Forensic report ‘proves’ MPSC exam unfair

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Jan 12

A group of civil service aspirants, who didn’t clear the state civil service mains exam 2016, has appealed the government to investigate over the alleged fraudulent examiner claiming that the forensic test results conducted in Kolkata proved unfair examination of the answer scripts.

The Manipur Public Service Commission, MPSC declared the final result for the Manipur Civil Service Combined Competitive Examination, MCSCC 2016 in December, same year.

Convenor of the aspirant group Arbind Salam said, on suspicion of forged signatures by different persons other than assigned examiner, the candidate pursued on their independent capacity for verification five sample answer scripts were sent to Truth Labs: Forensic Services Kolkata on December 1 last.

The reports received on January 8 stated that out of the five signatures on the answer script, only three are of the same person while the remaining two raised serious doubt whether they are of the same person or not. Moreover the experts of the lab are willing to testify their findings in any court of law if summoned during the course of legal proceedings, said Arbind.

He said civil service examination of our state which is regarded as highest level of competitive examination is no more trustworthy. Most of the aspirants who wrote the mains exams but didn’t get through viva are suspicious that some biases are conducted in the selection process.

He said around 275 candidates who flunk in mains exam suspiciously asked for paper checking through RTI. The candidates who got their RTI copies of the answer scripts observed that there is a wide variation in the signature of the examiner of the essay paper which according to the Manipur public service was evaluated by only one examiner.

He said “We really wanted to send more paper to the lab but the cost of verifying the signature is very high as it charges Rs. 5000 per paper.”

He appealed the present government to consider the suffering of the Manipur civil service aspirants otherwise credibility of this commission would be lessened. He also appealed the MPSC to explain the need of engaging other persons other than examiner for the evaluation.

The group hoped that the government will deliver justice to them.

Appeal to IOCL to bring petroleum products via pipeline: K Shyam

Appeal to IOCL to bring petroleum products via pipeline: K Shyam

MPHAL | Jan 12

CAF & PD, Karam Shyam has appealed the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) to make the petroleum products available through pipeline medium during the launching ceremony of a 3-day Indian Oil Kisan Mela held at Lamsang Oil Service, Imphal divisional office, Lamdeng Khunou, Lamsang today.

Lamsang Oil Service(Kisan Seva Kendra) and Indian Oil Corporation Limited , Imphal Divisional Office, Congress Bhavan, B.T. Road jointly organised the event for the second time under the initiative of IOCL.

It aimed to let the farmers and the local people avail useful items, products and services, not the usual diesel, petrol & lubricants from the Kisan Seva Kendra of IOCL.

Lamsang Oil Service(Kisan Seva Kendra) and Indian Oil Corporation Limited , Imphal Divisional Office, Congress Bhavan, B.T. Road jointly organised the event for the second time.

Minister of CAF & PD, Karam Shyam speaking as the chief guest highlighted that any minister, MLA or elected leader of the state should take initiative in creating awareness about the welfare schemes of the central government for the public so that civilians can demand their rights and avail of them.

The minister appealed to the IOCL officials to make the petroleum products available through pipeline medium as the new process will cure 70-80 % of the various ills and vagaries surrounding the availability of these products to the customers in the state.

Now that oil adulteration has been monitored and banned in Manipur to a considerable extent, the situation relating its availability, procurement and fair distribution to the public has improved, he said. He also assured that issue of black petrol and diesel has been solved by and large.

“We need to streamline some initiatives to bring the expected changes in our respective departments,” said the minister.

Security advisor, IOCL,IPS, B.K. Ravi, commisioner, CAF & PD, K. Radhakumar, executive director, IOAOD, SO Dipankar Ray, chief general manager(RS),IOAOD, SO, Uttiya Bhattacharjee, general manager, security, IOCL, Manoj Yadav, eminent scientist, Dr.M. Priyodatta and proprietor, Lamsang Oil Service, R.K.(O) Shantinibala Devi shared the function dais.

Drawing attention that all kisan sevas will be operated by solar energy, Uttiya Bhattacharjee said out of 27,000 retail outlets in the country,7500 sevas are focussed on providing facilities to the kisans like farming equipmens, seeds etc.

Dipankar Ray elaborated not to mistake the mela as a mere petrol pump service but as a low cost model but towards a more sustainable development of getting fuel, seeds, fertilisers & agricultural related items apart from solarisation.

Radhakumar threw light on providing sevas to the kisan at the right place and right time as farmers’ property is state property.

IPS B.K. Ravi wished everyone as the kisan mela is the first initiative of the Indian Oil in Manipur.

Scientist Dr.M Priyodatta spoke in detail on crop management, animal husbandary and plant protection by highlighting on the ill-effects of the use of fertilizers, insecticides & other harmful chemicals as manures in agriculture after prolonged human consumption.

Highlights of the mela includes Aadhaar enrolment and rectification facility, free servicing camp for tractors, display of solar energy and sales of agricultural related equipment by Agritech Manipur, Uripok.

Vendor stalls on SBI-Cash less transaction, Honda 2 wheelers and potato seeds and services also opened today.

IOCL gifted 500 saplings to the government of Manipur for promoting sustainable development.

CM Biren promises Tamei development

CM Biren promises Tamei development

From Daniel Kamei


Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Friday afternoon laid four foundation stones and opened State Bank of India (SBI) at Tamei which is among the less development part of Tamenglong district.

The four foundation stones were laid for constructions of Tamei Police Station and Administrative Block, R Tale Memorial women’s market, employee station at Tamei and another employee station at Impah village, Tousem sub- division. The employee stations are to accommodate specially teachers and medical practitioners. All the four constructions are to be carried out by Manipur Police Housing Corporation.

The chief minister was accompanied by O. Lukhoi Singh, MLA Wangoi AC, Dr. S Ranjan MLA Konthoujam AC, parliamentary secretary Awangbou Newmei MLA 52 Tamei AC, Adim Pamei, vice chairperson, State Disaster Management Authority, R.R Rashmi,chief secretary, L.M Khante, DGP Manipur, Vaneet Joshi, principal secretary  (Planning) and S Romendra, additional chief engineer Police Housing Corporation among others.

Biren Singh said with the coming of Modi government many things have changed drastically as he said without development in the Northeast India, India cannot say that India is developing country.

Similarly without development in the hill, Manipur will not developed and live together peacefully. ‘Go to hills’ was declared on the day BJP government sets in. He said the words ‘go to hills’ was inspired by God to speak out.

He came on road as he wanted to see the ground reality and living condition of the people, he added.  

He expressed unhappiness that due to lack of bank at Tamei, 50 beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awaj Yojna have been cancelled. He directed the newly open bank to functioning by February 2018. He urged the 14 Sikh Regiment and the people to give full cooperation to the bank.

A scheme for poor family anyone sick will be given financial assistance if the patient at Tamenglong district hospital and health centres, said the chief minister.

He also informed that he is going to launch 10 ambulance on the statehood day and provide ambulance if necessary. He also assured to find out way and means to put fire service at Tamei headquarters.

Many schemes including central and state are on the pipeline to announce on the statehood day, added the chief minister.

He also assured to open science stream at Langmei Higher secondary School at Tamei, headquarters. He assured that he will go through PHED project and take up project implement in the next year to supply drinking water at Tamei headquarters.

Armstrong Pame, deputy commissioner said N. Biren Singh is the first chief minister of Manipur to visit Tamei on land route which show really love and concern for the people.

Parliamentary Secretary & MLA 52 Tamei AC, BJP Manipur Pradesh vice president Kikhonbou and Namsinrei Panmei, Chairman ADC Tamenglong also spokes on the occasion.

People of Tamei received the chief minister team with great happiness in traditional attires. Numbers of memorandum were passed on to the chief minister.

After the programme the official team went to Makui Silver Jubilee celebration.

AR firings create terror in Kpi

From Our Correspondent


Personnel of 38 Assam Rifles blank fired for an hour over the alleged attacked to its post at Kangpokpi by unknown miscreants yesterday evening.

Since more than six years, there has been a peaceful environment in the town. However, the firing incident yesterday evening created an extreme fearful atmosphere among the innocent civilians of the town and its surrounding areas.

The 38 Assam Rifles post at the heart of Kangpokpi district was allegedly attacked with Chinese hand grenades followed by firing from two different directions in an alleged attempt to hurt the security personnel compelling the AR personnel to reiterate by opening blank fire at around 8:50 pm.

Grenades explosion and gun fire were heard by the locals, which were immediately followed by continuous gun shots till 10:10 pm creating extremely panic situation in the entire district. Many church goers for learning gospel hymns were reportedly struck at their respective churches till midnight while some spent the night in their friend’s house.

The AR post located in the heart of the town under the jurisdiction of Ward No.11 is surrounded by many government establishments including DC Complex and many other department offices in the west, District Hospital Complex in the north, Orthopedic Hospital, Orphanage Home, KT School and others in the south and national Highway-2 in the east. Many residential houses were also located near to the fencing of the AR post along the DC road where the alleged unknown miscreants suspected to have attacked and hurled the grenades.

Later in the morning, it was discovered that one domestic pig belonging to Lhingpi Khongsai, a resident of Ward No. 11 residing near to the fencing of the AR camp was killed during the blank fire while most of the houses on the same direction bore multiple bullet marks. However, no human casualty has been reported on the part of the security forces and civilian as well. Two crater of grenade explosion also found inside the AR Camp while another unexploded grenade was found inside the camp, which the AR personnel with bomb expert exploded safely at around 3 pm this afternoon. Multiple splinter marks and bullet marks were also seen in some structure inside the AR camp while a water tank (Sintex) near the barrack of the AR also bore one bullet mark.

Meanwhile, the local civil bodies under the aegis of Kangpokpi Town Committee including Kangpokpi Women Welfare Organisation and Kanggui Youth Union held an emergency meeting today afternoon at Kanggui Youth Union office chaired by chairman of the town committee, Chonkam Kipgen. The meeting vehemently condemned the alleged attacked of the 38 AR Kangpokpi post and demanded whoever the culprits to come up openly with their motive at the earliest for the larger welfare of people of the district.

It also condemned in strongest term the alleged provoked firing of the Assam Rifles personnel in the aftermath of the alleged attack creating an extreme unease atmosphere in the town rendering innocent children, women and the general populace.

It further resolved that the local civil bodies will not tolerate if any innocent civilian was harassed by the security forces in the aftermath of yesterday’s incident.

Opium fields destroyed

Opium fields destroyed

CCPUR | Jan 12

Under the supervision of Churachandpur SP, Rakesh Balwal, a combine team of Churachandpur police, 25 AR, NAB and NCB destroyed opium plantation field of 51 acres in total area.

The opium plantation’s destroying in the field was ere back up by personnels from the Police and 25 AR numbering 100 where at the Patlien village

The team led by additional SP (Ops), Binod Ranjan, along with Major Radha of 25 AR and other police and AR personnel destroyed the opium field of 21 acres at Lanva village and 30 acres in Churachandpur district.

The action was taken up since yesterday by the police against opium plantation and continued till today.

As per reports from the police, drugs worth Rs. 12.99 lakhs had been seized so far under the supervision of Churachandpur SP, which included huge quantity of heroin, WY and SP tablets and liquors.

Not ready for competition

Not ready for competition

Toilets poorly maintained

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Jan 12

Despite state government’s efforts to excel in the Swaschhta competition for ranking in cleanliness under Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), toilets of some of the premier colleges and schools in the capital city are in a sorry state of affair.

Currently an independent team is surveying the level of cleanliness in towns of the state under Swachh Survekshan (leanliness contest) of towns of the country under the SBM. Imphal city is yet to be surveyed.

Imphal city is among 500 cities across the country selected for the SBM (SBM) in the category one. In the category two 164 towns of the Northeast including 26 towns in Manipur will vie for the top positions.

The survey is currently on in small towns of the state.

Manipur ranked 15 th in the Swachh Survekshan 2015. It came down to the rank of 122 nd in 2017.

 It is during this crucial period that toilets of some of the government’s premier institutions, which are regarded as place of enlightenment, present disheartening pictures.

Though these toilets are well constructed there is no sign of proper maintenance.

A one day survey conducted by The Imphal Free Pres on Wednesday in some of the government institutions located in Imphal city found that the toilets are dirty and stinky.

At one of the toilets huge amounts of mud are accumulated on the corridor of the toilet and sanitary napkins are being thrown carelessly on the flasket of the toilet. The buckets are really dirty.

In one of the college toilets vines wwere seen entering the toilet through the ventilator. Water was not flowing from the tap on the day of the survey.

In a boys’ school wrappers of tobacco products were found dumped in the urine toilet.

Shymkumar for Inpui unity

Shymkumar for Inpui unity

IMPHAL | Jan 12

 Thounaojam Shyamkumar, minister of forests and environment, MAHUD, Town Planning and Horticulture and Soil Conservation today appealed to unite Inpui community on the second day of the Inpui Karing Ngei 2018 organised by Inpui Naga Union at Haochong sub-division, Tamenglong district.

Addressing the gathering, minister Shyamkumar said it is necessary to preserve the age-old traditions, which is the identity of our culture. He said the warm welcome accorded by the people of Haochong and the cultural programmes performed during the function shows that Inpui community is a highly disciplined community.

Stating that the festival is the celebration of humankind, he said communities need to unite for development and Inpui community of different villages must unite. He appreciated the organising committee and the locals for organising the festival in grand way despite many hindrances.

Th. Shyamkumar said he is grateful to the Inpui community for inviting him for the festival as it was his one of the desires to visit the Haochong subdivision. The festival will conclude tomorrow.

Man stabs own siblings, one dead, one critical


Eldest of three siblings stabbed two of his brothers with knife and escaped. The middle brother was killed while the youngest got injured.

According to sources, the incident happened around 10:30 pm yesterday while the accused Henminlianthang, 35, son of (Late) Hemkhosei and a resident of Zomi Colony, Churachandpur had a strong quarrel with his brothers.

The two brothers, Jamsuanpau, 33 and Lamsuankhai, 29 were immediately rush to Churachandpur District hospital but the latter succumb to his injury while the former was seriously injured.  Henminlianthang is still absconding, till the time of filing this report. After post mortem in afternoon at the district hospital morgue, the lifeless body  of the deceased brother was handed over to the family for burial. An FIR has been filed on the case at Churachandpur police station.

Man stabs own siblings, one dead, one critical


Eldest of three siblings stabbed two of his brothers with knife and escaped. The middle brother was killed while the youngest got injured.

According to sources, the incident happened around 10:30 pm yesterday while the accused Henminlianthang, 35, son of (Late) Hemkhosei and a resident of Zomi Colony, Churachandpur had a strong quarrel with his brothers.

The two brothers, Jamsuanpau, 33 and Lamsuankhai, 29 were immediately rush to Churachandpur District hospital but the latter succumb to his injury while the former was seriously injured.  Henminlianthang is still absconding, till the time of filing this report. After post mortem in afternoon at the district hospital morgue, the lifeless body  of the deceased brother was handed over to the family for burial. An FIR has been filed on the case at Churachandpur police station.

Minister Biswajit assures power transformer for Ngaimu village

Minister Biswajit assures power transformer for Ngaimu village

IMPHAL | Jan 11

Power minister, Thongam Biswajit Singh today assured people of Ngaimu Village in Ukhrul district that a 100 KV transformer will reach the village on Saturday. He said that the Central government is targeting to provide electricity to all homes by March 2019; however, the State target is to provide electricity to all homes by December 2018.

The Minister gave the assurance at the inaugural function of the VIII Tangkhul Naga Zingtun Longphang Sports cum Cultural Festival at Ngaimu Village in Ukhrul district.

Asserting that 33/11 KV sub-stations will also be set up at Somdal and in Kachai, the minister also stated that he will see to it that AB cables are installed in Ngaimu to improve power supply quality. He further spoke on the benefits of green energy or solar energy and said installation of solar roof top power plants will help in solving the power problem.

He further said that proposals have been submitted to the Centre to take up Tolloi Junction to Somdal, Ngaimu junction to Tuinem, Shiroi Ring Road, Awang Kasom Chingai Road, Nambisa Road and others under the Central Road Fund. He continued that proposal to take up improvement work of Eastern and Western Circular Road in Ukhrul under the Road Infrastructure Development Fund has already been submitted to the Centre.

He explained the District Rural Road Plan and appealed to people to support the government’s endeavour to enhance road connectivity.

Biswajit also explained several schemes launched by the government for the benefit of the people including PMAY, UJALA, UJWALA, SAUBHAGYA, NRLM. He further asserted that the DCs should erect hoardings to educate the public of the several schemes launched by the government.

He said that the present government believes in the upliftment of the poor and that all schemes launched by the government are for the poor.

Speaking on the MNREGA, he urged all the job card holders to open their accounts while stating that government has decided to cancel all job-cards without bank accounts. He said that fund allocation for the MNREGA is based on previous year performances.

The minister further observed that the present government under chief minister, N.Biren Singh is trying to reach out to all villages in State. He said that it is also very encouraging that the governor of the State has also shown keen interest in the welfare of the hills.

There is no success without hard-work, the minister said, stressing further that we have to act to bring development in our land. The minister further spoke on the importance of public participation in bringing development to the society.

Minister Biswajit also unveiled the monolith of the festival. Today’s inaugural function was also attended by Phungyar MLA Leishiyo. Highlights of the function include cultural items, songs and lighting up of the festival torch.

Myanmares encroachers kept off from no man’s land

Myanmares encroachers kept off from no man’s land

From Our Correspondent

MOREH | Jan 11

Today in the morning around 6.30 am,  a group of Myanmarese people were found allegedly making a fence by encroaching upon the no man’s land that lies between Moreh gate no. 2 and Ganesh Gate at Indo-Myanmar border.

 Teams led by sub inspector, Moreh police, Akbar, OC, CDO, Tarun and personnel of 11 Assam Rifles arrived at site upon receiving information and stopped the fencing work. 

The holes that were dug out and the erected fencing poles were removed from the site.  

 The commanding officer of Myanmar Army came afterwards and revealed after interrogations that the fencing work was carried out by Namphalong Bazaar Committee. He assured that they will not allow such work without the permission of both countries.   

Sources said SP, Dr. S. Ibomcha, SDPO, Lawrence K Munluo came at the site and personally inspected the situation. As a further step, SP Ibomcha instructed personnel of Moreh Police to patrol the area as a regular duty and took discussions with the Assam Rifles who were guarding the border. Plans were being charted out to prevent such incidents from happening again in the future.

Women association suspects complicity of friend Ashok in Pravish’s death

Women association suspects complicity of friend Ashok in Pravish’s death

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Jan 11

Nongmeibung Women Meira Paibi Association had alleged that Ashok might have been complicit in the circumstances leading to the death of Pravish Chanam’s death. Ashok is a friend of late Pravish.

General secretary of Nongmeibung Women Meira Paibi Association, Nongmaithem Sobita during a sit-in staged today at Nongmeibung market alleged Ashok that he might involve in the mysterious dead of Pravish Chanam.

It is said that Pravish came to Delhi on September 7 and stayed at his friend Ashok’s place in Safdarjung area. They planned to attend the concert of international artistes, The Chainsmokers, at Greater Noida’s Expo Mart with two other friends, Sachin and Teresa Karam, all from Manipur. Brother of Pravish, Ravikanta Chanam has said that the four friends met around with 15-16 other friends at the venue. They then consumed liquor. Pravish’s friends did not notice when he went missing. His friends launched a search after the concert but failed to trace him. The next day at 12.30 pm Ashok informed Ravikanta about his disappearance.

Sobita further said police should interrogate Ashok regarding the case as he is still absconding and his parents do not allowed him to answer any calls. The silence of Ashok seems he might involve in the case regarding the organ trafficking, she charged.

Sobita said people have been demanding to bring out the real culprits of the mysterious dead and to hand over the case to CBI. She also appealed CBI to start investigation against Noida police as they cremated Pravish by authority of Dr. BR Ambedkar hospital in Noida as unclaimed body.

TSA calls 36 hours bandh starting from January 16

IMPHAL | Jan 11

The Thadou Students’ Association (TSA) has imposed a 36-hour bandh beginning in the morning of January 16 against failure of state government in bringing justice for the Sugnu double murder and rape cases and non-introduction of Thadou Kuki (MIL) subjects at Higher Secondary Schools in the valley.

The bandh will be enforced on Imphal-Moreh, Imphal-Dimapur, Imphal-Jiribam and Imphal-Churachandpur roads.

In a press statement released by the General Headquarters (TSA-GHQ) stated that the bandh was called over the delaying of justice against murder cases in Tengnoupal and Chandel districts, and non-introduction of Thadou Kuki (MIL) subjects at Higher Secondary Schools in the valley.

It said the state government fails to bring justice in the 5th May 2017 Sugnu double murder case, the brutal murder of Mr.Thongkhogin Haokip, an assistant teacher at Molnom Junior High School, Tengnoupal district, on February 29, 2016.

21-year-old private school teacher Miss Nengkhokim Haokip alias Cicilia/Shila from Moltinchan village in Chandel district was allegedly gang-raped and brutally murdered and her dead body found near Sugnu. Mr Kaikholen Tuboi was also found brutally murdered, added the statement.

Despite repeated appeals to the authorities concerned for justice, the culprits have not been brought to justice to date. A team of TSA met with the Superintendent of Police, Kakching district, investigating officer (SDPO Kakching) of this case and ADGP (L&O) in this regards. TSA has on December 22, 2017 served an ultimatum to the home department, to bring justice in the case on or before January 10, 2018, but no satisfactory action has been taken up to date. Had the government been really serious about such a heinous crime and fulfilling the Memorandum of Understanding it reached with the JAC on May 6, the culprits would have been arrested long time back and justice already delivered, said the press statement. 

As regards the introduction of Thadou-Kuki (MIL) Subjects in the higher secondary schools in the valley, the state government has in 2016 already issued an order for introduction of the same. But, the order still remains a mere piece of paper and it has not been implemented till now. TSA considers this as a deprivation of the rights of the Thadou tribal students to their language.

If the government fails to fulfil our demand in public interest, TSA will launch further course of agitation until the demands are fulfilled, TSA warned.

We urge the general public, passenger service vehicles and other civil society organisations to support the bandh for the sake of justice, said the press statement signed by Michael Lamjathang Haokip, secretary general, TSA.

2 more teachers’ appointment cancelled

IMPHAL | Jan 11

Directorate of education (S) has cancelled the appointment of two more primary teachers (SSA) under the department of education (s), Manipur for alleged fraudulence and wrongful drawal of pay and allowances etc. 

A release said primary teacher, P. Messengeorge Dangshawa, son of Kodar from Khukarthil village near Kangshang SBI, Chandel district was found to be already pursuing MBBS course at Jawarharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, Porompat while teaching at Thumtam Lower Primary School and therefore, his appointment as primary teacher (SSA) is cancelled. Another Savani Lily RL, daughter of R.B Lemo from Koide Village, Senapati district was also found to be pursuing MBBS course at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences while being primary teacher at Kanjang Primary School and therefore, her service under the department of education (S), Manipur is deemed to have been terminated, it added.