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Open hearing on human rights

GUWAHATI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will hold a two-day ‘camp sitting/open hearing’ along with meetings with government officials and NGOs here on May 17 and 18 for Assam to consider the pending cases and discuss important human rights issues pertaining to the State.
The events will provide an opportunity to the Commission as well as the State government to understand the points of each other, said an official statement.
It will also provide an occasion to the stakeholders concerned to take stock of the action taken by the State on important issues concerning human rights.

MDAVO Condemns Mapithel Dam Commissioning Plan: Dominic Kashung

UKHRUL:The MDAVO strongly condemns the statement of the Hon'ble Minister, IFCD, Letpao Haokip in the local papers, dated 1st April 2017 to inaugurate the Mapithel dam within 10-20 days time.
Condemning against the report of the project being completed 99%, MDAVO countered that the same is misguiding and irrational as the key components of the project such as power generation turbine is yet to be installed, no irrigation channels have been constructed and pipelines are not ready for water supply to imphal city. Thus, terming the dam completion exclusively to only damming up is nothing but fooling to the public.
It is also contended that, the project inauguration plan is a clear picture of disrespect to the communication of the UN Special Repporteur Leilani Farha and Victoria Lucia Tauli Corpuz, 26 March 2015 who demanded to furnish details of the state's RR plan, final report of the experts review committee, reasons for not compliance of high court's order, detail informatio…

MPCC files complaint against Modi before EC

IMPHAL: Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has filed a complaint before the Election Commission of India against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly violating the election Model Code of Conduct while addressing the BJP rally at Imphal on Saturday.
In its complaint, MPCC said Modi had promised to lift the UNC sponsored economic blockade, if BJP was voted to power in Manipur.
“The PM says that if BJP comes to power then the blockade will be lifted immediately and people of Manipur can celebrate Holi with great fanfare after the results are declared on March 11. What does it mean then? It means that the PM is anticipating that the blockade will be lifted only if BJP comes to power. This mean, BJP is hand-in-glove with UNC,” MPCC said.

‘Manipur Govt has no answer to charges levelled by PM’

IMPHAL: Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar today said the Ibobi Singh-led Congress Government in Manipur has “no answer” to the charges levelled against it by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

At an election meeting in Imphal West district yesterday, the Prime Minister had charged the State Government with being “hand-in-glove” with those who had launched the indefinite economic blockade in the State and said it had “not done anything” for Manipur in the past 15 years.
Javadekar claimed that Manipur Government has “no answer to the charges levelled against it by Modi.”
Alleging that the Manipur Government “deliberately” did not lift the three-month long economic blockade imposed by United Naga Council (UNC), the Union Minister reminded the people that law and order was the “responsibility” of the State.

Sharmila’s party releases poll manifesto

IMPHAL: The People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA), a political party co-founded by iconic rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila, released a 10-point election manifesto at a simple function here today. Manipur goes to the polls on March 4 and 8.
Committed to working towards the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), the manifesto also promises to establish the Lokayukta, and anti-corruption bureaus, and redrafting of the Inner Line Permit Bill to ensure the rights of all stakeholders, besides developing a self-sustainable economy.
“If one of us is elected, we will initiate a resolution on the AFSPA in the Assembly as no legislator has ever done so,” convener Erendro Leichombam of the PRJA claimed. “Ninety per cent of the population in Manipur wants the AFSPA to go as per a survey.”

Two killed

IMPHAL: An NSCN-IM militant and a civilian were killed during an encounter between the Army and the banned outfit in the wee hours today at Khoupum old village in Manipur’s Noney district, the police said.
Jawans of the Gurkha Regiment were carrying out a search operation in the village at around 3.30 am when they were fired upon by the NSCN-IM militants.
The jawans returned the fire and the gunbattle continued for around 45 minutes in which one NSCN-IM militant was killed, the police said. A villager, identified as 50-year-old Anjina Rongmei, was killed by a stray bullet, they said.