Modi to address rally at Imphal

IMPHAL,Feb 15 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit poll-bound Manipur on February 25 to address an election rally at the historic Kangla Fort in Imphal, said BJP MP and Manipur in-charge Prahlad Singh Patel here on Wednesday.
Patel informed this to media while releasing a video album for BJP election campaign at the party office here. He said Modi will address an election rally at Kangla Fort as scheduled.
BJP has fielded candidates for all 60 assembly seats of the State in the upcoming polls which are set to take place in two phases on March 4 and 8. The main contenders in the polls will be the ruling Congress and BJP.
To a media query, Prah-lad Singh Patel rejected the report that the BJP had offered Rs 36 crore and a party ticket to rights activist Irom Sharmila. The iconic hunger striker had reportedly alleged recently that the saffron party offered her a ticket along with Rs 36 crore to use in her campaign, which triggered a controversy.
“The accusation was a political propaganda spread by the Congress. The matter has been brought to the notice of Election Commission,” Patel said.
Sharmila will take on the three-time Congress Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh in Thoubal in the polls. She will contest for the seat on the ticket of People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA).
Sharmila had said that a few months back a state BJP leader approached her to make the offer which she had refused.
The Iron Lady of Manipur ended her 16-year-old fast, she had launched to demand repeal of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, to join electoral politics and continue her crusade against AFSPA.

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AMSU launches ‘disclose details’ campaign

IMPHAL, Feb 15: As announced yesterday, the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) today launched a campaign christened ‘Cam-paign for Protection of Historical and Political Identity of Manipur’ at Shamu Makhong, Khwai-ramband this afternoon demanding a white paper on the contents and details of the framework agreement signed between the Government of India and NSCN-IM on August 3, 2015.
The campaign was launched by AMSU president Sanasam Subash.
AMSU volunteers also distributed leaflets to the public which explained their campaign and the need to know the details of the framework agreement. Subash said that the Government of India’s refusal to divulge the contents and details of the framework agreement evokes a strong suspicion among the people of Manipur that it might affect the territorial integrity of the State.

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CorCom pays tributes to Lamyanba Irabot

IMPHAL, Sep 25 : The CorCom has paid rich tributes to Lamyanba Hijam Irabot on the occasion of his 65th death anniversary (September 26) and 120th birth anniversary (September 30).
Lamyanba Hijam Irabot was the most prominent leader of the land who dedicated his life for a mass revolution in order to bring about a new Manipur (Kangleipak) while upholding the distinct identity of the land. Now the revolutionary movement spearheaded by Irabot has become the inevitable beacon of the ongoing revolutionary movements, said CorCom. The future of Manipur as envisaged by Hijam Irabot can be discerned by studying his ideas, exploits and struggles.

A statement issued by CorCom media coordinator Ksh Yoiheiba said that Irabot also spearheaded many unarmed mass movements against the exploitative and repressive practices of the monarchy and the British colonial rule. After the Pungdongbam Event of September 21, 1948, Irabot started an armed revolutionary movement with the objective of abolishing monarchy. In the meantime, Manipur was allegedly annexed by India on October 15, 1949 and this event completely changed the contexts and objectives of Irabot’s armed revolutionary movement. Not long after, India devised a number of strategies not only to suppress the armed revolutionary movement of Irabot but also to consolidate their rule over Manipur. Subsequently, India became the arch-enemy of Irabot’s revolutionary movement.

The Manipur Communist Party  adopted a resolution in October 1948 to establish a socialist republic in Manipur. With the primary objective of establishing an independent socialist republic in Manipur, Irabot waged an
armed revolution (1949-51) against India. Irabot breathed his last on September 26, 1951 in Burma but his death was not known either to the people or the then Chief Commissioner’s administration. The Porompat Conference of the Manipur Communist Party (MCP) held in 1953 discussed whether the party should give up arms or not. But a group headed by MCP general secretary Lamabam Ibotombi rejected the proposal to give up arms and carry on the struggle through parliamentary means. As such, the armed revolution started by Irabot continued till 1955. A serious difference of opinion crept up between Irabot and Communist Party of India after the international youth conference held at Calcutta in February 1948.  A few days after the Calcutta conference, the Communist Party of India held a big conference The conference resolved that all Communist parties of South East Asia should wage armed revolutionary movements. Irabot attended the conference as a representative of Assam provincial committee.

There he met Burma Communist Party leader Thakin Than Tun. As Irabot saw the differences in the conditions of India and Manipur, the resolution of the Communist Party of India was not translated into action promptly. Irabot was also not in favour of adopting the Russian model. He had more faith in Marshal Tito’s National Communism of Yugoslavia. In line with his belief, MCP resolved on October 28, 1948 to establish a socialist republic in Manipur.  The MCP also reaffirmed the Calcutta resolution of the Communist Party of India and put Manipur among the South East Asian countries like Burma, Indonesia, Malaya, Singapore etc which were then waging National liberation struggles. The assumption that Irabot did not voice any word of objection against the merger of Manipur into the Indian Union is false. There are stories that he threw away a pen he was holding when he heard that Maharaj Bodhachandra had signed the Merger Agreement and Manipur had been merged into the Indian Union. However, as he was then living as a fugitive, he could not convey his opinions on the issue to the masses. Hijam Irabot was a genuine revolutionary leader of the masses who faced many challenging and crucial socio-political issues during his short life of just 55 years. Stating that the present generation of Manipuri people are standing at the cross-road of extinction and survival, the CorCom asserted that people ought to follow the ideals and principles of Irabot.

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PLA celebrates raising day

IMPHAL, Sep 25: The 38th raising day of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was celebrated today at its general headquarters, tactical command, strategic command, 252 mobile battalion, other military units, departments, stations, central bureau, SR-1, SR-2, SR-3 and SR-4.

The raising day celebrations were marked by hoisting of the party’s flag and offering of homage to all the revolutionaries who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of the Nation, conveyed a press release issued by RPF publicity secretary Roben Khuman. With festoons and PLA’s stars, the raising day was celebrated across Manipur with people of different localities covered by the party’s divisions 2,4,6,8 and 10. RPF President Irengbam Chaoren’s message addressed to the people of Manipur was also read out at all the raising day celebrations, it conveyed. It further prayed that the 38th raising day of PLA may bring unity among all the communities of Manipur and victory to the people.

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Cong MLA belittles BJP poll prospect

IMPHAL, Sep 25: Congress MLA N Loken has stated that BJP would not be able to secure more than six seats in the forthcoming Manipur Legislative Assembly election. He was speaking at a political conference held at Awang Maibam Leikai community hall under the aegis of Langthabal Block Congress Committee.

Among others, the political conference was attended by MPCC president TN Haokip, MLA P Brojen and All India Mahila Congress Committee president Sobha Oza. N Loken said that election of Congress candidates is essential for development of the State. Stating that many political parties which were once active in the State are almost dead now, Loken predicted a straight fight between Congress and BJP in the forthcoming election.

BJP has been claiming that they would score a huge victory in the hope that some Congress MLAs would join them. However, there is no Congress MLA who wishes to join BJP. Rather than joining hands with BJP, four Trinamool Congress MLAs came within the fold of Congress party. If they are taken into account, Congress has now 51 MLAs. As for those people who joined BJP anew, they have all been tested in their respective Assembly segments.

There are 4/5 aspiring BJP candidates in each Assembly segment. It would only spark dissension and violence at the time of giving party tickets, Loken predicted. The chairman of the recruitment board constituted for recruitment of Police Constables in 2013 is the man who is preparing to contest the Assembly election in Heirok AC on a BJP ticket. It would be more appreciable if BJP was holding dharnas against rejection of ILPS related Bills by the Government of India rather than on the issue of police recruitment, Loken said.

Sobha Oza said that the NDA Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been working hard to set up BJP Governments in all States ruled by Congress after suppressing the existing Congress Governments. MGNREGS which was launched during the UPA Government used to provide jobs for 100 days in a year to the poor but the scheme has been rendered ineffective by the NDA Government thereby robbing job opportunities from millions of poor people. It only testifies that Modi Government is anti-poor, added Oza.

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Indefinite bandh cripples transport system

IMPHAL, Aug 24: The indefinite State-wide bandh imposed by the All Manipur DPC Completed Candidates of Police Constable (Male) 2013 since Aug 23 midnight paralysed all forms of transport systems in the State.
It is reported that around 20 vehicles were vandalised by bandh/blockade supporters at Kangpokpi this evening.
Bandh supporters blocked all forms of transportation causing serious inconveniences to commuters in different parts of Imphal city and other district headquarters. Bandh enforcers burnt tyres in the middle of roads, placed logs and vandalized vehicles that violated the indefinite bandh which was enforced widely.
All inter-district passenger services remained off the road though a few private vehicles on emergency services and religious activities were seen. Business establishments, shops, oil pumps and cinema halls in and around Imphal city remained shut.
Khwairamband Bazar wore a deserted look with few passers-by. Schools and colleges, offices and movie theatres remained closed although few office goers were seen as many employees were seen stranded in different areas due to the bandh.
In Sekmai, bandh supporters blocked the National Highway by placing huge boulders of rocks prohibiting any form of vehicular movement. Bandh enforcers blocked the road at Khonghampat area too. But later in the evening, a large number of police personnel chased away the bandh supporters and escorted inter-State passenger vehicles and trucks.
In Khurai Tinsid Road, bandh enforcers took to the street and blocked all forms of vehicular movement by burning tyres and placing wooden logs.
It was reported that two bandh supporters who were endorsing the indefinite bandh were arrested by police personnel at Singjamei. While at Lamlai, twenty of the bandh supporters were reported to have been arrested.
In different areas of Mayai Lambi including Mongsangei, Langthabal, Shamurou, Mayang Imphal and other areas, bandh supporters were seen blocking all forms of transportation.
At Irilbung, Yairipok, Thoubal, Kakching, Mayang Imphal and Bishnupur bandh supporters took to the streets to enforce the bandh.
It was also reported that in Khumbong area, bandh supporters even stopped AR vehicles that were travelling to their camp at Keithelmanbi.
In Sadar Hills area, bandh supporters also showed their support to the ongoing indefinite bandh imposed in the State by blocking vehicular movement in various areas. In Koite Cemetery area of Churachandpur, bandh supporters damaged one diesel auto but they were chased away by police later in the afternoon.
Commercial and passenger vehicles stayed off roads.
Chandel : Vehicular movement along the Imphal- Moreh Highway was paralysed owing to the State wide indefinite bandh called by the JAC of All Manipur Written Test Successful Candidates of Police Constable Male 2013, our correspondent reports.
The bandh supporters enforced the indefinite bandh along the Imphal-Moreh section of the National Highway at Saivom village and Chamol village and prohibited vehicular movement along the road stretch since early this morning.
Many vehicles were stranded near Chamol and Saivom as they were prohibited from proceeding further by bandh enforcers.
No untoward incident has been reported till the time of filing this report.
Thoubal : The JAC’s indefinite bandh largely  affected life at Thoubal district today.
Bandh enforcers blocked roads at Yairipok, Khangabok, Leishangthem, Thoudam Haokha Kiyam and Thoubal Okram.
Police fired tear gas shells at Thoubal Kiyam Khong Ahanbi to disperse protesters who tried to block the National Highway.
Shops, markets, schools, offices and other establishments under the district remained closed for the day. Vehicles also stayed off the road during the general strike, our correspondent reports.

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IOC invests extra efforts

IMPHAL, Jan 14: Despite frequent disturbances on shipping LPG on the National Highways, the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has started taking up effective measures to make cooking gas available to consumers of the State. According to a senior official of IOC Divisional Office (Retail Sales), Imphal, transporters, distributors and authority concerned have started working with better co-ordination at Sekmai gas bottling plant. No driver/transporter is allowed to move away from their respective vehicles until completion of unloading/loading of LPG at the bottling plant, the official said. Earlier, bottling plant officials/staff sometimes waited drivers/transporters for long time as they went away without informing them. Absence of drivers/transporters at the time of unloading/loading of LPG led to waste of time, he said and added that no such problem is experienced now after the recent measure has been put into effect. The IOC official expressed confidence of resolving all the backlogs within this month stating that ground works for full implementation of online booking service is nearing completion. On the other hand, despite all these measures taken up by IOC, one M Mangol, a consumer of MM Gas, usually receives subsidy amount late. He got a filled LPG cylinder from his distributor on April 28 last year. However, to his surprise, he received subsidy of Rs 277.91 twice on August 26 and 27. Mangol received another filled LPG cylinder on September 19. On the other hand, a consumer of the same agency received subsidy in his bank account in September last year although he took filled LPG cylinder in February the same year. As such, presence of such discrepancies at other gas distributors can’t  be ruled out at this juncture. Some consumers told The Sangai Express that the authority concerned would be flooded with complaints if such irregularities are not rectified on time although direct transfer of subsidy amount to consumers’ accounts is a welcome step.

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CM bats for bank branches

IMPHAL, Jan 14: Chief Minister O Ibobi today presided a meeting of the State level Bankers Committee and instructed the bankers to open bank branches in all blocks of hill districts where there is no banking facility till now. The meeting was held in the conference hall of Old Secretariat and the committee’s activities were also reviewed during the meeting, informed an official source. Although the Chief Minister is also in charge of Finance Department, he seldom attended the committee’s periodic meetings. As such, most of the meetings were presided by the Chief Secretary.
Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance), high ranking officials of RBI, NABARD, different banks and departments were also present at the meeting. Chief Minister O Ibobi asked all concerned to open bank branches in all the 27 blocks of the State where no bank branches exist till now. Opening of bank branches in these blocks were delayed citing security reasons and lack of physical infrastructure. Nonetheless, block offices, security barracks and buildings which would serve as bank branches have been constructed in these blocks under the Tribal Inclusive Growth Project.It is reported that bank branches may be opened in six of the 27 blocks by March this year.

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Marangching JAC bans railway work

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 10: JAC Marangching has announced an indefinite ban on all railway related works being taken up at the village by North-Eastern Frontier Railway with effect from the midnight of January 10. JAC secretary Gankhon-lung Gonmei said that they have taken the decision of banning railway related works as the Government has failed to respond positively to their demand for revocation of the FIR filed against the villagers and lifting of the prohibitory order being imposed in the village under Section 144 CrPC. Moreover, NF Railway and the State Government have also not given any response to the JAC’s demand for conducting fresh survey of land to uphold Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Act 2013, he said. Gankhonlung further said that the ban on railway works was suspended for some time after Marangching Youth Club president Gonchalung Gangmei was released from police custody on December 31. However, the Government is yet to act positively on other demands of the JAC, he said. Notably, some villagers burnt down five houses following a land dispute in the village between December 21 and 25. A tipper truck was also burnt down on Dec 25.

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