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Saturday, 03 June 2017 05:30

Girls shine, govt schools still in pit

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 3
The much awaited results of the High School Leaving Certificate Examinations 2017 have been declared today with a pass percentage of 66.70 percent.
As has been the trend in the past few years, girls once again outperformed boys.
Also noteworthy is the entry of many new private schools amongst the top performers. Nirmalabas School put up a sterling performance with five in the top 10 followed by St. Joseph’s School Sangaiprou with four.
Conspicuous by its sparse presence among the rank holders this year is Little Flower School, which has been known for holding virtual monopoly of the top ranks in past years.
Government  schools would have been completely blanked out from the list of top 25 rank holders had it not been for K. Pritam Singh, a student of Government Aided Sanatombi High School, Uchiwa, who bagged the 10th position.
The exam results were declared by Education Minister, Th Radheshyam Singh along with Parliamentary Secretary Education, K Robindro and Education Commissioner, Veenet Joshi at the office of the Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BOSEM), Babupara Imphal.
Briefing media persons during the declaration of the results, the Minister congratulated the successful students and urged the students who failed to make it not to be disheartened.
“They (unsuccessful students) need not worry and no need to give up. There is no such thing as failure in life but only lessons to be learnt”, said the Minister.
Even as the results were not up to expectations, he assured that the present Government will leave no stone unturned to improve the situation.
Th Radheshyam informed that his department has identified the areas that needed to be rectified and added that the Government will soon come up with a holistic approach.
The results this time have shown improvement when compared to last year’s result, he said.
The passed percentage of the HSCL examinations 2016 was 65.37.
Altogether 34829 students appeared in the HSLC examination 2017 of which altogether 23,233 students passed the examinations. A total of 34 students were expelled of which 23 were barred from appearing and 11 for impersonation.
Priyanka Moirangthem daughter of M Humeshwar Singh (Father) and RK Raina Devi (mother) of Khongman Moirang Pandit Leikai, Imphal East, a student of Nirmalabas School, topped the exam.
The second spot was secured by Thonaojam Joylity Devi daughter of Th Kumar Singh (Father) and Th Shakhitombi Devi (Mother) of Thoubal Thounaojam, a student of Eureka Academy, Thoubal Thounaojam.
The third position was shared by two students identified as Laishram Librada Singh, son of L Jadumani Singh (Father) and L Kunjarani Devi (Mother) of Yairipok Laishram Leikai of Sacred Heart School, Yairipok and Shaha Minhaz, son Md Alimuddin (Father) and Rashijan (Mother) of Hatta, Imphal East, a student of Tiny Tots’s Unique School, Imphal.
Although boy students have higher pass percentage the girl outshone with maximum of them making it to the topper’s list.
As usual private schools continue to dominate in all the exams with a pass percentage of 74 percent followed by Government aided school with 51.15 percent and Government School with just 45.70 percent.

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Saturday, 03 June 2017 05:30

Suspect in Uripok twin murder case held

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 3
In a significant breakthrough in Uripok twin murder case, police arrested a suspect from Uripok Khumanthem Leikai yesterday.
The suspect is identified as Khongbantabam Hitler Singh, 30, son of Kh Imocha Singh, allegedly ex-boyfriend of late Monica.
Monica who was expecting was found murdered on the evening of May 30 at their Uripok Bachaspati Maning Leikai residence along with her mother Soram (O) Lakhipyari.
The accused was arrested in connection with the case following circumstantial evidence collected from the crime scene pointing to his possible involvement.
The accused was produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Imphal West, L Tonsing, who remanded the accused to police custody for 11 days.
During the appearance before the Judge, the police submitted that a complaint was lodged by Soram Tomba Singh, father of the victim that the accused was seen fleeing from the area on his vehicle on the night of the tragic day.
While further identifying the accused, the complainant alleged that several threats were received from the accused to the family. It is learnt that late Monica who once had affairs with the accused married to another person.
Following the complaint, forensic expert team reportedly examined the vehicle of the accused which was found parked at Lalambung RIMS road and found blood stains on the door knob of Hitler Singh’s car.
Police further revealed that although the accused during preliminary interrogation admitted to have had affairs with Monica but denied his involvement in the crime.
Taking into consideration of the circumstantial evidences, police pleaded the court to grant custodial remand of the accused for 11 days.
Women folks of Uripok staged a sit-in protest demanding capital punishment to the culprit involved in killing Soram (O) Lakhipriyari and her pregnant daughter Irengbam (O) Monica Devi.
The sit-in protest was staged at Uripok Khumanthem Kandebo Leirak Machin and was organised by the People Action Committee against the brutally killing of Soram (O) Lakhipriyari and Irengbam (O) Monica Devi.
Speaking to media persons Uripok Sorbonthingel Meira Paibi Lup president Ebeman Mutum said that they strongly condemn such unwanted action and such action created panic among the general public.
The government should bring out the real murder at the earliest and punish the culprit with death penalty, she added.
Ebeman continued that they will not take the dead bodies until the government fulfils their demands.
The sister of the deceased Soram Lidia speaking emotionally asked the people of the state to support them in finding the killer.

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Saturday, 03 June 2017 05:30

Bandh affects students and poor: Topper

By K Kopham
IMPHAL | June 3
Frequent bandh, blockade and strike force students to leave the state for their further studies said this year’s Board of Secondary Education, Manipur (BOSEM) examination topper, Priyanka Moirangthem.
Talking to the Imphal Free Press in a telephonic interview, Priyanka said, “I could not continue my study in the state after my Class X due to frequent bandh, blockade and strikes in the state.”
She continued that she has already admitted herself at Delhi Public School, Numaligardh in Assam in standard 11. The school’s session had commenced on May 9.
Further Priyanka observed that public use bandh, blockade and strikes as tools to make their demands to the government. But they affect not only the student community but also the poor families who have limited means of earning.
Priyanka is the third daughter of M Humeshwar Singh and Moirangthem (O) RK Raina of Khongman Moirang Pandit Leikai, Imphal East. Father Humeshwar works as an assistant director in the BSNL, North East Circle and mother Raina is a former lecturer of Regional College, Lilong Chajing.
She studied in Nirmalabas School, Imphal since Class 4 and took private tuition only when she reached standard 10.
Apart from her private tuition, Priyanka study at least 3-4 hours every day for the Class 10 examination preparation.
Priyanka dreams to crack the UPSC civil service examination after completing her higher studies. She suggested the younger generations to be focussed till their goals are achieved.  And she also appealed to the parents to support the dreams of their children instead of forcing them into what they (parents) want.  
The topper thanked her parents, teachers and relatives for their relentless support toward achieving her success.

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Saturday, 03 June 2017 05:30

Wants to be a doctor: Second topper

From A Correspondent
KAKCHING | June 3
‘Nobody should underestimate himself/herself and if the goal is set, anything can be achieved with sincere determination’, said the second position holder Thounaojam Joylity in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) Examination 2017.
Thounaojam Joylity is the second among four children of Kumar and Shakhitombi, and she studied at Eureka Academy of Thounaojam, Kakching district.
The student, who scored letter marks in all the six subjects, said that she had been aspiring to become a topper in HSLC examination since she was in Class VII. After becoming a second position holder, her will is more energised and all the credits of her success go to her parents and teachers, she added.
When asked about her future ambition, Joylity said that she wants to become a doctor and serve the people through her profession.

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Saturday, 03 June 2017 05:30

Aiming to be an IAS officer: 3rd topper

By Jeijei Newme & Rakesh
IMPHAL | June 3
Hard work has finally paid off for Md Saha Minhaz who is the third position holder in the HSLC Board 2017 examination scoring 93.5 percent and getting letter marks in Manipuri, English, math, science, social science and computer science.
The second son of advocate Md Alimuddin and Rashijan of Hatta, Saha Minhaz is a hardworking student and gets only first division during his school days.
He was surrounded by his family, friends and relatives to celebrate his success when media persons came to congratulate him for his achievement. He had credited his success to his family for continuous support rendered by them in his studies and his teachers for the guidance.
The student of Tiny Tots Unique School, Dewlahland said that he worked very hard to get to this position and studied 4-5 hours daily besides taking tuitions.
He was actually expecting to be getting second position if not the first but. However, he is content with what he gets and still hopes that he will fare better in future examinations.
His parents proudly said that he had also taken active part in extra-curricular activities and was the winner of state level GK quiz competition when he was in class 8.
The third position holder said that he also loves playing football during his leisure time. He wants to become an IAS officer in the future to be able to serve his people and do away social inequality and corruption.
He will opt for science subject and do his higher secondary education in Imphal itself so that the burden of family is lighter and stay with his parents.
Giving his message to his younger batch, he said that hard work is the only way to success.

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Saturday, 03 June 2017 05:30

A scientist in making

KAKCHING | June 3
The third position holder of HSLC examination under BOSEM, Laishram Librada said that his ultimate aim in life is to become a successful scientist.
Laishram Librada is one of the two third position holders and he is the last among three children of Laishram Jadhumani and Kunjarani of Yairipok Laishram Leikai and his schooling was done in Sacred Heart School, Lai Manai, Yairipok.
In an interaction with the media, Librada said that he achieved his success all because of his, parents, teachers, siblings and friends.
His mother stated that Librada’s father works as a carpenter and her family faces financial hardships, however her son’s requirements in terms of education have always been fulfilled.
Hearing the pleasant news, the candidate of the upcoming Zila Parishad election, Thokchom (o) Chaoba handed over Rs 5000 to Laishram Librada as a token of appreciation.

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IMPHAL | June 3
The North East Dialogue Forum (NEDF) urged both the central and state governments to immediately relocate Indian security force camps from inside and outside the premises of schools, colleges and universities of the state.
Addressing a press meet held today at Manipur Press Club NEDF convenor U Nobokishor said Indian security force camps are located near 75 different schools in the state which causes constant insecurity to the students especially to the girls.
The daily activities of the military from Assam Rifle and other forces in such camps seriously disturb the learning environment of the students of those schools, he added.
Nobokishor said, “occupying or building military camps very close to schools is violation of the Free School Campaign of the United Nations.”
In tactical word the students and schools are used by them as human shield to combat attacks from enemy, he added.
There are numerous reports of killing, torture, disappearance of students below 18 years since AFSPA 1958 was enforced, including disappearance of Sanamacha after arrested by Indian Army and 12 years old Ajay Khan who got brutally tortured and killed by the combined force of Assam Rifle and commando, he continued.
NEDF urged to the Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Education minister Th Radheshyam and all the authority concerned to invite all the security forces stationed in the state for a join meeting to protect the children in schools.
The forum also urged the armed forces of India and the state to respect the constitutional rights of the children for education and mandate the UN Special Rapporteur on Education and Special Rapporteur on promotion and protection of human rights.
Further NEDF urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chief Minister N Biren Singh to establishe Independent Commission to monitor and stop the suspected activities of bomb blasts by Indian military forces by using their own soldiers or hiring someone to commit such actions.

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Our Bureau
IMPHAL | June 3
The main objective for establishing the Industrial Estate is to generate maximum number of employment and to encourage entrepreneurs of the State. Solving the unemployment problem will surely help to restore peace in the State.
This was stated by Commerce and Industries minister Th Biswajit Singh while inspecting the Thoubal Kuraopaokpi Industrial Estate. His tour also included Livelihood Business Incubators in Chandel Districts today.
Biswajit continued the government will open many units of the industrial estate for giving facilities of workshed to the interested entrepreneurs. As a way to save power and also to preserve the eco-system, Roof Top Solar Plate will be installed for Thoubal Kuraopaokpi Industrial Estate.
Most of the programmes being taken up by the government with the help of Centre are for encouraging work culture particularly to the youths of the State, he added.
MLA of Kakching assembly constituency, Y Surchandra, who was with the minister during the inspection divulged that the construction of the industrial estate has already been completed 90 per cent.
The financial involvement of the work is for Rs 21 crores but Rs six crores are yet to be released, and State’s share is only 80 lakhs, he added. The MLA appealed for people’s cooperation for successful and smooth functioning of the Estate.
For workshed of Chandel Salemthar Village Industrial Estate, ground labelling is going on now. As the workshed is being constructing at the hill area, it is not easily accessible to the people and also from the security point of view, shifting of the side of the Estate will be discussed with the Chief Minister and the local MLA, pointed out Biswajit.  
In regards to the Livelihood Business Incubators (LBI), the Central government has approved to open nine LBI centres in Manipur. In the coming days, the State government will arrange for imparting training to the staffs concerned for full functioning of Livelihood Business Incubatrors (LBI)Komlathabi. Such steps of the government will help in restoring peace in the State, the minister added.  
While coming back to Imphal, the minister also inspected the District Industrial Centre (DIC) Thoubal and expressed dismay after seeing the condition of the centre.
In the inspection team, IFCD minister Letpao Haokip, MD, MANIDCO & MFICI, OSD, MSME/EDP/KVI, technical consultant (MFICL), EE (MANIDCO) and supervisor, progress asst. & VIO (MSME) also accompanied Biswajit.

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From A Correspondent  
THOUBAL | June 3
Members of the JAC against the killing of Laitonjam Sanalembi Chanu tried to storm the Kakching police station today demanding stringent punishment of the culprit in the alleged murder case.
There was a mild scuffle between the JAC members which includes the locals of Irengband Hawairou Laibung Leikai, who had turned up in large number shouting slogans and displaying placards.
Meantime, some of the JAC representatives were allowed to meet the high ranking officers of the Kakching police station. The officers reportedly assured the JAC members that action against the alleged culprit in connection with the case is being taken up according to the law.
It may be mentioned that 18-year old L Sanalembi, daughter of L Rohidas was found dead in a pond at Irengband Hawairou Laibung Leikai under Kakching police station March 20 this year.

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Our Bureau
IMPHAL | June 3
Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister, Thounaojam Shyamkumar today said Horticulture & Soil Conservation and Forests & Environment departments will address queries put up by the farmers or villagers within 24 hours without wasting their valuable time.
Th Shyamkumar was speaking as the chief guest at a function where free pineapple suckers were distributed to the farmers of Tamaram village under Keirao Assembly Constituency. He was accompanied by L Rameshwar, parliamentary secretary (IFCD), who is also the MLA of Keirao.
He further said under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Centre and Chief Minister N Biren Singh in the State, various departments mainly Horticulture & Soil Conservation department, will work for promotion of farmers in all the districts.
Further he elaborated the department is planning various welfare programmes for the farmers and guaranteed that more funds will be sanctioned for the promotion of pineapple from next year adding it is also aiming to promote a market for exporting pineapple from the State.   
Shyamkumar expressed his concern over the rapid depleting forest cover of the Tamaram village. He said the government will organise tree plantation in the area in consultation with the local MLA, and urged the local residents to wholeheartedly take part in the plantation drive.
Regarding the calamity faced by the State in the recent time, he said, monetary help will be provided to the locals for the protecting trees to safeguard the environment.
Shyamkumar also urged the locals and farmers of the village to plant other varieties of trees, including Yongchak. He said that the government will plant trees in mass scale in the month of June and July after the end of Manipur Legislative Assembly Session.
The minister also pointed out the government is ready to support the farmers of the entire State, and assured the Tamaram villagers that the developmental works including drinking water facility and construction of community hall will be taken up soon in consultation with the local MLA.

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