Manipur to get German-made weapons – Times of India

Manipur to get German-made weaponsTimes of IndiaIMPHAL: After hovercraft, the state force will be equipped with the MP5A3 series sub-machine guns to fight insurgency. The German-made sophisticated guns are being used by a special US Air Force military …

Manipur to get German-made weapons
Times of India
IMPHAL: After hovercraft, the state force will be equipped with the MP5A3 series sub-machine guns to fight insurgency. The German-made sophisticated guns are being used by a special US Air Force military organisation Star Gate Command for urban warfare

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UBI Ukhrul in sorry state

Sir, With due respect, I wish to state the following lines for your kind consideration in publishing this letter. That the services of the United Bank of India(UBI) in Ukhrul… Read more »

Sir,
With due respect, I wish to state the following lines for your kind consideration in publishing this letter. That the services of the United Bank of India(UBI) in Ukhrul is in a sorry state. I along with hundreds of othercustomers face a lot of difficulties in basic services in transaction. Even to get our accounts updated in the Pass book is not available. This problem has been persisting for the past so many months.

I have been to Imphal at UBI and there-in-order to get updating the accounts in the passbook,the staff manning the Counter demanded certain amount for the service. That has been quite a disappointment. The hassle of incurring expenditure to travel to Imphal just to get the updating done and then the extra monetary demand for the basic service provided. I on behalf of other customers would like to know why this failure of service amenities in Ukhrul and why it cannot be rectified. It ultimately amounts to negligence. It is high time that technology, infrastructure and humanresource in our District/State needs immediate up gradation.

Your concern for quality Service will be highly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,
L.John Tangkhul,
Tangrei, Ukhrul Dist. Manipur.

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Winter Bald Eagles

The wintering bald eagles  @ Lock and Dam No. 14 Preserve located on the Mississippi River,USA Photography By: WB

The wintering bald eagles  @ Lock and Dam No. 14 Preserve located on the Mississippi River,USA

The wintering bald eagles @ Lock and Dam No. 14 Preserve located on the Mississippi River

The wintering bald eagles  @ Lock and Dam No. 14 Preserve located on the Mississippi River,USA

Photography By: WB

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Two Cheers for Revolution

The dictatorial regimes in Tunisia and Egypt have collapsed in the face of large scale protests by the people of these countries. These events are now having a ripple effect… Read more »

The dictatorial regimes in Tunisia and Egypt have collapsed in the face of large scale protests by the people of these countries. These events are now having a ripple effect on the entire neighbourhood. Libya, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain and many more autocratically ruled Arab states are now restive. As the entire world watches, a new wave of revolution is unfolding in the region, each demanding the end of autocracy and the introduction of democratic and transparent rule. It is amazing that most of these despotic regimes all the while had the blessing of the so called champions of democracy in the West, including the United States which had even gone to war to dismantle another dictatorship in Iraq, the chaotic repercussions of which are still unfolding in the unfortunate country. Everybody with a stake in the Middle East is worried, and this includes in particular USA and Israel. This is understandable, for negotiating terms (or bribing) with a few corrupt despots is a far easier proposition than dealing with the will of the entire populations of these countries, which is what democracy is about. Israel did not hide its worries for instance at the fall of the Hosni Sayyid Mubarak regime, which was both America and Israel friendly. Now that radical and democratic reforms if not regime changes in the entire Arab world seems quite imminent, the world is preparing for a very drastic overhauling of their Middle East policies.

Amidst the deluge of praises for the current democratic revolutions in the Middle East, eulogising the invincibility of people’s power, what is often forgotten is that there have been many other instances of the complete defeat of this same people’s power. Two momentous events, which happened about quarter of a century ago, close on the heels of each other, come to mind. The first is what is today popularly known as the 8-8-88 (August 8, 1988) pro-democracy uprising in Myanmar after the Military Junta there refused to give up power after the country’s charismatic leader, Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, NLD won a landslide victory in the election that the government allowed in the country, probably confident they would be voted back. The world remembers how an estimated 2000 student street protestors were machine gunned down on the streets of Yangon in a crackdown which also resulted in the exodus of hundreds of thousands young Burmese dissidents to neighbouring countries to take refuge. Aung San Suu Kyi was also imprisoned and only recently released. The regime did not fall at the time, and despite pressures including economic sanctions by the West, the military junta continues to hold sway. This should knock down some of the optimism placed by so many crystal gazers on the so called people’s power.

The world again witnessed another pro-democracy movement brutally put down in China’s Tiananmen Square the very next year. After two months of protest demonstrations by students at the historic square, beginning April 14, the Communist government decided to roll in tanks and in June of the year committed another massacre of anti-government demonstrators. Even as a horrified world watched the street blood-letting, pro-democracy voices was nonetheless allowed to die a cruel death. Public memory is said to be notoriously short, but business memory proved shorter, and even as photographs and prophetic commentaries on the uprising predicting the fall of the rule of the Communist Party of China in the country began dwindling, cash-rich multi-national corporations began making a beeline to enter China to do business. Today, China is soaring high and has become the second largest economy of the world, having overtaken Japan only very recently. If the expansion of its economy continues in the same trajectory, as it is most likely to, economic pundits are already predicting this Communist country, which has no tolerance for democracy whatsoever, is set to overtake the US to become the largest economy of the world by the middle of this century. There are a few token show of disapproval by the West of China’s silencing of pro-democracy voices, such as the award of the Peace Nobel 2010 to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. This notwithstanding, the beeline to do business with China continues to get longer. Today, when anybody anywhere in the world buys a consumer good, from high end DSLR cameras from the top camera maker brands, to cheap toy guns, the overwhelming chances are, they would have the “Made in China” tag on them. So is this a case for celebrating or mourning the people’s power?

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Don’t Cry For Me Gentlemen

By N. Arunkumar Friends, I am a diehard animal lover. I just cannot bear to see any animal being ill-treated or subjected to bodily pain. I almost feel that type of pain… Read more »

By N. Arunkumar


Friends, I am a diehard animal lover. I just cannot bear to see any animal being ill-treated or subjected to bodily pain. I almost feel that type of pain within me when I see an animal being treated cruelly by anyone. I know, there are many others like me out there in this world. We had been taught to love animals and not hurt them, right in our nursery classes and some of us have retained those values taught to us when we were toddlers learning our first ABC’s and words. Animal love is indeed a very captivating practice among those who love them. There have been some very poignant stories about animals and their masters, captured in books and films as a part of our heritage of relationship with our wordless friends. Those stories have often moved us to tears and left lasting images of poignancy deeply etched within our minds and hearts. Animals are fascinating. They are coexisting with us in this universe and are our counterparts, living just like us but in different environmental realities, facing diverse challenges in comparison to us. All the same, they face challenges just like us. And, also feel pain intensely, like us.

I have been prompted to write this piece today, after seeing a particular cat in my neighbourhood. Now, this cat was actually abandoned by its previous owners when they went away from here, without even telling us neighbours about it. The cat was left pitilessly to live on, on its own and search for its own food.  We were there to help of course. My wife took it upon herself to provide it with our leftovers, and it gratefully accepted whatever we provided for it and also began to depend on us completely, in no time. Gradually, the cat became a part of our neighbourhood and many other families also pitched in for its welfare. It began to adjust to its changed realities and harmonised with all of us equally. Soon enough, this cat also found an emotional cushion in another feline and they were a happy couple to look at.

This feline belonged to another area and yet used to be seen gyrating with our black one often. One thing led to another, and presto they had their litter of kittens following them mewing and meowing all over the locality. The brood followed their mother devotedly during their nursing and toddling days. A couple of years have gone by since this family has been in our neighbourhood. However, one afternoon, tragedy struck this cat family. A pack of dogs attacked the feline and she was killed instantly. The black tomcat has been searching for her ever since. His search of course will not yield any results, and we know it.

In recent days, this tomcat has begun to wail like a baby, and to me it sounds like as if he is crying for his beloved. It is a heart rending cry. Throughout the day, he keeps crying and people tend to drive him away from their sight using various standard means to do that. Some even go to the extreme extent of using their catamarans on him and seriously injuring him. That is how I saw him yesterday. He was limping as his left hind leg was soaked in blood and his ear was also bleeding. Evidently someone had found their target while aiming at his head and intending to put him to sleep. However, he escaped from that obviously, and came back with this serious injury. As soon as he saw my wife, he ran towards her, limping painfully and when she saw him do that and his condition with bleeding from the ears too, she was also almost in tears. The tomcat had run towards her, perhaps for some solace and help to overcome his agonizing situation. It was a pathetic sight to see him in so much pain.

I direct this piece to all those people who tend to treat animals with merciless intolerance. When pain is inflicted on any animal, the experience is the same as with every other animal. Man, who considers himself as a sophisticated being is also an animal. When man experiences pain, he can react to it in various forms. However, wordless animals are incapable of expressing their predicament of pain and have to deal with it in the only way they know…tolerance. They can do nothing to alleviate their difficulties in dealing with it and have to live with it in a submissive mode. Please, let us be considerate and live up to the calibre of human beings and perform our duties towards our speechless counterparts with a little more dignified grace. They deserve it in this life time just like we do, as it is not their mistake if they are born as such animals.  Nature has its own holy plan in creating them for our existence too. We depend on them for our ecological balance as they perform a specific task to maintain the equilibrium of our world’s ecosystem. If we are heartless to them and treat them with inhumanity, we lose our qualification as superior beings who take responsibility for our own actions. We must have a better way of treating animals and that is nothing but compassion. We treat others like we do not want to be treated otherwise. It is as simple as that folks. Next time you decide to slaughter any animal using the most painful means you can use, be careful. It could come back to you one day with equal ferocity. It will come back, as a matter of fact.

I have seen some animals being slaughtered in the most inhuman of ways possible. The method of piercing a thin spear like bamboo through the rectum while the poor animal writhes in awful pain and the cry that it produces to go with it is the worst sight to see. When I saw it happen, the people doing that to it seemed to enjoy the gory sight of it without batting an eyelid either. It was horrific. And, I moved away from there with a deep ache in my chest, wondering how men can be so heartless towards the dilemma of poor wordless animals. I even had a silent tear welling up in my eyes at the sight of the tragic death of the poor animal. It was meat for the butchers, but the manner of its death was beyond the dignified that we must dare to accept. I know, we have no laws or PETA and things like that here in Manipur. It is unethical to even have any such organisation to protect the animal rights in a place like ours, where we love to gorge on flesh as food. But, have a heart folks. Have a heart! They don’t need us to cry for them, but have mercy in your treatment towards them…yes…they want that. Kill them and eat them by all means; however you could always exercise some degree of moderation when you butcher them. Please….!

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AIM lifts 4th Loktak football trophy

IMPHAL, Feb 20: AIM has become the champion of 4th Loktak football tournament after defeating NEROCA by 2-1 goals in the final match held today at the ground of Moirang… Read more »

IMPHAL, Feb 20: AIM has become the champion of 4th Loktak football tournament after defeating NEROCA by 2-1 goals in the final match held today at the ground of Moirang Multipurpose Higher Secondary School.

The winning goals of AIM were scored by Naoton and Roshan in 48th and 81st minutes of the match respectively while the solitary goal of NEROCA was scored by T. Dhiren in 41st minute.

The champion AIM was awarded a cash prize of Rs 40,000 along with the trophy while runner-up NEROCA bagged cash prize of Rs 20,000 with trophy.

Thomas of NEROCA was given the best player award while the award for fair play team was presented to YWC Thambalkhong.
The final match of the tournament was graced by YAS minister N. Biren as the chief guest and MLA M. Prithiviraj as the president.

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Koijam Yaima memorial football

IMPHAL, Feb 20: FC Imphal and ISAV Kongpal ended in 1-1 draw in the inaugural match of 6th Cash Prize (late) Koijam Yaima Memorial Veteran Football Tournament held at XI… Read more »

IMPHAL, Feb 20: FC Imphal and ISAV Kongpal ended in 1-1 draw in the inaugural match of 6th Cash Prize (late) Koijam Yaima Memorial Veteran Football Tournament held at XI Star Sporting Ground, Akampat.

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State women’s cycling team bags gold medal

IMPHAL, Feb 20: The state women’s cycling team comprising of Ch. Rameshwari, Th. Helen, Kh. Suchitra and Y. Sunita have bagged the gold medal in cycling team pursuit at the… Read more »

IMPHAL, Feb 20: The state women’s cycling team comprising of Ch. Rameshwari, Th. Helen, Kh. Suchitra and Y. Sunita have bagged the gold medal in cycling team pursuit at the ongoing 34th National Games being held at Jharkhand.

Ch. Rameshwari and Kh. Suchitra will also compete against each other in the final round of women’s individual sprint race.
On the other hand, Bikram will face Amrik Singh of Punjab in the final round of men’s sprint race tomorrow. 

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MFI CBC meeting held at Kohima

KOHIMA, Feb 20 (NEPS): A meeting of MFI Central Board Committee (CBC) was held today under the chairmanship of MFI president  Oken Jeet Sandham at Hotel Japfu, Kohima, to approve… Read more »

KOHIMA, Feb 20 (NEPS): A meeting of MFI Central Board Committee (CBC) was held today under the chairmanship of MFI president  Oken Jeet Sandham at Hotel Japfu, Kohima, to approve various Committees of MFI. After a thorough deliberation as to how the National Federation (MFI) should be effectively run and streamlined, various committees which were tabled during the Meeting have been approved. MFI secretary general and technical chairman, O Manglemajo, MFI national joint secretary Ng Jeet Khumancha, MFI senior executive member L Kennedy and other MFI Members attended the said meeting. The Committees which have been approved are Muaythai Development Committee, Muaythai Tournament Committee, Muaythai Seminar and Workshop Committee, Muaythai Financial Committee, Muaythai Safety Committee, Muaythai Advisory Committee, Muaythai Disciplinary Committee, Muaythai Legal Committee, Muaythai Medical Committee, Muaythai Equipment Committee, Muaythai Coordination Committee and Muaythai Publication Committee.

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Blood donation at Thangal bazar

A blood donation camp cum awareness programme was organised today at Shri Marwari Dharamshala, Thangal bazar as a part of Shiva Sewa Sangh’s endeavour to serve to general public Source The Sangai Express

A blood donation camp cum awareness programme was organised today at Shri Marwari Dharamshala, Thangal bazar as a part of Shiva Sewa Sangh’s endeavour to serve to general public Source The Sangai Express

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Blood donation at Thangal bazar

A blood donation camp cum awareness programme was organised today at Shri Marwari Dharamshala, Thangal bazar as a part of Shiva Sewa Sangh’s endeavour to serve to general public Source The Sangai Express

A blood donation camp cum awareness programme was organised today at Shri Marwari Dharamshala, Thangal bazar as a part of Shiva Sewa Sangh’s endeavour to serve to general public Source The Sangai Express

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UG cadres arrested

Troops of 42 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector under HQ IGAR South launched operation in Unapal area of Chandel district and apprehended one KYKL cadre at around 1 pm on February 19 Source Hueiyen News Service

Troops of 42 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector under HQ IGAR South launched operation in Unapal area of Chandel district and apprehended one KYKL cadre at around 1 pm on February 19 Source Hueiyen News Service

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UG cadres arrested

Troops of 42 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector under HQ IGAR South launched operation in Unapal area of Chandel district and apprehended one KYKL cadre at around 1 pm on February 19 Source Hueiyen News Service

Troops of 42 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector under HQ IGAR South launched operation in Unapal area of Chandel district and apprehended one KYKL cadre at around 1 pm on February 19 Source Hueiyen News Service

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Road blockade along Mayai Lambi

Road blockade imposed along Mayai Lambi in protest against picking up of two persons by suspected Army personnel continued for the second day today Source The Sangai Express

Road blockade imposed along Mayai Lambi in protest against picking up of two persons by suspected Army personnel continued for the second day today Source The Sangai Express

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Road blockade along Mayai Lambi

Road blockade imposed along Mayai Lambi in protest against picking up of two persons by suspected Army personnel continued for the second day today Source The Sangai Express

Road blockade imposed along Mayai Lambi in protest against picking up of two persons by suspected Army personnel continued for the second day today Source The Sangai Express

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Anand urges to conserve traditional values

Every Manipuris should uphold the traditional culture, art forms and other beliefs and customs of the state to live with dignity among the various community in the world, said MLA RK Anand while participating the Photo Exhibition cum Thang Ta Demonstra…

Every Manipuris should uphold the traditional culture, art forms and other beliefs and customs of the state to live with dignity among the various community in the world, said MLA RK Anand while participating the Photo Exhibition cum Thang Ta Demonstration organised by the Yelhou Inat Sindam Lup, Manipur as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebration of the Huyel Langlon Satjal Training at MDU hall, Yaiskul Police Lane, Imphal today Source Hueiyen News Service

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