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IMPHAL| June 11
Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Karam Shyam today called upon all the elected members of Manipur Assembly to work as a collective force to solve various issues, including mismanagement in the distribution of rice under National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the State.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the inauguration of a community gate in front of Ima Nongpok Panthoibi Shanglen, Naorem Leikai. Shyam clarified that, the State government is controlling the sale of rice in the market to stop the trading of NFSA rice which is given to the beneficiaries at Rs 3/kg.
Expressing serious concern over the matter, the Minister said that the elected members of all the constituencies must take the responsibility in the management of the distribution of NFSA rice to ensure that the rice reaches the beneficiaries.
The minister also stated that, he has been receiving numerous complaints regarding NFSA rice from the valley as well as hill districts, Shyam said a mechanism will be soon implemented in consultation with the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and officials so that all the benefits and schemes provided by the government reaches the target beneficiaries.
He said it is time for all the elected members to leave behind political differences to work for the welfare of the people and for the State as a whole. He also sought the support from the people for successful implementation of Central as well as State policies and programmes.
He assured to renovate Kakwa market sheds with due public views and opinions.
The Minister who is a representative of the constituency also assured to repair and black top every inter-village road within this five years.
Shyam said that, the community gate inaugurated today at Naorem Leikai will be a landmark for the people of the State like the Maharaj Gambhir Singh Memorial Complex, Manipur University Gate, Narshing Temple and the Kawa Keithel (market). He also praised the elders and the youth of the area for actively participating in the construction of the community gate and welcomed them to give suggestions and advice on any issues.
Shyam also spoke as the chief guest at an awareness programme of women Self Help Groups (SHGs) in Lilong Chajing Mairenkhong community hall. He spoke on the importance of financial independence and the need to learn financial management.
Minister said that, to financially empower women of the area, around 160 SHG consisting of 1,600 women will be given a financial aid which will be financed by the Urban Co-operative Bank. He said they must avail the financial assistance to improve their economic condition. Women play an important role in our society and it is important that each and every woman is financially independent for a better society, he added.
The awareness programme was attended by women of Langthabal Assembly Constituency.

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AIZAWL | June 11
Security has been beefed up in Mizoram ahead of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to the state where he will hold meeting with the Chief Ministers of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh which border Myanmar.
The Union Home Minister will arrive in Aizawl on Monday to review security situation along the Indo-Myanmar border. He will be accompanied by Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and other officials.
Official sources said that more security personnel would be deployed in busy places in the state capital Aizawl and other parts of the state as part of the security measures.
On his arrival, Rajnath Singh along with Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju will hold meeting with Chief Ministers of four northeastern states bordering Myanmar here on Monday to review the security situation.
State home department officials said that Rajnath Singh will meet the Chief Ministers of Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland on Monday to review the security situation along Indo-Myanmar border. He will also visit Parva village in Lawngtlai district and other Myanmar border areas by BSF helicopter.
Other officials including the Union Home Secretary, the Internal Security Secretary, the Border Management Secretary, the Joint Secretary of Home Ministry in-charge of Northeast and Home Ministers, Home Secretaries and police chiefs of the four Northeastern states are expected to take part in the meet.
The Union Home Minister will leave for New Delhi on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Mizoram police officials have asked people especially vehicle drivers to be careful and avoid congestion along the busy road between Thuampui helipad and Raj Bhavan in Aizawl during the Home minister visit. All traffic officials were also asked to remain round the clock vigil during his stay in the state capital Aizawl.
Four northeastern states - Arunachal Pradesh (520 km), Manipur (398 km), Nagaland (215 km) and Mizoram (510 km) - share the 1,643-km mountainous border with Myanmar.

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By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 11
The Imphal Sewerage Project has been a complete disaster in the stage of near completion of its first phase, presently implemented in Thangmeiband assembly constituency. There is a complete destruction of the black topping of the inter-village roads. Further, the manholes have not been properly constructed with the level of the roads.
Residents of Thangmeiband have been facing acute hardships along the bye-lanes as the construction workers dug out roads to lay the pipes which are meant to carry out human waste from every household.
The main hazard is the manhole covers which have been constructed without any levelling. As witnessed across the major roads and highways the manhole covers are elevated above the surface of streets.
Similarly, construction of the manholes has been carried out by different contractors without engineers and sections of the work have been allocated to different sub-contractors.
The total amount for the first phase is earmarked at Rs. 107 crore out of the revised rate of the project fixed at Rs 323.78 crore. The manholes across Thangmeiband constituency are mostly elevated at a height of around 3 to 4 inches from the road level. Clustering of the manholes also makes passing of vehicles difficult and during rains they become a death trap for two wheelers.
At present, the inter-village roads are filled with potholes and the problem is further augmented by the clustering manholes. There are reports of accidents happening due to the elevated manhole covers.
According to sources, Imphal sewerage project is an experimental one taken up by France to test its sustainability. No similar project exists anywhere in the world. The France government is planning to reproduce this proto type of sewerage system for their cities and possibly for other countries in case it succeeds. Residents are also questioning about the supervision carried out while laying the pipelines and constructing the manholes. It was also observed during the pipe laying work that there was hardly any supervision done by technical experts.

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IMPHAL | June 11
“Even though the Manipur Library Act was passed in 1988, the implementation of the act by the state government is long overdue,” said Kangjam Chaoba, president Manipur Library Association (MALA).
He was speaking as one of the guests of honour during the function of Public Library Opening Ceremony at National Research Centre Library Hall opposite MU Main Gate today.
Chaoba said the state government has always neglected the movement for library promotion, which is considered as one of the crucial components for a society to develop. The former government turned deaf ears towards any problem related to library.
Chaoba said there are as many as 140 libraries in the state but most of them are defunct. But we must remember that in order to give a breakthrough in the field of science, the theoretical background are being analysed in the library only.
Addressing the gathering Chaoba added the volunteering spirit of the people has slowed down in the field of library in the past some years, due to which the movement has been in a slow pace.
Giving response to the above comment, K Sushila Director Art and Culture promised to implement the library act as soon as possible while delivering the chief guest speech of the function.
Sushila also added that funds which are being sanctioned for the development of hill districts are being misused all these years. Therefore may of the libraries are defunct, among the Kangpokpi and Ukhrul library can be mentioned.
Further she said the main reason of the defunct libraries in the state is lack of staffs and therefore she promised to take up necessary steps to mend up for what has been missing.
Thokchom Sheityabarta parliamentary secretary finance as chief guest, Ch Ibohal Meitei CESD MU. Ph Devan Sharma president AMUCO, N Kishan member Basikhong Zila Parishad as guests of honour and Pangangbam Bandhan chairman NRC as president were present during the function.

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KANGPOKPI | June 11
Even after a week, despite the intervention of many experts and geologists, the earth fissure at Kalikhola in the district still remained difficult to ascertain the exact cause. As of now no major landslide has occurred as feared by the locals.
Practice of wet cultivation and loose soil owing to vast deforestation in the hilly slope areas of Kalikhola and its surrounding areas have been considered to be the factors of the strange phenomenon.
It could take around 10-15 days to ascertain only after the GSI representatives assessing the spot send their official reports for further studies.
Meantime the topographical condition of the areas has already been badly changed comparing with the first 2/3 days and it has become dangerous everyday passing day for locals to go near the area with the monsoon making its entry since yesterday afternoon.
Reportedly the land at Kalikhola has been sliding down more than 10 feet today after the rainfall since yesterday and the Kali River flowing between Kalikhola and Makuli slide down more land from the opposite side of Kalikhola.
The Kali River flowing upto Kalapahar passing through the National Highway carry muddy today.
The soil is steadily moving and sliding every passing day which attracted more and more visitors even from outside the district which has also become more dangerous apart from creating lots of inconvenience to all authorities concerned while performing their duties.
Considering the circumstances and also in view of the likelihood occurrence of further sinking of the soil of Kalikhola village the district magistrate has clamped Section 144 Cr PC, prohibiting assemble of 5 or more persons and entry of any person in the affected areas of Kalikhola village in Kangpokpi sub division and areas located within a radius of 1 Km from the village since yesterday evening from 7 pm.
It may be recalled around 30 household at Kalikhola village, which is assumed to be the core area of the fissure had already been evacuated at the temporary relief camp immediately set up by the district administration at Goma Devi High School, Toribari since June 5 while around 7 more houses from Makuli, the opposite neighbouring village of Kalikhola were also evacuated at a temporary relief camp set at Makuli Primary School on June 9 afternoon.  
Meanwhile, 38 Assam Rifles Kangpokpi post provided much needed beds for the aged victims of the earth fissure at the relief camp in Goma Devi High School, Toribari while fumigating the area with mosquito repellent to ensure the people in the relief camp are safe from the menace of dengue and malaria.
The All Manipur Gorkha Students’ Union also visited the temporary relief camp at Goma Devi High School, Toribari today and also met the relief committee and victims while providing essential committee and financial assistance.

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IMPHAL | June 11
The outlawed KYKL has condoled the demise of NSCN/GPRN chairman, SS Khaplang, who passed away on June 9 evening and paid revolutionary salute to the departed leader, and also shared the grief of the bereaved family.
 A release signed by chairman, N Oken said a shining start from the revolutionary horizon of the WESEA region has faded away with the passing of SS Khaplang. Since his student days in Burma, Khaplang had been at the forefront in activism, and revolutionary spirit was very much ingrained in his blood, it said.
The release recalled after AZ Phizo declared was against India in 1964, Khaplang after 10 years formed Naga Defence Force. After he assumed the post of vice chairman of Eastern Nagaland Revolutionary Council in 1965, and after that became the president of Naga Federal Government in 1978, it said. Following the 1988 split of the NCSN, Khaplang lead his faction, it added.
Further the release also recalled that Khaplang was the chairman of the Indo-Burma Revolutionary Front in 1990 for a united struggle against India, and National Liberation Front of WESEA was also formed under his leadership.
Khaplang realising that the cease fire agreement signed with the government of India in April 2001 was a ploy of the latter to dilute the Naga political movement, the agreement was finally broken in 2015, it said. After that NSCN under his leadership launched more intensified struggle against India, it said.  
The deceased leader was a great visionary who could understand the need of the revolutionary forces of the WESEA region to collectively launch struggle against India to free from the shackle of colonialism, it added.  
Regarding the Meitei-Naga relation, Khaplang maintained that both the entities should not be separated at any cost, if so it would give advantage to India and the revolutionary strength of the two ethnic groups will be affected, said the release.

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IMPHAL | June 11
The Co-ordination Committee (CorCom), a conglomerate of different underground outfits operating in the state has condoled the demise of the much revered “Baba” Shangwang Shanyung Khaplang, (SS Khaplang), chairman of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, at the Council Headquarters (NSCN/GPRN).
In a release signed by Kh Pambei, convenor of the group said the death of Baba Khaplang is an irreparable loss to the revolutionary struggle of WESEA region. Throughout his life, Baba Khaplang worked tirelessly and dedicated his whole life for the freedom and sovereignty of the Naga peoples who are being exploited and colonised, to the extent of deprivation of even their basic human rights, it said.
 He is a revolutionary icon of the region, it said.
Since his youthful days of Naga Defence Force and subsequently Eastern Naga Revolutionary Council, he was an epitome of struggle and suffering of the Naga peoples., it said, adding he was a keen observer and had a clear vision of the common polity of the WESEA people who are having common racial origin, composite history, composite culture and are interdependent and inseparable from one another.
As such since 1976, during his association with AZ Phizo and NNC, he became well acquainted with the revolutionary parties of Manipur to pave the way for a common struggle against Indian occupation and its’ colonial aggression, it said.
The release continued he firmly believed that only a united struggle of the WESEA region can give deliverance of the people from its oppressors and enemies; and hence can withstand the challenges of time together.
Unfortunately, the much contentious Shillong Accord broke the Naga struggle into opposing groups, as those opposing the Accord formed the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) in 1980 with Isaac Chishi Swu, SS Khaplang, Thuingaleng Muivah as its chairman, vice-chairman and general secretary respectively, it said.
Furthermore, in 1988 NSCN broke into NSCN (IM) and NSCN (K), Baba Khaplang taking over as the chairman of NSCN (K), and since then, as his firm commitment and clear vision of the region’s united struggle against Indian colonial hegemony is more correct and acceptable, all the revolutionary parties of Manipur is staying and working together at his eastern Naga areas, maintained the release.
Such was his revolutionary wisdom and command that he was accepted among the various revolutionary parties of the WESEA region and was highly regarded as a revolutionary patriarch, and he spent his whole life with his Naga army in the jungles sharing their pain and hardships; always living a very simple life far from luxury, it continued.
In 1996, he went to Geneva and attended the UN Working Committee on Indigenous Populations; brought the Naga peoples as well as the region’s sufferings to the world view thereby exposing India’s colonial hegemonic rule, said the release.
Further it said to the liberation struggle of Manipuri peoples, he is truly a benefactor. The invaluable contributions of blood and sweat of the Eastern Naga villagers living with their meagre subsistence who are always ready to share food, shelter and anything else is due to all Baba’s magnanimity, it added.
Baba Khaplang having firm commitment and belief in a united struggle of the region always advocated for a revolutionary united front of the region, and hence he was the main architect of the erstwhile Indo-Burma Revolutionary Front in 1990, it said.
 Although IBRF after working for a few years did not progress much, it laid the firm foundation for the regional unity of our revolution as the necessity of it had been understood by all, the release said, adding thereby, under the abled leadership of Baba Khaplang, again a more compact Regional United Front named UNLFW could be formed with KLO, NDFB, NSCN (K) and ULFA (I) with Baba Khaplang as its chairman and since, continuing remarkable fights against IOF.
Although CorCom or any representative from Manipur is not in the UNLFW so far, it has been working together with UNLFW under the abled leadership of its chairman Khaplang and fighting jointly against the Indian Occupation Forces, it said.
The release further said in such a crucial juncture of our revolutionary struggle, the sudden demise of our respected ‘Baba” Khaplang is a shock to us all and it has created a vacuum in our revolutionary struggle.
CorCom shares its profound sorrow with the grieving family, leaders, comrades of NSCN (K), to all the officers, rank and files of Naga army as well, maintained the release.

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IMPHAL | June 11
A public meeting was jointly organised by Maklang youth development club, Mepwak, village women coordinating committee (VWCOC) and Loyalum Apunba Meirapabi at Maklang bazar community hall today against oil exploration in Manipur.
A release said ever since the Asian oilfield services limited bagged a Rs 143 crore contract from the oil india ltd in January for 2D seismic data, the private company commenced oil surveys in Jiribam, Tamenglong, and Imphal west districts in Manipur.
The speakers of the meeting strongly condemned the step taken up by the government of India and the Asian oilfield services ltd without the consent of the people of Manipur, it said.  
The meeting also strongly opposed highhandedness by the profit making companies and resolved to stop the oil explorations, not compromising our land and money and will start agitations if the oil exploration continues, added the release.
On May 17, villagers of Khaidem village expressed concern againts the oil survey company with the non-provision of information of the project, the absence of detailed impact assessment due to surveys and direct oil exploration, it recalled.
 Villagers expressed through the media that the companies failed to give any prior notice to the village and also to take their consent, it said, adding moreover the Asian oilfield blasted multiple explosive devices during the survey without clear information on the impacts and safety and also by contaminating agricultural land.

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 05:30

Radheshyam visits Moreh market complex

IMPHAL | Jun 11
Chairman of MANIDCO Radheshyam, MLA of Hiyanglam constituency accompanied by S Ibotombi, managing director inspect multi-storey market complex at Moreh near Indo-Myanmar Friendship gate today.
Speaking to the media, Radheshyam said the multi-storey building market, Moreh was inaugurated on November 25, 2015 by former deputy chief minister Gaikhangam. Since its inauguration the market complex is not functioning yet.
Order will be given to start functioning of the market complex at the earliest to the authority concerned and those who are willing to get plot can give their documents, he added.

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 05:30

Charter aircraft in Imphal

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IMPHAL | Jun 11
Chartered aircraft for passenger services will be available for North Eastern states within July this year, said Maisnam Ratankumar Singh, director of Luwang Air Service during the launching ceremony of Luwang Air Service and Cargo private Limited today at Sangai Hall, Hotel Imphal, North AOC.
Addressing the ceremony, Ratankumar said anyone can travel at chartered aircrafts to the cities of North Eastern states including Pakyong, Sikkim and Bagdogra, West Bengal where road connectivity is not convenient.
Ratankumar  said cargo services will also be available. Charter flight services are limited on those locations but for air ambulance it will cover the entire big cities of the country, he added. However, helicopter charter, crew transportation, ground handling will also be available in the Luwang air service.
He also said, for the hilly regions of the North East most of the helipads are inside army camps, so services will some obligation in the case. Till then the service will be collaborated with Ventura Air Connect.
It is an Indian non-scheduled airline operating flights in the state of Gujarat with two Cessna 208 Caravanshe added.
Jayamudi Suguner, chief operating officer of Luwang Air service and cargo private also said, it is the best opportunity of the North Eastern state that the services will be available within the month of July. It will help the seven sisters state to bring into a level with other develop state of other parts of India. As the progress ratio is very low compared with other states.
Luwang air service is also planning to bring more aircraft to fulfil the needs. This historical movement will not only bring development in Manipur but also for the entire North Eastern states.
As a part of the ceremony, Jayamudi Suguner released the leaflets for Luwang air service and the website of the service as www.luwangair.com or can contact at its corporate office located at Keisampat, Airport road, Imphal, Manipur. And its base airport will be at Imphal International airport, Tulihal, Malom, Manipur.

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