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IMPHAL | Oct 19

Chief minister, N. Biren said police personnel deserve to be appreciated for the sacrifices they have made for the welfare of public and added no violator of the law would be spared. The chief minister’s remark came during the observation of the 125th anniversary of Manipur police organised under the theme “Service always everything” today at first Manipur Rifle parade ground.

Biren said the police should be bound by the commitment to nation and state first, adding “we” should come second and “self” last.

He said the police department is the backbone of state, and police personnel should work with transparency, commitment and with full dedication.

Police are working day and night, besides sacrificing their lives when need be, protecting the people, he said.

“People should not blame police for small mistakes on social media and humiliate them with bad languages, when only some among the police do unwanted things” he said.

Biren urged the people to consider the good things police are doing day and night. People should work with police by co-operating with them for the welfare of the state, he said.

Police personnel should do their duty in  the interest of nation and state regardless of caste and creed. “Nation and State are above of my status and positions,” Biren added.

He said the state will start a new policy on transfer and posting of government employees for police, medical services and teachers, which will come into effect from first day of next year.

To bring good governance in the state, government employees should take the order of the concern department seriously in order to make the state developed equally, Biren added. The government plans to setup a policy for rotation of posting for about two to three years, he added.

The employees of police, medical and teachers have been facing problems on accommodation in their respective places of posting for last many years which might be a reason for their inability to perform their duty optimally, he said assuring to make proper accommodations for the benefit of employees who are posted at far flung places of the state at the soonest.

Speaking on the occasion, Director General of Police, L.M. Khaute said that Manipur Police have been working and performing their duties making remarkable progress in many fields under the motto “Service always everything”.

Police including border security force (BSF), para-military forces, Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF) should be appreciated for their service as they performed duties for the welfare of public even at the risk of harm to themselves, he said.

Khaute said Manipur Police have been able to bring around 3300 militants to mainstream so far.

This year, Manipur Police opened a separate cybercrime police station, deputed a separate SP for traffic police and introduced community policing.

Earlier at the function, the Chief Minister took salute from 25 march-past contingents of CRPF, Civil Police (male and female), Police Commandos, Manipur Rifles, India Reserve Battalion, Home Guards, VDF personnel, NCC Cadets, Manipur Police Dog Squad and Manipur Police Bomb Disposal Squad.

Commandant of 3rd India Reserve Battalion, Thokchom Vikramjit Singh, MPS was the parade commander.

On the occasion, a total of 982 police officers and other ranks and a total of 84 officers and other ranks of Assam Rifles, BSF and CRPF were awarded DGP Commendation Roll and Disc in recognition of their outstanding performance of duty in various fields including investigative works, law and order, counter insurgency operations etc.

Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence and Law and Order) Dr. Pramod Asthana received the Commendation roll and Disc on behalf of the recipients of civil police and intelligence wing.

The Commendation Roll and Disc for the recipients of Manipur Rifles and India Reserve Battalion were handed over to ADGP (Armed Police) Anand Prakash.

ADGP (Training) P. Doungel received Commendation roll and Disc on behalf of the recipients of MPTC while IGP (Administration) S. Ibocha Singh received for CMTW, PHQ, home guards and special investigation team.

In recognition of their excellent leadership and outstanding performance of duty during the last State Assembly election, the Manipur Police also honoured deserving officers and personnel of CRPF, BSF and Assam Rifles with DGP Commendation roll and Disc on the occasion.

IGP (Manipur and Nagaland Sector) CRPF, Vikram Sehgal received the Commendation roll and Disc on behalf of the recipients of CRPF while BSF DIG Angom Shamu received the honours for BSF recipients.

The DGP running trophy for the best battalion was awarded to 8th Manipur Rifles. The second prize went to 1st Manipur Rifles and 5th Manipur Rifles while 2nd IRB and 5th IRB were jointly adjudged the third prize.

The DGP running trophy for the best police station went to Thoubal Police Station while Singjamei P/S and Nambol P/S received second and third prizes respectively.

The winner of the best police officer is sub-inspector, E. Ayangleima Devi of Lamphel Police Station.

In connection with the celebration, the State Government presented quasquicentennial medals to all the serving officers and personnel of Manipur Police.

DGP LM Khaute received the symbolic medal on behalf of the department from the chief minister.

Later, N. Biren also released a souvenir, which contains the works and progress made by Manipur Police in the past 125 years, at the occasion.

Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar, Ministers, MLAs, top civil, police, paramilitary and Army officers also attended the celebration.

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THOUBAL | Oct 19

The Family Court, Imphal East, succeeded in restraining a married man from solemnising a second marriage on October 16, a late report from the district said.

The man against whom the order was passed is identified as Elangbam Ratankumar Singh, 36, son of E. Kumar Singh of Wabagai Hiyanglam Mayai Leikai Turang, Kakching district.

The Court passed the order in response to a petition filed by Ratankumar’s wife, Elangbam Ongbi Wangjam Sumila Devi, pleading court to issue a permanent injunction and ex-parte temporary injunction against two respondents under the Specific Relief Act.

It is learnt that the Ratankumar, despite being married to the petitioner and having two children, eloped with another woman, identified as Lourembam Momota Devi, 35, daughter of L. Mema of Wangkhei Ayangpalli road, on October 14 last.

Ratankumar is Respondent No. 1 and Momota Respondent No. 2 in the case.

The petitioner Sumila and husband Ratankumar were separated on August 8, 2014, when the former returned to her parental home following alleged harassment.

Ratankumar then eloped with respondent No.2 even while a case of Domestic Violence was pending against him before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Thoubal.

Ratankumar and Momota were schedule to marry on October 16, but the petitioner Sumila came to know of the planned second marriage on October 15.

The court observed that there was no reason the petitioner would falsely claimed herself to be the wife of the respondent No.1 and that a Domestic Violence case was pending between them in CJM Thoubal.

Subsequently, noting that since bigamy is not permissible among Hindus, if the marriage ceremony was allowed the whole purpose of filing the petition would be frustrated, the court noted.

Besides, irreparable injury would be caused to the petitioner as her husband would begin to co-habit with the co-respondent, and in the process the sanctity of the institution of marriage would be violated, the court further observed.

The court therefore ordered that the respondents from solemnising their planned marriage until further order from the court.

It also issued directive to the Porompat police station to ensure that the order is complied with by the parties if the marriage is not yet performed.

The court summoned both the respondents to appear before it on October 23.

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Striking workers close down garbage dump

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IMPHAL | Oct 19

Association for solid waste management, Imphal city, started an agitation today, and workers affiliated to it stopped lifting solid waste from the city.

Speaking to media person, worker of solid waste management for Imphal city, Khoirom Naobi said a dumping site located at Lamdeng, under Lamsang sub-division was set up in 2009 under the project of solid waste management by a firm Ramky of Hyderabad, and since then PDA and MAHUD department have taking care of the project.

Eve since the project started, the workers completed black toppings of approach roads and construction of retaining walls of the dumping site, without any remunerations paid to any worker, they said.

They said the workers had repeatedly demanded clearance of their salaries within the deadline of October 18, however this demand was not met. This has left the workers with workers with no option but to take up the drastic step of cease work strike from today.

They further said the workers stopped many dumping trucks from dumping solid waste at the site. The department concerned should release the due salaries together amounting to Rs. 83,27000 immediately to end the confrontation.

They said they will not withdraw their strike until their demands are fulfilled.

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A formal reception for the Kuki State Demand Committee (KSDC) members was organised at the conference hall of Kuki Inpi Churachandpur (KIC).

The members of KSDC were warmly received for their participation at the first national conventions of National Federation of New State (NFNS) held at Nagpur on October 14 and October 15.

During the programme, the general secretary of KSDC, K. Gangte made a brief paper presentation based on the press hand-out from the convention about creation of Kuki state.

The papers were later handed out to the media saying that the demand of Kukis for a separate state is legitimate. It also stated that the Kuki people have been demanding for Kuki state to government of India since Indian independence. It further stated that Kukis must be allotted a separate state under Indian constitution with the fact that the Kukis had fought against the British Empire for many years.

The papers also stated about how the Kukis were forced to take arms after the  political  party, the Kuki National Assembly (KNA) was formed in 1946, demanding for the Kuki state for which repeated appeal was made to the former prime minister of India, JawaharLal  Nehru.

Further, it stated that that Kukis had resorted for armed struggle under the banner of MNF in the 80’s but the Mizo Accord of 1986 belied them. The same struggle is going on under KNA and UPF, which are in a tripartite talk with the centre and state government.

It may be mentioned that the conference NFNS was held at Vasantro Deshpande Memorial Hall at Nagpur, where two representatives from KSDC attended the programme. The press hand-out by the president of NFNS also stated that the convention has resolved to set up a permanent centre of NFNS at Delhi soon, which will be opened to all.

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IMPHAL | Oct 19

President of United Naga Council, Manipur, Gaidon Kamei today said that the organisation will always stand its ground to protect its land, identity and people from intruders and from those who try to uproot the unity of the people.

He was speaking at the Requital Day at Longmai-3, organised by Zeliangrong Youth Front (ZYF), a programme to pay homage to the victims of Kuki atrocities from 1991 to 1995.

The theme of the day was “Gone but you live in history binding us all.”

Gaidon Kamei said that Nagas were once under the rule of the British and now are under the Indian government for around 70 years.

Addressing the gathering of prominent Naga leaders and people of Zeliangrong, he said the sacrifice of former martyrs will never be forgotten and that “we should not repeat the same mistakes that our forefathers committed but rather learn from them and take better steps tomorrow.”

He also stated that this is the day and the time to wake up from the slumber of ignorance of the hands of those who suppress Naga’s integration. He added that India’s commitment to bring about solutions for Naga’s integration will come true soon.

Vice president of Naga Hoho, Samson Riamei said that this day is organised not to create any communal clashes but to only remember the sacrifice of the martyrs of Naga’s freedom struggle.

However he noted that October 19, 1994 was the darkest day of Naga’s struggle history and will be remembered always as the day the maximum number of Nagas died in the five-year Kuki–Naga clashes.

He spoke on the importance of documenting history as there is no proper documented history of the Nagas till date.

President of Naga Women Union Manipur (NWUM), Asha Wongnao, education secretary of All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM), AC. Thotso, Tangkhul Naga Long representative, Ngaronmi, president of Zeliangrong Baudi, Poupaklung Kamei and representative of Thangal tribe, Chand Thangmi attended the function as presidium members.

The speakers during the function spoke on the importance of the day and applauded the initiative of ZYF in organising such an event. They all spoke on the need for Naga brethren to come together and stand on one footing and also all the way respecting different community aspirations.

On October 19, 1994, an Imphal–Longmai bound bus “Emanuel Express” was intercepted by a Kuki underground group and pushed down a deep gorge of 500 feet leaving 37 people killed and left many badly injured.

President of ZYF, Titus Kamei noted that during the years from 1991 to 1995 of Kuki-Naga clashes, 123 Zeliangrong people were killed, 201 injured, 940 houses burnt and 5,100 people displaced from their homes.

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THOUBAL | Oct 19

Representatives of Lilong Karampat Loukol Farmer’s Club, Pioneer Farmer’s Club, Leiphrakpam, Chingjao Dolaithabi Loukol Farmer’s Club and Lilong Haoreibi Ngangou Loukol Farmer’s Club jointly inspected the flood affected areas of Lilong, along with media persons today.

Coordinator of Lilong Karampat Loukol Farmer’s Club, Md. Firoz Khan has appealed to the authority concerned to exempt their payments of loan as there has been excessive loss in agriculture due to flood caused by continuous rainfall in the months gone by.

The government should take into account that after the cyclone Mora that occurred from May 8 to June 28, the incessant rain has immensely affected the agricultural lands of the area. The areas of Lilong under Thoubal district were the most affected in the disastrous incident, added Md. Firoz Khan.

He further said that farmers had taken loan under Kishan Credit Card (KCC) but the current situation has made the farmers with no option to pay off the amount of loan taken other than committing suicide.

Firoz also said that farmers had submitted memorandum regarding the issue to the ministerial level however there has been no positive response so far.

If the demand of the farmer’s club to exempt their loans is not fulfilled by the government, there will be a strong agitation by the farmers along with the CVOs.

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DCDA shuts down Tamenglong UBI


United Bank of India and Treasury office of Tamenglong were shut down by District Concerned Development Association (DCDA), Tamenglong, decrying against the non-functional ATM booth for almost a month, and limiting cash withdrawal at the bank upto only Rs. 5000.

The lone United Bank of India at Tamenglong has been facing shortages of cash for the last two months, which has rendered the recently launched ATM booth non-functional.

When this reporter contacted the manager of UBI, he said that the last remittance was made in the month of April. He added that he had applied for advance remittance for five times but RBI has cancelled it due to bad weather.

Meanwhile, he also appealed DCDA not to disoblige the bank in the interest of the people of Tamenglong.

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20 lagao organisers arrested

IMPHAL | Oct 19

The Imphal East police today arrested 20 individuals for organising gambling (lagao) and has seized around 120 lagao dices from different parts of the Imphal East district.

Speaking to media persons, Imphal East superintendent of police, K. Kabib said that police were able to make the arrest after getting several complaints from the public.

He requested the public to not encourage organising such gambling in their localities and appealed to the public and locality leaders to support police in banning lagao.

As organising lagao leads to rise in law and order problem, the police said they will continue to conduct raids and patrolling in localities to prevent such gamblings.

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Dalai Lama bids Manipur adieu

IMPHAL | Oct 19

Tibetan spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama, who attended a peace conference here in Imphal, left the state this morning.

The Dalai Lama who arrived in Imphal on October 17 has been staying at the Raj Bhawan. After having attended a global peace conference yesterday he left Imphal today around 9.30 am by an Indigo flight.

Before leaving, the speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly Y. Khemchand Singh, on whose invitation the spiritual came to Manipur, met with the latter at the Raj Bhawan.

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AMSU cautions against price rise

IMPHAL | Oct 19

All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) has conveyed its greeting to the people of Manipur on the occasion of Ningol Chakkouba festival to be celebrated on October 21. It urged to all the shopkeepers not to sell items in connection to Ningol Chakkouba by rising prices and the same will be look after by the union seriously.  A release of the union expressed hope that the celebration of this festival will bring a sense of brotherhood between different communities, peace, prosperity and development in the state.

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