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CHURACHANDPUR | June 7
The district police today seized another consignment of tobacco products at New Bazar area of Teddim Road, around 12:30 pm lead by M Kumarjit Singh, Addl SP (Ops), under the instruction of the district administration from the possession of one Karnlesh Prasad Gupta, 42.
The products were seized from him at New Bazar area, in the presence of Food Safety and Standards Enforcement Wing officials.
The Particlulars of seized articles today include: Baba Black 50g (24 Units X 2 Cartons), Balmiki 10g Pouch (56 Boxes), Signal Pouch (4Bags/60 Pouch), Savera 350g (27 Pieces/Carton X 9 Cartons), Savera Small (3 Cartons; 20 Boxes: 10 Pieces/Box), Signal (2 Big White Cartons 40 Box/Carton, '1 Box; 10 pieces), Nevla Tobacco (3 Bags), Talab PM-Ol (1 Bag) which are estimated to be worth more than Rs 6 Lakhs in the market.
Late in the afternoon the seized items were displayed at the district police station in the presence of the SP Rajesh Balwal and Shyam Lal Poonia and other police officers apart from Food Safety Officer.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 7
Manipur chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh has today constituted an inquiry committee to probe supply of poor quality belts to the state police department.
Addressing a press conference this evening the chief minister displayed before media persons the poor quality belts supplied to the police department. The chief minister did not find it difficult to tear the belts.
The inquiry committee will he headed by Dr Suhel Akhtar IAS, Additional Chief Secretary with R Sudhan IAS, Special Secretary and Dr S. Ibocha Singh IPS, IGP (Administration) as members.
The committee is given one month time to submit their report.
Biren Singh said the supplier has been black listed and the godown of the supply agency identified as M/S Abdul Gani Khan has been sealed.
Biren further said on receipt of reports about supply of poor quality materials particularly belts in police department after the issue was circulated in social media, he directed the Monitoring Cell of the state government to inspect the central stores of the police department located inside 1 st Manipur Rifles campus and the district store located in the office complex of Imphal West Superintendent of Police.
It has been reported that the additional chief secretary (home) Suresh Babu and director general of police L. M. Khaute along with two members of the Monitoring Cell conducted verification of the stocks and collected various items including belts.
“The team felt that there is need for further detailed enquiry as the belts supplied are of poor quality and inferior to the samples produced at the time of tender,” the chief minister said.
On further enquiry, the police headquarters ascertained that the supply was made during the year 2013-14.
Subsequently, Biren Singh personally visited the stores along with the additional chief secretary (home) and the police chief.
Maintaining that his government takes the matter very seriously, Biren said that an enquiry was ordered into the quality and quantity of various items procured to find out people responsible for the lapses, if any.
The Chief Minister said government will take befitting action anyone found guilty in the scam.
He said at a time when the government is trying its best to boost the morale of the law enforcing agency forces, who are selflessly discharging their duty in order to safeguard the public, the finding is disturbing.
The Chief Minister further warned that his government will not tolerate any irregularities in any of the departments particularly law enforcing ones which is considered as a special category.
Condolence: Biren Singh has deeply condoled Major David Manlun’s death in a gunfight with militants in Mon district of Nagaland yesterday.
Major David Manlun was an officer of 164 Brigade of the Territorial Army. Although, he originally hailed from Churachandpur district, he had settled with his family in Shillong.
The tragic incident took place when a security team led by Major David Manlun went to interior Lappa village in Mon district of Nagaland after receiving specific information about the presence of militants there.
In his condolence message, the Chief Minister said, “We are proud of the valour of Major David Manlun. He was martyred for the country fighting with militants and his sacrifice will not go in vain.”
Expressing grief over the demise, Biren said that the entire State and country share the sorrow of Major David’s family, friends and colleagues.
We know very little of the facts behind the raids by the Income Tax Department and Enforcement Directorate at various office premises of one of India’s most respected television channels, NDTV, but the forebodings seem dark. Perhaps it is pure coincidence, but these raids come immediately after an ill-mannered spokesperson of the BJP was shown his place by a well-respected anchor of the channel in a discussion on beef ban and the repercussion this was already having in the Northeast, in particular Meghalaya, where one prominent politician belonging to the local BJP unit had resigned protesting the Central government’s move. Since the discussion was on a very public forum, most will remember the details of what happened during it. When queried about the party’s stance on the matter, the BJP spokesperson shot back in indignation charging the channel of pushing an agenda. Whereupon, the anchor asked the spokesperson to leave at his pleasure if he was so offended for being asked questions, but to not make himself a nuisance by levelling unsubstantiated charges of the channel being driven by any personal agenda. We do hope the raids at NDTV were not prompted by this unseemly episode, and have reasons grave enough to deserve such public humiliation of a very respected organization and equally respectable founder owners.
In the past few years, there have been many reports of the NDTV’s financial trouble, not only because of very stiff competitions in the field of broadcast journalism, but also because of the advent of digital multimedia medium which has been bleeding traditional advertisement bases of television as well as print media. There were even rumours that the NDTV was selling out like so many of its peers including another formidable channel, the IBN-18 group to which CNN-IBN belonged. It had seemed for some time now that rich traditional media houses, such as The Times of India and India Today which had also entered the broadcast journalism arena were the only ones which would be able to hold out and transition into the next era determined by digital multi-media advances because of their deep pockets, but unlike many other channels, NDTV was holding out bravely against these odds, and surviving. We now know the extent of the hardship they have been in and how courageously they have been facing it. From reports, the current raids seem to be almost solely on the basis of a complaint by a stock broker and former consultant of the NDTV that the latter in connivance of a private bank, got Rs. 48 crore worth interest on a Rs. 375 crore written off wrongfully. As to how wrong this is a matter of the law to decide, but opinions are banks, especially private ones, are entitled to do so if it helped recover the principles of their various lendings. Moreover, many have pointed out there are numerous other business people of very dubious integrity, but very close to the ruling establishment who are known to have defaulted loans worth several thousand crore rupees. Before these businessmen, NDTV’s loan sounds like piggy bank savings, and moreover, if reports are to be believed, NDTV paid up the major bulk of the loan, and according in NDTV’s own statement, all of the loan amount. However, unlike NDTV, the others have seen no raids on them yet.
We would not like to be too judgmental just as yet, for we have not seen the documents related to these allegations, and we are also are no competent authority on the legality of bank interest waivers etc. We do however know that even on much smaller loans by individuals in the state, banks have often as part of a larger loan recovery policy, resorted to writing off parts of loans, or interests on them, in the hope of getting back at least something from bad loans. We do hope all the truths in the NDTV case are laid bare before the public soon. Nobody is above the law, not the least the media, but the law must not become an instrument to harass known law abiding citizens. NDTV is no ordinary institution either. It has been one of the most prominent and important advocates for free speech and social justice, giving the media in this country its foundation as well as reputation as an important pillar of democracy. If at the end of the current raids and investigations, the NDTV is found to have acquired illegal gains using its clout as a pioneer of broadcast journalism in the country, and a professional media house of awesome calibre, it would be such a let-down for the media as a whole in the entire country. If on the other hand, the charges turn out to be flimsy and motivated by witch-hunting bullying instinct of the powers that be, it would indeed be a very dark foreboding of the future of democracy in this country. All in all, it is a no win situation for the media in the country – a ridiculous situation of “head you win, tail we lose.”
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Jun 7
UM motorcycles may dominate many road bikes of the state said Khoirom Loyalakpa as chief guest during the inaugural function of Kanglasha UM in Imphal today.
Speaking on the occasion, Khoirom Loyalakpa said Manipur is an underdeveloped state as compare with other states. But with the increasing number of entrepreneurship, the state may join the race of revolution.
Adding that, with the increasing number of four wheelers traffic jams happen most of the time, but with the launching of many two wheelers like UM motors people could motivate riding of two wheelers. This might help in reducing the traffic jams, Loyalakpa added.
For the new generation launching of UM motorcycles by Kanglasha UM will be a great opportunity, he said.
On the occasion, Raheev Mishra, CEO, UM Lohia two wheelers private limited said, the opening of dealership in Imphal is in line with the vision to have Presence Across Nation (PAN) India presence by the end of this year.
From Our Correspondent
UKHRUL | June 7
Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (TKS) the apex body of Tangkhul student's union will go for election on June 9 at Ukhrul headquarters.
Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong was formed in June, 15, 1932 with its motto "For the people". Today the Saklong has 267 federating units/villages.
AS Rangam of Chatric Khullen and Leiyolan Vashum of Talui are the two presidential candidates.
AS Rangam of Chatric Khullen is a young dynamic student activist. He did his graduation from Sankardev College, Shillong (NEHU) in 2003 and Bachelor of Law from Gauhati University in 2010.
Leiyolan Vashum of Talui is the former general secretary of Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong. He did his Higher Secondary from Patkai Christian College, Dimapur in 2002, Bachelor of Information Systems and Management from University of Madras in 2005 and Master in Public Affairs from University of Madras in 2012. His past experience with the Saklong could be one reason for the federating units to support him.
Shimsaphang A Shimray from Marou is the lone candidate for the post of TKS vice president and will be elected unopposed.
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KANGPOKPI |June 7
All Manipur Gorkha Students' Union SPGT Unit successfully conducted Inter Unit Gorkha dance competition at Saraswati Upper Primary School, Prasain Basti.
Laxmi Prasad Khatiwoda, chairman, Prasain areas, L B Adhikari, president AMGSU and Maj Prakul Peter of 38 AR were the presidium members during the function.
Speaking at the occasion, Maj Prakul Peter said that students play a vital role in moulding the society and nation and encouraged students and youths to work with great sincerity.
Altogether, 8 groups of contestants took part in the competition while Priya Phuyel team won first prize, Tokpa Youth Club and Sarita Shankar team won the second and third prize respectively.
IMPHAL | June 7
The World Environment Day was celebrated with students of Noney area yesterday by troops of Noney Battalion along with local school students. They planted 300 tree saplings in the battalion headquarter as a part of extensive plantation drive.
A release said all ranks of the battalion and students participated in this noble cause with full enthusiasm. The motive behind organising the drive was to educate troops and the students in regards to the harmful effects of deforestation which lead to soil erosion and further to global warming, it said.
The school principal and teachers offered a vote of thanks and conveyed their sincerest of gratitude on behalf of the students to Head Hunters Battalion, it added.
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KANGPOKPI |June 7
The Thadou Youth Association today conveyed its warmest congratulations to all the successful candidates of HSLC examinations 2017.
Ph Vahgunnei Singsit, secretary education, Thadou Youth Association, central executive committee lauded the successful HSLC candidate. She also wished the students to continue excellingh in the coming days and the best for their future while motivating the all the unsuccessful candidates, to never lose hope stating that there is always a next time and it will definitely be for them.
IMPHAL | June 7
The 5-day photo exhibition organised by the Directorate of Advertising & Visual Publicity (DAVP), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on the theme, "Sath Hai Vishwas Hai Ho Raha Vikas Hai" kicked off today at Phoijing, Konthoujam, Imphal West.
Speaking as the chief guest, Ksh Bhabananda expressed the photo exhibition may be treated as 3 years progress report of the Central government in which the public can witness what the government has done and what can be done further.
He appraised the decision making power of Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India and his innovative ideas to led administrative changes and improvement to fight against the problems of terrorism and corruption.
With the new government there is a paradigm shift from VIP culture to every person is important (EPI) and small reforms should be made where able possible to bring transformation in the country said the MP.
He also expressed the importance of successful implementation process rather than just giving subsidies and made an assurance that the incumbent Chief Minister of Manipur will bring a big change in the state with his bold decision making process.
Highlighting on the main theme of the exhibition "Sath Hai Vishwas Ho Raha Vikas Hai", Meghachandra Kongbam said that the exhibition is a kind of mela showing the achievements of the Central government within a time period of 3 years. He applauded the government for going together with the public by staying away from the VIP culture.
He further stated that the government has been making various policies and schemes for the welfare of the citizens in hills and remote areas for the overall development of the country.
He also advised the students about the importance of the photos displaying the details of schemes for gaining knowledge for civil services examination.
Delivering the welcome address to the gathering, Loitam Premlata said that the Central government has launched around 105 schemes till March; however some schemes are yet to be implemented in Manipur.
She also stated that the main objective of the photo-exhibition is to give awareness to the beneficiaries about the utility of various schemes of the government.
Dilip Mayengbam stated that development is near for India with all the important welfare schemes of the central government and there has been a big shift in the status of the country in international level since 2014 with the new government at the centre. India has now become a priority country for developed countries to become an ally, he added.
MP, Rajya Sabha, Ksh Bhabananda, Station Director in-charge, AIR, Imphal, Dilip Mayengbam, IPR director, Meghachandra Kongbam and MCO, PIB Imphal, Loitam Premlata Devi attended the inaugural function as chief guest, president and guests of honour respectively.
News Editor AIR, Imphal, Aribam Ibomcha Sharma, IIS and many school students also participated in the event.
IMPHAL | June 7
Art & Culture Minister L Jayantakumar Singh has said that the indigenous form of art and culture of the state should not only be protected but also necessary to be preserved.
Attending as chief guest at the inaugural function of a 3-day Kanglei Haraoba cum Lai Haraoba Festival at government dance college, Palace Compound Imphal today Minister expressed his concern about the changing trend of art and cultural activities in the state.
Organising such festival will give an opportunity to the students of the Government Dance College to show their talents, he added.
He also expressed his desire to organise this Lai Haraoba Festival in a more organised grandly next year with the participation of Chief Minister and other dignitaries.
Minister sought people’s participation and cooperation to promote our indigenous form of art and culture. He also wished that organising such festival brings peace and integrity in the state.
Attending the function as President retired Art & Culture Commissioner RK Nimai said that we need to maintain the correct form of Lai Haraoba which have been in practice since past many years.
Later, different cultural activities were also performed by the students of the college.
The festival was organised by Government Dance College under the aegis of Department of Art & Culture, Government of Manipur.