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Police arrest KCP members

IMPHAL | Sept 9

A team of District Police Commando, Thoubal arrested two active members of KCP (MJC) during a search operation in the general area of Phoudel Mayai Leikai, said release by PRO Police.

It said, the arrested members were identified as Elangbam Kesho Singh alias Priyo alias Romio alias Thoiba Luwang (42), son of E. Dijamani Singh of Lamjaon Awang Leikai and Angom (N) Naorem (O) Romibala Devi (47), wife of N. Khogen Singh of Sugnu Mayai Leikai. A case has been registered at Yairipok Police Station and investigation is going on.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 00:00

Facial Hair – How to Care

By Shahnaz Husain

All women have light coloured  body and facial hair.

Generally, around 10% of women battle   problem of   extensive , coarse and dark  facial  hair growth.

The  unwanted hair growth in females  is  mainly caused   due to   hormonal or  genetic disorder, stress, prescription drugs  ,higher than normal levels of male hormones in the body  or  a combination of various such  factors .

All women produce male hormones called  testosterone, but higher than normal levels  increases  sex drive, affect  menstrual cycle and produce excess facial and body hair.

The  excess growth of hair on neck, chin,  upper lips, cheeks or forehead  can be frustrating and embarrassing

calling for a medical intervention or surgery like  laser treatment , bleaching, waxing or shaving.

Every woman wants  to look beautiful, soft and smooth  without any dark   hair on face or other parts of body skin. The various products available in market to get rid of thick  facial hair  can be expensive and  irritate skin due to harsh chemicals .

There are many easy and safe methods  to remove facial hairs though it may take some time to show results . Natural treatments are best remedies in removing unwanted facial hairs.Coarse and thick growth of hair, especially on the face, presents quite a problem, where beauty is concerned.  All women are troubled by it, because it detracts from femininity. There are many causes for excessive facial hair growth and one should consult an endocrinologist to seek advice and treatment.

Where removal of facial hair is concerned, it falls into two categories – temporary and permanent. The method should be chosen according to quantity or thickness of hair, its location and rate of growth. It is also essential to get information about the advantages and disadvantages of the various methods. Temporary hair removal, as the term suggests, requires repeat treatments, as and when there is re-growth. Methods such as depilation, shaving, tweezing, threading, waxing, epilation, come under the temporary category. Several hair removal creams are available, which contain chemical ingredients to dissolve hair. However, chemical hair removal creams can sometimes cause skin discolouration (dark patches) and should preferably be avoided on the face, especially on the “upper lip” area, which is particularly sensitive. Needless to say, a hair removing cream should be patch-tested before use. This is done by applying it on the inner arm. If there is a reaction within 10 to 15 minutes, it should not be used.

An effective and common facial hair removal method is threading. It is useful for shaping the eyebrows and also for removal of facial hair on areas like the upper lip and chin. There may be slight redness after threading, which reduces in a day. It is a popular method of hair removal. Tweezing is another method, where one hair is removed at a time. It is a suitable method for shaping the eyebrows, or to remove solitary hairs from the chin area, or eyebrows. It can also be used to remove any solitary hair after threading. However, a word of caution – hair from a mole must not be removed without consulting a doctor.

Waxing can also be used for facial hair removal. Soft, strip waxing is useful. Roll on waxing kits are also available. It is said to be a breakthrough technology that may be used for facial hair. It is becoming popular as it is easy to use and also more hygienic. The results are also said to be longer lasting. This relatively new method has a roll-on applicator, which is placed in a device that heats the product, but at a low temperature. It is then rolled on the area and removed with a strip. It is said to be useful in removal of short facial hair.

Hair removal by laser is becoming increasingly popular as a permanent method. Laser produces an intense beam of light, which is absorbed by the hair follicles. The laser disables the hair follicle’s ability to produce hair. The heat produced by the laser light is controlled by the operator. A strong laser light leads to more heat. That is why cooling devices are used to prevent damage to the rest of the skin. The advantage of laser is that the laser light can scan broader areas. Therefore, fewer sessions may be required. It should be done under supervision of a doctor. The temporary known side effects are redness, swelling and itching. The main risk in laser treatment is the possibility of skin burns, due to excessive heat of the laser light. Regrowth occurs in some cases, but is slower and scantier. It is very important to find a good laser clinic. So, before choosing the clinic, it is essential to find out its reputation, by making enquiries and talking to people who have been through the treatment. It is an expensive procedure and one should also discuss the approximate number of sessions that may be needed.

Laser can be used to remove hair from the entire face, or from particular areas, like upper lips, chin or cheeks. The time taken for the actual treatment is not much. As re-growth may occur, one may have to repeat the treatment after four or five months.

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By Sanjoo Thangjam

Albert Einstein once said that if there were any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it will be Buddhism as it has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: It transcends a personal god, dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and the spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and  the spiritual, as a meaningful unity.

Therefore, in view of a above premises or rather in another terms, what Albert Einstein meant to say is that unlike human beings, animals have no politics, or government, religion or education, but yet maintain themselves without facing many difficulties among themselves. What would be the situation among human beings, if they were allowed to live without any government , religion or education?

And for this raison d'être, the Buddha said that Government cannot control human beings merely by imposing more and more rules. The more the Government make rules, the more the people will find loopholes to break them. If man or woman were morally trained by a religion which makes him or her understand why he or she should behave as a good citizen, no problems would arise.

Political religions have no authority to impose religious laws. Their duty is to uphold the religious principles, introduced by the enlightened religious teachers to maintain peace and order in the society.

Subsequently, Mahatma Gandhi as well said, "I do not accept India of my dream to develop one religion, to be wholly Hindu, Christian or wholly Muslim, but I want it to be wholly tolerant with its religions working side by side with one another." 

Yet again in disparity, people may cheat the Government but not religion. One who tries to cheat religion cheats oneself. Discipline cannot be brought out by coercion and compulsion or by science, but by sincerely following a religion, which stands for peace, purity and happiness. And we should not judge the merits or demerits of a religion simply by watching certain ill-conceived  practices and beliefs adopted by illiterate people in the name of religion.

The original teachings of the great teachers are open to everybody and must be examined before criticism is made. Irreligion is sometimes propagated under the garment of religion. Many people think religion is to found only in a place of worship and a guru and they regard religion as suitable for old folks or women but not for the youths, educated or rich people.

To them, religion can only be found within the covers of some musty books but not among the flowers that bloom so freshly in the fields. These ideas are the results of their negligence, laziness and misunderstanding.

Therefore, the Buddha said that in his eyes, a religious man is one who is leading a noble life. Such a person can be a follower of any religion or even a person without any religious label.

Yet, if such a person could purify his mind from various defilements or evil thoughts, then he will be able to enjoy a happy, peaceful, contended life and finally attain everlasting happiness.

It is not easy for a person to prove that he is more religious than others, just because he worships and prays so many times a day or by making offerings in the name of a god or a religious teacher. The Buddhists believe that the only way to be religious is by following noble principles to develop the moral and spiritual aspects of our life without harming others.

The Buddha said that we also cannot show the progress in religion simply by erecting big buildings as places of worship, or by making huge images, or through various functions and ceremonies, or organising some colourful and attractive religious activities to bring more and more people into religion.

But we can show the progress of a religion according to the behaviour of the followers of the religions, how they convince others through  their decent life and kindness, sincerity, harmless and unblamable life.   

The quotations written below are the sayings of the founders of several religious teachers as well as great philosophers, thinkers, scientists, historians, psychologists, politicians and free thinkers Their names and references are given below in many places.

  1. Buddhism is a living religions

Buddhism influenced Indian life in a hundred ways, as it was bound to, for it must be remembered that it was a living, dynamic , and wide-spread religion in India for over thousand years. - Pandit Nehru

  1. Science and religion

Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind. - Albert Einstein

  1. Belief in charms and magic

Some people resort to charms, magic, supernatural powers and mantras to overcome their problems. But nobody knows just how far they can succeed through such beliefs and practices. - Swami Vivekananda

  1. Why religion was introduced

     Religious belief is the invention of a wise man statesman who wished to restrain men from secret and hidden vices. - Critias, uncle of Plato

  1. Everything is interdependent

World depend on God and God depends on world. All are interdependent. - Prof. Whitehead

  1. Experience of the divine in man

Religion is not a set of doctrines but it is experience. And religious teachers experience is based on realisation of the presence of the divine in man. - Dr. Radhakrishnan

  1. God must be in the mind

Beware of the man whose god is in the skies. - George Bernard Shaw

  1. How we behave in front of God

Before God we are equally wise - equally foolish. - Albert Einstein

  1. Why religion influences hatred

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. - Jonathan Swift

  1. Religion is to conquer

Religion is the conquest of fear; the antidote of failure and death. - Dr. Radhakrishnan

  1. Moral conduct and religion

Religion is central part of our education that determines our moral conduct.

H.G. Wells

  1. Moral principle are in religion

Religion is the recognition of our moral principles as laws that must not be transgressed.  - Kant

  1. Concept of god is important

If the concept of god did not exist, somehow or other, man would have created one because it is    very important for psyche. A divine power is necessary to allay our innate fear. - Anotole France

And last but not the least, I, as a lay Buddhist respect and honour the founders and teachers of other religions. All the religious teachers deserve respects and honour, for they have also done service to mankind. If I like, I can also keep pictures or symbols of these religious teachers in my home. Because Buddhism advises us to honour those who are worthy of honour.

(The writer is a lay Buddhist and Human Rights Activist for People Who Use Drugs (PUDs)

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By Col Anil Bhat, VSM (retd)

If the current Sino-India stand-off gets resolved- we can only hope it will- then come this October (2017), the two nations will have created a record of completing 50 years of  bullet-less management of the long Line of Actual Control (LAC). But for a country which wants to trade tremendously with India, this decades long management to maintain peace and tranquility has been punctuated frequently, continuously, by transgressions on some pretext or the other, by China’s Peoples Liberation Army (PLA). While PLA air force has been complementing many of the land transgressions, PLA navy has stepped up its presence with proximity in the Indian Ocean Region. The latest is PLA’s bluster: “Moving a mountain easier than shaking PLA.”

The titles of some essays by this writer over the past decade at least will give a fair idea  of the nature of the Sino-Indian relationship and characteristics of the Chinese government and the PLA in its conduct. These are: China punctuates dialogue with aggressive cross-border action, India's Eastern Neighbour Fuels Insurgencies/China Supports (IndiA’s) North East Terrorist Groups, China’s Dra’goon’ Diplomacy, India-China Relations- No Bullets On Borders Since 1967 And  Trade With Tensions, Sino- Indian Relations Sourer Than Sweet, Chinese Checkers Redux, Chinese ‘Fingering’ in Sikkim. Chinese ‘Dadagiri’, Management   of Sino-Indian Ties on Table and Terrain, Be Water-Wise With China and so on.

Since five years after the 1962 Sino-Indian war, following PLA upping the ante with not only small arms but artillery also and a fierce retaliation by Indian Army at Sikkim in 1967, the 4057kms long complex and perception-based Line of Control (LAC), has been managed by both armies without pulling the trigger for the fiftieth year now. And that is despite very frequent incursions/transgressions mainly/much more by China’s Peoples Liberation Army (PLA), many of  which resulted in unarmed grappling by troops of both armies, but always ended with negotiations by field commanders and/or diplomatic dialogue.    

However, PLA’s transgression beginning on 08 June 2017 into Bhutan’s Doklam plateau (also known as Doka La by India and claimed as Donglun by China), at the tri-junction of India’s Sikkim, Bhutan and China-held Tibet, actually amounts to aggression and has resulted in a dangerous stand-off, continuing for  over a month.

On the very next day, 09 June, when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping met for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s summit at at Astana, Kazhakstan, it was reported:  "There was an understanding that where we have differences, it is important that differences should not become disputes."  But PLA’s actions on the ground belie such a spirit. First, it demolished two bunkers and then began  constructing a road towards Doka La. The Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) tried to intervene but were pushed back. RBA then sought assistance of the Indian troops, who moved down the ridge and obstructed the construction work, leading to the standoff. Visuals on tv news networks of Indian soldiers relentlessly grappling with their PLA counterparts leave no doubt about their determination and great restraint.

Bhutan’s ambassador to India Vestop Namgyel is reported to have stated in media that Bhutan issued a demarche to China over the construction of a road towards its Army camp in Zomplri area of Doklam and asked China to restore status quo by stopping the construction work. The stand-off has also led to diplomatic heat  between India and China, as both sides have reinforced their positions. China has accused India of wrongfully interfering in China-Bhutan boundary talks and said that the “ball is in India’s court” to end the standoff. Indian Army has deployed 3,500 additional “non-combative” troops in a show of strength near the tri-junction.

India expediting the building of  hollow block bunkers along the LAC, India’s refusal to take part in the One Belt, One Road summit organized by China and PM Modi’s visits to the US and Israel, have all peeved China.  Since then, Beijing has issued a warning over India’s strategic infrastructure development along/near the LAC, especially in the north-east region. China opposed the infrastructure development issue several times. It is certainly not happy about India raising a mountain corps with two divisions already and the construction of bunkers particularly, has been a flashpoint in Sino-India ties.

Former foreign secretary and former Indian ambassador to China, Nirupama Rao is reported to have stated the last few months have exposed the fragilities and strains in the India-China relationship. The equilibrium is already pitched at a low level. There has been no visible attempt to defuse tensions as the temperature has risen steadily. India has some genuine grievances which China has shown little understanding of. The Chinese handling of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor issue is one example...... The dispute in the Doklam area is known. It is not a new phenomenon. But China’s road construction is a deliberate move to trigger a response from Bhutan and from India. Through its actions, China seeks to impose its own definition of the tri-junction point of the boundary between Bhutan, China and India (Sikkim). The move has serious security ramifications for both Bhutan and India’s defence interests.....Bhutan and India enjoy the closest relationship of mutual trust and confidence and enduring friendship. There is absolutely no controversy about military-to-military cooperation and understanding between our two countries. India holds Bhutanese sovereignty as sacred and inviolable.

According to Claude Arpi, India-based French expert on India, China and Tibet,   China has tried to push the envelope by starting to build a road on a territory which is disputed, thinking that India would not defend Bhutan, which was a wrong judgment by Beijing.

A brief look at some events during the past fifty bulletless years is relevant.

In 1967, when PLA upped the ante at Nathu La, Sikkim, by mortar and artillery bombardment and direct fire, killing some Indian Army officers and soldiers, Ms Indira Gandhi overturned the 1962 humiliation by sanctioning use of artillery requested for by the then Brigade Commander, Brig. M.M.S. Bakshi, MVC, resulting in about 400 PLA troops being  killed, a convoy of vehicles being destroyed and many bunkers being levelled. The message that 1962 cannot be repeated went to the Chinese very effectively. However, incursions by Chinese continued in some form or the other, but significantly, they have all been bullet-less for fifty years since that skirmish, so far.

1986-87: China upped the ante again with a massive build-up in the Sumdorong Chu region, north of Tawang.  Then Indian Army Chief Gen Krishnaswamy Sundarji responded by launching Operation Falcon. The crisis was resolved without  any exchange of fire.

1994: Gen Bipin Joshi became the first Indian Army Chief to be invited by China since 1962.  While the Chinese broke protocol in welcoming him, transgressions continued.

1999: During the Kargil conflict, the Pangong Tso area became a great flashpoint when, China constructed a 5 kms long track right up to the lake's southern bank. Both sides now carry out routine patrols on the track and mark their presence, but avoid physical contact. Yet Chinese patrolling speedboats often swirl aggressively around Indian boats.

31 January 2000: The Chinese Peoples Liberation Army built a permanent road network and set up bunkers 5 km on the Indian side of the LAC in Ladakh’s Aksai Chin area.

1 April 2000: India and China commemorate 50th anniversary of  diplomatic relations. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mukut Mithi accused China of violating the LAC and crossing into Indian territory. Mithi said Chinese-built mule tracks had been discovered by Indian Army soldierss near the Kayela Pass in the state's Dibang Valley district, bordering Tibet. "They come in the guise of hunters, cross the LAC and at times even claim that parts of Arunachal belong to them,"he had said.

23 June 2003: When Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee made a landmark visit to China, a Chinese patrol transgressed 16 kms inside India and intimidat an Indian detachment.

6 July 2006: China and India re-open Nathu La Pass, Sikkim, which was closed since the 1962 Sino-Indian war. In November 2006, the  Chinese  Ambassador to India publicly declared that Arunachal Pradesh was Chinese territory. In December, PLA conducted  joint military war games with Pak army in West of J&K, codenamed "Friendship 2006”, to mark the 55th anniversary of Sino-Pakistan diplomatic relations, based on India being viewed as a common enemy. Subsequently the Chinese build-up began in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, which now amounts to an army disvision.

25 May 2007: China denied a visa to Arunachal Pradesh chief minister, arguing that since the state is in fact a part of China he would not require a visa to visit his own country. Then BJP MP Kiren Rijiju made a startling claim that China had moved 20 kilometres into the Indian territory, amounting to 9000 square kms since quite some time and claimed that Ministry of External Affairs had admitted to Chinese occupation of Arunachal Pradesh. 140 incursions reportedly occurred in 2007.

Soon after former Defence Minister AK Antony’s late 2007 visit to Arunachal Pradesh , former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised a substantial long-overdue infrastructural development package to the State . Major mobilization and relocation of Border Roads Organisation’s (BRO) resources became the spark-off point for the Chinese to focus their attention on Eastern Ladakh, the J&K part of the LAC, by launching a series of multi-mode and multi-dimensional incursions involving camping, painting CHINA in Mandarin on rock faces, filching fuel and what not. In this "increasingly assertive'' behaviour by China, transgressions on the Pangong Tso (tso means lake), by Chinese troops on foot/ motorized boat patrols have become a continuous routine.

2008-09: There were major Chinese incursions in the general area of the barren land at Chumar, East of the picturesque Morari Tso, Zulung La and the 22, 420 feet high  Mount Gya.

27 August 2010: India canceled defence exchanges with China after Beijing refused a visa to Lt. Gen. B.S. Jaswal, heading Northern Command, because he “controlled” the disputed area of J&K. India subsequently refused to allow two Chinese defense officials to visit New Delhi. November 2010: China started the practice of issuing stapled visas to people from Jammu and Kashmir.

April 2013: A platoon-plus Chinese detachment made a most unusual kind of intrusion 19 kms across the LAC into Indian territory at Chumar, in Ladakh’s Daulat Beg Oldi sector/Depsang Valley, camped there in tents with Molosser dogs for three weeks and departed after much diplomatic dialogue. On 17 June another detachment of Chinese troops came on horseback,  demolished/damaged some bunkers, cut some wires of cameras installed at the border post and took away some other visual equipment, broken remains of which were reportedly returned later. Chumar, located 300 km from Leh, has always been an area of discomfort for the Chinese troops as this is the only area along the LAC, which they do not have easy/close access to . On 12 July, Chinese troops transgressed in area Burtse, about 30 km from the LAC.

September 2014:  When Xi visited India, PM Modi, broke protocol and received him in Ahmedabad. China promised $20 billion worth of investments in India over five years. Even as the two leaders sat on a swing at the banks of the Sabarmati river, the PLA had already violated the LAC at Ladakh-Chumar and Demchok. When confronted by Modi over these intrusions, Xi is reported to have assured him to have his troops to withdrawn and end the border standoff, after he returned.

While China has been petty enough to disallow Indian pilgrims to visit Kailash Mansarovar, Indian government and Army are tight-lipped but deliberating at the highest levels and this time they have not yet blinked. War is certainly not a favorable option for either country. But God forbid, if push comes to shove, the Army Chief  Gen Bipin Rawat has already stated that Indian Army is prepared for a two and a half fronts war. PLA should remember 1967.

(The author, in independent strategic analyst, is Editor, WordSword Features)

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By Yambem Laba

Rishang Keishing, who expired in Imphal on 22 August, at the age of 98, was elected to India’s first Parliament in 1952. He entered politics without any political background — he was a former school headmaster. He contested the elections on a Socialist Party ticket, lured by the voice of stalwarts like Ram Manohar Lohia and others.

Some say he was baptised into the socialist fold while studying in St Paul’s College, Calcutta through noted Assamese litterateur Birendrakumar Bhattacharya who was in college with him.

As an MP from the Socialist Party, Rishang was a firebrand right from the start, raising issues both regional and national. He was re-elected in 1962 and his power play on the floors of the Lok Sabha soon caught the eyes of then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who is said to have persuaded him to join the Congress. He did so in 1964.

Rishang stood firmly with the party when 13 of the 14 Congress MLAs quit. It is said that he gave the “grasshopper” legislators his blessings before they announced their formal departure, leaving him as the lone member of the opposition in the house. That was in 2000-2001. But Rishang was actually a reluctant politician.

After graduating from Calcutta University in 1946, he applied for the post of a sub-deputy collector with the then interim Manipur government, around 1947-48. When he didn’t get selected, he approached then chief minister Maharajkuar Priyabrata Singh for an explanation who told him to meet Major Ranenglao “Bob” Khathing.

Bob is the other “legend” belonging to the Tangkhul community apart from Rishang and NSCN (IM) general secretary Th Muivah. Bob was then home minister of Manipur.

Rishang met Bob and told him his desires to join the government. Bob is said to have frowned at him and said, “Are you mad… if you join the bureaucracy who is going to look after your people?” That was a turning point in his life. He returned to his old school which he had helped found and started fanning his socialistic flames acquired in Calcutta.

After the end of his second tenure with the Lok Sabha in 1967, he started paving his way into state politics and he did so by forming the United Naga Integration Council. It gave a democratic call for the integration of all Naga areas of Manipur with Nagaland, a move similar to the one being made by Muivah at gun point now.

Later Rishang merged his party with the Congress under certain clauses, cleverly drafted by him, which said, “the Congress Party does not view the demands of the United Naga Integration Council as being anti-Congress or anti-national”.

But that merger move, which gets continuously raked up till now, had placed Rishang higher up in the echelons of the Congress till he became its chief and got elected to the Lok Sabha on its ticket. Since then he had been the state chief minister four times. He was Rajya Sabha MP for two consecutive times, during which he was feted by the President, Vice-President and Prime Minister for being the lone surviving MP from the first Lok Sabha. He later earned the sobriquet of being the world’s oldest parliamentarian.

Rishang was first elected to the Manipur Legislative Assembly in 1974 and became a Minister in 1975 when RK Dorendro was the chief minister. He became Manipur’s chief minister in 1980 and continued till 1988 when he was “hijacked” from his position, despite having a majority of supporters within the Congress Legislative Party by Rajiv Gandhi who deputed his home minister Buta Singh in what is known in local Manipuri political parlance as the “midnight coup”. For it was around midnight when General (Retd) KVK Krishna Rao, Governor of Manipur sworn in RK Jaichandra Singh who was then a member of the Rajya Sabha.

A deeply hurt Rishang had to silently undergo this political humiliation from the Gandhi family. He continued to play a low-key role till crawling back to power, first by becoming the deputy chief minister under Dorendro again in 1992 and when that government was dismissed on 31 December 1993 and the state placed under President’s Rule, and the house kept under animated suspension.

Rishang was silently working his way through Union Home Minister SB Chavan and Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao to lift the President’s Rule and to become chief minister. It finally bore fruit in November 1994 and then Governor Lt General (Rtd) VK Nayar had to resign from his post in deference to the Centre’s wish to have the date of trial of strength on the floors of the Assembly postponed in favour of Rishang.

In 1995, within two months, the state went to the polls and the Congress swept the elections. Rishang became chief minister for the fourth time.

What made Rishang stand out from other politicians were his patience and perseverance and the sense of keeping calm in the worst situations.

In 1984 Muivah’s cadres ambushed Rishang’s convoy on the way back from his Phungyar constituency in Ukhrul. Four of his escorts were killed and seven injured. Later I had the audacity to ask him if he had arranged that ambush to prop up his popularity as NSCN (IM) cadres were ever known to have missed a target earlier. A normal politician would have flared up but the old man just kept his cool and simply said “No’, adding “Superintendent of Police, Romen Singh saved my life by escorting me.”

Later, when his then political heir Morung Makunga fired a pistol in his drawing room and broke the glass topping of the side table by stamping on it, an unperturbed Rishang just gazed at Morung and simply said, “Morung are you mad?”

Morung later told me that it was next to impossible to make Rishang angry.

The President, Prime Minister and the Odisha Governor, SC Jamir joined leaders across the state to mourn Rishang’s demise. But there was an ominous silence on the part of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

Rishang’s body lay in state for a day at his Mantripukhri residence and was to be taken to his ancestral village in Bungpa Khullen in the now Kamjong district. But after a funeral service at the Manipur Baptist Church and paying of respects at the Congress Bhawan and when the cortege was about to be taken, word came in that the NSCN (IM) will not allow Rishang’s body to be interned at his village, an area where the writ of the rebel group runs under a truce with the Centre.

So the body was laid to rest at his Mantripukhri home.

Muivah seems to have taken revenge on a dead Rishang, a man he could not kill while alive. That was the price Rishang had to pay for keeping Manipur as one unit where all the communities could live in peace and harmony together.

(The writer is the Imphal-based special representative of The Statesman)

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 00:00

Anti-drug campaign

IMPHAL | Sept 9

Anti-drug campaign jointly organised by All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) and Coalition against Drugs and Alcohol (CADA)   was held yesterday at JNV, Umathel, Kakching.

A release said that CADA vice-president, Hijam Priyokumar and secretary finance of CADA head office, Geetchandra Mamang attended as resource person of the campaign and also formed an anti-drug cell of the school.

It further said that anti-drug campaign was also today at New Era Higher Secondary School, Thoubal and also formed an anti-drug cell of the school.

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Spot painting competition

IMPHAL | Sept 9

Rotary Club of Imphal will be organising the 43rd spot painting competition tomorrow for the students of Class I to X at Rotary Multi Service Centre, Mantripukhri at aroubd 10 am.

A release said that there are neither registration forms nor any fees and registration can also be done directly on the day of the competition at 9 am at the venue on the production of school identity cards.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 00:00

National Lok Adalat held

IMPHAL | Sept 9

Under the guidelines of the National Legal Services Authority, Manipur State Legal Services Authority (MASLSA) organised National Lok Adalat today at Lamphelpat Court Complex, Imphal.

A release said that various pending cases before the courts as well as pre-litigation cases were taken up in the said National Lok Adalat for amicable settlement and added that the National Lok Adalat was also organised at Thoubal, Bishnupur, Ukhrul, Senapati, Churachandpur, Chandel, Tamenglong, Moreh, Jiribam by the concerned District Legal Services Authorities.  High Court Legal Services Committee, High Court of Manipur also organise National Lok Adalat at High Court complex, Mantripukhri, Imphal, it added.

It further said that total number of 753 cases was settled in the National Lok Adalat.

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Army recruitment rally at Leimakhong

IMPHAL | Sept 9

The online applications for army recruitment rally, Leimakhong will close on September 18 and the admit card for all the candidates who have applied online for the Leimakhong rally to be held from October 3 to 10 will be forwarded to their email from September 20 onwards, said a release of the PIB Defence, Imphal.

It said candidates from Churachandpur, Kamjong, Pherzawl and Ukhrul can participate the rally on October 3, candidates from Bishnupur, Chandel, Noney, Tamenlong and Tengnoupal on October 4.

On October 5, candidates from Kakching and Thoubal  while on October 6, candidates from Imphal East, Imphal West and Jiribam can participate in the rally and candidates from Senapati and Kangpokpi on October 7, it added.

 It further requested the candidates to log into and registered for army recruiting rally of Leimakhong before September 18.

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Shija and ACODOM medical camp

From Our Correspondent

MOREH | Sept 9

Shija Hospital and Research Institute and All Community Development Organisation Moreh (ACODOM) jointly organised a one day medical camp at the office of ACODOM.

During the medical camp, the team of doctors reached out to more than 120 persons in Moreh area who had been deprived from medical facilities. The team further visited Namphalong market, Tamu and other areas in Myanmar and provided free medical aid to more than 30 Myanmarese. Hepatitis B and C, ultrasound and sugar were tested for free.

Nepali and Myanmarese people of Myanmar extended their gratitude to Shija hospital and ACODOM for their initiative.

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