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By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 2
Different forms of agitation will be taken up by the All Manipur Refresh Written Test Successful Candidate of Police Constable Male (2013 batch) 2016 if the government fails to declare their result by June 15.
Addressing a press meet held today at Manipur Press Club, Imphal the association publicity secretary, RK Romesh said that they have been suffering for around 5 years, as there are many obstacles in their recruitment process.
Today a general body meeting of the association was conducted and has resolved to take up agitation if the government fails to declare the result by June 15, he added.
Romesh continued that they appealed to the government to declare the result before the said date and expressed hope that the government will declare the result within June 15.
The association further appealed to the government to declare their result before declaring the result of Constable fresh batch of 2016.

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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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By A Staff Reporter
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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Friday, 02 June 2017 05:30

Let’s football, boys and girls!!

 By Tara Manchin  Hangzo
30th April 2017 is the day football fans across the NE will not forget because a historic event which took place, when a relatively unknown football club Aizawl FC became the first football club from the northeast to win the I league to become the Hero League champions of 2017.
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong was thundering with applause as the game came to an end in the late evening. As the fans reluctantly left the stadium the  ground was littered with garbage-plastics bottles were everywhere and the dustbins were overflowing with litter. And then, an amazing thing happened! Some  AIZAWL FC fans decided to clean up the place and in a few minutes had cleared the ground of all trash!  It was a spontaneous action and a truly laudable deed, for which no praise is enough.
The event went viral on social media and several prominent citizens of Shillong noticed and commented on the act. “The act speaks volumes of the attitude of the fans and the rest of us should learn from them”, said R.G. Lyngdoh, former deputy CM of Meghalaya. I particularly love this quote from Rongkhang Sarpo Krongjang-  ”Aizawal FC has won the trophy and Aizawl fans have won our hearts!” Indeed they have ! Other leaders have said “Wow! They deserve the championship not only in football but in our hearts too, God Bless!” Temjen Lemtur.
These comments are really encouraging and it shows the true nature of the North easterners-humility, simplicity, kindness, unselfish attitudes, which endears us to our mainland brethren who know our attributes and appreciate us.
This historic win, to me as a North easterner, heralds a new era- a new beginning in sports for our youth, who had no avenue to achieve their skills and talents due to apathy.
Our rightful place in the arena of football has been denied for far too long. It is time now to claim our rightful place in the sun, (Hear, hear, AIFF!).
North east have a vast talent among both boys and especially girls, whose talents have lain untapped so far.
I get a high as I watched our NE boys play for the ISL, for the past three years. It has given me immense pleasure to learn what football has done for them in a land where most youth, out of frustration join the insurgency and abuse drugs and alcohol.
These football players are responsible youth icons and have become mini celebrities who are spreading positive messages for the youth. I am a big fan of our ISL players,  to name a few- Renedy, Gouramangi, Siam Hanghal , Boithang Haokip, Jeje Lalpekhlua, David Ngaihte , Noaba , Manglem, and many others-I couldn’t mention all here-so proud of you guys !
What I would like to highlight, and introspect on is the link between football and the youth in the NE.  Not so long ago, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland witnessed a dark era in the mid-80s and 90s, where young males (few females) were hooked to a drug called NO 4 ( heroin).
This was a new craze, of injecting drugs, which proved lethal and many died an untimely death. Almost every household rich or poor across Manipur lost one child to drugs. The same can be said for Mizoram and Nagaland .
It was a waste of our talented youth and the sad consequences that plague our society : HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C,  young widows and sons and daughters growing up without fathers. So the question is if, only we have big football sponspored then, it may be possible to wean the youth away from drugs and insurgency.
The new buzz word is football now. We have home grown clubs like NEROCA FC, Shillong Lajong, FC Zalen, Eastern Sporting Union etc., whose worth is getting recognised now.
People on the North east have been playing football for a very long time and watching football events was a bonding time for the whole community, where young and old, men and women sat up the whole night to watch the World Cups.  
Why the government (Congress reigned for 15 years) wasn’t and the sports authority not showing any interest in tapping the talents at the right time and right place then? The new BJP government must play its part in taking forward football in a big way and nurture it as our state game. New stadia must be built, adequate budgets should be allocated for football, and new talents must be sourced from every nook and corner of the state.
Today’s youth are taking interest in playing because of the opportunities provided by the I league and ISL. So why not support football and give them an opportunity to play in our local clubs and shine?
The government should sponsor them to study in football academies across India and abroad. I heard that an agency like the TATA TRUST and the Army (Assam Rifles) are recruiting Under 17 years boys to be trained in places as far as Germany. The army in the NE is doing its own bit through their civic activities to improve the minds of the youth by encouraging them through sports and by distributing sports apparel and goods.
We must save the present generation from drugs and insurgency. The new mantra should be “Play football and say NO to drugs and insurgency”. Football can be our saviour, I am sure. It can be the answer to our prayers. Every boys wants to emulate a Messi , a Ronaldo , a Ibrahimovic, a Hazard, a Baichung, a Renedy, a Sunil Chetri- so why not give them an opportunity.
If a tiny nondescript village in Karnataka can produce an IT engineers from each household   why can’t we produce a professional footballer from each house ?
The euphoric recent win of Aizawl FC has shown the path and given us the motivation to surge forward. It up to the government, and the parents of the youth to encourage their children to follow the path paved by football.

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Friday, 02 June 2017 05:30

Power, Money and Development

Every now and then, the word ‘Development’ has become a favourite word of every leader and politicians of our country. The same is true when it comes to our state. The word is rather found only in the convoluted rhetoric of the people who are in the helms of affairs.  
India is categorised under Newly Industrialised Country (NIC) because of its rapid growth of economy in the last two decades. As a whole, the country sets an example in so called development. The colour of money is well painted in the minds, bodies and souls of today’s generation. The youths easily fall in love with the fast pace growing economy of India as they earn more comfort by earning more money. The youths of Manipur too come back home with hangover of the big cities with a covetous state of mind. Not all but many of the young folks’ conception of development implies to constructions of buildings to become a city. Even their minds are cemented, so to say. The question is: Could these cemented minds smell the grass of Manipur?
On the other hand the crime rates are also increasing. While new thoughts and innovative ideas are juggling around for a better Manipur, the numbers of illegal business are also on the rise. Present Manipur has more rich people than olden days. At the same time numbers of license guns have also increased.
Recently, the celebration of BJP governance in the country was commenced on May 26 and it will continue till June 15 under the theme ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas'. The celebration which is called as Modi Fest was flagged off in Imphal on May 31. It can be also termed as ‘celebration of development’ in the country. And it is indeed one of the best initiatives by the government as people really need to be aware about what their government has done so far for the country. To be true, people acquire a kind of positive energy when they are happy and consequently people strive more to work honestly, which would somehow cut down crime rates.
However, in the last few weeks, there had been a series of unfortunate incidents in the state. In Moreh and surrounding villages, there had been a bomb blast at Gangam Lentol on May 18, followed by a twin IED ambush at Kwatha village on May 19 and another bomb blast near the fencing of Moreh Police Station on May 20, and on May 22 a woman labourer was shot dead with 11 bullets and killing of a mother and a pregnant daughter in their own residence on May 30. The nature of crimes in Manipur are very much complex. It is often hard to figure out who has committed the crime. In this regard, the government should be extremely strong to chalk out a solution. Otherwise, increase in economy will not work in a state like Manipur. If India’s Prime Minister believes in development and justice for all, there should be justice in Manipur as well. There must also be 'Sabka Nyay' along with ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas', which the state government must firmly stand for it.
It is pertinent to note what the renowned playwright and theatre director, Ratan Thiyam said in an interview of AIR on June 2. He said he had been to most of the countries of the world and felt the different flavours of every nation. But the most common thing among the developed countries he noticed is that there is no one with guns in the streets. Neither with the security forces nor with any lay person. The theatre genius’s words in a poetic imagery touches the core of what ‘development’ or ‘developed’ country is. This is perhaps where our leaders should ponder upon.
Leader Writer: Khogen Khoibam

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Friday, 02 June 2017 05:30

Contractor ask MSF to clarify

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 2
Imphal West transport contractors of PDS item has asked Manipur Students Federation (MSF) to clarify regarding the false charges made against and breaking of godown yesterday by the latter, at Sangaiprou, Imphal.
Addressing a press meet held today at Manipur Press Club, Imphal contractor Elangbam Anilkumar representing the Imphal West transport contractor said that yesterday MSF volunteers came and break down a godown owned by Maisnam Bimola, charging that contractors are wrongly using the PDS rice which is totally false.
In fact the PDS rice are kept legally with dumping order from CAF&PD officers as there was insufficient storage room in DSO, Imphal West, he added.
Anilkumar asked MSF not to repeat such action in the future and find out the facts first if they are to conduct such action.
The contractor appealed to the police to take up action against MSF for breaking doors of the legal godown.
If the quantity of rice is missing, then MSF should take the risk as they broke the godown door without any authority added Anilkumar.

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IMPHAL | June 2
Power minister, Thongam Biswajit Singh chaired the first monthly review meeting of the department today. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary O Nabakishore, MSPDCL officials including managing director, N Sarat and executive director, L Priyokumar.
Speaking at the meeting held at his office conference hall, New Secretariat, the minister said Smart Meter has already been declared mandatory by the Centre and the officials should discuss means to introduce the same in the State.
In reply to explanations from the department officials that uninterrupted internet connectivity is required for proper functioning of the Smart Meter, the minister suggested the officials to start installing the meter in the Imphal bazaar area where there is no connectivity issues.
Observing that the revenue of the department will increase if the department can maintain quality supply of electricity, he said the department should be ready to provide even transformers in a day’s time after receiving complaints.
Chief Secretary, Oinam Nabakishore said the department officials and staff need to be service oriented in their dealings and be customer friendly so that they can attract more consumers.
Citing personal experience, he said the department prepaid service is much cheaper than the billing system and as such the department should encourage the prepaid system.  
He further suggested the department to encourage bulk customers like industries to get connections through the prepaid system.
Meanwhile, several of the officials also highlighted their issues. The concerned official of Kangpokpi and Senapati circle said more than 2100 prepaid meters have been activated in Kangpokpi area alone. He said now some consumers who have installed the prepaid meters have started complaining that while they are paying others are freely enjoying power supply without installing prepaid meters.
Replying to the issues highlighted by the officials attending the meeting, the minister said preparations have been made to procure transformer oils.
The minister continued in order to check power theft, the department should first install AV cables in every part of the State. He elaborated once the AV cables are installed, the department can easily identify illegal consumers.

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IMPHAL | June 2
In view of the recent increase in the incidents of IED blasts, ambush on security forces and killing of civilians in Moreh and nearby areas, the state government has constituted a seven members committee to sort out the issues and maintain peace and tranquillity in the area.
The committee is headed by Pramod Asthana, ADGP as chairman and the other members are S Ibomcha Singh, IGP(Admin), Brig (Retd) SK Sharma, DIG, CRPF,  A Shamoo Singh, DIG, BSF and one member each to be nominated by IGAR (South), GOC, 57 Mtn Div  and DD, SIB.
The committee shall find out groups or individuals responsible for the unfortunate incidents based on the inputs from various security agencies and public interaction and submit a report within 15 days.

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Friday, 02 June 2017 05:30

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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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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