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IMPHAL | Nov 9

If the poor people were affected by demonetisation, they would have come out on the streets and taken up certain agitation. It is certain that the Congress party was greatly affected by it, said Rajya Sabha MP, Ksh. Bhabananda.

The MP, who is also the state unit president of the BJP was addressing a gathering at Niytaipat Chuthek party office following a rally which was conducted in connection with the four-day observation of national wide “Anti-Black Money Day (Kala Dhan Virodhi Diwas)” which ends today.   

The rally was flagged off from Shumang Leela Shanglen, Palace Compound Imphal and culminated at the BJP state office, Nitaipat Chuthek. 

Bhabananda who also took part in the rally said demonetisation does not give any affect to the poor it only affected the rich people who are using black money. The president said that according to expert economist the country’s economy will grow by the year 2018.  

Works minister, Th. Biswajit who was also present in the gathering lambasted the previous Congress government stating that it was a regime of scam and not for the people.  

The minister said that demonetisation of Rs. 500 and 1,000 notes last year was a risky and a bold step taken up the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to eradicate black money and black business from the country.

There are a lot of advantages of demonitisation and the disadvantages are only standing in a long queue in bank to deposit money and expenditure in printing the new currency, added Biswajit.

The minister claimed that the previous Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh did not take up any action to investigate the black money circulating in the country as it was bound to give a negative impact to the Congress party. 

Stating that there are many resources in the state which can bring about economical developmental in the state, the minister asked, “Why the previous government had not taken up any process to utilise the resources in rightful ways?”

He said that the current government under the leadership of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is working at its best level to uplift the poor with the ideology of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas”.

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ITI students protest turns violent

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IMPHAL | Nov 9

Students of Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Takyelpat burnt down two unused cars and some infrastructures of the institute at its campus today as a protest against the authorities not fulfilling their demands.

The protesting students stopped fire-fighters who had come to the spot to douse the fire. The state police force were also not able to stop the students from burning down of the vehicles and the infrastructures.

Speaking to the media, All Manipur ITI Students Union general secretary, L. Parker said that several memorandums have been submitted to the chief minister, N. Biren, education minister, Th. Radheshyam and to the authority concerned asking for infrastructure development and to review the whole administrative system of the ITIs.

But till today the government has not given any positive reply to their demands so they have taken up the agitation, he added.

The infrastructure in all the ITIs does not match the present day needs and moreover there are many unqualified staffs, he continued.

The general secretary warned that if the government still fails to take up positive action to their demands more intense forms of agitation will also take place in the future.

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Nagaland chief minister, TR Zeliang said the present time is the ‘golden opportunity’ for the Nagas and the government of India to resolve the 7 decades old Naga political issue.

He said this while addressing the 18th Biennial Conference of All Nagaland College Students Union (ANCSU) in Mokokchung, Nagaland today.

The Nagaland chief minister urged all the Nagas to invest efforts to help resolved the Naga political issue. “If you all think that it is a problem concerning only the Naga national political groups, the politicians, or for that matter, the elders of the society alone are to bring about the Naga solution, then I’m afraid you are wrong,” TR Zeliang stated.

“It is my belief and ardent desire to find a solution and for that the collective efforts of all the Nagas and in particular the youths and students must help to find a solution to the protracted Naga political problem”, he added.

On the reported influx of illegal immigrants into the State of Nagaland, TR Zeliang said it has become an issue of grave concern to the State. While the State government is prepared to put in every effort to contain the menace of illegal immigrants, our people should also play their role, he urged.

“For instance, our youths must be able to take over the skilled jobs like construction works, running of business establishments, vehicle repairing, and such other kind of jobs. Unless we are able to play our respective roles, it will be very difficult for the state government alone to contain illegal immigrants. I, therefore, appeal to all the young people gathered here today to seriously introspect and contribute towards solving this common problem,” TR Zeliang appealed.  

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IMPHAL | Nov 9

In a combined search operation by district police commando, Imphal East and 6 Assam Rifles, on November 8, at Top Khongngangkhong area, one active member of PREPAK (Red Army) Wangjam Maicha Meitei alias Bhokenjit/ Milkisha (32), son of W. Ito Singh of Litanpokpi Awang Leikai, was arrested from the western side of Top ThongKhong, a release said.

A case has been registered at Porompat Police Station for further investigation, it added.

The search operation was a precautionary measure for the upcoming Sangai Festival, it further mentioned.

On the same day, in another search operation at Kakching bazar, by the combined team of district police commando, Kakching and 39 Assam Rifles, one over ground worker of KYKL, namely Shagolsem Sanatomba Singh alias Sana (23), son of Sh. Ibocha Singh of Langathel Laikhon has been arrested, the release continued.

Investigation revealed that Sanatomba along with one Hijam Amarjit Singh alias Mangoljao (23), son of H. Ranjit Singh of Lumjao Mayai Leikai, an active cadre of KYKL who had recently been arrested on November 7, had recruited a new cadre for the said organisation, it added further.

The arrested person has been handed over to Kakching Police Station for further investigation, it added.

Further, the release mentioned that one drug dealer, namely, Vungngaihchin (25), wife of Goukkhanlal of Ngathal, Dinthar Veng, Churachandpur has been arrested in a raid in Ngathal on November 9, by the combined team of Drug Cell, Churachandpur and Churachandpur Police Station (including women police).

During the raid, 1958 nos. of WY (Amphetamine) tablets valued about 1 lakh in local market, was seized from her possession. On further investigation Esther Lalmangaihthang (28), wife of Lalremthang Leivang of Tuiringphaisen was also arrested in connection with the case, the released added.

A case has been registered at Churachandpur Police Station for further investigation on the aforementioned arrest, the release concluded.

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Kuki civil bodies call highways shutdown

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Kuki Inpi Kangpokpi district and various civil voluntary organisations have collectively called 36-hour total shutdown in highways from 6 am of November 15 till 6 pm of November 16.

Earlier, the Kuki Inpi and CVOs of Kangpokpi had served ultimatum to the state government demanding for implementation of absolute powers and functions of deputy commissioner and superintendent of police of the district especially District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) and district election officer, before November 8.

The collective decision to announce highways shutdown along National Highway-2 (Imphal- Dimapur) road and National Highway-37 (Imphal-Jiribam) road was taken during a joint meeting of the Kuki Inpi and CVOs of Kangpokpi held today at KSO Sadar Hills Administrative office building at Kangpokpi district.

The joint meeting also vehemently condemned the BJP led government and questioned the sincerity and commitment of the chief minister N. Biren Singh towards its popular ‘Go to Hills’ slogan or development hill districts.

General secretary of Kuki Inpi Kangpokpi, Lamminlun Singsit reiterated that a district without DRDA and DEO powers to the concerned DC apart from other powers and functions is something ‘tough as old boots’ as the former is the principal organ at the district level which plays a very effective role as a catalyst in development process and the latter have similar role in all election related matters.

He also said that despite of being the highest number of sub-divisions in the state, Kangpokpi district remained without a single sub-division police officer till today.

He solicited the opinion of general populace of Manipur while seeking their cooperation and support towards the legitimate demands.

President of KSO Sadar Hills, Thangminlen Kipgen said that people of Kangpokpi are restraint from any sorts of agitation but the government has compelled the people to agitate for development, which is very unfortunate and disgraceful.

He said that there will be complete ban on vehicular movement including heavy or light vehicles, private or passenger vehicles during the 36-hour total highway shutdown and any untoward incident during the stir, the government will be solely held responsible.

The total highway shutdown is a ‘final ultimatum’ to the government for implementation of the legitimate demand of Kuki Inpi and CVOs of Kangpokpi and if no response is received on the part of the government, the agitation will be more intense in the future, said Thangminlen.

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Rally and walkathon marks legal service day

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 9

Acting chief justice, N. Kotiswar and justice, Kh. Nobin of Manipur High today flagged off a motor bike rally “Connecting to drive” from Khwairamband Keithel to Churachandpur to spread legal awareness and massages of National Legal Service Day.

The Motor cycle rally organised by the Manipur State legal Service Authority in collaboration with the district legal service authority and Motor Crops Manipur was participated by more than 70 bikers of Motor Crops Manipur.

After the flagging off of the motor cycle rally, judges of the subordinate courts of Imphal West and Imphal East took out a rally entitled “Walkathon (connecting to serve)” from Cheirap court complex in Imphal city area.

The rally was organised by MASALSA in collaboration with the District Legal Service Authority, Imphal West and All Manipur Bar Association.

The rally was led by district and session judge, Imphal West, Maibam Manojkumar, district and session judge, Imphal East, Golmei Gaiphunsillu and AMBA president, H. Chandrajit.

Speaking to media persons, Chandrajit said that right to legal aid is a basic human right under article 1 of the universal declaration of human rights which stated that all human beings are born free with equal dignity and rights.

In the United Nation general assembly of 1979 it has adopted a preamble and 30 articles to eliminate all forms of discrimination, he added.

Golmei Gaiphunsillu spoke about the importance to know fundamentals of the laws by every citizens of India.

Our Ccpur Correspondent adds:

As part of the nationwide campaign for National Legal Services Day, a motorcycle rally was organised today by the Manipur State Legal Service Authority (MASLSA) and District Legal Services Authorities (DLSAs) of Churachandpur, Imphal West and Bishnupur, and in collaboration with Motor Corps Manipur.

The motorcycle rally was organised under the aegis of National Legal Service Authority (NLSA) and it was flagged off from Khwairamband Bazaar, Shamumakhong, Imphal West at 9 am and culminated at the office complex of the District and Session Court, Churachandpur located at Tuibong around 1 pm.

More than 100 of Royal Enfield motorcycles rode all through the roads led by member of MASLSA, Ch. Momon in a mini bus, with an aim for providing legal aid and awareness to all the needy persons who have difficulty in accessing free legal service. A legal help desk was placed at the premise of court for the observance that will last till November 18.

The rally was attended by all the members of district legal service including the CJM and session judge. It was also attended by SDPO of Churachandpur, Johnny Sharma and his OC.

Apart from motorcycle rally, other activities like walkathon, Cycle Rally, legal awareness programmes, essay writing and spot painting competitions are part of the 10-day campaign which is named as ‘Connecting to Serve’, organised under the aegis of National Legal Services Authority.

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IMPHAL | Nov 9

Institute  of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) which is under department of Biotechnology, government of India based in Manipur, Takyelpat today signed a historic MoU with Belgium based  Vision on Technology (Vito) in various important fields. 

A release said the MoU was based on climate change, environment, water management, biotechnology, bamboo refinery and bio-resources management etc. during a glittering ceremony held at Hotel Taj, New Delhi on the occasion of  the state visit of the  King and Queen of Belgium  to India.

The MoU was signed by Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo, director of IBSD and Dr. Dirk Fransaer, managing director of Vito. The  MoU was  signed in presence of HE Didier Reynders, federal deputy Prime Minister and minister of foreign affairs and european affairs, HE Pieter De Crem, federal secretary of State for foreign trade, HE Rudi Vervoort, minister-president of the Brussels-Capital region as well as ambassador of Belgium to India, it said.

In total only 16 MoUs were signed which include ADANI Group, CII, Pharmaceutical Industry, Bharat Electronics, government of Meghalaya, IIT Kanpur, IBSD etc. “We are very fortunate and lucky to be chosen as the only research based institute from the Northeast and the entire country to be part of this historic event. I am sure this MoU is very important for both the countries especially for the socio economic development of Northeast”, said Prof Sahoo.

“With Indian resources and Belgium technologies we will be able to bring a lot of development at the grass root level and bring changes in the life of people”, he added.

Prof. Sahoo who later met the visiting Belgian King Philippe is very happy to inform that things are rapidly changing in Northeast and soon many more developmental projects will be brought to the region, it said.

The MoU is very important which is taking place in the year when both the nations are celebrating 70 years of diplomatic ties, is aimed at deepening the overall political and economic engagement between the two countries, added the release.

Further it continued the royal couple was accompanied by six ministers and a high powered business delegation comprising of CEOs of about 90 Belgian companies, 13 heads of academic institutions and a 30-member media delegation.

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Tousem students demand revival of SDO office

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 9

Tousem Area Student’s Union (TASO) demanded authorities concerned to revitalise the sub-divisional office and other relevant departments at Tousem sub-division headquarter, Tamenglong district.

The students’ body demanded for full functioning of SDO office with adequate staffs. President of TASO, Nehemiah Daime said that the infrastructure is ready but the staffs are not stationed at the office. The union also demanded for restoration of health care centres with ample team at Tousem PHC.

Installing one battalion of Manipur Rifle in the sub-divisional headquarter is also one of their demands. He explained that there is a need to install a state’s armed personnel in the area for the better functioning. There was a battalion 10-20 years back but has disappeared from the headquarters for some reasons, he quoted.

Nehemiah stated that road construction is a compulsory demand as the area has been deprived of so many facilities be it government schemes and other schemes. He emphasised that the Tamenglong to Tousem via Azuram road is nearer from the district headquarter than the existing route of Tamenglong to Tousem via Jiribam.

The lifeline bridge in Tamenglong - Tousem road was recently destroyed during the rainy season and people have been travelling by foot to get even basic amenities, he added.

Talking to IFP, Nehemiah said that a memorandum was earlier submitted to the chief minister on July 10 setting a dateline of August 15 to look into the matter of underdevelopment of the area. But the authorities concerned did not take up their matter very seriously, he lamented.

“We may be branded as the most backward area of the state and even in the country. We are not proud to be that and we want our government, whatever party they belong to, to do their homework and then talk about their achievements,” he added.

The demands were submitted to the chief minister today after the students ’ unions consultative meet yesterday with the Village Authority Chairman Council (VACC) of Tousem area.

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Minister lauds Mary

IMPHAL | Nov 9

Kayisii, minister of tribal affairs and hills and fisheries, government of Manipur has extended heartiest congratulations to Mary Kom on her wining the Asian Boxing Championship Gold Medal recently held at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

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Fire razes house at Moijing


A house belonging to one Md Khamba, (63) son of (L) Iboton from Thoubal Moijing Wangmataba Konjil Leikai was burnt to cinders by fire, at around 3.30 am in the morning yesterday.

It is believed the fire must have been caused by electricity short circuit. Furniture inside the house including household items and cash of Rs 1, 16000 amounting to a total of Rs. 2.50 lakh were lost. The public tried to douse the flames but they were too strong.

A fire tender of Thoubal fire service arrived at the spot and assisted in the rescue work.

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