IMPHAL | Aug 18
12 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector Assam Rifles apprehended one drug smuggler carrying Heroin and Brown sugar worth approximately Rs. 2.52 crores today.
A release said that this morning at around 11.45 am, a Maruti Van moving from Moreh to Imphal was stopped and checked at Check Post Khudengthabi, Tengnoupal district. It further said that on through checking, 282 grams of Heroin and 278 grams of Brown Sugar were recovered. The above recovered drugs along with individuals were handed over to Customs authorities of Moreh, it added.
Newmai News Network
DIMAPUR | Aug 18
Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) urged the Governor of Nagaland "to remove the unconstitutional posts of Advisers and Parliamentary Secretaries in the State of Nagaland in terms of the Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgment of July 26, 2017 passed in Transferred case (Civil) No. 169/ 2006 Bimolangshu Roy (dead) through LRs–vs-State of Assam & Another". Seven days time has been given to the Governor by the NTC to act.
In its representation to the Governor of Nagaland today, the NTC said that it "seriously and consciously deliberated into the matter of existing unconstitutional post of Advisers and Parliamentary Secretaries in the State of Nagaland in the backdrop of the Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgment of July 26, 2017".
The NTC is a social/traditional body representing "dreams and aspirations" of the citizens of Nagaland, it mentioned in its representation to the Governor.
The NTC then said that certain "facts and circumstances" prompted the Council to take this move. One point has been the "afore-noted Transferred case (Civil) No. 169/2006 Bimolangshu Roy (Dead) through LRs -vs- State of Assam & Another was filed challenging the Assam Parliamentary Secretaries (Appointment, Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions, Act 2004. The relevant provisions of the Act is reproduced as follows; Sec 2 (c) of the Act defines Parliamentary Secretary as “a Member of the Assam Legislative Assembly appointed as Parliamentary Secretary under this Act by the Chief Minister.”
The NTC also pointed out that Sec. 3 stipulates that the Chief Minister may, having regard to the circumstances and the need of the situation, at any time appoint such Parliamentary Secretaries and assign to each of them such duties and functions as he may deem fit and proper. It further pointed out that Sec 4 of the Act stipulates that 'A Parliamentary Secretary shall be of the rank and status of a Minister of State and shall exercise such powers, discharge such functions and perform such duties as may be assigned to him by the Chief Minister by way of a notification published in the official Gazette'. NTC also pointed out that Sec. 7 of the Act provides that 'A Parliamentary Secretary shall be entitled to such salary and allowances as are admissible to a Minister of State under the Assam Ministers, Ministers of State and Deputy Ministers Salaries and Allowances Act, 1958.'
"Article 164 (1A) of the Constitution of India stipulates that 'the total number of Ministers, including the Chief Minister, in the Council of Ministers in a State shall not exceed fifteen per cent of the total number of members of the Legislative Assembly of the State," the NTC said.
The NTC then said that the judgment of July 26, 2017 pronounced by the Supreme Court of India is a blanket judgment in the matter of appointment of unconstitutional Parliamentary Secretaries in the States of India wherever it exists. "As the Hon’ble Supreme Court has declared Assam Parliamentary Secretaries (Appointment, Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions), Act 2004 as unconstitutional, the appointment of unconstitutional Advisors and unconstitutional Parliamentary Secretaries in the State of Nagaland is deem to be interfered with by Your Excellency for cancelling/rescinding the Notification NO. CAB-1/2013 dated 26.07.2017," it added.
"In the premises aforesaid, the applicants urge upon Your Excellency to examine the matter and initiate appropriate action in terms of the Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgment of July 26, 2017 within 7 days from the date of receipt of this representation," it stated.
By Jeijei Newme
IMPHAL | Aug 17
Promoting Manipur’s disparate indigenous cultures at the national and international level is her main aim, said 18-year old Lansana Thokchom Chanu, a singer, dancer and an artist par excellence.
Growing up in a family deeply rooted in art and culture, Lansana has learnt a good deal of art and culture from her elders including, grandfather, uncle and her father. Her father was a state level and national awardee for film and performing arts and Bal Sahitya Puraskar.
She said that she does this not just to upkeep her family’s traditional occupation or because she is a daughter of a well-known artist. Instead it is her own passion and interests which is driving her.
The first daughter of Thokchom Thouyanba Meetei and Thokchom Manileima, she start performing since the age of four on AIR Imphal and by the age of six, she had already sung 40 songs at the radio station.
She has participated in various school, state and even national level competitions and won many first positions and in these.
She got the best dancer award in the year 2010 organised by Allahabad Natya Sangha, Allahabad. She is a recipient of Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) scholarship since the age of six.
Lansana juggled studies and her interest in art and culture since her school days and she confessed it has been hard keeping up her excellence in both. She even managed to get first division in both Class 10 and 12 exams and is now pursuing her further studies in Maharaja Bodhchandra College, Palace Compound.
She has also completed her Bisarat level which is equivalent to diploma level for dance from JN Dance Academy.
The 18-year-old artist said that one of her proudest moments is representing India in the ABU Radio music festival held at Beijing, China in 2016. She said that she had stiff competition and got selected in all national level to represent India. “I felt proud at that moment showcasing my culture, my identity as Manipuri to the whole world, and let my culture’s presence felt in the stage”.
She got interviewed in various international media but felt despondent coming back home in Manipur as her fame and her work was not encouraged by the government as well as the media.
Her most recent big gig was participating in Bangladesh during Yaoshang festival, 2017.
In an exclusive chat with Imphal Free Press, she revealed that it has been a wonderful journey. She knows how to sing, and dance different dance forms, not only of Manipuri, but of Odissi and Kathak.
When asked if she has any interest in contemporary music and dance, she says she respects the different art forms but she rather prefer her own culture and said that it can’t be found in other place else and it should be well preserved.
“My pupu is my role model and he has has taught me a lot of things, I admire him not just because he is my grandfather but because of his achievements and his interest and his passion that taught me a lot”, she said.
She would like to give a message to her generations and younger ones that “we should follow our hearts, I did and I am on my way to conquer the world with my talents. It is not that I am successful already but doing what you want to do gives the fullest dedication and you could achieve the highest”.
Newmai News Network
IMPHAL | Aug 18
The Zeliangrong Baudi Manipur (ZB-M) in a statement alleged that a combined team of 23 Assam Rifles and 14 Sikh Regiment Tamenglong raided the ‘region camp’ of the NSCN (IM) Zeilad Zeliangrong Region in the wee hours of August 14, 2017 at Inrianglong village of Tamenglong district headquarters. While condemning the incident, the ZB-M termed the alleged act of the security forces as “unwarranted actions”.
“In the said raid by the said combined team 9 cadres of the NSCN (IM) were arrested and an AK-47 rifle was also seized from the region camp,” the Zeliangrong Baudi-Manipur further alleged. “When Naga people led by the Collective Leadership of the NSCN (IM) has been engaging in a peaceful dialogue with the Government of India which is nearing to its logical conclusion this kind of act of raid by the security forces is uncalled for and highly condemnable by all right thinking citizens of the land”, it added.
Narrating the turn of event the ZB-M said that, in quick reaction to that “unwarranted raiding” and subsequent arrest of 9 cadres of the NSCN (IM) of Zeilad Zeliangrong region camp a lightning bandh was called in Zeliangrong areas and the vehicular movements on the NH-37 (Imphal – Jiribam Road) came to a grinding halt in the afternoon of the same day. “On the pressure of the Zeliangrong public including several civil society organisations led by Zeliangrong Baudi, women folks, students, youths front etc. those 9 arrested cadres of the NSCN (IM) were allowed safe release to the public,” it claimed.
Accordingly, 8 cadres were handed over to the public in the morning of August 15, 2017, it also said.
“Many brave hearts, Zeliangrong women, youth fronts, students, individuals, civil society leaders had spent sleepless night on that very night that resulted in the safe release of the 8 cadres except one detained with an assurance from the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary to release him after 3 days in police custody as per law,” the ZB-M further said. It was further assured that the detained cadre will not be harassed or tortured in police custody, according to the ZB-M. “Therefore, both the civil society leaders and the public were allowed to receive the 8 cadres of the NSCN (IM) Zeiled Zeliangrong Region as a reciprocal gesture to the appeal from the authorities of Government of Manipur. We would like to remind the Government to translate its assurance in letter and spirit,” it demanded.
Zeliangrong Baudi Manipur then extended its gratitude to the Zeliangrong public particularly women folks of Tamenglong headquarters, Longmei area, Nungba area and leaders of various civil societies who had participated and contributed “their might” and mite in securing the safe release of those cadres of the NSCN (IM). It also extended its gratitude to the district administration particularly Armstrong Pamei, deputy commissioner Tamenglong and the SP of Tamenglong etc. for their intervention in bringing the “chaotic situation” to an amicable solution. This organisation also extended its gratitude to the Government of Manipur, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, the Chief Secretary and many others for allowing the said problem into peaceful settlement in the larger interest of peace and tranquility in the district in particular and state in general.
“Zeliangrong Baudi Manipur and Zeliangrong public in general will not leave the stone unturned in maintaining peace and social harmony with government, every section of society in the days to come,” it affirmed.
IMPHAL | Aug 18
In connection with the Manipur Panchayati Raj general elections, the State Election Commission, Manipur has notified that last date of filing of nominations will be on August 25, date of scrutiny on August 26, last date for withdrawal of candidature on August 29, date pf poll on October 7 between 8 am to 4 pm, date of re-poll (if any) on October 9, date of counting votes on October 11 and date of completion of elections on October 16.
The general elections will be for all the zilla parishads and gram panchayats of Imphal West, Imphal East, Thoubal, Bishnupur, Kakching and Jiribam.
IMPHAL | Aug 18
Jwalamukhi battalion under the aegis of Senapati Brigade of Red Shield Division distributed 30 solar lights to children of Eleanor Brilliant Academy at Motbung of Kangpokpi district yesterday.
A release said that an officer of the battalion interacted with children and staff of the academy and enquired about their well-being, accommodation, health and delivered a lecture which covered the aspects of the staff.
IMPHAL | Aug 18
In the aftermath of experiencing severe flash floods on multiple occasions in the State recently, different organisations have been donating to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) to help the flood victims.
Today as well, The Bank of Baroda donated Rs. 3,00,000 and Nurses Association, JNIMS donated Rs.1,00,000 to the CMRF. In a simple ceremony held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat, the amounts were handed over to Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh. The officials of the Bank of Baroda were led by the Assistant General Manager, Bank of Baroda, Guwahati Shri Sonam T. Bhutia.
Chief Minister thanked the Bank of Baroda and Nurses Association, JNIMS for their kind gesture and expressed that CMRF would receive more donations from different quarters to help the flood victims of the State.
From Our Correspondent
CHURACHANDPUR | Aug 18
Khuga Battalion celebrated 71st Independence Day with the locals of the area near Indo-Myanmar border. The celebration was aimed to bring the people closer to the army and to rejuvenate the spirits of nationalism in the remotest villages of Manipur.
The main function was held at the border village of Hiangtam Khunou, where villagers from neighbouring villages took part in the festivities. The national flag was unfurled by chief of Hiangtam Khunou, Kiminthang, followed by national anthem sung by the soldiers and villagers. During the celebration, weapon display and medical health camp were also organised.
An informative lecture on Aadhaar card, PAN card and government schemes were given to the villagers and an announcement was also made about army recruitment rally to be conducted on October 3. The event culminated with a friendly volleyball match between the troops of Khuga battalion and villagers.
IMPHAL | Aug 18
Medical team of 5 JAK RIF of 9 Sector Assam Rifles saved the life of snake bite victims namely, Sanahanbi Devi of Leimaram village and Kh. Athoi of Thanga village, Bishnupur district were bitten by a snake and were immediately rushed to the unit hospital, said a release. It further said that they were readily attended by the medical team and necessary first aid was administered to them.
Meanwhile, Lakshman (60) from Leimaram Hienoubok Leikai, Bishnupur district was rescued today by the army, after being bitten by a Cobra.
Upon receiving information around 4.30 pm today by the 5 JAK Post at Maibam Lokpa Ching, commander major Sunny and 2nd in-command Lieutenant Iyanraj urgently dispatched army personnel to bring in the victim. The victim was brought and given treatment at the hospital of 9 sector Assam rifles at Leimakhong. The victim is presently out of danger.
IMPHAL | Aug 18
Expressing condolence over the demise of Rita Haorei on August 7, Manipur Baptist Convention (MBC) has appealed to the public not to make the loss into a denominational contention and a religious issue.
MBC shares the grief and pain of Yangmi Haorei and family members, and pray for the comfort and peace of the family at this crucial time, said a release. MBC laments that the family’s loss has been turned into a denominational contention and a religious issue; it said adding it is a village issue and religious connotation should not be brought into the matter so as to divide the existing unity and love of different Christian groups.
The conventions pray that the issue will be resolved at the earliest between the family and Leingangching village authority, it added.