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Thursday, 08 June 2017 05:30

AMSU to facilitate students

IMPHAL | June 8
All Manipur Students Union (AMSU), Imphal East District Committee is going to organise a “Prize distribution cum felicitation programme” at their office campus on June 25, 11 am, for those students who have cleared their class X and XII exams.
In a release, AMSU has requested the students of Imphal East district, especially those who have secured 65 percent and above in class X and XII exams conducted by COHSEM and BOSEM, and those who secured 70 percent and above in the same exams conducted by CBSE, to submit photo copies of their admit card and mark sheets at AMSU headquarters, DM college on or before June 20.

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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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Thursday, 08 June 2017 05:30

Freedom From Garbage

This year’s world environmental day saw unprecedented number of groups and individuals planting tree saplings for a greener environment. It is an encouraging trend. The chief minister along with the government departments took the lead. He launched the ‘Segregation at Source’ campaign jointly organised by the Environment department and Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development directorate. The campaign is to segregate dry and wet garbage from the pick-up points like shops and households. On the same day the chief minister had pointed out that the initiative is part of the 100-day action plan of the new government, which includes keeping the Imphal city neat and clean. The new government has brought a perceptible change to the main market areas. Municipal workers who were invisible to the public eye are now seen working well into midnight along the stretches of BT road, Thangal bazar and Nagamapal etc. sweeping roads and clearing litter. We must however add that much remains to be done to keep the Imphal city clean. The market areas mentioned above does not solely represent the city. It is said that rivers are the index of health and hygiene of a city. Let us not forget that the Nambul and Naga rivers flow through the city. These rivers flow with dark pungent sewerage, with all kinds of waste dumped into them. The river Nambul is still a potable source till MayangLangjing area of Imphal West district. The water of this river starts to get a different colour from the Eroishemba area. And it becomes an abominable concoction when it reaches the capital. At present a citizen group has been envisioning to transform the Uripok area into a ‘clean and green Uripok’ with swanky malls and ample greeneries around.  In order to transform a city garbage management is the first thing that should be focussed on. The second priority would be how we manage our sewerage. A city that mismanages its garbage and sewerage will end up defiling the water bodies and the air. Let us all admit that Imphal city has terribly failed in this regard.
The ‘Zero Garbage’ campaign which was launched six years ago by the previous government had ended up as damp squib. Of all the factors behind the failure of the campaign, if one is to single out one factor it has to be the lack of proper garbage dumping site. Imphal West, which is the most densely populated district, generates the highest amount of garbage. Private waste collectors are now facing major difficulties in finding proper disposal site. The temporary dump sites can no longer hold more garbage. One such place is the approach road to the Langol foothill. Residents of this area are reeling under the piles of garbage that are dumped near their homes on daily a basis. One can only guess where the leachates of these piles end up in. On the other hand the solid waste treatment plant at Lamdeng has not taken off after its completion. It may be recalled that the state government signed an agreement last year with an Ahmedabad based private firm under Public-Private-Partnership model. It envisaged to upgrade Lamdeng project into an energy producing plant. Little is known of how long the upgradation process will take for the treatment to become operational. The MAHUD department under which the project is being taken up needs to swing into action and make the plant up and going. Segregation of waste either into wet or dry will not make any sense if there is no place for disposal. It is a sheer disgust to witness sections of the urban population coming in their swanky cars and dumping waste on the sly by the roadside under the cover of the night. This is just a facet of dirty habits that the urban population has developed in the absence of proper garbage management system. As far as the problem is concerned, Imphal city is not alone. Major towns in different districts are beginning to face the problem. Planting saplings on environment day is fine and commendable. We have been informed of the need to conserve the environment. We are also now aware of the issues and challenges. Next year same time around we shall have another opportunity to revisit these issues. Till then, in the meantime, let us all join hands to act towards a garbage free state.
Leader Writer: Senate Kh.

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 05:30

PCRCPA award call

IMPHAL| June 8
Panthoibi Cultural Research Centre for Performing Arts, Manipur has invited applicants for Nongpok Ningthou Panthoibi Award 2017.
People in the fields of arts and culture, dance, music, pena, thang-ta, literature, cinema, drama, social work, entrepreneur, fashion designing, handloom and handicraft, media, sport, education, maiba-maibis which are above 10 years of age are invited for the award, said a release.
The applicant for Nongpok Ningthou Life Time Achievement Award should have reached 60 years of age, it said.
The awards will be distributed on the 30th foundation day celebration of the centre which to be held at Manipur Press Club during the last week of July, it added.

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 05:30

Khuga battalion coaching camp

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CHURACHNDPUR | June 8
For generating employment for youth of Manipur at large the Indian army in the district organised free coaching class for job aspirant at their Khuga Dam base which is about five km from the town.
The 2nd in command, Lt Col, Atul of the battalion delivered motivational lectures to the 28 participants. The camp provides coaching in mathematics, reasoning and GS related with different competitive examinations.
 The organiser, the Khuga  Battalion or 6 Sikhs Light Infantry  top official confided to this reporter that  they are  making a free coaching class called "the Khuga  Battalion counselling  centre " and which is the only free coaching camp conducted by the army  in the State.
 On being asked official of the battalion said that they will have no issue to accommodate willing candidates to be stationed at their camp. They can come with their personal needs and the army will provide boarding and lodging in their camp along with different job oriented trainings, the official added.

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 05:30

Weavers’ awareness prog

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KANGPOKPI |June 8
A one day awareness program for weavers of all Handloom Cluster under NERTPS and NHDP Components was conducted at Willong Area H/L Cluster yesterday.
The awareness program was organised by the government of Manipur, District Handloom & Textiles office, Senapati.
N Nilabantajit Singh, project manager, H/L District Handloom & Textiles Office, Kangpokpi who is also the project manager of Senapati as chief guest and Ch Randhoni Devi, Textile designer, Weavers Service Centre, Porompat, Imphal and L Gopendro Singh, designer, Kangpokpi Area H/L cluster also attended the awareness program as president and guest of honour respectively.
Weavers participating in the awareness program highlighted their various grievances to the project manager which was minutely deliberated. While the project manager also highlighted on the government’s schemes and plans for weavers.
He also encouraged the weavers to sincerely and dedicatedly work and promote the weaving culture in the district while bringing in innovative ideas in the profession.

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IMPHAL | June 8
The army hailed the courage of Major David Manlun of Churachandpur district, who died during his duty in Nagaland on Tuesday. He was the son of veteran Sub M Khamzalam (Retired) and is described by his colleagues a multifaceted personality, an athlete and a keen footballer. He represented his team at various levels.
The PIB Defence Wing said Maj David Manlun had been part of many successful operations and will be remembered dearly for his exemplary service.
David did his schooling from Army Public School, Shillong, graduated from St Anthony College Shillong in 2006, and in 2009 he joined the Officer Training Academy at Chennai.
In March 2010, he was commissioned into the 1 st Battalion of Naga Regiment, the outfit which remembers him fondly. He joined the battalion at Naugam in Jammu and Kashmir and served there for two years and took part in various operations. He then served at Baklow in Himachal Pradesh and then in Nagaland with 164 Inf Bn TA.
He was awarded with the Chief of Army Staff Commendation card on August 15, 2016 for his exemplary service.
Major David was to be deputed to National Security Guard from June 23, 2017, but had passed away before that.

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 05:30

Drug peddler held

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL| June 8
A drug peddler, Md Abdul Gaffer alias Pathou (32y) son of (L) Md Kalam of Khurai Heihru Makhong Kabar Mapan was arrested on June 6 by district police commando of Imphal East.
Superintendent of Police/ NAB, W Basu Singh said in a release that during the search of his house, 767 Spasmo Proxyvon (SP) capsules and 89 Amphetamine (WY) tablets were seized from his possession on the same day. A case has been registered at Heingang Police Station.
Meanwhile, in another incident, an active cadre of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was arrested by Bishnupur police commando and 42 Assam Rifles at Moirang Lamkhai area on June 7.
The arrested cadre is identified as Corporal Haorongbam Kalamu Singh alias Nanao alias Nganba (30y) son of H Nogendro Singh of Salam Konjin Mayai Leikai. A case has also been registered at Moirang Police Station and an investigation is going on.

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IMPHAL| June 8
The seven day training for teachers of traditional cultural art (Thang-Ta), which began on June 2 organised by the directorate of state council of education research and training (SCERT) concluded today with a valedictory function at the conference hall of Youth Hostel, Khuman Lampak.
The training programme was organised to impart basic self-defence martial arts techniques to school going children specially girls through training.
S Kholia Larho (IAS), Joint Secretary, SCERT urged the participating teachers coming from different schools of Imphal East and Imphal West to impart whatever knowledge they have acquired during the training during the short programme.
She encouraged teachers to develop good relationship with children and said developing relationship with children is the greatest quality of a teacher.
She felt that teacher-student relationship in government schools are not up to the mark as compare with private schools and urged teachers to fill up the gap.
Eighty teachers, 40 each from Zone 1, Imphal East and Zone 2, Imphal West took part in the training program.
Participatory certificates were distributed to the teachers.
Teachers show demonstrations in regard to self-defence techniques during the function.
Dr M Meenakumari Devi, Director, SCERT, A Romel Singh, Professor (VE), HOO/DDO, SCERT, martial art teacher, Kokngang among others attended the function.

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 05:30

Food safety drive

IMPHAL | June 8
Food Safety Administration, Imphal East said a special drive for food was undertaken today at Mantripukhri, Hatta, Place Compound and Lamlong Bazar as a part of government activities in the first hundred days.
A release said the drive conducted by the food safety team led by the designated officer (Food Safety Administration) seized and disposed many food items, under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, Rules and Regulations, 2001 which amounted to an approximate value of 2 Lakhs.

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