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Thursday, 03 August 2017 00:00

Patsoi voters want fair election

IMPHAL | Aug 2

Some people of Patsoi Assembly constituency (A.C) accused counting agent, S. Tejmani Singh, election agent, O. Sharatchandra and bench clerk N. Joy of cheating while counting the votes in favour of current MLA, Ak. Mirabai.

Speaking to media persons at Manipur Press Club, Imphal, Keba’s worker Thongam Chaoba asked the government and the authority concerned to look into this matter.

Election will be reduced to a farce if it does not follow the norms and counting agents and election authority are allowed to misuse power. He said as the matter has been taken to the High Court of Manipur they hope that the government will do justice.

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The mudslinging between the TR Zeliang camp and that of the Dr Shurhozelie intensifies even as the latter group suspended Neiphiu Rio again from the primary and active membership of the Naga People’s Front (NPF).

Interestingly, former chief minister and sitting Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio was ‘selected’ by 36 legislators supporting TR Zeliang as the ‘interim’ president of the NPF on July 31.

Today’s decision of the DR Shurhozelie group of the NPF came a day after Neiphiu Rio had said he “was humbled by the decision of the NPF Legislature Party led by chief minister TR Zeliang for electing him as the interim president of the NPF party”.

Meanwhile, in an emergent meeting of the central office bearers of NPF led by Dr Shurhozelie said that the actions of the governor in installing the TR Zeliang government “without proper application of mind and by violating all norms and parliamentary procedures such as his hasty summoning of the House without giving reasonable time for Dr Shurhozelie to prove his majority”.

The meeting also observed that the Speaker in accepting the whip of the legislators and ignoring the legitimate whip issued by NPF chief whip Kiyanilie Peseyie whose appointment as the party’s chief whip on November 14, 2014 is still valid; and acting like he is the leader of the new dispensation led by expelled NPF member TR Zeliang, are unbecoming on the part of the governor who is expected and regarded as the custodian of the Constitution of India.

The Dr Shurhozelie led NPF meeting “vehemently condemned the biased” manner of the Speaker who “violated” all Constitutional norms to “ensure” that his brother-in-law sailed through the floor test on July 21 by accepting an “expelled” member of the NPF as the official whip of the party from which he is expelled, “and demands that he clearly explain to the people since when the appointment of the chief whip of the NPF party had been rescinded/ cancelled by the NPF party”.

He should also explain to the people as to when the chief whip of a political party is appointed by the legislators, and not by the political party as required by the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution of India, the NPF said.

The meeting then resolved to stand steadfast behind the leadership of ”party president” Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu and his team of office bearers as decided in the general convention of the NPF party on November 26, 2014 and reiterated at the special general convention of the party held on April 30, 2015 through the directive of the Election Commission of India.

It also “vehelently condemned the expelled/ suspended and few NPF legislators” in appointing Neiphiu Rio as the “so-called” Interim President of the NPF party and serving an ultimatum to the NPF party President Dr Shurhozelie to step down, and reminded these legislators that as per Constitutional provisions of the NPF Party, they, the legislators are not authorised to make any appointment including any active or primary member of the NPF party, least of all, an office bearer, leave alone the party President, Interim, ad hoc or work charged.

The meeting also resolved to endorse the decision of the party leadership in expelling 20 NPF legislators from the party and to place 12 members in suspension including suspension of Neiphiu Rio as recommended by the Disciplinary Action Committee, and further authorise the party leadership to take all measures required to maintain discipline, unity and integrity of the NPF party in the days to come.

 “In this connection, considering that all the NPF MLAs in the present camp of expelled TR Zeliang had violated the Whip issued by the NPF chief whip Kiyanilie Peseyie on the floor of the Assembly on July 21, the central office bearers recommend to the DAC to expel/ suspend the remaining dissident MLAs who have not been covered/ touched till date, as deemed fit”, the Dr Shurhozelie group said.

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 00:00

From grand to mundane

There is nothing new about the understanding that politics and governance are related by two different entities. The first generally tend to project itself as grand and visionary, while the latter is generally left to complete the rather mundane but vital functions of tackling routine matters of daily governance without which entire nations can become dysfunctional and ultimately collapse. French Philosopher Michel Foucault was the first to elucidate on this idea, calling it famously as “Governmantality”, a term which has caught the imagination of political scientists and thus entered their lexicon in a big way. A rough picturization in our context would be stark if we were to make a comparison between what politicians and political parties promise at the time of elections and how these promises slowly but sure average out to ultimately be at the level of what has always been the standard of governance, with little or no changes. All the visions and daredevil political rhetoric presented as the launching pads for a bold and beautiful future, ultimately grind down and “governmentality” takes over. And so, even as we speak, the old stories of tips to clerical staff to make official files move; the premium on high level connections or else capacity to pay bribes associated with government jobs; the non-functioning government institutions dragging on though doing little worthwhile; government schools and colleges which have only highly paid teaching staff but no students to teach in classes though plenty enrolled in office registers; roads with their black-toppings unable to withstand even a week of heavy shower; unruly traffic; chaotic parking; piling garbage dumps; and many more woes returning to be where they always were, and are again beginning to be normalized and accepted by a hapless public, as if declaring in surrender to a higher order that this is their fate and they better get used to living with it.

The reclaiming of the public sphere by “governmentality” is however not restricted to these matters of everyday concerns of the citizenry. It is quite able to subdue what were once material for fiery politics and public outbursts of outrage. The manner in which all the fires and brimstones of angry resistance against the formation of seven new districts and the supposed state oppression the move was supposed to symbolize, cooled and settled to the mundane normal, is witness to this. There were other raging issues too. The demand as well as the opposition to the introduction of a law to restrict and regulate immigration into the state to prevent the state’s original linguistic and cultural character from being put at peril by drastic demographic shifts, too have returned to the domain of the mundane. Equally conspicuously as this “normalcy” returns and the government of the day settles down, is that it is no longer certain which political parties and which politicians were the vehement and aggressive spokespersons of these issues, guilty of even being provocative, and sometimes even sounding like inciting communal disharmony. This is true of the formal politicians of the Assembly kind as well as the street variety of which breed there is no dearth in the state. Those who had once seemed sworn enemies have now found new grounds to patch up their differences and forget the issues they fought over. Either these causes were always on flimsy grounds, or else those championing them were false to their bone marrows. In many of the cases, these compromises reek of fresh demarcation of turf controls in matters of shares in government contract works. Quite discouragingly, the media too seems to be for the moment working on a different mode. Most are purring and fawning, abandoning their mandate to be the adversaries of power, whoever is in power.

Sometimes visionary leaders do emerge out of such chaos as we are witnessing in our region – leaders who besides being intuitively gifted with far visions are also strong and committed not to be swept along by the unending pressures of “governmentality”. In a rather different context and meaning, English writer George Eliot long before the idea of “governmentality” came to be, was also talking of the march of mediocrity, or “Middlemarch” which has through the ages been notorious for insidiously reducing all that are grand to nothing more than mundane. The hope offered by the author is, there are few, although far and between, who rise above “Middlemarch”. We do hope we will be witness to such leaders soon, not necessarily only in politics, but in many different fields of life, who will rise above the oppression of “Middlemarch”.

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 00:00

Phungyar BJP meeting

IMPHAL | Aug 2

A mandal Eeecutive meeting of Phungyar (ST) A/C BJP was held at Riha Loutei with M. Asnikumar Singh, State vice president (In-charge Ukhrul district) BJP Manipur Pradesh as the chief guest and Somi Awungshi as the guest of honour.

 A release said the Meeting was also attended by the village headman as the special guest. The Mandal executive meeting is a continuation program after being drafted as a resolution at the State executive meeting that all the districts should conduct district committee meeting.

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Fisheries training course

IMPHAL | Aug 2

The directorate of fisheries, government of Manipur has invited application for one year certificate course on inland fisheries development and management at Inland Fisheries Training centre, Lamphelpat.

A release of the directorate said the candidate must have passed 10+2 or its equivalent with biology as one of the subjects. Documents such as certificate of examination passed, mark sheet, age proof (minimum age limit is 28 years as on 1/4/2017) and tribe/caste/OBC certificate if required must be furnished, it said. Forms are available at the directorate office, Lamphelpat, it added.

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 00:00

Awareness programme on GST


An awareness programme on GST was organised by district e-governance society, Bishnupur to provide detailed information to the Common Service Centres of Moirang block at Moirang Konjengbam leikai.

District manager, district e- governance society Bishnupur, Prasanta Oinam who attended as the resource person, gave the detailed information about GST which was started by the government under the theme ‘One Nation One Market One tax.’

He said that the awareness programme was organised so that the CSCs may be informed about its advantages and people residing at remote areas can take its benefits.

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Women conduct liquor drive

IMPHAL | Aug 2

Oinam Meira Paibi Lup conducted a drive against liquor yesterday, with a team of police at Oinam. Eight liquor sellers were arrested after raiding 10 vendors. About 110 litres of alcohol and alcohol containers were confiscated by the police.

The arrested were later handed over to excise department for legal action, said a release. The drive was initiated as a measure to save the youths who are in danger of losing their lives due to drinking, it said adding the organisation expresses deep condolence over the loss of 5 people who died after consuming adulterated alcohol at Oinam Sawombung.

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3 GP members join NEIDP

IMPHAL | Aug 2

Three gram panchayat members were welcomed today to the North East India Development Party (NEIDP) at Salai office at Sagolband Tera Loukrakpam Leikai, Imphal.

Speaking on the reception ceremony, NEIDP vice-president, Sapam Kunjakeshwore alias Keba said that joining the party by the three prominent figures of Patsoi constituency will strengthen the party.

He claimed that in the upcoming 2022 Assembly election the party will be able to win many seats as the party works with dedication for the welfare of the people and development of the state.

Keba wishes the new BJP-led government to bring great development in the state and hopes that there will be positive changes in their five years term.

The three gram panchayat members are Sagolband Thounaojam Leikai (GP) Wahengbam Brajagopal Singh, Changangei (GP) Phuritsabam Loidang and Lukram Leirak Lamjaotongba (GP) Elangbam Susila Devi.  

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Police arrest UG members

IMPHAL | Aug 2

A team of district police commando, Thoubal arrested one active member of KCP (Noyon) from his residence at Salungpham Mayai Leikai on July 31, said a release by PRO police.

The arrested person was identified as Thingbaijam Jotin alias Thoungamba alias Moramba (22), son of Th Ningthempisak Singh and a case has been registered at Heirok police station and investigation is going on.

Further, the same police team arrested one active cadre of KYKL from Lilong Bazar on August 1. The arrested cadre was identified as R.K. Ranjan (42), son of R.K. Manisana of Brahmapur Nahabam Leikai, said the release.

On discloser of Ranjan, another cadre of the KYKL was arrested from Naharup Bridge on the same day. The person was identified as Sadam Hussain alias Angang (27), son of Md Murad of Khergao Sabal Leikai. A case has been registered at Lilong police station and investigation is going on.

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The DC of Churachandpur district, Shyam Lal Poonia and SP Rakesh Balwal explained the detailed plan of a mass cleanliness drive in the district in a press conference held at the DC bungalow today.

During the conference, the prevailing diseases caused by the lack of sanitation and awareness were discussed along with the idea of placing a mechanism under Swath Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G). The DC said that a cleanliness drive under SBM-G will be taken in Churachandpur town on August 5, where different department are tasked to enforce the drive in four different sectors.

Sector A will be under the in-charge of district forest officer of Churachandpur and the group will assemble at New Bazar Bus Parking to cover the areas of bus station, market area, Teddim road up to Lanva Bridge. While, Sector B will be under the in-charge of CEO-ADCC and will assemble at Police station to cover the Zenhang Lamka, police station areas, Rengkai road, Teddim Road (Sielmat bridge to New Bazar).

Moreover, Sector C will be under in-charge of Churachandpur SP and will assemble at Peace Ground of Tuibong to cover Forest gate and Market areas, Teddim Road (peace ground to Sielmat Bridge). Finally Sector D will be led by Churachandpur DC and will assemble at DC Bungalow to cover Hiangtam Lamka, Hill Town, Head Quarter Veng, Chengkonpang, D.Phailian, Bungmual and Pearsonmun.

The DC said that the drive will involve more than forty different departments existing in the district, which are divided to assist the four sectors wherein the drain, road side, garbage, bushes cleaning will be the priority. The village authority of the concerned areas will also assist the team on the drive.

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