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Saturday, 07 October 2017 00:00

National metal casting camp

IMPHAL | Oct 6

National metal casting camp will be jointly organized by Lalit Kala Akademi Regional Centre, Kolkata and Sharma Arts and Crafts House, Manipur from October 6 till October 17 at the complex of Sharma Arts and Crafts House.

A release said that 10 sculptors from five different states of the country will be participating in the camp and added that an exhibition programme will also be held on October 15 where artworks of sculptors will be displayed.  

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No headway in UNC talks

Next round of talk on Nov. 10, Imphal venue proposed

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Oct 6

The fourth round of tripartite talks on district creation issue was held today at DRDA hall Senapati district headquarters between the government of India, government of Manipur and United Naga Council (UNC).

During the talk the UNC raised their objection to the constitution of boundary commission by the state Government. The state Government representatives agreed to place the objection raised by UNC, before the state government for further consideration.

The boundary commission was constituted in June following objections raised by the UNC.

It was also agreed that the previous proceedings will be upheld by the party concerned.

Today’s talks was chaired by Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India while the state Government was represented by agriculture, veterinary and animal husbandry minister, V. Hangkhanlian, tribals and hill areas development and fisheries minister N. Kayisii and education and Labour minister Thokchom Radheshyam Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Dr. J.Suresh Babu and Commissioner (Works), K. Radhakumar. The 11-member UNC side was led by its President Gaidon Kamei.

The next round of tripartite talk will be held on November 10.

Additional chief secretary, Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Commissioner (Works), K. Radhakumar and joint secretary (NE), MHA, Government of India were the official representatives of the Government.

UNC was represented by its president Gaidon Kamei, general secretary, UNC, S. Milan, President, All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur and President, Naga Women’s Union, Asha Wungnam.

Leaders from various civil organizations of Nagas were also present in today’s Tripartite Talk.

In a related development Indrakumar Soibam, secretary general of Siva Sena state unit, said that the tripartite talk is suspicious and seems to have a hidden agenda.

“UNC has clear agenda that there is no rollback of their stand on newly created districts. UNC has links with NSCN-IM and it knows about the framework agreement. Even the central government knows. Then what is the use of state government participating in this talk,” he asked.

The next talk should be held only between the state and the central government, he reiterated.

Meanwhile, Pherzawl District Development Committee (PDDC) has said that the creation of seven new districts in Manipur is a milestone in the history of Manipur and the people of Pherzawl district appreciate the government for the creation and steps to develop it.

A statement issued by its chairman, H.K. Joute said that PDDC which was formed to spearhead the demand for the development of Pherzawl district fully understands the sentiments and emotions behind the stand of the United Naga Council (UNC) on the seven new districts.

It said that PDDC is well aware of the issues concerning the current stand of UNC with regard to apparently “haywired” political structure and environment structure in the state.

“However, in spite of understanding fully the issues and concerns of the Naga peoples of Manipur as voiced by its apex body, we ask the UNC to tune in to the sentiments and aspirations of the people of the newly formed Pherzawl district”, it added.

It further said, “While there is no question that the UNC is genuinely concerned about the welfare and protection of tribal rights, it is also to be understood that consensus needs to be taken from all tribal communities. As often happens, while intentions may be good, outcomes necessarily are, especially when all stakeholders’ aspirations and views are not in tandem.”

“Whilst many of the newly formed districts may surprise many, the people of Pherzawl district on the other hand have been strongly demanding a district and as such came as no surprise. It is in fact the crux of our aspirations and as such, we have no cause for complaints for better or for worse”, it added.

It further appealed to all dry and sundry to desist from including Pherzawl district in their demands for rollback.   

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Saturday, 07 October 2017 00:00

Good Night before Good Day

Imphal seems to have formally been figured in the map of cities having weekend ‘night life’ when it experienced a dazzling glimpse of night life along its western Kanglapat moat on October 2 as the chief minister N. Biren Singh launched a Night Plaza, officially christened as Imphal Evenings. It was historic in its own right as the sleepy city promisses to transform itself from being ‘asleep’ to being ‘alive’ at nocturnal times. Yes, the sleepy Imphal is ready to become alive with night life at least at the weekends. It could be the perfect way to end one’s week if not one’s day. The event itself was unique in Manipur where sunset defines the end of a day thereby herding the people back home abandoning the city with a deserted look. It is not that Imphal had been without any kind of night life before. In its several non-descript ‘wet-pockets’, the capital city had its peculiar individual hidaak-soaked ‘traditional’ night life, which is second to none of its kind, albeit not at the so-called night clubs or bars but centred around local brew vendors for night trance. Besides, public night life has been occassional during festivals like Yaoshang, Christmas and other entertainment-related occassions. The launching of night plaza was like never before as turning out of people in large number itself clearly indicated the beginning of the possible end of the fear of untold mystery that has been shrouding the insurgency-hit state where each sunset brings curtain down on mundane activities since the nineties. In one way, it also indicated that the people of the state are ready to embrace the night culture which is prevalent in cities of other developed countries over the globe. Potential domestic and foreign tourists and investors can be ‘icing on the cake’ in any city’s night life since nightlife tourism is known to be one of the most important economic policies. In such a situation, the government’s endeavour to depict the state as peaceful and free from armed violence is appreciable so as to show that the law and order situation in the state has considerably improved thereby building confidence. After all these fearful years, the state in general and Imphal city in particular deserves such a welcome change to break its enforced tradition of ‘calling the day a day’ at the sunset considering its vibrant and classy side becoming more cosmopolitan over the years. If the massive turn out is anything to go by, now people no longer fear to venture out of their homes at night. And this would be a very positive and significant message to the whole world, particularly the tourists who wish to visit the state. This initiative of the BJP-led coalition government in the state could be seen as a first step towards realising its stated goal of bringing ‘Achhe Din’ (good days), Hindi slogan of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), coined by the Prime Minister for the 2014 general election. By opening the night plaza and promoting night culture in the state the government’s initiative has potential to usher in good days in the state. We for one wish so. However, despite the governemnt’s meticulous planning, there have been many a feedback and criticism pouring in from different quarters, regarding improper selection of location, traffic congestion, power issue etc. And it is also worth questioning as to how far this one step will change the ‘fear-beaten’ popular imagination of the residents who have developed the tendency of being confined to their homes soon after night falls for many years due to restive situation which had been prevailing in the state for decades now. And, what degreee of confidence building would it register on the worry of parents and family elders when the youngsters plan to go out with their friends at night for such a recreative moments of night life? Above all, crimes may come with night life. These pertinent issues should be addressed since night life is necessary for a developing city like Imphal which is in the run to become one of the smart cities of the country. It will also help boost tourism thereby increasing the overall economy of the state.  As of now it is limited night life with limited peace at limited places but it is good for a starter and as a confidence building measure. Speaking with optimism, while the Union Government’s ‘Achhe Din’ is ever elusive, the state government’s Night Life may bring ‘Achhe Raat’ (good night) for Imphal with a hope for a vibrant tomorrow when Imphal never sleeps. May it be the Good Night before the Good Day.

Leader Writer: Zeet Nawaz Thouba

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Saturday, 07 October 2017 00:00

AMCA to hold meeting

IMPHAL | Oct 6

An executive general body meeting of All Manipur Cheibi Association (AMCA) will be held on October 14 at around 1 pm at Arts Centre, Singjamei near Model Club hall to appoint the office- bearers for the term 2017-19, said a release. It appealed to all affiliate groups to attend the said meeting in time.

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Saturday, 07 October 2017 00:00

Silent rally

IMPHAL | Oct 6

All India Students’ Federation (AISF), Manipur State Council staged a silent rally protest from its head office till Kangla yesterday.

A release said the protester marched by holding placards and seven coloured flag wearing traditional attires and added that it was organised under the motive to uproot corruption and it was attended by members of AISF among others.

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Saturday, 07 October 2017 00:00

IGNTUSU-RCM elects new office bearers

From Our Correspondent


Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Students’ Union –Regional Campus Manipur (IGNTUSU-RCM) held its general election on October 5 at the conference hall of IGNTU-RCM, Makhan for the tenure 2017-2018.

The newly elected office bearers are, Haokhomang Chongloi as president, Hringam Anal as vice-president, Waingir Chothe as general secretary, Thangjaching Haokip as joint secretary, Paul Zabiekrem as finance secretary, Neilalung as games and sports secretary and M. Benjamin Haokip as information and publicity secretary.

 Expansion of the executive body will be held in the near future by nomination system through consensus between the newly elected executives.

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Saturday, 07 October 2017 00:00

Liquors disposed

From Our Correspondent


A team of Thoubal police and excise department staffs from various part of the district during its drive conducted ahead of the panchayat election scheduled on October 7 seized liquors worth over Rs 1.09 lakh today.

Later the seized items were disposed at the complex of the excise department, Thoubal located inside Thoubal DC complex.

Speaking at the disposed site, DSP of excise department Thoubal district, Raghu Leishanthem said that seizure includes 240 bottles of foreign made liquors, 193 beer cans and five litres of local brew.

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Skill development training for NE students

IMPHAL | Oct 6

As part of the skill development initiative for the North East students, Senapati Brigade under the aegis of Red Shield Division undertook an awareness cum training programme, where wide publicity was given across various districts of Manipur and a total of 106 students were registered and trained for the scheme, said a release.

It said that the Taj Hotels have recently introduced “Golden Threshold Programme”, a hospitality programme for students who have completed 10+2, graduates, diploma holders with hospitality background.

Under this programme, the management of Taj Hotel Guwahati, with assistance from army conducted an interview on September 11 and 12 at battallion headquater of 34 Assam Rifles Maram for selecting candidates who are seeking to pursue their career in hospitality industry, it said and added that the selected candidates would be undergoing vocational training at Taj Hotel, Guwahati for one year which has started on October 3 and would be paid stipend of Rs 4000 per month.

Further it said that the registered candidates from Manipur were provided free accommodation and messing facilities by Maram and Jwalamukhi Battalions and various lectures/workshops were conducted by 34 Assam Rifles at Maram in order to train them and prepare for the interview.

A total of 27 candidates were selected after the interview, it said adding that the candidates were given joining instructions and necessary directions from the management of Taj Hotel Guwahati, which was conveyed to them through messages, phone calls and e-mails by 34 Assam Rifles being the Nodal Agency.

The selected candidates were mustered at Bn Headquarter Maram, 34 Assam Rifles on September 28 and were accommodated, provided free messing till September 30, it said and added that on September 30, these candidates were transported to Dimapur after flag off ceremony at Maram.

To facilitate centralized and co-ordinated move, train tickets were booked for them by 34 Assam Rifles on October 1 from Dimapur to Guwahati. It added.

A representative detailed from 34 Assam Rifles accompanied these candidates till Taj Hotel Guwahati and ensured their wellbeing and smooth settlement at Guwahati before commencement of training, said the release.

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Under National Health Mission a one day mobile medical camp was organised by District Health Control Society, Churachandpur at T. Lailoiphai village of Sangaikot sub-divisions today in which children of the area including students of the T. Lailoiphai English High School participated.

Free medical check-up and medicines were given by a medical team led by Dr. Kungi, who is the MO of Saiko. The medical camp was held with request from Kuki Student Organisation (KSO) Sangaikot Block who had been taking steps to control spread of diseases aftermath of the flood in T. Lailoiphai and adjacent villages.

More than 300 students were given check-up. Many complaints of fever, skin problems and others were found among children.

  1. Lailoiphai village was completely inundated and the dirt carried in by Imphal river created health hazard to the students and children of the area.

Meanwhile, mudslide in L. Phainon village reportedly destroyed three houses and roads were blocked.

Similar mudslide occurred in Zalenkot village on September 19, which destroyed many houses and roads were blocked. The people of the village had to commute by using boats. The villagers had complained about of the government’s apathy on the hardship of the village.

The mudslide had displaced the village cemetery and around damaged three acres of paddy field of the village. So far, KSO had donated seven and half bags of rice, while the SDO of the sub-division donated six bags.

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By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Oct 6

Shiv Sena Manipur state unit today announced that the party would pressurise the Yogi Adityanath’s government to find out the truth of Pravish Chanam’s death case and to deliver justice soon.

Tombi, president of state unit said that there has not been a single case that the mainland India’s states have handled without the pressure of the North Eastern states.

“Until and unless the North easterners submit several memoranda, staged several sit-in-protests and rallies and so on, the mainland has never found out the cause of death of north-easterners in mainland India,” he said.

He also alleged that the Uttar Pradesh government, state government and even the JACs do not follow up Pravish’s case and have not produce an investigation report till now. He said that there have not been satisfying justifications from the mainland India when youths and persons from North East died in their region.

 He also said that Shiv Sena state unit will extend its help and do whatsoever it can to get justice for Pravish’s death.

Tombi also said that a long term policy to bring understanding and better relations with the NE and the other states of the country will be discussed in the Shiv Sena’s meeting in New Delhi on October 9. He added that it will then approach the Prime Minister and the chief ministers of all the NE states.

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