Friday, October 29, 2010

Bru body insists on MoU before repatriation


AGARTALA/AIZAWL, Oct 18 – Repatriation of the 37,000 Bru refugees from neighbouring Mizoram sheltered in six camps in North Tripura district has run into rough weather with an ethnic organisation stating that they would not return home unless a MoU was signed.
“Unless a MoU is signed by the Mizoram Government with representatives of the displaced Brus, they will not return to Mizoram,” a Bru Displaced Welfare Organisation (BDWO) statement said in Agartala.
“Our sincere request to the Government of Mizoram is that it reassure the rights and dignity of the Bru people, restore peace and harmony and start the process of dialogue that would lead to a permanent solution,” BDWO General Secretary John Lalnuntluanga and President, Azawmdarai said in the statement.
The statement alleged that the Mizoram Government was preparing to repatriate the Bru refugees to Mamit, Kolasib, and Lunglei districts, but the BDWO wanted that they be repatriated to Mamit district only.
The organisation said that they would launch an indefinite hunger-strike and sit-in at Aizawl and Delhi. However, they did not fix any date for it.
Meanwhile, the Repatriation Implementation Committee (RIC), a Bru organisation recently formed in the Naisngpara relief camp in North Tripura’s Kanchanpur subdivision, said that the refugees supported the proposal of the Central, Tripura and Mizoram Governments to repatriate all refugees from Tripura.
In a press statement e-mailed to PTI in Aizawl, RIC president Lallawma and secretary C Nunsiama said that they had full faith in the leadership of Elvis Chorkhy, president of the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF).
Reacting to the BDWO’s recent press statement, the RIC claimed that some elements in the community were trying to create problems for the refugees by spreading lies.
The RIC statement appealed to all refugees to await the decisions of the government and the Bru leaders coordinating with the Mizoram Government.
“We, the people, must not be influenced by some misguided elements who are out to create trouble and derail the repatriation process,” the statement said.
The Brus are sheltered in the camps in Tripura since 1997 following ethnic clashes with Mizos in their home State. – PTI

PMGSY roads changing lifestyle in Manipur


IMPHAL, Oct 28 – Construction of new roads and upgradation of certain inter-village routes in Manipur under the Centrally sponsored schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) has started to change the lifestyles of several villagers.
“The recent construction of a road in between Sugunu and Sekmaijin villages has helped the villagers to change their lifestyles upto a certain level”, a senior official of Manipur State Rural Road Development Agency (MSRRDA) said while interacting with The Assam Tribune here.
The 40.5 km road between Sugunu in Thoubal district and Sekmaijin village in Imphal West district which was upgraded under PMGSY since the last four years now connects at least a dozen villages of the two districts.
Thus the villagers of Laphupat, Tera, Warukok, Phoubakchao, Sekmaijin and those remote villages under Sugunu Assembly constituency now could have a joyride with those mini-bus and jeep plying along the newly developed route, the official of MSRRDA added.
MSRRDA is the implementing agency of the Centrally sponsored PMGSY schemes in Manipur. PMGSY is a 100 per cent Centrally-sponsored scheme to provide road connectivity in rural areas.
So far the agency has managed to connect 190 villages in Manipur by constructing new roads besides upgrading the existing roads under the scheme. But it targets to connect not less than 500 villages of the State by constructing new roads covering a total distance of 3,160.86 km till the end of its seventh phase.
Till end of September this year, the construction firms under the State’s implementing agency has completed 664 work packages out of allotted 1,023 with an expenditure of around Rs 42,732 lakh, according to an achievement report of MSRRDA.
In Manipur, as per the national guideline – a work package under PMGSY means construction works worth Rs 5 crore only..“As a result we took up the Sugunu-Sekmaijin road under four sections (four work packages)”, the official further informed.
The works were taken up as per the recommendation from the government including the State MLAs and MPs. But the officials here in Manipur are facing various forms of difficulties while implementing the schemes mostly in the valley districts compared to hill districts as the community participation in the valley is low so far, local sources said.
Though villages with population of 500 and above were covered in the initial phases, but it was later extended to villages with a population of 250 in the following phases, the sources added.
The Government India targets to construct 3.68 lakh km new roads besides 370,000 km of upgradation and renewal to provide connectivity to unconnected rural habitations as part of a poverty reduction strategy at a cost of about 26 billion US dollars.

Most Expensive House with 27 Floors, Just Have a Look


MUMBAI, INDIA  — The richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani is soon to welcome his relatives and friends to have a look to his lavish new house that is marked as the most expensive house built ever in history. The chairman of India’s largest private sector, Reliance Industries Mr. Ambani’s new building is located in Mumbai and it took almost seven years to complete such a luxurious building that will accommodate only six people. The house estimated to cost around $1 billion.
Ambani, the world’s fourth richest person is a successful business tycoon with $29 billion net worth. His income mainly comes from petroleum and petrochemical giant Reliance Industries. His new home is built on 400,000 square feet and flaunts a a 168-space lot, three helipads, a swimming pool, yoga studio, mini-theater, three balconies with terrace gardens, a health club and spectacular views of the Arabian Sea.
Really the most expensive house of Mr. Ambani can be called as the most spacious house compared to the number of people who are going to reside there. No wonder the house comprises of 27 floors.

At Rs 16cr, costliest car of the world drives into India


NEW DELHI: It is the ultimate in exclusivity and holds an aspirational value, even for the growing list of billionaires in India. Bugatti Veyron, the fastest and perhaps the most expensive car in the world, debuted with a jaw-dropping ex-showroom price tag of Rs 16 crore, making India the only market globally to sell the world's cheapest (Nano) and the most expensive car. 
Bugatti drove in the Veyron's 'Grand Sport' model that boasts of a top speed of 407 kmph (bettered only by Veyron's other variant Super Sport that has clocked 431 kmph) and can race from 0-100 kmph in only 2.7 seconds. 
The model joins the list of crore-plus car brands to hit India as companies make a beeline to tap the rapidly expanding list of millionaires and billionaires. Others like Bentley, Maybach and Rolls Royce are already present in India, though the Bugatti's Rs 16 crore price tag dwarfs their range. "Bugatti is not a car, it is a piece of art. And to maintain the exclusivity and the enigma around our cars, we produce only limited numbers of a model," said Guy Caquelin, Bugatti's marketing manager for the Middle East, Europe and veyron
bugatti veyron

Friday, October 22, 2010

What ails North-East?


Insurgency has affected the people both in the hills and the valley of Manipur. The veteran leader lamented that because of insurgency there has been no sign of any Government or governance in the hills. So, to ensure proper administration, there is the need to ensure deployment of full security in the hills. He pointed out that for deployment of full security in all the district headquarters and sub-divisional headquarters of the hill districts, IRB, Police and every other available force should be utilised. Only when there is adequate security deployment, insurgency related violence may be controlled and deliver the taste of real democracy to the people. It is meaningless to take a Cabinet decision on deployment of IRB and Commandos in the hills, he added. Mr. Keishing made these comments in an interview with a local daily.
On the peace talk initiatives, Rishang Keishing observed that the Government should ensure that the ground rules are not violated by the armed UG groups which have entered the peace process. "It is good that the Government has started talk with some of the armed UG groups. But the ground rules have to be respected. Otherwise, it is meaningless if the ground rules continue to be violated and innocent people are being allowed to be abducted for ransom", he said. Likewise, public should be wary of the police commandos if they have no qualm over killing people, extort money in the name UGs and are involved in recruitment of UGs, Rishang said, adding that people in the hills would never welcome deployment of such police commandos. Stating that the Government of India has been assuring there would be no dearth of fund for development of NE States and adequate fund has been provided to Manipur, Rishang observed that development cannot come about just because there is enough fund. The condition of roads and bridges here are testimony to how far Manipur has been developed despite receiving adequate fund. Reiterating that there can be no development without peace, Rishang observed that development has to come from outside. How can there be any development, when there is killing every day, he questioned. He went on to say that now the Government of India has started providing adequate fund to Manipur. At one time, only Rs 230 crores were provided as annual plan amount of the State. But despite the meager fund, a lot of development works could be taken up. But now people are not afraid to die for money. He disclosed that a proposal had been placed before the Government of Indian for setting up a special cell to ensure proper utilisation of the fund provided to Manipur. The MP lamented that although there is road connection between Imphal and other district headquarters there has been no inter-district connectivity to bring the people of one district to another closer. He observed that National Highway 39 has been the lifeline of Manipur for more than 100 years and the people have been depending on it. So, there is the need to upgrade National Highway 39 into four-lane and National Highway 53 and 150 into double-lane. Along with developing these National Highways properly, pressures should be exerted for extending railway line at the earliest. Only then most of the problems being faced by the people of Manipur would be resolved, he said. Stating that the Government of India had been prevailed upon to entrust the task of maintaining the National Highway to BRO as it has enough machineries despite lack of manpower, Rishang Keishing opined that instead of the Govt, it would be better for the BRO to handle the task.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

CM assures info centre for Tangkhul students in Imphal


Imphal, October 20: Chief Minister Okram Ibobi today assured that an information centre for Tangkhul students studying in Imphal will be set up by the government at an estimated cost of Rs 20 lakh.Addressing as chief guest of the opening function of the XVIIth Annual Sports Meet cum Conference of the Tangkhul Katamnao Long at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium today, the Chief Minister estimated 10,000 Tangkhul students are at present studying in various institutions in Imphal.
For easy access to job vacancies and information needed by the students, an information centre for them with the latest sophisticated high-tech standards is being planned to be opened by the government in response to the representation of the students in this regard. Government has estimated Rs 20 lakh to set up the centre and to procure land at an appropriate place, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Ibobi advised the students to preserve the old aged traditional culture of their respective communities saying that “It is the bounden duty of the students to preserve the culture and tradition of their respective communities.
Saying that the future of the state or country lies in the hands of the students, Chief Minister appealed to the students to adopt a proper behaviour and to work hard to become worthy pillars of the future nation.The CM said that development of the society lies in the hand of today’s students.. They should leave mean minded ideology and work for the harmonic living with a broad mind of peaceful co-existence, he advised he advised.
Recalling Mary Kom’s achievement in the world of sports, he said that she has brought many laurels for the state. Like her, all students and young people should work hard in their respective fields. Sports minister, N Biren presided the opening function of the four day sports meet cum conference for the Tangkhul students to be hald atImphal, Khuman Lampak Sport Complex. General Secretary Victor Keishing of Manipur Youth Congress Committee and Principal Secretary R Muivah attended as guests of honour.
Biren reminded the achievements of Manipur players in the recently concluded Common Wealth Game, 2010 in New Delhi and termed their performances were excellent. State players’ performances will be improved further and they shall do better to bring furhter laurels to the state and the country.
YAS will extend all assistance and cooperation to the sportspersons of the state, he assured.
The XVIIth Annual Sports Meet cum Conference of the Tangkhul Katamnao Long, which began today, will be concluded on October 23. During the four day gathering, Tangkhul students will compete at various sports disciplines during the day time. Interaction and cultural and exchange of ideas among the participating students will be a main priority the four day event.
Chief Minister, O Ibobi unfurled the flag of the TKL to mark the opening of the annual meet.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Threat to scribes in NE, newspaper blackout in ManipurThreat to scribes in NE, newspaper blackout in Manipur


Manipur on Monday went without newspapers as publishing houses observed an ‘information blackout’ to protest militant diktats on what to print and what not to. Dailies in Arunachal Pradesh, though, hit the stands by front-paging strong reactions to similar threats not necessarily from militants. Some 15 dailies in English and local languages are published in Manipur everyday. All are invariably under pressure to print, usually ad verbatim, what militants want. Publishing counter-views, particularly from rival groups, is often considered a punishable crime. Some scribes get killed for it; others get shot in the leg as a warning.
The latest stand-off between media houses and militants followed the Kangleipak Communist Party’s (KCP) warning to editors not to provide space to its alleged breakaway faction KCP (Mobile Task Force). The threat invited a counter-threat from the KCP faction.
Caught between the KCP and its offshoot, the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union decided to cease work on Sunday. “Consequently, no papers hit the stands today,” said a member of the Union. Condemning the “gag order”, the Union also sought an apology from the militant outfits.
The issue of “chaining the freedom of the press” also raged in Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar, but the publishing houses decided against depriving readers their due. However, the papers were full of disapproval of threats to local scribes for writing on “raging issues” such as the Rs 1,000 crore PDS scam.
Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Gegong Apang, one of the prime accused in the scam, got bail last week after about a month in jail.
“The threat to Tongam Rina, associate editor of The Arunachal Times, is vehemently condemned. Such act intended at curtailing the freedom of press and gagging the society needs to be crushed, lest it balloons beyond control,” said Damba Riba, a reader and vice-president of a local welfare group.

Monday, October 18, 2010

4 Mizo girls rescued from Goa beauty parlour


AIZAWL, Oct 14 – Mizoram police has sought production warrant from a local court to bring the owner of a beauty parlour in Goa to Aizawl who allegedly tried to force four Mizo girls into prostitution, police said.
Three persons were arrested in Aizawl and five in Goa in this connection and the police were still searching for one of the main accused who is absconding, Superintendent of Police of Aizawl, Lalbiakthanga Khiangte said.
Four Mizo girls, working in the beauty parlour since early September were asked to comply with the sexual overtures of their customers, he said.
The girls, who were hired by a man called Vanlalruati and some other persons, were told that they would work as beauticians in the beauty parlour in Goa. However, later they were asked to become prostitutes, Khiangte said, adding, they were smuggled out from their workplace by a Mizo boy working in Goa and were later helped by Goa police.
Arrangements were being made for their return to Mizoram through the Women and Child Welfare Commission of Goa, he said, adding that six Naga girls were also rescued by the Goa police from the same beauty parlour. – PTI

Manipur outfit chairman arrested, flown to Delhi


The United National Liberation Front (UNLF) on Saturday confirmed the arrest of its chairman R.K Meghen alias R.K Sana Yaima. Meghen’s capture by a ‘joint team of Indian and Bangladeshi security personnel’ was reported four days ago. But it was in the realm of speculation until the UNLF’s confirmation. The UNLF is arguably the most potent militant outfit in Manipur. The arrest of the elusive Meghen is expected to cripple the outfit of some 6,000 fighters.
In an email communique, UNLF vice-chairman Kh. Pambei said Meghen was arrested on September 29 from Lalmatia area under Mohammadpur police station in Dhaka by officials of the Research and Analysis Wing and Bangladeshi intelligence.
“He was returning to where he was putting up in Dhaka in his own vehicle bearing registration number Dhaka Metro G-17-0716 when some security personnel in civvies and in uniform signalled him to stop just 10 minutes away from his place,” said Pambei.
Other members of the UNLF in Dhaka subsequently lodged an FIR at the Mohammadpur police station, added Pambei. “After detention in Bangladesh for 10 days, Meghen was taken to New Delhi in an Indian flight.”
The UNLF demanded Delhi should come clean on Meghen’s arrest and disclose his whereabouts. It termed the arrest as “an act of terrorism”.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Naga council ready for talks


New Delhi has managed to broker a semblance of truce between the agitating United Naga Council (UNC) and the Manipur government. Talks between the two are likely to be held on October 16. The UNC had last month imposed a 20-day economic blockade on Manipur. It came less than two months after another Naga organization – All Naga Students' Association of Manipur – had temporarily suspended its 69-day blockade on two arterial highways leading to state capital Imphal.
The UNC has been opposing the autonomous district councils (ADCs) in hills of Manipur inhabited by Nagas and other tribes. It has refused to accept the elections to these ADCs until the state government amends the Manipur (Hill area) District Council Act of 2008, which it claims restrains the functioning of the councils.
A spokesperson of the UNC confirmed New Delhi's role in facilitating talks between the Naga body and the Manipur government.
"Our leaders have returned after camping 25 days in Delhi. Let's see what comes out of the meeting likely late next week," he said.

Gauhati High Court grants bail to Gegong Apang


After denying bail for five times, the Gauhati High Court today granted bail to former Arunachal chief minister Gegong Aapang in the multi-crore PDS scam. The court took up the bail petition for hearing on Thursday.
Much to the relief of former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Gegong Apang, a Division Bench of Gauhati High Court comprising Justice IA Ansari and Justice AC Upadhyay on Friday granted eight weeks’ bail to Apang, who is now in judicial custody in connection with the Rs 1000 crore PDS scam. The bench had taken up the bail petition of Apang on Thursday. Apang was arrested by the Special Investigation Cell of Arunachal Pradesh Police in connection with a Rs 1000 crore Public Distribution System scam. Apang;s lawyers understood to have argued that the case was based on documentary evidences which are in the custody of the police as such there is no need for keeping Apang in custody any longer.
The SIC SP M. Chauhan personally appeared and made submission before the court. However, no order of release was passed by the Court. The Special Investigation Cell arrested Gegong Apang from Itanagar on August 24 last. The scam that had taken place when Gegong Apang was the chief minister, involved embezzlement of money to the tune of about Rs 1000 crore in form of payment on Hill Transport Subsidy and Road Transport Charges on the basis of fake bills submitted through the Food Corporation of India. Apang was booked under several sections of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act. Apang termed his arrest as a political conspiracy. The SIC in October 2008 had submitted a list of 40 persons to the Gauhati High Court as accused. In the charge sheet, Assam MLA Kartik Sena Sinha had also figured.. The SIC was formed at the instruction of Gauhati High Court after it had taken up a Public Interest Litigation filed by Bamang Anthony, president of Arunachal Citizens’ Right who sought High Court intervention after he had scented certain anomalies in the state’s PDS. The Gauhati High Court which ordered constitution of the SIC to probe into the scandal, has been monitoring the investigation on regular basis.

151 HIV positive cases detected in Meghalaya in four month


In a shocking report it was revealed that 151 HIV positive cases have been detected in Meghalaya in just mere four month. However, Meghalaya AIDS control society have clarified that situation is still not alarming in Meghalaya.
There is a steady increase in the number of people in Meghalaya living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and this was witness from the fact that more and more people were tested and more positive cases are detected. A report of the Meghalaya AIDS Control Society stated that within a period from April to August this year 151 cases of HIV positive have been detected as compare to 41 cases detected last year. Last year 931 people were tested at various Integrated Counseling and Testing centres between April to August and 41 positive cases were found. This year however, more people have come up for testing. Out of 2616 person tested this year 151 were detected positive. Ruling out that the HIV positive rate in the state is alarming, Dr. Amalendu das, Project Director of MACS said although the number has increased due to the testing of many people, however the percentage remains the same.
Meghalaya falls in the group “C” category along with rest of the states of Northeast, after Manipur and Nagaland which occupies Group "A" and "B" cetagory. However, measures are adopted to check the wide spread of the disease.
Till date there are 344 people living with this deadly virus, based on the record available at ART Centres, 170 were males, while 162 females and 12 Children are living with is virus. Pre-Natal test on 5636 pregnant mothers confirmed that 30 were tested positive.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

36,223 job card holder in Bisnupur


Imphal, October 06: On the second day of the three day Bharat Nirman Campaign organised by PIB Imphal and sister organizations at Loyalakpa Laibung, Keinou in Bishnupur District five topics were picked up for discussion. The topics on which deliberations were made by experts were NREGA, Total sanitation  programme, rural drinking water supply, RTI and Integrated Child Development Schemes (ICDS).
Today’s campaign started with the welcome address given by Smt. Premlata Loitam, MCO, PIB, Imphal. She said, Bharat Nirman campaign is a very rare campaign which can not be launched at the sweet will of a person or department. One can know a lot about the various programmes and schemes launched by the UPA Government at the centre by attending such rare campaign.
Speaking on the topic NREGA Shri S. Naba Singh  ADC Bishnupur said, NREGS which was passed by the Parliament in 2005 became an act in 2007. All the districts in the country have been covered by the NREGA.
He informed the gathering that the number of job card holders in Bishnupur District had reached 36,223. So far Rs two crores had been received from the concerned ministry since inception to pay to the job card holders.
“Prior to launching NREGA the Union Government introduced different schemes for the people living below the poverty line. All these schemes were amalgamated and NREGA emerged, which sees no barrier. All are allowed to get job cards,” he said.
Appealing to the job card holders to keep the cards in their custody he said the card could be used as identity and also in opening bank account without spending a single pie. “But lack of awareness among the job card holders has acted as a draw back. Beneficiaries are keeping their cards in somebody’s custody. That’s not a good trend. The fund released by the Union Government for Bishnupur District dimed set against the funds the other districts in the state were getting. This could be the fall out of the lack of awareness among the people in the district.”
Water harvesting, afforestation, tree plantation, irrigation, land development, renovation of water bodies and rural road connectivity are the areas on which focuss is made by the NREGA, he said. He also said discussions are held at gram panchayat level to decide the nature of work to be done by NREGA workers.
A local young man after listening the speech of the ADC complained that though the Union Government declared that job card holders would get 100 days work the reality is diametric to the declaration. A worker cannot get even 40 days work in a year. Shri Naba replied the matter will be taken up at the higher level.
The soft spoken ADC appealed to the workers not to misconstrue the meaning of job card. This is for those, who can work seriously. A young boy with a small knife, who seeks the shade when he should have gone in the pond to dig will be discouraged from getting NREGA benefits.
The interaction between the ADC and the listeners was heart warming. One man with a job card in hand put questions after questions to the ADC extracting as much informations he could. But on verification of the card it was found that man had committed the mistake of keeping the card in the custody of others. He will not do that again. That’s the benefit given by Bharat Nirman campaign.

Nagas from Manipur flooding into reserve forest:NSCN-K


Dimapur, October 05: The NSCN-K has been irked by the alleged threat to the Intanki Reserve Forest because of the flooding of Nagas from Manipur into the reserve forest in Nagaland in the last ten years. The NSCN-K, also called GPRN/NSCN said tonight that in the last ten years large number of Nagas from Manipur have settled in the Intanki Reserve Forest. It alleged that the Government of Nagaland evicts only the settlers from Nagaland from the Intanki Reserve Forest and not the Nagas from outside the state of Nagaland settling in the reserve forest.
“In the last ten years, the trend of bringing in new families each year from Naga inhabited areas of Manipur and planting them in the Intanki Reserve Forest in Nagaland has become the biggest threat to the treasured reserve forest. GPRN/NSCN would like to point out that the so-called encroachments by tribes from Nagaland state is paltry compared to the vigorous colonies and establishments taking place by transplanted Nagas from other states in many pockets of the Intanki Reserve Forest, yet surprisingly, all evictions are done only to settlers from Nagaland state. The Nagaland state government is a nervous spectator watching the sinister drama taking place at Intanki Reserve Forest,” the NSCN-K (GPRN/NSCN) said.
The Naga outfit advised that it is high time for the Naga tribal bodies in the state of Nagaland, NGOs and civil societies, student bodies and other concerned authorities to propose a spot verification in the Intanki Reserve Forest “because it is a National Reserve Forest and not a rehabilitation area”.

Bpr Police gun down 4 cadres of KCP (MTF) Kidnapped younger brother of Up-Pradhan rescued in police operation


Imphal, October 06: Bishnupur police commandos killed four suspected KCP (MTF) activists in a rescue operation of the kidnapped younger brother of an Up-Pradhan at Mutum Yangbi village under Nambol police station of Bishnupur district.
The kidnapped youth was rescued unharmed, Bishnupur additional SP (operation) Ishaq Shah told reporters today at his office chamber at Bishnupur district police headquarters.
A lathod gun with two lathod bombs, two 9 mm pistols with two magazines loaded with nine live rounds, a hand grenade and a mobile handset were recovered from the slain activists, he claimed.The four activists suspected to belong to KCP (MTF) were killed during a brief gun fight that erupted when a team of Bishnupur police commandos launched a rescue operation to rescue the kidnapped younger brother of the up-pradhan last night, at about 10 pm.
The additional SP said that the rescue operation was launched last night as soon as the police got information of the kidnapping of RK Sanayaima, the younger brother of up-pradhan RK Open of Ishok Gram Panchayat. Four suspects had taken away the youth from the house of the up-pradhan at around 8 pm last night. On getting the information, a team of commandos rushed to launch a search operation.
When the team reached Mutum Yangbi village some armed activists opened fire towards them to which they instantly retaliated resulting in a brief exchange of fire.Four dead bodies were recovered when the team conducted a further search operation after the firing ceased. Arms and ammunitions were also recovered from the same area, Ishaq told reporters.
Identities of two of the four kidnappers were established today. They are Ningthoujam Manaobi (20) son of late Tochou of Toubul Awang Leikai and Angom Prem (25) son of Arke (RK) of same locality. Their dead bodies are at RIMS morgue where the police sent for necessary official procedures.
In total contradiction with the police claim family members said that they were innocent youths involved in cultivation work. Naobi was also sometimes engaged in carpentry work while Prem had worked as a security guard in Bangalore and had left the work a year back.
They were both married men without children. They failed to come back after going to the lake yesterday afternoon for angling. Their dead bodies were found at RIMS morgue while the families were searching for their whereabouts, they said.
Identities of the other two lying at the morgue are yet to be established. Their ages seem to range from 25 to 30 years.
Police however suspect them to be activists of KCP (MTF) allegedly involved in the kidnapping of a lady doctor, RK Joymati of Mekola Primary Health Centre with one of her nursing staff Kh Kabita on September 13 and a grade-IV employee of Thoubal district social welfare office, Oinam Jugin.

Apang goes to jail


Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Gegong Apang was arrested for his alleged involvement in a Rs.1,000 crore public distribution system
(PDS) scam.
The Special Investigation Cell (SIC), constituted by the Arunachal Pradesh Government under the supervision of the Gauhati High Court to
probe the scam, arrested Mr. Apang in State capital Itanagar when he had come to depose before it. Sources said the arrest was made after Apang, the longest-serving Chief Minister in the country after  late Jyoti Basu, gave “unconvincing” answers to a volley of questions besides material
evidence against him.“We had summoned Apang on three occasions earlier. He responded to the fourth today. However, none of his answers were convincing. He was subsequently arrested on four non-bailable clauses,” Superintendent of Police and SIC in-charge MS Chauhan said.
Soon after his arrest, the former Chief Minister was sent to Lakhimpur town in north-eastern Assam to be tried by a special sessions judge.
The Lakhimpur court remanded him in seven days police custody. The SIC claimed that it had enough material evidence against Apang.
A number of politicians, officials and contractors were allegedly involved in the scam. Mr. Apang was then the Chief Minister of Arunachal
Pradesh.The scam was unearthed after two individuals Domin Loya, former general secretary of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union and Bamang Tago, chief of Arunachal Citizen’s Right, an NGO, had filed a PIL in 2004. Apang did not speak much except attributing his arrest to a “political conspiracy”. His defence lawyer termed the arrest as “illegal”. “There is no justification in arresting him because he was called as
witness in the case. We will now move the High Court for the law to take its own course,” the defence lawyer, Kardak Ete, added.
Steering clear off from the high profile arrest of former Chief Minister Gegong Apang by the Special Investigation Cell (SIC), the state government today said that it has no role in the arrest as the SIC is accountable only to the Gauhati High Court and does not take orders from the state government.
Apang was arrested on Tuesday when he appeared before the SIC in connection with the multi-crore PDS scam. He was later remanded to seven days police custody by the North Lakhimpur Sessions Court where the PDS trial is on. At the moment Apang, for health reasons, is admitted in the R K Mission Hospital under tight security.
 “The SIC investigating into the PDS scam is under the direct control of the High Court and is independent of any strings that can be attributed to the state government,” said Government Spokesperson and Power (Elect) Minister Jarbom Gamlin said.
Shrugging off allegations leveled by certain organizations on the government for instigating the arrest, Gamlin asserted that the SIC is investigating the scam under the directives of the High Court as an independent body and the government has no control over it.
 “The SIC may be a part and parcel of a state government department (Vigilance) but in the present case, it has been entrusted by the High Court to conduct an independent investigation accountable only to the Court,” he asserted.
Explaining the government’s inability to interfere in the functioning of the SIC as well as Investigating Officer M S Chauhan’s continuity as its head, Gamlin quoted the High Court directive, dated 15th June 2007, that says ‘To enable the remaining investigation to be conducted properly, independently and expeditiously we direct M S Chauhan, SP (SIC), Vigilance, who is personally present in Court today, shall head the investigating team. Shri Chauhan will be personally responsible for such investigation and will report directly to the Court and not to any other state agency.’
Further, on the question that is reportedly doing the rounds – Why Apang alone when there are several others accused in the scam? – Gamlin said that it was the directive of the High Court to register separate cases for all the PDS cases for efficient investigations. As per the directive, the Court suggested that for more efficient investigation all cases related to the scam encompassing the entire state be split up into clearly identifiable areas and separate cases be registered region-wise or district-wise.
“Now it is up to the SIC to decide which case to be taken up and followed first,” Gamlin reiterated hinting that Apang’s arrest may be the first one but certainly not the only one.
The high profile PDS scam that evidently occurred during the tenure of Apang as the Chief Minister came to the fore after a PIL was filed in the Gauhati High Court on June 13, 2004 by Arunachal Citizens’ Right (ACR) Chairman Bamang Anthony (Tago) and Domin Loya. The SIC was constituted by the State government on the directive of the High Court to investigate the scam.
The SIC had filed two cases related to the scam in the Court of Deputy Commissioner-cum-Special Judge, Western Zone, Yupia. However, taking cognizance of the fact that complete separation of the judiciary from the executive is yet to be taken care of in the state, the High Court suo motto transferred the cases to the Court of the District & Sessions Judge, North Lakhimpur. In the said directive of 24 September, 2009, the High Court said, “The number of accused involved till date being nearly 100, the sheer magnitude and proportions that the trial will, in due course, assume is another aspect that has been borne by us. We will not be wrong in taking into account the limited exposure of the judicial officers in Arunachal Pradesh to conduct such trials. These facts lead us to the conclusion that the present is a fit case where suo moto we ought to exercise our powers under section 407 CrPC to transfer the trial of SIC (Vig) P S Case Nos. 06/2005 and 08/2005 to the Court of District & Sessions Judge, North Lakhimpur so as to ensure that the trial of the aforesaid cases is conducted fairly, efficiently and without any delay or obstruction.”
“These directives from the Gauhati High Court amply clarifies that the state government has no role in the functioning of the SIC. The allegations, therefore, leveled against the government of arm-twisting the SIC to arrest Apang on political grounds is unfounded and baseless,” Gamlin added.
Meanwhile, the news of the arrest of former Chief Minister and veteran leader Gegong Apang in the multi-crore PDS scam has sparked spontaneous and mixed reactions from at least two organizations, one a student’s body and the other a unit of a national political party. While the former sniffs rat in the whole episode, the latter wants the whole Congress government to go.
The Itanagar unit of All Adi Students’ Union (AASUI), in a statement today, termed Apang’s arrest as pre-planned and questioned the lone arrest in the scam that has several others involved. It gave the SIC and the government 24 hours ultimatum arrest the all others accused in the scam.
“Is the SIC constituted only for Apang?” it questioned while throwing doubts over the integrity of SIC Investigating Officer MS Chauhan. It wanted to know if Chauhan was directed by the government to arrest Apang by any means. Citing Chauhan’s statement that Apang was arrested based on material evidences and statements given by the other accused in the scam, the Union claimed that the former leader has been framed to cover up for the real culprits amongst PDS contractors, officers and the beneficiaries.
The Union also negated Chauhan’s allegation that Apang had refused to cooperate with the SIC and claimed that he (Apang) had personally appeared before the SIC in presence of a large crowd on August 20 at the SIC office whereas Chauhan was absent himself. “The former CM also presented himself on August 24 on being called back in such a short time. So the question of non cooperation does not arise,” it said.
Alleging that SIC is inefficient to handle the high profile scam, the Union demanded that it be handed over to CBI. It claimed that SIC cannot be competent as it is ‘directed’ by people in power. On the other hand, the state unit NCP claimed Apang’s arrest as a slap on the face of the Congress party and the government ruled by it. In a separate statement, the unit’s Vice President Tad Tana claimed that it is only the tip of an iceberg and charged the Congress regime of corruption from top to bottom.
Blaming all the ills in the state on the ‘corrupt’ governance of the Congress, the party urged the SIC to arrest all the 40 accused in the scam. It maintained that unless all the accused are arrested, Apang’s lone arrest would prove to be a political vendetta by people in power.
While asserting the high-profile arrest as an eye-opener for other investigating agencies like CBI, the party unit expressed optimism that several other scams in fields like relief and rehabilitation, hydro-projects, PM package, RGVY, SPA, etc would be unearthed and culprits punished. In order to facilitate an impartial and free investigation into the present scam, the NCP unit demanded resignation of the Congress government.

Manipur govt to give award to state lifters


Expressing happiness over the opening of country’s medal account by two Manipuri weightlifters on the day-1 of Commonwealth Games, Manipur government announces Rs 3 and 2 lakhs cash awards for the silver and bronze medalists. State’s Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Nongthonbam Biren Singh
announcing the cash awards in Imphal on Monday said,”We would also give a cash award of Rs 5 lakh for the gold medalists”.
Altogether 16 sports persons and 19 officials from Manipur are taking part in the ongoing games in New Delhi.
Manipur’s Ngangbam Soniya Chanu,a resident of Lilong Chajing in Imphal west district bagged a silver medal while A Sandhyarani Chanu,a resident of Khongman in Imphal east district,clinched a bronze in the women's 48 kg class at the Jawaharlal Nehru sports complex today.
Minister Biren also informed that the government has decided to give a cash prize of Rs 2 lakhs to Thoudam Kalpana who win a medal,first ever by an Indian at the World Cup,held at Tashkent on September 25 and 26 last.Twenty one year old Kalpana is a constable with Indo-Tibet Border Police.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Indian men's 4X100m freestyle relay team in final


New Delhi, Oct 4 (PTI) Led by India's biggest hope in swimming -- Virdhawal Khade, the India quartet clocked 3:28.06 to make a cut for the final of the Men's 4x100m Freestyle relay, after they finished sixth in their event at SPM Aquatics Complex, here today.
The other three members of the team are Aaron Dsouza, Arjun Jayaprakash and Anshul Kothari.
India could make their presence felt in two more categories, even as most of them failed to advance further.
In men's 50m backstroke, Badrinath Melkote clocked 27.52 to qualify for the semifinals, while Subha Chittaranjan clocked 29.96 to enter the last four stage in women's 50m butterfly.
However, India put up a disappointing show in all other categories, including women's 200m freestyle, men's 400m freestyle, women's 200m individual medley, men's 200m butterfly, women's 50m breaststroke, as none of the swimmers could qualify in these events.

Bopanna gives India a winning start in CWG tennis


New Delhi, Oct 4 (PTI) India were off to a perfect start in the tennis event of Commonwealth Games with Rohan Bopanna demolishing Robert Buyinza of Uganda in straight sets in the men's singles event here today.
Bopanna was too good for a player, who has just one ranking point in the ATP charts, as he completed a 6-1 6-4 win in just one hour and two minutes in the first round.
The tall Karnataka-lad is scheduled to play a second match today when he pairs up with Nirupama Sanjeev against top seeded Australians Paul Hanley and Rodionova Anastasia.
Bopanna today dropped 114 places in the ranking chart to be at 587 but he was coming into the event after playing a crucial role in the Davis Cup tie against Brazil and was hardly troubled by the African player.

Pak weightlifting team threatens to quit Delhi CWG over flag row


New Delhi, Oct 4(ANI): The Pakistan weightlifting team has threatened to pull out of the Delhi Commonwealth Games over a controversy about carrying the national flag at Sunday’s opening ceremony.
Weightlifter Shujauddin Malik was to carry the flag and lead the Pakistan contingent at the event, but at the last moment, the head of the contingent, Muhammad Ali Shah, declared that he himself would carry the flag.
The issue led to an argument between some members of the team and Shah.
However, Shah refused to hand over the flag and led the contingent at the opening ceremony.
Meanwhile, weightlifting team coach Sheikh Rashid said that the players participated in the opening ceremony only for the sake of the national dignity.
“However, my players will not feature in events and will come back unless Mr Shah apologises to the contingent,” The Dawn quoted Rashid, as saying.
According Rashid, several other players and Indian officials were witness to the row.
He has appealed to the government to take notice of the incident. (ANI)

Sonia to inaugurate Ima markets


IMPHAL, Oct 3: Chairperson of UPA and president of AICC Sonia Gandhi is expected to visit Imphal in first week of November to inaugurate the three market sheds of Khwairamband Bazar as well as the Tribal Market being constructed at New Checkon. Ahead of the proposed visit of Sonia Gandhi to Imphal, Permanent Invitee of Congress Working Committee (CWC) and Manipur in-charge Luizinho Falerio would be arriving here on October 16 on a two-day visit to inspect whether the three market sheds of Khwairamband Bazar as well as the Tribal Market would be ready for inauguration or not. On the other hand, a Ministerial team led by Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh yesterday visited these market complexes to take stock of progress in the construction work.
During the inspection, the Chief Minister gave necessary instruction to all the engineers concerned for ensuring completion of the construction works keeping in mind the preparation being made to inaugurate these markets in first week of November. Sources in Congress Bhavan here said that though the exact date has not yet been finalised, it has received information that UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi would be coming to Imphal in first week of November and MPCC has been directed to prepare a tentative programme and send it. During her visit to Imphal, Sonia Gandhi would not only inaugurate the three newly constructed market sheds of Khwairamband Bazar and Tribal Market but also the newly constructed annexe building of Congress Bhavan and unveil a statue of Mahatma Gandhi to be installed in the Bhavan premises.
MPCC president Gaikhangam led another team of party officials yesterday visited Khongman where the  statue of Mahatma Gandhi is being sculpted, sources disclosed. Sources further informed that to inspect the present state of the construction work on the markets which are being prepared to be inaugurated, CWC member and in-charge of Manipur Luizinho Falerio would be arriving here on a two-day visit on October 16.
While at Imphal, Falerio would also hold a joint meeting with the newly elected office-bearers of MPCC. The names of the office-bearers who have approved by the high command of AICC are also expected to be announced officially in the said meeting. The names of the new office-bearers have been announced on the day of the election of MPCC president with the approval of the Election Observer, Chief Minister and party president. The official stamp of approval from the side of AICC is still awaited.

CWG to boost Indian GDP by $4.94 mn, 24.7 lakh jobs


Commonwealth Games 2010 is expected to result in an overall economic impact of USD 4,940 million on India's GDP during a period of four years ending 2012 and create an employment opportunity close to 24.7 lakh.
According to a Games Organising Committee document, this figure is almost three times the economic impact the 2006 Melbourne Games had on Australian GDP. It is estimated that the Commonwealth Games 2010 would result in an overall economic impact of approximately USD 4,940 million on India over the period of 2008-12. It said the 2002 Manchester Games created an impact of nearly USD 3,4000 million in Britain's, while the Melbourne Games created an impact of USD 1,600 million on Australia's GDP. The OC estimates said the Delhi Games are also expected to create an "enormous employment opportunity" of close to 24.7 lakh jobs. The social and environmental impact of the Games will be highly laudable as they are bound to encourage improved standards of education to children, boost sports activities, create a better quality of life and experience for citizens, increase international recognition and create environmental consciousness among the community. However, an NGO Hazard Centre claimed that Delhiites will have to pay a huge price for the "development work" carried out for Commonwealth Games and "in the next 25 to 30 years, each one of them will have to pay a debt in form of increased prices of land, basic commodities and petrol." The report titled 'Heritage Games' claimed that countries which hosted events like Olympics, World Cup and Commonwealth Games have plunged into huge debts after suffering losses. It attributed the economic crisis in Greece to its 16,600 million dollar "adventure" of Athens Olympics four years ago. Mexico, Seoul, Barcelona, Sydney were cities that have followed suit and have incurred losses of many millions of dollars, it claimed. The Games Organising Committee had earlier set up a Commonwealth Business Club India in partnership with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry to encourage and support Indian business community's involvement in the marketing and promotion of Indian sports. The CBCI, headed by OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, also aims to draw high-powered offshore business delegations to India during the Games and enable them to leverage the unfolding opportunity of transacting business.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Nokia E5 Features and Price in India


nokia e5
NEW DELHI, INDIA  — Yet another sophisticated Nokia handset is here for you. Nokia has unveiled the much awaited E5 yesterday in India.
E5 was announced along with the C3 and C6 few months back. The classic phone boasts with a mid-range QWERTY keyboard features a loads of connectivity options including 3G, WiFi , Bluetooth and specs.
E5 has a 2.4 transmissive screen with 320240 resolution. It weighs a bit high at 126g.
The GSM handset allows 13 hours of uninterrupted talktime.
Weight: 126g
Display: 2.4″ transmissive screen at a 320240 resolution
Processor: 600MHz
Battery: 1200 mAh
Camera: 5 MP
Memory: 250MB of internal memory
2GB non hot-swappable microSD
256MB of RAM
The price of E5 is Rs. 12699, although some sites like Flipkart are selling it for Rs. 11389.

Ruchika molestation case: Supreme Court to hear Rathore''s plea


New Delhi, Oct 1 (ANI): The Supreme Court will on Friday hear an appeal filed by former Haryana Director General of Police SPS Rathore challenging his conviction and 18-month sentence in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case.
A bench of Justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan will also take up the plea moved by Rathore for his release either on bail or on parole pending disposal of his appeal by the apex court.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court had on September 1 dismissed Rathore''s appeal, saying his conduct as a top official was "shameful".
The sessions court had earlier enhanced his six-month imprisonment awarded by a trial court in December last year to 18 months in jail on an appeal by CBI and Ruchika''s family.
Ruchika, a budding tennis player, had committed suicide three years after being molested by Rathore on August 12, 1990. 
On August 12, 1990, the then Haryana Inspector General of Police (IGP) S.P.S. Rathore, also the Haryana Lawn Tennis Association president, had molested 14-year-old Ruchika in his office room. (ANI)

Allahabad High Court verdict on Ayodhya title suits out


The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has dismissed the petition of the Sunni Waqf Board and said that the disputed site was the birth of Lord Ram and holds immense importance for Hindus. Bringing to an end the suspense over the 60-year-old Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit case, the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court on Thursday pronounced its verdict. The 2.7 acre area in Ayodhya has been divided into three parts. One area would go to the Nirmohi Akhara, one to Hindus and third to Muslims’ Waqf Board. Sixty years after it first went to court, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has pronounced judgment in the Ayodhya title suit. The three-judge bench has ruled in a majority judgement 2:1, that one-third part of the disputed land will go to the Sunni Waqf Board, one-third to the Nirmohi Akhara and one-third to the party for 'Ram Lalla'. The High Court judgment says the portion below the central dome under which the idols of Ram and other Gods are placed belongs to would be allotted to Hindus. The Nirmohi Akhara would get the Ram Chabutra and Sita Rasoi. The inner courtyard belongs to both communities, it says. The judgement provides that division of the land should begin in three months. The judgement observes that the building was constructed after demolishing a temple and that the Ramjanmbhoomi was not Waqf land. It also observes that the building was not used by Muslims to offer prayers. The court dismissed the suit filed by the Sunni Waqf Board. After judgement was pronounced a little after 4 pm, litigants emerged from the courtroom with copies and there was chaos outside the Lucknow court. The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court comprising Justice S U Khan, Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Justice D V Sharma, delivered the judgement. The parties have three months to appeal against the verdict.
The dispute before the court was whether the 2.7 acres of disputed land on which the Babri Masjid stood before it was demolished on December 6, 1992, belongs to the Sunni Central Waqf Board or to the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha. It has been a protracted legal battle, and people across the country have spoken in one voice on the need to maintain peace and harmony irrespective of the verdict. The hearing on the issue before the court started in early this year and the verdict came after hearing the versions of several hundred witness.
The High Court premises resembled a virtually impregnable fortress as the area was declared a no-access zone. India had been awaiting its Ayodhya moment since the last 18 years now, after the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992 that placed the country on a communal volcano which has periodically erupted from time to time. The judgment came after the last hurdle in its pronouncement was cleared by the Supreme Court Tuesday when it dismissed the petition by a retired bureaucrat Ramesh Chandra Tripathi for deferment of the keenly-awaited verdict. The Ayodhya dispute, which has been an emotive issue for decades and mired in a slew of legal suits involving Hindu and Muslim religious groups, dates back to the year 1528 when a mosque was built on the site by Mughal emperor Babar, which Hindus claim to be a birth place of Lord Ram and believe to be the spot where a Hindu temple existed since 11th Century.

Mixed reaction to Ayodhya verdict in Pakistan


Islamabad, Sept.30 (ANI): Reactions in Pakistan to the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid verdict issued by the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court today have been mixed.
While right-wing political workers termed the verdict as being biased against Muslims, a majority of the people said that they were not aware or knowledgeable enough about the issue or the verdict, and therefore, refrained from comment.
Students at Iqra University in Islamabad said the issue was of little relevance to the people of Pakistan, as it was India''s internal problem. Some opined that the verdict looked tilted towards the Hindu majority in that country, but others hailed the far-sightedness of the Indian judiciary in wanting the people to come out of the past and look ahead. 
Shamoon Hashmi, a noted TV anchor and literary personality, praised the decision and recalled that even in Peshawar people have built a mosque and a church in the same compound. 
Senior analyst Nasim Zehra was quoted by a news channel as saying that the verdict was a strong message to all Indians to set the past aside and maintain communal harmony. 
One student said the verdict was far from "secular", as it was based on the birth of a deity thousands of years ago, which could not be proved in a court of law. 
Noted intellectual and writer Harris Khalique said the judgment appeared sound as before the 1940s, the Babri Masjid was called Masjid-e-Janam Asthan, which proved that Muslims of Ayodhya recognized the sanctity and importance of the place and desired religious harmony. 
He also said the verdict highlighted the secular approach of former Awadh (as Uttar Pradesh was known in between the 17th and 19th centuries) ruler Wajid Ali Shah.
Harris said there was a need to implement the verdict in its spirit of futurism and communal harmony to sanctify India''s secular tradition. He, however, warned that implementation would be a long and difficult process.
Political analyst Nusrat Javeed said the verdict was India''s internal matter and Pakistanis could neither accept nor reject it.
He termed the judgment a political and compromise verdict. 
Human rights activist and a senior member of Indo-Pak Peoples Forum Mohammad Tahseen described the judgment as both practical and strategic, considering the complex nature of the case and its backdrop. 
He said Muslims and other communities should end their romance with the past and try to live peacefully. (ANI)