ISTV Imphal English News – 28 October 2011

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For a day, Manipur forgets blockade and celebrates [Economic Times]

IMPHAL: The markets were buzzing with excited revellers, many haggling over the price of fish, and there was excited chatter at homes as people prepared various cuisines, all in celebration of Ningol Chakouba, one of Manipur’s biggest festivals that came on Friday amid the trauma of an economic blockade.

Ningol Chakouba reinstates the bond between brothers and sisters. Married women are invited to their parental home and pampered with lipsmacking dishes, which mostly constitute fish, and gifts.

Although the economic blockade has reached nearly 90 days now and household commodities continue to be scarce and expensive, people have refused to let their spirits be dampened, even if that means toning down celebrations by a notch.

“Fish is a very important part of the Ningol Chakouba festivities. We cook different fish delicacies… and by god’s grace, that is something which we have not really run short of. Manipur is blessed with good fish production,” Sharmila Maibam, a homemaker, told IANS.

“My daughter, who got married last year, will be visiting us today and we have prepared a feast for her. My son has bought her a sari and other trinkets. It’s a happy occasion,” she smiled.

To liven up festivities, the state fishery department on Thursday organised a temporary fish market at a playground, Imphal Hapta Kangjeibung, to sell fish at cheaper rates. It was attended by thousands of people.

In addition, an angling competition was organised for the first time at the Kakching lake in the foothills of the state on Thursday.

Madhu Chandra, one of the organisers of the festival, said: “Ningol Chakouba is a very important festival of the Manipuris. Amid the misery of the blockade, we decided to organise this festival to encourage the people to have some fun and promote peace and brotherhood.”

“We had around 700 competitors from all over the state and over 10,000 people from Kakching and surrounding villages witnessed the event. The fishes were then sold to the people,” he added.

One of the specie most in demand is the indigenous Pengba. This is also being farmed at the Kakching lake.

“I bought a variety of fish yesterday, but more than anything, my sisters love the Pengba. Both of them are married and live out of Manipur, so they miss eating this more than anything else,” Mahesh Laba, a 26-year-old salesman, said. He, however, still had some last minute shopping to do at the Khwairamband bazaar.

“The market’s so crowded today! People seem to have forgotten that we are in the middle of some blockade and are celebrating wholeheartedly… I have come to pick up some bangles for my sisters,” Laba said.

“This festival means a lot to us, especially for my family, because it’s like an annual family reunion when my sisters come home. They dress up in their traditional best and I serve them food… after which they bless me. It’s a special time,” he smiled.

“Thank god, there is no dearth of fish,” said 50-year-old Amu Singha. “I went to the fish market yesterday and was happy to see that I could still rustle up a good lunch for my daughter, even though the other things, like sweets, have to be toned down because they are so expensive.”

As for the women, they too bought gifts for their families, and especially their brothers, before going home. “Things are so expensive now. But I have been saving for sometime. So I bought clothes for my parents and brother, and got some homemade sweets,” said Nira Singha, a homemaker, on her way home to celebrate the festival.

Source: Economictimes.indiatimes.com

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Daily News Digest : The Sangai Express – 28 October 2011

Sadar Hills blockade supporters ‘detain’ Ranjit and team for hours at Kangpokpi SHDDC redefines ‘intensifying agitation’ [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 27 : Works Minister K Ranjit who went to inspect the Senapati mini-Secretariat was stopped from returning to Imphal by women activists of  SHDDC and kept under virtual siege along with his team at Kangpokpi today. The Works Minister and his team were however ‘rescued’ by a huge team of Imphal West police […]

NEC official picks holes with devt works in State Tardy pace of work likely to put off NEC [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 27: Planning Advisor of the North Eastern Council (NEC) J Lhungdim has catego-rically stated that pace of development projects undertaken in the state is not satisfactory. Interacting with The Sangai Express on October 25 evening, Lhungdim, who is Indian Defence Accounts Service officer, cautioned that slackness in the implementation of development projects might […]

Lamlai fish fair makes a statement with reasonable rate [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 27: Under the joint initiative of All Manipur Nupi marup Lamlai Area Committee and All India Youth Federation Lamlai Local Council, a Ningol Chakkouba Fish Mela has been organised for the very first time in Lamlai area at Irawat Park, Chalou Lamlai today. Inaugurating the first fish fair as the chief guest, Agriculture […]

Ningol Chakkouba greetings [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 27: Governor Gurbachan Jagat and Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh led others in extending warm greetings to the people of the State on the joyous occassion of Ningol Chakkouba. In his message, Gurbachan Jagat said that the festival rejuvenates family ties and strengthens the bond of love and affection, mainly between married women […]

Moreh to petition CM [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 27 : Obser-ving that Moreh hospital is unable to function like a hospital while construction work at Moreh Gate No 2 is not satisfactory at all, community leaders of Moreh have decided to lodge complaints with the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary. Though a number of equipment and machines have been installed […]

Govt slams Sharmila door on rallyists [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 27: The 4,500 km long Srinagar to Imphal Jan Karvan march, which was flagged off on October 16 by social activist Medha Patkar in Srinagar reached here today. The march was taken part by a team of Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign comprising of 25 activists including eight women from 12 States. The intention […]

 

Bomb attacks galore, two hurt [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 27 : While one security personnel and a driver sustained injuries in a grenade attack at the residence of PWD Chief Engineer, another grenade exploded at the private godown of a man who is preparing to fight the forthcoming Assembly elections in Thongju Assembly Constituency. Meanwhile, another grenade was delivered at the residence […]

43 UTLA men eye SoO, surrender [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 27 : With an intention to come under the Suspension of Operation (SoO) pact, altogether 43 cadres of the United Tribal Liberation Army (UTLA) led by its president surren-dered before Chief Minister Ibobi today. The UTLA cadres who surrendered to the Government through the Army were accorded a warm reception at a home-coming […]

Two found dead [The Sangai Express]

 IMPHAL, Oct 27: Police have recovered a bullet-riddled body from Senjam Chirang under Sekmai police station while corpse of an Assam Rifles personnel has been fished out from the Kangla Moat this morning. According to police, body of a youth likely to be in his mid-20s was found abandoned at senjam Chirang Maning Leikai in […]

GOC, IGAR (S) greet [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 27: GOC 57 Mountain Division, Major General Binoy Poonnen and Inspector General Assam Rifles (South) Maj Gen UK Gurung have greeted the people of Manipur on the auspicious occasion of Ningol Chakkouba festival. The GOC extending warm greetings to the people said “Ningol Chakkouba is a significant festival for the married women in […]

KUMHUR submits memo [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 27: Kuki Movement for Human Rights (KUMHUR) today submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister O Ibobi expressing support to his statement, ‘Manipur is for all’. The memorandum said, KUMHUR has already expressed the same view and it was published in local dailies on September 17 last. Saying that there is no area exclusively […]

Utilisation rate remains low [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 27 : A newly constructed building of the Planning Department was inaugurated today by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi.The new building was constructed by the Manipur Development Society at the cost of Rs 2.59 crores. Speaking at the occasion, Ibobi stated that utilisation rate of the plan amount remained low as many departments were […]

Doctors to approach Court [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 27 : Peeved with the failure of the State Government to allot MGEL (Manipur Government Employees’ List) number till date, doctors and dental surgeons appointed in Health Services in January this year have decided to approach law Court. Speaking to media persons at Manipur Press Club here this afternoon, president of the Medical […]

GOC pays homage to martyrs on Infantry Day [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 27: Infantry – the Queen of the Battlefield, celebrates October 27 each year as the Infantry Day.  On this day, 65 years ago, in response to the first threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Nation, elements of the Indian Infantry, landed in Srinagar and resolutely defended Kashmir from falling into […]

 

Drivers’ body alleges compensation disparity [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 27: Transporters and Drivers Forum of Manipur (TDFM) has alleged disparity in providing compensation to the owners whose vehicles have been damaged or burnt down during the ongoing economic blockade. Speaking to some newspersons tonight, TDFM president Kh Inaoba contended that only 29 vehicles were listed as damaged or burnt in a report […]

Speaker strikes unity chord at cultural festival [The Sangai Express]

Lamka, Sep 27: Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker I Hemochandra called for integration across the state, as he attended the Tribal Research Institute’s cultural festival here today wherein he also advocated dumping of the Imphal-centric mindset. “We have to come out to the districts, and stretch out so as to ensure that there is complete integration […]

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Daily News Digest : Hueiyen Lanpao – 28 October 2011

Women agitators corner Work Minister at Kpi, asked to grant districthood then and there [Hueiyen Lanpao]

Imphal, October 27: A large number of women agitators detained Works Minister K Ranjit at Kangpokpi Bazar today insisting that the Minister cannot leave without giving his signature on a blank paper to the effect of granting district status to Sadar Hills. The incident occurred at around 3.45 pm today. Minister Ranjit was returning along with […]

Infantry Day – 2011 observed [Hueiyen Lanpao]

Imphal, October 27: GOC 57 Mountain Division Major General Binoy Poonen led other Infantry Officers, JCOs and soldiers in paying homage to the ‘brave sons of India who have made supreme sacrifice in the line of duty’ at the occasion of Infantry Day observance held at Leimakhong today. According to a statement issued by PIB Defence […]

Doctors furious over due salary [Hueiyen Lanpao]

Imphal, October 27: The newly absorbed 282 medical officers and dental surgeons of Manipur Health Services, who were recruited through MPSC, have not been paid their salaries for the last 9 months. Highly agitated over this negligence of the state government, they are all set to approach the High Court. Speaking to media persons at a […]

One shot dead, AR personnel found dead at Kangla Park [Hueiyen Lanpao]Imphal, October 27: Unidentified gunmen shot death a man at Senjam Chirang Maning Leikai, under Sekmai Police station last night, meanwhile, an AR personnel was found death at Kangla Park early this morning. According to police sources, the incident took place at Senjam Chirang Maning Leikai last night at around 10:30 pm. The person is stated […]

Planning Department gets a new building [Hueiyen Lanpao]

Imphal, October 27: The newly constructed building of the Planning Department, with an estimated cost of Rs 2.9 crores was inaugurated by the Chief Minister, O Ibobi at Babupara today. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister O Ibobi said that the Planning Department is the only department concerned with the development programmes which will determine the […]

TKS condemns assault on ANSAM President [Hueiyen Lanpao]

Imphal, October 27: Tangkhul Katamnao Shaklong (TKS), an apex students’ body of Tangkhul community, vehemently condemned the physical assault on the ANSAM president Kumo Sha by the Assam Rifles on 24 October, 2011 at Senapati. In a statement, President of TKS Yangmi Khapai asserted that the conduct and behaviour of one accused Major Marathi is unbecoming […]

 

Imphal, October 27: The State Fish fair organized by the Fishery Department on the eve of Ningol Chakkouba, at Hatta Kangjeibung, Palace Compound, today witnessed a scarce supply of Ngaton and Prawn, and many people went away disappointed at not being able to get a taste of these rare indigenous fishes. After the inauguration of the […]

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Daily News Digest : Imphal Free Press – 28 October 2011

 

Manipur to witness hunger strike on Ningol Chakkouba [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 27: Save Sharmila campaign, Jan Karwan launched by a group of human rights activists from Srinagar has reached Imphal this morning. The rights activists also took out a rally from North AOC to the birthplace of Irom Sharmila at Kongal where a public meeting was also held at the ground of Amateur Athletics […]

 

SHDDC volunteers block works minister’s way, two injured in police action [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 27: Works Minister K Ranjit and his entourage were blocked by the volunteers of Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee today at Kangpokpi Bazar on their return from Senapati after inspecting the mini secretariat complex. A large number of women volunteers of SHDDC blocked the minister’s way to Imphal demanding immediate declaration of Sadar […]

UTLA in process to join SoO fold [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 27: In a landmark peace initiative, 43 cadres of the United Tribal Liberation Army (UTLA) including the political wing and armed wing formally return to the mainstream during a home coming ceremony. The homecoming ceremony organized by Red Shield Division was held at the Banquet Hall of the 1st Battalion of Manipur Rifles […]

 

Governor, CM greet people on Ningol Chakkouba [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 27: The Governor of Manipur, Gurbachan Jagat has greeted the people of Manipur on the auspicious occasion of Ningol Chakkouba. In his message, the Governor stated that Ningol Chakkouba is a unique social festival of the Meiteis and it is observed on the second day of the new moon of the Manipuri month […]

MU security guard physically abuses girl student [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 27: Students of Manipur University once again faced harassment from ill-mannered security personnel right inside the university campus. A drunken security guard of Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) posted at the Main Gate of Manipur University today physically abused a student girl of third semester of mass communication department. According to the victim, the […]

 

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Manipur to witness hunger strike on Ningol Chakkouba [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 27: Save Sharmila campaign, Jan Karwan launched by a group of human rights activists from Srinagar has reached Imphal this morning.

The rights activists also took out a rally from North AOC to the birthplace of Irom Sharmila at Kongal where a public meeting was also held at the ground of Amateur Athletics Association.

The delegation of 28 human rights activists was led by Ilabhan Patkar. They were planning to meet Irom Sharmila on October 28, however, the permission for meeting her was denied by the state authorities.

The Jan-Karwan team along with Sharmila Kanba Lup will hold one-day hunger strike tomorrow condemning the state government for not allowing them to meet Sharmila on Ningol Chakkouba-the biggest festival of women in Manipur, stated Irom Shingajit, brother of Sharmila.

A member of Jan-Karwan team, Fazal Khan stated that the draconian law AFSPA has been put into practice forcibly by the government despite campaigns for the repeal of AFSPA from the country.

The whole country will support Sharmila in her struggle for the repeal of the draconian law, he added.

The ‘Jan Karwan’ march was flagged off from Srinagar on October 16. Many social activists including team Anna member Medha Patkar, Magsaysay award winner Sandeep Pandey and human right activists from across the country took part in the flag off ceremony. The team has already covered more than 10 states.

On October 19 on reaching the national capital, the team along with its supporters mostly students organized a rally wherein they were allegedly attacked by ‘Aam Hindustani’ a right wing body injuring five students besides leading to the arrest of more than 100 other supporters

Source: Imphal Free Press

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SHDDC volunteers block works minister’s way, two injured in police action [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 27: Works Minister K Ranjit and his entourage were blocked by the volunteers of Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee today at Kangpokpi Bazar on their return from Senapati after inspecting the mini secretariat complex.

A large number of women volunteers of SHDDC blocked the minister’s way to Imphal demanding immediate declaration of Sadar Hills district. However, works minister admitted that he cannot alone take the decision of granting Sadar Hills district. The matter has to be decided by the state cabinet, he stated.

Minister Ranjit held talks with the SHDDC representatives twice but remained inconclusive.

Following strong resistance made to Minister Ranjit, a special team of Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal and Bishnupur police commandos rushed to Kangpokpi to rescue minister Ranjit and his team.

The police commandos blank fired several rounds and also fired teargas and mock bombs to disperse the women who were blocking minister’s way.

Minister Ranjit reached Imphal safely at around 8 pm.

Two persons were injured in the police action.

Meanwhile, the blockade supporters burned down a truck of BRTF at Keithelmani at around 5 pm and also burned another mini truck at Kangpokpi at around 6 pm.

Source: Imphal Free Press

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UTLA in process to join SoO fold [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 27: In a landmark peace initiative, 43 cadres of the United Tribal Liberation Army (UTLA) including the political wing and armed wing formally return to the mainstream during a home coming ceremony.

The homecoming ceremony organized by Red Shield Division was held at the Banquet Hall of the 1st Battalion of Manipur Rifles today. The function was attended by Chief Minister, Okram Ibobi Singh, DGP Y Joykumar,and Major General Binoy Poonnen,GOC 57 Mountain Division.

The Chief Minister in his speech appreciated the decision of the UTLA cadres to join the mainstream and to endeavor towards a life of peace and prosperity. He assured that the state government will do its best to provide for the needs and demands of the cadres. He also appealed to the cadres to adhere to the SoO ground rules and co-operate with the government while stating that there has been instances of certain groups who are presently in Suspension of Operation with the government but still carries out illegal acts of extortion and terrorizing the public.

DGP Y Joykumar also stated that the UTLA cadres joining the mainstream will be pivotal in bringing about peace and development along the Bangai range of Tamenglong district. Various hiccups faced by the state administration along the route including the construction of the Jiri-Tupul railhead will be able to advance peacefully. He also announced that the home department will operate a mechanized country made boat for effective police patrol in the waters of the area to check insurgency.

President of UTLA, Seipu alias Ishael in his address mentioned that the decision of the cadres to return to the mainstream was following in the footsteps of the other Kuki militant outfits that are demanding an independent land and are presently in talks with the government. “ We have come to this decision as we felt that we have been left on our own to struggle for our united demand and have felt that the effective way to rally for our demands will be through conducting talks with the government”, he said.

It may be mentioned that United Tribal Liberation Army (UTLA) was raised by James in 2003. However, at a later date after the death of James, the outfit was split into two factions called UTLA and UTLA (Max). UTLA (Max) over the period of time got neutralized and as of now majority of them are in jail. Due to leadership crisis and differences, president of UTLA Isheal and general secretary Seizahaou T Singsit ,along with 45 armed cadres were motivated to join the mainstream. On  September 8, the two leaders announced formally to join the Suspension of Operation (SoO).

This is by far amongst the largest number of constituents of one single underground organization to suspend operation and join the national mainstream in recent times. The antecedents of the cadres have already been verified by the group members and village chiefs from the areas that they hail from. The others would follow suit shortly for which, a repeat ceremony will be held at Leimakhong, the army in a release added.

It further stated that, Robert and SK Thadou of UTLA were also approached, however they have not yet joined the peace initiative and have requested for more time, since cadres are dispersed over large distance and in some cases, beyond the state boundaries.

The home coming ceremony was orchestrated by 27 Sector AR under the aegis of Red Shield Division. The Army and Assam Rifles have welcomed the initiative of the cadres. A huge cache of arms and ammunition of the UTLA cadres were also displayed at the ceremony. Along with three members of the political wing, one major, one lieutenant, two sergeants, one sgt major, four corporal, four lance corporal and twenty seven privates gathered at the home coming occasion.

Source: Imphal Free Press

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