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Saturday, 10 June 2017 05:30

Road mishap row

IMPHAL | Jun 10
JAC for 24th May road accident at Luwangshangbam, Koirengei alleged that the owner of the tanker, involved in the road accident, Bimolchandra has failed to take care of the injured persons.
Speaking to the media during a press meet held today at Manipur Press Club, convenor of JAC, Adahrii said the accident occurred because of high speed of the tanker.
If within 48 hours from today Bimolchandra fails to turn up then from the next day until the problem is solved JAC will ban all the oil tankers from pass through NH 2.

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 05:30

MNPF condoles

IMPHAL | June 10
Manipur Naga Peoples Front (MNPF) has condoled the untimely demise of Shangwang Shangyung Khaplang who was the Chairman of NSCN/GPRN and the United Liberation Front of Western South East Asia.  
A release said he was the true revolutionary leader who had tremendous concern and care for the Northeast India people particularly for the Nagas. He had sacrificed his energy and whole life time in the field of revolutionary movement, it added.

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By A staff reporter
IMPHAL June 10
The United NGOs Mission Manipur (UNMM) organised a consultation on “Independent People’s Truth Commission (IPTC)” today at Regency Hall , Classic Hotel, Imphal. The event was attended by Retd. Chief Justice of Chattisgarh, W.A. Shishak, former chairperson, Manipur State Commission  for Human Rights. He was accompanied by Rev. Dr. H. Haokip, president of MBC, Sitara Begum, president of all Manipur Muslim Women Association and N. Jeevanmala, co-convener, District Women Committee, UNNM, Imphal West.
The event was organised  to create public awareness and for reflective discussion to create an environment for understanding injustice and causes of engaging in violent actions towards civilians by state, armed state and non state actors in Manipur.
Retd. district and session judges, lawyers, advocates, key leaders of civil society organisations, academicians, intellectuals, leaders of women organisations, human rights activists and defenders attended the programme.
Shishak referred to Rabindranath Tagore’s  Gitanjali and said ,”One must have the courage to walk alone and not wait for the approval of others to start a philanthropic venture. Only the government is not responsible for the issues regarding ethnocentrism, stereotypes and prejudices. Manipur cannot be in a state of emergency forever, there is no such law and it is high time to be more proactive and responsible citizens. Divide and rule policy devised by the British ages ago is still used to the govern different indigenous groups.”
He also added that the people of Manipur have three options. They are 1) the ethnic communities inhabiting in Manipur should build their own groups and kill each other. The one who wins can claim to be the real ruler of Manipur. 2) By building a special tribunal to investigate all the human rights violations committed by the state and non state actors. Punish the guilty according to the law and manage the state thereafter and 3) Establish a Truth Commission and deal with human rights issues with judicial and non-judicial mechanisms. Thus the process of reconciliation can be initiated.
Johnson Elangbam, president of UCM said, “There is a lack of judicial activism concerning prima facie evidence in the state. He also believes that only a philosophical movement is not enough. There should be proper planning of strategies and mechanisms to achieve our goals. AFSPA, ILP and Framework Agreement have shaken the feelings of unity, equality and fraternity.”
U.  Nobokishore , UNNM convener said that there should be a symbiosis between the people to live in harmony and smooth functioning of the state. One should forget differences with each other and work for the overall development eradicating problems relating to communal violence, injustice and state security. Turmoil and conflicts have never led to progress and development, he said.

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 05:30

Mid-day Meal workers seek salary hike

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 10
The first ever state conference of Mid-day Meal Workers Union was held today at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul to discuss salary hike for cook-cum-helper and to send five representatives from the state in the coming national conference to be held at Tumkur in Karnataka from July 2-3.
State Nodal Officer of Mid-day Meal and director of Education, R K Tenedy Singh addressing the gathering said that the current salary of midday meal workers in the state have been neglected since long. During the 2013 Bangalore meet of Midday Meal workers, they have decided to hike their salary by 2000-3000 at least and submitted a memorandum to the then chief Minister O Ibobi Singh. But even after the change of the government, the file does not move. So the organisation has to stand united and fight for their rights, he added.
The current salary of the workers is Rs.1000 and does not do justice for the work load and responsibilities of the workers by only this much salary, said L Sotinkumar, general secretary of All India Trade Union Congress, Manipur unit. He also added that the salary is also not given on time and demanded that their salary be dispatched timely.
The union decided to send five members to represent the state in the coming national conference of Midday Meal workers which is to be held at Karnataka’s Tumkur district on July 2 and 3.
President of Midday Meal Workers Union, Y Indrani Devi, president of All Manipur ASHA Worker’s Union Th Purnimasi Devi and president of All India Students Federation Manipur Nongthombam Sanahal Singh also attended the function as presidium members.

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IMPHAL | June 10
For the first time in the state, a 12 hour bandh over a love affair was called at Thangmeiband assembly constituency by different clubs and meira paibis. The reason for calling the bandh is that incumbent Sekmai MLA, H Dinko had wooed a girl from Thangmeiband Meisnam Leikai namely Ng Nikki alias Melorie and Dinko has not obliged his promise to marry the girl.
The bandh was enforced from morning. Bamboo poles were placed to stop traffic in the roads mainly near DM college area. Women came out to stop vehicular traffic protesting the “heartless” conduct of the MLA.
According to a testimonial of the distressed girl, she had a love affair with Dinko since 2010 and their relationship progressed to such an extent that the families had decided to perform their marriage. The wedding was also fixed by them sometime during 2013, but as the elder sister of Nikki passes away, it was postponed. Even the dowry items were purchased by the lovers at Delhi, according to Nikki.
 Nikki met Dinko at Adventure Café located at Hatta Minuthong for the last time and he has been unreachable. As Nikki tried calling up her lover who attained MLA status, her calls were not answered. She found out later that Dinko was courting another woman. After that, she rallied around different meira paibis and asked them to take her to Dinko’s place. The meira paibis complied but were violently herded off from the spot by Sekmai meira paibis. Some even spat on their faces, according to the testimonial of Ng Nikki. The bandh anded at 6 pm today.
Phuritsabam Bina, a meira paibi of Thangmeiband Apunba Meira Paibi said that further course of action will be decided to bring the two lovers together.

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 05:30

KNF rejects KNO/KRA clarification

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Out rightly negating the clarification of KNO/KRA over the brutal assault of K Phaijol Baptist church secretary, Kuki National Front (KNF) denied the clarification and indicted KNO/KRA for their alleged crime over the church secretary.
Lh. Stephen, Information and Publicity secretary, KNF said that KRA denial on physical assault of Kaikam Kipgen is not acceptable to KNF and no matter what they would not be able to wash away their misdeeds and crime unless they confess and seek forgiveness to the general public and God.
He also said that KRA denial is not only acceptable to KNF but contradictory to their own statement where they accused Kaikam of supporting KNF while adding that the church secretary was never given any respect as God’s servant even after he disclosed his identity while having no arms and association with KNF whatsoever.
He continued that Kaikam Kipgen was interrogated and mercilessly tortured throughout the night which leads to fracture of his hands and injury on his head and he was taken to hospital by the fellow church leaders and family where doctors have advised X-ray and CT scan.  
He further said that photograph of Kaikam Kipgen undergoing CT scan is attached as evidence and also so as the law enforcement agencies to take appropriate action against the two commanders responsible for the physical assaulted on the Church leaders with arms.
KRA admitting the fact that they had abducted and interrogated Kaikam Kipgen on the night of June 6 is appreciated but their ridiculous claimed of having nothing to do with the physical tortured of the Church Secretary is not acceptable to his family, villagers and to KNF, said Lh. Stephen.
He also wondered how long the KRA is going to suppress the innocent civilians while many of the civil society organizations within the Kuki communities have condemned their inhumane act of torturing a Church Secretary.
He further said that KRA in their clarification mentioned that according to their intelligence inputs, Kaikam Kipgen served the cadres of KNF is the main reason behind taking severe action against the church leader while adding that all Kuki armed groups have been served by villagers and individuals with food and water or in their capacity they could afford.
Will it be favourable to KRA If KNF asked all the family members of KRA and PRA cadres within Kangpokpi, Motbung and New Keithelmanbi areas to vacate their houses and move to KRA camp in Saikul in retaliation of their senseless act of torturing innocent civilians for serving KNF, asked Lh. Stephen.
He also asked the KRA, who gave them the authority to claim that New Keithelmanbi is their operational areas, is it the government of India, government of Manipur or the previous Congress government for whom they have captured votes in New Keithelmanbi areas.
He further said that such senseless claim and inhumane act of KRA is also an insult to the security forces and the governments as they (KRA) could operate with arms outside their designated camp, abducting and torturing innocent civilians even a church leaders for supporting their rivals groups considering the SoO ground rule which says that armed groups should stay in their respective designated camp.
The only solution for peace is KRA should go back to their designated camp, he added.

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 05:30

MLA inaugurates new school building

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A new school building was inaugurated at Muolbem village today by GS Haupu  in the presence  of the ADCC  chairman and MDC Suanchinpau Guite, SDO of Singat James  Hangshing  and   the outgoing ZEO  T Goukhomang here today.
The new school is disabled-friendly with ramp facility. Apart from it, the school has ceiling fans, which is rare even in other schools.
 On the occasion the Singat MLA and MANIREDA chairman said, “I will do my bid from the government and SSA side for the problem in regards to the school but the first and foremost is the punctuality and dedication of the teacher to the student."
The MLA was felicitated by Manzaching, headmistress of the Mualbem upper primary school under SSA and her staff and presented him with traditional shawl.
 It may be mentioned that the new building is an achievement of the Hmar Student Association (HSA).  It had urged the authority concerned for improvement of infrastructures and also to increase the number of teachers for the said school.  
The new building has been constructed at the cost of Rs 27 lakhs under SSA (2015-16).
Later the MLA also inaugurated a villages pond  today which was followed by  felicitation of him by the villagers.

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 05:30

Nareshkumar Naorem felicitated

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Jun 10
Reception cum felicitation for meritorious of Nareshkumar Naorem who stood 14th in the HSLC examination was organised today at Social Development Club complex, Samurou Makha leikai organised by the club.
The felicitation was also given to all the 1st divisions of Samurou Makha Leikai. Students were honoured with mementoes.
Speaking on the occasion, Salam Joy, ex-MLA said students are the pillars of the nation and the students who came out with flying colours should aim for the higher level in order to get fame of the state in the nation.
Chief guest of the function ex-chairperson, Samurou Nagar Panchayat honoured Nareshkumar Naorem with memento with cash award.

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 05:30

AMTU emergency meet

IMPHAL | June 10 (NNN)
All Manipur Tribal Union (AMTU) is convening an emergency meeting of all village chiefs on June 13 at TRI (Tribal Research Institute) in Imphal from 10 am on the agenda of "current ban on Gazette Notification of hill village recognition. The ban was initiated by the then Congress State government owing to a politically tussle between Revenue department and Hills departments on the Gazette Notification. In this regard AMTU said they will also discuss things on the day to meet the Chief Minister, the TD minister and the HAC chairman on the matter.

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 05:30

JAC locks down community health centre

IMPHAL | June 10
In a press release, the nungba area joint action committee on demand for full functioning of CHC Nungba, has informed today that the JAC has locked down the community health centre with immediate effect till further notification.
At the meeting held today at Nungba, the nungba area JAC on CHC Nungba, resolved to take further course of action without hesitation to block the national Highway 37 and dismantle the present CHC Nungba if the concerned authority fails to meet the demands being made by June 7, said the release.
Presently, only one Doctor is managing the entire CHC Nungba for weeks along with few staff nurses. The JAC has also witnessed several incidents of emergency causing even death due to lack of doctor and proper required infrastructure, it added.

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