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By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 15

The report on the alleged rape case of a minor by a founder of North eastern Children’s Home Renkhai submitted by the investigating officer of the case, Sandy Lalningsangi Tonsing, was cross examined today by the special judge POCSO, Imphal West.

The accused, Timothy L. Changsan, 55, son of late Thangzakhan of Renkhai village Churachandpur was arrested by police on July 24, 2015 in compliance with the High Court order related with a petition filed by the parent of the victim on alleged charged of molesting and repeated rape of their child at the children home.

On July 6, 2015 the High Court of Manipur had stayed the bail order of the accused passed by the special judge POCSO, Churachandpur stating that the bail order of the accused is null and void and release of accused person during the very stage of trial is likely to hamper the investigation.

Later on January 2016 the trial of the case was transferred to special judge POCSO, Imphal West from special judge POCSO, Churachandpur following an order passed by the High Court of Manipur.

The investigating officer of the case who appeared as prosecution witness before the court submitted that the statement of victim minor girl was recorded by the police during which she disclosed that she had been repeatedly molested and sexually assaulted since December 2014 by the accused person.

Moreover during the investigation they had collected swab samples and other relevant materials from both victim and accused, added the officer.

The statement of the officer was recorded in the presence of the accused person who is still under the judicial custody.

IMPHAL | Nov 15

Manipur celebrated its day at the 37th India International Trade Fair, 2017 at the Hamsadhwani Theatre, Pragati Maidan in the national capital today.

The Manipur Day observation was attended by minister of Textiles, Commerce and Industries, government of Manipur, Thongam Biswajit Singh as chief guest and principal secretary, P. Vaiphei as president.

Inaugurating the event, minister, Biswajit said Manipur had been making tremendous efforts to come up to the need for ensuring inclusive growth of its people and to become an attractive destination for others. He said some progress has been made but most importantly, a good beginning has been set by now.

Through concerted and coordinated efforts of the state government with the constant support of the people, the state has become a peaceful state after the formation of the new government led by BJP, said Biswajit.

Manipur is a rich organic belt for agro and horticulture products, Biswajit observed adding further that it offers huge opportunities for investment which is mostly untapped so far.

Further promoting the agro and horticulture products of the state, he said pineapples, lemons, oranges, passion fruits, etc of the state are renowned for their high juice contents and sweet tastes as much as the u-morok and other spices like ginger, turmeric and other spices are preferred for their strength and colours.

He continued Manipur today is at the threshold of opening up to a huge horizon, the railways are coming to Imphal by 2019 and with the Trans-Asian Highway expected to connect the state to the South East Asian countries, Manipur will be India’s gateway to South East Asia.

The huge opportunities these openings will throw up will be tremendous and the government is hoping to make the best of it with the active involvement of the people under the inclusive leadership of the state and central governments, he continued.

He also mentioned that Manipur is at the top which is validated in every national games. In 1999, when Manipur hosted the national games, the state was overall champion, he added.

Especially, the girls of Manipur are good in sports and few names can be mentioned like MC Mary Kom, Sarita Chanu, Chanchan, he continued.

Minister Biswajit also said with adequate opportunities, incentives and infrastructures in the state, and the sportspersons of the state will do even better in many more events.

Observing that another area of the state’s strength is its rich culture, he explained that different aspects of Manipur performing arts, Manipuri cinema and theatre are well received not only within the country, but also in international platforms.

He also spoke on the handloom and handicrafts of the state and said that the state’s handlooms and handicrafts are popular among the discerning consumers.

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 15

Despite having abundance natural resources and known for rich biodiversity, North Easterner are not utilizing it properly said Dr. K. R. Dhiman, vice chancellor of Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, Himachal Pradesh in One Day National Workshop cum Brainstorming session on Jhum Improvement for Sustaining Farm Livelihood and Natural Resource Conservation: Vistas and Frontier held at Hotel Classic Grande.

Speaking as chief guest in inaugural function, vice chancellor of Central Agricultural University Prof. M. Premjit Singh said, “Discussion on Jhum cultivation started from the past 40 years. Many recommendations have been put forward by many experts; several schemes were launched by state and Central government for the prevention of Jhum cultivation in NE states. However the farmers have always failed to accept it.”

He pointed out the main reason for not being able to comply with the preventive measures is, “this system of cultivation binds with socio-economic status and traditional practice of the farmers. Rice, which is the staple food for the entire North East, is the main crop cultivated in jhum farming. Because of these reasons the farmers are not ready to give up this practice.”

He suggested that if the policy makers give them rice in subsidised rate they may follow the preventive measures.

The programme was organised by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya. The other dignitaries attended in the function are former assistant director general, ICAR, New Delhi and Member of International Commission on Water Quality Dr. U. C. Sharma, principal scientist, NRM Division, ICAR, New Delhi and former director, ICAR-Central Agroforestry Research Institute, Jhansi Dr. S. K. Dhyani, director ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Meghalaya Dr. Narendra Prakash, director Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI) (Zone IV), Guwahati Dr. A. K. Tripathi and director ATARI(Zone VII), Meghalaya Dr. B. C. Deka.

Joint directors from all the NEH regions ICAR gave presentation on the status report of Jhum Cultivation of their respective states and followed by discussion and brainstorming session.

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 15

All Loktak Lake Areas Fishermen’s Union Manipur (ALLAFUM), secretary, O. Rajen claimed that Loktak Lake Protection (LLP) Act 2006 is more draconian than Armed Forces Special Power Act 1958.

He was delivering the keynote address of the observation of the 6th Commemoration Loktak Lake Arson Day and public meeting today at Thanga Chinglak Thongkhong Community Hall, organised by ALLAFUM.

The secretary said that the act which lead to the burning down of phumhut homes of innocent fishermen, destruction of fishing equipment and personal belongings including students’ books, uniforms etc, clearly shows that the Act is legally an “anti-social act”.

On the other hand the Loktak Development Authority in the name of safeguarding the fresh water lake has been illegal pocketing money in terms of crores, he charged.

Rajen continued that the LDA banning the public from using any single resource like water, fishing etc by implementing LLP Act is an evil act to wipe out the people who are earning their livelihood from the lake.

“ALLAFUM strongly condemns irresponsible acts of treating the people residing around the lake like animals by the government which has sworn to work for the welfare of the people and in public interest,” said the secretary.

The ALLAFUM and the people residing around Loktak Lake resolved to work together at its best level for the repeal of the LLP Act 2006 and Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules 2017 from Loktak Lake.

A 2-minutes silence was observed as part of the observance and “Loktak Protection Act, Muthatkadabane” slogans were shouted.

The public meeting was also attended by AMKIL coordinator, Khagembam Anandi, NIPCO president, O. Premjit, ANULB president, Lourembam Pramo, CORE president, Roy Leipungbam, COHR chairman, Phullendro Konsam, Apunba Lup president, Joy Chingakham, Wade Na Toro Abhiyan convenor, Annie Namala, member, Mashi Singh and Human Rights Alert director, Babloo Loitongbam as presidium members.

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 15

A militant suspect and an AR jawan were killed in an encounter early morning today in Chandel district.

According to report the incident took place around 5.20 am in between Sajik Tampak and Chamol village under Chakpikarong police station.

The report further said troops of 4 AR launched multiple counter insurgency operations to flush out militants from the area following information regarding presence of heavily armed attempting to plant IEDs and ambush security forces.

In the process, a column of the AR reportedly came under attack from the militants following which the AR team retaliated.

Heavy exchanged of fire ensued between the militant and the AR for hours resulting in the death of a militant and an AR jawan, said the report.

 Two AR personnel also reportedly sustained injuries, the report adds.

It has been informed that one AK rifle and three unexploded IEDs have been recovered by the AR troops.

Even as the identity of the slain militant is yet to be established, the AR jawan has been identified Jai Prakash Oran of Raghunathpur village, Ranchi district, Jharkhand.

A statement issued by the office of the PRO Assam Rifles, the AR jawan was survived by his wife and one daughter.

It said his (deceased) valiant efforts and sacrifice in the service of nation will not go in vain.

Prakash was part of the operation column of 4 AR launched on specific information about presence of some armed insurgents in the area when his party came under fire from militants hiding in the bushes at around 5.20, it said.

“In this incident, the jawan got martyred and another jawan suffered minor injuries. Rifleman Jai Prakash Oran displayed tremendous courage and without concern for his personal safety engaged the enemy and played a crucial role in foiling the enemy sabotage action”, asserted the released.

IMPHAL | Nov 15

The proscribed Revolutionary People’s Front said a combined team of PLA’s 252 Mobile battalion and MNPF soldiers launched an attack today against 4 AR jawans who had been residing at Sajik Tampak. 

While fighting against a large number of army jawans, who came advancing from the three sides, the brave friend, sergeant Loko alias Themreiyo Ningsheng gave his life in the battlefield while brave friend, private Pheiroijamba alias Thokchom Ningthem was caught by the hands of the enemy, said a joint release signed by assistant secretary, publicity, RPF, Bangkim and assistant publicity secretary, MNPF, Thomas Numai.   

RPF and its military wing PLA bows their head in utmost reverence for the relentless battle that was undertaken against the enemy for the sake of delivering independence to the motherland, it said.

The bravery they have shown today ignited a new strength to the ongoing revolutionary movement, it continued.  

Ever since the army started settling at Sajik Tampak in 2004 as a part of their colonial expansion, they have been giving disturbance to the peaceful lives of the people who had been residing there, it said. The army had become a hindrance to the people who struggle to earn their daily bread and involved in terrorism by instilling fear upon innocent civilians of the state, the release alleged.   

Amongst the potentially harmful incidents the soldiers of PLA and MNPF witnessed while conducting operations at the surrounding areas of Sajik Tampak, it was discovered that the opium has been planted in a massive scale under army’s protection; the release alleged adding the Army is waging an opium war in the region.     

Such activities are being ignored by the puppet government, it said. This is a typical behaviour of a puppet government under a colonial rule, it continued. Unless the people become united and fight against the imposed military warfare, drugs warfare and the war undertaken to destroy the culture and traditions of the society, the Manipuri society will become completely obliterated, it added.    

A united force of PLA and other like-minded organisations are undergoing the war of independence relentlessly and will continue to do so, it said. Regarding this, it is requested to the public that support be given by considering it as a responsibility of the people who had been oppressed, it continued. Lastly, the War Office of PLA and MNPF commend the soldiers who were in the battlefield today and those who helped in the mission, it added.

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