was found regularised but into different and higher post of Administrative officer cum Research Officer in TRI by increasing his Grade Pay three folds i.e from Rs. 4400/- to Rs.5400 which is not at all in tune with the service fundamental rules.
An RTI follows and soon the Pandora box was opened and the ugly creatures were none other than the bureaucrats and officers of the TA&Hills/TRI. I am still unable to believe that an officer/s (IAS) can stoop so low surrendering his integrity and professional ethics just for his personal gain. This is a very dangerous sign as such officer could do much harm to the Govt. as well as the public and it happen in my case.
I was denied my RTI information for more than two months after which I filed a complaint to the Manipur State Information Commission under Case No. 29 of 2018. After the Department received the summoned letter from the Commission I received my RTI replied dated 23rd June, 2018 signed by the Director, TA&Hills/TRI, Shri Joseph Pauline Kamson but the documents were not certified as requested. A very shocking things was discovered in his RTI replied and the enclosed documents. Shri Joseph Pauline, an IAS officer enclosed a copy a Govt. Gazette No. 485 but it was found that the fifth middle line of the Gazette was found to be completed missing/ erased. I signed on all the pages of the documents and returned it to the Commission to get it signed from the Director as I sought a certified copy. I submitted a written application to the Commission that I want back the copies which I had signed to be returned back to me after certifying it. The Director was caught red handed and he refused to give back the copies with my signature. He replaced all the documents. The Commission after hearing the case gave directives to the Director to clarify as to why Gazette No.485 was manipulated by erasing one complete middle line. Finding no option the Director wrote a letter to me that it was a human error. But it was done with malafide intention.
In the same RTI replies to query No.6, 9 & 11 he repeatedly claimed that the post of Research Officer was re-designated as Administrative Officer cum Research Officer from contractual Research Officer Post. But till today he could not provide the re-designation orders from RO to AO cum RO.
What can be more shameful to IAS officer who does not know the difference between the letter A & B. Again he claimed that the Administrative Officer cum Research Officer belongs to Group-B with Pay Band of Rs. 9300-34800+G.P. GP.Rs.5400/- whereas an RTI replied from the Finance Department(PIC) reveals that AO cum RO of TRI belongs to Group-A. How can an IAS officer stoop so low? He was replying intentionally in order to conceal that fact that Mr. John Gaidingam who was engaged as RO with monthly remuneration of Rs.13,700/- i.e Rs.9300+GP Rs.4400/- when regularised as AO cum RO increase his grade pay three folds i.e Rs.9300-34800+GP Rs.5400. Now the question is - Is the said Director fit for his post and title? Why did he provide wrongful information? Why was he dancing at the tune of a mere officer by surrendering his dignity as a public officer?
As the saying goes - one rotten apple spoil the whole barrel, it happens in the case of the officials of TA&H/TRI. One case leads to another and in their attempt to hide something they commit more crime. In another RTI replied, the Joint Secretary, TA&H, Shri George K. Maram arrogantly replied that the re-designation order may be obtain from the Department of Printing and Press. Again he said that he is enclosing Govt. order of re-designation from RO to AO cum RO in Annex-G but the enclosed annexure was found to be the copy of regularization of Mr. John and not re-designate copy as claimed. In this regards, RTI Case No. 46 is registered with the information Commission. Shri George K.Maram is also one of the masterminds in concealing information thereby delaying justice. He was also the Chairman of the DPC for the non sactioned post of RO in TRI with M. Z. Solomon, the then Joint Director as Member Secretary who already retired in 2012.
However, they started playing more dangerously and aggressively. In every hearing of the case Joint Secretary Shri. George Maram and Shri Gaikhonlung Gangmei, Legal officer, TA&H cannot provide the re-designated copy of RO to AO cum RO as claimed by them. Soon Jt. Secretary George and Legal Officer Gaikhonlung Gangmei started cheating by stating in two letters dated 12th July, 2018 & 20th July, 2018 that the information sought by me could not be furnished as one Mr. H. Ezra complaint to the Chief Vigilance Commissioner regarding the contractual engagement of RO and subsequently regularization as AO cum RO and they have submitted a report and files pertaining to Mr. John was submitted to the Vigilance Commissioner. In every hearing since July they have been claiming the same thing. The Commission also directed the Dept. to recall the files and furnished the wanting documents to me. But the Dept. never complies and I was harassed to such a great extent.
In this matter, RTI Case No. 47 is filed wherein the Commission summoned the SPIO/Jt. Secretary, Vigilance and Anti-corruption Department Moreover, the Commission summoned the SPIO/ Joint Secretary, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Department. Shri L. Bikram and gave directive to furnish more elaborate and appropriate reply based on records within one week - whether the report that one Mr. H. Ezra lodge a complaint to the Vigilance and Anti Corruption Department, due to which the files of Mr. John had been submitted to the Vigilance dept?.
As directed by the Commission, the Under Secretary, Vigilance & Anti-Corruption Department again furnished one letter dated 2nd Nov., 2018 that there is no such complaint received by the Directorate of Vigilance & Anti-Corruption which itself is self explanatory. Now, when there was no complaint made to the Vigilance by Mr. H. Ezra then why did Legal Officer Gaikhonlung and Jt. Secretary, George Maram invented such theory and fools not only me but the Commission as well as the Vigilance Dept.? The case is still pending in the Information Commission. Where is their integrity? All these are happening at the behest of Mr. John.
Since the Department of TA&H/TRI did not give me the copy of the re-designation of AO cum RO from RO post (as claimed by the Director, Mr. Joseph), I filed an RTI application to the Department of Personnel & Administrative Reforms (Personnel Division) seeking information whether the Administrative officer-cum-Research Officer of TRI is a re-designated post from Research Officer?
The Under Secretary DP transfer the RTI on 13th Sept, 2018 to the Under Secretary, TA&Hills since the matter pertain to the AD, TA&Hills, the Dept. may reply to it.
But nearly after 2 months, I did not receive any reply. I wrote an appeal to the then Secretary, TA&Hills, Shri Athem Muivah to give me the reply within 2nd November failing which I have no option but to file another case.
Again, their cheating nature did not stop as on 31st Oct, 2018 I received a letter signed by Dr. R.A. Ransing, Under Secretary, TA&Hills stating that he is enclosing the RTI information sought by me. But again, the Dept. cheated me by enclosing a Gazette copy (No. 485) which is a copy of the regularization of Mr. John Gaidingam D. as Administrative Officer cum Research Officer on 24th December, 2016 and not of re-designation. It was not at all related with the re-designation of his post from RO to AO-cum-RO.

I personally met the Under Secretary on 2nd Nov.2018 and asked him as to why he is supplying irrelevant document through RTI? He replied to me that he did not have any knowledge and Mr. Gaikhonlung, Legal Officer took his signature stating that it’s an urgent matter. He mentions that he has no idea what was enclosed. But till today, I did not receive any further letters and documents or clarification from his side also. Therefore, it is a clear indication that the officers of TA&Hills/TRI are dancing at the fingertips of Mr. John Gaidingam D trampling RTI and violating the sanctity of the Act.  
Based on the above stated facts it is for your kind information that Mr. John Gaidingam Dangmei serving as Adminisrative officer cum Research Officer in TRI was said to be appointed on 13th July, 2016 to a non-sanctioned post of Research officer with U.O.No. 317/2012/FD (PIC) dated 18/3/2013 but  an RTI reply dated 10th July, 2018 from the Deputy Secretary, Finance Department (PIC) reveals that there is no such record with U.O.317/2012/FD (PIC) dated 18/3/2013 which means that it is a fake U.O.No. Moreover, it is found that he was regularised as Administrative Officer cum Research Officer on the same day the post was sanction i.e 24th December, 2106. Moreover, an RTI replied from the Department of Personnel & Administrative Reforms (Personnel Division) dated 13th Sept., 2018 also reveals that – No RR for the post of Aministrative Officer cum research Officer in TRI has been framed by DP as per record.
Again, the officer is found to be enjoying a grade pay of Rs.5400/- which is equivalent to MCS GP under MPSC whereas when he was appointed as Research Officer his GP was Rs.4400/-. Since, the Director, Shri Joseph claimed that there was no promotion but re-designation was done I put him with a simple question – how did Mr. John GP increased from Rs.4400 to Rs.5400 when there was no promotion. If at all (for e.g) re-designation was done then only the title will change and not his Grade Pay. Is this justice for all those officers under the Manipur Govt. who are enjoying Grade Pay of Rs. 4400/-? If the GP of Mr. John can be increased from Rs.4400 to Rs.5400/- within few months then Hon’ble Sir and your cabinet are requested to do the same for all officers of Manipur. Why only in the case of Mr. John? Every employee should be treated equally without biased.
I have been toiling door to door for justice but till today why no action is taken up against the fake RO cum controversial AO cum RO, Mr John of TRI. Can IAS / Bureaucrats do whatever they want? Should we remain silent knowing the truth? Is Govt. officials not accountable? Are they exempted from penalty? Why is the Govt. silent about the matter? Should the public stop supporting the anti- corruption campaign or is it just for show? If the Govt. cannot handle/ solved such a small case then I doubt that the Govt. can do anything. It is just a hollow promise.
The fake RO cum controversial AO cum RO, Mr John Gaidingam D, Jt Secretary, TA&H,  Mr. George K. Maram (who is on deputation since 1st August 2012 from Pondicherry), the masterminds, Director, TA&Hills/ TRI, Mr. Joseph Pauline Kamson, an IAS who does not know the difference between A & B, Legal Officer, TA&Hills, Mr. Gaikhonlung Gangmei, who become illegal officer, Under Secretary, Dr.R.A.Ransing must be suspended  immediately as they are involve in preventing and obstructing the process of the investigation by supplying wrongful, incomplete and misleading information intentionally misusing their power. The information Commission had called all files on 12 Nov.and they too found that the AO cum RO was not re-designated post as alleged by the department in his decision.
Moreover, I strongly demand for immediate suspension (without pay) of Administrative Officer-cum-Research Officer Mr. John Gaidingam D. during investigation period as Vigilance case is also pending against him. Allowing him to work and handle office files is leading to more corruption which in return impede the process of investigation against him. Moreover, as he is not suspended he is taking upper hand by blocking the investigation which is not justifiable to me. It is also very disheartening as to why action against him is not taken up by the Department despite the proof and why the department is allowed to function at the whim and fancy of Mr. John?.
        I also once again strongly demand to recover all the salary he had enjoyed as contract Research officer as there is no such record with U.O.No.317/2012/FD (PIC) dated 18/3/2013 regarding contractual engagement of Research Officer in Tribal Research Institute, Manipur with Finance Department and as his salary is found to increase from Rs. 13,700/- i.e Rs. 9300+ GP Rs. 4400/- to Rs.9300-34800+GP 5400 without promotion when he is said to be regularised as Administrative Officer-cum-Research Officer in order to encourage the fight against corruption and nepotism without any reservation and bias.
I also demand to know as to why no action is taken as per the instruction given by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt of India as per the D.O. No. PS to MTA/21/506/2018 of P.S to Shri Jual Oram, Hon’ble Minister of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India dated 11 October, 2018 given to Shri Athem Muivah, Secretary despite lapses of one month. What and who is stopping the Dept. from taking action?.
Hon’ble Sir, I am not writing because I’m perfect but because I’m tired of seeing the people and myself beaten down by these corrupt officials. Corruption, dishonesty and nepotism have become more important to them than their human dignity. Their corrupt philosophy has limited the trust and faith in your Government and the departments. It is high time to take a hard look and awake from the deep slumber and set a precedent in the history in fight against corruption, nepotism and injustice in public interest.
 The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything –Albert Einstein

Yours faithfully,
Shri Manglien Gangte
 Lambulane, Imphal East

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Lakshya enters World Junior Badminton semi finale

By a Correspondent
New Delhi, November 17,

 Lakshya Sen, living up to expectations, defeated Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin of Malaysia 21-8, 21-18 to enter the men singles semifinals in the Li Ning BWF World Junior Badminton Championships 2018 at Markham (Canada) on Friday night.
But the Indian pair of Vishnu Vardhan Panjala and Srikrishna Sai Podile could not progress any further as it went down to the Korean duo of Tae Yang Shin and Chan Wang in the quarterfinals. The 10th- seeded Koreans won 21-11, 21-8 in men’s doubles.

The world No. 3 Indian opened strongly against his Malaysian rival and finished the quarterfinals in just 31 minutes. He surged ahead with a solid lead in the first game where his opponent was a mute spectator.  
But in the second, the Malaysian did well to keep abreast of Lakshya and was separated by a few points. The Indian, using his court craft and hitting a nice rhythm led throughout. The Asian Juniors champion, playing his strokes well with excellent smashes, ended the Malaysian agony.
In the semifinals, Lakshya will take on the top-seeded Kunlavut Vitidsarn who disposed of Indonesian Alberto Alvin Yulianto 21-14, 21-17.
Talking on his semifinal encounter, Lakshya said he was confident of a good performance against the Thai. “He is a very good player and I am aware of it. I will have to be on my feet to beat him. I am up for the challenge,” said the Indian.
In contrast, the Indian doubles pair was no match to the Koreans which worked in tandem and complimented each other with better display of court craft, especially at the net. Their smashes, too, brooked little challenge from the Indians.

Mary Kom has a tough opponent in Kim in AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships

New Delhi, Nov. 15

Five-time world champion M. C. Mary Kom is among seven other boxers who have been accorded first-round byes, but she is the only Indian to get one of the top-seeding slots for the 10th AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships which begin at the KD Jhadav Hall here today.
The No. 2 seed Indian in 48 Kg Category will not have to enter the ring until Sunday when she takes on the winner of the preliminary round bout between Kazakhstan’s Algerim Kassenayeva and American Jazzell Bobadilla. The pugilist from Mongolia, Jargalan Ochirabat in light fly (48kg) has been given the top seed position.
Mary Kom, who is chasing her sixth world crown and considered the hosts’ best bet to win gold, is placed in the second half of the draw. She faces two main hurdles in Uzbekistan’s Julasal Sultonalieva and North Korean Kim Hyang Hyang Mi, too have received first-round byes. However, the Indian’s main opponent in the semifinals could be the North Korean and also the winner of a silver medal at the ABC Confederation.
The other Indians who have received first-round byes include Rani Pinki (51), Sonia (57), Sarita Devi (60), Lovlina Borgohain (69), Saweety (75) and Seena Punia (81+)
But Manisha (54), Smranjit Kaur (64) and Bhagyabati Kachari (81) will jump into fray straightaway as their weight categories have more entries and they will have to fight at least a couple of rounds to qualify for the quarterfinals, which are slated for Tuesday next.
India will also hope a medal from former world champion and five-time Asian gold winner, Sarita Devi in lightweight category (60 kg), the second best boxer after Mary Kom. However, the fourth-seed woman, is likely to take on Chinese Yang Wenlu, the defending world champion, and Russian Anastasiia Beliakova, the Rio Olympics bronze medal winner earlier than she would want to.
However, Seema Punia in heavy weight class (+81) is the only Indian who can get into the medal round with least efforts as she will play her quarterfinals, after having been given the first-round bye. In the quarters, she will be running into Chinese Xiaoll Yang. This is the only category which has 10 boxers in fray and six of them have been accorded the byes. But she will have to be wary of Yang Xiaoli of China, the back-to-back gold winner from Jeju and Astana.

Glasgow CWG bronze winner, Pinki Rani, in 51 kg will have a tough time as the Indian, drawn in the second half, has two likely contenders for medals in Chinese Chang Yuan, the Asian Games gold medallist, and England’s Ebonie Jones, a highly talented boxer.
Sonia in featherweight class, making her debut in the Worlds and placed in the second half, will have some torrid moments facing the likes Chinese Yin Junhua, the Rio Games silver medallist, German Ornella Gabriel Wahner and CWG silver medal winner, Michaela Walsh from Ireland in early rounds.
It will not be easy for Lovlina, Saweety and Seema as their opponents come with greater reputation. Saweety, the silver medal winner from Jeju worlds in 2014, has the top-seeded Mireille Nouchka Fontijn from the Netherlands who is a silver medal winner from Rio Games, and other Europeans and Asians in her half of the draw.
The 21-year-old Lovlina has to contend with Finland’s Elina Gustafsson, a silver medal from the last edition in Astana and Taipei’s Chen Nien-Chin, a world championships bronze medallist in the first half of the draw.
 The ceremony opened with performers projecting India’s rich culture in various dance forms—Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Oddisi and folk—getting a big applause. The martial arts exponents also brought out their expertise during the ceremony which kept the spectators mesmerized.
The Shillong Chamber Choir, comprising 25 members, including 15 singers, soloists and musicians, made the audience and foreign participants regale with their foot-tapping music. The choir members rocked the stage, making the occasion a memorable one with melodious performances as the pianist, Neil Nongkynrih, conducting the orchestra to finesse. Their western classical music, Khasi folk songs and opera singing made the group endearing to the audience. 
The Light & Sound show, including LED drummers and fusion music, also captivated the participants and the audience alike as they enjoyed the show.

There is already a constitutional breakdown in local governance - ATRPFM

A democratic government is by the people and for the people but where are the voices of the people gone? The genuine voices of the people shall be heard by the government of the people. ATRPFM has been demanding for conduct of election of ADC Chairman in respect of Churachandpur, but our peaceful voices were not heard. Are we demanding something not constitutional? Have we shown any personal or political bias in favour or against any political party or individual? We can proudly say that we don’t. We are purely a civil organisation for proper implementation and protection of the tribal rights. The Hon’ble Governor has written to the concerned Department for conduct of election at the earliest. The Hon’ble High Court of Manipur has also passed an order with a direction to conduct the election on 5th November, 2018 without fail of which the State Government ought to comply with in larger interest of the public and also for the ends of justice. Instead, the State Government has filed an appeal against the order, but on what ground? Where is the rule of law? Any election has to be conducted within a reasonable time, it could not hold on indefinitely. It is a constitutional breakdown and a very negative sign of governance.  
Tribal people have been demanding election of ADC Chairman, Churachandpur, the elected members have been also demanding the same for the last more than four months. But the State Government under the leadership of Shri. N. Biren is reluctant to conduct the same. What’s the intention behind? Is it not a political bias, a political game at the cost of thousands of tribal populace? It clearly indicates that governance under the present Government has absolutely failed as far as local governance in hill districts are concerned. No ADC has secured proper functioning under the present Government, there are numbers of court cases, and also camping for chairman posts. Tamenglong, Senapati, Chandel, Churachandpur - all ADCs face court cases and camping for Chairman posts. Are ADCs for the development of hill people or for personal political game? What types of Governance is this? What types of leadership is this? Governance has failed, ADCs have failed, constitutional breakdown already there.
It is indeed a very shameful thing on the part of the State Government under the leadership of Shri, N. Biren Singh that a particular ADC who had switch his party from Congress to BJP with a hope that BJP would do something more than his own party has returned to his parent party. As the BJP has failed in all respects in functioning of ADCs, Shri. Ngamhao Touthang, an ADC member elected from 14-Tuibong DCC, Churachandpur has tendered his resignation from the BJP and has ultimately returned to the Congress Party. It is not a sign of good governance at all we are deeply concerned about hampering the functioning ADCs under the present Government. He resigned from BJP primarily for failure of conduct of election for Chairman of Churachandpur.
We support Shri. N. Biren led BJP government, we are supporting till date and we wanted to continue to support it. We have faith in BJP government but as of now we are deeply disappointed seeing all the negative developments.
We have been also demanding for implementation of Pension Scheme for Employees of ADCs but there is no positive response till date although rules for extending penionery penefits were already framed, re-framed and amended by the State Government itself. It is the government that framed the pension rules, how can the government question its own laws or rules?

We strongly urged the State Government to conduct election of ADC Chairman, Churachandpur at the earliest and we also demanded that pension scheme for employments of ADCs shall be implemented as mandated under relevant rules framed by the State Government which is clearly reflected in the State Budget from 2017-17 to 2018-19. We request government not to invite agitations, not to create law and order problems, and not to create constitutional breakdown. They talk peaceful co-existence between hills and plain, integrity, go to village, hill people’s day, communal harmony and equal developmental, we appreciate that but their action shows otherwise which is shameful and blatant lie. Peace can’t be force feed, it can only happen when the constitutional rights of the minorities and weaker section of the society are protected and respected. If the State Government fail to fulfill our demands and act in accordance with laws and practices, we will submit all the negatives side of the State Government against the tribal people in the upcoming International Samvaad-Tribal Conclave from 15-19 November which is to be held at Jamshedpur, Jharkhand where 10 countries are participating. Our team would leave Manipur for Jamshedpur on 14th November, 2018 for participating at the proposed Tribal Conclave so that our voices are reached to the Union Government and any eventualities would be that of the State Government. 
Jaojianlung Gangmei),
 Info&Pub. Secy, ATRPFM

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Memories of a Mayang

Dear Editor:

I am called a “mayang” but I feel I am a Manipuri & I love Manipur. Imphal is my home-town.
I have been the world over, but have never found a place so  beautiful as Manipur was in the Sixties.
I lived in Manipur for about 10 years.
In 1958, I found that the “Central Library” would lend books only to Govt. Servants.
I wrote a “Letter to the Editor” to the “Eastern Express” complaining of the above, as a result of which the library agreed to lend books to the public.
What was I doing in Manipur?   After migrating as Refugees from Pakistan after the Partition, my parents settled in Manipur.
I worked as a Lecturer in a college in Imphal for 5 years.
In the college, I had the privilege of having some wonderful friends, including:
1.     Prof. Damodar Singh, a most noble person
2.    Prof. Budharanjan, a very close and affectionate friend
3.    Prof. Th. Tombi Singh, my closest friend.
4.    Prof. Gaur Gopal, a very sweet friend
5.    Prof. S.P. Chatterjee, a most sincere friend, who remained my companion during my stay London
6.    Prof. Sanamacha Sarma - A very close friend

7.    Prof. Ibopishak, a most friendly person
8.    Prof Mani Singh - who was most helpful
9.    Prof. Khomei Singh
10.    Prof. Janab Khan
11.    Many others.
In my time, the Manipuris were the most friendly and fun-loving people.  I hope they have not changed.
Only one person was utterly cruel to me.   Let us call her Kh. J.L. of Singjemei Mathak.
She jilted me after encouraging me for several weeks.  She broke my heart.
At that time there was a Statistics Office in Sinjemei Mathak across the road from her home.  The members of that office were very, very helpful
during that most difficult time.
Some of my friends have passed away.
To all of the above who are still around, I wish every happiness and a wonderful Diwali.
I also wish a very Happy Diwali to all Manipuris.

J Kochar

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