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IMPHAL | June 8
The State government has constituted five special investigation teams (SIT) to find out certain discrepancies regarding recruitment process conducted by the previous Congress government.
The former government had conducted a massive recruitment drive in various departments in 2016-17. The government absorbed many employees in its payroll.
The recruitment drives continued just before the state Assembly election in March attracting the attention of the Election Commission of India after the Chief Electoral Officer VK Dewangan pointed out that appointment letters were given even after the election code of conduct came into force on January 4 last. The complaint pertained to many government departments.
In this regard, recruitments held in 15 departments are under the scanner and will be investigated by the five investigation teams.
Government order issued today said Suhel Akhtar, IAS, will be chairman of SIT-I and assisted by Rangitabali Waikhom, MCS, and MPS Joyce Lairemmawi to investigate recruitment process in Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution, Economic and Statistics, Education-Schools.
SIT-2 will be headed by IAS, MH Khan and assisted by MCS Yumnam Robita and MPS Lenin Lamabam for investigating departments of Forest and Revenue, FD/Treasury, GAD. It is observed that a certain member of the SIT was also third member of the recruitment process held for GAD back then.
The SIT-3 will be headed by IAS, Letkhogin Haokip and assisted by MCS Nivedita and MPS Manjit Singh to investigate Health and Family Welfare, Higher and Technical Education and Home department.
SIT-4 will be headed by IAS, T Panmei and assisted by MCS Somorjit Salam, MPS Sarda Laishram to investigate IT, Minor Irrigation and PWD.
SIT-5 will be headed by IAS, H Deleep and assisted by MCS Rachel Guite and MPS Dhanapyari to investigate Revenue, RD & PR, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry.
The investigating teams have been ordered to inquire into the alleged irregularities in the recruitments held in 2016-2017 including verifying the period of imposition of model code of conduct and the appointments made.
The reports have to be submitted within 10 days from today and all documents have to be provided by the concerned head of departments by tomorrow.
The constitution of five SITs followed setting up of another inquiry committee to probe supply of substandard police belt yesterday.

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Rs 20 lakhs announced for each districts
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KANGPOKPI |June 8
The earth fissure at Kalikhola area under Tadubi AC in Kangpokpi district was visited today by MH Khan, principal secretary, Relief and Disaster Management, government of Manipur and evaluated the situation along with chief conservator of Forest and IFCD officials.
He was accompanied by district administration Kangpokpi team including deputy commissioner, T Ranjit Singh, SDC Kaigoulal Kipgen, DFO Kangpokpi Vinod Kumar and officials and staffs.
The teams also visited the affected victims sheltered at temporary relief camp at Goma Devi High School, Toribari and attended their grievances.
Speaking to the media, MH Khan said the earth fissure at Kalikhola area is very unfortunate as it has damaged lots of houses and properties apart from destabilising the a vast land including road, bridge and retaining walls constructed along the PMGSY road connecting IT Road and Kalapahar.
He said that the two water bodies that were formed yesterday owing to the continuous widening of the earth fissure and landslide have become a threat. He pointed out that the two water bodies should be flushed at any cost for which he instructed the IFC department to initiate immediate measures from tomorrow.
Further he also lauded the district administration Kangpokpi and 38 Assam Rifles, Kangpokpi post for their commendable works stating that they have rendered all possible help since the first day apart from providing essential commodities to the victims.
He said the all the damages owing to the earth fissure are being assessed on the part of the government and the DC will submit the report by June 12. The same report will be submitted to the government of India as it will provide necessary compensation for the damages.
He further said that I have instructed the Deputy Commissioner Kangpokpi to conduct a medical camp tomorrow at the relief camp for the affected victims.
MH Khan also pointed out that the soil has been so much destabilised it may not be possible to relocate the affected families at the same place. The DC is in touch with the locals for an alternative site so that alternative arrangement for construction of new houses for the victims can be made at the earliest, he added.  
He informed that Rs 20 lakhs each has been released today to all the deputy commissioners of the districts of the state and the DC Kangpokpi will take up more necessary action as soon as the fund is received.
Meanwhile, the DC of the district spoke to the National Disaster Response Force over telephone this evening and put up the various necessary issues and also spoke to the National Disaster Management Authority.
He also informed the media that a team of Geological Survey of India will come to assess the situation of the earth fissure on June 10.
Police personnel of Kangpokpi led by OC Kangpokpi were station at the earth fissure site to control visitors who throng the place in huge number every day.
The earth fissure gradually slips down every passing hour gradually.

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IMPHAL | Jun 8
Police recovered two country-made pistols with some raw materials from Langol Games Village today at around 2.30 pm and arrested two persons.
Speaking to the media at commando complex, Minuthong, S Ibomcha said from a reliable source police got the information about the existence of a country-made gun manufacturing unit at Langol Games Village area.
Immediately a team of CDO/IW and narcotics cell- IW comprising of additional SP (OPS) IW, S Ibomcha, Dy SP(CDO)IW Rojit Irom, Inspector K Ranjit, OC-narcotics Cell-IW, Inspector P Achouba Meitei, OC-CDO/IW under the supervision of Sr SP-IW Themthing Ngasangva rushed at the Langol Games Village area.
The team conducted a cordon and search operation, at around 3.10 pm today they detected the country-made gum manufacturing unit at Langol Games village Zone-1. The unit was run by one Yangkholet Haokip (28) son of Lungkholal Haokip of Bongbal Khullen, Kangpokpi district a/p Langol Game Village, Zone-1. The unit was run at his residence of Langol Game Village, Zone-1.
Items which have been seized from the manufacturing unit are equipments and tools used in making of the country-made pistol, 97 demand letters of “Terrorise Revolutionary Army”, one receipt book containing 100 leaflets, 4 empty cases which proof that he had fired the live round, 1 computer set used in printing the demand letters and the receipt book, 1 round seal with the print “TERRORIST REVOLUTIONARY ARMY” and 2 line seals with the print “TRA” and “TERRORIST REVOLUTIONARY ARMY”.
Ibomcha also said, the owner of the computer set who was involved in the printing of the demand letters and receipt book was also picked up from his printing shop namely RIDG OFSET located at New Checkon bazaar. He is identified as Khunjamayum Dayananda Singh (41) son of Kh Ibochou Singh of Thoubal Haokha Mamang leikai.
And the owner of the three seal (one round and two line seal) was also picked up from his shop namely “Desk Design” located at New Checkon bazzar. The owner is identified as Ksh mani Singh of Khurai Chaithabi Leirak, Imphal East.
Ibomcha also stated police are investigating if TRA is a group of gang or an insurgency group. And there is no any record of selling the guns to a third party.
Meanwhile, today at around 12.20 pm police detected a shop where transaction of money for KCP (progressive) namely H & B Enterprises at Lairikyengbam leikai Dinku road, Ibomcha added.
The shop deals in net banking and money transaction. Immediately, teams of CDO-IW led by inspector P Achouba Singh OC-CDO/IW under the supervision of additional SP S Ibomcha (OPS) I/W rushed at the said area and raided the shop at Lairikyengbam Makha Leikai, Dinku road.
While doing so one person was detained for the spot verification and he identified himself as Thoudam Hemchandra Singh alias Itomba (40) son of late Th Aber Singh of Lairikyengbam Makha leikai. He is the proprietor of the shop, and on preliminary questioning, he admitted that he has been working for KCP (progressive) under the command of one Nelson of KCP (progressive).
From the source it is said that, Nelson is presently staying at Nepal and has been sending money to him from Hemchandra’s SBI Imphal branch bearing account number 32471844917 to one SBI account number 30291557500 for the said organisation in the name of one Mayanglangbam Bilashini Devi.
Hemchandra was arrested at the spot at 12.50 pm and some items were seized which include one Gionee mobile handset model number M4 having two Airtel SIMs and one dongle having Airtel SIM card. One computer set consisting of one LCD monitor, one mercury keyboard, one optical mouse, one frontech CPU and one UPS were also seized.

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IMPHAL | June 8
The issue of growing racism and violence against Northeast people should be raised in the National Level Youth Festivals. Any attempt to discriminate any citizen based on caste, gender, language, facial features, and religion should be condemned in the strongest possible term.
 This was stated by Karam Shyam, minister CAF & PD and Revenue, during the valedictory function of the North East NSS Youth Festival, held at the Centenary hall, Manipur University.
He said the festival organised by the National Service Scheme (NSS) Cell, MU will help in empowering youth through the activities such as personality development, cultural exchange inbuilt with a sense of love, peace, harmony and national integration. A nation can progress in the right direction when the youth energy is used in a right, effective and constructive way, he added.
Shyam expressed hope that NSS Cell, MU will organise a National Level Youth Festival in the coming years which will be a great avenue to celebrate the diversity of India.
Further he said for a successful democratic system, the youth must participate in the democratic process.  He also reminded the participants of the festival that one must not forget the fundamental duties while asserting the fundamental rights.
Speaking as the guest of honour, Prof M Shyamkesho Singh, Registrar in-charge MU said the interaction among the participants during the festival will help in deeper understanding of the rich culture of the 8 North east states.
Speaking as the guest of honour, Prof Kh Tomba Singh, Dean of Students’ Welfare MU said youth unemployment is one of the principle social and economic challenges facing the country. He said we must promote youth entrepreneurship to enhance employability and employment opportunities.
The function was also attended by L Rameshwor Meetei, parliamentary secretary (IFCD), Prof M Shyamkesho Singh, Registrar, MU and HK Sharma, Programme Advisor, NSS, New Delhi.
As part of the valedictory function, mementos and certificates were distributed to the participants and programme officers.
During the festival participants took part in various activities like personality development, meditation and laughter therapy among others. Around 300 volunteers and programme officers from Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur are taking part in the North East NSS Youth Festival which began on June 4.

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DIMAPUR | June 8
The NSCN (IM) while claiming that the Naga political movement for self-determination spanning across many decades has now reached the doorstep of its final political settlement, has cautioned the ‘agents of anti-peace and anti-framework’.  
In a release, it claimed that the Naga political movements for self-determination spanning many decades have now reached the doorstep of its final political settlement. This is what the Nagas had longed for and had cherished for many anxious years. After signing the August 3 Framework Agreement, hope for a new era for the Nagas have appeared at the horizon, it said.
However, some elements are hell bent and actively working sleeplessly aiming to trigger maximum collateral damages to the historic political achievements and even to the extent of treacherous hijack and sabotage, it added.
Further it said while the Nagas are confronted by highly sensitive political activities and issues, both within the home front and at the national levels, there are unfortunately some elements which are going against all governments.
It said somr reactive organisations are moving with tangible momentum to create nuisance which is serious in nature and absolutely counter-productive and non-beneficial to the present society. It is high time these organisations, exhibit stronger sense of discipline and positive attitudes to enable the peaceful existence of the common people, the Naga outfit added.
The government of India, led by the dynamic Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is selflessly working with commitments, to solve the protracted Naga political issue, it said, adding the on-going political talks between the NSCN (IM) and the former started off after decades of blood sheds and unimaginable horrors throughout Nagalim.
 Therefore, it will be very unfortunate if the on-going political process is compelled to get derailed due to some anti-peace and anti-framework agents, it added.  
The release continued that in any democratic country and nation, to raise one’s voices against the governments, on issues of anomalies and corruptions is acceptable as it is guaranteed by the rights to express.
 However, of late, some organisations are rushing against the national interests to fulfil their master’s desires of reopening old ‘Political Pandora Box’ at the costs of the Nagas, it said.
The release appealed to the people and all the organisations to come forward in safeguarding the prevailing peace and to strengthen the path of peace process and honourable political settlement.

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 05:30

KLO leader killed at Thangkhanphai

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KANGPOKPI |June 8
The general secretary of Kuki Liberation Organization/Kuki Liberation Army was shot dead this morning at a shop in Thangkanphai bazar by unknown arms miscreants.
The incident reportedly took place when the KLO/KLA leader was buying a few things in a shop at Thangkanphai bazar located just a stone’s throw from Saikul police station after dropping his children at school. Unidentified armed miscreants shot him from his back and he died on the spot.
The deceased KLO/KLA general secretary is identified as Letkhosei Haokip alias Timothy son of Khuplun Khongsai. Post mortem of the body was conducted at RIMS today.
Meanwhile, United People’s Front, one of the umbrellas of Kuki UGs strongly condemned the killing in the strongest term and term the incident as ‘very unfortunate’.
UPF Information and Publicity secretary, Thanglenlal Doungel said that the brutal murder of KLO/KLA should be condemned by all civil voluntary organisations and likeminded people in the society and such killing in the society should stop once and for all.
He further said that while the society is struggling for peace and harmony, such killing has no place in the society and UPF condemned such brutal killing in the strongest term.
He also urged the Kuki people not to endorse such killing and come forward to stop once and for all.
Civil voluntary organisations of Saikul including Kuki Inpi and KSO vehemently condemned the assassination of Timothy by unknown assailants at Thangkanphai, today, in a release.
The Kuki Inpi and KSO are opposed to factional killings among Kuki underground groups as it disturb peace in the land, it said and added this kind of killing only leads to vendetta and further bloodshed in the land.

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IMPHAL | June 8
Commerce and Industries minister, Thongam Biswajit Singh, today, inaugurated a newly constructed work-shed of Arcus Modern Handloom and Handicraft Enterprises and launched the e-commerce platform of the enterprise near Nambol Maibamlotpa Ching Leimaram Lamkhai.
Addressing the inaugural function, Biswajit said encouraging entrepreneurs will help in generating employment in the State. The State government’s target is to provide livelihood avenues to 1.5 lakh youth every year, he said adding that chaos and unrest will prevail in the society as long as the problem of unemployment is there.
He said people instead of waiting for only government jobs should have the determination to work hard and sustain their livelihood.
Starting from the Nupilan movement, womenfolk in the Manipuri society has played an important role including in developing handloom, he said. Apart from agriculture, handloom and handicraft have also been source of income for many, he said.
The minister also observed that department concerned officials should not discriminate while granting loans and subsidies to beneficiaries. He elaborated such discrimination will only demoralise the artisans and young entrepreneurs.
The vision of the present government is to bridge the hill-valley gap, he said. Lack of development in the hills led to the conflict between the communities, he added.
Biswajit pointed out that soon solar power looms will be distributed to intended beneficiaries so as to save their time and labour, and enhance productivity at the same time. He continued soil testing for suitability of cotton plantation will soon be conducted at Jiribam and Moreh.
He also said that for the benefit of the weavers of the State, the Commerce and Industries department will soon launch raw material delivery at doorsteps of weavers.
Continuing his speech Biswajit said he is conducting monthly review meetings of all departments under him. This will help in the growth of the departments. He said through the meetings the officials and staff can highlight the grievances of their departments concerned so that all issues are redress after due consideration.
Oinam MLA Laishram Radhakishore Singh who is also chairman, Pollution Control Board and Khadi and Village Industries Board, Manipur stressed on the importance to strengthen the work culture among the youth of the State.
Moirang MLA P Sarachandra Singh also spoke at length on capacity building and strengthening human resource development in the State.
Officials of directorate of Handloom and Handicrafts, Weavers and locals attended the function.

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 05:30

Vendors complain slow work progress

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UKHRUL | June 8
During his visit to Ukhrul on April 11, N Biren, Chief Minister of Manipur had promised the district populace for the construction of Women Market. Accordingly, the existing Zaoranao Sinshim was dismantled on May 1 paving way for the construction of the new Women Market Complex.
MY Wonmila, chairperson, Zaoranao Sinshim Women Vendors Association appealed to the public and authority concerned to complete the ongoing construction of Women Market Complex at the earliest.
She added that since the Zaoranao Sinshim has been dismantled by the government for the purpose of constructing New Women Market, they are facing problems in their daily livelihood.
AS Philachon, secretary Zaoranao Sin Shim Women Vendors Association implores the government to complete the construction of women market complex at the earliest and allott the same to the women vendors who have been operating at the Zaoranao Sinshim.
The authority concerned failure to monitor the progress of the ongoing construction at a slow pace has only added hardship to the women vendors and their family who are earning and living from hand to mouth, she added.
It may be recalled in July 28, 2011, Tangkhul Leihsak Long (Tangkhul Trade & Commerce) submitted a memorandum to the 3 MLAs from Ukhrul district for allotment of plot for construction of Market Complex at PWD Office, Ukhrul. Consequently, a temporary women market shed was constructed by Tangkhul Leihsak Long (TLL) in 2014 at the cost of 5 Lakhs. And it was inaugurated by the then president TNL in 2014.
It may also be recalled in 2012, Zaoranao Sinshim Women Vendors Association was formed and subsequently registered as Society under Manipur Societies Registration Act 1989.

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 05:30

RIMS extends probe time

IMPHAL | June 8
The Regional Institute of Medical Sciences has extended the time for submission of the findings of the enquiry committee, which is probing an allegation of misbehaviour by a doctor of the institute due to “unavoidable” circumstances.
It may be mentioned here that an inquiry committee was constituted on May 24 to probe into the alleged misbehaviour by one Dr Neeta Sinam , MO of Radiotherapy Department RIMS towards the family members of deceased RK Honey.
The matter came into light after a viral post being put up by one Longjam Tony nephew of the deceased.
Afterwards the medical superintendent (MS) of RIMS, Ch Arunkumar Singh formed a committee which has five members drawn from various departments of the institution. The committee was asked to submit the report within 10 days after the notification of the order.
When enquired about extension of the time the MS replied that the committee members are out of station and some had examinations. Therefore he decided to extend the duration of the enquiry.
MS did not give time frame but assured to speed up the inquiry as soon as possible.
On the other hand, Longjam Tony had filed an application to the director of RIMS R.K Dinesh and MCI demanding speedy enquiry.
The MS informed that they would take up necessary action once the report comes.

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 05:30

PMUY gas connection begins

IMPHAL | June 8
Installations of Ujjwala domestic LPG connection to BPL beneficiaries have already begun in many areas of Thoubal district and Imphal East district which was launched in the state on June 5, by Chief Minister N Biren Singh and minister of State (DoNER) Jitendra Singh.
A release said in Thoubal district, house to house LPG connections under PMUY were given to beneficiaries by M/s Athokpam Indane Service. Subscription vouchers/customer’s document was also given to the beneficiaries.
Yesterday M/s RBD Indane Service, Lamlai completed 18 installations to 18 BPL beneficiaries. RBD Indane and Sawombung Indane at Imphal East and M/s Lambodara Indane, Mantripukhri at Heingang also began immediate LPG installations providing LPG connections to BPL families. Beneficiaries in Lamlai Sekta who never had LPG connections were given Ujjwala domestic LPG connections by RBD Indane, it said.
The BPL beneficiaries were provided affordable stoves/burner and given demonstrations on how to use the stove and the regulator. Safety tips were also explained and emergency number 1906 (one nine zero six) in case of leakage was written on the walls of the kitchen, it added.
Further the release said under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, the Central government is allocating financial assistance of Rs 1,600, which includes security deposit fee of a 14.2 kg LPG cylinder, pressure regulator, suraksha LPG hose, DGCC booklet and installation cost for the distributor.
The Socio-Economic Caste census as per 2011 census, 2, 43,939 beneficiaries are eligible for the scheme. The total Ujjwala KYC enrolled as on 01-06-2017 is 5,104, the release maintained.
Ujjwala domestic LPG connections are given to women from BPL families in their own names based on their Aadhar cards and bank accounts. The objective of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is to provide deposit free 5 crore cooking gas (LPG) connections to women from below-poverty-line (BPL) households over 3 years from 2016-17 to 2018-2019, it added.

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