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Saturday, 01 July 2017 00:00

Biren 24×7 chief minister: Ram Madhav

IMPHAL | June 30
Chief minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated DIET building, Imphal East district, which is a part of 100 days programme of the new government, in the presence of BJP leader, Ram Madhav held today at Keikol, Koirengei, Imphal East.
The inauguration ceremony was organised by directorate of State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), government of Manipur.
 Speaking as special guest of the function, Ram Madhav said that the new government was formed not only to reform but to transform Manipur, the land of jewels. He stressed that India is not complete without the rich cultural heritage of Manipur.
Complementing the State government, he said that the achievements made within 100 days are just a beginning and under the leadership of N. Biren Singh, Manipur will have a glorious period in the history of Manipur. Lauding the efforts and commitment of the government, he said that it has done a lot of good work and is committed to achieve milestones of success in the coming years.
He said Biren isa 24×7 chief minister.
Ram madhav, general secretary in-charge of North East attended the function as thinker, author and director of India Foundation.
 He stressed that the present government would be remembered forever by the people of the state for its outstanding performance in such a short period of time. Stating that education is the key to the progress and development of a society, he said that Manipur should strive to achieve 100 percent literacy rate. He further mentioned that just in 100 days, the government has constructed more than 60 school buildings in the State.
Pointing out that the state government is focusing on providing good educational infrastructure to the people, Ram Madhav said the state would also produce teachers with dedication and vision.
 Sharing the achievements of the State government’s first 100 days, Biren urged the people to grasp the benefits from the newly launched welfare schemes or programmes introduced within 100 days of the new BJP-led government.
Highlighting that the government is fully committed to work 24 × 7 for the progress of the state, he stressed that the government will not lose its momentum towards achieving growth and development of the State rather it will be more intensified in the coming days.
 Stating that implementation is the most crucial part of various schemes, Biren said that to have effective implementation of schemes, the officials concerned of different departments should monitor and review the progress and implementation of the schemes or programmes launched.
He further said that in addition to Anti-Corruption Cell, a Grievance Cell would be set up at CM secretariat to address various problems faced by the people.
 Works and commerce and industries minister Th. Biswajit, minister for education, labour and employment Th. Radheshyam Singh, minister for agriculture V. Hangkhanlian, parliamentary secretary (Education) K. Robindro Singh, parliamentary secretary (RD and PR) H. Dingo, principal secretary Vineet Joshi, DC Imphal East Th. Chitra Devi, director education (S) Th. Kirankumar attended the function.
 During the function, the dignitaries released a booklet titled “Achievements in Education Sector in 100 days”.

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IMPHAL | June 30
Senior journalist of Imphal Free Press Aribam Dhananjoy Sharma, popularly known as Paojel Chaoba has been awarded this year’s R.K. Sanatomba Memorial Award for best investigative journalist during a function held today at Konung Hijagang Thangapat Mapal, Imphal.
Ningthemcha ongbi Mangishija of R. K. Sanatomba Memorial Trust distributed the award which is based on best investigative journalism.
Mangishija, Kangujam Sanatomba Meitei and Aribam Brajakumar graced the function as dignitaries.
Kangla Lanpung volume 11 was released during the function.
Speaking on the occasion, Chaoba said media is known as fourth estate and media needs not to be bias in any matter as media. To bring a good and transparent society investigative journalism should be promoted. Due to lack of investigative journalism in the state many government and non-government offices including many organisations are playing dirty behind the screen, he added.
He appreciated R. K. Sanatomba Memorial Trust for organising such award, which will motivate and promote investigative journalism in the state.
The award carries a citation and cash prize of Rs. 20,000.

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IMPHAL June 30
Returning officer of India’s Presidential election rejected the nomination paper of Ibochouba Singh Konthoujam from Manipur because of lack of required supporters for contesting the top election.
The nomination paper was rejected yesterday during the scrutiny along with several other nomination papers on the same ground. Ibochouba is however happy that his nomination paper was not rejected outright when it was filed on June 28.
Though this time he could enter the electoral fray he is hoping to be lucky next time.
Ibochouba also known as I. S. Konthoujam came back to Imphal from Delhi after he did not make it. Ibochouba said he would try again and he will get enough support next time.
According to him, to be a candidate for the Presidential election the support of 100 MPs and MLAs is required. He could not get that figure. Ibochouba, however, declined to reveal the number he got.
Forty-two year old Ibochouba, is a resident of Ningthoukhong in Bishnupur district. He is married and has three children. He runs a school for children belonging to below poverty line families. He organised workshops to provide vocational trainings in the field of embroidery, carpentry, tailoring, handloom and handicraft etc.
Ibochouba says his family lives on running small business and agriculture activities.
The President aspirant had approached three political parties in Manipur – BJP, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party. None of them supported him.
Ibochouba expressed the hope that next time he could get enough support to become a candidate.
Giving reasons for his decision to contest the election Ibochouba said he wants to change the system in India.

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Khelen Thokchom
IMPHAL June 30
One Assam Rifles personnel was killed and two other personnel sustained injuries in a bomb blast at a check post in Ukhrul district early today, official sources said.
The sources said a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) exploded at Ramva check post of 27 Assam Rifles under Sangshak police station in Ukhrul district at 7.30 am today.
The blast took place at the permanent vehicle check post set up by the Assam Rifles along Imphal-Ukhrul.
The deceased personnel is identified as rifleman Biju Sorupuwar of Lathow village North Lakhimpur, Assam. The injured are identified as Havildar Yash Pal of Hajalta village, Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir and rifleman Nihar Ranjan Das of Gopea village, Kendra Para district of Odisha.
The condition of the two injured persons are said to be stable. They are undergoing treatment.
The blast was so powerful that the limbs of the deceased personnel were blown away. One of his severed hand was found atop a tree. There was nothing under the waist, sources said.
No one claimed responsibility for the blast.
Security forces cordoned and searched at the surrounding area after the blast. However, no one was arrested.
This is the second attack on the Assam Rifles this month. On June 15 an Assam Rifles jawan was killed and four others were wounded in a bomb attack on a patrol party at Kasong of Kamjong district, neighbouring to Ukhrul district. The improvised explosive device was exploded while an Assam Rifles team was on foot patrol.
Revolutionary Peoples Front had claimed responsibility for the earlier attack.

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Khelen Thokchom
IMPHAL June 30
One Assam Rifles personnel was killed and two other personnel sustained injuries in a bomb blast at a check post in Ukhrul district early today, official sources said.
The sources said a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) exploded at Ramva check post of 27 Assam Rifles under Sangshak police station in Ukhrul district at 7.30 am today.
The blast took place at the permanent vehicle check post set up by the Assam Rifles along Imphal-Ukhrul.
The deceased personnel is identified as rifleman Biju Sorupuwar of Lathow village North Lakhimpur, Assam. The injured are identified as Havildar Yash Pal of Hajalta village, Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir and rifleman Nihar Ranjan Das of Gopea village, Kendra Para district of Odisha.
The condition of the two injured persons are said to be stable. They are undergoing treatment.
The blast was so powerful that the limbs of the deceased personnel were blown away. One of his severed hand was found atop a tree. There was nothing under the waist, sources said.
No one claimed responsibility for the blast.
Security forces cordoned and searched at the surrounding area after the blast. However, no one was arrested.
This is the second attack on the Assam Rifles this month. On June 15 an Assam Rifles jawan was killed and four others were wounded in a bomb attack on a patrol party at Kasong of Kamjong district, neighbouring to Ukhrul district. The improvised explosive device was exploded while an Assam Rifles team was on foot patrol.
Revolutionary Peoples Front had claimed responsibility for the earlier attack.

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IMPHAL | June 30
The Kuki Student’s Organisation (KSO) today announced that it will enforce an indefinite state-wide general strike from July 4 until the killers of Haokip Student’s Organisation, president, Palal are arrested.
Addressing a press meet today at Kuki Inn, Imphal, KSO president, Paotinthang Lueheng claimed that Palal was shot dead at point blank inside his vehicle (Scorpio), on June 23 at around 7 pm in front of his house at Langol Games Village, Imphal.
“We had submitted a memorandum to the chief minister on June 24 demanding arrests of the killers within 48 hours but has extended 4 days more as requested by the investigating authority. But the deadline ends today,” he said.
Paotinthang said that it has been reported that the investigating authority has already established the identities of two assailants but no arrests can be made.
“This only aggravates the sentiments of the people and civil organisations so it will be better if the government employs more stringent measures to nab the killers”, added the president.
He continued that moreover the patience of the public is waning thin as it has been six days since the murder took place but the killers are not yet arrested.
As Sunday is auspicious day for the Christians and the festival of Kanglen falls on Monday, they have decided to start the indefinite general strike from Tuesday, he said.
The president reiterated that as per the decision of the victim family the dead body of Palal will lay unclaimed until the culprits are arrested and punished.
Paotinthang said that it will be in the best interest of the killers to surrender themselves to the police rather than go into hiding.

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Saturday, 01 July 2017 00:00

State cyclists demand lane

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 30
The Manipur Cycle Club (MCC) appealed to the government to provide lane for the cyclists and pedestrians for their safety.
Addressing a press meet today at Manipur Press Club, Imphal, MCC, former president, B. Deben Sharma said that in the last one week two cyclists died in road accidents due to reckless driving of motor vehicles.
Cyclists in the state is increasing but many parents started to discourage riding bicycle as it becomes unsafe due to the rash driving of motor vehicles, he added.
Moreover, the increasing of vehicles on the road causes at lot of noise and air pollution and even life threat to pedestrians and cyclists, added the former president.
He appealed to the people staying within two kms radius from the centre of the city to use bicycle if possible for transporting to nearby places instead of vehicles. So that it will lessen the chance of traffic jam, accident, air and sound pollution as well as saving money, added Deben.
The former president claimed that the parking of vehicles in the road side of the city area is also one of the factors which give a big obstacles in the movement bicycle and pedestrian.
In the interest of the cyclists and pedestrians he asked the government not to provide parking space on the roadsides in city area.
Deben further appealed to the drivers of motor vehicles to follow the traffic rule and maintained the speed and also to change the negative attitude looking towards cyclists.

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Saturday, 01 July 2017 00:00

Sendra hillock resort inaugurated

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 30
One of state’s noted tourist spots in Bishnupur district, Sendra hillock was inaugurated today by chief minister Nongthombam Biren in the presence of national BJP leader and director of India Foundation, Ram Madhav.
The inauguration was organised by department of tourism as a part of 100 days programme achievement of BJP led government in the state under the leadership of Biren.
Ram Madhav, who was the special guest of the function, addressing the gathering at the tourist resort, he had pointed out the humble beginning story of BJP team before the Assembly election, 2017. With just three-month time, the new state government has been able to achieve what could not be achieved by the previous government in 15 years, he said praising Biren led government.
Manipur has a lot of tourism potential and Loktak Lake is one of many beauties located in the state, he continued. It can become the next Switzerland of the world and for that the government will also try its best and he also urged the locals to work hard and be more hospitable to earn more than Switzerland.
The resort has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 553.72 lakhs with the funds from Union tourism ministry. Components of the project are reception cum administrative block, cottages, security cum drivers’ room, compound fencing with gate,
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restaurant, approach road and pathways.
Biren attending the function as the chief guest, he stated that the government has achieved almost all tasks targeted for 100 days and even plan to slate another list of 255 days. He said that a grievance cell will be opened in his office to attend to calls of people from 10 am to 6 pm. He also welcomed complaints and suggestions and more information about the schemes from the people’s side.
Works minister, Th. Biswajit Singh, advisor to CM, P. Saratchandra, chairman of PDA T. Robindro Singh, parliamentary secretary of PWD Awangbou Newmai and vice-chairman of Manipur Infrastructure Development Agency (MIDA), M. Asnikumar Singh attended the function as presidium members.

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UNLF vice-chaiman Wangpa laid to rest

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 30
The United National Liberation Front (UNLF) performed the last rite of its leader, vice-chairman Wangpa at 4 pm yesterday at the GHQ of MPA in the presence of central committee general secretary, other secretaries, CC members, asst secretaries, directors and staffs, MPA’s COAS, VCAS, GSOs, staff officers, NCOs and armies.
In a release the party said during the programme the party’s flag was hoisted at half mast and the body was drabbed with party flag to show respect to the VC. A two minute silence was observed to mourn the demise.
The general secretary of CC read out the condolence message of the CC. Led by the CC general secretary the gathering paid floral tributes to the revolutionary leader Sir Wangpa.
The last respect was also given to the leader by MPA soldiers by performing reverse arms and paying gun salutes.
Led by UNLF chairman condolence programme was also organised at 291 Unit of the MPA. A two minute silence was observed to mourn the demise. During the programme CC chairman paid rich tributes to Sir Wangpa by recalling his contributions and activities.
Similar programmes were also held at MPA battalions, tactical commands and units within and outside Manipur at the same timing to show respect to the leader. The release said as a mark of respect the party will fly its flag half mast to mourn the demise for seven days.
Manipur Naga Revolutionary Front (MNRF) also condoled the demise of UNLF VC, saying the demise of the leader was unfortunate as it came at a time when external forces are trying to discredit the unique history of Manipur.
In a release the MNRF said Sir Wangpa was not a mere revolutionary leader but a man of true vision who stood the test of time with belief to fight for the sovereignty of Manipur and WESEA region.
The release further said he was one of the pioneer revolutionary leaders who had worked to bring peace and understanding between the Naga and Kuki during the ethnic clash. He was the leader and fighter who had dedicated his whole life for the cause of self-determination of Manipur and the region.
He inspired the young people to fight for national freedom without reservation, it said.
The MNRF and the Naga people of Manipur will remember him with respect. The people of Manipur lost a great leader, a pioneer and a brave fighter. The MNRF prayed that the Almighty will continue to strengthen the UNLF more to follow the footsteps of the leader. It shares the grief of the organisation and the family members, the release said.

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Saturday, 01 July 2017 00:00

UNLF vice-chaiman Wangpa laid to rest

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 30
The United National Liberation Front (UNLF) performed the last rite of its leader, vice-chairman Wangpa at 4 pm yesterday at the GHQ of MPA in the presence of central committee general secretary, other secretaries, CC members, asst secretaries, directors and staffs, MPA’s COAS, VCAS, GSOs, staff officers, NCOs and armies.
In a release the party said during the programme the party’s flag was hoisted at half mast and the body was drabbed with party flag to show respect to the VC. A two minute silence was observed to mourn the demise.
The general secretary of CC read out the condolence message of the CC. Led by the CC general secretary the gathering paid floral tributes to the revolutionary leader Sir Wangpa.
The last respect was also given to the leader by MPA soldiers by performing reverse arms and paying gun salutes.
Led by UNLF chairman condolence programme was also organised at 291 Unit of the MPA. A two minute silence was observed to mourn the demise. During the programme CC chairman paid rich tributes to Sir Wangpa by recalling his contributions and activities.
Similar programmes were also held at MPA battalions, tactical commands and units within and outside Manipur at the same timing to show respect to the leader. The release said as a mark of respect the party will fly its flag half mast to mourn the demise for seven days.
Manipur Naga Revolutionary Front (MNRF) also condoled the demise of UNLF VC, saying the demise of the leader was unfortunate as it came at a time when external forces are trying to discredit the unique history of Manipur.
In a release the MNRF said Sir Wangpa was not a mere revolutionary leader but a man of true vision who stood the test of time with belief to fight for the sovereignty of Manipur and WESEA region.
The release further said he was one of the pioneer revolutionary leaders who had worked to bring peace and understanding between the Naga and Kuki during the ethnic clash. He was the leader and fighter who had dedicated his whole life for the cause of self-determination of Manipur and the region.
He inspired the young people to fight for national freedom without reservation, it said.
The MNRF and the Naga people of Manipur will remember him with respect. The people of Manipur lost a great leader, a pioneer and a brave fighter. The MNRF prayed that the Almighty will continue to strengthen the UNLF more to follow the footsteps of the leader. It shares the grief of the organisation and the family members, the release said.

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