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Friday, 30 June 2017 00:00

CM calls for end to mob justice

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 29
Chief minister N. Biren Singh called on the people to end the culture of mob justice and allow the judiciary to deliver justice.
The chief minister was delivering the chief guest’s speech on the 100 days achievement cum One Day Mega Event Awareness Programme on various Workers’ Welfare Schemes today at Iboyaima Sumang Leela Sanglen.
The function was organised by the department of labour and Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board.
Biren said that labour card holder will get the benefits of old age pension after they reach 60 years of age and other special schemes for their family such as education scholarship for their children, financial assistance during any sickness etc.
The new government is pro-people and not for the benefits of their political party so priorities will be given to works which will bring welfare for the citizen, said the chief minister.
He asked the bureaucrat officers of every department to work sincerely, responsibly and to monitor the works taken up by their departments in order to make all the newly launched schemes sustainable.
“If any officer or official are found to be irresponsible, the government will take appropriate action against the person,” the chief minister warned.
Biren added that the government under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is working very hard to uplift the poor and bring all the people to an equal class.
He asked the people of the state to take the benefits from the schemes launched in the 100 days programme for their welfare.
The president of the function, deputy chief minister, Y. Joykumar said that the previous government was a total failure when assessed on the basis of policies relatedto welfare of the public.
The new government is taking up many projects and developmental works as it is concerned with each section of the society starting from the needy ones, he added.
Joykumar asked the labourers to stop the habit of going slow in their work after getting paid.
During the function the chief minister launched smart labour card, official website of the labour department and two ambulances for the labourers in case of any medical emergency.
Moreover, 120 sewing machines, 200 school bags and 50 cycles were distributed to the labourers.
The function was attended by labour and employment minister Th. Radheshyam as guest of hounour and officials.
In another function chief minister N. Biren said that the State government would not slow down the pace of taking developmental activities even after the accomplishment of the tasks included in 100 days programme.
He was speaking at the inaugural function of Santhei Natural Park at Andro today.
Stating that BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav will arrive at the State capital tomorrow, N Biren said that in consultation with the Central leader, State government would announce the list of works to be completed in the coming one year soon.
He also announced that considering the park’s potential for attracting foreign and domestic tourists, the government would construct a ring pathway of the park soon.
Moreover, efforts would be made to add more infrastructures to the park as wished by the people of the area, he added.
In his speech, Works and IPR minister Th. Biswajit stressed on the need to be prepared for the Act East Policy.
Stating that the State has many caves, the minister opined that these caves can be developed as major tourists destinations with the technical know-how and help from China.
He said that he had discussed with Chinese officials on bilateral co-operation on many fields during his recent visit to China.
Among others Forest and Environment minister Th. Shyamkumar, parliamentary secretaries Dr S. Ranjan, L. Susindro, Kumbi A/C MLA S. Bira, secretary (Tourism) N. Ashok Kumar, advisor to CM Rajat Sethi and high ranking civil and police officials also attended the function.
Santhei Natural Park is an outcome of the Andro villagers’ zeal for the conservation of nature and its rational utilisation. An artificial dam has been routed making it enchantingly beautiful and serving as water body cum source of public utility.
Infrastructure development of the park is funded by North Eastern Council (NEC) in 2013-14. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 478.00 lakhs out of which 90 per cent was borne by North Eastern Council (NEC) and 10 per cent as State matching share.

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Friday, 30 June 2017 00:00

Hep-C cases in state alarming

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 29
Till now Community Network for Empowerment (CoNE ) screened 1678 people for Hepatitis C since 2014 , out of that 788 people were found positive, said R.K. Nalinikanta programme manager HCV Drug Affordability Project CoNE during a media consultation workshop on Hep-C.
The chronic Hep-C disease has been on the rise in the state. The diagnostics cost of Hep-C  is now free as it is under free diagnostic scheme  recently  initiated by the state government but the cost of medication remains high, said Nalinikanta while presenting “Overview of Hep-C, Manipur perspective” during the session.
He said many of the patients are unaware of what they are suffering from due to lack of awareness at the ground level. And those who are diagnosed with viral Hep-C are being stigmatised by the society. Therefore they often hide their status and do not come forward.
“In a recent camp held at Churachandpur district, 53 per cent of the people were examined and surprisingly 49 per cent was found positive. This is a serious alarm to raise response against the disease,” said Nalinikanta.
Giten Khwairakpam, community and policy project manager TREAT Asia, Bangkok presented “Global and regional perspective on Hep-C screening and treatment” in the session.
Giten said globally 71 million people live with this chronic disease and out of that only five per cent are conscious about the disease. In India eight million people are infected by the disease.
Stating that now the disease can be treated within three months he appealed to people to have timely test and start medication promptly. A new medication called Direct Acting Antivirals DAAs has cured the disease in a short duration, he added.
Till now no proper statistics or data can be found in the state due to lack of research and no proper documentation on the epidemic, he added.
The people, who are living with this disease and those who have overcome had shared their experiences during the programme.
Chitra Ahanthem, project coordinator HCV Drug Affordability Project CoNE highlighted the plan of action of the epidemic during the session.

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Friday, 30 June 2017 00:00

16 injured in Saikul road mishap

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KANGPOKPI |June 29
In a road mishap, a passenger jeep plying along Saikul-Sapormeina road met with an accident today near Twichamphai under Saikul sub-division.
The incident happened at around 3:30 pm this afternoon when the ill-fated passenger jeep was heading towards Sapormeina from Saikul Hill town.
Altogether 16 passengers including minors were hurt in the accident and among them few are reportedly in critical condition.
On learning the incident, Kuki Inpi Saikul Gamkai along with KSO Saikul, All Manipur Gorkha Students’ Union and Kanglatongbi Gram Panchayat Pradhan rushed to the spot and help the accident victims. Sapormeina police and 38 Assam Rifles posted at Sapormeina also rushed to the spot and provided first aid.
The CVOs and security personnel transported the injured victims till Sapormeina. They were further taken to Christian Hospital Imphal for medical treatment.
One seriously injured Themneng Tuboi (60) of Saijang has been referred to Raj Medicity for further treatment.
Source said that driver of the ill-fated passenger vehicle lost control of brake and veered off the road.
Circle MLA Yamthong Haokip visited the injured victims at Christian Hospital Imphal and Lunkhohen Haokip, Sadar Hills ADC member also visited injured patients and provided monetary assistance.
KSO Imphal is overseeing injured patients and rendered help in their treatment.
The injured victims have been identified as: Themneng Tuboi (60), wife of Hesei Tuboi of Saijang village, Ngahneiching Tuboi (10), daughter of Nehlun Tuboi of Saijang, Geeta Bora (40), wife of Arjun Bora of Chonjang village, Sangkim Chongloi (18) daughter of Limpao Chongloi of Khomunnom village, Laxman Gautam (54) son of (L) Bhouta Bahadur of Tengkonphai, Dummaya Thapa (56) wife of Bhim Bahadur Thapa of Twinomjang, Tora Bhattarai (28) son of Tomar Bhattarai of Kanglatongbi, Divya Bhattarai (7) daughter of Tora Bhattarai of Kanglatongbi, Pooja Bhattarai (3) daughter  of Tora Bhattarai of Kanglatongbi, Krishna Maya (84), wife of Bhakta Bahadur of Tengkonphai, Lamnunhoi Doungel (12) daughter of Thangjalen Doungel of Molkon, Nengboi Khongsai (25) wife of Thathang Khongsai of Chalbung, Thathang Khongsai (28) son of Thatlen Khongsai of Chalbung, Sehngam Singson (50) son of (L) Thangkhohen Singson of Valpabung, Domngaichong Singson (40) wife of Sehngam Singson and Durga Gautam (18) daughter  of Khemnat Gautam of Liklatabi.

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Friday, 30 June 2017 00:00

3 suspended cops remanded

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL June 29
The senior superintendent of police Imphal West, Themthing Ngashangva yesterday suspended three police personnel including a head constable for dereliction of duty during a mob violence in Imphal city yesterday.
The personnel were identified as head constable Md. Anwar, constables Ch. Johnny and Md. Ramijuddin Wangoi police station in Imphal West.
The senior superintendent of police, in his order, issued yesterday said an inquiry is contemplated against the three personnel and during the suspension period they will stay at the Reserve Line of Imphal West district police and they should not leave without permission.
The suspension order does not mention the reason for the suspension. However, police sources said they were suspended for not preventing a mob attacking two suspected motor thieves along Thangal Bazar, near Khoyathong yesterday afternoon.
The chief minister N. Biren Singh uploaded a video clip of the mob attack from his Facebook account saying that he had suspended three police personnel for “supporting mob justice and initiated legal action against the mob leaders.” The video clip shows people kicking and hitting two youths.
The two youths are identified as Md. Rakib Ali (19) son of Md. Nasir Khan of Lilong Haoreibi Makha and Md. Anish (20) son of Md. Halal of Leihaokhong. Lilong.
Sarungbam Saratchandra Singh (27) of Thangmeiband Maisnam Leikai yesterday lodged a complaint with the city police station that the two youths tried to  break the lock of his Honda Activa, parked in front of his shop located at Khoyathong road at about 1.50 pm yesterday. They were caught red handed with helps from others. Police arrested the two youths.
The accused were today produced before the court of chief judicial magistrate Imphal West. And they were remanded to police custody for six days.
A report submitted by the police today the court said during preliminary interrogation the two confessed that they came to Imphal to steal two wheelers from the city.
Themthing appealed to the people to prevent mob violence and support the police to bring offenders to book.
A police source said they the police were trying to identify those involved in the mob violence from the video clipping and to arrest them.

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Friday, 30 June 2017 00:00

MU students want AR post removed

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 29
Northeast Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) and Manipur University Students Union (MUSU) staged a silent sit-in protest today demanding removal of the army camp from university campus.
The protest was organised outside Assam Rifles office gate in front of coffee corner of the university.
Speaking to the media, president of MUSU, Buchi Mayanglambam said the silent and peaceful demonstration is being organised nationwide at various NEFIS branches and by student organisation.
He charged that the Centre and state government including authority concerned failed to take necessary steps though repeated demands were raised for shifting the security post from the campus.
He also said, Manipur University is meant of education and it should be free zone as in other universities of the country. MUSU condemned the way the university is being made a militarised zone since 40 years. Many civil society organisations and locality of the surrounding have already demanded removal of the Assam Rifles camp from the campus. But no single step has been taken yet, Buchi charged.
He said a memorandum will be submitted to the centre, state government and the governor on the demand.
Convenor of NEFIS, Manipur, Chinglen Khumukcham said NEFIS strongly condemned the continuation of the Assam Rifles camp in Manipur university campus. NEFIS has been shouting against military presence in the university campus.
In 2015 an extensive signature campaign against “campus militarisation” was organised and it was submitted to the President. Renewing the struggle for demilitarisation of MU campus, NEFIS called an all India protest today at different state units, he added.
Protest demonstrations in different centres like Delhi, Chandigarh, Guwahati, Bangalore, Dehradun and Gwalior were organised.
Chinglen said if necessary action is not taken at the earliest further democratic form of agitation will continue.
The protestors held placards stating “stop destroying our academic freedom! Demilitarisation MU campus”, “restore our democratic space, demilitarisation MU campus”, “immediately remove army camp from MU campus”, “do not make us feel like we are entering battle field”, “go back Assam Rifles” said.

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IMPHAL | June 29
The proscribed UNLF has expressed their condolence over the loss of their long time vice-chairman, Ayekpam Wangpa alias Tomba who had passed away yesterday morning after battling a protracted health problem.
 A release said members of the outfit’s central committee, its cadres and officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers are grief struck by the death of their beloved mentor and share the loss with the bereaved family members of the departed.
Outlining the life of Ayekpam Wangpa, the release said he was the son of (L) Ayekpam Gourachand and (L) Ayekpam Ongbi Chaobi, of Naoremthong Laishram Leirak.  He joined that party in 1975 as member and worked in Manipur as well as abroad in organising various activities of the party.
In 1981, he went to United Base Area, the council headquarters of NSCN situated at eastern Nagaland as the member of a goodwill team consisting of 11 people. He lived there amongst the common Naga people for a long time and struggled to establish a revolutionary way forward for the oppressed, minority communities of WSEA, it said.
He went to kachinland in 1985, and was captured while working in Manipur, in 1986. After coming out of Jail, he was appointed as CHQ secretary in 1989 and returned to Nagaland. In the December of 1991, he became Manipur People Army’s chief of army and was appointed as associate member of the central committee, it added.
Further the recalling his noble deeds, said during the Naga- kuki ethnic war, he took a major part in MPA’s intervention to stop the bloodshed and helped protecting many villages from violence.
He had translated books about the life of Zhuge Liang, Chinese ruler and war strategist, as well as the Red book of Mao-Tse Tung. As the COAS, he had helped build many task forces, battalions in various areas of Manipur and made the party able to launch successful attacks against IOF, maintained the statement.
He was captured, and went to Jail again in 1995. After being released in 1997, he joined the party again and became the vice chairman of the central committee in 2014. He retired from the position of COAS, MPA due to health issues, it said.
The release continued Ayekpam Wangpa was a talented painter, and was fond of music. He had written more than 200 songs, and composed many of them into popular tunes of the outfit including “Eikhoi Laanmeeni, Manipur Meeyamg Laanmeeni” of MPA, it added.

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Friday, 30 June 2017 00:00

Rising crimes worry youth forum

IMPHAL | June 29
Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) has regretted to observe the series of killing, kidnapping, missing, attempt to murder, etc, which have been continuing since January 2017.
A release signed by YFPHR president, T. Nomita said that killings have increased in the month of June namely, the case of killing of Aribam Shanti at Moreh, dead body of decomposed body was found on 8th at Chingningkhunk, dead of Romeo, resident of Khamasom Khullen under Ukhrul police station on 14th, Uripok twin murder, dead body of Lourembam Sanatomba alias Papak (35) son of Biramangol of Haobam Marak Lourembam Leikai was found in a community pond opposite to Manipur college on 17th, dead body of Huidrom Jiten (40) was found at Wabagai Tera Pishak market shed on 17th, dead  body of Khanglembam Thomas (20) was found at Lilong, dead body Khundrakpam Bimola (54) was found at Thoubal River on 26th, killing of Letkholal alias Palal Haokip on 23rd, dead body of a woman was found near Tiny Tots’ school on 23rd, dead body of T Angsorr (36) was found under the jurisdiction of Machi police station, dead body of a girl found at Lilong on 28th morning, dead of lady shot by her husband at Kwakta, etc, along with the cases of murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, threats, etc.
It further said that, “More than 280 series of killings and other crimes have been recorded excluding the month of June since the January, we fear that these cases have been carried out systematically or an organised crime”.
“These series of killing draws the attention of the Forum to communicate immediately with the United Nations Human Rights Council, its Special Procedures at Geneva to communicate with the Government of India with regard to the incompetent governance to protect the rights of the civilians specially women and children in the state of Manipur”, it maintained.
The forum will further write to the Asian Human Rights Commission for their intervention to bring back normalcy in the state of Manipur, it said.
YFPHR has appealed the killers and masterminds behind it to stop these killings immediately and the government to assign special team to investigate, book and punish the perpetrators according to the rule of law and warned the game makers to stop community disharmony in the state immediately, it concluded.

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IMPHAL | June 29
Textiles, commerce and industry minister Th. Biswajit assured to export cotton and synthetic yarn to the other parts of the country by 2020. He also stated that as a pilot project on cotton plant will be started at Moreh and Jiribam.
He was speaking at the launching function of Handloom and Handicrafts Delivery Scheme under 100 days programme of the government held today at Manipur Film Development Society, Palace Gate, Imphal. The function was jointly organised by department of textiles, commerce & industry and directorate of handloom & textiles.
Biswajit asserted that there are 2.04 lakhs weavers and 1.9 lakhs loom owner in our state, which is the highest in the country. As our handloom and handicraft product showcase our culture and tradition, we need to promote and preserve our weavers and artisans, he added.
The main target of the industry department is to generate employment for 25000 youth. The minister said that paper work is almost finished for reviving the spinning mill at Loitang Khunou. It is the only spinning mill in the entire Northeast for cotton yarning.
Minister announced that keeping in mind about the welfare of the weavers and artisans, home delivery of raw materials for handloom and handicrafts is being launched. The scheme aims to enhance the income and productivity of the weavers. As the department is going to deliver raw materials at their doorstep, the weavers and artisans will be able to save their time and money, he said adding at the same time the government will also buy their finished products.
Altogether 1612 weavers and artisans have been registered under this scheme. Weavers, who are yet to register themselves, can still register their names by providing their contact number and Aadhar card.
In connection with the function, solar home lighting systems were also distributed to weavers.
Biswajit said that they are distributing solar lamps for the weavers under the funding of ministry of energy and renewable resources with an aim to increase their profit and reduce their expenditure. For the first phase 7078 beneficiaries will receive solar lamps.
The minister also warned of stern action against anyone found involved in any irregularities during the process of awarding PMEGP loan. Officials found taking bribe will be strongly dealt with, while the names of those applications found giving bribe will be cancelled, he pointed out.
Chairman of Manipur Handloom & Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited, S. Rajen Singh, parliamentary secretary (Finance) Thokchom Satyabrata Singh, parliamentary secretary (MAHUD) N. Indrajit Singh, officials of textiles, commerce & industry department, handloom & textiles, weavers and artisans also attended the function.

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IMPHAL | June 29
Textiles, commerce and industry minister Th. Biswajit assured to export cotton and synthetic yarn to the other parts of the country by 2020. He also stated that as a pilot project on cotton plant will be started at Moreh and Jiribam.
He was speaking at the launching function of Handloom and Handicrafts Delivery Scheme under 100 days programme of the government held today at Manipur Film Development Society, Palace Gate, Imphal. The function was jointly organised by department of textiles, commerce & industry and directorate of handloom & textiles.
Biswajit asserted that there are 2.04 lakhs weavers and 1.9 lakhs loom owner in our state, which is the highest in the country. As our handloom and handicraft product showcase our culture and tradition, we need to promote and preserve our weavers and artisans, he added.
The main target of the industry department is to generate employment for 25000 youth. The minister said that paper work is almost finished for reviving the spinning mill at Loitang Khunou. It is the only spinning mill in the entire Northeast for cotton yarning.
Minister announced that keeping in mind about the welfare of the weavers and artisans, home delivery of raw materials for handloom and handicrafts is being launched. The scheme aims to enhance the income and productivity of the weavers. As the department is going to deliver raw materials at their doorstep, the weavers and artisans will be able to save their time and money, he said adding at the same time the government will also buy their finished products.
Altogether 1612 weavers and artisans have been registered under this scheme. Weavers, who are yet to register themselves, can still register their names by providing their contact number and Aadhar card.
In connection with the function, solar home lighting systems were also distributed to weavers.
Biswajit said that they are distributing solar lamps for the weavers under the funding of ministry of energy and renewable resources with an aim to increase their profit and reduce their expenditure. For the first phase 7078 beneficiaries will receive solar lamps.
The minister also warned of stern action against anyone found involved in any irregularities during the process of awarding PMEGP loan. Officials found taking bribe will be strongly dealt with, while the names of those applications found giving bribe will be cancelled, he pointed out.
Chairman of Manipur Handloom & Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited, S. Rajen Singh, parliamentary secretary (Finance) Thokchom Satyabrata Singh, parliamentary secretary (MAHUD) N. Indrajit Singh, officials of textiles, commerce & industry department, handloom & textiles, weavers and artisans also attended the function.

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Friday, 30 June 2017 00:00

Woman shot dead

BISHNUPUR | June 29
A woman was shot dead by her husband last night at around 11.30 pm at Kwakta Khuman Thongkhong, Ward Number 18 under Moirang police station, Bishnupur district.
The woman has been identified as Sharmila Bibi alias Ibe, (36) daughter of Jalauddin of Kwakta Khuman, Moirang while the husband has been identified as Md Saffijuddin alias Alam, (43) son of (L) Rafijuddin of Sangaiyumpham Cherapur Mathak Leikai, Thoubal district.
Police informed that the woman was shot dead by her husband at her paternal home. He is a former cadre of the banned militant outfit, PULF and currently works as a rifleman in 8 Manipur Rifles.

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