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 the enemy hands, recounted a PIB (DW) release.

Procrastinating in the dilemma of choosing between remaining an independent state or joining the dominion of India or Pakistan, the Maharaja of Kashmir found himself in a precarious situation in the wake of independence.

Pakistan stake its claim on Kashmir and exploited the vulnerable situation by launching an attack with their raiders on October 18, 1947.

By October 26, 1947, the situation turned grave as the raiders advanced along road Uri–Baramulla– Srinagar. Much devastation had been caused, Baramulla was overcome and the enemy was within 30 miles from Srinagar when Maharaja Hari Singh signed the Instrument of Accession to India on October 26, 1947.

At 5 am on October 27, 1947, the Battalion Headquarters and a company of the First Battalion of the Sikh Regiment, hastily mustered from internal security duties in Gurgaon, were flown in to Srinagar. These valiant soldiers fought a gallant action reversing the tide of the battle and saving Kashmir as part of Independent India. To commemorate this maiden gallant action of the Infantry in the wake of independence, October 27 is celebrated as the Infantry Day, the release informed.

Infantry Day 2011 was celebrated in Leimakhong today with the GOC Maj Gen Binoy Poonnen and other Infantry Officers, JCOs and soldiers paid homage to the brave sons of India who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.

This was followed by a Special Sainik Sammelan for the Infantry officers, JCOs and soldiers. Displaying their solidarity with the people of Manipur all Retired Infantry Officers of Manipur had been invited for the Infantry Day dinner which was attended by about 25 retired officers from across Manipur, it added.

Source: The Sangai Express

 


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ULFA-Govt peace talks on Tuesday [The Sangai Express]

NEW DELHI, Oct 23: Giving a fresh impetus to the ongoing peace process, the government will hold talks with the banned ULFA on Tuesday with an aim of finding a lasting solution to Assam’s three-decade-old insurgency problem.
Top ULFA leaders will discuss with government representatives various aspects of the group’s ‘charter of demands’ which sought amendment in the Constitution for finding “meaning- ful” ways to protect the rights and identity of the indigenous people of Assam.

Observance of ground rules, signed by both sides, surrender of arms and ammunition and total halt of operations by security forces against the pro-talk faction are other key issues which are expected to be discussed, official sources said.

The ULFA team, led by its ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, and representatives of Central and Assam governments, including Interlocutor PC Halder, are also expected to deliberate in detail on various aspects of the ground rules of the Suspension of Operations.

Before the formal talks on October 25, both sides are likely to hold informal talks to acquit themselves with each other’s views.

Members of the rebel group—numbering around 600—are now put in special camps, which will be called as ‘Nabanirman Kendras’.

In its ‘charter of demands’, the ULFA also demanded change of rules and law and said a solution to their demands was not possible under the provisions of the existing Constitution.

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

Delhi cops probe PLA-Maoists links [The Sangai Express]

New Delhi, Oct 16 : The Delhi Police are continuing their investigation of the two high-ranking cadres of banned Peoples Liberation Army with the Maoists arrested here on October 1.

The police found out during interrogation that the two arrested PLA cadres Dilip Singh and Arun Singh were in the city to provide logistical support to the Maoists.

“We have found that PLA and Maoists have formed a strategic united front against the government in a joint memorandum they signed in 2008. Under this both groups will support each other against the government,” said N Aggarwal, Special Commissioner, Delhi Police.

Joint training camps of PLA and Maoists are held in Myanmar and funding and equipment are also provided to them.

Both these groups have established links with J and K terror outfits.

It is not the first time that the Maoists link with Northeast militants has come to light. In February this year, three ULFA cadres were arrested from Maoist camps.

Several reports have indicated that Maoists have established links with Paresh Baruah, the commander in chief of ULFA.

A few months ago Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi also talked about increasing Maoist presence in the region.

Experts consider these developments as a cause of concern as they believe that the main reason for the alliance is to procure Chinese arms through the Northeast route to instigate violence in the region.

Source: The Sangai Express

“Villagers taking up road maintenance work due to government’s failure” [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 16: A release of the Khousabung Youth Club signed by its president Hemang Khongsai has alleged that no government agencies have attended the road connecting Moirang to Khousabung even though it is just 5 kms long.

It has further alleged that the road has been black topped just once in 75 years, when the then President of India Dr Abdul Kalam landed at Bunglon High School on October 16, 2006. In a befitting tribute to the former people’s President, the people of the area have named the Moirang-Bunglon road as ‘Dr Kalam Road’, it further added.

“During the last 5 years since 2006, no repairing work has been ever done by the government. The people of the area have waited long wishing when the road will be repaired and black-topped again”, stated the release.

The release has further stated that the road acts as the lifeline of the people of Thangjing area comprising about 50 villages with a population of around 35 thousand.

In the midst of neglect and deprivation, the Khousabung Youth Club has taken the lead to repair the road themselves, with no assistance from the government, it has further asserted.

“Due to the bad condition of the road, hundreds of commuters are facing untold miseries while traveling along the road. For students who are studying in Moirang, travelling on this bumpy-humpy road is like a hell. For the poor village folks, who were going to Moirang bazaar for marketing, it’s a nightmare for them. For the traders, since Khousabung being the ‘capital’ of pineapple in the state, travelling on the road has been a devilish experience. For the larger public, the bad road condition is a death-knell for progress and development of the area” it further stated.

It has further stated that the people will not tolerate injustice for long and further appeal both the state and central government to repair the road at the earliest.

Source: Imphal Free Press

Myanmar talks tough against ultras operating from its soil [The Sangai Express]

NEW DELHI Oct 15: In a significant development, Myanmar on Friday took a strong stand against insurgents operating from its soil adjacent to India’s Northeast and committed not to allow its soil to be used by forces inimical to interests of India.

This was conveyed by Myanmar’s Minister for Border Affairs and Industrial Development Lt. Gen Thein Htay during his meeting with Union Minister for DoNER, Paban Singh Ghatowar, here on Friday. The same was reiterated during the bilateral talks Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had with visiting Myanmar President U Thein Sein.

“Both sides have reaffirmed their unequivocal and uncompromising position against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” said a joint statement issued after the delegation-level meeting.

The statement further said both sides had agreed on enhancing effective cooperation and coordination between the security forces of the two countries in tackling the menace of insurgency and terrorism. Both sides also underscored the need to strengthen institutional mechanisms for sharing intelligence to combat the menace of insurgency, arms smuggling and drug trafficking.

In this context, both the countries discussed matters relating to further strengthening of border management mechanisms. The two leaders reiterated and resolved not to allow their respective territory to be used for training, sanctuary and other operations by terrorist organisations and their operatives.

Ghatowar informed the Myanmar Minister had readily agreed to an invitation to visit the Northeast. Besides internal security, cooperation in enhancing cross-border connectivity through road, railways and waterways was discussed during the meeting, he said.

The Prime Minister and the President of Myanmar reiterated their shared commitment to strengthening and broadening the multi-faceted relationship.

While acknowledging that both sides have a responsibility to promote peace, security and stability in the region, they emphasized the need to intensify economic, social and developmental engagements in order to bring about all round socio-economic development and inclusive growth.

The two sides reviewed the infrastructure development and cooperation projects that are being undertaken in Myanmar with technical and financial assistance from India, including those related to roads, waterways, power, health, education and industrial training, telecommunications, and others.

Both the countries signed several agreements.

India and Myanmar expressed satisfaction at the pace of implementation of Kaladan Multi-modal Transit Transport Project, especially the port development and Inland waterways.

It was also decided to open an additional Land Customs Station/border trade point on the India-Myanmar border to allow smooth flow of goods generated by Kaladan Project. Both sides reiterated their commitment for an early implementation of the Rhi-Tiddim Road Development Project with grant assistance from India.

Reviewing the progress in establishing trilateral connectivity from Moreh in India to Mae Sot in Thailand via Myanmar, it was noted that substantial progress had been achieved in preparation of a detailed project report (DPR) for roads and causeways in Myanmar.

The two sides agreed to promote trade, investment and economic cooperation in a sustainable manner. With a view to promoting border trade, two sides agreed that meetings between Indian and Myanmar officials of customs, immigration, border chambers of commerce, officials of bank branches at the border, border trade officials (Tamu and Rhi –OSS Team) and Government officials would take place at Tamu-Moreh and Rhi-Zowkhathar at regular intervals.

It was agreed to consider opening up new border trading points along the border for the economic uplift of the people of the area. It was also agreed to consider better functioning of the existing points and facilitate movement of people and goods between the two countries.

Both the countries underscored the need for energy security and expressed satisfaction at ongoing bilateral cooperation in the area. They agreed to enhance cooperation in the area of oil and natural gas exploration, a facility denied to India earlier at the behest of China.

Both sides agreed to examine commencement of ferry services on Kolkata-Yangon and Chennai-Yangon routes. They also agreed for operating flights between the two countries.

India agreed to the request of the Government of Myanmar to facilitate allocation of land in Bodh Gaya for setting up a Buddhist monastery for use of pilgrims and monks from Myanmar. Ghatowar pointed out that there is cooperation between Myanmar and the N-E region in respect of religious tourism given the presence of a sizeable Buddhist population in the region.

Source: The Sangai Express

 

Myanmar minister talks tough against insurgents operating from its soil [Imphal Free Press]

NEW DELHI Oct 15 (MIC): In a significant development, Myanmar on Friday took a strong stand against insurgents operating from its soil adjacent to India’s Northeast and committed not to allow its soil to be used by forces inimical to interests of India.

This was conveyed by Myanmar’s minister for Border Affairs and Industrial Development Lt. Gen Thein Htay during his meeting with union minister for DoNER, Paban Singh Ghatowar, here on Friday. The same was reiterated during the bilateral talks Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had with visiting Myanmar President U Thein Sein.

“Both sides have reaffirmed their unequivocal and uncompromising position against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” said a joint statement issued after the delegation-level meeting.

The statement further said both sides had agreed on enhancing effective cooperation and coordination between the security forces of the two countries in tackling the menace of insurgency and terrorism. Both sides also underscored the need to strengthen institutional mechanisms for sharing intelligence to combat the menace of insurgency, arms smuggling and drug trafficking.

In this context, both the countries discussed matters relating to further strengthening of border management mechanisms. The two leaders reiterated and resolved not to allow their respective territory to be used for training, sanctuary and other operations by terrorist organisations and their operatives.

Ghatowar informed the Myanmar minister had readily agreed to an invitation to visit the Northeast. Besides internal security, cooperation in enhancing cross-border connectivity through road, railways and waterways was discussed during the meeting, he said.

The Prime Minister and the President of Myanmar reiterated their shared commitment to strengthening and broadening the multi-faceted relationship.

While acknowledging that both sides have a responsibility to promote peace, security and stability in the region, they emphasized the need to intensify economic, social and developmental engagements in order to bring about all round socio-economic development and inclusive growth.

The two sides reviewed the infrastructure development and cooperation projects that are being undertaken in Myanmar with technical and financial assistance from India, including those related to roads, waterways, power, health, education and industrial training, telecommunications, and others.

Both the countries signed several agreements.

India and Myanmar expressed satisfaction at the pace of implementation of Kaladan Multi-modal Transit Transport Project, especially the port development and Inland waterways.

It was also decided to open an additional Land Customs Station/border trade point on the India-Myanmar border to allow smooth flow of goods generated by Kaladan Project. Both sides reiterated their commitment for an early implementation of the Rhi-Tiddim Road Development Project with grant assistance from India.

Reviewing the progress in establishing trilateral connectivity from Moreh in India to Mae Sot in Thailand via Myanmar, it was noted that substantial progress had been achieved in preparation of a detailed project report (DPR) for roads and causeways in Myanmar.

The two sides agreed to promote trade, investment and economic cooperation in a sustainable manner. With a view to promoting border trade, two sides agreed that meetings between Indian and Myanmar officials of customs, immigration, border chambers of commerce, officials of bank branches at the border, border trade officials (Tamu and Rhi –OSS Team) and Government officials would take place at Tamu-Moreh and Rhi-Zowkhathar at regular intervals.

It was agreed to consider opening up new border trading points along the border for the economic uplift of the people of the area. It was also agreed to consider better functioning of the existing points and facilitate movement of people and goods between the two countries.

Both the countries underscored the need for energy security and expressed satisfaction at ongoing bilateral cooperation in the area. They agreed to enhance cooperation in the area of oil and natural gas exploration, a facility denied to India earlier at the behest of China.

Both sides agreed to examine commencement of ferry services on Kolkata-Yangon and Chennai-Yangon routes. They also agreed for operating flights between the two countries.

India agreed to the request of the Government of Myanmar to facilitate allocation of land in Bodh Gaya for setting up a Buddhist monastery for use of pilgrims and monks from Myanmar. Ghatowar pointed out that there is cooperation between Myanmar and the N-E region in respect of religious tourism given the presence of a sizeable Buddhist population in the region.

Source: Imphal Free Press

Daily News Digest : The Sangai Express – 15 October 2011

Making a hash of pubic distribution system! 3 years to issue BPL card [The Sangai Express]

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IMPHAL, Oct 14 : With the process of issuing new cards and renewal of old cards taking almost three years, there have been instances when BPL cards were delivered after death of  the beneficiaries and when the beneficiaries no longer belong to BPL category. According to some staff of Imphal East district administration, the process […]

Jagat writes to CM on stand to suspend rice supply to Tamenglong [ The Sangai Express ]

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IMPHAL, Oct 14 : Taking serious note of the CAF & PD Department’s stand not to allot any rice to Tamenglong for the district administration’s failure to clear pending dues incurred last year, Governor Gurbachan Jagat has asked Chief Minister O Ibobi if certain amounts were misappropriated by some people. For 51 metric tonnes of […]

MPP to sue NPF’s Constitution [The Sangai Express]

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IMPHAL, Oct 14 : Questioning how the Election Commission of India granted recognition to Naga People’s Front (NPF), whose primary objective is integration of Naga inhabited areas under a common administrative roof, veteran politician O Joy has declared that the Manipur People’s Party (MPP) would challenge the NPF’s constitution in the law Court. Speaking to […]

JDDC takes district demand case to PM

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IMPHAL, Oct 14 : Peeved with the failure of the State Government’s to grant district status on Jiribam sub-division in spite of the Delimitation Commission of India’s approval and sustained campaign of the people, the Jiribam District Demand Committee (JDDC) has dispatched a representation to the Prime Minister. In their representation, the JDDC pointed out […]

Kangpokpi students-teachers air blockade woes

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IMPHAL, Oct 14 :  High-lighting hardships faced by the teaching and learning community as a consequence of the ongoing economic blockade a large number of students and teaching staff members took out a rally today demanding immediate of the Government on the demand for upgrading Sadar Hills to a full-fledged district. The rally organised by […]

500 m dollar credit to Yangon [ The Sangai Express ]

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New Delhi, Oct 14 :  In a major boost to bilateral ties, India today announced a USD 500 million credit line for the traditionally close Chinese ally Myanmar even as New Delhi and Yangon decided to strengthen their strategic, economic and energy ties. Visiting President Thein Sein and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held extensive talks […]

Pillion rider dies [The Sangai Express]

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IMPHAL, Oct 14: A Manipur Rifle personnel has been killed at an accident that took place near Chingmeirong police outpost on the Imphal-Dimapur road at around 9.30 am today. According to a police report, the deceased MR man (pillion rider) was coming on a Pulsar motorcycle (MN1M/4785) with another person towards Imphal when a Mahindra […]

Zeliangrong Baudi (Assam, Manipur, Nagaland) ZB-AMN flays [ The Sangai Express ]

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IMPHAL, Oct 14: Zeliangrong Baudi (Assam, Manipur, Nagaland) has condemned Government’s decision of putting two Sub-Inspectors and three Constables of Longmai Police Station under suspension in connection with burning down of a goods laden truck by unknown persons at near the police station, along NH-37 on October 6. The action of the State Police Department […]

500 m dollar credit to Yangon [ The Sangai Express ]

New Delhi, Oct 14 :  In a major boost to bilateral ties, India today announced a USD 500 million credit line for the traditionally close Chinese ally Myanmar even as New Delhi and Yangon decided to strengthen their strategic, economic and energy ties.

Visiting President Thein Sein and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held extensive talks on bilateral, regional and international issues, including ways to open up border trade and speed up the construction of natural gas pipelines. Singh offered USD 500 million in credit for infrastructure projects, including roads, inland waterways and ports to Sein who agreed to encourage further investments by Indian companies, both in public and private sector, in oil and natural gas sectors.

Today’s credit line is in addition to nearly USD 300 million India had extended earlier for several infrastructural projects, including the development of railways, transport, power transmission lines and oil refinery.

The two leaders also agreed to enhance effective cooperation and coordination between the security forces of the two countries in tackling the menace of insurgency and terrorism which has caused countless loss of innocent lives, according to the joint statement.

The visit of the President of Myanmar, traditionally an ally of China, comes amidst crucial political developments in that country, including suspension of a USD 3.6 billion China- backed dam project by Yangon, release of political prisoners and Sein inviting democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for a political dialogue.

Congratulating Sein on the transition towards a democratic government, Singh offered all necessary assistance in further strengthening this democratic transition in an inclusive and broad based manner.

Noting that both sides have a responsibility to promote peace, security and stability in the region, Sein and Singh emphasized the need to intensify economic, social and developmental engagement in order to bring about overall socio-economic betterment by strengthening the multifaceted relationship and decided to take it to a “new level”.

Reaffirming their unequivocal and uncompromising position against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, the two leaders reiterated the assurance that the territory of either would not be allowed for activities inimical to the other, the joint statement said.

They also resolved not to allow their respective territory to be used for training, sanctuary and other operations by terrorist and insurgent organizations and their operatives, said the joint statement.

Stressing their “unequivocal and uncompromising position against terrorism”, the two sides decided to bolster institutional mechanisms for sharing of intelligence to combat insurgency, arms smuggling and drug trafficking.

Two pacts were also inked for the upgradation of Yangon Children’s Hospital and Sittwe General Hospital and Programme of Cooperation in Science & Technology for the period of 2012-2015.

While discussing border management mechanisms, the two leaders directed the Heads of Survey Department of India and Myanmar to jointly work out and implement a schedule for inspection and maintenance of boundary pillars in the open season in 2011-12 in a time bound manner.

Expressing satisfaction at the implementation of the Kaladan Multi-modal Transit Transport Project, they decided to start the road component of the project at the earliest.

They also agreed to open an additional border trade point to allow smooth flow of commerce to be generated by the Kaladan Project.

Source: The Sangai Express 

N Kotiswar appointed addl High Court judge [Imphal Free Press]

NEW DELHI, October 14 (MIC): In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 224 of the Constitution of India, the President of India  has appointed four persons namely Nongmeikapam Kotiswar Singh, Ujjal Bhuyan, Swapan Chandra Das and  Prasanta Kumar Saikia, to be Additional Judges of the Gauhati High Court, in that order of seniority, for a period of two years with effect from the date they assume charge of their respective office, sources from the Ministry of Law and Justice today said.

Nongmeikapam Kotiswar Singh of Uripok Tourangbam Leikai is at present  the Advocate General of Manipur serving about four years in the post,  after an official  appointment order was issued on November 3, 2007.

Son of  Late Justice N Ibotombi Singh and Gomati Devi, 49 years old N. Kotiswar Singh began his schooling from Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, Purulia in West Bengal and  completed Pre-University Course (Science) in St Anthony’s College, Shillong before graduating in Political Science from Kirori Mal College under Delhi University in 1983.

After obtaining the LL.B degree in 1986 from the  Campus Law Centre of Delhi University, Kotiswar  practised Law. He was also selected for the Commonwealth Young Lawyers Course in 1992 at University of London.

He had a brief stint in 1986-88 in the Supreme Court of India and had been practising in the Gauhati High Court in Constitutional law, Criminal, Civil and the lower courts and other tribunals.

Kotiswar who was now at Guwahati said that he would join the new post on October 17, 2011.

Source: Imphal Free Press