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Panel to verify authenticity of OBC certificate of former Speaker’s wife
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 9
Post the state government initiative to investigate recruitment processes in 15 government departments, the Manipur State Legislative Assembly secretariat has followed suit and set up two investigation committees to look into the recruitment processes held last year and another to separately investigate the Other Backward Class (OBC) certificate provided by one Thockchom Nivedita Devi. She is the better half of former speaker Th Lokeshwar, and incumbent MLA of Khundrakpam assembly constituency.
Speaker Y Khemchand briefing media persons at his office today stated that due to certain publications made in the media, it has come to his notice as a complaint regarding the OBC certificate provided by Th Nivedita Devi.
“We have directed the Imphal East deputy commissioner to verify the OBC certificate of Nivedita as he is the competent authority, we will be able to announce the findings of the two investigations teams come July first week,” Khemchand told reporters.
The OBC certificate verifies that Nivedita, who is the daughter of former Khundrakpam MLA and wife of incumbent MLA does not belong to the creamy layer.
The two investigating teams are to verify the recruitment processes of the 218 posts of various categories absorbed in the Assembly secretariat last year, i.e August to December 2016 and further also to look into possible appointments made after the announcement of the election code of conduct, i.e. in between January to March 2017.
This inquiry points out that there might be possibility of appointments made after the code of conduct has been enforced.  One committee for 2016 will be headed by additional secretary K Meghajit and assisted by joint directors Raju Yanglem and S Chourjit Singh. The second committee will be headed by Assembly secretary M Ramani and assisted by director Y Samarendra and joint secretary G Tapankumar.
The constitution of the two inquiry committees by the Assembly followed yesterday’s constitution of five Special Investigation Teams to check whether any irregularity was committed during recruitment of posts in 15 state government departments during the financial year 2016-17.

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Newmai News Network
DIMAPUR |June 9
NSCN (K) Supremo, SS Khaplang passed away this evening in Myanmar, according to Naga Hoho President Chuba Ozukum. Reports from other sources said the NSCN (K) leader passed away at a place called Takka in the Kachin State of Myanmar.
Confirming the news, Naga Hoho president, Chuba Ozukum informed Newmai News Network tonight that SS Khaplang passed away in the evening today. It is not certain on the cause of the death.
However, attempts to ascertain from the organisation (NSCN-K) on the news proved futile.
Reports were doing the round in the past few days that the health condition of SS Khaplang was deteriorating. He was reportedly suffering from diabetes.
Details about the NSCN (K) leader’s family and other personal backgrounds are not clear. There are conflicting reports on the age of S S Khaplang. Some sources said he was around 76 years of age while other reports said he was 89 years old at the time of his demise.

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Friday, 09 June 2017 05:30

Biswajit takes stock of Takyel fire

IMPHAL | June 9
Commerce and Industries minister, Thongam Biswajit Singh took stock of the damages incurred in a fire incident at the Takyel Industrial Estate, this morning. The fire damaged work sheds allotted to Loktak Industries and the Manipur Plastic Industries.
Following the inspection, the minister said the State Fire Service will submit a departmental report on the incident.
Assuring all possible aid to the affected entrepreneur, Biswajit said the government will decide on the necessary relief measures for the victims including payment of necessary compensation or reimbursement at the earliest. As for temporary relief, he instructed the officials concerned to identify non-allocated or unoccupied work sheds where the affected entrepreneur could be shifted and adjusted for the time being.
Biswajit also inspected the work-sheds at the estate allocated to different entrepreneurs and demanded the officials concerned to submit, at the earliest, the names and details of all entrepreneurs and work sheds allocated to them. He further asked the officials that the details should also include a list of all entrepreneurs who are yet to open their allocated work sheds.
Demanding details of all units which are still lying non-utilised despite being already allocated to beneficiaries, Biswajit said such work sheds should be re-allocated to deserving beneficiaries if the previous beneficiaries are unable to set up their units.
Briefing media persons, the minister said it is the government’s main objective is to make the non-functional Industrial Estates in the State functional at the earliest. He elaborated that the government is acting on its commitment to solve the unemployment problem by making the industrial estates fully functional and redressing the grievances of the entrepreneurs. This is to encourage the entrepreneurs who on their part will provide earning avenues to others by giving jobs, he added.
He further said all the requirements of the Industrial Estate which are presently lacking will be provided at the earliest after proper consultation with the Chief Minister.
On the Tera Urak Industrial Estate, he said the estate was lying non-functional earlier, but now we have already met and talked with the entrepreneurs and discussed their issues of which power supply has already been provided. He continued now the army personnel occupying the work sheds have been moved out and required modifications to the work shed structures according to the needs of the entrepreneurs will also be taken up so that the estate is made functional at the earliest.
The minister also met entrepreneurs and their staffs, and assured to look into all their grievances. He also suggested that they should conduct a monthly cleanliness drive around the campus by announcing a day-off for their staffs.
Biswajit also instructed the entrepreneurs to put up their sign boards in front of their units within 15 days. He also said that the entrepreneurs should equip their work sheds with fire extinguishers according to the capacity of their units so as to safeguard themselves from unfortunate fire incidents.
Meanwhile, during an inspection of the MSME-Development Institute, Imphal office located inside the campus, the minister instructed the staffs present to submit its activity records of the last three years.
He was accompanied by Commerce and Industries officials including director, M Luikham during the visit. Both the Loktak Industries and the Manipur Plastic Industries are owned by Manoharmayum Geetchandra Sharma.

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Friday, 09 June 2017 05:30

IRB and MR men caught with ammunition

IMPHAL | June 9
One 4th IRB personnel along with two individuals were caught with AK rifle ammunition by the Bishnupur Police and 25 Assam Rifles during frisking and checking at Kangvai area.
The IRB personnel was identified as one Simon Gurung 31 son of (L) Lal Bahadur Gurung of Mantripukhri, Imphal, the other two individuals were identified as Khaiginlal Haokip 34 son of Jamkai Haokip of Gamphajang, Churachandpur and Jangkhokkhohao Khongsai 40 son of Tengkhothang Khongsai of Tingkangphao, Churachandpur.
Addressing a press meet held today at the office of Director General of Police (DGP), Manipur at Babupara DGP, Manipur LM Khaute said that the frisking was conducted by the police following specific information of some unknown UGs transporting ammunition on Tiddim road on 30 May.
Altogether 2780 rounds of 7.62 X 39 mm ball CTN (AK rifle) ammunition were recovered from their vehicle and a case has been registered to the Moirang Police Station and during interrogation Khaiginlal Haokip disguised himself as a KLA cadre, he added.
The DGP said that from the disclosure of the above three persons, yesterday they were able to catch one 1st IRB personnel identified as Fimrothang Hmar son of Lalroping Hmar of Sidam village, Churachandpur and one 1st MR personnel identified as Asem Boiton of Singjamei Oinam Thingel, Imphal.
Again from their disclosure it has been ascertained that the ammunition was supplied by Boiton after stealing 1088 rounds from the DGP Pool Arms Kote where he was posted and another regular case has been registered at Imphal Police Station, added Khaute.
The DGP continued that the MR personnel and the two IRB personnel have been placed under suspension.
The three individuals caught earlier were remanded in police custody till today and the two individual caught later were remanded in police custody till June 16, added Khaute.

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SENAPATI |June 9 (NNN)
With just 10 days to go for the lapse of the one month’s time period within which ‘tripartite talks’ UNC today asserted that there should be a ‘time frame or time bound’ for the government to resolve the issue.
Talking to this reporter this evening, UNC leaders said, “We cannot go on holding the tripartite talks without addressing the issue”. The UNC leaders also asserted that “If the tripartite talks are not going to address the issue we are all ready and all prepared to defend our lands by any means.”
The UNC leaders further stated that they are closely monitoring the trend, and that, “we will oppose anything that hurts the sentiment of the Naga people.”
 “Whatever may be the reason the next tripartite talks should be held at the political level by June 19,” the leaders stated. Since the new government of Manipur under the leadership of N Biren Singh and the Narendra Modi government at the Centre had assured us to redress the problems created by the Ibobi Singh government we are fervently waiting for the justice, they added.
It may be recalled, in the last ‘tripartite talks’ held on May 19 in Senapati headquarters involving the UNC, the government of India and the State government, it was reaffirmed that, “The grievances of the UNC which led to the imposition of the economic blockade by them was recognised as there was non-adherence to the four Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the government of India’s assurance on the matter. The government of Manipur agrees to start consultation with all stakeholders to redress the same”.

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Friday, 09 June 2017 05:30

District admin in touch with NDMA

GSI expert inspects Kalikhola fissure
From Our Correspondent
KANGPOKPI | June 9
 Geological Survey of India expert today visited the earth fissure site at Kalikhola areas. Alongside a video conference with the district administration along with the GSI expert held a lengthy video conference with National Disaster Management Authorities, New Delhi today.
As per the observation of Ch Debojit Singh, GSI Expert, who conducted a spot verification this morning along with the district authorities, no further action as of now for shifting inhabitants of J Songtun village is needed, which has a total of 76 houses with about 400 population to the nearby by relief camp or safer place.
Earlier, the National Disaster Management Authorities had directed the district administration to shift the inhabitants of J. Songtun Village situated on the hill top above Kalikhola village.
However, the district authorities are always on extreme alert and ready to evacuate the inhabitants of J. Songtun in the case of any eventuality. At the same time due to apprehension of landslide along the banks of the Kali river and on the opposite side of the Makuli village, i.e Kalikhola village, district administration has advised inhabitants of 7 houses to take shelter in the local primary school.
Meanwhile, a lengthy SKYPE conference was held today at around 11:30 am under the chairmanship of RK Jain, IAS (Retd), Member, National Disaster Management Authorities, New Delhi with all stakeholders concerned including deputy commissioner, T Ranjit Singh.
During the video conference fruitful discussion on the earth fissure at Kalikhola village in the district was discussed at length.
The district magistrate wrote to Dr Ravinder Singh, Consultant (Landslides), NDMA, New Delhi after the video conference and reported the discussion and spot verification of GSI expert as well as the district administration alert mode on the matter.
He also said that engineers concerned and his team of IFC department and Forest officials are already on the site of water logging at three different places within the affected areas of Kalikhola village for draining out the accumulated water to avoid any kind of unwanted incident.
He also said that a medical camp was organised today at the temporary relief camp at Goma Devi High School at Toribari for all the victims of the landslides.
The medical camp at the temporary relief camp was conducted by a team of 11 from Community Health Centre Kangpokpi under the supervision of Dr HK Simte, CMO in-charge where more than 100 patients were checked.
According to the medical team most of the patients were suffering from scabies, upper respiratory tract infections, anaemia, acute respiratory infection, sciatica and other diseases.
The earth fissure with its widening every passing day, the land and soil at the areas has been sinking and sliding steadily every moment and the topographical situation has been changing every days.

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IMPHAL | June 9
A public consultation on oil exploration held at Heirok today has decided not to allow sell of oil to companies and to stop coming of MNCs to the state. The meeting was attended by youth, meira paibis, and community leaders of the area.
A release said, Dhanabir Laishram, social activist speaking during the meeting observed that there are also worries that oil exploration and drilling and creation of necessary infrastructure, such as roads and railways would increase the influx of illegal immigrants which would undermine indigenous populations.
Taking a dig on the claim that oil will bring royalty to the coffers of the state government and foster industrialization, Dhanabir however said Assam is a prime case of how exploitation of its oil resource for more than a century has only fostered more inequality and impoverishment and conflict in the state, it said.
The principal sources of water pollution resulting from oil exploration and production operations are ‘produced water, ‘Drilling fluids’, ‘Cuttings and well treatment chemicals’, ‘Spills and leakages and cooling water etc. Dhanabir said, adding the heavy metal concentrations of these waters will negatively impact the health of the people of Manipur for depending on such water, it added.
Jenison of NEDF, speaking in the meeting opined that oil drilling is violation of India’s own Laws. The Asian Oilfield and the Oil India Limited have violated India’s Environment Protection Act, 1986 and EIA notification, 1994 by failing to take Environment Clearance and Forest Clearance for the project, he said, according to the release.
He continued oil companies and the government of India have been silent on the potential hazards of waste and impact on soil and water and subsequent impacts due to oil exploration plan all over Manipur, maintained the release.  
The meeting was jointly organised by Social and Youth Progressive Org, Divide Nongpok Youth Club Heirok Part II (DNYVH), Chaokhat Khongthang Semgat Nupi Lup Heirok (CKSNLH), Heirok Dev Association Meira Paibi Lup (HDAMPL) and Environment Conservation Network, Manipur, it said.
The program was attended by Kh Gunamani (president CKSNLH), Th Dhamendra (Pradhan Heirok Part II GP), M Gambhini (president HDAMPL), L Bungo (Secy DNYVH), Th Ashokumar (Lecturer Heirok Hr Sec) and also Dhanabir Laishram (Social Activist) and Jenison (Member NEDF) were also present as a Resource person, it added.

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SENAPATI | June 9
Following the Chief Minister’s recent announcement to set up women markets in all district headquarters, a ministerial team of Senapati district led by N Kayisii, minister, TA & Hills and Fisheries today inspected the proposed site for construction of the women market.
The team, which also includes PHE minister L Dikho, along with DC Senapati and engineers and staff of Manipur Police Housing Corporation and DRDA inspected the proposed site which is presently occupied by the Senapati police station. The team also inspected the old Electricity office complex adjacent to the police station.
After inspecting the proposed sites, the ministerial team along with the DC, Senapati and representatives of Senapati District Students’ Association, Senapati District Women’s Association and Naga People’s Organisation deliberately discussed for setting up of the women market at the proposed site.
During the discussion, N Kayisii stated that the women market is to be constructed at the proposed site in the interest of the people of the district. He appealed the gathering not to bear any individual interest when it comes to development and welfare of the people. He also appealed to all section of people of the district to co-operate in setting up of such project and in bringing up the district.
Later, it was unanimously agreed and finalised to construct the women market at the proposed site presently occupied by the Senapati Police Station.
The women market at Senapati is to be constructed with a budget of 10 crore as announced earlier by the Chief Minister. The market will have two floors which will accommodate 200 plus women vendors coming from different parts of the district.

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IMPHAL | June 9
The “Snan Jatra” of God Jagannath was carried out at Radha Madhav Temple, Sanakhya Yaima Mandap, Moirangkhom today in the presence of the Governor of Manipur Najma Heptulla.
Titular king Leishemba Sanajaoba, Prof RK Ranjan, promoter of Huntre!Equine, Somi Roy, grandchildren and relatives of past maharajas and members of the Jalakeli Pala took part in the ritual.
The Governor along with others present in the auspicious ceremony paid floral tributes to the photos of Maharaja Nara Singh, Maharaja Churachand and Maharaja Budhachandra.
After a religious song performance from the Jalakeli Pala, there was an utsab for all the invitees.
An award comprising of phanek mapannaiba, innaphi, a cash prize of Rs. 5000 along with a certificate was given to the lead singer of Jalakeli Pala, RK Mohinisana for her contribution to the growth and development of Jalakeli Pala that was founded by Maharaja Nara Singh.
It may be mentioned that a similar pala group titled Rasheshori Pala was founded by Maharaja Budhachandra.
As per historic records and religious tradition of the State, the “Snan Jatra” of God Jagannath is usually performed annually prior to the 10 days of the Kang festival to denote the holy awakening and purification of God Jagannath from His sleep so as to make preparation to participate in the coming Rath Jatra festival that will be held on the 25th of this month.

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IMPHAL | June 9
The High Court Bar Association of Manipur (HCBAM) has dropped all the proceedings against Naharol Thoudang editor Khoirom Loyalakpa and The Telegraph special correspondent Khellen Thokchom.
Addressing a press today at the office of HCBAM at High Court of Manipur complex, HCBAM vice-president Y Nirmolchand said that they took such decision as the two journalists apologised to the association about the defamatory statement made by them.
He said that Loyalakpa made a defamatory statement in the AIR Imphal on April 25 during the news analysis and Khellen in the ISTV discussion hour on April 19.
Regarding that matter they had formed a committee where the committee recommended three steps to be initiated against the two journalists, added the vice-president.
So a legal notice was served on May 25 to the journalists, and the replies of the said legal notice was submitted to them on June 2 by tendering apologists, continued Nirmolchand.
Later on June 5 HCBAM decided to drop all the proceedings against the two journalists after an extended meeting of the managing committee with special invitees.

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