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Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

NE Speakers call for AEP ministry

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IMPHAL June 16
The two-day 16 th North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference resolved and urged the government of India to take prompt action in order to accelerate the ‘Act East Policy’ in the right earnest, and in letter in spirit for all round development of the entire North Eastern region.
The resolution also felt the necessity to create a separate ministry, department or forum exclusively for ‘Act East Policy’ for giving importance, focus, direction and implementation.
It said the association deliberated and discussed thoroughly on the Act East Policy and noted that the North Eastern states are frontier guard and treated as the ‘Gateway’ and the “Image of the Country” to South Asian Countries.
The resolution said the conference deliberated on the necessity for all round development of the region with respect to transport, communication and connectivity in terms of road ways, railways, airways and water ways.
The region is facing acute employment problem especially the educated, skilled and semi skilled youths, it said adding that there is huge potential for development in energy, tourism, trade and commerce.
“The region needs immediate expansion and upgradation of telecommunication and high speed band width networks, and the conference felt the need for revival of special category state status, backward region grant fund (BRGF), the North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP) etc for all round development and investment in the states,” the resolution said.
The resolution was signed by T.N. Thondok, Speaker Arunachal Pradesh, H.N. Goswami Speaker, Assam,Y. Khemchand Singh, Manipur Speaker, A.T. Mondal, Meghalaya Speaker, Hiphei, Mizoram Speaker, Imtiwapang Aier, Nagaland Speaker, Pabitra Kar, Tripura Deputy Speaker and Bek Bahadur Rai, chairperson, Public Accounts Committee, Sikkim.
The two-day 16th North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference (NERCPAC 2017), which was inaugurated by Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan on 15 June 2017, concluded today.
Addressing the concluding session Manipur governor Najma Heptulla observed that democracy is the only way to solve problems of Northeast.
She urged legislators to be well aware of the ground realities, so that they could voice the concerns of the people in a more effective manner. Heptulla said the presiding officers have an important duty to conduct the affairs of the House in a people-centric manner.
Heptulla observed that North East region, due to certain reasons, has been historically and geographically cut off from the mainland. As such, it is necessary that sincere efforts are made in right earnest to attend to connectivity-related issues.
She emphasised that there should be more direct flights to Northeast region from different cities of the country, which will not only lead to better connectivity but also to better prospects for tourism industry.
She highlighted the need for better roads and rail network as per the special requirements of the region. On health related infrastructure, Heptulla urged the authorities concerned to explore the feasibility of ‘flying doctors’ to attend to emergent situations in the hilly areas.
She also pointed out that the criterion of population for allocating funds by the North Eastern Council needed to be revisited as the interests of smaller States tend to be adversely affected by such an approach.
Today, the conference held deliberations on second agenda item, viz. ‘Special Plan for development of Railways, Airways, Surface Road and Inland Waterways connectivity for speedy economic development of Northeast region’.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

DGP asked to arrest rapists son, father

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 16
The chief judicial magistrate, Imphal East directed the director general of police L. M. Khaute to arrest Arif Khan (22) and his father Md. Azad Khan of Kwakta Khuman Maronglou, at present Mantripukhri for alletgedly gang-raping an abducted girl.
The prosecution case is that On April 29 the girl’s father lodged a complaint with the Imphal police station stating that her daughter was forcibly kidnapped by Arif Khan on April 23 to be his wife without her daughter’s consent and kept concealed at an unknown location with the help of the guardian of Arif.
The complaint was lodged just one day after the girl escaped from the custody of Arif taking advantage of the absence of Arif and his family members.
The victim’s counsel said before the court that the case is heinous crime against woman and is not only a question of rape committed by the accused but also by the father.
And allowing the accused to be in the society free is not good in the criminal investigation procedure as well as in the society, added the victim’s counsel.
The victim’s counsel also submitted to the court that the IO of the case as well as the superior officers were not taking keen interest as the victim’s family belongs to below poverty line.
The victim’s counsel further prayed to the court to direct the DGP to cause arrest of Md Ajad Khan and his son as the nature of the offence is gang-rape committed both by the son and the father.
Even though the victim’s side frequently approached the IO of the case and the superior officers to take legal action against Md Ajad but till today no arrest is made, said the victim’s counsel.

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By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 16
The Helping Hands for People (a social media group) asked the people of the state to financially support three kids from poor families, who are suffering from heart disease.
Addressing a press meet today at Manipur Press Club, Imphal a member of the group Romendrajit Moirangcha said that the organisation alone is not able to financially help the three kids in their treatment as they do not have any money.
All the three kids have a hole in their heart, their names are Prabin Lousangbam (6) son of Lousangbam Suresh of Nongdam, Imphal East (four hole in the heart), Lanchanbi Thingbaijam (2) daughter of Thungbaijam Rameshwore of Patsoi part II (one hole in the heart) and Polem Nandarani (2) daughter of Polem Nando of Moidengpok Maning Leikai, he added.
He continued that their families are in such a critical condition that their earnings are not sufficient for their daily meals, so such treatment of heart is impossible for them without people’s help.
Romendrajit asked the kind hearted people of the state to financially help three kids for their treatment.

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By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 16
Chief minister N. Biren Singh said the state government is planning to introduce a health insurance scheme to provide financial assistance to those who cannot afford medical treatment. Air mobile healthcare facilities would be made available soon in Manipur, he added.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the North East Healthcare Conference “Building Ecosystem for Quality Healthcare Delivery”, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry held today at City Convention Centre, Imphal.
The chief minister maintained that the government is committed to providing better healthcare services in the State and almost all the diagnosis would be made free of cost soon.
Biren pointed out such conference would definitely give a boost in improving healthcare infrastructure and open up medical tourism in the region. In this regard the state government has already approached the Union external affairs ministry to introduce visa on arrival facility for foreign nationals, citizens of Myanmar in particular.
Further Biren urged the investors across the country to coordinate and exchange ideas with the local entrepreneurs and doctors to boost not only medical tourism but also other sectors of the State.
Reiterating that India is being transformed under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Biren informed that the central government gave its nod for the establishment of a 100-bedded cancer hospital and 60-bedded mental hospital in the state.
Highlighting some of the recently taken initiatives in healthcare sector, chief minister said that various drugs items are made available at subsidised rates in 26 state-run hospitals and 57 notified medical tests would be done free of cost in RIMS, JNIMS, seven district hospitals, 17 community health centres, 85 primary health centres and nine urban primary health centres.
Health and family eelfare minister L. Jayantakumar Singh said that access to public healthcare sector had significantly changed and its services should be affordable to all. He stressed that there is an urgent need to infuse investment in healthcare sectors including primary health centres to district hospitals.
He further said Manipur has the potential to enhance medical tourism and delivering quality healthcare services to the people. He continued however there is limited private healthcare sector and the shortage of doctors, paramedics and well-trained health workers in the state.
Richa S. Debgupta, vice-president of Fortis Healthcare speaking on the occasion said, “The healthcare indicators in Manipur, is comparatively better than that of average India. There is a huge potential of growth for every year in Asian countries in medical tourism.”
Rupak Barua, co-chairman of CII Healthcare Sub-committee said, “According to the statistics, approximately 700 students are studying in China due to the lack of good medical colleges in Northeast. There is the need for establishment of affordable institutions with good infrastructure.”
Additional chief secretary (Home) J Suresh Babu, commissioner (Health) Sumant Singh, former director, AIIMS, Dr. R.C. Deka, chairman, Eastern Region Healthcare Sub Committee, Sanjay Prasad, co-chairman, managing director, Kauvery Hospital, Chennai, Rupak Barua, medical professionals attended the function.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

FMD kills 20 cattle in Kangpokpi

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KANGPOKPI |June 16
An epidemic of a highly contagious disease of animals, Food and Mouth Disease (FMD) killed more than 20 animals in Twilang areas under Kangpokpi district.
Food and Mouth Disease, which is one of the most serious livestock diseases affected cloven-hoofed animals more particularly buffalo and cow in the areas and it spread rapidly among the animals.
The outbreak of such severe disease at this juncture when paddy cultivation season is in full swing in area creates apprehension among the farmers in the area.
ADC Sadar Hills Executive Member (Vety), B.P. Vikas Basnet said that the outbreak of FMD in Twilang area has been immediately attended by ADC while directing the Veterinary department to conduct spot inquiry and execute every possible measure to control the epidemic in the areas.
However, due to shortage of sufficient funds the Veterinary department led by it officer, Dr. John Meigai, could only cover the areas of Wakotphai, Chalwa, Gelbung, Phoikon, Selsi, Govajang, Kotlen and Teikhang, he added.
He said that the Veterinary team swung into action since June 9 conducting camp and vaccinating the animals for almost a week and returned back today.
He also said that the buffalo and cow were more particularly affected and they died after 2 to 3 days of suffering the disease while adding that the symptoms according to the vety team are high fever lasting two to three days, eating less due to painful lesions in the mouth, weight loss, low conception rates, reluctance to move or stand due to sore feet and or lameness.
He appeal to the state government and authority concerned to immediately initiate measure to stop the outbreak of FMD in Twilang areas as most of the people in the areas mainly survive on paddy cultivation and at this juncture such outbreak of diseases will definitely affect their livelihood if not address in time.

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IMPHAL | June 16
The Manipur state team led by Th. Biswajit Singh, minister for Commerce, Trade and Industry visited Yiwu International Trade Centre, Baoshan City, Yunan Province, People’s Republic of China today at 3:30 pm local time.
The team is attending the South & South East Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair, at the Dianchi International Convention and International Sistership pavilion at Kunming, Yunan Province, People’s Republic of China.
During today’s visit, the minister and his team were accompanied by Chen Jihanhua, general manager, Yiwu International Trade City of Baoshan and his team. Jihanhua assured the State team to provide a helping hand to Manipur in the field of trade and commerce.
Further, the general manager and his team also accepted an invitation from the minister for Commerce and Industry to attend the Sangai Festival which will be held in November, at Imphal.
This is the first visit by an Indian minister to Baoshan, China with the aim to discuss development of trade and commerce between the two countries.
On his part, Biswajit Singh expressed gratitude and thanked the authority of Baoshan municipal corporation for their hospitality.
The minister is accompanied by L. Lakher, principal secretary Commerce and industry, M Luikham, director Commerce and Industry, L. Inunganbi Devi, Corporator Imphal Municipal Corporation Ward No. 18, L. Bashanta Sharma, media coordinator to Chief Minister Manipur and Chandrakishore Singh, president, North East Federation on International Trade, Manipur Chapter.
The state team left Baoshan for Kunming around 5:20 pm local time.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

KNF under scanner, arms seized

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL June 16
For the first time in the state, the signatories under the suspension of operations has been scrutinized by Assam Rifles, a search at the KNF (P)camp located at Kangpokpi yielded cadres which were unaccounted officially and numerous weapons have been seized.
It may be pointed out that there have been several incidents around Kangpokpi area, where people have been harassed, assaulted, kidnapped and even cold blooded murder has occurred. Some of these incidents have been alleged towards those cadres who are presently under the SoO and possibly taking shelter at the KNF camp located at Kangpokpi, the main spot is the camp Ebenezer where the Kuki based outfit, KNF is presently occupying. The crux is that the state government cannot keep a vigil on the camps of the surrendered cadres nor can their activities be checked.
From reliable sources , it was learnt that the cadres are supposed to deposit their arms and keep their attendance in the daily roll. Rather, some cadres have not been present in the camps and their signatures are done by other cadres, the weapons which are supposed to be kept at the camp has been used and some cadres have not surrendered their weapons and keeping it to continue on their clandestine work.
38 Assam Rifles conducted a raid at the said camp located at Kangpokpi, at the camp of the KNF (P) at around 11 am. A huge cache of arms and ammunition was seized which substantiate that the cadres under SoO are involved in organized crime but still having a safety net of protection under the SoO ground rules.
The raid today yielded around 1700 rounds of assorted ammunition, 3 pistols, 5 hunting rifles, 1 air gun, 1 Motorola wireless set, 4 pistol magazines and 6 mixed magazines. In addition, another 26 individuals have been arrested from the camp and are believed to be those indulging in violence and extortion related activities along the Imphal-Dimapur highway. The arrested persons have been handed over to Imphal Police Station for further inquiry. A ‘request’ was also made from the AR to take up legal action against the KNF (P ) leaders for holding unauthorized arms and cadres. It was also pointed out that the SoO ground rules are violated.

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Reena Nongmaithem
IMPHAL| June 16
Many hail the N. Biren Singh Cabinet’s decision to set-up ‘fast track courts’ to deal with crimes against women, as a welcome step. However, many questioned about the two fast track courts which were already set up at Lamphel court complex.
The two courts have not been functioning properly after being set up due to alleged failure of the government to appoint any of the staffs and been remaining only in name.
“It is a welcome step but it is not the first time the state sets up fast track court. The news somehow wonders us whether the government has considered about the already existing two courts which have been lying non-functional,” a lady lawyer expressed.
Imphal Free Press was interacting with women in different professions and different walks of life on their views, observations and expectations from the proposed fast track court.
The lawyer further opined that making the other two courts functional and the proposed court fully functional will deliver justice speedily and can dispose pending cases in other areas too.
Women and child rights activists, Sobita Mangsatabam appreciated government’s move and expressed the need of separate dedicated judge, who can deliver independent judgement, well experience and strong prosecutor to handle such sensitive cases.
Besides prosecutors should also be allowed for independent investigation apart from police investigation to serve the purpose of prompt justice delivery, Sobita opined.
Additional SP (Law and Order), Priyadarshini Laishram said it will definitely improve the justice delivery system.
Referring to crimes committed against woman all over the world, Priyadarshini stressed the need of in-depth study on whether the establishing fast track court will minimise the crime rate.
She suggested intervention into the aged-old gender biasness and deep rooted patriarchal mind set.
“There is need to do away with the gender bias mindset of taking women as an object for satisfaction of men’s desire,” she said.
Bina (name changed), mother of rape victim from Bishenpur district cried for justice for her daughter.
Relatives of rape victims also hail the decision and urged the government to speed up the process for quick deliveryof justice.
The mother of 19 years old girl who was kidnaped and raped by accused Phurailatpam Nanao (28), a resident of Wangjing Wangkhei on October 26, 2014 demanded quick justice to her daughter’s son. Charge-sheet was submitted on December 19, 2017 and justice is yet come, she said.
The uncle of a six year girl, who was died after rape on February 15, 2016, also demanded justice to the case. The charge sheet was submitted in November 2016, six months after the incident, he said seeking befitting punishment.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

IBSD signs MoU on DNA fingerprinting

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL| June 16
Directors of Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Imphal and National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS), Pune, IBSD and Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), Kerala inked a memorandum of understandings to develop a regional facility for DNA fingerprinting and to build up microbial repository at IBSD today.
The MoU between director, IBSD Professor Dinabandhu Sahoo and Director, RCGB, Dr. M. Radhakrishna Pillai, will focus on to develop a regional facility for DNA fingerprinting for molecular genetic diversity analysis of the unique flora and fauna of Northeast India and develop unique passport data for rare plants and animals at the centre, said IBSD director.
Prof. Sahoo further said that the facility will become a training centre for scientists and students who wish to learn about the techniques used for DNA fingerprinting and DNA barcoding for the entire Northeast region.
While the MoU between IBSD and director NCCS, Pune will focus on building up Microbial Repository Centre at the institute which already has over 25,000 microbial isolates from different parts of Northeast India, and will also provide a platform for the recently launched National Human Microbiome Project, that will also conduct an in-depth study of the microbiome of Northeast India’s diverse ethnic groups, said NCCS director.
Dr B. Ravindran, former director Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) and Jayant Sahasrabuddhe, national organising secretary, Vijnana Bharati among others attended the signing function held at IBSD premise.

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Court intervenes into child marriage

IMPHAL | June 16
The court of judicial magistrate 1st class, Imphal West II today intervened into the marriage of a minor girl which was supposed to be conducted at the residence of the bridegroom at Wangoi Thoudam Leikai.
The action was taken following an official complaint lodged by Manipur social welfare department, child marriage prohibition officer, Kh. Premkumar.
Later the minor girl was send to Nirvana Foundation, a centre for girl at Ghari for providing proper counselling and the boy who is not minor was released escort free.

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