Manipur valley paralysed for second day, pbublic curfew ends, torch rallies lined up

IMPHAL, May 8: The JCILPS sponsored 42-hour State-wide public curfew ended peacefully at 6 pm today. However, the public curfew severely affected normal life in all the valley districts and Jiribam today as well. All shops, business establishments, ban…

IMPHAL, May 8: The JCILPS sponsored 42-hour State-wide public curfew ended peacefully at 6 pm today. However, the public curfew severely affected normal life in all the valley districts and Jiribam today as well. All shops, business establishments, banks and educa- tional institutes in all the four valley districts remained closed during the stir. Meanwhile

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Kenyan envoy condoles death of two Indian nationals

New Delhi, Sept 22 (ANI): Kenyan High Commissioner to India Florence Imisa Weche on Sunday expressed her condolence to the Indian Government after two Indian nationals were killed in an attack at a Nairobi mall. ” It is a sad occasion and I also take this opportunity to offer my condolences to the Indian government […]

New Delhi, Sept 22 (ANI): Kenyan High Commissioner to India Florence Imisa Weche on Sunday expressed her condolence to the Indian Government after two Indian nationals were killed in an attack at a Nairobi mall.
” It is a sad occasion and I also take this opportunity to offer my condolences to the Indian government for that loss,” she said.
Weche said that the Indian Government had not asked for any assistance from the Kenyan authorities but they would provide every possible support.
Two Indians, including an 8-year-old boy, were among 39 killed in a terrorist attack at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, with dozens of hostages still trapped inside.
While one of the victims 40-year-old Sridhar Natarajan was working with a pharma firm, the boy Paramshu Jain was the son of a manager of the local Bank of Baroda branch.
According to the Mirror, men armed with AK47s and grenades opened fire inside the Westgate Mall in the affluent Westlands area of Nairobi, and the Al Qaeda-linked militant group Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack.
In a televised address, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said 39 people had died in the attack and 150 were injured.
He said security forces were in the process of ‘neutralising the attackers and securing the mall’ in what was a ‘delicate’ operation but that those responsible would be hunted down and punished. Al-Shabaab in Twitter account said it had warned there would be consequences when Kenyan soldiers entered southern Somalia to fight the militants.
The militants from Somalia have claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it is retaliation for Kenya’s military intervention in Somalia.

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MLA enriched by China visit

IMPHAL, Sep 13 NNN : China’s Yunnan Province was like the North East India two decades ago and even today it claims to be a least developed region of that country, but there is “no city in India” as developed as Kunming in the province in terms of infrastructure and urban amenities. Manipur MLA Y […]

IMPHAL, Sep 13 NNN : China’s Yunnan Province was like the North East India two decades ago and even today it claims to be a least developed region of that country, but there is “no city in India” as developed as Kunming in the province in terms of infrastructure and urban amenities.
Manipur MLA Y Surchandra and Prof Amar Yumnam of Manipur University had visited Kunming in Yunan Province from September 4-8 and Beijing from September 9-10 during which they interacted with various Chinese scholars and functionaries of institutes and companies.
The trip was funded by Manipur Government under its MLA Foreign Tour Programme, Kakching constituency MLA Surchandra told newspersons here on Friday.
He said, “Yunnan was like the North East India two decades back and even today it claims to be the least developed region of China, but there is no city in India as developed as Kunming in the region in terms of infrastructure and other urban amenities.”
During the tour they had meetings at the Institute of South East Asia Studies, Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, Kunming and deliberated on the need of development and interest of NE India in general and Manipur in particular.
The need for cooperation and joint venture in the areas like education, agriculture, science and technology and energy, particularly in solar energy was also emphasised. Importance of better relations between India and China was also highlighted during the meeting.
Chen Li Jun, Director, Prof jack, scholar Dr Han Xin Zhong and other 15 professors and scholars besides Dr Guo of Yunnan Academy of Sciences, who coordinated the tour programme, were present during the meeting.
Surchandra and Amar Yumnam later visited three factories of solar energy companies including the Yunnan Economic and Technological Development Zone. Functionaries of the Kunming Chamber of Commerce and Yunnan India Corporation Council were also present during the interactions.
They also visited the Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences where they interacted with the Faculty of the Flower Research Institute at the academy. They learnt about the robust research on many of the plants grown abundantly in Manipur as well and how they have been profitably growing them. Surchandra and Amar further visited Great Wall , Tienanmen Square and Om Shiva Yoga Institute run by a Chinese-Manipuri named Nongmaithem Kiran. Surchandra said all the institutions and companies showed their willingness in either joint venture or setting up of their units in Manipur and also for exchanging programme and transferring of knowledge and technology.

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Senior citizens concerned with incursion by Myanmar

IMPHAL, Aug 25 NNN : Manipur senior citizens have expressed their concerns on the ongoing border fencing works along the Indo-Myanmar border where many villages from Manipur had gone to Myanmar side wherever the fencing work got completed. Talking to reporters today, Khaidem Mani, a member of Senior Citizens for Society (SCS) asks, “What is […]

IMPHAL, Aug 25 NNN : Manipur senior citizens have expressed their concerns on the ongoing border fencing works along the Indo-Myanmar border where many villages from Manipur had gone to Myanmar side wherever the fencing work got completed.
Talking to reporters today, Khaidem Mani, a member of Senior Citizens for Society (SCS) asks, “What is the political agenda of the government with regard to the border fencing work?” Khaidem Mani then wondered if the ongoing border fencing work was done after having had approved by the Parliament. The senior citizen of Manipur then said once the border fencing works get completed there are so many more villages from Manipur that will be included in Myanmar.
According to Khaidem Mani, the border fencing works also violated the United Nations’ indigenous rights, 2007 which became an Act in 2009.
The SCS regretted that the border fencing works were done without thorough disccussion by the authority’s concerned.
It can be recalled here that in the first week of August, the Ministry of Home Affairs, government of India in a statement had said, “Without the settlement of the International Boundary along with Boundary Pillars on Indo-Myanmar border, it is not possible to arrive at a definitive conclusion that a particular village or land is going to be lost. For the benefit of readers, it is further clarified that the on-going fencing work is restricted to only 10 km for the present and no further work will be undertaken unless all the Boundary Pillars are finally settled through joint inspection by the National Survey Authorities of the two countries as well as the Survey & Settlement Officers and Staff of the State.”
Strongly refuting the statement of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on the loss of certain parts of Manipur territory to Myanmar, the United Committee, Manipur (UCM), one of the biggest NGOs in Manipur had alleged on August 11 that many villages of Chandel district in Manipur have been included in the side of Myanmar due to the border fencing work.
UCM president Y Nabachandra had clarified that on August 8, a UCM team consisted of 13 members and journalists had paied a visit to the border area of Moreh-Tamu border to get the first hand report and noticed that several villages on the Indian side have been included in the Myanmar side by the border fencing.
“The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had said no fencing work was started in the border pillar 79 due to dispute with Myanmar in the area but on the contrary, the work had started from Gobijang till Jangnoi village and 11 households of Gobijang village in the area have already been included in the Myanmar side by the border fencing,” the UCM president pointed out. He said, “About 150 metres of Manipur territory inherited
from our forefathers will be lost to Myanmar due to border fencing work,” Nabachandra had said.The UCM chief then urged the government to intervene.

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Indo-Myanmar rbc held

Mail News Service Imphal, July 24 : The third Indo-Myanmar Regional Border Committee Meet between India and Myanmar was organized from 23-25 Jul 13 by Red Shield Division at Leimakhong under the aegis of Spears Corps of Indian Army. Several high ranking officials of the Myanmar delegation led by Commander of North West Command with […]

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Imphal, July 24 : The third Indo-Myanmar Regional Border Committee Meet between India and Myanmar was organized from 23-25 Jul 13 by Red Shield Division at Leimakhong under the aegis of Spears Corps of Indian Army. Several high ranking officials of the Myanmar delegation led by Commander of North West Command with top ranking representatives from Myanmar Army and various departments of the Government attended the meet.
The Indo-Myanmar Regional Border Committee Meet is a landmark event which provides an opportunity for representatives of Security Forces and government officials of both nations to discuss and resolve crucial issues relating to border management, bi-lateral cooperation and counter terrorism strategy. This forum also offers an opportunity to the delegates to exchange views which assist in further strengthening the bonds of co-operation and friendship among both the countries.
On 24 July, Lt Gen AK Sahni, General Officer Commanding, Spears Corps also handed over Seven Bailey Bridges to Myanmar Army at Leimakhong to the Myanmar Army.
The Myanmar delegation was represented by Maj Gen Soe Lwin, Commander, North West Command who accepted the Bailey Bridges. This crucial meeting was attended by high ranking officials from both the countries. This gesture by India will go a long way in providing a vital fillip to the relationship between the two historic neighbours.

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Manipur health team happy over success of ‘Mission Myanmar’

Mail News Service Imphal, June 1 : The entire team which went to Myanmar to conduct cleft and palate operations, has returned after conducting 103 operations on 87 patients. Dr Palin, leader of the team addressing the media here today said, ‘Mission Myanmar’ was a triangular effort of Myanmar, India government and Shija hospital to […]

Team members of Mission Myanmar with some of the patients at Monywa.

Team members of Mission Myanmar with some of the patients at Monywa.

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Imphal, June 1 : The entire team which went to Myanmar to conduct cleft and palate operations, has returned after conducting 103 operations on 87 patients.
Dr Palin, leader of the team addressing the media here today said, ‘Mission Myanmar’ was a triangular effort of Myanmar, India government and Shija hospital to link Myanmar with Smile Train Inc. (USA) and Shija Hospitals, Imphal, India to render free corrective surgeries to Cleft lip and Cleft palate patients in Myanmar.
The members who had gone to Myanmar had reached Moreh, the border town, yesterday.
Dr Palin said a 12 member team with three surgeons reached Government Hospital at Monywa, Sagaing Division, Myanmar on May 24 last and started operating the same day. About 103 surgeries were performed on 87 patients till May 27. All equipment and medicines were taken from Manipur, he added. Due to time constraints the team had to come back.
Narrating about the mission the doctors said a surgeon conducts four to five operations a single day but in Myanmar they had to perform non stop day and night. They all did it free of cost as they found that there are over one lakh patients in Myanmar and two surgeons in the entire country and no basic expertise to do the operation.
It is said that every 1 in 600 suffer from cleft lip and palate worldwide. According to the Myanmar population it is estimated that there are more than 1,00,000 patients silently suffering from this deformity. These cleft patients cannot speak and eat properly. They don’t go to schools because of the facial deformity and remain isolated in shame but they also have dreams.
A segment of the road from Kalewa to Monywa was quite bad.
Chief Ministers of Sagaing Region, U Thar Aye, and Manipur, O. Ibobi Singh visited the hospital two times on separate occasions and once together, while the team was carrying out the operations and encouraged the good work of the mission which will bring the two nations closer. Chief Minister of Manipur, O.Ibobi Singh also offered to sponsor the next Mission Myanmar as it will be an on-going programme.

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CM appeals to Indian investors to think for Myanmar also

Manipur Information Centre MONYWA(Capital of Sagaing Region, Myanmar), May 28: The Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh appealed to Indian investors not to think for India but also for Myanmar so that the two countries could co-exist. He said Imphal Airport would become an international airport in July this year and he proposed for introducing […]

 Chief Minister of Manipur Okram Ibobi Singh and  Chief Minister of Sagaing region U Thar Aye jointly inaugurating  Myanmar- India  Trade Fair at Town Hall
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MONYWA(Capital of Sagaing Region, Myanmar), May 28: The Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh appealed to Indian investors not to think for India but also for Myanmar so that the two countries could co-exist. He said Imphal Airport would become an international airport in July this year and he proposed for introducing flights between Imphal and Monywa, Imphal and Mandalay, Imphal and Yangon and Imphal and Kalemyo to promote trade, tourism, business and investment. He added that the flights would facilitate movement of people round the year.
Manipur Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh was graced as Special Guest of Honour in the opening ceremony of the 2-Day Region Investment and Business Conclave organised by Sagaing Region Government, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industries (UMFCCI) and Indian Chamber of Commerce at Mya Sandar Hall here. He recalled that Manipur is the gateway of South East Asian countries as mentioned in the Look East Policy.
He also stated that Imphal Airport would become an international airport in July this year and he proposed for introducing flights between Imphal and Monywa, Imphal and
Mandalay, Imphal and Yangon and Imphal and Kalemyo to promote trade, tourism, business and investment. He added that the flights would facilitate movement of people round the year.
Highlighting the importance of Imphal- Mandalay bus service in the promotion of economy, tourism and trade between the countries, he urged the Myanmar authorities to agree the proposed bus service as early as possible.
Indicating that a number of Indian businessmen had come in the Conclave, Manipur Chief Minister suggested that investment could take place in Sagaing Region in Myanmar in different areas like generation of power in hydroelectricity, thermal power plants, agro-industries, setting up of educational institutions and hospitals with the support and cooperation from Mynamar authorities.
He proposed exchanges between Saigaing Region and Manipur in areas like education, culture and sports; and offered education facilities to the students of Sagaing Region for studies in medicine, engineering, higher studies in colleges and university in Manipur. Highlighting that Manipur was the power house of sports in the country, he invited the Myanmarese sportspersons for study at National Sports Academy in Imphal.
Manipur Chief Minister said, “People living on both sides of the border of Myanmar and Manipur have been sharing the goods and essential commodities produced by both countries for a long time. Formal border trade between India and Myanmar started only in the year 1995 through Moreh- Tamu sector after signing an agreement in 1994. Number of items allowed under the border trade has been increased to 62. And normal trade between the two countries though Moreh-Tamu sector is also allowed. However, for various regions like lack of banking facilities and good infrastructure on both sides of the border, normal trade has not started.” He emphasized the need for strengthening the banking network on both sides of the border. Myanmar Economic Bank in Myanmar and United Bank of India which were the designated banks for the trade should have the facility of foreign exchange and opening of Letter of Credit by the traders. It would grow the volume of trade between Manipur and Sagaing Region and help in the growth of economy of both Manipur and Sagaing Region.
He said, “The Government of India is setting up an Integrated Check Post at Moreh for promotion of trade and tourism between India and Myanmar through Moreh- Tamu Sector. It will be ready by 2015.” “Two Bordar Haats between Manipur and Sagaing Region at Behiang and New Somtal in Manipur have been approved. We would like to open two more
Haats at Konkan Thana and Tusom in Ukhrul District of Manipur.” he futher stated.
Manipur Chief Minister also proposed for import of precious stones,coaland pulses from Myanmar to Manipur through Moreh- Tamu border. He also urged the Myanmar authorities
for import of teak from Sagaing Region to Manipur for industrial purposes. Manipur Government has earmarked 500 acres of land for teamber park. This would enhance the economic condition of the Sangaing Region from iexporting the teak to Manipur: besides providing job opportunities to the people of India , particularly of Manipur.
Refering to visa facility for visit to Myanmar by land route, Manipur Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh proposed for opening a Visa Office of Myanmar in Imphal , which would facilitate in the promotion of tourism in Myanmar. Manipur Government was willing to provide necessary space for opening of Visa Office at Imphal.
He stated that every year from 21st to 30 November, a tourism festival of Manipur namely Sangai festival was held at Imphal, capital of Manipur. The festival showcased the cultural
heritage of different communities of Manipur along with handloom and handicraft products of Manipur. Informing that Thailand had been participating at the festival for the last four years, Manipur Chief Minister invited the traders of Myanmar to take part in the Sangai festival along with the beautiful cultural programmes of Myanmar in the forthcoming Sangai Festival. He drew the attention of the Sagaing Region authorities to become a partner in the Sangai Festival to be held in November 2013. The Manipur Government would provide free stalls for the participants of Sagaing Region.
Refering to medical care facilities for Myanmarese nationals in Myanmar, Manipur Chief Minister said, “Manipur has excellent medical care facilities. Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital, private hospitals like Shija Hospital, Sky Hospital for heart, Raj Polyclinic, Imphal Hospital, City Hospital in Imphal are well equipped to provide excellent medical care at very reasonable rates. Some of the Myanmarese nationals are coming to Imphal for treatment. Government of India is considering to provde visa-on arrival for the Myanmarese nationals at Moreh for medical treament. With these facilitiies, it will be very convinent for Myanmarese nationals to visit
to Manipur to get medical care. “Chief Minister of sagaing Region U Thar Aye who made welcome address requested the Indian authorities to invest for socio-economic development of Sangaing Region.
Commerce and Industries Minister of Nagaland Pangnyu Phom and Minister of trade and Commerce of Mizoram Lalrinliana Sailo also addressed to the gatherings highlighting their respective business opportunities.
Prior to the Business Conclave, the Chief Minister of Manipur Okram ibobi Singh and the Chief Minister of Sagaing region U Thar Aye jointly inaugurated the Myanmar- India Trade Fair at Town Hall here.

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CM leaves for Myanmar to attend India Myanmar business conclave

  IMPHAL, May 25 MNS NNN: A 41-member delegation of Manipur Government led by Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh today left Imphal for Myanmar to attend the North-East India-Myanmar Business Conclave which is being held from May 26 to June 2 at Monya and Mandalay of the neighbouring country. The meeting aims to boost the […]

 

IMPHAL, May 25 MNS NNN: A 41-member delegation of Manipur Government led by Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh today left Imphal for Myanmar to attend the North-East India-Myanmar
Business Conclave which is being held from May 26 to June 2 at Monya and Mandalay of the neighbouring country.
The meeting aims to boost the trade relationships between Myanmar and India with special emphasis on Northeast region.
Chief Secretary DS Poonia officially flagged off the team here in presence of many other state officials. Among others, Chief Minister Ibobi, his better half MLA O Landhoni, Commerce and Industries minister Govindas Konthoujam are part of the delegation.
Ibobi left Imphal for Myanmar by air while the rest of the team by road, official sources said.
Other north eastern states have also sent delegation to attend two-day ‘North East India-Myanmar Regional Business Conclave’ scheduled from May 28 and 29 at Monywa and Mandalay in Myanmar.

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CM applauds European Manipuri Association

Mail News Service Imphal, May 24 : The Chief Minister of Manipur, Okram Ibobi Singh extended warm greetings and best wishes to the European Manipur Association (EMA) which is underway once again to hold a 2 day annual convention cum social gathering of European Manipuri Diasporas and their friends, starting from 25th to 26th of […]

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Imphal, May 24 : The Chief Minister of Manipur, Okram Ibobi Singh extended warm greetings and best wishes to the European Manipur Association (EMA) which is underway once again to hold a 2 day annual convention cum social gathering of European Manipuri Diasporas and their friends, starting from 25th to 26th of May at Worchester, near Birmingham, UK.
The Chief Minister in his message said, “Despite the limitations and tininess of our State we are proud that the presence of Manipuri Diasporas are ever widening across the globe.
An Annual gathering for them is very significant as it gives them a chance to know each other, bring them together to share and exchange ideas and views , and above all to create an atmosphere of ‘Home Away from Home.”
On the invitation extended to his son, Surjakumar Okram, for the event, on a separate note to the Chairperson of EMA, the Chief Minister regretting his son’s unavailability to attend the event owing to prior commitment for a tour to Myanmar he further shared , “ I look forward that the said gathering will be an ideal forum for the Manipuri living , serving and studying abroad to get to know and help each other, and put their heads together to bring about a better Manipur Society in the years to come.”
Every year in summer EMA organises an annual convention cum social gathering providing a platform to Manipuri Diasporas and their friends to uphold our culture and tradition; and to provide an atmosphere of ‘home away from home’.
Annual event of EMA is a significant event for the organisation and its members apart from the social in nature gathering but also to discuss many key issues of EMA and its members with the back ground of Manipur as the origin of our members. This year, the event is being organised at: Highball Centre, Hanley Swan, Malvern, Worchester, Wr8 0dx, Near Birmingham.
The Executive committee welcomes all the Manipuri Diasporas in Europe and their friends to attend this event irrespective of their advance booking or not said Somorendro Khangembam, Gen Secy, EMA in a press hand out.

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Smile train mission to Myanmar

Mail News Service Imphal, May 22 : Smile Train Shija Cleft Project has set on a journey to render free surgical treatment to cleft lip and palate patients at Monywa, Myanmar. A team of 12 members was flagged off from the campus of Shija Hospitals by G. Gaikhangam , Dy. Chief Minister, Manipur and i […]

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Imphal, May 22 : Smile Train Shija Cleft Project has set on a journey to render free surgical treatment to cleft lip and palate patients at Monywa, Myanmar. A team of 12 members was flagged off from the campus of Shija Hospitals by G. Gaikhangam , Dy. Chief Minister, Manipur and i K. Govindas, Minister- Commerce and Industry, Manipur.
The team of 12 members under the banner of Mission Myanmar left Imphal by surface after the flag off, and will be crossing the Indo Myanmar border on 23rd and reaching Kalewa on the same day where the team will station the night. The team will reach Monywa on 24th and screen the patients and begin the operations. The team members are Dr.Kh Palin and Dr. AK Ibohal, Consultant Plastic Surgery, Dr.Sanjib Nepram, HOD Plastic Surgery, RIMS, Dr.Th Dinesh, Consultant Anesthesiology, , Dr. L.R Singh, Consultant Anesthesiology, Dr. Kh Chetan, Medical Officer, Mr. RK Romen and Mr. Y. Sanjoy, OT Technician, Mrs. Shima Y and Bishwaya Waikhom, Nurse,Premjit L, Asst Manager Business Development and Arun Ng, IT Assistant Smile Train Shija Cleft Project, Manipur has been invited by the Government of Myanmar through Indian Consulate General to render free corrective surgeries for birth defect of cleft lip and palate (Roof of Mouth) in a Government Hospital at Monywa, Sagaing Division, Myanmar.
Worth mentioning is on 15th March 2013 the management of the hospital submitted a proposal to the DC of Tamu offering to extend the service of free cleft lip and palate surgery to the much needed country, Myanmar. The same proposal was given to the 11 Myanmar delegates, including Power Minister of Sagaing region and 2 MPs, when they visited Shija Hospitals on 2nd April 2013.
It is being informed by Dr.U Than Htut, Medical Superintendant of the General Hospital, Monywa that more than 150 cleft patients are waiting for free corrective surgery. The target of the mission is to complete 100 plus surgeries in three days (24th- 27th May 2013) which is likely to be extended for one or two days because of the number. The free surgery camp in Monywa will be an ongoing process.
Mission Myanmar is a triangular effort of the Govt of Myanmar, Smile Train and Shija Hospitals to eradicate the problem of cleft lip and palate in the country of Myanmar. It is said that every 1 in 600 suffer from cleft lip and palate worldwide. According to the Myanmar population it is estimated that there are more than 1,00,000 patients silently suffering from this deformity. It can also be noted that there are very few plastic surgeons in the country of Myanmar.
During the Flag Off ceremony, Chief Guest of the function G. Gaikhangam, Dy. CM, Manipur expressed his happiness over the initiative taken up Shija Hospitals to foster the relation between the two countries of India and Myanmar. He elaborated on the importance of harnessing the opportunities of trade being opened up due to the proximity of Manipur to the other South East Asian countries. He asserted that Health Tourism should ride high among the priorities as the facilities are ready to be offered to our immediate neighbour.
K. Govindas, Minister- Commerce and Industry, Govt. of Manipur and Guest of Honour informed of the development in the effort to give VISA on arrival to the Myanmar nationals.
Dr. Kh Palin, CMD of Shija Hospitals and President of today’s function introduced the team members of Mission Myanmar. He informed that the team will be leaving for Myanmar as the guest of the country as the expenditure for the travel and accommodation will be borne by the Myanmar authorities. The team is also carrying all the consumables and medicine for the project. He reaffirmed that Manipur is at advantageous position to render the service because of the proximity to render the service of free cleft surgery. He also mentioned that he strongly felt that the Mission Myanmar will improve Indo- Myanmar relationship. It will greatly enhance the growth and development of the two nations and is very pleased to be of service to the people of Myanmar and hope to alleviate the suffering from as many cleft patients as possible.
Dr. Madan Mohan Sethi and . N.K Rana of Consulate General of India, Mandalay, Myanmar played an important role in making Mission Myanmar happen. Dr. U Than Htut, Medical Superintendant of the Government hospital at Monywa, also extended his full support for the mission.

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Sarabjit’s body brought home

Bhikhiwind (Punjab), May 2: The body of Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who died early on Thursday following a brutal assault by other inmates of a jail here, was handed over to officials of the Indian high commission by Pakistani authorities. A special Air India aircraft reached Lahore to bring back the body of […]

Bhikhiwind (Punjab), May 2: The body of Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who died early on Thursday following a brutal assault by other inmates of a jail here, was handed over to officials of the Indian high commission by Pakistani authorities.
A special Air India aircraft reached Lahore to bring back the body of the death row prisoner who died early today in a hospital, six days after being brutally attacked by prison inmates in Kot Lakhpat jail.
A Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said that the aircraft returned this evening with Sarabjit’s body and two members of the Indian team.
The body was received by Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur at Amritsar.
Samples from the body were sent for forensic tests and the final report on the autopsy is expected to be submitted in two weeks, sources said.
Foolproof security was put in place at Jinnah Hospital for the handing over of the body. Dozens of police commandos were deployed in and around the hospital. Sarabjit, 49, succumbed early on Thursday to injuries sustained during a brutal assault by other inmates of Kot Lakhpat Jail on Friday. He was hit on the head with bricks and cut with knives fashioned from spoons.
Family members of Sarabjit Singh have reached their hometown Bhikhiwind where his body will be brought to from Pakistan.
According to reports, Sarabjit’s body will first be flown in a special Air India plane to Amritsar, where it will be kept in a hospital mortuary for further post-mortem tests. The body will be released by the unidentified hospital on Friday morning and flown by helicopter to Bhikhiwind.
The funeral rites of the dead Indian prisoner are expected to take place around 2 p.m. on Friday, reportedly with full state honours. The Punjab Government has declared him a martyr and decided to give him a state funeral at his ancestral village.
Sarabjit Singh’s sister Dalbir Kaur, today lashed out at Pakistan for her brother’s death and called for a war against the country. Chanting “Pakistan Murdabad”, Kaur said she was appealing to all parties to come together to give Pakistan an ‘appropriate answer’.
“I appeal to all political parties to come together and support Prime Minister Manmohan Singh It’s time to wage a war against Pakistan”, she said.
She also alleged that human rights activist Ansar Burney had asked for a huge amount to get Sarabjit back to India.
“Had I paid Rs. 25 crore to Ansar Burney, Sarabjit would have returned to India,” Kaur said. She also said that her brother had been dead even while he was in hospital in Lahore, and doctors and nurses had laughed at them.

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Family says Sarabjit critical, want him shifted to India for further treatment

Lahore, April 28 (ANI): Family members of comatose Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh have visited him at Lahore’s government-run Jinnah Hospital, and are reportedly demanding that he be shifted to India for further treatment as he is in a very critical state. They claimed that they had doubts about the kind of treatment doctors […]

Lahore, April 28 (ANI): Family members of comatose Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh have visited him at Lahore’s government-run Jinnah Hospital, and are reportedly demanding that he be shifted to India for further treatment as he is in a very critical state.
They claimed that they had doubts about the kind of treatment doctors at Jinnah Hospital were providing to him almost 48 hours after he was brutally assaulted and grievously injured in the chest and torso by six Pakistani prisoners inside the city’s Kot Lakhpat Jail.
“We have learnt that Sarabjit is not getting good treatment in Jinnah Hospital. It will be better if my husband is allowed to go back for treatment,” said Sarabjit’s wife, Sukhpreet Kaur, to reporters after entering Pakistan via the Attari-Wagah land border crossing.
Sukhpreet arrived in Pakistan this afternoon along with her daughters, Swapandeep and Poonam and Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur. They were granted visas by the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi yesterday to visit Sarabjit.
Sarabjit’s counsel Awais Shiekh and members of civil society groups received them at Wagah.
Sukhpreet said saving Sarbajit’s life was the most important issue for her family.
She said the Pakistan Government should take action against those who attacked her husband and give them exemplary punishment as the incident had defamed the country.
Television channels in India are saying that intelligence reports have confirmed that terror modules like the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Pakistan Taliban were behind the attack on Sarabjit. This, however, is yet to be officially confirmed.
Dalbir Kaur, sarabjit’s sister, said she and other members of her family were visiting the country in sad circumstances.

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Army Chief briefs Antony on Chinese incursion in Ladakh

New Delhi, Apr. 25 (ANI): Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh, today briefed Defence Minister A.K. Antony on the Chinese incursion in Ladakh and the situation along the border. General Singh returned from Jammu and Kashmir last evening after reviewing the situation there with Northern Army Commander Lt. Gen. K.T. Parnaik General Singh, who […]

New Delhi, Apr. 25 (ANI): Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh, today briefed Defence Minister A.K. Antony on the Chinese incursion in Ladakh and the situation along the border.
General Singh returned from Jammu and Kashmir last evening after reviewing the situation there with Northern Army Commander Lt. Gen. K.T. Parnaik General Singh, who met top commanders of the Army during his visit, is said to have discussed various issues related to the Armed Forces with formation commanders and interacted with troops deployed on the Line of Control and counter insurgency duties.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today said that a mechanism was in place, which would help to resolve the ongoing dispute.
“There is variance of perception between us and them and there is no demarcation of the actual line of control. Dialogue is going on at different levels. Mechanisms are in place and peace and tranquility is to be maintained at the border. There is a mechanism and that mechanism kicks in when some incident of this nature is alleged to have happened or actually happens. That mechanism is now working,” said Khurshid.
“Let us allow that mechanism to find the solution, which repeatedly it has found and we have good reason to believe that it should be able to do it again,” he added.
Khurshid is expected to visit Beijing on May 9 amid growing tension between India and China over incursions in Ladakh.
“I am going and I believe group of press people representing you are also going,” he said, when asked to comment on his visit to China.
Defence Minister A.K. Antony yesterday said the government will take every step to protect national integrity of the country to resolve the situation arising out of the incursion by Chinese troops in Ladakh.
“Our government will take every step to protect the national integrity of the country. At the same time, negotiations are going on at various levels to resolve the issue peacefully,” he said.
Apparently taking a tough stance on the reported presence of Chinese troops ten kilometers inside Indian territory in the Ladakh region, India had earlier on Tuesday asked China to maintain the status-quo on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Referring to the incident, reported widely in the Indian media, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said during his regular briefing said that ‘New Delhi sees this as a face-to-face situation between border personnel of the two sides due to differences in their perception of the alignment of the Line of Actual Control’.
“We have therefore asked the Chinese side to maintain status-quo in this sector and by status-quo I mean status-quo prior to this incident. The term face-to-face situation is not something that we have conjured up ; it is something that is referred to under 205 protocol for the implementation of CBMs in the military field along the Line of Actual Control in the India-China border areas,” he added.
A Platoon-strength contingent of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) entered the Indian territory in Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector in eastern Ladakh and erected a tented post, setting the stage for a face-off with Indian troops.
Daulat Beg Oldi, which is located in northernmost Ladakh, is a historic camp site. It is located on an ancient trade route connecting Ladakh to Yarkand in Xinjiang, China.

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Myanmar delegation’s goodwill mission in Manipur concludes

Imphal Apr 6 UNA : Concluding their five-day goodwill mission to Manipur, the 12-member Myanmar delegation led by MP U Khin Muang Shwe left Imphal for Tamu (Myanmar) Saturday afternoon. Other members of the delegations include U kyaw Win, Power Minister Sagaing Region, U Htan Lian Nar, member of Sagaing Region Parliament, U Khin Maung […]

Imphal Apr 6 UNA : Concluding their five-day goodwill mission to Manipur, the 12-member Myanmar delegation led by MP U Khin Muang Shwe left Imphal for Tamu (Myanmar) Saturday afternoon.
Other members of the delegations include U kyaw Win, Power Minister Sagaing Region, U Htan Lian Nar, member of Sagaing Region Parliament, U Khin Maung Zaw, Township administrator, General Administration department Tamu Sagaing Region, U Tin Maung Win, Director of Electric Power Division, U Myo Nyunt, District Manager of Electricity, Tamu District and U Hla Maung President of Border Trade Chamber of Commerce, Union of Myanmar
During camping in Imphal, they visited Loktak Project Hydro-electricity Project besides holding meetings chief minister and deputy chief minister and discussed on extending healthcare service and providing electricity from Manipur to the neighbouring country.
During the meeting with chief minister, he assured electricity to Myanmar, but has urged the visiting Myanmar delegation to supply coal required for running thermal power plant in the state even as the visiting delegation pressed for opening a Myanmar Consulate General office in Manipur.
On the second day of the visit, the 12-member delegation, in a meeting with chief minister O Ibobi Singh, proposed for supply of power to the Myanmar villages at the international borderline with Manipur.
Despite having no adequate power to meet the demand in the state, chief minister gave assurance to the delegation that Manipur could provide power to the neighbouring country if the fuel required for running thermal power is supply to the state.
While proposing for the power supply, the Myanmar delegation further sought investment in setting up thermal power plant in the country. In reply to it, chief minister O Ibobi Singh expressed his willingness to set up a thermal power plant in Manipur’s Moreh town which the fuel required for running the plant to be imported from Myanmar where coal is mined in plenty.
In the meeting the chief minister assured for providing power at least 2/3 megawatt, specifically for Tamu Township in response to the request of the delegation. O Ibobi assured power by saying that his government would press the Centre for speeding up in giving clearance to supply electricity to the neighbouring country.
With regard to setting up a thermal power plant at Moreh, the CM was said to have explained inevitability of the border town needing a viable power generation facility in view of Moreh’s strategic location as a major centre for international trade in the near future.
Ibobi further pointed out that setting up the power plant at Moreh would be more feasible for electricity supply to Tamu town, said the source adding that inspite of the chief minister’s assurance the Myanmar delegation strongly suggested that the said power plant be set-up somewhere in Myanmar.
In connection with the proposed setting up of the power plant and assess quality of the power generating source (coal), an official team of Manipur would visit Myanmar in April last week.
The Myanmar team also emphasised on developing the Manipur-Myanmar connecting road into an all-weather road.
In another meeting with state commerce and industries minister Govindas Konthoujam, the delegation led by U Kyaw proposed for opening a ‘visa on arrival’ office at Myanmar to ease existing travel restrictions as Manipur had already initiated relevant procedures to set up similar facility in the state.
In response, U Kyaw conveyed that the Myanmar Government is considering opening a Myanmar Consulate General office in Manipur at the earliest.

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Myanmar delegation in Imphal to discuss health services

Imphal Apr 2 MNS UNA : A 12-member Myanmar’s delegation led by a member of the Parliament of Union of Myanmar Tuesday arrived at Imphal to hold a meeting with the authority of the Shija Hospital and Research Center of Manipur, a private healthcare centre planning to extend healthcare service provider to the neighbouring country […]

Imphal Apr 2 MNS UNA : A 12-member Myanmar’s delegation led by a member of the Parliament of Union of Myanmar Tuesday arrived at Imphal to hold a meeting with the authority of the Shija Hospital and Research Center of Manipur, a private healthcare centre planning to extend healthcare service provider to the neighbouring country (Myanmar).
The delegation led by MP U Khin Muang Shwe who is also a member of Bill Committee arrived at Moreh, the border town at the international border with Myanmar this morning and proceeded to Imphal this afternoon.
The delegation was received by the government representative led by Ksh Shanta, OSD Export and Import promotion cell of the Department of Commerce and Industries at Moreh.
As soon as they arrived at Imphal, held a meeting with the managing director of the Shija Hospital and Research Institute Dr Kh Palin and discussed about the health care services of the state.
The meeting discussed for enhancing the proposal for extending the Smile Train project, being implementing by the private healthcare centre with the support from the Smile Train USA in the state of Manipur, to Sagaing region of Myanmar.
The Myanmar delegation has proposed to conduct a camp of the Smile Train Project in their country in association with the Mongya Hospital of the country.
The Shija Hospital and Research Center of Manipur was all set to create history by becoming the first ever country’s private health service provider to the neighbouring country Myanmar after a proposal for extending the Smile Train Project to the country was accepted by the Myanmar government.
For extending the project, the private healthcare centre has reportedly sought a final clearance from the Manipur government and New Delhi to hold a free treatment camp at Saigang division of Myanmar.
Smile Train Shija Project had already extended to Nagaland and Tripura where it was successfully implemented, and the authority of the Smile Train USA has agreed to the extension of the project to the neigbouring country Myanmar, managing director Dr Palin had earlier informed.
After meeting with the authority of the Shija Hospital and Research Institute, the delegation further met with the authority of other private health service provider including Babina Clinic.
Led by MP U Khin Muang Shwe, other members of the delegation included U kyaw Win, Power Minister Sagaing Region, U Htan Lian Nar, member of
Sagaing Region Parliament, U Khin Maung Zaw, Township administrator, General Administration department Tamu Sagaing Region, U Tin Maung Win, Director of Electric Power Division, U Myo Nyunt, District
Manager of Electricity, Tamu District and U Hla Maung President of Border Trade Chamber of Commerce, Union of Myanmar.
The delegation is scheduled to leave Imphal for Tamu on April 6.
During their camping at the state capital, the delegation would meet with state chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh and power minister to discuss about the electric power plants in and around Imphal.
The delegation is further planning to meet with state commerce and industries minister K Govindas to discuss on the improvement of the cross border trade activities between Moreh and Tamu.
Meanwhile a statement from Shija said During the interaction, the Managing Director of the hospital Dr. Kh Palin proposed the following to the authorities of both India and Myanmar;
Free cleft lip and palate surgery under Smile Train Shija Cleft Project in a suitable hospital in Monywa, the capital of Sagaing Region by regular visits by a team of doctors from Shija Hospitals. More than 1, 00,000 populations estimated to be suffering from cleft lip and palate in the country of Myanmar. We have earlier submitted an application for the same proposal to the Chief Minister of Sagaing Region on 15th March 2013
Render our special service at the identified hospital on regular basis.
Short term Doctor’s and Nurse’s training in critical care & operation theatre technology.
GNM and Paramedical course for students after higher secondary examination (equivalent to XII Standard)
Dedicated accommodation for Myanmar patients and their party in the campus of Shija.
Setting up of a dozen of Shija Information centres in various towns of Myanmar to facilitate transportation and logistic support.
He also appreciated the India and Myanmar bilateral initiative of Mandalay –Imphal bus service and Visa on arrival for Myanmar patients visiting Manipur for healthcare. Dr. Palin appealed to the Commerce and Industry Department, Govt. of Manipur to facilitate in setting up dedicated accommodation facilities for the Myanmar citizens who visits the state for various medical reasons.
O. Nabakishore, IAS, Principal Secretary, assured the visiting delegates that Visa on arrival for Myanmar citizens will be operational very soon. He emphasized that Shija Hospitals is today synonymous with quality healthcare and the idea of bringing the visiting delegates to visit the hospitals in the state is to familiarize them with the healthcare services Manipur state can offer.

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Bangladesh army chief arrives in India to boost military ties

New Delhi, Apr. 1 (ANI): Bangladesh Army Chief, General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan, arrived here on Monday with an aim to enhance military ties between the two neighbouring countries. General Bhuiyan, who is on a four-day visit to India, was accorded a warm welcome by the Indian army officers on his arrival here. General Bhuiyan is […]

New Delhi, Apr. 1 (ANI): Bangladesh Army Chief, General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan, arrived here on Monday with an aim to enhance military ties between the two neighbouring countries.
General Bhuiyan, who is on a four-day visit to India, was accorded a warm welcome by the Indian army officers on his arrival here. General Bhuiyan is slated to hold talks with Defence Minister A.K. Antony, National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, Army chief General Bikram Singh and Navy chief Admiral D.K. Joshi.
Last month, security forces of India and Bangladesh attended the Director General-level talks in New Delhi and discussed border issues, including fencing, illegal movement of criminals and smuggling.
India and Bangladesh had earlier in January signed two landmark agreements to extradite criminals and terrorists and liberalise the visa regime.
Furthermore, traditional economic and cultural links between India and Bangladesh have been greatly enhanced with Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, visiting India in January 2010 followed by a return visit by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in September 2011.

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International women’s day to be observed on March 8

Mail News Service Imphal, Mar 5: While the call for women emancipation and empowerment resounds in the many corridors of world powers and news about improved social, political, economic and health status of women improving and considered at par in many societies rocking the very foundations of even the most conservative societies, it is with […]

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Imphal, Mar 5: While the call for women emancipation and empowerment resounds in the many corridors of world powers and news about improved social, political, economic and health status of women improving and considered at par in many societies rocking the very foundations of even the most conservative societies, it is with sadness and regrets to note that women in countries like India are far from being emancipated or empowered said a press statement issued by Dr. Immanuel Z Varte and Nandini Thockchom. Women continue to be discriminated, harassed, tortured, raped and all sorts of inhumane acts perpetrated against them.
Given this backdrop, individuals, civil societies and government (s) in India per se and the world in general have been doing their utmost to bring about a better, more dignified and empowered women around the world, otherwise often perforated with highly partial and patriarchal mentalities and perceptions against women. While these endeavours have not been without success, it is also equally true that truly emancipated and empowered women are still a far cry. As such, we call upon the peoples- irrespective of male or female, to rise up against such evils against humanity, especially upon women while at the same time calling upon women to fight for their rights, treat everyone with respect and dignity, continue to be steadfast in their roles as the cradle of human civilization and be strong.
March 8 beckons us again and we shall once again rise to the momentous occasion of the Observation of International Women’s Day 2013 on 8th March 2013 at Singjamei Super Market Complex from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The global theme of this year as announced by the United Nations Organisation (UNO) is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”, Keeping this UN theme as the background for our activities, we, a consortium of civil societies namely Centre for Organisation Research and Education (CORE), Forum for Indigenous Perspectives and Action (FIPA), Community Network Empowerment (CONE) and All Manipur > upi Manbi Association (AMANA), have collectively decided to work on “The Center Agenda: Gaining Momentum” for the observation in Imphal.
Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark and celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women. The programme is a composite event which will revolve around women and their status in the society. The programme will be marked by songs and other art forms including a quiz with surprise gifts on HIV/AIDS and women related issues. Each item will elucidate and consolidate the momentum gained by women in the various struggles in terms of policy and programme. A special contemporary dance recital on the theme of women will also be showcased.

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BCIM car rally flagged off

Mail News Service NNN Imphal, Feb 27 : The BCIM (Bangladesh, China, India and Bangladesh) car rally was flagged off here today by O. Ibobi Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur from the historic Kangla fort enroute to Myanmar. The rally will enter Myanmar via Moreh and halt at Ka Lay at Myanmar before starting off […]

BCIM car rally being flagged off from Kangla by CM, O. Ibobi

BCIM car rally being flagged off from Kangla by CM, O. Ibobi

Mail News Service NNN
Imphal, Feb 27 : The BCIM (Bangladesh, China, India and Bangladesh) car rally was flagged off here today by O. Ibobi Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur from the historic Kangla fort enroute to Myanmar. The rally will enter Myanmar via Moreh and halt at Ka Lay at Myanmar before starting off for Mandalay. The rally which started on Feb 22 last had reached Imphal last night.
After covering 3000 km the participants will finally culminate at Kunming on 5 March 2013. The route is , Kolkata , Jessore , Dhaka , Sylhet , Silchar , Imphal , Ka Lay , Mandalay , Ruili , Tengchong , Erhai Lake , Dali and Kunming.
Inspite of the strong ‘public blockade’ imposed by the Kuki State Demand Committee (KSDC), the BCIM Car Rallyists entered Manipur and headed for Myanmar today.
Addressing the reception and flagged off ceremony held at Kangla Fort, Chief Minister Ibobi said the Ministry of External Affairs has now taken several initiatives toward the implementation of the Look-East Policy.
He said this car rally will bring the people living in this region closer and that the historical ties and links among the people will be revived now.
Recognising the need and importance of international dependence among the people in their efforts to realize the dreams of development, it is imperative to open the available channels of transport and communication among the people, Ibobi asserted.
“The restrictions in the movement of goods and services and people across the border need to be eased,” the Chief Minister said.
He said, “We are also keen to improve the connectivity with our neighbours—Bangladesh, Mynamar and China.”
The Asian Highway No-1 and 2 pass through Imphal and they span across the Asia connecting countries in the East Asia and West Asia, he said.
He also said as a first step toward easing of restrictions, the Ministry of External Affairs has decided to provide the facility of visa on arrival at Moreh for the Myanmarese citizens in order to visit India, especially Manipur to get health-care facilities in India.
The visa arrangement with Bangladesh and China may also be eased so that travel between India and its neighbours becomes easier, he added.
“We are looking at the opening up of road and rail passages to Bangladesh through Tripura so that our goods can be exported by using the ports of Bangladesh.”
Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker, ministers, MLAs and top officials of both civil and police were also present at the function.The Chief Minister later released a souvenir and presented mementos to the participants of the car rally during the event.

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Nasheed leaves High Commission

Delhi, Feb. 23 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday confirmed that Mohamed Nasheed left the premises of the High Commission of India, Male, today and hoped that the former President of Maldives will resume his social and political life. “Mohamed Nasheed, former President of Maldives, had left the premises of the High […]

Delhi, Feb. 23 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday confirmed that Mohamed Nasheed left the premises of the High Commission of India, Male, today and hoped that the former President of Maldives will resume his social and political life.
“Mohamed Nasheed, former President of Maldives, had left the premises of the High Commission of India at 4.15 p.m. today. It will be recalled that the former President had entered the Indian Mission in Male on February 13, 2013 on his own volition and had similarly decided to leave on his own. It is hoped that with this development the former President will again resume his social and political life,” said MEA official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.
“The visiting Indian delegation led by Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs and the High Commissioner of India to Maldives had held a series of meeting with the officials of the Government of Maldives and other stake holders in this context. The Government of India wishes to thank all those who have cooperated Dearin these efforts,” he added.
Akbaruddin said India has been working closely with the Government and other relevant stakeholders in Maldives to strengthen the democratic framework of the country. India has maintained broad based contacts with all political parties and democratic institutions in Maldives without interfering in its internal affairs.
“The Government of India urges all parties to maintain peace and calm and hopes to continue its positive engagement in the spirit of the close and friendly relations between the two countries,” he added.
Akbaruddin further said External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has conveyed to his Maldivian counterpart that India has traditional and age old ties of friendship and cooperation with Maldives.
“India would be happy to support all efforts to create favourable conditions for free, fair, credible and inclusive Presidential elections in September 2013 that can contribute to durable peace, stability and prosperity in Maldives and the region,” he added.
The External Affairs Minister had earlier this month said that India is in touch with the Maldives government and is eager to find an early end to the Maldivian crisis after the former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, sought refuge at the Indian High Commission in Male fearing arrest.
Mohamed Nasheed entered the High Commission of India on February 13 when an arrest warrant was issued after he failed to attend the court for what he called a politically motivated trial aimed at disqualifying him from participating in the presidential election slated for September 7.

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Arunachal Guv says China, Pakistan should not take India’s ‘patience’ as its ‘weakness’

By Ravinder Singh Robin Amritsar, Feb. 17 (ANI): Former Army Chief and Arunachal Pradesh Governor, General (Retired) J. J. Singh on Sunday said though war is not likely with China in the near future, India must keep modernizing and strengthening its defence mechanism as it would be a ‘formidable deterrent’. General Singh said China and […]

By Ravinder Singh Robin
Amritsar, Feb. 17 (ANI): Former Army Chief and Arunachal Pradesh Governor, General (Retired) J. J. Singh on Sunday said though war is not likely with China in the near future, India must keep modernizing and strengthening its defence mechanism as it would be a ‘formidable deterrent’.
General Singh said China and Pakistan must also understand that ‘patience’ of India is not its ‘weakness’ and it is capable of defending its borders.
He said Buddhism, the ‘religion of peace’ travelled from India to China and there exists ample opportunity for India and China to resolve border issues peacefully but India must stay prepared for any eventuality.
General Singh said this while talking to mediapersons during 107th annual convocation of historic Khalsa College Amritsar (KCA) here.
He handed over 450 degrees to the students in the presence of Chander Gaind, secretary, Higher Education, Punjab, Khalsa College Governing Council (KCGC) president Satyajit Singh Majithia, vice- president Charanjit Singh Chadha and honourary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina.
He said India must take up development of border areas, update intelligence network to deal with neighbours including China and Pakistan.
He said the present century belongs to Asia and China and India must work together as most powerful nations of this continent.
“We have shared history of peaceful co-existence despite border tensions in 1960s. There are ample opportunities that pending issues are resolved peacefully,” said Singh.
Quoting that ‘strength begets respect’ he however said that the ongoing modernization of Indian defence forces must continue with full vigour.
During his inspirational Convocation address, he stressed on modernization of education and female literacy.
“If we teach girls they would be educated mothers and create an aware society to the benefit of mankind,” he said as young students broke into applause.
He also expressed concern over rising trend of drugs addiction in Punjab, especially in border areas and sought corrective measures from Government and society itself through awareness regarding the menace.
The Governor also sought educational exchange programs of Khalsa College and Guru Nanak Dev University with Arunachal Pradesh.
He was earlier welcomed by Majithia, Chadha and Chhina and KCA Principal Daljit Singh on his arrival at the function.
Gaind, who addressed students, also highlighted the programs of Punjab Government and how students must adopt professional approach in life.
He said the lessons that the students have learnt would go a long way in making there succeed in life.
Earlier, General Singh was so overwhelmed on seeing the grand college building and said that if he had the option to be born again, he would like to study at prestigious Khalsa College Amritsar.
Majithia said that the nation was proud on the ability of General Singh who was the first Sikh General of Independent India and an inspiration for the youth.
Daljit Singh read out annual progress report of the college highlighting achievements in academics, extra-curricular activities and sports.
The outstanding students were given gold medals and merit certificates.
Chhina later said in his vote of thanks that the students were lucky to have received degrees from a highly decorated soldier who rose to the pinnacle of glory in his career from humble beginning.
KCA also honoured Chhina and Santokh Singh for their contributions to the KCGC and society at large.
KCGC additional honourary secretary S.S. Kathunangal, joint secretaries Ajmer Sigh Heir, S.S. Abdal, SS Mannan, Nirmal Singh, Harminder Singh, Rajbir Singh, Principal, Khalsa College of Education J.S. Dhillon, Khalsa College of Engineering and Technology, Amarpal Singh, Principal, Khalsa College of Education (Ranjit Avenue) Surinderpal Kaur Dhillon, Principal, Khalsa College Chawinda Devi, Baljinder Singh Singh were also present on the occasion.

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