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Monday, 19 June 2017 00:00

Prison van knocks down player

By Paojel Chaoba
IMPHAL | June 18
Rash driving by security vehicles snatched away the life of a young and promising sports person. The young life of Shijagurumayum Rishkanta, a martial artist, who brought laurels for the state by winning medals, was snubbed out yesterday in a tragic road accident.
“We went to get our bicycles serviced. As we rode down Minuthong bridge, horns brayed from behind. A Gypsy had passed by and the prisoner truck hit my friend and drove away. The last escort vehicle stood still and those inside it looked on. My friend might have lived if they had taken him to the hospital immediately,” Haobam Raj recounted the tale of his friend Rishikanta being mowed down by a police van yesterday at around 11.40 am.
Rishkanta was a budding sports person and had many national medals in martial arts under his belt. He was lying bloodied near Minuthong after the prison van hit him and drove away. Some concerned individuals had stopped a four wheeler to transport the injured boy to the hospital.
“I alone lifted my friend and put him inside the vehicle, that drove him to nearby Raj Medicity. None of the police personnel helped me,” Raj told Imphal Free Press.
His coach Deven Moirangthem stated that Rishikanta had tremendous potential to represent the state in international tournaments. He had won five gold medals from 2011 to 2104 in Vovinam (a martial art of Vietnam recognized by the Olympic Council of Asia). He had many bronze medals in Wushu recently at the national level and even got a best fighter title.
“Uniformed personnel including VIP escorts have a mindset that the public should give way to them despite the traffic congestion. It behave in such a manner that they own the roads. They too should obey traffic rules and ensure roads safety. This goondaism must be stopped and I humbly appeal to the chief minister to look into this matter as loss of a promising sports person, without any fault of his, is a very serious issue,” Deven said.
His Wushu coach, Romen, at the funeral, said, “Where is our road? Do the roads belong to them? Are we supposed to drive along the river bank. The manner with which the uniformed personnel with their canes pointing out and driving at high speed in the city roads is a blatant misuse of their stations. Such personnel should be booked under the law. We want the errant driver to be arrested.”
The Imphal police station registered a complaint but, a compromise has been been reportedly reached between the local club, the family members and the state home department.
Rishijkanta is the second of five siblings born to Sh. Nilamani and Hemabati of Khurai Thangjam Leirak.  He was to appear for his metric examination next year from Sawombung High School. He had bought his bicycle with his award money.
Despite the Supreme Court directive to curb VIP culture and removing red beacon lights most of the VIP escorts and military vehicles blare down on the public along congested city roads. No proper speed limit or traffic rules are observed, sources alleged.
The family members of the deceased appealed to the concerned authority to put an end to this total disregard for the public convenience.

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Monday, 19 June 2017 00:00

Four bodies found at different places

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 18
Four bodies have been recovered from different parts of the state since early morning today.
In the first incident a body of male was found at Singjamei Chinga Makha opposite Manipur College. The deceased was later identified as Lourembam Sanatomba alias Papak, 35 years, son of L Biramangol of Haobam Marak Lourembam Leikai.
Another body was also found at the market shed of Wabagai Tera Pishak, identified as one Huidrom Jiten Singh, 40, of Thoubal Leishangthem Khong Manung.
Similarly, a body of a male was found floating in Imphal River under Heingang Achanbigei bridge around 7 am today.
The deceased has been identified as one Paominlal alias Lalboi Sitlhou, 35, son of Lunsat Sitlhou of Khaochangbung Village of Saikul Sub-division. It is learnt that he was swept away during the just recent flood. The body is in advanced decomposed state.
Another body of a male was also found at Lilong Autokhong this morning under mysterious circumstances. The identity of the deceased is yet to be established till the time of filing this report.

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Monday, 19 June 2017 00:00

30 Mizoram houses swept away

AIZAWL | June 18 (NNN)
Even as the flooding of Khawthlangtuipui river in Tlabung sub-division area in south Mizoram’s Lunglei district bordering Bangladesh is gradually receding, many dwelling houses are still under water, sources from Tlabung said on Sunday.
A Tlabung based journalist Vanlalhriatpuia Khiangte said that at least 30 houses were swept away and over 70 others have been badly damaged in Tlabung sub-division area by the flash flood caused by incessant rains since June 12.
He said that over 650 houses in many villages within Tlabung sub-division area were inundated by the swelling of Khawthlangtuipui river and over 40 houses are still under water. Apart from dwelling houses, school buildings, church buildings, an indoor stadium, ICDS centres, waiting sheds, VC houses, slaughter houses and some tea stalls have also been submerged by the flash flood, he said.
The water level has crossed some feet above the danger mark.
Khiangte said that at least nine houses in Tlabung town were swept away and 13 others have been damaged by the flash floods. Over 228 dwelling houses in the town were submerged during the peak of the flood, he added.
The journalist said that over 1500 families within Tlabung sub-division have been affected by the flood caused by overflowing of Khawthlangtuipui river.
The flooding of Khawthlangtuipui river has also submerged some boats, paddy fields and border out posts, Khiangte said, adding that the water level has been gradually receding.
Meanwhile, several families have been evacuated to community halls, school buildings, MSU offices, bazar buildings, temples and government buildings, he also said.
While some of the affected families have returned to their houses, many are still staying in community halls as their houses need to be repaired, he added.
According to Khiangte, state health department and 159 battalion of Border Security Force (BSF) who are guarding the border took out rescue operation and provided free medical aids to the flood victims.
The flooding of Khawthlangtuipui river also wreaked havoc in Tlabung area disrupting power supply and drinking water supply. Many educational institutions have also been closed for one week as either being submerged by water or occupied by the evacuated families.  The flash flood preceded by landslides also resulted in the death of ten people in the area.
Khiangte said that people in Tlabung area faced drinking water problem as water supply was disrupted in the area due to the flash flood.
He said that the BSF personnel responded immediately to the situation by providing drinking water to villagers in all parts of the area.
Rescue operation is on full swing by NGOs, government officials and security personnel, he added.
Meanwhile, a Tlabung based Young Chakma Association (YCA) called community work on Monday to repaid and re-construct houses that have been damaged by the flash flood.
Chief minister Lal Thanhawla had earlier told a press conference that a high level committee headed by home minister R. Lalzirliana has been set up to assess the flood situation in the state, while the central government also assured aid to flood ravaged Mizoram and other Northeastern states.

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Monday, 19 June 2017 00:00

UNC bandh peaceful

SENAPATI | June 18 (NNN)
The 12-hour ‘total shutdown’ imposed by the United Naga Council (UNC) in ‘Naga territories’ in Manipur ended without stray incidents. According to sources from the UNC, the 12-hour bandh which started from 6 am was peaceful in all the ‘Naga territories’ in Manipur.
However, being a Sunday activities related to the Church services were witnessed but other than these activities the people strictly adhered to the call of the UNC to observe the shut down.
The ‘total shutdown’ was called  by the UNC in support of the Indo-Naga peace process” and urging to translate the “historic Framework Agreement signed on August 3, 2015 in New Delhi to its logical conclusion at the earliest based on the unique history of the Nagas and  situation”.
Vehicular movements along the national and state highways were severely affected by the ‘total shut down’ today.
Meanwhile, the UNC has expressed its gratitude to the Naga people for the co-operation and the success of the 12-hour ‘shut down’.
The UNC then urged the Naga people to “remain alert at this critical juncture” saying that Nagas cannot afford to be complacent about the situation”.

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By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 18
No one except the people themselves can guarantee, the integrity of the state that it will not be affected, said E. Johnson during 16th The Great June Uprising, Unity day programme, which was held today Kekrupat, Imphal.
Speaking on the occasion, E Johnson, president of United Committee Manipur (UCM) and vice-chairman of the organising committee, said the day is observed to remember the 18 martyrs.
On this day in 2001 people of Manipur rose as one to protest the declaration of NSCN (IM) cease-fire without territorial limit in Bangkok as a part of the peace talk between Centre and NSCN (IM). In an attempt to control the outrage, security forces resorted to firing in which 18 persons were killed.
Johnson said after the June 18 uprising the content of Framework Agreement which was signed on August 3, 2015 between NSCN (IM) and the Centre is not made public. The Centre might have something against the state as interlocutor R. N. Ravi did not disclose the framework agreement though an RTI application sought details of the agreement under Section 6 of the RTI Act.
To bring everlasting peace and harmony between Nagaland and any other state other Naga militant groups should also be included in the peace talk.
Johnson said if anything comes that affects the integrity or in other ways then another June 18 will come, Johnson warned.
“We should not observe The Great June Uprising, Unity Day only for the remembrance of the 18 martyrs but also to reaffirm our stand against any move to disintegrate Manipur, Johnson pointed out.
The state government should take the initiative to save the integrity of the state as UCM, AMUCO, CCSK and other organisations cannot do all alone.
On the border dispute between Myammar he said if immediate steps are not taken at the earliest, there may be blood sheds between communities living on both sides of the border. So central and state governments should take initiatives in order to solve the issue at the earliest, he added.
Ph. Deban Sharma, president of AMUCO and chairman of observation committee said in the name of combating insurgency AFSPA was introduced in the state. But, central forces harassed women and children by taking the advantage of the act.
He said people have to be cautious against the Framework Agreement as its content is not made known to the public. People need to be united in order to bring peace and harmony. “We should bring a peaceful state without communal crisis among the various ethnic groups of the state,” Deban added.
As part of the programme many political leaders and thousands of people from various ethnic communities paid floral tributes to the martyrs. A voluntary blood donation camp was organised at Kekrupat. Around 200 people donated bloods.
The family members of the martyrs’ were honoured with presentations.

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Monday, 19 June 2017 00:00

Doctor suspension: JAC seeks evidence

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 18
The Join Action Committee (JAC) Against the Suspension of Dr. L. Subhaschandra Singh urged the government to bring out the evidence and proof to substantiate that Dr. Subhaschandra indulged in corrupt practices.
Addressing a press meet today at Manipur Press Club, Imphal the JAC president Moirangthem Thaba Devi said that the JAC strongly condemned the suspension of a doctor, who is serving with full dedication at Thoubal Khangabok district hospital.
The suspension order came through “Whatsapp” and when the doctor enquired to the health department regarding the matter, it came to be true, she said.
The gynaecology department of the hospital was not fully functioning until Subhaschandra joined the hospital in the year 2015, she added.
Thaba said that after he joined the hospital women of the district have the facilities for child delivery in the hospital. Earlier women of the district have to go to RIMS or JNIMS for child delivery cases.
The gynaecology department of the hospital was fully functioning after his joining and more over the doctor gave full cooperation to the ASHA and the patient, she continued.
Thaba added that the doctor has performed around 2000 successful deliveries in the district hospital but he did not demand any money from the patient party for his services.

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Monday, 19 June 2017 00:00

Biswajit for ties with China

TIANHE | June18
Minister of commerce, trade and industry Thongam Biswajit Singh called on Consul General of India SailasThangal today and discussed ways to strengthen trade and economic ties between India and China.
The minister and his accompanying officials from the state met the Consul General at the latter’s Lin He Zhong road official residence in Tianhe district, People’s Republic of China, L. Bashanta Sharma, media co-ordinator to chief Minister said in a release. Bashanta is accompanying the minister.
Biswajit said he discussed ideas and ways with the Consul General on how to develop the Indo-China relation and stimulate economic and trade relations especially between Manipur and China.
He said during the present tour his team has received several ideas and suggestions from many including the Consul General.
The minister, who stressed on China’s importance in the plan to develop Manipur’s economy, said now the government will work on how to incorporate these ideas into the Act East Policy for the growth of Manipur’s economy.
The Consul General explained the importance of Yunnan province in developing Manipur-China relations.
Elaborating further he said India and China are big countries and Delhi and Beijing cannot cover everything. However, if we can promote relations between Manipur and Yunnan under the guidance of Beijing and Delhi, there will be fruitful cooperation and much progress, he added.
“Yunnan can be a developmental model for Manipur as well”, he said explaining that both Manipur and Yunnan have many similarities including geographic conditions, climatic conditions. He said like in Manipur, there are different ethnic groups in Yunnan.
He said Manipur can replicate the development model of Yunnan.
Yunnan also acts as land bridge between India and China, he said, adding that the place has a political connection with North East India especially during World War II.
A team from the state led by Biswajit Singh, attended the South and South East Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair, 2017 at the Dianchi International Convention and International Sistership pavilion at Kunming, Yunan Province, People’s Republic of China.
The Minister is accompanied by L. Lakher, principal secretary commerce and industry, M Luikham, director commerce and industry, L. Inunganbi Devi, councillor, Imphal Municipal Corporation and Chandrakishore Singh, president, North East Federation on International Trade, Manipur Chapter.

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Natheljang ops condemned

KANGPOKPI | June 18
Thadou Inpi-GHQ, Hmar Inpui and Zomi Council have jointly condemned the alleged random military operation at KNF designed camp Natheljang by security forces on June 15.
The joint press statement of the Thadou Inpi, Hmar Inpui and Zomi Council said that we are deeply shock and surprised to learn about the sudden and random military operation conducted by 38 Assam Rifles and state police in the designed camp of UPF/KNF, Natheljang in Kangpokpi district.
“It is a matter of insulted to the Kuki community and an invitation of misunderstanding among the Kuki community and the security forces”, it added and said that the random military operation as conducted in the guise of head counting of SoO cadres while a tripartite political dialogue between UPF-KNO and the government of Manipur and government of India is going on.
The three Inpis strongly condemned the alleged insulting act of the security forces and appealed to all authorities concerned to abide and respect the SoO ground rules so as to maintained peace.
Meanwhile, the three Inpis also appealed to all underground groups to stop fratricidal killing stating it will not serve any purpose and it will not be a solution to our problems.

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From Our Correspondent
KANGPOKPI |June 18
Many children across the state are in good-humored state celebrating Father’s Day with their families wishing their respective father the best wishes with lovely gifts but the wrath of nature turns this special occasion into a miserably sorrowful day for six children from Khaochangbung village under Saikul constituency in Kangpokpi district.
Paominlal alias Lalcha Sitlhou from Khaochangbung village has six children out of which four have already start schooling at Ngaimel Children School, Keithelmanbi, where his eldest daughter have been admitted in Class IX during this current session.
On June 13, Paominlal as usual dropped his school going children crossing the Gundung River at around 9 am and returned back to his village. Later, he came back with a spade for paddy cultivation activities from his home and attempted to cross again the river but unfortunately the strong current of the water swept him away.
Since then a massive search had been launched till yesterday voluntarily on humanitarian ground by Keithelmanbi Youth Association, volunteers of Khaochangbung village and its adjoining areas but could not traced the drowned farmer.
However, early this morning after hectic search for six days, a highly decomposed unidentified male dead body was reportedly found floating near Thongkhong Heingang and Achanbigei Bridge and on suspicious the family and relatives rushed to the spot and confirmed it to be that of the drowned farmer.
After necessary formality has been completed at JN Hospital, Imphal where the dead body had been deposited, the family members and relatives took the already decomposed farmer dead body for his residential village in Khaochangbung near Keithelmanbi village.
Thousands of people across the areas wait for the deceased farmer at Keithelmanbi-Gopibung Lamkhai since this noon while the farmer children waited their father with a pamphlet holding in their hands written, “Happy father’s Day’ which made everyone emotional.
Later, when the farmer dead body reached the spot Kuki Inpi, Kangpokpi district and various others civil bodies received him with warmest love and expressed their sincere condolence to the bereaved family while wrapping a traditional over the deceased farmer as marked of respect and adieu.
The family and relatives of the deceased farmer expressed their heartfelt gratitude to all those who have tirelessly rendered their physical support and assistance in various form.
Meanwhile, Kuki Inpi, Kangpokpi district draws the attention of the local MLA, Yamthong Haokip to initiate proper measure for immediate ex-gratia and help the poor family.

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IMPHAL| June 18
A combined team of Imphal West police commandos and 6 Assam Rifles led by OC of Imphal West police commandos, Inspector P. Achouba Meetei under the supervision of additional SP (ops), Imphal West S. Ibomcha Singh reportedly arrested an alleged ZUF cadre from New Keithelmanbi village at around 9 pm today, said a police source.
It further said that he has been identified as Guangchuilung Rongmei alias Arong alias Achui alias Rajesh, 26 son of Kalababu Mura of Tousem village, Tamenglong district.
On investigation he revealed that he joined the said organisation in January, 2016 through one self-styled Army chief Jianchui of Khoupum village and presently working under the command of self-styled Lieutenant RK alias Simi John by holding the rank of corporal, it said.
One Sumsung mobile handset has been recovered  from his possession, it said adding that he was involved in many extortion case.
Thoubal district police commando arrested one active worker of PREPAK, identified as Naorem Surajkumar singh alias Nanao, 36, son of N. Herabi singh of Keirak keisham Leikai after conducting frisking and checking at Sekmaijing Ningol Khong near water supply, on June 15, 11 AM, said a release.
Investigation revealed that, he was involved in extortion of money for the said organisation. The maruti van bearing registration number MN-04/1415 and other incriminating articles were seized from his possession, it added.
Two UGs of the outlawed UTLA, identified as Lunkhupao Haokip alias Papao, 32, son of Ngulkhohou Haokip of Zalenphai village, churachandpur and P. Minthang singson, 28, son of Hangkhoken singson of Longkaiphun, Tamenglong were arrested form a hotel located at Jiribam Bazar by a team of district police commando, Jiribam on June 15, 4pm, it said.
Incriminating articles were seized from their possession, investigations revealed that, they were involved in abduction of two staff workers of coastal project, NF-RLY at Oinamlong, Tamenglong for ransom and smuggled arms, ammunition and drugs from Myanmar to Manipur, it added.
Further it said on their disclosure, one woman, identified as Tingkhohoi, alias kangnu of Mission compound, Jiribam was arrested from her residence and seized 15 grams of heroin powder.
Investigations revealed that she was also involved in smuggling drugs form Myanmar along with the offenders mentioned above.
Meantime, a team of narcotics and affairs of border PS arrested two drug sellers identified as Thongkholun khognsai, 51, son of (L) Tiljang Khongsai of Sugnu Monomjang village and Doungul Ngamkhol haokip, 42, son of D. Jamkhoson haokip of JS Jangnoi village form  Sugnu Tribal Veng Juntionl. 7 kgs of Opium valued about 5,00,000 in local marked was seized from the possession of Thongkholun Khongsai, the release added.

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