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IMPHAL | June 2
Deputy Chief Minister, Y Joykumar Singh, who is also holding finance portfolio, today introduced “The Manipur Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017” on the floor of the House and moved for consideration and passing of the bill on the first day of the two day assembly session.
While moving the motion for passing the bill Joykumar spelled out the objective to bring a reform to the central tax structure is  marred with shortcomings which has resulted in taxes levied repeatedly on taxed goods.
He said that India has no uniformity of tax in each of the states resulting in cascading effect on tax and that it gives hard times for traders to file their paper works.
The bill which will become an Act from July 1 is very essential for the state to enhance its resources, said Joykumar appealing to the members of the House to participate in the discussion and take appropriate decision.
Earlier today in the opening day of the first session (Part-II) of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly the House condoled the demise of former Keirao MLA K Thamarjit Singh.  
Initiating the obituary reference, Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren said that the demise of Thamarjit was a loss not only for Keirao constituency but for the state as a whole. Thamarjit was soft spoken man known for his determination and patience, and his demise has left a huge vacuum.
He said that Thamarjit before joining politics worked in various international companies after having getting MBA degree from Bombay University.
Thamarjit during his short span as a social worker had always attempted to help improve economic condition for the backward section especially women, said Biren.
A man synonymous to entrepreneurship, he had established the Kanglei Agro Base and also helped established many Self Help Groups (SHG) for women, Biren added.
The Chief Minister further shared his pain and sorrow with the bereaved family.
Opposition leader, O Ibobi Singh said the demise of Thamarjit, who was a qualified and energetic leader, is a great loss for the state.
Recalling Thamarjit’s passion for entrepreneurship Ibobi said he always expressed the desire to improve the “Labour and Employment” department with his vision to develop skill of the people.
CAF & PD Minister, Karam Shyam said that Thamarjit was an achiever and had a good track record in every field.
After completing his class five standard Thamarjit enrolled in Sainik school and went to make it to the topper list in class X and XII examinations, he said adding that he also won commendation medal in NCC, said the Minister.
Even as an entrepreneur he worked in reputed international companies, the Minister added.
He recalled that Thamarjit’s dream was to become a successful entrepreneur not politics and that he (Thamarjit) joined politics due to the pressure of the people.
Keirao MLA, L Rameswar announced to build a memorial park in honour of Thamarjit.
Nemcha Kipgen also assured to establish more “Anganwadi Centres” as desired by the former MLA of Keirao.
Works Minister, Th Bishwajit Singh, MLA P Brojendro also took part in the obituary reference.
Later, the Speaker, Y Khemchand moved a resolution that the House express grief and sorrow to the demise of Thamarjit and the House observed two minute silence as mark of respect.
After the obituary reference, the Chief Minister presented the second report of the Business Advisory Committee, 2017.

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 DIMAPUR | June 2
The NSCN (IM) has claimed today that the government of India had recognised the sovereign rights of the Nagas and had agreed to co-exist with shared sovereignty. The God given sovereign rights of the Nagas have been restored with the signing of the ‘Framework Agreement’, 2015.  
In a release, it said the Nagas’ aspirations for sovereignty was considered doomed with the signing of the treacherous Shillong Accord and the 16 Point agreement in November, 1975 and in July 1960 respectively, “whereby, the signatories embraced the Indian Constitution at their own volition”.
However, through the selfless sacrifices of the Nagas under the collective leaderships of former Yaruiwo, Isak Chishi Swu and Ato Kilonser, Th Muivah, the government of India and Nagas had finally agreed to co-exist with shared sovereignty, it said.
 The government of India had also recognised and had accepted the Nagas as a different entity having equal status, meaning, India is not above the Nagas nor Nagas are above India and to live as two different friendly nations with absolute ownership rights over their own lands and its resources both beneath and above the earth’s surface,” the NSCN (IM) statement added.   
Further it said, the ‘Framework Agreement’ is political in nature which is the preamble of the detailed final political agreement expected to be completed and signed very soon by the two different entities. It is without any unilateral powers unlike the Shillong accord and the 16-Point Agreement which were totally under the provisions of the Indian laws and Indian Constitution, the release added.
It continued the credits of this historic achievement goes to the different Naga mass based organisations, civil societies, tribal organisations, churches and the scores of individuals who had relentlessly and fearlessly worked for the last many decades for Nagas common cause.
The release also maintained that the acceptance to have shared sovereignty will surely take the Nagas much further forward along with the advancement pace of great India which is rapidly becoming one of the economic superpowers of the world.
The NSCN (IM) had kept its door wide open all along as the ongoing political negotiations progresses to find a final settlement, it said and appeal to the people not to be misled by the builders of ‘Babel Tower’ and the ‘Pharaohs of Egypt’ but to continue with unflinching supports towards the political negotiations to reach the final solution in the common interests of the Nagas and Naga nation.

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IMPHAL | June 2
“Modi is such a dynamic leader with legendary power and his leadership and achievements are commendable” said Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren during the inaugural function of Modi Fest which was kicked off today at Iboyaima Shanglen, Palace Compound.
The three-day country wide celebration is organised in Manipur by BJP Manipur unit and will be celebrated in various parts and districts of the state.
Addressing the gathering at the inaugural programme of the fest, the CM said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is people oriented, developmental oriented and human oriented who works for the poorest of the poor. His approach is totally different than others and after his government was formed in 2014, India has seen a lot of positive changes, he observed.
His politics and international approach is different and the surgical strikes on Pakistan to teach them a lesson over Kashmir issue and tackling corruption by demonetisation of Rs.1000 and 500 notes are a total proof that he is different, he added.
Continuing his speech the sportsperson turned Chief Minister said that he is indeed really happy to be part of BJP and Modi’s government.
It may be mentioned that Modi to his credit had introduced many schemes and projects after taking over the Prime Ministerial office three years ago which includes Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY), Make in India, Swachh Bharat Mission, Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).
The Chief Minister also stressed on the other projects launched by the prime minister of the country. He talked about housing for all under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), 57 items of test like skin, blood, kidney, diabetes, CT scan among others to be free from July 10 in the state among others.
He promised that the challenge thrown by BJP before the election to bring development in the state before 15 months that the Congress could not achieve in the last 15 years is the biggest challenge that the state BJP is facing right now but will try its best to achieve everything that has been plotted to achieve.
Biren also added that after the BJP take charge in March, the government has managed to bring harmony, the number of bandhs and blockades is almost nill now, the problems of hill tribes solved and lifting the economic blockade were some of the achievements of the BJP government in the state.

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IMPHAL | June 2
A discussion session on the theme “Additional Resource Mobilisation in Manipur” was held today at the Institute of Co-operative Management, (ICM), Lamphelpat, organised by the Steering Committee constituted by the department of Planning, government of Manipur.
Opening the programme, chairman of the Steering Committee, O Biren said that as per 2016-17 budget estimates, State’s tax income consists of 3.9 percent that is about Rs.667.20 crores while the non-tax income is about 5.67 percent that is about Rs. 199.22 crores.
The State’s share out of the Central tax is 14.34 percent that is equal to Rs.3561.89 crores while income from other resources of the government of India is 76.02 percent that is equivalent to Rs 4947.39 crores, he added.
O Biren continued due to small non-tax utilisation in Manipur, there is a need for additional finance, stating that the main sources of the State’s tax are land revenue, excise duty, sales tax, stamp and registration, electricity, entertainment tax, professional tax, taxes on vehicles, taxes on passengers and goods, agriculture and income tax, urban immovable property tax and hill-house tax.
As the Planning Unit of the State is not performing its duties for proper documentation, he was of the view that it is not possible to update information as there is no documentation cell in each dept.  Without the documentation the calculation of the exact Index of Industrial Production (IIP) is not possible, he added.
Director, ICM, Lamphelpat N Ranjana Devi, speaking on the occasion opined that Industry, Agricultue and Horticulture departments should collaborate together for marketing the forests products of Manipur like mint, ginger, pineapple, lemon grass etc. outside the State.  Infrastructure, sensitisation, awareness and connectivity should be given to the farmers so as to sell these products in the global market, she said, adding single-cropping alone cannot suffice the needs of the people.
Chinglen Maisnam, Asst Prof of MU, sharing his concern over the pitfalls of tax-evasion, he said that we need to discuss everything in connection with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill.
Citing the example of branded liquor as a means of great foreign exchange in developed countries like the U.S and Scotland, entrepreneur Th Jotin of Tata Tiscon, elaborated how we can develop the quality of our local liquor of Sekmai and Andro  and export it to regions outside Manipur.
While drawing attention of the urgent need to review the present Taxation Policy in the State, director, Commerce and Industries, M Luikham said that it is high time to discuss the issue with the government concerning leakages in Excise and Tax duty, resource mobilisation, re-analysis of prohibitory measures and its social impact. “On creation of any public asset like hall, bus stand, drainage, playground etc, government should think pro-actively if it is beneficial to the society”, he added.
Giving his point of view to promote entrepreneurs in Manipur as a means of extra income generation, MIMS, MU Prof L Jibonkumar  said, “Government can use E-Governance to curb the problem of tax-evasion and bring economic development by interlinking different Depts. As forest is our life, proper time planning is required for achieving the set target of Rs 100 crores”.
Chairperson of the brainstorming session, Prof N Mohendro shared his opinion that we should know where we stand now and how to go forward to reach the target from the base level taking into consideration the immediate plan, medium term measures and long term plan.

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IMPHAL| June 2
For first time in the Northeast region, ‘Indian Human Microbiome project’ was launched today at the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Takyel. The project aims to provide the condition for discovery of new drugs.
In this project IBSD Imphal will work in collaboration with National Centre for Cell Sciences (NCCS), Pune, which is aided by Department of Biotechnology, government of India.  
Speaking at the launch function, Prof Dinabandhu Sahoo, director, IBSD said with the increasing number of human population, urbanization as well as changing lifestyle and food habits, the people across the world is facing new challenges in terms of their health and new types of diseases which will be a major global burden in terms of loss of productivity and increasing health costs in the coming years.
Prof Sahoo continued researchers and big companies around the world are looking for new drugs and pharmaceuticals to cure various diseases, investing billions of dollars. It has been found that the micro-organisms, mainly bacteria, which are present in human body, can be very good sources of new drugs which can cure several kinds of diseases, he added.
Emphasising on the role played by microorganism on human body, Pro Sahoo said microbes contribute 360 times more genes than humans’ own genes, which play a key role in human physiology and development.
The trillions of microbes in and on our body contribute for many aspects of our health, from digesting different foods and making essential vitamins and also help in boosting our immune system and protect us from different pathogens, he pointed out.   
Further he said India is a country with different ethnic groups living in different agro-climatic zones with different food habits and cultural practices, particularly, in Northeast India, which has over 220 ethnic groups living in very diverse topographies having diverse food habits, adding that the project will be very useful for this region.
Shekhar C Mande, director, NCCS, Pune, Yogesh S Shouche, senior micorbiologist, NCCS Pune and Kanury V S Rao, head, Drug Discovery Research Centre (DDRC),Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad also attended the launch function.

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IMPHAL | June 2
Works minister, Th Biswajit Singh today instructed the executive engineers of the every division of the department to submit progress reports of all their ongoing projects through the chief engineer at the earliest.
The engineers were also instructed to provide details including name of projects, deadline, status of all roads including IVRs, OVRs, MVRs, highways of the State.
The minister issued the instructions during a review meeting of the department held this evening at his Conference Hall, New Secretariat. The meeting was also attended by the chief engineer PWD, Ch Tiken and other officials of the department.
Continuing his address, the minister assured to take up all necessary steps to provide adequate manpower so that the department is able to function properly. He elaborated efforts have been initiated to recruit SOs and other staffs to increase the staff strength.
He further stressed on the need to check the output of the muster-rolls and daily wagers, and asked the department officials to initiate verification of the muster roll staffs.
Th Biswajit also instructed the engineers to look into the issue of water logging problems in Imphal. He further asked the officials to survey and to check the roads leading to the top of Baruni Hill and undertake work to develop the most feasible road for the convenience of the pilgrims and people.
The minister further instructed the officials concerned to identify all heavy machineries of the department lying unattended at work sites or with retired officials and to auction off all those which are more than 15 years old.
He also asked the engineer concerned to mend the potholes along the highway in front of the State Assembly at the earliest.    
Highlighting the actions taken up under the 100-days programme by the department, the chief engineer said the department is taking up mending of pot-holes in the district headquarters and that mending of potholes along the Imphal-Senapati-Mao is underway. He continued the target to complete the Sendra Tourist Circuit by June 26 will also be achieved.       
He also highlighted other works undertaken by the department including restoration work of the Tupul to Kasom Khullen, construction of Tongjei Maril, Irang Bridge and Leimatak Bridge.
The chief engineer also brought up certain issues during the meeting including the ownership issues of Inspection Bungalows and PWD offices in the State. He also said that all Mini Secretariats except for the Churachandpur and Tamenglong are completed and functional and that the department should take up the annual or normal maintenance of the building.
He continued Rs. 450.00 crores have been allocated for development of roads under the NERDS during the 12th Five Year Plan.

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IMPHAL | June 2
As celebrated every year, Siimai Paoshete, a traditional Poumai plantation festival is celebrated this year with full gaiety at Saranamai village, Tadubi subdivision of Senapati district under the theme ‘Cultural Harmony is our Identity’.
President of Information Centre for Hill Areas Manipur (ICHAM), Nongthombam Rajen alias Boy in his chief guest speech said that the auspicious celebration of the Poumai tribe’s Paoshete is one of the oldest celebrations and it shows that the tradition and culture of Poumai is still alive.
He also appreciated the ones who still believe and follow old religion and customs even when their fellow villagers have left their traditions and embrace Christianity.
He also said that in his twenty years of service, he had been voicing out for the hill people but have got nothing, and does not see any improvement. He blamed the government all the time but he added that this time he cannot blame the government that much because his own family (older brother N Biren) is the Chief Minister of the state and that is the biggest challenge for him.
But he promised that he will try his best to develop Saranamai especially road connectivity, the waiting shed etc. He accepted the memorandum submitted to him by the organisers of the festival.
He also expressed his disappointment that he could not communicate with Poumai language that creates a communication gap between the Meiteis and the hill tribal languages as it is so different from each other.
And there is absolutely a need to introduce a common language so that people from the valley and the hill communicate each other better and that Education Department should take the responsibility to find out a solution, he also added.
S Alexander Maikho, ADC member of Senapati attended the function as chief host and R Haba, retired Director of Sericulture, R P Danii former ADC member, Akha Dani former president of PNU, V Kio former president of PNC and three village chairman and secretary attended the celebration as special invitees.
As part of the Paoshete celebration, a traditional wrestling was performed where men from different village or different teams compete with each other and the winner of the wresting competition is considered the strongest and a hero of the village.

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IMPHAL| June 2
The state’s failure to frame its own policy and program under disability Act have been depriving the rights of differently abled persons, said Dr RK Kumarjit Singh, State Commissioner for persons with disabilities, Manipur.
Dr Kumarjit was speaking on the 6th Wheel chair presentation function jointly organised by Padmashri Laishram Nabakishore Charitable Trust (PLANACT),’ Sagolband Khamnam Leirak and Internationnal Handicapped Welfare Mission (INHAWEM) at the residence of Dr RK Lenin at Wangkhei Ningthem Pukhri Mapal, here today.
Dr Kumarjit continued the state had failed to frame the policy under ‘The Persons With Disability Act, 1995 which was popularly known as Equal Opportunity, Protection of Rights and Full Participation Act, 1995 before it was replaced by ‘Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016’ and the new Act was approved by the President of India on December 27 of 2016.
But the implementation part is lacking in the state as no policy has been yet framed, he added.
Further he said for the new Act too, it was strictly instructed by government of India to frame policy within October this year and to implement it, but no sign of progress is seen. It seems the government has no interest on the matter of giving welfare to the physically challenged people, he lamented.
Dr RK Lenin, professor, Department of Psychiatry, RIMS and also a trustee urged to impart helping hands towards the neediest as happiness lies in sharing and living together.
It may be mentioned that PLANAC Trust has been presenting wheel chairs to those differently able women who are in need of wheel chair support but could not afford. This time supports were given to four destitute women.
Padmashri Laishram Nabakishore, chairman, PLANACT, Th Gambhir Meetei (Trustee), Pradhan, Moidangpok Gram Panchayat, A Romeo (Trustee), Nodal Officer, State Literacy Mission Authority, and K Birkumar (Trustee), Singer, Roop Rag among others attended the program.

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Friday, 02 June 2017 05:30

CM launches AIR app

IMPHAL | June 2
Chief Minister N Biren today launched a mobile application and official website of the Imphal All India Radio at the Imphal AIR office.
The launching programme was also attended by Home parliamentary secretary, Leishangthem Susindro alias Yaima.
During the programme, Biren said that radio is the only mass medium that reaches every corner of the state, even to the places not covered by cable TV network or newspaper.
The Chief Minister appealed to the AIR Imphal to select experts for discussion hours by assessing the person’s appeal and connect with the society and not simply by considering his or her academic qualification.
Biren said that a fanatic person can hurt the emotional integrity within different communities if he speaks on some issue. To avoid such situation, he asked AIR Imphal to be more careful while choosing experts for discussion hour.

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NSCN (IM) alleges KNF-N of murder

DIMAPUR | June 2 (NNN)
The NSCN (IM) has accused the Kuki National Front (KNF-N) of killing its Steering Committee member, Khailun Haokip after kidnapping him. The Steering Committee is the highest decision making body of the NSCN-IM.
Strongly condemning the ‘cold-blooded’ killing of Khailun Haokip, the outfit alleged that he was kidnapped by KNF(N) at Shijang Kuki village. The NSCN (IM) had appealed the KNF (N) to immediately release him unharmed but the appeal from the Naga civil societies and Kuki communities were not even respected and subsequently he was tortured and killed in coldblooded”.
The murder will be befittingly responded, the NSN (IM) asserted. According to the outfit, Khailun Haokip, Steering Committee Member, “NSCN/GPRN of Kuki Tribal Union (KTU)” was enrolled on March 18, 2008 and served in certain capacities.
NSCN (IM) conveyed its condolences to the bereaved family and beseech to Almighty God to grant solace in time of their melancholy. It expressed its gratefulness and appreciated the civil societies of Nagas and Kukis who took all troubles in retracting and retrieving the death body to the bereaved family.

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