IMPHAL, Mar 26 : As expected, veteran Congress leader Rishang Keishing was today elected by the State Assembly to represent the State in the Rajya Sabha, making him the oldest MP in the Rajya Sabha as well as Lok Sabha.
Keishing will be sworn in as an MP on April 9.
With the Congress enjoying a majority in the State Assembly and with the support of its allies in the SPF assured, the victory of Rishang Keishing was along expected lines and he received 49 votes while the National People’s Party nominee BD Behring garnered 8 votes.
The voting was held in the Committee room of the Assembly with 59 of the 60 MLAs casting their vote. While MPP MLA RK Anand stayed away, two other votes were declared invalid.
Returning Officer and Secretary of the Assembly Secretariat T Joute announced the election of Rishang Keishing and handed him the certificate of election. About 88 years old, Rishang was first elected to Parliament in the 1952 Lok Sabha election. He has had three stint in the Lok Sabha, one term in the Rajya Sabha has been a member of the State Assembly for 33 years. Rishang also has the distinction of being the longest serving Chief Minister of Manipur till date.
Later interacting with media persons, Rishang exten- ded his gratitude to the allies of the Congress in the SPF as well as the Independent MLAs for extending their support to him.
The veteran leader also thanked the people of Manipur for standing by him through all the years of his political career.
Blood soaked Yaoshang winds up, many including 4 women killed, Four including 2 girls killed in firing at Thabal Chongba venues
IMPHAL, Mar 26 : Shoot-outs at two different Thabal Chongba venues on March 24 evening claimed the lives of four including two young girls in their 20s as another person suffered injuries.
In the first firing incident that took place at Heirok part-II Laikon maning at around 10.30 pm the two young girls were killed at the spot as four shawl-wearing unidentified persons who reportedly came on two motor cycles opened fire.
Another male youth who suffered injuries and was undergoing treatment at Shija Hospital succumbed at around 4.30 pm today.
a young girl also suffered bullet wounds in the same incident.
The deceased have been identified as Thokchom Premila (20) daughter of Mohon of Heirok part-I Heituppokpi, Laishram Nirmala (20) daughter Thambou of Heirok Pt-I Maning Leikai and Thokchom Ro-mesh (23) s/o Khomdon of Heirok Pt-II Bazar. Bodies of all the three are still lying at the RIMS morgue as family members have refused to take custody of the corpses.
On the otherhand, the injured girl undergoing treat- ment at Shija Hospital is said to be one Wairokpam Rebika (18) d/o Inaobi of Kairen-bikhok.
Rebika’s condition is also stated to be critical as she was jurt in the head area.
In connection with the shooting/killings, a massive public meeting attended by about 700 people was held at Heirok yesterday morning during which the incident was strongly condemned apart from resolving to constitute a JAC to chalk out further course of action.
Other decisions taken at the public gathering inclu-ded staging protest rallies in various parts of the state, apprising State authorities to issue arms’ license to protect themselves from disruptive elements, set a deadline of 48 hours for producing the killers by authorities concerned failing which the bodies would not be claimed and instead launch democratic form of agitation, prohibit entry of all UG cadres in Hei-rok area, ostracise/banish family/families from Heirok in case UGs are provided shelter, ban all forms of entertainment programmes till tomorrow as a mark of solidarity to the bereaved fami- lies, cease economy related activities and submit a memorandum to the Chief Minister on the JAC demands. As decided at the meeting, Heirok public in large number came in 30/40 vehicles yesterday afternoon in an attempt to protest at the CM’s bungalow here but security personnel swung into action and herded the incensed people beyond Sanjenthong.
However, 10 JAC representatives were allowed to call on the CM.
O Ibobi on his side, reportedly assured the JAC delegation to discuss issuance of arms to the public in the next Cabinet meeting.
“During our talk, the CM agreed to discuss our demand to issue arms for protecting ourselves from militants’ excesses at a State Cabinet meeting,” informed general secretary of the JAC.
O Ibobi reportedly told the delegation that the SPF Government would consult the Union Home Ministry on feasibility to issue the arms to Heirok public. Moreover stationing of one IRB post in Heirok was the other important assurance of the CM.
The other shooting incident also occurred at around 10.30 am at Khongman Ok-ram Chuthek Lai Lampak which is located under Iril-bung police station.
The victim who got killed while watching the Thabal-chongba programme is said to be one Ningombam Ibo-tombi alias Naobi (32) s/o (L) Manihar of Khongman Okram Chuthek. A bullet that hit on naobi’s right temple area passed out through the left side.
Naobi was initially rushed to RIMS Hospital but was referred to Shija Hospital as his condition was very serious. He passed away on the way to the privately run medical centre. Naobi’s bo-dy has been handed over to family members after completion of post mortem at RIMS morgue today.
Chandel bandh protests killing of two women
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Mar 26 : Normal activities in several pockets of Chandel district were severely disrupted owing to imposition of a bandh in protest against the gunning down of two Anal women by unidentified persons on march 21 evening.
Bodies of Langu Easter alias Ruhi (30) d/o (L) Angnu of Charong village and Pashel Snowy alias Julie (27) d/o Pashel Angsung of Anal Khunou were recovered from Khekman Wangma Taba Oinam Leikai in Thoubal district. Charong and Anal Khunou villages lie under Chakpikarong police station.
According to informed sources, Ruhi and Julie were brought to the incident site in motor cycles by about 6/7 unidentified persons before being done to death.
A bag containing some clothes and an identity card issued to a jawan of 4 IRB – Md Tamol (35) of Keirao Makting Makha Leikai were recovered from near Julie’s body.
It is pertinent to mention here that Tamol was found shot dead at Sangaiyumpham area on February 10. Julie was Tamol’s third wife, the sources said while recounting that Tamol was a former PULF cadre who surrendered and joined the IRB.
On behalf of the bereaved families, representatives of Chandel district-based NGOs submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh leading to an agreement on three of the charter of demands.
The agreement covers identification of the killers within 48 hours, appropriate punitive action against the guilty and compensation to the victims’ families.
Despite the agreement no positive reciprocatory action had been initiated from the side of the State Government prompting the NGOs to impose the bandh in the entire Chandel district since midnight yesterday.
“Since nothing positive had come from the Government on the matter till the stipulated hours that lapsed last night at 7, we were compelled to call the Chandel bandh today,” said president of Anal Naga Tribes’ Association Warngam Anal who also termed the killing of the innocent women as barbaric.
Cautioning that ANTA in association with other Naga bodies would chalk out future course of action in case no positive response is forthcoming from the Government, Warngam also confided that a meeting on the issue would be convened soon. The Government had already agreed to pay compensation to the next of kin of the victims.
Meanwhile, police sources insisted that the two women were abducted from near their rented quarters in Sanjeng-thong area. the bodies have been handed over family members after the post mortem at RIMS morgue.
4 CRPF men nailed for RIMS massacre
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Mar 26 : The Adhoc Additional Sessions Judge, Fast Track Court, Guwahati has convicted four CRPF personnel for killing nine civilians, including MBBS student Momi Riba on January 7, 1995 in front of RIMS gate.
A statement issued by the Central Bureau of Investigation from New Delhi today said that the four CRPF personnel were handed life terms in an order issued on March 17 this year and named the convicted men as Head Constable Ram Dayal Sah, Constables Shiv Kumar Pandey and Puttu Lal and Naik Md Razak.
The four were also slapped a fine of Rs 5 thousand each failing which their prison terms will be extended by three more months.
Detailing the killing of the nine civilians, the statement said that the four CRPF men were on guard duty on the said day at RIMS and they were fired upon by unidentified gunmen when they were near the Sulabh toilet to ease themselves.
In the attack, Constable VH Yusuf was injured and he was immediately rushed to RIMS hospital, said the statement and added that after admitting him, Head Constable Ram Dayal Sah and Constable Shiv Kumar Pandey returned to Sulabh toilet and started firing in which MBBS student Momi Riba and L Pradip Sharma, an employee at Sulabh were killed.
Sah and Pandey then made their way towards the south gate of RIMS and opened fire in which Md Zakir a rickshaw puller was killed while an auto-driver N Sarat Singh received grievous injuries.
Naik Md Razak and Constable Puttu Lal who were also on duty at RIMS also came out and opened fire towards the auto-stand killing six auto-drivers. The victims have been identified as S Premchand, T Rajendra, W Upendra, RK Shogun, A Debendra and H Shogun.
Following the request of the State Government, the case was taken up by the CBI, said the statement and added that charge sheets were filed against the four before the Court of the CMM on November 19, 1999.
On the intervention of the Supreme Court of India, the case was transferred to Guwahati where the verdict was issued by the Additional Sessions Judge, Fast Track Court on March 17 this year.
Moreh longs for peace
IMPHAL, Mar 26: On behalf of the public of Moreh the Hill Tribal Council, Meitei Council Moreh, Tamil Sangam and Meitei-Muslim Council Moreh have fervently appealed to all armed groups active in the border town to shun violence and facilitate restoration of normalcy once familiar with the State’s most vital trade zone.
In a joint statement issued by presidents of the four bodies today, the UG groups have been reminded of the principle upon which the revolutionary move-ment was based.
Reminding that protection of the citizens should be on top of the agenda of all forms of movement revolutionary movement, the Council leaders expressed strong resentment that presence of UG activists and their activities in and around Moreh town has only created tension and fear psychosis to the general public.
With particular reference of uncertainty prevailing in the sub-division at the current juncture due to strong rumour that a certain UG group has galvanised its resources to strike at any moment, the bodies cautioned they the people of Moreh would be more than happy to live in a peaceful and secured atmosphere instead of groping in fear of the lurking danger. The Moreh of the yore wherein cordiality amongst people of various community had been the symbol of the town with all the characteristics of a cosmopolitan hub, the bodies representing the people urged all the UG groups to ensure that their activities do not keep the denizens in a bondage-like situation. “Today we have various revolutionary groups whose objective in theory is to liberate us but in practice we are being kept under siege,” the statement added.
IMPHAL, Mar 26:The All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union has decided to call off its cease work stir launched from March 21 to protest the threats and intimidations issued by the Omar Farooque group of the proscribed PULF. A decision to this effect was taken today during a General Body Meeting of the Union at Manipur Press Club. However the decision to boycott all statements issued by the Omar Farooque group still stands, said AMWJU and added that the decision to also boycott statements of other PULF groups has been rolled back. The Union further rubbished the charges levelled by the Farooque group that the president of AMWJU had accepted a sum of Rs 5 lakhs from the other group and distributed them to the Editors. The allegation that the Union was also trying to break up the PULF is nonsensical and without any basis. Strongly condemning the allegations, the Union said that if the Farooque group does not clarify by March 28, then the boycott of all their statements will continue. The scribes’ body has also taken strong exception against the foul words used by a man who identified himself as home secretary of PULF against the president of AMWJU. Since the threat perceptions still exist, the decision not to entertain any invitation for news coverage (pick up) remains, said AMWJU.
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Mar 26: In association with Integrated Rural Development Welfare Association Manipur, the Shantha Biotechnics Ltd (SBL) organised a one day awareness cum Hepatitis-B vaccination programme on March 25 at the office of SEWA, RIAC Project DIC Litan Sareikhong in Ukhrul district.
Highlighting the aims and objectives of the programme, the chief project organiser of SBL, Vhim Khati said, such initiative is designed to keep people free from Hepatitis-B which he identified as a dreaded and incurable disease 100 times more infectious than AIDS.
Expressing concern over people especially in the villages, he said “Although we have conducted awareness programme in some areas in the valley region our focus at present is in the hill areas since these people are usually having poor access to the nature of this disease. And in conducting such programme we are also providing technical guidelines about the disease”.
Hepatitis-B vaccination programme under SBL is conducted at a duration of three dosses at one month interval and each dose cost Rs 80 for adult and Rs 40 for children.
People of any age can be infected with H-B and in India alone there are 450 lacs carriers of this disease which claims 2 lacs lives every year against the toll of HIV/AIDS which is 500 according to Vhim.
People of any age can be infected with Hepatitis and although there is no 100% cure once infected, the disease can be timely prevented by taking WHO approved Shanvac-B vaccine which is manufactured by Shantha Biotechnics Ltd, he maintained.
IMPHAL, Mar 26: Citing different reasons, the KLO/KLA has terminated its three cadres identified as Lunkhongam Haokip alias Jimmy alias Hitler Kuki, Lupao Touthang alias Smith Kuki and Seilenthang Khongsai alias Iron Kuki.
A press released issued by information and publicity secretary of the KLO/KLA Malsawm Kuki accused Lunkhongam Haokip alias Jimmy alias Hitler Kuki of shunning the party’s principle and joining hands with another organisation.
Lunpao Touthang alias Smith Kuki has been accused for making monetary demands in his own interest in the name of the party.
However, the information and publicity secretary hailed Seilenthang Khongsai alias Iron kuki as a trustworthy cadre of the outfit. He has been given retirement considering his preference to retire from the party due to unavoidable circumstances, added Malsawm Kuki.
World TB Day observed
IMPHAL, Mar 26: As observed in different parts of the world, the World TB Day 2008 was observed at the TB Block of Senapati district hospital on March 24. The observance was organised by Senapati TB Control Society, informed a DIPR release.
The World TB Day 2008 was also observed at Youth Resource Centre, Tronglaobi in Bishnupur district on March 24 under the joint aegis of the Tuberculosis Control Society, Bishnupur and Mass United Green Association (MUGA), informed a release.
IMPHAL, Mar 26: A one day State level seminar on “Magnitude of the Problem of the Elderly Persons in the Northeastern region of India with Special Reference to Manipur will be held on March 28 under the aegis of the Manipur College at its premises, informed a release.
Run for Peace
IMPHAL, Mar 26: As a part of the continuing efforts of the civil populace and security forces to usher in lasting peace and development and to extend solidarity to the people of Manipur in bringing a peaceful and prosperous State, Assam Rifles Run for Peace will be organised by 32 AR under the aegis of Hqs 9 Sector AR and Hqs IG AR (S) on March 30 to commemorate the 174th anniversary of AR, informed an AR PRO release. The Run for Peace being organised under the theme Peace-Unity-Harmony-Development will be flagged off from Singjamei Chingamakhong at 7.30 pm and terminate at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium after covering a distance of 6 kms approximately. At Khuman Lampak, army weapon and equipment will also be displayed, added the release.
IMPHAL, Mar 26: Official team of Zeliangrong Union (Assam, Manipur and Nagaland) in an inspection tour conducted along NH 53, Jiri, Cachar valley and NC hills brought many problems and grievances of the people to light. During the tour, the team came to know that 19 bridges along the highway are in a pathetic condition, a press release of the Union said. Alleging that the Government only emphasised on projects like NIIT, Capital Project, University and Airport expansion, the Union asserted that the State Government should atleast understand the basic necessity of road transport which helps in shipping the required infrastructural materials for such mega projects.
IMPHAL, Mar 26: A youth in his early 20’s died of suspected drug (Heroin) overdose at RIMS Hospital on March 23. The deceased has been identified as Yumkhaibam Romen (23) s/o Y Raghumani of Khurai Puthiba Leikai.
IMPHAL, Mar 26: Two persons died of hanging while same number of individuals lost their lives in separate motor accidents on March 22 and 23.
Takhellambam Premjit (26) s/o Tikendra of Kongpal Laishram Leikai was found hung to death on March 23 night. Premjit used to run a fish sale shop at Napet Palli Bazar under Lamlai police station. In a similar case, one Md Alam (27) s/o Alir Rahman of Sangaiyumpham (near dam) was discovered hanging on March 24 morning.
On the otherhand, the accident victims have been identified as moirangthem Keinya (55) s/o Kusa of Khangabok Makha Part-III.
The second mishap victim has been identified as Okram babu (27) s/o Tomba of Thoubal Ningombam Heibong Thabam Leikai.
Babu was reportedly rammed from behind by an unidentified motorist at near Thoubal College on March 22 at around 7.30 am.
Hurt in blast
IMPHAL, Mar 26: One Ngamjathang Haokip (50) s/o (L) Sokholet Haokip of S Bongyang village suffered serious injuries in a landmine blast at a terrace field near his village on March 24 afternoon.
S Bongyang lies about 8 kilometres west of Molcham police station.
The landmine was reportedly triggered while Ngam- jathang was on his way to collect/cut timber and bamboos for construction of a rest (thatched) shed. Ngamjathang sustained bomb splinter injuries in the both the limbs.
Tangkhul Bodies refuse tax
IMPHAL, Mar 26: A joint statement of the presidents of Raphei Katamnao Long, Zingsho Katamnao Long, Zingtun Tangkhul Katamnao Long and Tangkhul Aze Katamnao Long urged the Government to remove the forests beats from their areas. Maintaining that the forests in these areas are governed by customary laws and practices since time immemorial, the statement asserted that people of these areas are therefore not liable to pay any tax to the Government for these forests. The statement added that taxing for these forests amounts to daylight robbery as these forests do not come under the purview of the Reserved Forest Act.
IMPHAL, Mar 26: United Zou Organisation, Chandel Block and Baite communities of the area in a press statement said that the press release made by ZPC on March 20 regarding the harassment of the Zous and Baites living at Khullen Khailet village of Sajik Tampak area by UKLF and 10 Assam Rifles is found baseless. Kana Area Kuki Chiefs’ Association also refuted the press release of March 20.
Manfete 2008 from today
IMPHAL, Mar 26: With an aim to provide a platform for the students community of Manipur to compete in a wide spectrum of events, the three-day Manfete 2008 will be opened on March 27. The mega event which will be organised at the Dr Kamala Indoor stadium of Manipur University will witness around 80, 000 educated youths vying in the competitions like quiz, mimicry, antakshri, music, spelling bee, extempore speech, choreography, essay writing and poster making et al.
Pottery programme held
IMPHAL, Mar 26: A seven-day skill upgradation training programme on pottery was organised today at Thongjao of Thoubal district. The programme was sponsored by State Khadi and Village Industries Commissioner office and organised by M/s Pottery, Thongjao.
Heirok incident condemned
IMPHAL, Mar 26: Condemning the killing of Heirok, National Identity Protection Committee (NIPCO) urged the concerned not to victimise the innocent public in the clash between armed groups. NIPCO also requested the concerned not to open fire at crowded places.
IMPHAL, Mar 26: A health mela was organised by a team of National Rural Health Mission on March 18 and 19 at Tengnoupal. Around 1300 people from Tengnoupal and surrounding villages attended the health mela.
During the mela where medical check-up and free medical aid were provided, 18 AR provided generator set, kanat, water and other administrative back-up, informed an AR PRO release.
IMPHAL, Mar 26: Twenty children and five teachers of various schools from Moreh who went to Delhi on an education tour have returned back.
The tour was sponsored by 24 Assam Rifles under Hqs IG AR (S) as a part of its military civic action programme.
LAMKA, Mar 26: A six-year-old minor girl, a student of Children Brighter School was sodomised by an unknown person at around 12:30 pm yesterday.
She informed her parents when the pain in her anus was intense. Condemning the incident, all schools will suspend classes from 12 noon tomorrow in Churachandpur.
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IMPHAL, Mar 26: Identities of three persons killed in separate incidents since March 20 have been established and handed over to respective family members after post mortem at RIMS morgue.
In the first case, the UG suspect slain by a team of Imphal East district police commandos at Keikhu Mayai Leikai on March 20 has been identified as Sagolsem Ricky (25) s/o S Ibomcha of Wangoi Yumnam Huidrom but was staying at his wife’s maternal home in Naharup Awang Leikai.
The second victim identified as Thokchom Kiran (31) s/o Kakching Khunou Thongam Leikai but was staying at a rented quarter in Nagamapal Kangjabi Leirak was allegedly hauled up by a team of Imphal East commandos from the Kangjabi quarter on March 20 at around 1.30 pm. Kiran was shot dead later in the day at Kangla Awang Leikai under Lamlai police station.
Meanwhile, the individual shot dead by troops of 15 J&K Light Infantry on March 19 night at near Toubul Patpan is said to be one Laishram Amitkumar alias Jaoba (19) s/o Devan of Ningthoukhong Kha-Khunou.
IMPHAL, Mar 26: In a shocking revelation, the husband of Maisnam ongbi Angoubi alias Gaitailunglu (55) found stabbed to death at RIMS Sweeper Colony in the night of March 18 has confessed that he is the killer of his own wife.
The husband identified as Maisnam Jatishwar (51) of Uripok Bachaspati Maning Leikai but staying at RIMS Sweeper Colony also sustained injuries on the fateful day and had been undergoing treatment at RIMS. According to information received by press said, Jatishwar has been discharged and confessed the crime during police interrogation.
IMPHAL, Mar 26: BJP Mahila Morcha, Manipur Pradesh condemned the killing of 15 non-locals. The Party also expressed reservations over the molesta- tion reports by a Congress former minister published in local newspapers. United Muslims Council Manipur, Singjamei Nupi Lup and Bahujan Samaj Party also condemned the killing of 15 non-locals.