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Manipur/NE News
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IMPHAL, Mar 20: Janata Dal
(U), Manipur State in a statement has extended a Sajibu
Nongma Panba Cheiraoba
greeting to the people of
The statement expressed
hope that with the celebration
of Cheiraoba, people of
Manipur will collectively contribute in bringing peace and
prosperity in the State .
Bharatiya Janata Party,
Manipur Pradesh in a statement issued by its secretary
N Nimbus Singh extended a
warm Cheiraoba greeting to
the people in the State.
The statement said, "With
the beginning of the new
year, let our thoughts be renewed with peace and put in
effort to bring unity among
all the communities of the
training prog
National workshop concludes
A resouce person speaking during the valedictory function at MU Library
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Mar 20: A five
day National workshop
organised by the Indian
Statistical Institute (ISI),
University Library concluded
today at MU Library.
The concluding pro-
District level exhibition
competition concluded
Our Correspondent
Our Correspondent
THOUBAL, Mar 20: A three
day farmers' training programe
organised jointly by the Rural
Auxiliary for People's Action
(RAPA), Wangjing Lamding
and Central Institute of
Horticulture (CIH), Dimapur,
Nagaland has kicked off today
Khongjom Tekcham Maning
The inaugural function was
attended by MLA P Brojen,
Wangjing Tentha Constituency, Langathel Zilla Parishad
member S Budhi, Horticulture and Soil Conservation
officer, Thoubal district S
Ranjitkumar, assistant editor,
DD News Imphal Ch
Birendra, Director,
Dimapur Dr Lallan Ram and
Sentiyangla Pongner.
Various topics like integrated pest management, post
harvest management and promotion of farmers' producer
organisation will be extensively discussed by the
resource persons.
THOUBAL, Mar 20: A 3 day
district level science exhibition
cum book fair, debate and quiz
competitions organised under
the aegis of Rashtriya
Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan,
Thoubal was concluded at DC
Office counting hall, Thoubal
Y Shamu Singh, ZEO
Kakching and H Priyokumar
Singh, DI of Schools, ZEO
Thoubal, Kh Amuba Singh,
Zonal Education Officer,
Zone – III Thoubal, and S
Binokumari Devi, headmistress, Athokpam Junior High
School attended the valedictory programme as the
presidium members.
L Bijeta Devi, additional
district programme manager,
RMSA stressed on the importance of organising such
programme for the youth.
W Preety Devi and Md
Wajeeb of Khongjom Standard English School who
presented an auto-charger
model won the first position
during the science exhibition.
bodies convene
IMPHAL, Mar 20: A joint
meeting of Zeliangrong civil
organisations was held today at
Tarung community hall, Imphal
to discuss the prevailing situation of the armed conflict
between NSCN(IM) and
Zeliangrong United Front
(ZUF) in Khoupum area, according to a joint statement
issued by the State secretary of
Zeliangrong Students' Union
Manipur(ZSUM) and convenor, Peace Committee
Khoupum Area.
The meeting was attended
by Zeliangrong Baudi,
Phuam, Khoupum Area Peace
Committee, social workers
and leaders of Zeliangrong
civil organisations.
Condemning the prevailing
armed conflict between the
two outfits, the statement
appealed for social peace and
ensure safety of the public of
Khoupum area.
IMPHAL, Mar 20: Highway
Truck Owners' Welfare Organisation (HITOWO) today
presented Cheiraoba gifts to
media persons, according to a
statement issued by HITOWO.
The gifts were presented
to laud their relentless service
for the society as a whole, the
statement said.
It further said that with the
celebration of Cheiraoba, people irrespective of caste, creed
and religion will contribute to
bring peace and unity in the
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gramme was attended by
Choudhury, ISI Library
Kolkata, Professor N Devi,
Dean, School of Human and
Environmental Science, MU,
Professor Durgasankar Rath,
Kolkata as the chief guest,
president and guest of hon-
Y Nirmala Devi of Wabagai
Tera Urak High School, L
Sonaly Chanu and A Sushma
Sharma of Ananda Purna
School Thoubal won the second and third positions
The first place for debate
competition was won by T
Rakshita Devi of KM Blooming Higher Secondary School,
Khangabok while Joshika
Heikrujam of Peace and Freedom Academy, Haokha and
Baskaram Ningombam of
KM Blooming Higher Secondary School, Khangabok
occupied the second and third
position respectively.
The first, second and third
places for the quiz competition went to Kh Robinson
Singh and M Ashokumar of
New Public Higher Secondary School, Khangabok,
Rakesh Ningthoujam and
Hemjit Sanasam of KM
Blooming Higher Secondary
School, Khangabok, Akoijam
Robindro and Loya Naorem
of Peace and Freedom Academy, Thoubal.
UG cadres apprehended
IMPHAL, Mar 20
Acting on a reliable information about the movement of some
militants and over ground workers of UNLF in and around
Yairipok area, a combined team of Thoubal district police
commandos and 2 Assam Rifles conducted frisking operation at
Yairipok bazar and arrested two active over ground workers of
UNLF on March 19, according to a statement issued by the
PRO, Police Department, Imphal.
The apprehendees have been identified as Soram
Ibohal Singh alias Koireng (50), s/o (L) S Achou
Singh of Yairipok Poiroukhongjil Soram Leikai and
Namoijam Boinao (31), s/o (L) N Amu Singh of Moreh
Ward No 7, Heinoumakhong.
On follow up action, the combined team with women
police arrested another active worker of UNLF namely
Thangjam Nandibala (44), w/o Md Ayub Khan of
Moreh Ward No 7, Heinoumakhong.
A case has been registered at Yairipok police station
and investigation is going on.
Based on a reliable intelligence input regarding the
presence of some active ZUF cadres in and around
Mantripukhri Lamlongei area, a combined team of
Imphal West district police commandos and Imphal East
police commandos conducted a search operation at a
house in Mantripukhri Lamlongei area and arrested one
active member of ZUF organisation, the statement added.
The arrested individual has been identified as
Poukhon Panmei alias Pundibonang (43), s/o (L)
Pauwaba Panmei of New Keithelmanbi, Namching.
On his disclosure, one 7.65 mm pistol with 4 live
rounds were recovered from Langol Laimanai hill.
Further follow-up action led to the arrest of another
active member of ZUF namely Thomas Kamei alias
Meilungjokpou (40), s/o Gaikem Kamei of Khoupum
Namkaorong village. Investigation revealed that Thomas
Kamei was holding the rank of SO (Section Officer) of
finance in Imphal area and involved in extorting money
from Government employees and businessmen.
37 demand letters of ZUF organization were also
seized from his possession.
A case has been registered at Heingang police station
and investigation is going on.
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Laishram Nabakishore’s book “Chummi”
Haina Loubibara ? “Lalli” Haina Loubibara ?
a well known physician of stone case from
Sagolband Khamnam Leirak, Imphal. All
words are so beautiful. I get many valuable
notions and advice from this book. So,
please writethe 16th edition of the book as
soon as possible.
L. Nabakishore
our respectively.
Speaking at the function,
chief guest Professor Arup
Ray Choudhury spoke on
the need to update libraries
to correspond with the advancing world so that
students have an access to
recent developments and
programme held
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Mar 20 : RCINEZCC, Department of Social
Welfare, Government of
Manipur in association with
Spastic Society of Manipur
conducted a one-day in service
training and sensitization
programme for district level
officers of Stakeholders
Department on disability and
rights issue today at Press Club,
IFS, OSD, Department of
Social Welfare SS Chhabra,
Laishram Tokendra Ricky
and NIEPMD Chennai
Karthikeyan were the presidium members of the
sensitization programme.
Nabakishore Singh, IAS,
Joint Secretary, Department
of Social Welfare, Laishram
Sushma Rajput, Director,
Spastic Society of Manipur,
Dhaneshore Singh, rehabilitation psychologist, Department
of Social Welfare, GMO and
Chennai spoke on ‘legislation
for persons with disability’,
‘disability and rehabilitation’,
‘benefits and schemes for
persons with disabilities’ and
‘mental health issues in children’ respectively.
A total of 40 district level
officers including social welfare officers, DSOs, CPOs,
CDPOs and supervisors were
present at the sensitization
programme held here today.
Prog ends
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Mar 20 : A 45 day
long entrepreneurship development programme on
‘injection technique for production of common household
plastic item’ conducted at the
Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology
(CIPET), Imphal, concluded
Chief guest of the event
Dr Th Muhindro Singh, Director, Planning Department,
during his speech at the closing ceremony, lauded the
centre for arranging such a
development programme.
Deputy Commissioner LN
Kashang also attended the
closing event.
Churachandpur District Students’ Union (CDSU) has
petitioned the Regional Director of NIOS to reallocate
examination centre allocated to
Royal Academy, NIOS study
centre as it will likely cause inconveniences to intending local
Royal Academy NIOS
study centre was allocated the
Kendriya Vidyalaya, Upper
Komkeirap, Loktak centre for
their upcoming March-April
NIOS theory examination.
The student body is, however, wary that the school,
located 20 kms from the
academy, with no proper
transportation facility, nor
lodging facility, will be too
demanding and risky for students, our correspondent
ZHRF sends SoS to Home Minister
S Singlianmang Guite
LAMKA, Mar 20: Zomi
Human Rights Foundation
representation to the Union
Home Minister seeking his
intervention to station all the
Sub-Divisional Officers at
their respective sub-divisions
and cater to the needs of the
interior citizenry and bring
respective doorsteps, our
correspondent reports.
In the representation, the
rights body alleged that civil
administration in four sub-divisions of the district has
been non-functional since the
late 90s. ‘There is no civil
administration at these subdivisional headquarters. The
offices of the Sub-Divisional
Officer and Magistrate are not
functional. To obtain a tribe
certificate or a domicile, for
instance, one has to come
down to the district headquarters where the offices of all
the Sub-Divisional Magistrate/Officer are functioning at
a camp,’ it read.
To substantiate their claim
the foundation attached photos of four camp offices camp office of Tipaimukh at
Apollo Veng, Central Lamka,
the camp office of SDO/BDO
Henglep located at Hmar
Veng, the camp office of
Thanlon at Zion Street, Central Lamka, the camp office of
SDO Singngat at GCK Veng,
New Lamka and the BDO
camp office of Samulamlan at
Sielmat - that are located
within the town alongside a
BDO office.
A copy of the representation was also reportedly
dispatched to the State Chief
Minister Okram Ibobi.
The representation as-
Two more reform Bills get Parliament nod
NEW DELHI, Mar 20: Two
crucial bills, forming part of
NDA government's reforms
agenda, got approval of
Parliament within minutes today
after a number of non-NDA
parties backed the legislations in
Rajya Sabha where the ruling
coalition is short in numbers.
The Mines and Minerals
(Development and Regulation)
Amendment Bill, 2015 and the
Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2015 got
Parliament's approval in the
nick of time as today was the
last day of the first half of
Budget session and the ordinances on these were to lapse
on April 5.
The bills had been passed
by Lok Sabha earlier this
month but in Rajya Sabha
these faced strong opposition
and had to be sent to two respective Select Committees.
The committees gave their reports on Wednesday, leaving
only two days for their passage.
The Mines and Minerals
Bill was passed by Rajya
Sabha with one amendment as
recommended by the Select
Committee, necessitating its
re-passage by Lok Sabha.
The bill was passed after
much controversy and procedural wrangling in the Upper
House as several parties, barring Congress, Left and JD(U)
supported it. JD-U members
walked out before the voting
saying they did not want to be
part of the procedure. PTI
Blackmoney Bill in LS
10 yrs jail for concealing foreign funds
NEW DELHI, Mar 20: A Bill
proposing to prosecute those
stashing illicit wealth abroad
with 10 year rigorous
imprisonment and providing
for a window to persons
seeking to come clean on such
undisclosed assets, was
introduced in Lok Sabha today.
Finance Minister Arun
Jaitley introduced 'The Undisclosed Foreign Income and
Assets (Imposition of Tax)
Bill, 2015,' proposing that it
would come into effect from
April 1, 2016.
"Recognizing the limitations of the existing
legislation, it is proposed to
introduce a new legislation to
deal with undisclosed assets
and income stashed away
abroad," said the Statement
on Objects and Reasons of
the Bill.
The Bill provides for
criminal liability with enhanced punishment with 3-10
year imprisonment for willful
attempt to evade tax in relation to foreign income, along
with a fine.
Second and subsequent
offence would be punishable
with rigorous imprisonment
for a term of 3-10 years with
a fine of Rs 25 lakh to Rs 1
"In prosecution proceedings, the wilful nature of the
default shall be presumed and
it shall be for the accused to
prove the absence of the
guilty state of mind," it added.
The Bill also provides for
a penalty of three times the
amount of tax for concealment
of income in relation to a
foreign asset.
Further, a penalty of Rs 10
lakh would be levied for failure to furnish return of
income by persons holding
foreign asset, failure to disclose foreign asset in the
returns or furnishing of inaccurate particulars of such
The Bill proposes a limited
window to persons who have
any undisclosed foreign assets who wish to come clean.
"Such persons may file a
declaration before the specified tax authority within a
specified period, followed by
payment of tax at the rate of
30 per cent and an equal
amount by way of penalty," it
"It is merely an opportunity for persons to become
tax compliant before the stringent provisions of the new
legislation come into force,"
the statement said. The Bill,
however, protects persons
holding foreign accounts with
minor balances which may
not have been reported out of
oversight or ignorance, from
criminal consequences.
"Evasion of tax robs the
nation of critical resources
necessary to undertake programmes for social inclusion
and economic development. It
also puts a disproportionate
burden on the honest tax payers as they have to bear the
brunt of higher taxes to make
up for the revenue leakage
caused by evasion," it said.
Under the measure, the tax
authorities have been vested
with powers of discovery and
inspection, issue of summonses, enforcement of
attendance, production of evidence and impounding of
books of account and documents.
It also provides for adequate safeguards, making it
mandatory to issue notices and
grant opportunity to the assessee of being heard.
Appeal to the ITAT, High
Courts and Supreme Court
has also been provided to safeguard the interest of the
As per the Bill, the Government have been empowered
to enter into agreements with
other countries or jurisdictions
for exchange of information,
recovery of tax and avoidance
of double taxation.
Amendments to the Prevention of Money Laundering
Act (PMLA), 2002, would be
carried out to include offence
of tax evasion as a scheduled
offence under the Act.
Referring to the new legislation, Jaitley had yesterday
said: "we are going to make
sure that there is no scope for
misuse, but at the same time
there is a deterrent for those
who stock money abroad".
The proposal to come out
with a new law on the black
money was announced by
Jaitley in his Budget speech
last month.
The issue of black money,
especially alleged stashing of
illicit wealth abroad in places
like Switzerland, has been a
matter of huge political debate
for a long time. The government has also been under
pressure to act on the issue of
black money, as BJP had
mounted a huge campaign
during the Lok Sabha polls
last year with an assurance to
check this menace. PTI
serted that the non-functionality of these offices have
caused immense hardship to
the villagers as they are required to travel to the district
headquarters at Churachandpur to receive any benefit
Adding to the woes are the
pathetic road condition in the
interior areas.
‘Besides, the citizens and
villagers at the village within
the sub-divisions cannot feel
the touch of administration as
administrations are not delivered at the doorsteps of the
The message, while calling
for immediate intervention
from Home Minister also
stated that bringing administration at the doorsteps of
every citizen is a duty reposed on the Government by
the Constitution.
IMPHAL, Mar 20 : A workshop on ‘Nutraceutical
Properties of Underutilized
fruits and vegetables’, organised by ICAR research complex
for NEH in collaboration with
Telangana State Agricultural
Hyderabad under DBT TWINNING programme was
ICAR, Manipur Centre.
Dr K Kipgen, Director,
Department of Horticulture
and Soil Conservation, Government of Manipur, ICAR
Joint Director and Professor
G Jiten Sharma, Manipur University, graced the occasion as
chief guest, president and
guest of honour respectively.
The presidium members
emphasised on the importance
of nutraceuticals for healthy
living during their speech at
the inaugural session of the
workshop. About 50 participants comprising of senior
scientist, academicians, researchers from different
institutes and KVK specialists
attended the inaugural event.
One held
IMPHAL, Mar 20: Based on a
reliable information, a team of
police officers and personnel of
Thoubal district including the
CDOs conducted a search operation and arrested Md
Hamidullah, s/o (L) Md Apaba
Sora Maning Leikai on March
19, according to a statement issued by the PRO, Police
Department, Imphal. 500 SP
(Spasmo Proxyvon) capsules
were seized from his possession. Investigation revealed
that Md Hamidullah is into illegal drug business. A case has
been registered at Kakching
police station for further investigation.
Ph.D Awarded
Smt. Margaret Sitlhou has been
PHILOSOPHY in Political Science
by Manipur University, Canchipur
for the thesis entitled “THE
THE SOCIETY,” 1917-1919.
She completed her research
work under the supervisor of Prof. S.N.A.W. Chishti,
Deptt of Political Science, Manipur University.
She is the second daughter of Late Henkholen
Sitlhou and Smt. Lewish Sitlhou of Damdei,
Taloulong, Sadar Hills, Manipur.