BJP adds another feather to its cap, Bhabananda elected RS MP

IMPHAL, May 25 : Yet another feather was added to the cap of the BJP with K Bhabananda, the nominee of the BJP and its allies, romping home in the by election held to the lone Rajya Sabha seat defeating Congress nominee E Dwijamani by 18 votes in the House of 60.
By election to the lone Rajya Sabha seat was necessitated by the demise of the then sitting Rajya Sabha MP of the Congress Abdul Salam on February 28 this year.
Voting started at the Assembly Committee room of the Assembly from 9 am and though 4 pm was officially the time set for the voting to end, all the MLAs had cast their vote by 2.30 pm today.
One polling agent each of five political parties were seated in the polling booth. The political parties which stationed their polling agent at the polling booth were BJP, NPF, NPP, LJP, Congress.
Ballot papers were used in the polling and all the MLAs showed that they had voted for the candidate of their party to the polling agents before putting it inside the ballot box.
The party wise strength of the BJP led Government, are, BJP-21, NPP-4, NPF-4, LJP-1, Trinamool Congress-1, Independent-1.
On top of this, 6 Congress MLAs had earlier switched sides to the BJP, taking the total number of MLAs supporting the BJP led coalition Government to 38, leaving the Congress with just 22 of the 28 elected MLAs. Counting of votes winded up by 5 pm and BJP nominee and State BJP president K Bhabananda romped home defeating his Congress rival by 18 votes.
Bhabananda received 39 votes in his favour while the Congress nominee won 21 votes. One Congress MLA cross voted. With the win, K Bhabananda broke the monopoly of the Congress on the Rajya Sabha in Manipur, wherein its candidates had won the said seat thrice without any contest.
A jubilant Bhabananda, after getting his election certificate, acknowledged the trust and confidence reposed in by him by the elected representatives of the people as well as the Central leadership of the party. He assured that he would not betray the trust of the people. Bhabananda said that he would take all the pressing issues of the State for discussion in the Rajya Sabha and added that he will continue with the post of State BJP president as long as the Central leaders want.

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CM leads in extending aid to Class XII topper

IMPHAL, May 25: Chief Minister N Biren handed over Rs 50,000 as financial assistance and as motivation to Thounaojam Loyangamba, the 4th position holder in Commerce stream of the Higher Secondary Examination, 2017, conducted by COHSEM.
Speaking to media persons at a simple felicitation ceremony organised at the CM Secretariat today, N Biren praised Loyangamba, who despite being from a poor family and being a labourer himself, beat all odds to secure the 4th position in the Commerce stream of the HSE examinations 2017, from a Government School.
The Chief Minister further announced that the State Government would reward hard working students of Government Schools who manage to secure top positions in the examinations in order to encourage and motivate them.
He expressed that other students and the people should try and learn from Loyangamba, who appeared the exam and secured the 4th position despite having to work as a labourer for his livelihood.
He assured that he has already notified Imphal East DC to arrange necessary paperworks to provide Rs 1.20 lakh under the Housing For All scheme for Loyangamba. Moreover, N Biren also promised to arrange a bank loan of not less than Rs 2 lakh for Loyangamba so that he may give up his labour works and earn his livelihood from home and focus on his studies. The Chief Minister stated that he would make necessary arrangement to provide some amount of funds every month all throughout the student’s academic years.
He also assured free treatment for Loyangamba’s father, Thounaojam Banamali, at JNIMS.
The Sangai Express brought Thounaojam Loyangamba and his mother, Thounaojam (o) Ichal, to the Chief Minister Secretariat after the Chief Minister expressed his desire to meet the 4th position holder and extend necessary financial assistance. When The Sangai Express informed the Chief Minister about the condition of the student’s family, he immediately took up necessary steps to provide the housing aid and loans and also handed over Rs 50,000 to Loyangamba for his admission fees and to procure books and stationery items.
The Sangai Express Manipuri editor Khogendro Khomdram and English editor Hijam Rajesh were also present at the simple event.
On the other hand, IPS, DIG of CID RK Memi also provided financial assistance of Rs 30,000 to Loyangamba.
N Rajendro Singh, ex president of ICHAM, also provided financial assistance to the student for his admission fees and assured to provide Rs 3000 every month during his study years. He also assured to provide a 50 feet chicken pen, 500 chickens for Loyangamba to rear and earn his livelihood and also assured to bear the whole expense for procurement of chicken feeds for the first batch.

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Lt Gen (Retd) Himalay recalls Kargil days

Imphal, May 25 (DIPR) :Lt General (Retd) Konsam Himalaya today delivered a lecture on ‘My experience in Kargil War-Role of the Indian Army’ at Raj Bhavan, Imphal.
The lecture programme which was mainly arranged for youth and school children was attended by around 200 students.
While giving an introductory speech, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla lauded the role played by the Indian army and para-military forces in protecting the country.
Lt General (retd) Konsam Himalaya delivered an inspiring and heart touching lecture by talking about his own experience and power point presentation of Kargil War, 1999.
He even highlighted the geographical and historical background of conflict between India and Pakistan.
He said he was the Commanding Officer of 27th Battalion Rajput Regiment which was one of the battalions fighting in the Kargil War.
Recalling how his men suffered from frostbite and fought the war on 19,000 feet above the sea level, he said “When we poured water from a mug, it turn would turn into ice before it reached the ground and weapons would not function due to the freezing temperature.” In the power point presentationKonsam Himalaya showed his men’s valour in fighting the intruders in Kargil sectors. Pictures of the Indian army in the area of Dras sector, Tiger hill, Ladakh range, Siachen glaciers were also shown through slight projector. He said he was posted in Jammu and Kashmir for about 12 years.
“War is something like struggle for human existence. It takes courage and guts to fight in Kargil,” he added.
He encouraged the students to think about what they want to be and work hard with determination to achieve the goal.
Konsam Himalaya had also authored a book titled ‘Romancing the Line of Control’ in 2012.
The lecture programme was also attended by BJP National general secretary Ram Madhav, Works Minister Th Biswajit Singh and high ranking officials of CRPF.

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Eight bodies of CCpur finally laid to rest, after 632 days

CCpur, May 24 : The eight tribal youths who were killed in the protest against the three Bills passed by the State Assembly on August 31, 2015, have been laid to rest today at the ‘Tribal Martyrs’ Memorial Park’ sited adjacent to the scenic Khuga Dam, moments after a massive funeral service in their honour was held at the heart of Lamka town.
At least four Cabinet Ministers, including Th Biswajit, V Hangkhanlian, L Dikho, Nemcha Kipgen; Chief Secretary Nabakishore and other officials attended the funeral service held in honour of the tribal martyrs at Lamka public ground and paid floral tributes to them.
The eight remaining bodies of the ‘martyrs’ were moved out for the first time in 632 days from the district hospital mortuary in eight trucks around 9.30 am. Students on a human chain greeted them through to the ground where a huge gathering from all walks of life awaited to pay their final tributes.
JAC AATB chief convenor H Mangchinkhup, Works Minister Th Biswajit and tribe leaders who had been with the JAC all through the 632 days movement and student leaders from Mizoram addressed the funeral service that was marked with exhibition of traditional gun salute, presentation by choir groups and recitation of messages from leaders across the country that sympathised with the tribal people’s cause and their movement.
Mangchinkhup in his speech recalled how the movement against the ‘anti-tribal’ Bills had united the tribals in one voice for the first time but in the same breath noted the gradual division within the people by the words and deeds of others. As the State Government is well versed with these weak points it continues to create enmity and animosity among the different tribal communities at will through its policy of divide and rule till today, he said.
“The burial of the mortal remains of our Tribal martyrs does not mean the end of our political demand and aspiration. Rather, this is the extent of what the State Government can do; the next step rest in the hands of the Union Government. Now, we are about to accomplish our short term goal, and have left the mission of achieving our long term goal with the tribal armed groups.
The achievement of our aspiration and political desire now depends on how unified and united we are – the tribal armed groups, the elected representatives of the tribals and the tribal public,’ asserted the chief convenor
He added, ‘for 632 days, we have been mostly driven by our emotions and sometimes by irrational thinking; the time has come for the tribal people to move ahead based on logical and rational thinking rooted in reality.’
The man who steered the movement for over 600 days also made a significant remark and declared that he honestly believe that had the various tribe-based organisations and the general public chosen to stand by the JAC for another 5/6 more months with the same zeal and commitment they had about a year ago, the demands highlighted in the JAC’s charter of demands would have been achieved.
However it is not too late. “As we are about to enter a new phase of the movement, we need to relook our approach and make necessary course corrections. The more important question now is, are we ready for it,” he said.
Th Biswajit in his address emphasised on the need for peaceful coexistence and mutual respect for one another. He said that it is the belief of the BJP led Government not to pit the divergent communities in the State against one another and take advantages at the cost of another.
The Minister personally donated Rs 50,000 for the development of the ‘Tribal Martyrs Memorial Park at Mata, Lamka.’
Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Jual Oram also sent a condolence message to the JAC AATB as it prepared to bade farewell to the ‘martyrs’ and pleaded them to continually support the struggle to protect tribal rights and land, over which the deceased youths have lost their lives.
‘It is my wish and prayer that all communities in Manipur find an amicable solution to their political problems at the earliest without infringement of tribal rights,’ said the message. ZORO GHQs also condoled the ‘martyrs’ as their last rites were performed today. Mizo Students Union (MSU) GHQs and Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) GHQs deputed a representative each to attend today’s funeral and they too addressed the public.
Following the funeral service, the motorcade carrying the mortal remains of the ‘martyrs’ moved to the burial site at around 4.30 pm where all eight of them were laid side-by-side and buried in one grave in the presence of a huge crowd of mourners.

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Students do marginally better than last year with pass percentage pegged at 68.81 COHSEM announces Class XII exams result

IMPHAL, May 23 : Students of Class XII studying in schools under the Council of Secondary Education, Manipur (COHSEM), did marginally better than their seniors with the pass percentage this year pegged at 68.81 while in 2016 the pass percentage was 65.42.
The Class XII examination this year was held from March 20 to April 21.
This year girls did marginally better than boys with 9011 declared passed compared to 8976 boys who managed to crack the examination last year.
In 2016, 9017 boys passed the exam compared to 8553 girls.
Out of 26139 students who appeared for the examination, 17987 passed taking the pass percentage to 68.81.
Newly created Tengnoupal district led the way in notching up the highest pass percentage amongst the districts returning a handsome figure of 95.93 pass percentage.
Another newly created district Noney came a credible second with 90.7 percent of the students clearing the Class XII exams.
As in the last examination, Thoubal district again did creditably well with 83.73 percentage of the students cracking the exam followed by Jiribam with 73.55 pc.
Imphal West recorded a pass percentage of 71.84 while Imphal East recorded a poor 56.63 pass percentage.
If the two newly created districts, Tengnoupal and Noney occupied the top two spots in the pass percentage, another newly created district, Kangpokpi occupied the bottom rung with 29.97 pass percentage.
Science : As in the past years, students from schools located in Imphal walked away with the lion’s share, the major difference being, some of the ‘favourites’ were relegated to the background.
While the first position holder went to a student from Inspire Science Academy, Ghari, Gurumayum Gopal-krishna Sharma, Millennium Institute of Sciences, Sagolband Kwakeithel Mayaikoibi bagged the lion’s share in the first five positions with three of its students bagging the second (two students) and third position.
Xtra Edge School, Ghari showed its extra edge with nine of its students coming in the first top 20 positions.
Herbert School, Changangei continued its good showing at the Class XII exams with six of its students coming in the first 20 positions while MECI Explorer Academy had four students in the top 20.
COMET had three students in the merit list.
ARTS : In Arts, EK Higher Secondary School hogged the limelight with six of its students coming in the first six position with Ngangom Jinita topping.
COMMERCE : It was Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Maram all the way in Commerce with four of its students coming in the top five positions with Shap Makan coming out tops.
A Government school, CC Higher Secondary School, found its name in the merit list when its student Th Loyangamba Meitei occupied the fourth position in the Commerce stream.
Earlier announcing the results of the Class XII examinations, Education Minister Th Radheshyam said that despite the hectic election schedule, the employees of COHSEM and teachers concerned put in their mite to be able to declare the Class XII exams results without much hiccup this year.

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Fuel in stock, says K Shyam

IMPHAL, May 23 (DIPR) :Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Karam Shyam appealed to the people not to indulge in panic buying of petrol and diesel.
Speaking to mediapersons at his office at Secretariat South Block, Karam Shyam said that following a landslide report in Kohima, petrol pumps have witnessed a large number of consumers.
Informing that the landslide area has been partially repaired, he said that after the initial repairing of the landslide area, 70 vehicles carrying petroleum products have crossed Manipur border.
A meeting was held also today with the IOC (Indian Oil Corporation) officials at the office chamber of the Minister, where the IOC officials confirmed that there is sufficient stock of fuel available in the State.
According to the IOC officials report, petrol available at stock presently will last for 7 days, diesel for 17 days, LPG for 2 days and aviation fuel for 18 days at IOC Malom Oil Depot.
Karam Shyam, who is also the Revenue Minister, also held a meeting with the Deputy Commissioners of the valley districts regarding implementation of stringent enforcement of Manipur Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2014.
The Minister said that despite the implementation of the Act, many paddy fields are still being converted into homestead land.
He said instructions have been given to the officials concerned to conduct a survey and submit a report. Necessary action will be taken against those who have violated the Act, he added.
Expressing concern over the failure to efficiently collect income from land revenue, the Minister said that door to door collection of land revenue will soon be initiated in the State.
He said the land tax for urban areas (Rs 20) and rural areas (Rs 10) need to be revised in tune with the time. He said he will consult with the officials concerned to revise the existing land tax rate.

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Kuki Inpi states stand

IMPHAL, May 23 : Kuki Inpi Manipur today said that any move to withdraw or alter the newly created districts would be opposed tooth and nail.
In a statement, Kuki Inpi Manipur said that cease-fire between the Government of India and Naga underground in 1964 was extended only to Tamenglong district, Ukhrul district and Mao sub-division which alone were considered to be predominantly Naga inhabited areas.
After creation of Senapati district by amalgamating Mao and Sadar Hills sub-divisions and carving out Chandel from Imphal, the Naga area was gradually built up to cover both Sadar Hill areas and Chandel though they were predominantly inhabited by the Kukis. This is by taking full advantage of the appeasement policy towards the Nagas, the statement said. The Central and the State Governments should bear in mind that the problems in the hills of Manipur is due to the naked aggression of the Nagas of Manipur on the Kukis with the intention of dispossessing the Kukis of their land by force and fraud. Therefore, any settlement in solution with the Nagas alone can never solve the political problems of Manipur without solving the ‘Kuki issues first.’
The Government of India is therefore advised to evolve some formula broadly acceptable to all by taking into considerations the interest of all the stakeholders.

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Shirui Lily Festival draws to a close amid pomp and gaiety Governor stresses on potential of State flower

IMPHAL, May 20 : Like Chief Minister N Biren, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla travelled all the way from Imphal to Ukhrul by road to attend the closing function of the Shirui Lily Festival as the chief guest, which drew to a close today amid pomp and gaiety.
Significantly this was the maiden visit of Dr Najma Heptulla to Ukhrul after assuming the charge of Governor of Manipur.
With the people of Tangkhul people rolling out the red carpet for the Governor, Dr Najma Heptulla soaked up the ambience of Ukhrul as well as the air of the festival, on arrival.
Later addressing the gathering at Tangkhul Naga Long ground at Ukhrul, the Governor said that Shirui Lily can be a major attraction for tourists from across the world, if the flower is marketed properly.
Judicious marketing of Shirui Lily as a major tourist attraction can go a long way in creating awareness on the need to protect and nurture the environment, she observed.
Apart from protecting the environment, this will also give a boost to the economic activities of the local people.
Sounding a word of caution, she said that global warming and change in habitat are posing a threat to the survival of the rare flower and added that a sustained awareness campaign is needed to ensure its protection and survival.
The Governor also congratulated the Chief Minister on his initiative to organize the festival at the State level and added that the new State Tourism Festival will give a boost to the promotion of tourism in the State, leading to more footfalls of tourists with Shirui Lily and picturesque Ukhrul providing the added attractions.
Giving a graphic description of Shirui Lily, the Governor said that 3/4 decades back, a single plant of Shirui Lily could bear not less than 12 flowers. However today this has changed drastically and what one sees is 3/4 flowers on a plant.
Earlier it was thought that this was due to the rampant deforestation, but with the growth in science, it has now come to light that this is due to the expanse of the bamboo groves (small variety of bamboo).
A proper scientific study of the flower is the need of the hour, she opined and added that the information that ICAR has decided to research the tissue culture of the flower is encouraging. Such a scientific approach should not only help the flower grow in its environment but it can become a possibility to let the flower grow and bloom in controlled conditions such as in laboratories. The Governor also briefly dwelt on the history of how the flower was discovered by British Frank Kingdon Ward in 1946 and how he named it after his wife.
The Governor also pointed out that deforestation and jhum cultivation have had an adverse impact on the climatic condition at Ukhrul and Shirui with the forest cover at Shirui Kashong (mountain) decreasing rapidly.
This has adversely impacted the water supply to Ukhrul town from Shirui Kashong, she added.
Promoting tourism can go a long way in bettering the economy of the place and the people, said the Governor and added that it is to promote the place and boost tourism that the Central Government has been intimated to ensure direct flight from Imphal to Mumbai and Bangalore.
The Shirui Lily Festival should lead to more efforts to protect and preserve the flower and will also go a long way in promoting the ties between the hill and valley people, the Governor observed.
Expressing her desire that such a festival is observed at all the district headquarters, the Governor expressed hope that she gets the opportunity to visit the place again to interact with the people.
Cultural items were presented as part of the closing ceremony. Speaker, Manipur Legislative Assembly, Y Khemchand, Health Minister L Jayantakumar Singh, IFCD Minister Letpao Haokip and Education Minister Th Radheshyam attended the closing ceremony as president and guests of honour respectively.

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RKFD Sangai Trophy MUSA, FC Imphal book SF berth

IMPHAL, May 18: MUSA, Majorkhul and FC Imphal, Kwakeithel cruised into the semi-finals of the ongoing 1st RKFD Sangai Trophy held under the auspices of All Manipur United Veteran Football Association.
In today’s first quarter final encounter, MUSA, Majorkhul romped to a 3-0 win over VSAI-A, Thangmeiband.
In the one-sided match dominated by MUSA, T Siehlam handed the lead to the Majorkhul veterans as he struck home the opener in the 13th minute.
The two sides went to the break with MUSA taking a 1-0 lead. Even as both sides pressed hard to alter the score line in the second half, none of the team could easily breach each others’ defence line. However, Ch Ingobi of MUSA struck one goal to double the lead in the 55th minute. Just few minutes before the end of the regulation time, Cheitei of MUSA was bang on target to seal an easy victory for his team.
VSAI-A forwards were prevented from creating any chance by their rivals’ defenders.
Another quarter final encounter of the day saw FC Imphal, Kwakeithel edging past NCDA, Khonghampat by a margin of one goal to nil.
The two teams played a thrilling match right from the first whistle. However, none of the teams could break the deadlock in the first half.
After the barren first half, the two sides bounced back with more vigour trying to create chances and outwit each other. FC Imphal veterans were able to make a breakthrough after frenetic efforts as Th Krishna found their opponents’ net through a brilliant pass from A Dilip in the 35th minute.
Interestingly, NCDA refused to continue the match from the 38th minute protesting the decision of the referee who awarded a penalty kick against them. FC Imphal’s striker L Surchandra was brought down by NCDA defender K Inaocha into the goal area. The referee was quick to point the penalty mark which invited strong protest from NCDA veterans resulting in the abrupt end of the match.

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