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Items filtered by date: Monday, 26 October 2015 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

Of development and security


Northeast India seems to grow in its stature of populism which perhaps is a (alien) perspective that lies in the inherent identity of being a periphery; which is ought to be given due attention for multiple possibilities of fragility embedded. The being of a periphery induces the permanence of the temporaries thereby extensively generating terms and conditions on the nature of requirements, needs, relationships, debates, rights, native mechanism of livelihoods, politics, and cultures of communities in the region. Northeast India, which credited to a colonial praxis, still finds constantly clubbed for political and policy purposes which is an historical instrumentalism of Govern mentality. The populism, fragility, and peripheries provide rationale to differential political praxis. The differential praxis erects a towering thorn in the flesh of the State which is also constantly used to blanket and deny historical contradictions; of fascist State building projects, liberal economic onslaught on the one had; and class and people’s struggle on the other hand. This historical question is a fundamental confrontation that is far beyond a prospective resolution, at least, within the ambit of the given political structures. The lived worlds of Assam and Manipur powerfully indicate to such a situation. This write up argues that the State has widely clubbed the northeast India while responding to the upsurges of people. It also classifies the responses of the Indian State into two important aspects’ militarism in the state building and excessive resorting developmentalism. Interestingly, the two aspects indulge in such a way that it claims to define to safeguard human security. Vertical economic orientation (including dependent economic practice), exploitation of indigenous resources (construction of mega dams and softening borders) are continuing diminishing sites of indigenous societies. Resistances to onslaught of developmentism grow manifold when development becomes a unilateral subject of the State which at the same time is also construed as a means and ways to peace and security. Existing conception of development and security finally gets reduced to construing ‘counter politics’ to dissents (armed/non-armed) and alternatives discourses.

Is it possible to interrogate the very nature of development and the way it is linked to human growth and security? Is it the kind of development that the worlds (who have experienced more immediately and directly) have anticipated and though of? If otherwise ; can one suspect an actual need for rethinking/reversing what we have so far been made to belief as development & security?     

Who pocketted exam fees in RIMS?

Sir,
    It is gratifying to read that there shall be no corruption in the appointment of 116 nurses. It is yet to be seen in
concrete terms.
    However it is relevant to remind the people and the RIMS authority that the unemployed nurses had been cheated of Rs 200 each as examination fees they had to submit last time. Over two years ago a notification was issued by RIMS for appointment of nurses. Each applicant had to submit Rs 200 in bank draft along with their testimonials. However the examination for the appointment of the burses was never held. The reason not known to the unemployed nurses.
    If the examination is cancelled and another examination is scheudled after calling fresh applications the RIMS authority should refund the fee of Rs 200 each that the applicants had to submit. This was not done. People would like to know who had pocketted the big amount since there were over 8000 applicant that time.

How honest is the RIMS authority?

Sd/-
Hiyang Athouba

Pong Lambi JAC shuts JNIMS OPD, Casualty and main gate

Volunteers of the JAC formed against the closing of the Pong Lambi by JNIMS authority today force shut the OPD and Casualty and main gate of JNIMS creating lots of inconvenience to patients who came for treatment in the hospital.
The JAC had earlier appealed the authority of the JNIMS to open the Pong Lambi - the road that passed in the middle of the Institute and connect the Kongpal Kongkham Leikai area. It may be recalled that the JAC had threaten to close down the OPD and Casualty of the hospital if the authority failed to open the road by October 25 during a press meet held on October 14 at Manipur Press Club.
At around 9 am today morning, large number of volunteers of the JAC comprising of both women and men today sit in front of the OPD and stop all sort of treatment in the hospital. Later, at around 10 am the volunteer came towards the casualty and force shut the gate preventing any kind of treatment in the hospital. At around 11 am, the members of the JAC thronged to the room of the Director JNIMS, however, security guard at the gate of the main block fired a round of gunshot in the area while trying to stop them. Later, 2 representatives of the JAC were called in to talk over the matter with the Director. The Director reportedly appealed the JAC to withdraw the agitation after assuring to bring up the matter with the Chief Minister of Manipur. However, the representatives of the JAC refused to withdraw the agitation saying that they will continue the agitation until the JNIMS authority open the Pong Lambi.   
The Pong Lambi has been close down after the JN Hospital was upgraded to JNIMS . The closure of the road was strongly protested by the locals residing at the eastern side of JNIMS on the ground that the closure of the road had created lot of hardship to the people of the area. 

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Another AR man killed in rebels ambush

A day after a rifleman of the 24 AR was killed in rebel ambush at Satang near Kwatha Village in Chandel district, another personnel of 44 AR was reportedly killed in another deadly ambush by rebels at Phukai Kuki Village,  Kamjong sub-division area in Ukhrul district.
Report reaching here said that well armed rebel group , suspected to be PLA attacked a convoy of 44 AR who were patrolling at the Chassad side at around 9.30 am today morning using sophisticated weapons. The report added that the rebels trigger three IEDs and started firing towards the AR convoy indiscriminately. A JCO was reported hit by a bullet and he succumbed on the spot. Identity of the deceased is awaiting. 
The AR trooper too retaliated, resulting heavy exchange of gun fight between the two for around hours. PLA is the army wing of the rebel group RPF which is actively operating in the region.
It may be mentioned that suspected cadres of MPA/UNLF yesterday attack a convoy of 24 AR at Satang Village in Chandel district killing a personnel of the AR.
In yesterday report we had stated the date of UNLF raising Day as Nov 15 which should be Nov 24. the error is regretted.

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Sharmila produced to Court

Irom chanu sharmila who has been undergoing fast unto death protest for the last 14 year was produced at Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West today at 11:15 am today.
Speaking to the media person today after the court trial Sharmila said that people has been saying they support her movement but when she need their support, no one come forward. She added that she did not notice any support from an individual or CSO. The court fixed November 9 for next hearing.

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Search operation

Imphal West Police conducted search operation at Nitaipat chuthek area today early morning from 4:30 am to 6:30 am. The police team was lead by Additional SP Bikramjit. Later 10 persons were pick-up for further investigation. Mentioned may be made that unknown miscreant lobbed a hand grenade to a convoy of CRPF near Nityananda Temple at around 7 .30 pm. the grenade however did not explode. The grenade was successfully retrieved by the Manipur Police team who rushed to the spot.

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Lilong JAC calls off agitation

JAC formed against the brutal torture of Md Ataur Rahman by the Manipur Police Commando has decided to withdraw their agitations for the time being as Home Department has assured to conduct special enquiry.
While meeting the media persons here at Manipur Press club, convenor of the JAC, SM Zakir Hussain @ Zakirchan told reporters that after two rounds of lengthy talk between JAC convenor, co-ordinator, ANJUMAN, Gen Secy, Popular Front of India, Manipur State, President AMMSO and govt. representatives including CM himself,Dy CM, Minister Agri & Fishery, DGP, SP Imphal West, SP Thoubal, DSP Thoubal and OC City Police at CM Chamber yesterday came to a meeting point that, the Home Department to order for enquiry over the case w.e.f 26 Oct that is today and to complete the enquiry within one month with positive result.
Both the teams also agreed to conduct the investigation by a special Investigation team /crime branch autonomously since the crime is associated with police department. SM Zakir Hussain @ Zakirchan further said if the inquiry could not bring any solution to the case within the given one month time, the culprits must go through Polygraph (Lie Detector test).
SM Zakir Hussain @ Zakirchan also said that the out of four culprits involved at the brutal torture of Md Ataur Rahman three has been identified as James, Ratan and Bishwarjit.
It may be mentioned that Md Ataur Rahman (31), a shopkeer at Lilong bazaar was brutally beaten, tortured and looted a sum of Rs 6 lakhs by 4 police commandos. And he was mercilessly thrown out at Mantri Pukhri Side in the morning of October 22 between 10 to 11 am.

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Vigilance Awareness Week observed at Thoubal

The District Administration Thoubal and Nehru Yuva Kendra Thoubal observed the Vigilance Awareness Week at the Conference Hall of DC Office Thoubal on the 26th October, 2015 with Shri T. Ranjit Singh, IAS, Deputy Commissioner Thoubal in the Chair.
In his address to the Government Officials and youth leaders the DC said that there is a need to maintain transparency, accountability and maintaining the rule of law among the government servants. This is for effective and efficient governance in the state. The DC also announced that the week long programme will include display of banners at prime locations, organisation of seminars/workshops/debate/essay writing competition in all the sub divisions of the district.
Later, the DC administered the Vigilance Awareness Week Pledge in which 48 government officials and youth leaders participated. The District Youth Coordinator NYK Thoubal thanked the Deputy Commissioner and all the officers for making the observance of the Vigilance Awareness Week in Thoubal a success.

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Rape accused slapped

Relatives and family members of a 12 years old minor girl, today attack the rape accused while he was produced to the Special Court for Protection of Child from Sexual Abuse at Uripok Cheirap Court complex today morning.  Soon after the accused came out from the court room large number of people including women came from nowhere and started attacking him with slippers. One of the lady slapped the rape accused even though the police tried to protect him.   Police faced hard time in controlling the irate relatives of the rape victim. Sagolsem Ranabir (39) s/o Khahemba of Mayang Imphal of Maibam Thongkhong and owner of Student Guidance Centre boarding at Mayang Imphal Konchak was arrested by a police team for allegedly raping a class 5 girl student inside the boarding he runs. He was today produced before the court for hearing.

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Photography workshop

3 days longs National Photography Workshop begins at Manipur press club today. The workshop is organized by Image of Manipur.
President of Federation of India Photography (FIP), Anil Risal Singh, President of All Manipur Working Journalists Union Wangkhemcha Shamjai , Vice President of Federation of India Photography Susanta Banerjee, Editor of Imphal Free Press Pradip Phanjoubam , Direstor of FotoTechnik Star Rating Tirtha Das Gupta, National Secretary of Indian Journalist Union Ratan Luwangcha and Councillor IMC ward no 3 Hijam Nutanchandra Singh graced the occasion as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively. On the occasion participants of the photography workshop also paid floral tribute to the portrait of Lenin Mayengbam.

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