Naqvi hits out at PC over AFSPA remark drug abuse held

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TSA clarifies
IMPHAL, Nov 17: The Thadou
Students’ Association has expressed dissatisfaction over the
endorsement of the proposed
smart city by Thangbung Minou
village chief Thurhring Anal and
clarified that TSA is not involved
in the legal dispute regarding the
ownership of the land near
Moreh. Terming the act as unfortunate and surprising, the
statement asserted that the village
chief had unnecessarily dragged
TSA into the alleged legal dispute. The Association has so far
taken a stance to safeguard the
interest of the tribal community
and would continue to support the
common cause of the people, the
statement added. The statement
also urged all the tribal chiefs and
tribal populace to come forth and
protect the tribal land and its historic identity.
MMC notifies
IMPHAL, Nov 17: The
Manipur Medical Council
(MMC) has notified to all the
doctors who are practising or
servicing scientific system of
medicine as physician/ surgeon
or as an officer in Government or
any other institutions maintained
by local authorities to register
with the Medical Council, said a
release issued by the Registrar of
MMC. The registration certificates shall be valid for five years
after which the same should be
renewed by applying in a prescribed form, the statement said.
Details can be obtained from
Manipur Medical Council
DRT formed
IMPHAL, Nov 17: A Discrimination Response Team
(DRT) has been formed today
during a meeting at the office of
Bishnupur Network of Positive
People. Individuals from different sections of the society are
included in the committee that
was formed with an aim to provide care and support to people
living with HIV/AIDS. The
committee further informed all
concerned to pass information to
any of the members in case of
any discriminatory attitude or
crime against PLHIV.
Raghubir Thiyam, Singer
Usham Nirjitkumar, Dr Ibochaoba Longjam, Gopeshwor
Paonam, Chingakham Ningthemjao and Mutum Rajendro
have been elected as the president, gen secy, vice presidents,
treasurer, publicity secretary auditor respectively of Yairipok
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Library for the term 2014-17.
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Naqvi hits out at PC over AFSPA remark
Press Trust of India
RAMPUR, Nov 17: Union
Minister Mukhtar Abbas
Naqvi today hit out at senior
Chidambaram for his remark
on Armed Forces Special
Powers Act (AFSPA) saying
the statute was imposed during
the Congress regime.
"It was the Congress government which imposed the
Act taking into account the
growing militancy in the Valley and Chidambaram was
very much there, holding pivotal position in the central
government," he told PTI
The Minister of State for
Parliamentary and Minority
Affairs alleged that the Kashmir Valley became a "safe
haven for anti-India forces
supported by Pakistan" during the Congress rule.
"Do we need to remind a
former minister, deemed as an
extremely intelligent leader,
that during Congress rule
when Pakistan-based intruders attacked Kashmir and
occupied a portion of former
Maharaja's state, it was the
then government which
handed over the dispute to
UN and accepted plebiscite.
"You create the problem
and when your successors
take measures to find out the
solution, you demand modifications just to avail political
benefits," he claimed.
Chidambaram had recently
termed AFSPA as an "obnoxious law", and said it had
no place in a modern and
civilised country.
The BJP leader also hit out
Security measures intensified
at senior Congress leader
Salman Khurshid asking him
to observe the performance of
the Narendra Modi Government with open heart, open
mind and open eyes instead
of giving a year's time for assessment.
"There is too much to observe and assess including Jan
Dhan Yojna, cleanliness
scheme, market determined
diesel prices free from administrative control, launching of
war against black money and
corruption, among others."
Khurshid had yesterday
said that it was too early to
review the shortcomings of
the Modi government and it
should be given at least six
months to a year's time to
The union minister also
asked Congress leaders to
The Supreme Court today
grantedfour more weeks' time
to the CBI to collect details
about all registered NGOs in the
country and whether they file
balance sheets before the
A bench comprising Chief
Justice H L Dattu and Justice
A K Sikri asked the probe
agency to write to the chief
secretaries of the states which
are not providing the details
despite the court order in this
"We will direct the CBI to
take appropriate steps," the
bench said during the brief
hearing of the 2011 PIL filed
by lawyer M L Sharma.
The counsel for the CBI
informed the court that various states like Arunachal
Sky Hospital achieves milestone
IMPHAL, Nov 17: In what
could be considered a
milestone in medical history,
sucessfully operated a twomonth old suffering from
The second son of
Yumnam Indrajit (39) and
Yumnam (O) Fahar (28), the
infant was born with WolffParkinson-White Syndrome.
He was examined at various
hospitals when he started refusing food and developing
fever. Doctors, however, mistook the symtoms for a minor
When the infant was admitted at Sky Hospital, his
pulse rate per minute was
close to 291.
A team led by Dr
Shyamkishor, Chairman, Sky
Hospital, through utmost care
and dedication, was able to
succesfully operate and cure
the symptom.
Speaking to mediapersons,
Dr Shyamkishor informed
that adults can also develop
Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. The doctor advised
people with unsual pulse rate
to immediately consult a doctor. The infant, after the
operation recorded a normal
heart rate of 93 per minute.
He was discharged from the
hospital today.
Pradesh, Delhi and Punjab
have so far not responded to
its queries.
The court in July had
granted three more months to
CBI to provide details about
all registered NGOs.
The agency, however, had
submitted that most of the
NGOs are not filing IT returns.
It had said that Gujarat and
Tamil Nadu have not given
information about the NGOs
working in their states and
Andhra Pradesh, Bihar,
Haryana, Madhya Pradesh,
West Bengal, Odisha and
Maharashtra provided only
partial inputs.
NGOs have come under
judicial scrutiny with the Supreme Court on September 2,
2013 asking the CBI to provide details about such
The Supreme Court today
made it clear to the Jammu and
Kashmir government that it
cannot force the Centre to take
quick decisions on its demand
for Rs 44,000 crore for relief
and rehabilitation of flood
"We cannot to be forcing
them to take a decision
tomorrow," a bench
comprising Chief Justice H
L Dattu and Justice A K
Sikri said.
"Appropriate decision
will be taken by the
Finance Ministry and the
Planning Commission," the
bench said in a brief order.
The state government has
demanded central grant of
Rs 44,000 crore for
rehabilitation of flood
victims. Centre has
announced over Rs 1,700
crore assistance to the state
to help the flood victims.
The apex court asked
the state government to
apprise it of relief and
rehabilitation work undertaken so far by the State
Disaster Management
Authority (SDMA) in the
flood-ravaged state.
"You (State) should be
in a position to tell us as to
what has been done so far,"
it said.
"The state has said that
the authority (SDMA) has
been constituted and it is
functioning. However, the
Advocate General has not
been able inform us about
the decisions taken by it," it
said and sought a report
from the state government
on November 24, the next
date of hearing.
Meanwhile, the court
asked the state government
to ensure that there was no
shortage of warm clothes
and food items for the
The state government
said that it has postponed
the annual examinations for
classes I to VIII and will
have to "impress upon" the
state education board for
A one day training programme
on agro-technique and own
saved seed production in
Garden Pea variety Arkel and
package of cabbage variety
Rare Ball and rabi maize
variety Pusa Composite-3 was
held at Senam village,
Tengnoupal Sub-Division,
Chandel district.
Organised by KVK
Chandel under Indian Council of Agriculture ResearchRegional Centre for North
East Hills Region, Manipur,
the training programme was
attended by Ts Leenda
Monsang, assistant chief
technical officer (plant breeding), KVK Chandel as the
resource person. Around 20
farmers took part in the programme and a variety of
seeds were also distributed.
taking the same step for
students of class IX to XII.
During the hearing,
senior advocate and Jammu
and Kashmir National
Panthers Party chief Bhim
Singh said that there was
lack of medicines and
medical equipments in
hospitals in the state.
Earlier, the Election
Commission had told the
apex court that its Model
Code of Conduct will not
come in the way of
ongoing relief and rehabilitation work for the flood
victims in the state which is
going to polls in five
phases from November 25.
The bench is hearing
petitions including the PIL
filed by Bhim Singh.
Earlier, the apex court had
favoured relaxation of
Model Code of Conduct in
poll-bound Jammu and
Kashmir to remove any
hindrance in government's
relief and rehabilitation
work. The court had also
raised questions about the
registered organisations and
their financial statements on a
PIL seeking probe into alleged embezzlement of funds.
The apex court had expanded the scope of the PIL
which was filed in 2011
against an NGO, Hind Swaraj
Trust, run by anti-corruption
crusader Anna Hazare.
Earlier, the agency had
expressed difficulty in probing and collecting information
on NGOs and had pleaded
that the task be handed over
to states, but the plea was
summarily rejected by the
court which directed the
agency to comply with its
"If CBI can probe murder
cases then why not probe
against NGOs? You can do
so many things, you do it
also," the bench had said. PTI
PM's plane made to wait at
Myanmar airport for 92 mins
NEW DELHI, Nov 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's
Air India One plane was made to wait at the Nay Pyi Taw
Airport in Myanmar last week for 92 minutes due to delay
in refuelling it before it flew to Brisbane.
The flight, scheduled to depart at 2130 hours on
Thursday, left only at 2302 hours after the delay due
to "non- cooperation" of the airport staff, government
sources said.
"The delay was mainly due to the ground handler
delaying fuel and low bar facilities to our flight as a
result of which it got delayed by 92 minutes. The
matter has been reported to Embassy and the SPG
(Special Protection Group)," an Air India official told
PTI here. The sources said refuelling was not carried
out to full capacity but done in phases stretching over
nearly five-and-a- half hours and there was only one
bowser at the airport for the job.
They said the Air India officials, who were asking
the Myanmarese airport officials to expedite refuelling,
were told that the VVIP aircraft would be fuelled only
before departure on Thursday night and not before.
The Boeing 747 was filled up to capacity only after
the Indian Embassy and the SPG, which handles
Prime Minister's security, stepped-in, following requests
from the airline, the sources said. PTI
We cannot force Centre to take quick decisions: SC to J-K Govt
IMPHAL, Nov 17
SC grants four weeks time to
CBI to furnish details of NGOs
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Nov 17: Imphal East district police intensified security
measures ahead of the Sangai Festival.
The district police along with women police personnel
conducted a house to house search at Palace Compound residential area, near the festival venue, today around 4.30 pm.
The search operation was conducted under the supervision
of Additional SP (Ops) Imphal East and led by Officer In
Charge of Imphal East commandos.
During the cordon and house to house search operation, all
the houses were thoroughly searched by the police. All individuals residents were also verified. However, no detention
was made.
realise and recognise the fast
changing moods of the country and refrain from adopting
a "destructive" role.
Talking about the role of
madrassas, he said, "It will
be advantageous for minority
community members enrolled
in madrassas to link their educational system with the
national current by keeping
human values intact besides
learning religious lessons.
"Government is sincerely
committed to pour in maximum
establishments," he said.
On the issue of black
money, Naqvi said that foreign countries have come
forward to co-operate with the
Centre. He also hit out at the
Uttar Pradesh government in
view of the escalating crime
rate in the state. PTI
Training prog
ongoing relief and rehabilitation work in the state after
going through a report filed
by a committee appointed
by it.
The committee, in its
report, had said people in
many affected areas had not
got any relief from
government side so far.
It had said that relief
was not being properly and
equitably distributed in
some districts, particularly
in Srinagar, Udhampur and
Rajouri. The committee had
also alleged that there was
lack of sufficient number of
doctors in the state and
adequate number of medical
practitioners be sent from
AIIMS, PGI Chandigarh
and other hospitals to
affected areas.
The apex court had on
September 24 had appointed
a five- member committee
headed by senior registrar
of Jammu and Kashmir
High Court to ascertain the
ground situation of the
flood-affected state. PTI
Aid, appliances
By Our Staff reporter
IMPHAL, Nov 17: Under the
Inclusive Education for Disabled Programme of Sarva
Shiksha Abhiyan, ZEO
Wangoi distributed aids and
appliances at Block Resource
Centre hall at Wangoi today.
MLA O Lukhoi, Wangoi
A/C, Ng Bogendra Meitei,
Additional State Project Director, SSA Manipur, ZEO
Wangoi R Yangsorong and
AI Ianne attended the programme as the chief guest,
president and guests of honour respectively.
Addressing the gathering,
chief guest O Lukhoi stressed
on the importance of parents
in nurturing and providing the
children the basic needs like
those of other enabled children.
He further assured of various benefits under the
provision of the Indian Government. Wheel chairs,
tricycles, walking sticks and
other aids were distributed in
today’s programme.
Workshop on HIV/AIDS &
drug abuse held
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Nov 17: A one-day District Level Networking Workshop on HIV/AIDS and drug abuse, organised by the Diocesan
Social Service Society (DSSS), was held today at Khuman
Lampak Youth Hostel.
Speaking on the occasion, DSSS district project coordinator W Diljit said the people should join hand with the NGOs
in spreading awareness of HIV/AIDS among themselves.
The awareness among the masses, he added, in itself, could
contribute greatly in the effort to curb the disease.
State TB officer, Imphal West Dr L Suresh Singh elaborated on the remedies of TB and its co-infection with HIV and
related treatments during his speech today.
Speaking as resource persons of the event, Ibomcha Singh
and Amit Singh, old inmates from previous detoxification
camp explained on ‘personal experience sharing on detoxification’.
A discussion session for the attending resource persons/
facilitators was later held as part of the workshop today.
UG cadres arrested
IMPHAL, Nov 17: Based on specific intelligence inputs regarding movement of a UG cadre, troops of 24 Assam Rifles of 26
Sector AR under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) established a vehicle check post at Sita and apprehended an active cadre of UNLF
yesterday. The apprehendee was identified as No 1683, Sgt,
Aheibam Ngouba Meitei alias Bulu (32) S/o Late A Dewan Meitei
of Takyel Kolom Leikai, PO & PS - Langjing, Imphal West district.
A statement issued by the PRO of IGAR (S) claimed that
one authenticity card quantum pendant Japanese technology,
one voter identity card and Rs 1700 in cash were recovered
from his possession. The apprehendee along with the recovered items have been handed over to Singjamei PS.
Meanwhile, a combined team of Thoubal district police
commando unit and 2 Assam Rifles arrested an active cadre
of the UNLF while conducting a search operation in Wabagai
area yesterday.
Identifying the arrested individual as Keisham Nanao Singh
alias Rabi alias Achangba (25) s/o K Somendro Singh of
Wabagai Kadajit Awang Leikai, a statement issued by the
PRO of Police Dept said a case has been registered with
Kakching PS and investigation is on.
In an unrelated incident, a combined team of Bishnupur
district police commando unit and 6 AR arrested an active
member of PREPAK while conducting a search operation at
Moirang Khunou today.
The arrested man has been identified as Puyam Sindur
Singh alias Chalamba (30) s/o P Tomba Singh of Moirang
Khunou Nganuleima Maning Leikai. Incriminating articles
were seized from his possession and a case has been registered with Moirang PS, it added.
One day discussion session held
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Nov 17: A one day discussion session on Meira Paibi
Movement in Manipur organised by the All Manipur Women’s
Social Reformation and Development Samaj (Nupi Samaj) was
held today at Rup Mahal theatre, BT Road.
The discussion session was presided by senior citizen Dr
Lokendra Arambam and Nupi Samaj president Keisham
Dr Chungkham Shilaramani, Head of Department, English
presided as moderator of the session today.
Speaking as resource person of the event, Human Rights
Initiative (HRI) executive director Wahengbam Joykumar
elaborated on the contributions made by women in safeguarding human rights.
Social Activist Yumnam Dilip spoke on the initiatives taken
up by the State meira paibis in his speech during the session
ZCF, ZAC to embark on bike expedition
IMPHAL, Nov 17: Zeliangrong Ancestral Land Expedition 2014
would embark on a bike rally under the theme “Treading on Historical Legacy” which is a sequel to the Homecoming to
Makuilongdi on November 20, stated a release issued by the convenor of Zeliangrong Ancestral Land Expedition 2014.
Zeliangrong Citizens' Forum (ZCF) and Zeliro Adventure
Club (ZAC) will ride across Assam, Manipur and Nagaland
starting from Tening (Peren, Nagaland) on November 20 and
conclude at Luangmai (Tamenglong, Manipur) on November
30 with an attempt to bring about unity among Zeliangrong,
to sensitise on the importance of the preservation of
Zeliangrong Inpui culture, to exhibit the areas of Zeliangrong
through photos, media and documentary film, to promote
adventure awareness among the youth and people and to
unearth the history of Zeliangrong Inpui's unsung heroes and
legends. The expedition would also highlight the injustices of
being territorially fragmented and politically dis-empowered in
Assam, Manipur and Nagaland, the statement said.
The rally would plant a UniTree near Ngam village, at the
tri-junction of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland as a solemn
pledge to reaffirm their indestructible bond of blood and testimony to the negligence by the three States with a message
that only a united Zeliangrong-Inpui can bring political empowerment and the long-awaited justice. The statement also
called for any interested individual belonging to ZeliangrongInpui community to participate in the bike expedition.
Certificates distributed
IMPHAL, Nov 17: Certificates for the participants of “One month
placement link skill development training programme” were
distributed today. Organised by the Rural Social Service Society
of Wangkhei Ningthem Pukhri Mapal and Institute of Cooperative
Management Imphal, the programme was attended by PHED,
Labour and Employment Minister I Hemochandra, Director InCharge ECM, S Herojit, Deputy Labour Commissioner E Tomba
Singh and Branch Manager, NEDFi Imphal G Priyobrata as the
chief guest, president and guests of honour respectively.
Addressing the chief guest speech, I Hemochandra urged
the people not to seek only the white collar jobs but to venture
out in other productive and skilful jobs as well.
E Tomba said that the training has been organised to
introduce the people to various uses of technology in day to
day productive jobs. Speaking on the importance of the training programme, S Herojit recounted that people who had
participated in the training programme in the past are now able
to earn a livelihood. He expressed hope that if such efforts are
put into by all the people, problems of employment could be