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IMPHAL | July 9

Chief minister, N Biren Singh in his statement today indicated he will not be interfering with the decision taken by the previous government with regards to the creation of seven new districts in the state.

N Biren was responding to queries raised by reporters with regards to the tripartite talks involving United Naga Council (UNC), Union and state governments, during an inspection tour of flood affected areas in Kongpal.

He clarified that the tripartite talks due to be held in Ukhrul was deferred as the Joint Secretary Home Northeast in-charge, was engaged with emergency assignment with regards to GST.

Informing that the talks will soon be rescheduled, he informed that cabinet minister has been appointed to participate in the talks including agriculture minister, V Hangkhanlien, education minister, Th Radheshyam, TD minister, N Kayisii. Moreover, additional chief secretary home, J Suresh Babu, will also be part of the team, he said.

The chief minister asserted that the talks would be just a humble beginning of a political dialogue and ruled out any preconditions.

When asked whether the demand to rollback the decision of district creation was in the agenda, he swiftly responded that no such agenda was included although demand has been put forward.

“No government is permanent and it is a continuous process. What the government had decided we will stand by it. But, the government is open to discussion on issues regarding controversy surrounding boundaries and demarcation etc.”, opined N Biren.

As a part of the inspection tour, the chief minister inspected flood affected areas in Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishnupur district.

He said that after making a thorough assessment, the State government had sent a report of the present situation to the Centre yesterday.

However, surveys are still going on as the number of areas and villages submerged under water is increasing every day, he added.

He further informed that the Central government has started providing relief assistance to the State and 12 metric tons of rice has arrived.

Urging the public to maintain calm at this juncture, the chief minister assured that the State government would provide relief materials without any delay.

He also directed the officials concerned to closely monitor the situation and extend all possible help to the affected people.

  1. Biren also said that those people whose houses had been damaged by the recent spate of flood would be adequately compensated.

Apart from inspecting water levels at Khurai Salanthong, Haotal, Khabeisoi, Kongpal Kshetri Leikai, Kongpal Khaidem Leikai, Kongpal Kshetri Leikai, Porompat Thawanthaba, Ayangpalli Road, Kongba Mutum Leikai and Kongba Laishram Leikai, the chief minister also visited relief camps opened at Kongpal Kongkham Leikai, Amateur Athletic Association community hall and Ningthem Pukhri Mapal and Kongba Laishram Leikai in Imphal East district.

Biren also inspected flood affected areas like Nambol Khabi, Nambol Jiri, Konthoujam and many other adjoining villages and areas in Imphal West district and Nambol Phoijing in Bishnupur district.

He was accompanied by parliamentary secretaries L. Susindro, N. Indrajit, Dr. S. Ranjan and top officials of the State government.

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IMPHAL | July 9

O Nabakishore Singh IAS, who was just recently shunted from his post as chief secretary of Manipur, has clarified that his transfer has nothing to with any scam related with the Manipur Development Society (MDS).

A day after his resignation was accepted by the state government, a report implicated Nabakishore of being involved in MDS scam, which is now being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The report further alleged that his resignation as the chief secretary was the result of the scam.

Speaking to media persons at his official residence at Sanjenthong, Nabakishore refuted the allegation labelled against him as false and unfounded. He reiterated that voluntary retirement was applied on personal grounds.

He said that he took charge as the chief secretary of Manipur on October 1, 2015.

Further he explained that as per norms the chief secretary served as the chairman of the MDS, but his role is limited as ex-officio chairman to preside meetings convened by the MDS.

Pointing out that no executive power is given to the chairman he contended that the account of the MDS was operated by the project director and an administrative officer.  

Nevertheless, Nabakisore clarified that a month after he became the chairman, he was sanctioned authorisation by the state to counter sign the cheques of MDS along with the project director.

According to him the authorisation of counter sign was adopted to maintain transparency within the MDS.

He maintained that there was no error or irregularities in the accounts of the MDS during his tenure as the chairman. However, Nabakishore alleged that irregularities were detected in account statement being maintained before his tenure.

Following detection of discrepancies in some of the accounts especially in the inclusive tribal development projects Nabakishore reportedly submitted a written complaint to the state vigilance to further investigate the matter in November 2016.

It is learnt that with the formation of new government in the state, the case was later handed over to the CBI by a cabinet decision and signed by Nabakishore himself on May 2017.

Nabakishore, further refuting the allegation stated that the acceptance of his voluntary retirement by the state government speaks for itself of his clean service record.

He explained as per norms government only grants voluntary retirement to employees, against whom complaint or allegation of irregularities is not found after thorough investigation.

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Monday, 10 July 2017 00:00

Nagaland in political crisis

TR Zeliang stakes claim to form govt

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DIMAPUR |July 9

 The political crisis in Nagaland has worsened with chief minister, Shurhozelie Liezietsu dropping four top ministers from his government today. The trouble all started two days ago as several MLAs revolted against the continuance of the former as the chief minister.

Again, making it to further twist of the prevailing situation, the Naga People’s Front (NPF) also suspended 10 MLAs including former chief minister, TR Zeliang from the party today.  Among these 10 suspended MLAs the four dropped ministers are also included.

Advisor of Finance, TR Zeliang and advisor of chief minister, Nuklotoshi have also been dropped. Earlier on Saturday, 11 parliamentary secretaries were sacked from their posts by the chief minister.

According to a reliable source some 34 MLAs are still camping at Kaziranga Resort in Assam till late this evening, according to sources. The sources said that 7 Independent MLAs are also now endorsing TR Zeliang’s camp. If this arithmetic is true then TR Zeliang has 41 MLAs in his favour.

Meanwhile, a day after he had staked claim to form the government, TR Zeliang has reportedly left the Kaziranga Resort for New Delhi this afternoon. According to the sources, TR Zeliang is likely to meet central leaders in this regard. Governor of Nagaland, PB Acharya is also reportedly not in station presently.

It may be noted that Shurhozelie Liezietsu is to face by-election from Northern Angami-1 assembly constituency on July 29. He became the chief minister on February 22 this year after TR Zeliang was forced to step down as chief minister by people in the wake of local body election controversy over women reservation.

Meanwhile, Shurhozelie Lizietsu has appealed to the people to remain calm saying that the present crisis will be “resolved at the earliest”.

“I am deeply pained by the recent disturbing developments affecting the normal functioning of the government. The NPF led DAN government will complete its full term and I appeal to the people of the State to remain calm”, he said in a press release.

According to Shurhozelie Liezietsu, the current crisis is “within the NPF party and will be resolved at the earliest to bring about normalcy in the state. The mandate of the people will be respected and the present crisis will be resolved in the larger interest of the people of the State”.

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By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 9

Due to heavy rainfall in the state during the last few days, landslide on two national highways has compelled suspension of vehicular movement along the two important lifelines of the state.

Landslides in between Kotlen and Sejang villages of Tamenglong district have blocked traffic movement along Imphal-Jiri road (NH 37) as Border Roads Task Force labourers are trying to clear the debris.

Hundreds of loaded trucks and oil tankers are stranded on the either side of the damaged national highway. As torrential rains continue to lash Manipur and other Northeastern states, there might be more landslides along the highways, said district officials.

The state has been experiencing heavy downpour for the last four days and all low lying areas are inundated across the state.

According to reports the line of split bisects the road leaving only one half available for further vehicular movement.

Such collapse of surface along the highway is becoming common during monsoon and the district was hit by one of the heaviest rainfall in recent times.

The source further mentioned that heavy vehicles will not be able to pass the area until it is properly repaired. Due to the phenomenon, loaded vehicles as well as passenger buses coming towards the city have been stranded on the highway.

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IMPHAL | July 9

The single bench High Court (HC) of Manipur has quashed the final seniority list which allowed the promotion of new recruit MPS officer to Grade II and apparently paved way for the new recruit MPS to step ahead of their seniors.

As per the seniority list the new recruits who are now serving as Grade-I officers as additional SP, deputy CO, in-charge of CO/SPs were placed in between the promotee officer following the principle of dovetailing by an order of the government.

However, the HC in an ordered also rendered null and void all the proceedings allowing the new recruit to be appointed to Grade-I.

The order was passed by Justice Kh Nobin, high court of Manipur as a common order after the hearing of WP (C) number 366 and WP (C) NUMBER 120 of 2014 before the single bench on July 7.

The first petitioner (No.366) was filed by some promotee MPS Grade II officer to quashed the final seniority list dated May 17, 2103 and January 20, 2104 wherein the MPS direct recruit officer were placed in between promottee officers.

The second petition was filed by MPS promote officers alogn with others as petitioners for quashing the entire proceedings of the DPC and order issued by the state government for promotion of MPS Grade-I.

It is learnt that the petitioners were appointed on promotion to the post of MPS Grade-II by government’s order (dated March 1, 2007) on the recommendation of a duly constituted DPC associated with the MPSC in the recruitment year 2006-07.

On the other hand, the direct recruit MPS officers who are the private respondents and already promoted to MPS Grade-I and presently serving as SP, deputy CO, in-charge CO/SPs,  were also appointed to post of MPS Grade-II by two government’s order (dated August 14, 2007 and November 24, 2017 in the recruitment year 2007-08).

The HC directing the state to prepare the fresh seniority list taking into account the observation made by the court, asked to submit the same within the period of three months from the date of the receipt of the order.

Moreover, it further asked the state government to follow the guidelines contain in the officer memorandum (dated February 7, 1986 adopted by the state vide its office memorandum dated November 13 1987 as directed by the Guwahati High Court in WP (C) No. 235 of 2012 on February 2013).

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IMPHAL | July 9

Education minister Thokchom Radheshyam said the seat capacity of T. G. Higher Secondary School would be increased by 150 seats above the existing seat. He explained that the decision to increase the number of seats was taken in the interest of the students and parents.

The minister conducted a cleanliness camp at T. G. Higher Secondary School. The drive, he said, is an initiative he hopes to do every month by visiting at least one of the educational institutions of the state.

 During the visit, he inspected laboratories, classrooms, hostel and other infrastructures of the school. He assured those necessary requirements of the school especially the flooded laboratory and the under-construction girls’ hostel that needs to be repaired and completed will be done as soon as possible. So, the students do not face any troubles after classes are once commenced.

The minister said it is delightful to see that there is heavy rush in government higher secondary schools to get admission. The government schools are equipped with the most qualified teachers. Good teachers are those who can make the weakest student of a class to one of the finest students of the school, he added.

In terms of salary for the teachers under SSA, RMSA and RUSA, the minister explained that their financial aid comes from centre on timely basis, as it is Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS). The funds for both the civil and salary is sanctioned together.

He explained that under the scheme the construction work are to be completed on targeted time and the report should be submitted on time. However, inability to submit report and utilization certificate leads to non-release of the funds.

He also mentioned that he along with his officials had appealed to the authority concerned to separate the sanctioning of the salary from civil component as the state faces certain problems in carrying out the civil works.

The owners of the neighbouring buildings encroaching the school property were called and told to extend their support in restoring the school areas. For this the owner were informed to keep in touch with the authority concerned to rectify the illegally constructed part encroaching the hostel area specially meant for the girls’ student.

He also heard to the grievances of the teachers and assured that certain plans have been taken up to sanction teachers’ salary by first of every month. He also urged the teachers to sincerely dedicate and be committed to their profession setting a target to make their students one of the best.

 In the camp director Education (S) Th. Kirankumar, engineering team and other officials of the department, principal, teachers and non-teaching staff were also present.

Later, the minister went to inspect certain areas of his constituency, highlighted on a social media about the accidents and difficulties faced by the people due to potholes. Taking immediate action, the potholes of the roads linking Sikhong Bazaar to Yairipok at Nongpok Sekmai and the Lourembam Pechi Chinglak to Shikhong Sekmai, were filled up. He also convinced the people that he would talk to the contractors and engineering team undertaking the construction work of the road.

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IMPHAL | July 9

Deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh said, songs have a unique quality to build better human relationship. Every society has a distinct characteristic and therefore remembering the old and profound songs would also be needful to our society, he added.

He was speaking at the closing function of the two days musical festival and a tribute to legendary Singers of Manipur “Kaongamdraba Ishei” at Chandrakirti auditorium, Palace Compound in Imphal, today.

Joykumar continued as human beings have attributes of remembering the past comparing with other creators, we should remember the old songs which can give us the warmth of better human relationship.  

He further said even education also evolved from human memory, it is the way that we should remember the old songs which has become more relevant in our life. It can give us peace and joy. In the present day society, artists also need to remember the old numbers and traditions of singing, he added.

Education minister Th. Radheshyam Singh while speaking at the function said, song has the uniqueness to identify a society and it can give us mental contentment for long. Therefore, artists and musicians have an important role in giving good taste to the listeners, he added.

Expressing concern over the imitation and copying tactics even in music, Radheshyam urged the budding talents to act in a different way. He said, copying from some other music to Manipuri, will deprive its significance.

Renowned musicologist, Laishram Birendrakumar Singh, president, Apunba Manipur Matam Ishei Kanglup (AMMIK), S. Tijendra, and many artists also attended the closing function. The two days festival was organised by AMMIK in collaboration with department of Art & Culture.

Earlier today, deputy chief minister attended 7th Meritorious Award Ceremony, 2017 held at United Clubs, Uripok where he distributed awards to the outstanding students in IMC Ward No. 4 area in the High School Leaving Certificate Examination & Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination, 2017.

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IMPHAL | July 9

Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently-Able Persons, Manipur today has complained the state government has not implemented various welfare schemes for differently abled people of the state since 2013.

Joint secretary of the centre, Oinam Birkumar Singh told reporters at its Babupara office that the state government has not taken the issues of differently abled persons seriously. There are particularly five schemes which had been declared in 2013 but nothing has been heard about since then. The five schemes are unemployment allowance, Indira Gandhi National Disabled pension scheme, financial assistance, scholarship and merit incentives award, he said.

He further questioned, what had happened to the merit incentives award since 2013.

He elaborated that 330 applicants applied for this scheme and some had got the benefits but about 50 beneficiaries were not given till now.

The relief centre also questioned the issuing of fake PwD (Persons with disabilities) certificates during the recently called recruitments of PwD post in Social Welfare department.

Oinam also said that lately they have been getting calls from unknown numbers in the name of Social Welfare office asking for their Aadhaar number.

“These calls sound doubtful and disturbing, we never want to give out our details without genuine proofs”, he added and appealed whoever they are to stop disturbing them.

“We also request the incumbent government to provide a barrier free accessibility in public transport and especially in MST buses”, he added.

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IMPHAL | July 9

United Women Development Organisation (UWDO), Bishnupur district today tried to storm governor’s residence condemning the transfer of Oinam Nabakishore from the post of chief secretary.

Assistant secretary of the organisation, Haisnam Mombi Kiranmala Devi said that this is an all Manipur issue and will fight till Nabakishore is restored back to his former post. “We will not be protesting like this if he had been transferred with proper official decision”, she reiterated.

“The first ever Manipuri chief secretary has been shunted from his post with only two and a half months of service left, and this is so unfair and we the people of Manipur are really unsatisfied and enraged by this decision”, she added. 

The women members tried to storm governor’s residence but police personnel did not allow them to cross the Johnstone school area. Thereafter they stopped and staged their protest at that spot itself meanwtime the general secretary and president of the organisation went to meet the chief minister.

After meeting the chief minister, the president of the organisation, Mangi said that the chief minister had resolved to solve the case at the earliest and he regrets that Nabakishore had filed his resignation too quickly when there is still time to reconsider the transfer.

The women organisation also decided to meet the chief minister again on July 11 about this case.

It may be noted that on July 6, Oinam Nabakishore was transferred from the post of state’s chief secretary to the post of director general of State Academy of Training. He had been replaced by R. R Rashmi, a senior officer IAS who had also served as chief vigilance commissioner.

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Monday, 10 July 2017 00:00

Three minor boys missing

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 9

In what suspected to be a case of recruitment of child soldier three minor boys from Sinam Mayai Leikai , Imphal Eas district, remained traceless since yesterday.

According to reports the three minor went missing since 2 pm yesterday and remained traceless since. It is learnt that the kids were last seen with a couple (husband and wife) boarding Imphal bound passenger vehicle from Pukhao.

Further the report said that the couple whose identity is yet to be established came to Sinam village about five days back and has been staying at a relative place identified as Phuritsabam Tolungou.

It has been reported that Tolungou’s son was one of the missing minors who were allegedly seen in the company of the couple.

A case has been registered at the Sagolmang police station by the families of the minor boys.

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