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Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:00

AMMDC, ASPO to rally against intoxicants

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THOUBAL | Oct 11

All Manipur Muslim Development Committee (AMMDC) Headquarter in association with Anti-Social Prevention Organisation (ASPO) will be organising a torch rally and public meeting at different places against the abuse of drugs and alcohol.  

In a press meet held today at the office of AMMDC headquarters, Lilong Ushoipokpi, the chairman of the managing committee, AMDC, Md Nasir Ahamad Sheikh expressed that the torch rally will start from October 16 and will continue till November 3. 

The public meeting and torch rally will begin from the office of AMMDC headquarters, Lilong Ushoipokpi at 4:30 pm on said date. It will be further held on October 18, at Kwakta Community Hall, on October 20 at Sangaiyumfam community Hall, on October 22 at Sora Bazar Community Hall, on 24 at Thoubal Moijing Community Hal, on October 26 at Khsetri Sabal Leikai Community Hall, on October 28 at Oinam Sawombung Community Hall, on October 30 at Irong Mayai Leikai Chesaba bazaar, on November 1 at Kiyamgei Makha Leikai Public Ground and on November 3 at the office of AMMUCOC, Hafiz Hatta Bazaar.    

The public meetings will be held with a goal to prevent the harmful effects of alcohol and drugs abuse to the youths and to bring unity amongst different communities of the state, he said.

He appealed all the clubs, organisations, civil society organisations, and NGOs of Kangleipak to take part in the torch rally and public meetings.

President of AMMDC headquarters, Md Sayeed Ahamed Sheikh and general secretary, Md Attaudin also took part in the press meet today.

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IMPHAL | Oct 11

Come October and thousands of Amur Falcons, also known as Akhuaipuina by the locals of Tamenglong, start arriving in this hill district of the state and Wokha district in Nagaland.

Amur Falcon (Falco Amurensis) is a small bird weighing just about 100 to 150 grams and measuring 25 to 30cm in length, the male mostly grey in colour and the female having dark teak cream or orange underpants. The eye ring and legs are orange in colour.

Amur falcons are absolutely stunning in the wild and sought after by birders and wildlife photographers. To these people their value cannot be measured by money and materialistic thing. 

The Amur falcon species inhabit in open woods and marshes during the breeding season, migrating birds roost and stay near open forest. These falcon species feed on insects, capturing them in the air on the ground. They are known to feed on small birds and frogs. During their migration, it is believed that their diet mainly consists of migrating dragonflies.

Its breeding season is between May and June. Abandoned nest platforms belonging to other birds and tree hollows are used for nesting. The clutch may contain three to four eggs. Both the parents take part in incubating eggs and feeding chicks.

The bird breeds in Northeastern Asia, the species flies non-stop from Mongolia to Northeast India covering 5,600km in five days and nights. The birds halt briefly in Myanmar and after a month or so they reach central and western India en route to South Africa. This raptor has one of the longest migration routes of all birds, doing up to 22,000 km in year. And the birds are expected to stay in Tamenglong till November.

The people of Tamenglong see the falcons as messengers of God, their arrival indicates a good year and bountiful harvest. The birds eat winged termites and other insects that destroy crops.

However the younger generations started decimating them by using nets, slingshots and guns. Since the species is protected under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, western forest division of Tamenglong and Rain Forest Club of Tamenglong organised various campaigns, seminars in different villages to give awareness and the importance of the friendly visitor.

What is encouraging is that of late, people from all walks of life, youths in particular have joined hands for conservation. As a part of the awareness campaign Amur falcon festival is also going to be organised in Tamenglong district headquarters on November 3.  After various campaigns and awareness most bird catchers have turned bird lovers and the species is recognised as friends of the tribal. 

India is signatory to the convention of migratory species and thus have a duty under the international law to ensure that the killing and consumption of migratory bird in our land is strictly prohibited.

The government, NGOs, civil bodies, and the churches need to educate about the amazing journey of this birds so that in return they will pass on the message of conservation to hunters and children.

In Nagaland the government has even threatened to stop grants to villages involved in hunting the falcons. Village councils agreed to make the hunting of the falcon illegal, and levied a fine of Rs. 5000 against any hunters.

It may be noted that the former Union minister for environment, Prakash Javedkar announced that Doyang lake in Wokha district of Nagaland areas would be developed as an eco-tourism spot for bird watchers.

It will be wise if the state government also take initiatives in implementing strict laws in conserving this bird and should also look for an eco-tourism spot in Tamenglong district where the bird lovers and tourists can come and see these beautiful birds.

During the state festivals, like Orange festival, Pineapple festival, Sangai Festival, Shirui Festival, Barak Festival, Lui Ngai-ni, Kut etc., the state government can also campaign and create awareness about the importance of Amur falcons.

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Results for members seats declared

 By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Oct 11

Counting of votes for the 5th Manipur general Panchayat election commenced in six districts of Manipur from 8 am today under tight security at the respective deputy commissioner offices.  

The polling of votes was held for six districts namely Imphal West, Imphal East, Jiribam, Bishnupur, Kakching and Thoubal at 1521 polling stations on October 7. But due to reports of electoral malpractices in some polling stations, re-poll was conducted at 29 polling the following day. 

Out of the total 7, 16,813 voters 3, 48,139 are males and 3, 68,691 females. The polling was held to elect 60 zilla parisads, 161 pradhans and 1513 ward members in six districts.

For Imphal West district, votes were counted on ten tables at the Lamshang RO offices, Imphal East district, counting of votes were held on 14 tables.

In Imphal West district commissioner (DC) office thousands of people awaited eagerly for the result at the gate of DC office. Many winning candidate came to take certificate from the office. As the election authority faced difficulty in managing the large number turn out of winning candidates and their supporter, they were instructed to collect certificate tomorrow. 

Till late evening counting results for ward members was declared for all districts and for Imphal West counting for pradhan has started at the time of filing this report. However, counting for zilla parisad will be held on tomorrow.

Since the voting was done through ballot paper, counting process will take time to complete.

Meanwhile, counting is underway for ten tables under Nambol, Bishnupur and Moirang RO at Mini-Secretariat Complex Multi-Purpose Hall. Out of eleven zilla parishad, twenty four pradhan and 219 Ward Members, Seventy six ward members have won the votes.

Mention may be made that 17 zilla parishad, 44 pradhan and 222 ward members are contesting in the election. Bishnupur police has taken up tight security measures at the counting area. CCTV camera is also installed at the area.

Till late evening counting results for ward members has declared for all districts and for Imphal West counting for pradhan has started but counting for polls of zilla parisad will be on tomorrow.

Till now for Sawombung RO the counting was stopped at 10th pradhan, for porompat RO the counting was stop after first pradhan and for Keirao Bitra, Lamsang, Patsoi, Wangoi, Lilong, Thoubal, Nambol, Bishnupur, Moirang, Kakching, Waikhong and Jiribam the counting will continued tomorrow until the latest report.

Our Thoubal correspondent adds:

After the counting of votes began today for the elections held on October 7 for 5th general Panchayat elections, the results for the post of zilla parishad, pradhan of gram panchayat and members under RO Lilong and under Lilong sub division, Thoubal district have been declared.

For RO Thoubal under Thoubal sub division, the votes for 221 members have been completed while the votes for 27 pradhans of gram panchayat are still counting.

As the votes for GP members were counted, three candidates came out as tie. Draw of lots were conducted for them and results were declared.

Two rooms at Thoubal DC complex were divided as room A and B where 12 tables were placed for each. At the total 24 tables, the counting was conducted and by 3pm, the results for 89 members were declared. The certificates were also handed out to the candidates who won.

The results for the pradhans of gram panchayat were declared by 6 pm and certificates were also given.

The elected pradhans for 7gram panchayats under RO Lilong are Idris Ali for Turel  Ahanbi Atoukhong GP, Khumanthem Ranjit for Oinam Sawombung GP, RK Krishnachandra for Leisangthem GP,  Sanahanbi for khekman GP, Md.Abdul Warish for Moijing GP, Islaur Rahman for Irong chesaba GP and Wangjam Premapati for Maibam Uchiwa GP.

For Lilong sub division, votes were counted for zilla parishad members and elected three candidates were handed out certificates.

On the other hand, for 20 gram panchayat members of Thoubal sub division, the results for 221 panchayat members were declared. The counting for the pradhans of 20 gram panchayats is still going on. However, the counting for the seven zilla parishad members is yet to begin.   

However, it is believed the counting for Thoubal sub-division will be completed soon as the counting for Lilong sub division is over and the empty counting tables are taken over for Thoubal sub division.

Our Jiribam Correspondent adds:

The counting of votes of 5th Panchayat election of Jiribam panchayat areas is underway.

The counting was started from 8 am today at the deputy commissioner’s campus, Jiribam district. The counting was held on six tables under supervision of RO, Jiribam, A. Shivadas Sharma and DEO, Jiribam, Robert Singh Kshetrimayum.

Till the time of filling this report, votes of 57 ward members have been counted. The counting of six pradhan seat is in underway, among which 2/6 - Jakuradhor Gram panchayat was declared in which Sadana Das won by 155 votes from her nearest rival Prativa Das.

The remaining five seats of Pradhan as well as two Zilla parishad constituencies are still awaited. After the completion of Pradhan seats, votes of Zilla parishad members will be counted.

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By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Oct 11

Chief minister, N. Biren Singh today announced that Rs.32 crores have been released by the Union minister for road transport & highways Nitin Gadkari for restoring flood damaged national highways in the state.

He also said that a proposal was submitted to the ministry for construction of 12 new roads connecting the state with other states.

He made this announcement while speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of police and press workshop at 1st MR Banquet hall. The function was organised by Manipur Police department in connection with its 125th anniversary celebration.

Biren said that the government is on a mission to bring better relations between the public, police and the press of the state.

He appreciated the efforts of the police and said that people have started trusting the police for their trustworthy activities done recently, which is a good sign of governance.

Stating that media is the fourth pillar in a democratic state, Biren said that media invariably plays an important role to uphold the rule of law in the region. Professional ethics should be maintained by the journalists while reporting sensitive news so that police could control the crimes happening in the State, he continued.

Further he continued the sole responsibility of the police is to maintain and control the law and order situation of the State. If police do not know the ground realities such as complexities of social and political nature at grassroots level, then police cannot prevent from deteriorating law and order situation, he added.

He stated that the cybercrime unit of the police department has solved many cases and thus preventing various crimes and mob justice in the State.

Topics like redressal of grievances, media management, safety of journalists, mob justice and ethical reporting were lectured by eminent personalities during the workshop.

Inspector general of police (Zone-I), Clay Khongsai lectured on “media management” and said that media should work with professional working integrity. He said that public relation officer (PRO) has an important role in media management and that the information he gives out should be correct, factual and fair.

Associate professor of LMS Law College, N. Pramod Singh talked on “mob justice”. He said that mob justice are crime and offences of state and is directly related to police.

CrPc 44 of IPC is applicable in a state if the mob gathered turns violent and does not abide by the law, he added.

IGP (administration) Manipur, S. Ibocha Singh, SP of Tengnoupal, S. Ibomcha Singh and Times of India correspondent, K. Sarojkumar Sharma also gave lectures on redressal of grievances, safety of journalists and ethical reporting respectively.

Around 100 police and media fraternity attended the workshop.

Meanwhile, Biren Singh along with commissioner YAS H. Deelep, director of YAS N. Praveen Singh and other officials of the department today inspected the ongoing repairing work being taken up at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, Imphal.

During the inspection, chief minister visited the temporary office of Sports University situated at the office building of Manipur Olympic Association, Khuman Lampak. Stating that he is satisfied with the ongoing work for the Sports University, he said that everything is almost ready for the inauguration of the first Sports University of the country.

The State government is waiting for the confirmation of Prime Minister’s schedule for the inauguration, he added.

Chief minister said that the Main Stadium Ground is being developed into the football field of International Standard with natural grass turf fields and would be completed before the commencement of I-League tournament next month.

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:00

A Different Integration

Amidst all the predictions and anxious anticipations of what might the final agreement Government of India and the NSCN(IM) turn out to be, one sobering thought needs to be recalled and reflected upon. Beyond the ethno centric politics of homelands which has caused so much bad blood, there is another kind of integration that a modern democratic polity and economy demands – an integration based on rights and equality of opportunities. If such an understanding were to be agreed upon, we see no reason why the need for integration or the “imagining” of the kind Benedict Anderson proposed the nation is about in his celebrated Imagined Communities, should have strict and rigid ethnic boundaries. In short, why must such imaginings end with Naga integration or Manipur integrity alone and not the integration of a natural socioeconomic region as such, beginning for instance with the geographical entity that we today know as the Northeast? This enterprise would have very tangible components, accompanied by intangible ones, both of which are, in our opinion, vital. Of the tangible components, we can at once think of better surface communication, interrelated market matrixes etc. Why is it that the interconnectedness of the region is such a badly neglected agenda? This is true at every level – within the states as well as between the states. Hasn’t this been an impediment in the entire mission of integration, physical and emotional, of any state, or the region as a whole? The intangible components of this integration process has to do with a larger and more inclusive sense of community, and this again, it must be remembered, must be a function of the tangible sets of components – the roads, shared and invariably interdependent economy etc. Divest the intangible components of a “national” imagining from what should be their superstructure of tangible values, and the former can get reduced to empty but extremely emotive ideas, which can be given dangerous political hues.

The uneasy feeling is, this seems to be precisely the disease of so many of the emotive issues that many in the region have been on a wild goose chase for. A little deconstruction should help, and this can begin with a very simple question. What exactly are the tangible and the intangible components of both the “Naga integration” and the “Manipur integrity” questions? There is no denying that a lot of what constitute them are hot airs with less than enough substance. There is no denying too that they have been reduced to political tools, even sinister ones. Why don’t we then try and balance the equation by filling in the deficits of the tangible components. For all one knows, such an exercise may actually lead to discoveries that a number of the hardened boundaries between the different imaginings of “nations” and “communities” do not exist. Here are two states, and in fact a number of communities, which are bound together by geography, and which nobody can wish away.  Why cannot this fact be converted into an asset rather than a cause for walls to be erected between them? Deepening democratic values and democratic understanding of rights can help in this endeavour. It has been said so many times before by so many that ethnic identity based politics must give way to the liberal, democratic understanding of people, identity and politics. We do not all have to be the same, but we can all be equal citizens of this new and emancipated “imagining” of community.

In the end, it is common prosperity and a sense of dignified life that matters. The pragmatic way of pursuing this goal is to re-imagine integrity and integration. These are familiar terms in a much bigger context too. Although globalization has many different connotations, often not so palatable ones, therefore to avoid being misread, we will take a different approach that is now current but conveys a meaning close to but not the same as globalisation. Tim Urban for instance calls this the Human Colossus, the evolution of a collective human organism with a single consciousness, where each and every one of is a mere cell, neurologically connected to one another. The suggestion is our activities will determine whether we are healthy cells promoting the collective health of the Human Colossus or else cancer cells eroding the health and ultimately killing the larger organism. Our interconnectivity today is such that what each and every one of us does touches all other in this organism in good or bad ways. Human survival today will therefore be vitally tied to how we all agree on the inevitability of this interconnectedness. Jeremy Rifkin says very much the same in The Empathic Civilisation, where he argues that the sphere of empathy of everybody is continually expanding. In the tribal past, this empathy was restricted to the family, clan, village or the tribe. But the expansion of the circle did not stop there, and empathy in people grew for co-religionists, nation, race, humans, fellow beings and so on. He says the ultimate evolution is when an ecology empathy comes about. Here, humans will begin to realise the larger bondage they have with not just each other but the environment. Maybe we are nearing the dawn of such an epoch. There have been some optimistic developments too buttressing this belief. When formidable divisive walls of history – Berlin Wall, Iron Curtain, Bamboo Curtain etc, – have been dismantled and forgotten, where is the logic in Nagaland and Manipur erecting new wall between each other. There are still some major hiccups, but it is also an era which has seen the Cold War that once threatened to annihilate the entire world, is by world consensus a closed chapter of history. Why must the different communities in the region insist on not thawing their own little cold wars?

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:00

Orientation workshop on Beti Bachao

IMPHAL | Oct 11

One-day orientation workshop on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao was organised by the Song and Drama Division, ministry of Information and Broadcasting, government of India NER, Guwahati in collaboration with ministry of Women and Child Development, government of India at the rehearsal Hall of Song and Drama Division, Imphal today.

A release said that joint director of Social Welfare department, Manipur, Surrender A. Shishak and A.D. (HoO) S and DD Guwahati, Regional Centre, Vipul Gaur attended the function as chief guest and president respectively.

It said that Koni Potsangbam lectured on the scheme “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” as resource person and added that eight private registered troupes participated in the workshop and prepared new programmes packages for the further campaign to be held in Senapati district.

Departmental troupe of Song and Drama Division, Imphal centre presented song based on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, it said adding that magic show, dramas, skit, song act also were presented by the private registered troupes on the said theme.  

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:00

Review meeting of Ccpur DLCC held

IMPHAL | Oct 11

District level coordination committee (DLCC) cum review meeting was held this afternoon at the conference hall of DC office, Churachandpur with deputy commissioner in the chair.

In the meeting, Aadhar enrolment was discussed, where all the district level officers (DLOs) were apprised to take responsibility to sensitise the general public on the importance of the drive.

In the meeting overall development on infrastructure, work progress and achievement of the respective department of the DLOs were also discussed. They were advised to submit report before 12 noon tomorrow. The DC also gave advice to all the DLOs to open their respective offices at 9:30 am regularly.

The meeting was attended by 36 DLOs.

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:00

Police nabs KCP (MC) cadres

IMPHAL | Oct 11

A combined team of Imphal West district police commandos and 5 JAK RIF arrested an alleged active cadre of KCP (MC) Lamyanba Khuman group during counter insurgency operation conducted yesterday at Konthoujam Maning Leikai areas, said a statement issued by PRO, Manipur police department.

According to statement, the arrested individual has been identified as Palmei Lovingson (32) son of (L) Chaoba Rongmei of Konthoujam Maning Leikai. 

It said that on his disclosure, the combined team arrested another alleged active cadre of KCP (MC) Lamyanba Khuman group, identified as Haineilung Kamei alias Temba (38) son of (L) Oathoi Kamei of Konthoujam Maning Leikai from his residence.

Further it said that one point 32 revolver was seized from his possession while investigation revealed that they were involved in extortion of huge amount of money from the general public, government employees, educational institutions, transport and travel agencies, etc.

On the same day, at around 1.25 pm, a combined team of Imphal West district police commandos and 6 AR nabbed an alleged corporal of RPF/PLA organisation from Lilong Chajing area in a separate incident, it added.

It said the arrested individual has been identified as Sorokhaibam Bedarjit Singh alias Ibungotomba alias Momosana (28) son of S. Ishworchandra Singh of Naoremthong Samushang Uku a/p Langthabal Kunja Awang Leikai.    

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IMPHAL | Oct 11

Directorate of Fisheries, Manipur has informed to all the fish farmers of all the districts that the department of Fisheries, Manipur will organise a Fish Fair cum Fish Crop competition, 2017 on October 20 on the eve of Nongol Chakouba festival. 

A release said that the interested fish farmers can participate in the said fair under the terms and conditions that they should produce at least 1000 kg of fish, they should sell their fish at the rate fixed by the department for the said competition, one stall will be provided for each eligible fish farmers and the department will bear transportation charges for the participating fish farmers.

Stating that the cash prizes will be awarded to the prize winners, it said that all the interested fish farmers can apply or contact the district fishery officers/chief executive officers of the concerned districts on or before October 15.

Further it said that Rs. 1, 00, 000, Rs. 70, 000 and Rs. 50, 000 will be awarded to the first, second and third positions respectively and highest producer of indigenous fish will be given Rs, 20, 000 while consolation prize of Rs. 10000 will be awarded.

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:00

Army recruitment rally concludes

IMPHAL | Oct 11

Senapati Brigade under the aegis of Red Shield Division conducted the recruitment rally for ARO Rangapahar from October 3 till October 10 at KV Football ground, Leimakhong, said a release of the PIB, Defence Wing.

It said that the recruitment rally was conducted in the presence of reps of civil administration including medical team from the district medical department. The rally was conducted in a very fair and transparent manner, it said adding that the physical test were conducted from October 3 to October 8 while the medical test were conducted on October 10.

Further it said that the response to the rally was overwhelming with over two thousand candidates reporting every day at the rally site. Out of 14415 candidates registered, 10466 candidates participated in the run test and approximately 2045 candidates passed in the physical test.

The common entrance exam for the selected candidates will be held at Rangapahar on October 29, it added.

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