IN KHENGJOI HILL RANGE
In May 2006, a team of 13 newsmen based in Manipur and other parts of India journeyed along the remote Khengjoi Hill Range of insurgency-torn Manipur’s Chandel district bordering Myanmar. Told by Sagolsem Hemanta, Editor of a monthly journal published from Imphal, this book captures at first hand, memorable scenes from the daily lives of insurgents and poverty-stricken natives who dwell along the hill range.
‘‘The natives cast their votes whenever local government elections take place, but the government never gave them succour. They do not even know whom they have elected.’’
The original book in Manipuri ‘KHENGJOI CHINGSHANGDA’ hit the stands within four months of the journey and became an instant bestseller in Manipur. Upon their return, CNN-IBN journalists also broadcast in October 2006 a report on the journey and an interview of the rebel leader.
Now, the English edition
FAR BEYOND IN KHENGJOI HILL RANGE
is going to be released very soon.
All Ma-nipur United Clubs’ Orga- nisation (AMUCO) has extended financial assistance to a woman who was injuries and physically handi- capped during the public agitation of June 18, 2001 for protection of the territorial integrity of Manipur.
AMUCO president R Yangsosong Koireng han-ded over Rs 10,000 to Soro- khaibam Sobita Devi (46) of JN Hospital Quarters during a simple function held at the office of AMUCO, Kwakeithel this afternoon.
Right leg of Sobita had been amputated as a result of the injuries she sustained during the public agitation.
Speaking at the occasion, Yangsosong expres- sed regret over the failure of other individuals, wealthy families and companies to come up and help the victims of the June 18 agitation.
The indefinite bandh imposed by the JAC formed in connection with the alleged extra-judicial killings of Thangtinsei Haokip (31) and Limlenbert alias Bar-tneo Hangshing (21) has be- gun with effect from 6 pm today.
JAC functionaries during an interaction with me- dia persons had yesterday said that they would wait till 2 pm of today (July 13) for the State authorities to de-clare its position on the twin killing.
Both Thangtinsei and Bartneo were from K Heng-bung village under Saikul sub-division of Senapati district but were staying at New lambulane before they were shot dead by a combined team of Imphal East police commandos and 115 Bn BSF on July 11 afternoon at Sanjenbam Chinglak (hills).
Rotarians celebrate anniv
On the occasion of its 35th installation ceremony and election of new office bearers, Rotary Club of Imphal today presented its annual awards and scholarships to various selected individuals who have made a mark in their respective fields.
The installation function was attended by Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keishing as chief guest with retired DG (E) Ajit Irom and retired AG Dr Th Dhabali as guests of honour.
The 35th installation ceremony of the club also saw the election of Dr Kh Palin, the Managing Director of Shija Hospital and Research Institute as president and Pramod Jaiswal as secretary of the Club besides other fucntionaries for the term 2008-09.
PREPAK (GS) urged to hand over missing kids
A day after two kids who reportedly ran away from home to join PREPAK Cobra Task Force were handed over to their respective families by the outfit, the mothers of two other kids who have been missing since July 6 from Thoubal Kiyam Siphai Amureijam Leikai and Thoubal Kiyam Siphai Khong Ahanbi Leikai respectively, local club and Meira Paibis of Kiyam Siphai area have also appealed to PREPAK (GS) group to hand them over safely.
According to information received by the press, Akoijam Bipinchandra (13) s/o Akoijam Ranjit and Akoijam Ongbi Medha of Thoubal Kiyam Siphai Amureijam Leikai and Akoijam Ajoy (13) s/o Akoijam Ibothe and Akoi-jam Ongbi Subadhani of Thoubal Kiyam Siphai Khong Ahanbi Leikai have been missing since July 6.
Both are reading in class VIII, Bipinchandra in Ca-tholic School, Canchipur and Ajoy in Tangjeng Ningthou Flowers’ School, Kiyam Siphai.
Oken apologises for ONK goof up in MU
General secretary of the proscribed KYKL N Oken has apolo-gised to the people for pa- rading two Deans and four HoDs of Manipur University before the media on June 8 on charges which later turned out to be wrong.
In a statement, Oken said that the accusation that two more research scholars were selected in entrance examination for undergoing PhD course in Manipuri Department has turned out to be null and void as the increase in the intake of the scholars was decided by the Admission Committee.
The ONK had accused the Head of Manipuri Department of selecting 17 candidates though the earlier announcement was that only 15 would be selected.
Rev CV John pleads for clemency
The sex scandal that saw the ouster of a Reverend from a ministry he had helped establish, and defame a celebrated gospel singer last year took a new twist as the indicted reverend bid for a re-entry.
“When I came here thirty years back I came to preach the gospel, but this time I come as a man with humility,” Rev CV John, a priest who stepped down from all positions after his alleged sexual relationship with the singer expressed at a packed press conference here yesterday.
Flower show concludes at Ukhrul
The two- day district level flower show cum seminar organised under the aegis of District Officer of Horticulture and Soil Conservation (H&SC), Ukhrul with the sponsorship of Technology Mission Cell, Manipur on the theme ‘flowers yield happiness and can be a business’ concluded today at the Town Hall here.
IM guns down U cadre
An NSCN-Unification activist was shot dead by suspected NSCN (IM) cadres near Dimapur Stadium at around 4 pm yesterday. Dimapur police identified the deceased as one Shiwoto (48) hailing from Ighanumi village under Zunheboto district. He was residing at Pa-dumphukri area Dimapur. He was shot in the head. The body was handed over to relatives the same evening, police said.
IMPHAL, Jul 13: The proscribed outfit KYKL has clarified that it has no connection with Langam Ana- nd (29) s/o L Achou of Yairipok Ningel who was reportedly claimed to have been killed by a combined force of Thoubal Police Commandos and personnel of 32 Assam Rifles during an alleged encounter at Thoubal Khunou.
In a statement, self styled deputy secretary publicity and research of the outfit Apabi Mangang said that Anand was not a cadre of its armed wing Meeyamgi Yawol Lanmee (MYL), nor a militia nor working as over-ground cadre nor sympa- thiser. In fact, he had been killed in a fake encounter after being arrested by the combined force, Apabi said, adding that there is nothing to be surprise on the conduct of the security forces in killing innocent people and later levelling false charges. However, such false propaganda would not be able to suppress the revolutionary movement, Apabi stated, while cautioning the public against such propaganda of the security forces.
inmates of Children Home at Dulahlane namely Moirangthem Kennedy Singh and Sagolsem Sanjoy Singh, who have been missing since May 1 were send back safely to the Home yesterday at around 7 pm, secretary of Manipur Mahila Kalyan Samiti S Sharaju Devi informed in a statement made available to the press today. As requested, the children have been handed over to their respective guardians for a short duration, she added. The Manipur Mahila Kalyan Samiti has expressed profound gratitude to all concerned for sending back the two children safely to the Home again.