Saturday, March 10, 2018

Manipur: Two Jawans Including a Civilian, Killed in a Week

Since last one week, Manipur has been into the clutch of violence which has resulted in the death of at least four people, including a civilian, a militant and two Army personnel. As per the reports presented by the Imphal Free Press on Friday, the army jawans have attained the martyrdom in separate incidents and the militant and the civilian were killed in separate incidents.

A suspected militant was shot dead by the 38 Assam Rifles about 6 km from Kangpokpi town at 10 pm on March 2. The militant has been identified as 22-year-old Rexcy Lhouvum who had been an active cadre of the Thadou People's Liberation Army. Some unidentified gunmen shot dead a 23-year-old  youth named Thokchom Jagat near his house in Imphal city, just a few hours after the militant was killed. As reported by The Sangai Express, the youth was returning home after attending Thabal Chongba dance performance

In another incident on March 5, A soldier of the 13 Sikh Light infantry succumbed to his injuries at the Leimakhong military hospital in Imphal West. The soldier was injured in a gunfight with suspected National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak Muivah) in Tamenglong district. As reported by the Imphal Free Press, the incident took place when two teams of the infantry division had been patrolling in Nungadang and Molphei villages soon after they had got the reports of clashes between the NSCN-IM and the Zeliangrong United Front. The gunfight lead to bullet injury on the chest of Amarsheer Singh of Fazilka, Punjab, which later proved to be fatal for the martyred soldier.

On the other hand, The Sangai Express reported that The NSCN (IM) (which is also in talks with the Central government to find a resolution to the Naga political question) denied its connection with the encounter on Friday. The report called the Army's accusations 'highly immature' and 'questionable' as the Centre is trying hard to find the solution for the Naga dispute, with the help of the Nagas.

Though the violence against the security forces has not been revoked in the state and is continued while the patrolling team of 28 Rajput rifles in Chandel district along the Indo-Myanmar border, was in the ambush operation on March 6. The incident resulted in the casualty of one soldier and three others were injured after the militants from the United National Liberation Front detonated three improvised explosive devices. The martyred soldier has been identified as Abhijit Mondal who hailed from West Bengal's Nadia district.

(News Input from

Friday, March 9, 2018

Obituary: Fazilite Dr Harjit Singh Wander no more

Dr. Harjit Singh Wander, former Professor and HOD Medicine at GMC Patiala died on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the age of 91 after a prolonged illness of sequelae of head injury.

Dr. Harjit Singh Wander was born on 10th July 1926 in a remote village of Fazilka and studied in the village school till his matriculation. He graduated from Government Medical College, Amritsar in 1953 as the best graduate of the batch. In fact, he was a rare combination of being the best athlete of the college and the best graduate. During his premedical days, he was selected to the United Punjab Team and stood third in 5000 meters at the All India Athletic meet. He did MD in medicine in 1958 with a special interest in hematology. In 1962, he joined Government Medical College, Patiala as a consultant in medicine where he rose to become Professor and Head of the department of medicine and Vice Principal of the college. He was loved by his students for his passion to teach, hard-working and disciplined nature and wish to serve patients. He had 48 publications in reputed national and international journals to his credit and guided numerous MD thesis. He spent one and a half year as commonwealth fellow in Australia in the field of hematology. He retired from service in 1984 and continued to run charitable clinics and deliver public lectures at various senior citizen forums. He is left behind by his wife Amarjit Kaur; his son, Dr. Gurpreet Singh Wander, a renowned cardiologist and two daughters Dr. Gunjit and Dr. Navneet along with family and friends.