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Saturday, 10 June 2017 05:30

High -tech criminals target state

ATM and Aadhar nos if given to callers, bank balance is gone
By Paojel Chaoba
IMPHAL | June 10
Fraudsters are targeting the public, asking the numbers of the ATM and Aadhar cards. Calls have been made by non-locals mainly speaking in Hindi. Once provided, the bank account of the person is emptied and the gullible individual is left high and dry.
The first call will be to say in an indiscernible fashion who and where the caller is from in a very fluent manner. He will state that the receiver’s ATM card is about to expire and he is calling up from the concerned bank to facilitate renewal. The caller will say that he is calling from SBI office of Assam, Kolkotta, Dimapur etc.
The caller will ask the receiver to take the card in your hand and read out the serial numbers printed on the ATM card. Afterwards he will ask for Aadhar card number to facilitate the process. The caller will then send a one-time password (OTP) to the mobile for confirmation. Once provided and confirmed, the caller hacks your account and clears out the bank balance.
The Aadhar number and the bank account number are linked as per government policy. The technologically proficient criminals make use of this and through a software they hack into the persons account. They are also able to generate a password which when used from the receiver’s smart phone for confirmation provides the criminal the access to bank account. Many such phone calls have been made to individuals all over the state.
The criminals have started targeting the public and even two staff members of Imphal Free Press received this call during the past one week.
Once the caller knows that the target is aware of his intention and that the call is bogus, the caller will use abusive words in Hindi.
Two numbers 7079198360 and 8877824592 called up two staff members of this paper on different dates.
When contacted a concerned bank officer of the SBI, said that there have been some general complaints from customers and that the banking fraternity is aware of such crimes happening recently in the state.
He stated that the call asking for ATM card number should not be entertained as banks do not verify such things over the phone. He added that these criminals are very professional and have devised software to somehow hack into individual’s bank account by using the Aadhar link and ATM card number and by providing the OTP. He appealed to the pubic not to respond to such calls.  
Police cyber crime unit has received 56 ATM fraud cases and investigated. The police could manage to recover Rs 3,20,000 and return it to some victims. However, arrests could not be made as the criminals were operating from other Northeast states.

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DIMAPUR |June 10
Many organisations and leaders expressed their shock and condoled the demise of NSCN (K) leader, SS Khaplang who passed away at Takka, the outfit’s headquarters in Myanmar yesterday evening.
NSCN (IM) general secretary, Thuingaleng Muivah, who was late SS Khaplang’s comrade one time, in his message condoled the passing away of the latter and shared grief with bereaved family members.
“The NSCN invokes the blessings from the Almighty to give comfort and sustenance to the saddened and pained hearts of the bereaved family and grant eternal rest to the departed soul of the leader”, the condolence message said.
Also sending out his condolence message, Chief Minister of Nagaland, Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu said that he was saddened on learning the sudden demise of SS Khaplang.
The Nagaland CM continued that “such an important Naga leader like Khaplang has expired considering the fact that the protracted Naga political problem is on the verge of being resolved, and the need for all different Naga political groups to come together to air our views and aspirations to the government of India in one voice is absolutely imperative.”
According to the CM, after the group abrogated the ceasefire with the government of India in 2015, in consultation with the Centre, the government of Nagaland has been sending delegations to meet the NSCN (K) leadership in Myanmar in recent times to convince the group to re-enter into the peace process.
 It was encouraging to learn that Khaplang had, a few months back, conveyed his willingness to have dialogue with the government provided ‘issues of substance’ were discussed. However, before things could be taken forward to its logical conclusion, it is calamitous that the Naga leader could not live long enough to see the proverbial promised land,” he added.
Further Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu said that in memory of the departed soul, and before the mortal remains are interred below ground, “I appeal to all grieving Nagas to resolve and dedicate ourselves to endeavour with renewed vigour and determination to find a solution to the Naga political problem which is honourable and acceptable to all stakeholders; and that this protracted problem be resolved during our lifetime and not to bequeath it to the future generations”.
 He also stated that in memory of the departed leader “who had dedicated all his life to the cause of the Naga people, let all Naga people dedicate ourselves to strive for peace, harmony and well-being of the entire Naga family so that we and our children can march ahead with the rest of the world as equals in the 21st century and for ever more”.
Joining the condolence, Naga Hoho, said life of SS Khaplang was marked by trials and tribulations wherein he stood tall building the Naga nation. SS Khaplang was a man who dedicated his entire life for the cause of Nagas till his last breath. It further said that he safeguarded the Naga nation against massive adversaries and thereby his life and leadership transpired inspiration and conviction to uphold the Naga nation.
The United Naga Council (UNC) said that the demise of the leader is a “great loss to the Naga nation to whom we affectionately called him Baba Khaplang”.
It shared the grief and pains of “Baba Khaplang’s famiy, his near and dear ones and everyone who stood by him always and prayed to the Almighty and wish that his soul rest in peace.”
The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) in its condolence message said that it “is deeply” saddened and grieved by the sudden demise of SS Khaplang, “one of the tallest Naga National leaders at Taka, Myanmar on June 8. “The departure of our legendary leader at this critical juncture in the history of Naga National Movement is a great lost for the Naga people as a whole”, it stated.
“The vacuum created by his demise is immense and cannot be filled for a long time to come. May his legacy continue to inspire and cherish by the Nagas for generations,” it also said.

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By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 10
Targeting women with a motive to intentionally harm her using modern telecommunication such as internet (social media or email) and mobile phone (SMS/MMS) is a cyber crime against woman, said advocate Debarati Halder.
Debarati, who is also an MD of Centre for Cyber Victim Counselling, was speaking as a resource person in the “Two day orientation course on criminal investigation, Criminal trial and Cyber laws” which started today at the auditorium of the High Court of Manipur.
The orientation course was organised by Manipur Judicial Academy and Manipur State Legal Services Authority.
Speaking on the topic “Critical review of existing laws and lacunas in the law for regulating cyber crimes and victimization of women” she said that the concept of cyber crimes against women is a relatively new concept in the country’s legal arena.
She added that the crime committed using digital and communication technology is itself a new phenomenon in India, which is alarming.
It is necessary to understand the typology of cyber crimes against women before proceeding legal challenges in the area of cyber crimes against women, added Debarati.
“Cyber victims taking extreme steps like committing suicide or contacting the hacker to remove it or several other mechanisms may actually make her step into the shoes of the perpetrator which is an irrational coping mechanism,” she said.
Debarati added that Section 354C of Indian Penal Code which prescribes punishment for voyeurism and Section 354 (D), which prescribes punishment for stalking are the centric and may apparently provide answer to all problems of cyber harassment targeting women.
Advocate Romenkumar Singh spoke on the topic “Police investigation in FIR case” as resource. He said that giving information of cognizable offence to the police under section 154, Cr PC is the modes by which an aggrieved person can set machinery of criminal law.
The information recorded under the section is known as First Information Report (FIR) though the word first is not mentioned in the code, he added.
Romenkumar said that mere membership of a banned organisation will not make a person criminal unless the person resorts or incites people to violence or create public disorder.
And an organisation not declared as unlawful can indulge in terrorist acts, he continued.
Justice S Muralidhar spoke on the topic “Criminal investigation from human rights perspective” as resourced person.

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 05:30

Biren listens to grievances of 800 people

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 10
People from different hill districts of the state visited Chief Minister N Biren Singh as today is announced as ‘Chinggi Numit’ by the Chief Minister.
Most of the people came to submit memoranda regarding development works at their respective villages and a few came for their personal problems.
There Chief Minister got many complaints regarding bad roads, dysfunctional health centre, education sector and government offices and ignoring of people by government officials.
On the second Hill People’s Day organised at Chief Minister’s Secretariat complex today, around 800 people including village chiefs and civil society leaders representing around 260 different organisations and village authorities from all the hill districts of the State turned up to meet the Chief Minister.
Biren personally interacted with this huge number of people, including many from far-flung and border areas, for more than five hours without any break inside Chief Minister’s Secretariat complex from 8:45 am to 2:30 pm.
Kapaam Village of Chandel district chairman Roel Jindashing Moyon who came to visit the Chief Minister, speaking to IFP said that he along with some villagers came to demand various developmental programmes of their village which is a meeting point of more than 30 villages.
The village which is also an educational hub benefitted by various minority tribes needed a lot of developmental process to end the sufferings of the students and the villagers, he added.
There is lack of staffs in South East Manipur College, no staff quarters for Liwachangning Govt High School, no staff in Forest Beat office and electricity complaint room and many more, continued the chairman.
Roel said that ‘Chinggi Numit’ gave the tribal people of the state a big opportunity to express their needs and sufferings and he hoped that the Chief Minister will surely take up actions regarding their proposals.
Chandel Naga Chiefs Association president Tongsin Ruwngval Anal who also came to visit the Chief Minister told IFP that he came to request for developmental process of Chandel district.
The district has been suffering from lack of drinking water since 2015, there is no facility of tap water supply so they are buying drinking water at high rate, he added.
Tongsin said that the condition of roads and bridge are very bad, many government offices are not fully functioning as most of the bureaucrats officers of the district are sitting in Imphal.
So he came to highlight the problems faced by people of Chandel district in the interest of the people of Chandel, he continued.
Tongsin added that such opportunity of meeting the Chief Minister by the general public, clearly show that it is the government for the people and a great development will be brought in the state.
Medical facilities were made available to the visitors from the side of the Imphal West Chief Medical Officer.
Many people brought handicraft and handloom items as gifts for the Chief Minister.

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IMPHAL | June 10 (DIPR)
Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh said students who have improved from their previous academic performance are also to be encouraged beside encouraging meritorious students.
He was speaking at the 19th Major S Kipgen, SM (Pagin) Foundation Meritorious Award in High School Leaving Certificate Examination 2017, distribution ceremony held at Emmanuel Higher Secondary School, Haipi in Kangpokpi district today.
Joykumar said that nowadays the pattern of learning process is very much different from the olden days. Most of the students have relied on tuition which were only a few in those days. He said students at any level should be encouraged so that they can face challenges and score higher marks in the examination also.
He continued that three things are important while talking about quality education. Learning, understanding and application are the basic steps through which we can bring quality education. Students should understand what they learn and should try to apply it so that different concepts can be developed. He lauded the students and wished them to bring laurels in their future life.
Speaking at the function Health minister, L. Jayantakumar Singh urged the students to aim excellence to serve people and to contribute to the society. He said social education is very much important in human lives. Despite all good career and certificates, what is important is the association with people and application of what we learn in society, he added.
Tribal Affairs minister, N Kayisii while praising the students said, strong determination accompanying with aim are essential to get success in life. He said students should try their best to achieve what they want as it is the best way to serve parents also.
Altogether 11 toppers of Sadar Hills District were awarded in the function.
Earlier in the day, the deputy Chief Minister attended meritorious award distribution ceremony held at Pari Imom Sindam Sang, Lanjing where awards along with gold medal was presented to 21st position holder of High School Leaving Certificate Examination 2017, Kumari Konthoujam Pinki Devi and other outstanding students.
Deputy Chief Minister also inspected the Taxation office in the erstwhile Guwahati High Court, Imphal Bench Complex in North AOC today. He inspected the ongoing renovation works in the office complex and instructed the concerned officials to complete the work by next week.

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By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 10
A literary forum on ‘Heisnam Kahailal’s Contribution to Manipuri Dramatic Literature’ was held here today at Dave Literature Centre, DM College, jointly organised by the Sahitya Akademi and All Manipur Manipuri Teachers’ Association.
Speaking to the Imphal Free Press on the sideline of the programme, Goutam Paul, officer in-charge Sahitya Akademi, Kolkata said Heisnam Kanhailal was a multi-faceted artist, who is not only a theatre maker but someone who also writes very well. The original plays written by Kanhailal are a rich literary repository and they have enriched Manipuri literature.
It is befitting to discuss the legend’s literary work, and therefore we have organised the forum, he added.
H Behari Singh, convenor, Manipuri Advisory Board of Sahitya Akademi said contribution of Heisnam Kanhailal in theatre literature is important and it needs to be studied.
Behari said, “There has been a decline in the aspect of theatrical writing in Manipur, which was vibrant till the time of acclaimed playwright, GC Tongbra.  The vacuum that has been left after the passing away of Kanhailal can never be filled up again.” Much like his productions, his writings have new thoughts and ideas, different in technique and rich in symbolism, Behari added.
On being asked if there is any initiative on the part of the Akademi to translate Kanhailal’s work into English for a wider readership, Behari said, “There is scope for that also. We conduct regular workshops on translation.” Translation of Kanhailal’s work is certainly a good proposal, he added.
The forum was presided by W Jugindro, president AMMTA, K Shantibala Devi, Rajen Toijamba and N Premchand of Manipur University, and theatre critic L Gojendra Singh presented papers.
Artists Kalakshetra Manipur, scholars and writers attended the forum.

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 05:30

AISF cries foul in teachers appointment

IMPHAL| June 10
All India Students Federation (AISF) Manipur State Council has said the organisation has found many cases of candidates using fake certificates while applying for the selection of upper primary teachers by Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan (RMSA).
A release said, as per notification released by RMSA a total of 266 teachers were selected. The selection that was held on December, 22, 2016 by RMSA not only had candidates applying with fake certificates but many also got through the selection, it said.
 AISF asserted that they have concrete evidence for these allegations as they have investigated these cases by visiting the boards/council/university from where the certificates supposedly came from, it added.
The federation further informed that they will not take the matter lightly and demanded immediate suspension of those fake certificate holders by the government.

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By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 10
“The resistance movement against demographic invasion in the state was strong initially. Its momentum has slowed down. Had we held on to the same pace we could have achieve the goal of the movement, said Prof Soyam Lokendrajit.
He was speaking on “People’s Resistance Movement against Demographic Invasions in the North-East: The Manipur Experience” on the occasion of 12th Arambam Somorendra Memorial Lecture at Lamyanba Shanglen here today.
On a critical note, Lokendrajit added that the people of the state suffer from historical and cultural amnesia. People also tend to limit their historical knowledge that precedes the 1950s, which he maintained that it is not a good indication for the future of the state.
He emphasised that resistance to demographic invasion is a must, taking into account of the small population of the state, which can be easily engulfed by any dominant population. Lokendrajit also observed that “Introduction of railways sans a regulatory mechanism of demographic inflow is as good as demographic domination.”
 “The paper is the accumulation of the research and thought process which I have conducted all throughout my life,” added Lokendrajit.
Speaking as a discussant, Prof RK Narendra Singh, department of Bio-statistics RIMS, from a demographer’s view point said our state not only has identity threat but also survival threat due to the changing demography.  
Further he said the main reason of changing demography is influx of the migrants, and coming of industrial co-operative projects.
Speaking to the media, Arambam Lokendrajit said the lecture is being organised in remembrance of Arambam Somorendra’s contribution towards the state. The programme aims to understand our neighbours and to discuss upon various contemporary issues, which are of pressing concern, he added.
The annual lecture is organised by Arambam Somorendra Trust to commemorate the death anniversary of Somorendra, a leading playwright and social visionary of contemporary Manipur. Several intellectuals, scholars and leaders from civil voluntary organisation attended the lecture.  
The day is observed widely in different parts of the state with sports and cultural programmes as a tribute to the departed leader.

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“It’s an age of information technology and of intense competition, and it’s a time for survival of the fittest”, said V Hangkhanlian the minister of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry while congratulating 36 successful candidates of the district Meitei community.
The minister was speaking at a felicitation programme organised by Churachandpur  Meetei Student Union, held  at khumuzamba Meetei leikai  for those  who have succeeded  in  the resent exam in the  HSLC & HSC Exam  2017 including  a one gold medallist from PG exam  from the locality.  
The minister said that the district is lagging behind in so many fields, adding that it will be his priority to give good water supply and quality roads.  He said his doors will be always kept opened for anyone who needs help.
 The DC of the district, Poonia speaking on the occasion said that obstacle is a challenge in getting success but it is all about struggle to get through and excel.  He also encouraged the students to join civil services which are a noble way to serve the country.
Congratulating the successful candidates, the DC urged them to have a cosmopolitan outlook. He also urged the public to be aware about various government schemes and to utilise them properly.
Late in the afternoon the ministerial team and top officials of PHED, IFCD inspected the water supply at Khuga intake point. They observed that the water reservoir needs to be reconstructed.
Deforestation and quarrying are the main reasons of drying up of the water, which leads to shortages in the town, maintained the officials during the inspection. The ministerial team also inspected the right side of khuga dam canal at different places.  And more importantly they inspected the defunct bus terminal located at Pangzawl village.

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IMPHAL | June 10
A police team led under the supervision of Imphal West additional SP (Ops) S Ibomcha Singh seized 84 bags of tobacco products worth around Rs 8 lakhs from the possession of one Brijesh Kumar Gupta, 34, son of (L)  Omkar Shahu of Uttar Pradesh, presently staying at Masajid road and one Ranjan kumar Bhagat, 33, son of Rameshwor Bhagat of Bihar, presently staying at Masajid road.
Later the two persons along with the seized items were handed over to the Food Safety Imphal, designated officer for necessary formalities.
The same team also arrested one overground worker of UNLF identified as Moirangthem Champion Singh 21, son of M Kedanath Singh of Kumbi Bazar, Bishenpur.
The team was led by officer-in-charge P Achouba Meitei under the supervision of Imphal West additional SP (ops) S Ibomcha Singh.
He was arrested from Moreh parking, Moirangkhom while trying to go to Myanmar to join the three months’ basic military training under the instruction of one Lemba.
From his disclosure it is known that he has been working under self-styled commander Lemba alias Eyamba of UNLF.
Later he was handed over to Imphal P.S. for necessary legal action.

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