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By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 8

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has submitted chargesheet before the Special Court NIA, Manipur against five accused in connection with the killing of surrendered chairman of PREPAK VC group who was shot death inside 7 MR Garrison.

The accused against whom the chargsheet was filed are Thokchom Gouri alias Ibungo alias Konsam, (25) son of Ibomcha Singh of Wangoo Sandangkhong, Ahonsangbam Kingson alias Yaiphaba, (23) son of (L) L Chaoba Singh of Thangmeiband Khomdram Selungba Leikai, Laichombam Naocha alias Malangba, (24) son of L Basanta Singh of Sugnu Wangpokpi Mamang Leikai, Urikhinbham Budhichandra alias Budhi alias Poirei Singh, (44) son of U Bheudhop of Sekmaijin Thongam Leikai and Haobam Ahead alias Lemba Singh, (40) son of (L) K Danikumar Singh of Kwakeithel Aham Leikai.

Charges slapped against the accused are under 302, UA (P) Acts, and certain sections of Arms Act etc.

The late chairman of the outfit (PREPAK VC) Ningombam Sanjit Sigh alias Nongdrenkhomba, was shot dead inside a quarter at 7 MR battalion Kabeisoi along with his driver, Leishangthem Sanjit Singh on the intervening night of June 21 and 22, 2016.

It is learnt that the senior cadres of the outfit (PREPAK VC) ordered the hit on its chairman owing to his surrender to the government.

The publicity secretary of the outfit (PREPAK VC), Urikhaibham Budhichandra alias Budhi alias Poirei Singh, was reportedly tasked with the killing of the ex-chairman, who later hired Tongbram Sanjit alias Pari, general secretary of KCP KK Nganba faction, to kill Nongdrenkhomba for the contract of Rs 20 lakhs. Subsequently, Sanjit instructed two of its cadre identified as Ahongsanbam Kingson and Laichombam Naocha alias Malangba for the killing of Nongdrenkhomba.

Reports further said that Poirei Singh arranged the weapons for the assassination of Nongdrenkhomba.

It has been informed that Gouri, Kingson, Malangba and Haobam Ahead are reportedly in the judicial custody while Chongtham Manglemjao alias KK Nganba, the chairman of KCP KK Nganba faction is on bail. Poirei Singh who is one of the accused is still at large, is believed to be in Myanmar.

It may be recalled the PREPAK VC chairman, Nongdrenkhomba surrendered before the government of Manipur in December 2014 and has been housed at the 7 MR battalion, Khabeisoi, as part of government’s rehabilitation programme.

The same MR garrison was also house to some other militant groups including KCP KK Nganba faction.

Initially, a case was registered in the killing of the PREPAK VC chairman and driver at the Heingang police station.

Later the case was handed over to NIA following the gravity of the crime, committed inside 7 MR Garrison.

A few days after the crime was committed, police in swift action arrested six members of the KCP KK Nganba group including its chairman and general secretary and recovered two 9 mm pistol used in commission of the crime.

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 00:00

Tripartite talks differed

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SENAPATI | July 8

The tripartite talks involving the United Naga Council (UNC), the Central government and the State government on district creation issue scheduled earlier for July 10 at Ukhrul have been postponed.

Sources said that the talks will be held after four or five days days’ time.

According to the sources, the Central government has “fervently requested” the United Naga Council (UNC) for the postponement of the talks for few more days saying the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has “other urgent matters” to be attended, and that, its representatives would be finding hard to make it for July 10 talks.

The UNC leaders obliged to the request of the Central government in this regard. The sources said that the re-scheduled date of the tripartite talks will be known by Monday.

It is also said that even the venue of the talks has been changed. Now the next tripartite talks will be held in Senapati district headquarters and not in Ukhrul town.

Meanwhile, the UNC will hold “crucial” meeting in Senapati town on Sunday from 10:30 am at UNC office in connection with the issue.

It is worth recalling here that the one month’s time frame to hold tripartite talks on the district creation issue involving the state government, the United Naga Council (UNC) and the Central government had lapsed on June 19.

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IMPHAL | July 8

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that songs and music play an important role in creating a spirit of nationalism and helps in national integration of the country. He was speaking at the inaugural function of the two day long musical festival “Kaongamdraba Eshei - a tribute to legendary singers of Manipur” held at MC auditorium, Palace Compound, Imphal.

The musical festival is organised by All Manipur Matam Eshei Kanglup (AMMIK) in collaboration with department of Art and Culture, government of Manipur.

 Speaking as the chief guest of the function, N. Biren Singh said that like The Manipur State Journalists Welfare Scheme, the government in consultation with the Art and Culture department is planning to introduce a human approach policy or scheme to provide financial help for the welfare of the artists, musicians etc. of the State.

The chief minister further said that the government’s commitment to work for inclusive development is not a challenge to any political party or individuals but to show the people that the new government is doing something good for the welfare of the people of the State. Every one of us should concentrate and work with responsibility for the betterment of the society, he added.

Expressing gratitude to the AMMIK for donating Rs 1 lakh to the CM Relief Fund for the flood victims, N Biren said that the State government has taken up various relief measures and immediate steps have been taken to tackle the recent flood situation of the State.

 Short duration paddy seed varieties and rice seedlings which can be harvested in just 100 days has been made available for flood hit farmers, he added. He further said that global warming is a threat to the mankind and has brought many serious environmental and social changes in the State as well as in the world.

 Highlighting that the new government has introduced various welfare schemes for the people such as Jeevan Praman, Free Dialysis, Free medical diagnosis etc, he said that the government would not give any false promises and is committed to deliver the promises that government made so far to the people.

 Mentioning that government seek the love and support of the people to deliver good governance in the State, he stressed that it is committed to bring visible and practical changes in the system and that change should begin within us. The government is committed to work for development and would try its best to fulfil the aspirations of the people of the State, he assured.

 On the occasion, The All Manipur Matam Eshei Kanglup (AMMIK) donated Rs. 1 Lakh to the CM Relief Fund for the flood affected people of the State.

 Minister for Art and Culture, Y. Jayantakumar Singh, minister for CAF&PD Karam Shyam Singh, parliamentary secretary (Tourism) Dr. Sapam Ranjan Singh, renowned musicologist and L. Birendrakumar Padmashree attended the function.

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IMPHAL | July 8

A team of Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) today submitted a memorandum to the governor of Manipur demanding removal of AR post from the University campus. The union drew the attention of the governor that there is no university in the world with military camp inside the campus.

 A release said the union also mentioned the historical importance of location as it was the second palace at the time of the then king Gambhir singh. The union urged the governor to take necessary action into the matter and give a reply within 15 days.

The MUSU team also met the titular king of Manipur, Leishemba Sanajaoba to discuss the matter of the location of the AR camp. The king also expressed the historical importance and sanctity of the area, it added.

Earlier, on July 6, members of MUSU met the officials of 6 AR in an informal interaction at the 6 AR post stationed at MU campus to discuss the historical background on how the post was stationed inside the campus, said the release.

It was learnt that the post was opened as part of the militarisation process in 1980 after the then ruling government of Manipur gave the hillock for opening the AR post, the release said, adding it was also learnt that the duty of the 6 AR is to look after the NH 102 and the adjoining areas, and it has no jurisdiction over the law and order matters inside the university campus.

Further it said the AR officers did not give any comment on whether they will shift from the hillock or not and rest the matter of shifting to the government as the area was allocated by the latter. MUSU will continue with the ongoing agitation to demilitarise MU campus and press the state government to shift the 6 AR post to a more suitable place, it added.

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 00:00

Khonglong village bridge washed away

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 8

The bridge at Khonglong Kabui village, under Kangpokpi district constructed over the Leingang stream was washed away today by high stream at around 2 am.

Khonglong Kabui village under Saitu assembly constituency is located at a distance of 2 km from New Keithelmanbi.

Speaking to the media, L. Johny Gangmei, ADC member of Sadar hills district said that the road connected by the bridge passes through Sangaithel, Sahelbung, Kangchup and Leimakhong. The road is the lifeline of the villagers, whose main income relies on rearing of swine.

The village which has a political background of the last 15 years, was established in the year 1963. However, the roads which passed through different village up to Leimakhong have not been looked after by the state.

He also said landslide occurred frequently during the monsoon season causing the villagers to face many hardships. The maintenance of the village has been done only by village authorities since the last 15 years.

For a temporary passage, L. Johny Gangmei, ADC member of Sadar hills district have paved a path with a JCB with the help of the villagers.

For the welfare of the village and neighbouring villages, the state should take initiatives to take necessary actions, Johny appealed.

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TAMENGLONG | July 8

With an aim to make it operational before August 15, the construction and repairing of Tamenglong 50-bedded hospital has been making good progress ever since DRDA Tamenglong took over as work agency.

The hospital has been upgraded to have another 50 beds to bring up its status to a 100-bedded hospital. The hospital is located at Duigailong village some 3 kms from the district headquarters.

It may be mentioned that the new Tamenglong deputy commissioner has cancelled all contractors/work agencies engaged in the construction of the multiple crores hospital at Duigailong village of Tamenglong district. The construction work has now been handed over to DRDA Tamenglong as work agency.

The work order was issued to one special contractor, Keibamdi Panmei in the year 2009 but reportedly construction work was executed by many sub-contractors as well.

According to a source, the revised estimated cost for project is Rs. 21.26 crores. After deduction for various agencies Rs. 18.04 crores was deposited at DRDA Tamenglong account.

The first deadline for completion of the envisaged project was fixed for December 2012. However, it was extended to March 2016 for completion.

According to the district administration the show cause noticed was issued on October 13, 2016 as there is no sign of work being resumed, even after the lapsed of the deadline.

Replying to the show cause notice, the contractor assured to complete within six months. However, it was found that even after a lapse of more than seven months there is no sign of work being resumed and moreover there are no financial liabilities to be paid to the sub- contractors, the source said.

Public leaders, police, NGO leaders, women folks of Duigailong village and other social workers had visited the 100 bedded construction sites today after hearing some threat received from contractors/sub- contractors.

Many doors locked by former sub-contractors were broke opened by Tamenglong DC in the presence of public leaders and police, NGO leaders, etc. to enable repairing and completion of the work.

The public has witnessed good progress of repairing of doctors and nurse quarters that was left incomplete in dilapidated condition.

 The DC has set all to complete the work and start using before August 15 and stated that if it let remained as it is, the building would be never completed despite of huge public demand for completion and several memorandum which has been submitted by various civil bodies.

He said that if the work is to be carried out by the present sub- contractors who are demanding only advance release of fund, the work would be incomplete.

It is also witnessed that the road connecting to the hospital has been started constructing.

Tamenglong DC, Armstrong Pame told media persons after visiting various locations that they visited to track the progress of repairing works which began 10 days back. He also commented that the work was good but not excellent as the weather is too bad.

He said that all the materials required have been reached. Repairing works of doctors and nurse headquarters will be completed after 15 days and major work will start from today, he said adding that he has instructed all the engineers to do the works.

He further said work is going on at a war footing to complete the hospital. He said that the construction work is being under taken with consultantion from higher authority including chief minister of Manipur, local MLA, Health minister, health director, etc. who were willing to complete work at the earliest.

He also urged all to give support and cooperation to complete the works at the earliest time.

Zeliangrong Union Tamenglong zone along with some social organisations leaders had visited today.

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400 non-locals still enter state daily on the average: JCILPS

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 8

The 2nd death anniversary of Sapam Robinhood, “Lamjing meira ningsing numit” was observed at Ananda Singh higher secondary school, New Checkon here today. The boy passed away during intense movement demanding implementation of ILPS or a similar law in the state.

Speaking to the IFP on the sidelines of the observation, Arjun Tenheiba, convenor of Joint action committee on inner lines permit (JCILPS) said at an average 400 non-locals enter into the state every day. Most of them are construction workers and small-time business man, he said.

Expressing worry, Arjun said once the railway reaches Manipur, the figure of migrant workers entering the state would swell up to 1000 per day.

 “There is a practice among the migrant workers to settle permanently in the state following an extended stay even after the completion of work. Since it has not been regulated under a proper law by the government the population of non-locals have increased rapidly”, he observed. 

He continued the non-locals are at an upper hand when it comes to skilled or semi-skilled work. “They would take up works which demand some sort of skill which the locals are somewhat incompetent with, and they take root”, he lamented. 

According to the census report of 2011 total population of the state was 28 lakhs but a break up figure of the non-local population was not given in the 2011 census report, he pointed out.

Arjun recalled that the first Bill, which is the main Bill, had been rejected by the President of India. The remaining two bills are not much important when compared to the first, that is ‘The Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015’, he maintained. 

During the observation, floral tribute was paid to the portrait of Robinhood. Patriotic songs were presented by members of AMMIK. A salute was also given by the martial artists of Apunba Manipur Huiyen Lalong lup.

The function was organised by student wing JCILPS and Robinhood remembrance committee. Various ethnic groups from different parts of the state attended the function.

Arjun Tenheiba, convenor of JCILPS, H. Ibotombi Khuman, Pholindro Konsam, chairman of COHR, Thiyam Bharat Singh, reader CSSEIP- Manipur university, N Bimol president of MAPI council, L. Khupler Kom president of All Social and Cultural and Development organisation, Md. Abdul Hakim Sha Khulakpam secretary of Manipur state minority committee and Ch. Hemchand chairman of Robinhood Foundation Trust attended the function as presidium members.

With the remembrance of Sapam Robinhood candles were lighted at Hatta Minuthong at the evening.

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IMPHAL | July 8

The second edition of dynamic entrepreneurship was held today at Hotel Classic, North AOC, to boost and encourage entrepreneurship in the state. It was organised by Dynamic Manipur (DM) as a part of “Dynamic Startup”.

Faculty of Manipur Institute of Management Studies (MIMS), S. Keshorjit, speaking about the characteristics of an entrepreneur said that he is a dreamer, an innovator, risk taker, adaptable to change, good in negotiation skill and has a sense of belonging with the organisation one works with. 

Entrepreneurs are money makers and their sole aim is creation of wealth, they also think about self-employment, capital formation, employment generation, balance development among others, he continued.

But choosing entrepreneurship is a risk taking job where reality is the superior teacher he warned the gathering.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JCRE Solutions, L. Niranjan Singh speaking about “Journey of an entrepreneur”, he confessed that it is not an easy road to travel. He had taken many risks to be standing where he is today, he pointed out.

He explained in detail how he went through in his entrepreneurship journey and counselled the audience to believe in themselves in whatever they do.

MD of Globizs Web Solutions Pvt. Ltd, Roshnikumar Yambem spoke on “Spirituality in entrepreneurship” and MD of Thangjam Agro Industries Private Limited, Th. Joykumar was also one of the speakers of the seminar.

Approximately 250 budding entrepreneurs took part in the seminar with interest and enthusiasm.

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 00:00

No politics over flood: Biren

 By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 8

Chief minister N. Biren today inspected the flood affected areas of Imphal East and Thoubal district caused by recent floods in the State.

  During the visit, N. Biren Singh directed the DCs concerned to distribute the day-to-day essential items such as utensils, clothes, mattresses etc. for those families affected by the recent floods soon.

For the damaged houses and other properties, he instructed the DCs to identify the damaged houses and to provide financial assistance under the PMAY scheme to construct the houses of the flood affected families. He further directed to hand over the cheques under PMAY to the flood victims by Monday or Tuesday next week.

Chief minister further said there should not be politics over the recent floods and all people of the State should give an extra effort to help as many people as possible in the flood affected areas. He assured that the government would extend all possible support to the flood affected families of the State.

He was accompanied by minister for PWD Th. Biswajit Singh, parliamentary secretary (IFCD) L. Rameshwor, parliamentary secretary (Home), L. Susindro Meitei, parliamentary secretary (Tourism) Dr. Sapam Ranjan Singh, parliamentary secretary (Finance) Th. Satyabrata Singh, Imphal East DC Th. Chitra Devi and SP Kabib K.

 The team visited flood hit areas of Lilong Awang Leikai, Kiyamgei, Khongman, Bashikhong, Kongba Irong, Kongba Muribi etc.

The Manipur state disaster management authority (SDMA) vice-chairman Adim Pamei, has also inspected the recent flood affected areas in Lilong on Friday and assured the flood affected people to provide with necessary financial help and relief material after consulting with the chief minister.

The SDMA vice chairman further said that direction has been given to DC to conduct damage assessment and submit survey reports at the earliest.

Taking note the possibility of any outbreak of water borne diseases, he assured that a free medical camp will be conducted for the flood affected areas at the earliest.

The SDMA team visited several flood affected area in the Lilong constituency including the Lilong Houreibi Awang Leikai, where the Imphal river was breached, Nungei area etc.

A local source informed that the major problem that resulted in the breaching of the river bank at Houreibi was due construction of road along the river banks.

He further claimed that during the expansion of the road huge chunks of the rivers banks were trimmed.

As for Lilong Nungei Chongtham area almost all the residential areas including paddy fields are reportedly inundated for about a month now.

A local man revealed that the area has been flooded since the arrival of cyclone Mora that hit the state.

He further blamed the Ningthikhong Dam’s poor planning, connected to Imphal River, as one of the main factors of flooding of the areas.

At Khekman area the flood is reportedly occurred due to the low desk of Khekman RCC bridge which is under construction.

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 00:00

Nabakishore resignation accepted

IMPHAL | July 8

The Manipur Governor has accepted the retirement application by former chief secretary O. Nabakishore with effect from October 9, 2017.

In an order today the Governor said she is “pleased to allow Shri. O Nabakishore singh IAS (MN-1984) to retire” from the IAS.

In another order today the Governor has also sanctioned grant of earned leave to Nabakishore, from  July 10 to 25.

It may be recalled Nabakishore was recently shunted out from his post as chief secretary and posted as director general State Academy for Training.

Not long after Nabakishore tendered his resignation letter.

He will be succeeded as chief secretary by another senior IAS officer of the Manipur cadre, R.R. Rashmi.

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