IMPHAL | June 4
“Fast track Courts would be set up to tackle the cases related to crimes against women in the State soon,” said Chief Minister N Biren Singh at the inaugural function of a two day State level seminar on “Development Priority of Manipur” held at the Jubilee Hall, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal.
The seminar is organised by Steering Committee, constituted by the Department of Planning, government of Manipur.
Speaking as chief guest, N Biren Singh said that the sole objective of organising such seminar is to discuss the problems and hurdles which affect the development process in the State so that we could bring out a prospective and positive solution to the problems.
Condemning the recent heinous crimes against women, he assured that a fast track court would be set up soon with due permission from the High Court of Manipur.
Addressing another function he said “The court will be set up soon, the process is already on,” said CM, adding that offenders will soon have to reap as they have sown.
The government has taken up for speedy justice for victims of heinous crimes against women and to award befitting punishment to criminals, he said adding that the government highly condemns any act of violence against women and children.
Stating that such platform is first of its kind in the State, he stressed that people from different professions including academicians, entrepreneurs, farmers etc could share and exchange their innovative ideas collectively to bring development and work towards economic stability of the State.
Biren opined that the government would listen to the opinions or recommendations brought forward during this seminar and will do the needful so as to bring inclusive development in the State.
He further said, “To have inclusive development, the “Hill Area Development Programme” would be introduced in Manipur including Assam and Tripura by the Ministry of DONER soon.” Taking firm decision against the drug abuse in the State, Chief Minister said that the government is conducting mass drive against illegal drugs and stringent punishment would be given to the those drug traffickers.
He also said that criticising among each other and without taking any initiative will not bring development in the state.
Biren said people are criticising among each other without trying to suggest the solution.
To enhance income the State Cabinet is also to export local liquor. The government is also trying to solve the problem off fish scarcity. He further said if agricultural production is increased the state needs not to import rice from other states.
Chairman, Steering Committee, Prof N Mohendro Singh said, “A structural change is the need of the hour for beginning a new phase of planning and development in the State.”
Speaker Y Khemchand, minister for Social Welfare and Co-operation Nemcha Kipgen, minister for Tribal and Hill Areas Development, N Kayasii, Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, S Rajen Singh attended the function as president and guests of honour respectively.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 4
An angry mob vandalised the house of Khongbantabam Hitler Singh, 30, son of Kh Imocha Singh at Uripok Khumanthem Leikai here today.
The incident took place after the deputy Chief Minister, Y Joykumar revealed that Hitler confessed that he killed Soram (O) Lakhipriyari and her pregnant daughter Irengbam (O) Monica during police interrogation.
Later at around 3.45 pm an angry mob stormed Hitler’s house and vandalised it.
As police were unable to control the mob, police fired some rounds of tear gas and mock bomb and brought the situation under control.
Hitler was arrested by the police as he was a suspect in the twin murder case, and during his police custody period he admitted that he had killed both mother and daughter.
It may be mentioned that Lakhipriyari and Monica were found murdered in the evening of May 30 at the residence of late Monica’s husband.
In a release Imphal West, Superintendent of Police said that a detailed and thorough investigation was conducted regarding the case and during the interrogation Hitler confessed to have committed the crime.
It also said that significant progress has been made and the investigation of the case is in full swing.
As per the order of the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West Hitler will appear before the court on May 12.
IMPHAL | June 4
Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that people should strive to make organic farming successful in the State. He was speaking at the inauguration function of the administrative block of Central Agricultural University (CAU), Lamphelpat here today.
Citing the demerits and harmful effects of chemical fertilizers, he said that prolonged use of fertilizers and various chemicals for crop cultivation would lead to various diseases and health hazard to the people.
He said that Manipur was once called ‘Sanaleipak Manipur’ because of the peculiarity and exception on the taste of fruits or crops being produced out of its fertile land. He further said that people should utilise the resources available in the State to its fullest extent.
Stating that government aims to give more emphasis on agricultural sector in the State, N Biren continued, “As we have plenty of ground water and good rainy season in the State, the farmers should opt for double cropping instead of sticking to single crop in a year.” He further said that rainwater harvesting facility would be introduced in hill areas soon, so that water can be stored for drinking and irrigation purposes.
Expressing concern on the alarming corruption level in the State, he opined that our society has been spoiled by corruption and collective effort is needed to root out corruption. He assured that the dreams and wishes of the educated youths would not be shattered because of corruption.
He further said, “We should encourage the farmers on the cultivation of black rice because of its demand in outside states.”
Chairman, Pollution Control Board and Khadi and Village Industries, L Radhakishore Singh, parliamentary secretary (MAHUD) N Indrajit Singh, vice-chancellor, CAU, Prof M Premjit Singh, director of Research, CAU, Prof CA Srinivasamurthy, officials and students of CAU attended the function.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 4
In a shocking incident, a man was hacked to death by his elder brother late last night at Mayang Imphal, Imphal West District.
The victim has been identified as Md Firoj Khan, 45, son of late Abdul Gani of Irong Chesaba under Mayang Imphal Police station. The accused has been identified as Md Abdul Latif. Reports said that the incident took place last night around 10 pm.
It is learnt that the brothers had a joint family meeting in the night wherein an argument reportedly broke out between the two brothers.
The heated argument later turned ugly when Md Abdul Latif attacked his brother using a sharp weapon and killed his younger brother.
The victim suffered multiple deep cuts all over his body to the extent that his facial structure was damaged.
Police is yet to recover the weapon used in committing the crime till the filing of this report.
While the accused brother is still at large, a case has been registered by the police station concerned.
The lifeless body of the victim has been deposited at RIMS mortuary for post mortem.
From Our Correspondent
KANGPOKPI | June 4
A massive earth crack occurred this morning at Kalikhola and its adjoining village, around 3 miles from Kangpokpi districts, which is on the verge of a massive landslide that could easily sweep away the entire village.
The district administration represented by SDC (HQ), Kaigoulal Kipgen instantly rushed to the spot at around 6 am this morning along with police and representatives of 38 Assam Rifles led by Major Syed Irfan, to take stock of the situation.
The team evacuated many villagers from the village and immediately set up a temporary relief camp at Goma Devi Government High School at Toribari.
The earth crack caused complete damage to three houses and around 10 more houses at Kalikhola were about of upturn while a paddy field has already been damaged and the area is in a condition to occur massive landslide any time.
PMGSY road connecting Makuli and Kalapahar from Imphal-Tamenglong road was badly damaged and also the pipeline of PHED water reservoirs at Toribari.
Meanwhile, a team of All Manipur Gorkha Students’ Union and ADC Member Sagar Gewali visited Kalikhola village this afternoon at around 4 pm and also met the victims sheltered at the temporary relief camp at Toribari village.
The student body appealed to the state government and authority concerned to address the grievances of the people immediately and urged the district administration to do the needful at the earliest.
According to the one of the victims whose house has been completely damaged by the earth crack, the cracking suddenly occurred in the morning and within a blink of time his house got almost collapsed and he instantly ran outside.
He said the condition now is so bad that it will be too risky to stay in the village as a massive landslide could happen anytime.
Some of the victims at the temporary camp returned back to the village in search of their cattle to bring in the temporary relief camp while some are still busy engaging in evacuating their properties till writing of this report.
Many of the victim’s children were student studying at different schools within Kangpokpi district and they now sheltered at the temporary relief camp at Toribari.
The victims present at the relief camp also urged the state government to immediately look into their grievances and initiate measures for their compensation and rehabilitation at the earliest.
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THOUBAL | June 4
The founder and chairman of KM Blooming Higher Secondary School, Kh Menjor Mangang and the principal of the school, Kh Romenkumar went to the residence of Ningthoujam Rakesh, who stood fifth position in the HSLC examination under BOSEM and extended their appreciation.
Earlier, students of the school had made their marks in becoming position holders in HSLC examination and Ningthoujam Rakesh has again joined in the list.
Ningthoujam Rakesh is the son of Shanta and Basanti of Khangabok Part-3 and his future ambition is to become a doctor and serve the poor.
‘Bandh, blockade and festivals have nothing to do with my study routine and if there is will, there is a way’, stated Ningthoujam Rakesh.
He said that the main credit of his success goes to God, his parents and teachers and further stated that his negligence in Science subject has made him secured only 87 percent. Otherwise he could have been among the top three, he added.
The principal of the school said that Ningthoujam Rakesh never followed the culture of private tuition like other students and his success will teach a lesson to the coming generations.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL| June 4
Chief Minister, N Biren Singh today said his government would bring an end to the excessive use of power by the armed forces in the State. He was addressing a reception programme for newly elected Rajya Sabha MP, Kshetrimayum Bhabananda at Keishampat Thokchom Leikai here today.
“The present government is just three months old and it seeks the support of the people to bring good to the society and bring development in the State,” said the Chief Minister, adding his government is committed to bring a society where each individual can live with pride and dignity.
Pointing out that the issue of corruption can be uprooted only when people will for it as one. Biren urged the people not to let candidates spend huge amount of money during election time so that the system of bribery and corruption can be wiped out automatically.
“After a spin of elections in the last 60 years, nothing has changed but this new government is committed to safeguard the right to life and dignity of the people of the State”, he added.
Biren said that the new government does not pursue for any award or reward but is dedicated for the welfare of the people and to bring some change in the State.
He assured to declare results of pending recruitment examinations for candidates who did not have any lapses during examination procedure.
Appreciating the warm gesture of the organisers and his localities, Bhabananda assured to perform as a responsible MP in Rajya Sabha for the people of the state and for his localities.
Minister for PWD, Power, RD and PR, Commerce and Industries and IPR, Th Biswajit Singh, Minister for Education and Labour and Employment, Th Radheshyam Singh, parliamentary secretary (RD and PR) Heikham Dingo Singh, Ex-MLA Kh Loken Singh and Ex-president, BJP, Manipur, Sh Shantikumar Sharma attended the function.
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KANGPOKPI | June 4
The Kuki Students’ Organisation today lambasted NSCN (IM) over the alleged refugee tag stating that the refugee tag given to Kukis by the latter has always been a conspiracy of the outfit to cheat the Kukis of their ancestral lands.
Paotinthang Lupheng, president of KSO said that the refugee tag is also a part of NSCN (IM) propaganda war against Kukis.
He continued that of the many people that escaped persecution from the totalitarian state of Burma, there were also Kukis from Burma who sought shelter in Kuki villages in India and were given Refugees Relief Funds. But to brand all the Kukis on the pretext of some Kuki refugees from Burma receiving refugee relief fund is ridiculous, he added.
He further said that history stands as witness to the world that the Kuki chiefs were overlords of the ‘Independent Hill Country’, the land stretching from the hill ranges south of Naga Hills in the north, and upper Chindwin and Chin Hills in the east, Chittagong Hill Tracts in the south, and the plains of Sylhet in the west.
He also said that the Kuki people are indigenous people like any other tribes of Manipur and the Kukis of the present day have settled in Manipur from pre-historic periods. From 264 AD to 364 AD, for a period of 100 years the king of Mulpi (Joupi) Kaikholun’s son and King Khoi’s adopted son, Taothingmang reigned as the king of Manipur.
He continued that the Manipuri language called Meiteilon, which is a mixture of Chin-Lushai-Kuki language, is another proof that the Kukis share inalienable history with other communities in Manipur.
The student’s body president also said that all the indigenous people of the land co-existed in peace and harmony and were independent people before the advent of colonialism in this part of the world. The right of sovereignty that the NSCN (IM) espouses is not the only one of its kind. Every independent indigenous people in the region have that unique right of sovereignty and history.
He also said that the NSCN (IM) had committed genocide in its fight for sovereignty, which is a crime against humanity and the outfit has never given any valid reason for ethnic cleansing war against the Kukis in their fight against the government of India.
It is unfortunate that the NSCN (IM) and other unscrupulous elements have made it their job to destroy the history of the Kuki people; however it is waste of time because they may succeed in fooling some ignorant people but not everyone, asserted Paotinthang Lupheng.
IMPHAL | June 4
Minister for Forests and Environment Thounaojam Shyamkumar said the breath-taking Dzuko valley is a beautiful gift of the nature to the State. He stressed on the need for the protection and conservation of the rare Dzukou Lily apart from keeping the valley clean.
He expressed hope that the world can be saved with collective effort.
Shyamkumar, who is also the minister of MAHUD, Town Planning and Horticulture & Soil Conservation, said, God has given us this beautiful earth to live but now nature has started to wage war against the mankind for its misdeeds.
He said nature is showing unnatural phenomenon like heavy hailstones, frequent storms, and sudden change in temperature across the world which reflects the ecological imbalance caused by the continuous exploitation by the mankind.
He was speaking as the chief guest of the flag off ceremony of the “Mission Clean Dzukou” held on the eve of the World Environment Day under the theme “Connecting People with Nature” at the Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA), Minuthong, Imphal. The mission is jointly organised by the MMTA and Nagaland Association for Adventure Mountaineering and Education (NAAME).
All together 64 trekkers left Imphal, they will cover the journey from the Nagaland side. MMTA and NAAME will observe the month of June to clean the Dzukou Valley and take care of the rare lily.
The function was also attended by Meghachandra Kongbam, director DIPR, N Ibungochoubi, president MMTA and Yambem Laba, former president of MMTA.
IMPHAL | June 4
A mother has appealed to the state government to investigate the case of her son’s death, identified as Thingbaijam Ramananda, 23, son of Th Ingoucha of Lamlongei Maning Leikai, Imphal East.
Addressing a press meet today at Manipur Press Club, the deceased’s mother, Th Sanatombi said that though her son died of drinking poison, it is very doubtful that he drank the poison at his own will as per the results obtained from his post mortem report.
As per her knowledge on May 19 her son went out with his girlfriend, she added.
Later in the afternoon at around 5.30 pm the girlfriend called her up from her son’s phone saying that her son had drunk poison and currently hospitalised in Raj Medicity, said Sanatombi.
She continued that on the next day on May 20, officials of Raj Medicity declared that her son was dead.
And on May 21 when post mortem was performed on her son’s body there were bruises in his legs and head, which caused the suspicion that whether he drank poison at his own will or forced by someone, added the deceased’s mother.
Moreover the girlfriend’s family left the hospital just after her son’s death without speaking any word to her family and from that day until today they have not visited her house, continued Sanatombi.