ISTV Imphal English News – 19 October 2011

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Daily News Digest : Hueiyen Lanpao – 19 October 2011

‘Sadar Hills not an issue between Nagas and Kukis’ [Hueiyen Lanpao]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Imphal, October 18: Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO), General Headquarters has categorically stated that the Kukis have no qualm over the UNC’s demand for ‘Alternative Arrangement’ for the Nagas within the state of Manipur, provided the ‘Alternative Arrangement’ does not impinge upon the traditional lands of the Kukis and due respect is accorded to the Kukis’ customs, […]

Ningol Khudol Mela 2011 kicks off [Hueiyen Lanpao]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Imphal, October 18: The 10 days Ningol Khudol Mela – 2011 organised by the Manipur Apex Handloom and Handicrafts Weavers’ Artisans’ Co-Operative Society Ltd (AWAS) kicked off at Yumjao Leirembi Lai Lampak, Yumnam Leikai today. The function was graced by O Nabakishore, Principal Secretary,(Commerce & Industry), GoM, V Tualthang, Director Commerce and Industries, Manipur as the […]

DoNER Minister stresses paradign shift in NE trade [Hueiyen Lanpao]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Shillong, Oct 18: The Union Minister for the Development of North Eastern Region (DoNEER), Paban Singh Ghatowar today in Shillong expressed the need of the North Eastern Region to make a paradigm shift by trading with the neighbouring countries to boost economy. Ghatowar said the region could provide ample of opportunities for international trade, as the […]

Naga orgs tour ADC poll-bound Phaibung, Chingai [Hueiyen Lanpao]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Ukhrul, Oct 18: In the backdrop of Okram Ibobi Singh government’s steadfast decision to hold the by-poll to the Autonomous District Council (ADC) in each constituency in Ukhrul and Senapati, the beleaguered Naga organizations are camping in poll areas to sensitise the electorates on Naga’s rights. The UNC-led Naga groups including Naga People’s Organisation (NPO) and […]

Renewed ZUF-IM clash force villagers to flee [Hueiyen Lanpao]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Imphal, Oct 18: Fresh gun-battle broke out between the armed cadres of Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) and NSCN (IM) at Guite village, near  of Khoupum Tampak Dam under Tamenglong district which has forced the people of the surrounding area to flee for safety leaving behind the homes and hearths. According to information received by the press, […]

Loktak Project Glitters With Development Photos [Hueiyen Lanpao]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Loktak Project, Oct 18: Continuing the campaign for creating awareness among the rural populace, a five-day long Photo Exhibition on the theme ‘Development Initiatives in North East’ kicked-off at NHPC Community Hall, Loktak Project in Churachandpur District. The exhibition, which would continue till October 22 is being organized by the Directorate of Advertising & Visual Publicity […]

IT consultants for improving power distribution system [Hueiyen Lanpao]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Imphal, October 18: Appointment of IT consultants is in the process to improve the power distribution system in 13 towns of the state by the Power department under the Re-Structure Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (RAPDRP). According to a highly reliable official source from the Power department, the power distribution system in the state has […]

In-laws land in jail over death of a woman [Hueiyen Lanpao]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Imphal, October 18: In connection with the case of Mongjam Ongbi Lalitabi Devi (21), who was reportedly found dead hanging inside her Langol Housing complex, Type-II quarters on September 18 night, father-in-law and mother-in-law of the deceased woman have been send to jail yesterday. The accused father-in-law, Tejmani and the mother-in-law, Mongjam Ongbi Sorojini Devi have […]

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Daily News Digest: The Sangai Express – 19 October 2011

District demand under consideration: Ibobi [The Sangai Express]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 18 : Chief Mi-nister Okram Ibobi has reiterated that the Government is considering the demand for upgrading Sadar Hills to a full fledged district. The Chief Minister was speaking at the reception function of ADC Members elected unopposed from Senapati and Ukhrul autonomous district councils at District Council Bhavan, Sangakpham here today. Responding […]

State films on award list – International Film Festival of India 2011 [The Sangai Express]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 18: One feature film and two non-feature films from the State have been selected for the Indian panorama section of International Film Festival of India 2011. The jury for feature films,  headed by renowned filmmaker Sai Paranjpe selected 23 films out of the total 118 eligible entries for IFFI 2011. Manipuri digital feature […]

‘Total recall’ commemorates 1st sitting of assembly [The Sangai Express]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 18: The Manipur People’s Party commemorated the first sitting of Manipur State Assembly on this day in 1948 with re-newed pledge to mitigate suffering of the people. Attending the comme-moration function organis- ed by the regional political party at its office premises today as the chief guest, for-mer Deputy Chief Minister Dr L […]

80,000 Security Forces for States polling [The Sangai Express]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

New Delhi, Oct 18: Around 80,000 paramilitary personnel, apart from state policemen, would be deployed during the multi-phased Assembly elections in five states early next year. The Election Commission has asked the Home Ministry to get ready to provide 700 to 800 companies (70,000-80,000 person- nel) of paramilitary forces to be deployed in Uttar Pra-desh, […]

IM-ZUF clash [The Sangai Express]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 18: an en-counter between suspected cadres of NSCN (IM) and Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) broke out at a Tamen-glong district area today. According to a reliable source, the shoot-out took place from around 5 am at a dense forest near Guiteng Chingkao, which is about 2 kilometres west of Khou-pum Dam under Tameng- […]

Sadar Hills: KSO pleas for sanity [The Sangai Express]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 18 : The Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) has appealed to all sections of the society not to view the Sadar Hills dis-trict issue in communal perspectives. In a press release, the KSO stated that any issue concerning the political aspiration of a community no matter how legitimate or ge-nuine the case might be, […]

State ombudsmen on MGNREGS remain incapacitated [The Sangai Express]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 18: Ombud-smen appointed by the State Government to close-ly monitor implementation of the UPA’s flagship pro-gramme MGNREGS  remain incapacitated, unable to serve their basic purpose. The quasi-judicial posts of ombudsman established in all districts of the State have turned out to be flops. Lack of necessary staff and infrastructure are the prime factors […]

Popular singer late Nongmaithem Pahari remembered on his fifth death anniversary [The Sangai Express]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 18 : Popular singer late Nongmaithem Pahari was fondly remembered today on his fifth death anniver-sary at Lamyanba Shanglen, Palace Compound. The commemorative function organised by the Nong-maithem Pahari Memorial Trust was graced by Lalit Kala Akademi awardee Thoidingjam Tombi as chief guest and president of the Trust B Jayentakumar Sharma as president. […]

IGNTU students to continue stir [The Sangai Express]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 18: Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Students’ Welfare (IGNTUSW) has said that it will continue its agitation as the authority concerned has failed to fulfil its demands within October 17.  According to a press release of the union, the students of IGNTU-RCM has been democratically drawing attention of the University authority to solve […]

‘Kuki traditional lands should not be encroached in alternative arrangement : KSO-GHQ’ [The Sangai Express]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Imphal, Oct 18: The Kuki Students’ Organisation-general headqurters ( KSO-GHQ) says the Kukis do not mind the “ Alternative Arrangement” for Nagas within the state of Manipur, but the arrangement should not encroach upon the traditional lands of the Kukis and due regard should be given to the community’s customs, land rights and traditions.  The […]

Body on election – ‘People’s Campaign for Assembly Election 2012, Manipur Chapter’ formed [The Sangai Express]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 18: A group christened, People’s Campaign for Assembly Election 2012: Deciding our Destiny, Manipur chapter, was launched at Khwairamband bazar, Imphal today. A small group of concerned citizens, men and women, old and young took an oath of allegiance to initiate the campaign in the State, said a press release. The campaign was […]

Patta for 188 religious structures [The Sangai Express]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 18 : Acting on the Supreme Court’s order to dismantle all religious structures built in public places, the State Government has decided to issue pattas to 188 religious structures. An official source informed that the Government has decided to issue pattas to 188 religious structures out of 415 such structures built in public […]

District demand under consideration: Ibobi [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 18 : Chief Mi-nister Okram Ibobi has reiterated that the Government is considering the demand for upgrading Sadar Hills to a full fledged district.

The Chief Minister was speaking at the reception function of ADC Members elected unopposed from Senapati and Ukhrul autonomous district councils at District Council Bhavan, Sangakpham here today.

Responding to a query about the SHDDC’s demand to officially proclaim creation of Sadar Hills district before the Assembly elections scheduled early next year, Ibobi maintained that a definite date cannot be set as the report of the re-organisation committee is awaited.

To another question on UNC’s decision to launch all out agitation in pursuit of their demand for alternative arrangement, the Chief Mi-nister only said, “Let’s see when the time comes”.

Meanwhile, the Committee on Re-organisation of Administrative and Police District Boundaries would be holding another round of public hearing in the office chamber of the Chief Secretary at the Secretariat (South Block) at 11 am tomorrow.

It is expected that six different organisations would be giving their opinions and suggestions tomorrow on the issue of Sadar Hills district demand.

According to a notification issued by Commissio- ner (Revenue) S Sunderlal, the six organisations/bodies confirmed to take part in tomorrow’s public hearing are Bungpi Area Chiefs’ As-sociation, chief/chairmen of Kangchup SDC Circle, Kuki Inpi Manipur, Tangkhul Naga Aze Longphang, representatives of 23-Nong- maiching district council constituency and Southern Senapati Naga village council.

Earlier speaking at the reception function, Ibobi stated there might be certain feelings of dissent against what the Government was doing as there was no local bodies in hill districts for a long time.

Appealing to all ADC employees to retract their decision of launching strike  for non-payment of salaries,    the Chief Minister stated all these matters can be resolved through negotiation.

He also observed that Manipur is abounded with joint action committees.

The Finance Department is working hard to pay employees’ salaries before Ningol Chakkouba and Christmas festivals, he informed.

Promising all possible assistance from the side of the Government to ADCs, Ibobi exhorted the candidates of Chingai and Phaibung MDC constituencies which are going to polls on October 24 to contest the elections in fair and peaceful manner.

MPCC president  Gaikhangam also pledged that the Government would extend full support to ADCs towards discharge their duties up to mark.

Before the reception function, the Chief Minister and Sports Minister DD Thaisii inspected a hotel identified for providing accommodation to ADC Members inside Khuman Lampak Sports Complex .

Source: The Sangai Express

 

State films on award list – International Film Festival of India 2011 [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 18: One feature film and two non-feature films from the State have been selected for the Indian panorama section of International Film Festival of India 2011.

The jury for feature films,  headed by renowned filmmaker Sai Paranjpe selected 23 films out of the total 118 eligible entries for IFFI 2011.

Manipuri digital feature film, Phijigee Mani has been listed at serial number 19 in the list released today.

The film is directed by O Gautam Singh.

The feature film jury has chosen Malayalam film, Urumi as the opening film of Indian Panaroma section at the Film Festival of India 2011 at Goa.

The non-feature films jury chaired by noted writer Ashok Rane picked 21 films out of 135 eligible entries among which ‘Songs of Mashangva’ by Oinam Doren and Noong Amadi Yeroom of Romi Meitei were included.

Adwaita Sangeet of Makarand Brahme has been selected as the opening film of non-feature films category for IIFA-2011.

Source: The Sangai Express

‘Total recall’ commemorates 1st sitting of assembly [The Sangai Express]

Ex-Dy CM Dr L Chandramani speaks at the commemorative event

Ex-Dy CM Dr L Chandramani speaks at the commemorative event

IMPHAL, Oct 18: The Manipur People’s Party commemorated the first sitting of Manipur State Assembly on this day in 1948 with re-newed pledge to mitigate suffering of the people.

Attending the comme-moration function organis- ed by the regional political party at its office premises today as the chief guest, for-mer Deputy Chief Minister Dr L Chandramani said the then ruler of independent Manipur Maharaja Bodh-chandra administered oath to 53 MLAs for the first sitting of the manipur Assem- bly on October 18, 1948.

The function organised for the first time last year will be held on a wider scale in the coming years, affirmed Dr Chandramani who prevailed upon the upcoming generation not to forget that Manipur was a flourishing nation when it exis- ted as a sovereign nation.

Further recounting that Manipur was the first among the indian States to have elected representati-ves in the assembly, he contended that political and economic status of Mani-pur suffered a major setback with the forcible merger of the then independent Ma-nipur to the indian Union on october 15, 1949.

Reminding that Manipur  lost its independence due to sinister scheme of some individuals with vested inter- est, Dr Chandramani said objective of the MPP to co-mmemorate the first sitting of the assembly is to caution the general public to remain vigilant against destructive forces plotting to create further divisions in the society.

speaking at the occasion, MPP president Dr Ni- maichand Luwang declared that the commemoration function next year will include a seminar session at which socio-economic condition of the people under a sovereign Manipur compared to hardships being endured after merger to India would be deliberated.

Pointing out that apart from the (forced) merger agreement of 1949, the Treaty of  Yandaboo signed under the British rule in 1826 on boundary demarcation is another bitter memory for the Manipuris, he lamented that expectation of the people for a better livelihood under the Government of India is still far-fetched dream.

Since coming under the fold of the indian Union, manipur had been enduring one problem after the other with the most recent endowment by the Government of India being the on- going economic blockade, the MPP chief commented.

In addition to ceaseless cycle of violence as a consequences of the ongoing armed movement between insurgent groups and Indian military, suffering of the people due to the econo-mic blockade has constrained one to comprehend whether such a problem would be happening had Manipur been independent, Dr Nimaichand opined.

he construed that the Centre’s indifferent attitude to people of Manipur could be summed up when the Governor recently opined to a delegation of MPP that the prevailing situation (blockade) is merely an annual affair in the State.

The Governor’s comment not only testify the prolonged suffering of the people but is also very embarrassing, he expressed.

The MPP chief also wryly stated that petrol costing over Rs 100 a litre with similar jump in the rate of diesel is a bonus for Manipur being a constituent unit of India along with the assertion that he gets allergic whenever the SPF Government claims to have taken up development programmes or enlists achievements in the mass media.

former Minister L Jatra, another speaker at the commemoration programme said that defeat of the Congress party in the by-elections held at some States demonstrates awareness of the electorates on rampant corruption of the Congress-led Government.

Observing that movement launched by social worker Anna Hazare to root out corruption is steadily generating positive response from the masses, he said a radical change in Manipur’s political scenario in the near future cannot be ruled out.

Jatra also contended that violation of human rights by security forces, economic condition of the deprived section of the society getting worse with every passing day compared to Ministers and ruling MLAs growing wealthier by the day is the gift for extending support to a corrupt Government.

former Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker Dr S Dhananjoy and ex-MLA L Sovakiran also spoke at the occasion.

Source: The Sangai Express

80,000 Security Forces for States polling [The Sangai Express]

New Delhi, Oct 18: Around 80,000 paramilitary personnel, apart from state policemen, would be deployed during the multi-phased Assembly elections in five states early next year.

The Election Commission has asked the Home Ministry to get ready to provide 700 to 800 companies (70,000-80,000 person- nel) of paramilitary forces to be deployed in Uttar Pra-desh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur to conduct the Assembly polls to be held between March and May 2012.

The EC request came at a high-level meeting attend-ed by Chief Election Com- missioner SY Quraishi, two other Election Commissioners VS Sampath and HS Brahma, Union Home Secretary RK Singh, Secretary (Internal Security) UK Bansal and other senior officers, official sources said.

The EC also conveyed that since the polling would be held in several phases, the Home Ministry should prepare itself accordingly and make available the security personnel whenever required, the sources said.

The highest number of paramilitary personnel is expected to be deployed in po- litically sensitive Uttar Pra-desh, the country’s most populous state with 403 Assembly constituencies.

While Punjab, Uttara-khand and Goa saw rela- tively less number of violence in past elections, Manipur, which has been plagued by insurgency for a long time, may need heavy deployment of forces to ensure peaceful polling.

Source: The Sangai Express

Daily News Digest : Imphal Free Press – 19 October 2011

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Chief Minister welcomes eight newly elected ADC members [Imphal Free Press]

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IMPHAL, October 11: The government is sparing no efforts in trying to solve the Sadar Hills issue, however regarding the United Naga Council’s demand for alternative arrangement, the government will have to wait for UNC’s response at the ongoing tripartite talk between the state government, the central government and the UNC, stated Chief Minister O […]

Alternative arrangement demand should not encroached upon Kuki traditional lands says KSO [Imphal Free Press]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL October 18: The Kuki Students’ Organisation, (KSO), general head quarter in a statement issued by the information and publicity department, has urged all concerned to refrain from making any hasty decisions in issues concerning the political aspiration of a community no matter how legitimate or genuine the case might be. It is imperative that […]

Second NSCN (IM)-ZUF gun-fight of the fortnight reported at Tamenglong [Imphal Free Press]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, October 18: An armed encounter took place between the cadres of NSCN-IM and Zeliangrong Youth Front (ZUF) in a jungle at Guitang village under Khoupum Police Station in Tamenglong district this morning. According to local sources, the gun fight between the heavily armed cadres of NSCN-IM and ZUF started from around 5 am and […]

Loktak Project glitters with development photo exhibition [Imphal Free Press]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

  LOKTAK PROJECT, October 18: Continuing the campaign for creating awareness among the rural populace, a five-day long Photo Exhibition on the theme ‘Development Initiatives in North East’ kick-off at NHPC Community Hall, Loktak Project in Churachandpur District. The exhibition, which would continue till October 22 is being organized by the Directorate of Advertising & […]

Singer Pahari fondly remembered on death anniversary [Imphal Free Press]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, October 18: The 5th death anniversary of Nongmaithem Pahari was observed today at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, Konung Lampak, Imphal. The observation was attended by Thoidingjam Tombi, National Lalit Kala Akademi Awardee and B Jayantakumar Sharma, president of Nongmaithem Pahari Memorial Trust as the chief guest and president respectively. Speaking at the occasion, Th […]

Altogether 1350 Children vaccinated against measles on opening day of MCUP at Moreh [Imphal Free Press]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

By Our Moreh Correspondent MOREH, October 11: A Measles Catch Up Programme, MCUP was started at Moreh under the leadership of Dr S Priyokumar Singh, district immunization officer, Moreh on October 17. During the opening day, students of two schools located at Moreh, namely St. George Eng School and Moreh Government Hr Sec School were […]

All India fast on Nov 5 in support of Sharmila [Imphal Free Press]

October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 18: Save Democracy Repeal AFSPA Group, New Delhi is planning to organise a one day fast and demonstration at various cities in India and around the world on November 5, 2011. A release of the group stated that all individuals, professionals, students’ organisations, civil society organisations, women’s groups, theatre activists, academic communities, activists […]

Chief Minister welcomes eight newly elected ADC members [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 11: The government is sparing no efforts in trying to solve the Sadar Hills issue, however regarding the United Naga Council’s demand for alternative arrangement, the government will have to wait for UNC’s response at the ongoing tripartite talk between the state government, the central government and the UNC, stated Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh today during a reception ceremony of the eight newly elected Autonomous District Council members at the ADC Bhawan, Sangakpham.

The reception ceremony was organized by the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee.

While stating that the economic blockades imposed along the national highways are undemocratic forms of agitation, and that the government has full power to use any means or power to stop such undemocratic ways of agitation, he further appealed to the Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee and the United Naga Council to lift their blockades and use other alternative ways for their demands.

He further appealed to all concerned to use other ways of agitation which are democratic and which would not harm the interest of others.

He further added that, lifting of the economic blockades will help in ushering the idea of oneness amongst the various ethnic communities of the state which will in turn bring a sense of belongingness to the people of the state.

While welcoming all the eight newly elected ADC members, the Chief Minister maintained that the Autonomous District Council election is mandatory for  decentralization of power to the elected local bodies as directed by the Indian Constitution.

He further expressed his surprise at the opposition to the election of the local bodies which will further help in bringing development to their areas by some Naga bodies.

Further speaking at the reception ceremony, he mentioned that considering the importance of full fledged ADCs as recognized by the government, the state government had decided to continue with the ADC election which had been discontinued since the last more than 20 years.

“The ADC election however has been made possible by the amendment of the ADC Act 1971 last year by the Manipur state legislative assembly”.

“Now that the ADC election process is almost complete, the state government has started chalking out the process of decentralization of power to the local bodies, so that uniformed development in the state which is the main objective of the government can be achieved”, the Chief Minister further informed.

At the end of the reception ceremony, the Chief Minister had a brief interaction with media persons.

During the interaction, he further disclosed that the state government is seriously considering the demands of the employees of the district councils including teachers.

He also added that if the demands are found reasonable, the government is ready to fulfill them in the nearest future.

Answering another query from the media regarding the demands of employees of the state for the payment of their due salaries, the Chief Minister has assured that the government will most probably pay their overdue salaries before the coming Ningol Chakkouba festival.

The reception ceremony was also attended by the MPCC president Gaikhangam and other party MLAs.

Source: Imphal Free Press