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Items filtered by date: Saturday, 03 October 2015 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

Playing games in communal line

Now, a new political party with main agenda of demanding the Scheduled Tribe status for the Meitei community of the state has been formed and its agenda was announced yesterday to the people. It is very clear that the main purpose of this party is solely for protection of the Meitei/meetei people even though they declared that the party is meant for all the community of the state. Quite confusingly this newly formed political party said that they are only demanding for restoration of the Meitei community to the status of Scheduled Tribe. The president of this political party at one of his write up said that the Meitei were in the scheduled tribe list in the census of 1831, the time when Manipur was an erstwhile kingdom dominated by the British Empire.  When the very term Scheduled Tribe is the creation of the Indian constituency no wander why the president is misleading the people by saying that Meitei were once a Scheduled Tribe community.
The Meitei were once known for its kindness and its policy to unite all the communities in the state whether it may be the Kukis, the Nagas, the Meitei Pangal, the Thadous, the Tangkhuls, the Marings etc. This episode of coming up a new political platform with sole interest for the Meitei community only is perhaps the first of its kind in the History of Manipur.
The emergence of this political party is the outcome of the ongoing impasse in the aftermath of the passing of three Bills for implementation of ILPS which is supported by the valley based JCILPS and opposed by the Hill based civil society organization.
The intensity of the agitation in valley and those of the Hill district particularly in the Churachandpur district was not due to the personnel feeling of enmity among the people in Hills or the Valley but it was the byproduct of the dead of a student at Khurai area in Imphal and dead of 9 people in Churachandpur district.

Politically there are differences among the various people of the state and some vested interests persons usually take advantage of the situation to play their own selfish game. But the game that these vested interested people are playing has gone serious both at Hills and Valley. Now the way that the new political party emerges at Valley and the pseudo intellect representing Hill based civil body are pursuing showed that the tendency to break the ties of brotherhood among the various communities of the state is very high.
It is a known fact that, before the merger of the erstwhile kingdom Manipur, to the Indian Union in 15 October, 1949, after the signing of the controversial merger agreement with the dominant of India in September 21, 1949, Manipur was then a sovereign nation having its own constitution. It is also a fact that meitei are the majority community and since the time there were many small communities whose status was not that good as compare with the then ruling community. These whole of the smaller ethnic communities are really backward that the state has to give some kind of status to improve their situation to compete with the major community. But after Manipur was merged to the dominion of India (or say annexation) the so call majority Meitei becomes a mere minority group when compare with those of the people of the mainland Indian community.
Saving Manipur of today by the present generation is the priority for all the people of the state. When the valley and Hill are separated there will be no place on earth that can be called Manipur. It is time now for all the people of the state to reconsider their any kind of move which might disintegrate the state into pieces.

Ibobi calls on NGOs to join hands with government

Chief Minister of Manipur, Okram Ibobi Singh has appealed NGOs to join hands with government in taking up welfare activities for economically deprived and physically challenged children.
Attending the inaugural function of boys’ hostel at Government Children Home, Takyel here today as the Chief Minister also said that actions must be taken against those fraudulent NGOs that siphon off funds for social welfare activities and schemes.
Expressing his happiness over the quality of the hostel, and he said that the state could compete with other states if the entire public infrastructure were built in such a manner by maintaining the quality.
Education Minister, Moirangthem Okendro Singh, who attended the function as guest of honour assured to appoint teachers for the newly inaugurated hostel in consultation with local MLA.

He also said that the Central Government is introducing a new education policy for Anganwadi students from the year 2016.
Social Welfare Minister, AK Mirabai said that like this boys’ hostel the department will establish another home for girl children.
Children of the home also presented various literary and entertainment events during the function.

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Former VDF man found dead inside friend’s room

A former VDF personnel, who has been terminated from service for irregularities was found dead today morning at the room of one of his friend’s residence located at Keishampat Mutum Leikai at around 5 am. The deceased has been identified as Ayekpam Suresh @ Tom (32) s/o Late Ayekpam Naraiyan of Uripok Tourangbam Leikai.
The dead body was found inside the room of Keisham Romi (32) s/o (Late) Keisham Lukhoi at his residence at Keisampat Mutum Leikai. Family members of Romi said that the deceased was last seen taken inside the room in semi conscious state at around 6 pm yesterday evening by one of his friend who is not so familiar to them. A team of Forensic Science expert visited the spot where the dead body was found and examined it in the presence of an executive magistrate. Later, a team of Imphal West police who associated the executive magistrate and the forensic science team collected the dead body and deposited it to RIMS Morgue for post mortem.
Speaking to the media person, a family member of the deceased said that Suresh left his house at around 10 am yesterday. He further said that the news about the death of Ayekpam Suresh was informed early today morning by the mother of Keisham Romi (32) who came with another person.

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Moijing GP Pradhan condemns aggressiveness of NAB, CDO

While condemning the incident of burning down vehicles allegedly belonging to a joint team of Manipur Police Commando and Narcotics and Affairs Border (NAB) by a mob of Moijing Kangjeibung Awang Leikai under Thoubal police station yesterday evening 7, Pradhan of Moijing Gram Panchayat, Ashlam Khan has clarified that there was no incident of confiscating weapons from the team.
During a press conference today, the Pradhan said that the NAB team led by its OC, Kesho in plain clothes conducted search at Moijing area without informing the public and local leaders. Not only creating confusion to the locals their conduct annoyed the people and the uproar was broke out as the police team tried to take away one Aslam Khan.
During the uproar, the enraged mob torched two cars red colour ALTO K10 (AS-01-AQ-0440 Silver) and silver colour ALTO LXI (AS-1F-3071) belonging to NAB team. However, the news report of confiscating pistol from the team carried by some local media is baseless as there was no such incident of confiscation by the mob. The NAB and Commando team even snatch a mobile phone from one police Sub-Inspector from the area identified as Lasker, said the Pradhan. Even they claimed as NAB and Commando, locals suspected them as they were in civil dress. Their identities were later identified after contacting Superintendent of Police, Thoubal. The mob was provoked their attitude and conducts.
Stating that the locals of the area would extend all possible help to police and NAB team in future, the Pradhan also appealed to NAB and police commando to inform the people in their search and arrest in future.

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Seminar on ‘Revolutionary legacy of Hijam Irabot held

Students and working people from North East residing in Delhi celebrated the 119th birth anniversary of great revolutionary leader Hijam Irabot in Aryabhatta College, South Campus, Delhi University on September 30.
In a release, the celebration program organized by North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS), a seminar on the topic ‘Revolutionary legacy of Hijam Irabot and its relevance in our time’ was also held. Number of students, activists and independent researchers took part in the discussion. During the seminar, convener of the forum Chinglen Khumukcham highlighted the essentiality to note the truth about Irabot’s intensive work towards building a truly democratic, progressive people’s movement in the region, and his revolutionary views on the question of creating a just society where different communities coexist with mutual respect for each other.

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Gaikhangam appeals to empower women

Home Minister, Gaikhangam has stated that empowerment of women is in their hands and should not blame men for not delegating power to them.
Speaking as Chief Guest at the commemoration of Jawaharlal Nehru’s 125th birth anniversary today organized by Manipur Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee, the Home Minister said that empowerment does not come from outside, but from within. Power is already given to all including the women but the problem to exercise is with the person. He also remembered the first Prime Minister of India- Nehru and his contribution during the freedom movement.

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CIRCA organizes meeting/protest

Protesting the merger agreement, Coalition for Indigenous Right Campaign (CIRCA), Manipur has convened a public meeting and staged sit-in-protest today morning at Nilakuthi Community hall under Heingang Assembly Constituency.
Ningthoucha Lancha, Spokesperson of CIRCA and Advisor of Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur, LC Shantosh attended the public meeting.
Speakers also condemned the Merger Agreement where King Bodhachandra of Manipur was forced to sign the agreement on September 21, 1949. As part of the demonstration, the protestors half mast the indigenous Kanglei flag (Malem Puba Pakhangba Phambal phiral).
Around 300 people from locals clubs and meira paibi associations of Keikon, Koirengei, Maibakhun and Mongjam attended the protest.

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Mass rally to preserve wildlife held

Letmang Haokip
Pallel, Oct. 3: As a part of week-long celebration of the 60th Wildlife Week Celebration 2015 under the theme “Living with Wildlife”, Tengnoupal Forest Division, Chandel organized a Mass Rally to inculcates love for forest and wildlife at Pallel today.
R.K. Amarjit Singh, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Tengnoupal Forest Division flagged off the rally from Pallel High School’s playground and proceeds to Chandel Lamkhai via Pallel Bazaar.
Large number of students from different schools located in and around Pallel took part in the rally by holding several banners and placards inscribed with “ Protect endangered wildlife, Let’s make Chandel an eco friendly District, Plants siblings to plant your future, Save wildlife save our future, No forest no life, Shoot animals with a camera not with guns, etc. Range Officer Tengnoupal Y. Amumacha, Range Officer Moreh N.Tiken, Range Officer Chandel Sh. Tomba Sharma, Range Officer Chakpikarong S. Dhana Singh and other staff of the Forest Division also took part in the rally among others.
Speaking to the media persons, R.K. Amarjit Singh, DFO Tengnoupal Forest Division said that the rally was organized in connection with the week-long celebration of the 60th Wildlife Week under the theme “Living with wildlife”. And the objective of the rally is to give awareness about the importance of wildlife and to inculcate love for forest and wildlife to the young students so that they can dissipate the message of wildlife to others, he added.
He further told that there are several cases of illegal smuggling of contraband wildlife products towards Myanmar along the Imphal - Moreh section of National Highway through Pallel. As such, Pallel was chosen as the venue for organizing the mass rally hoping that it will dissipate the message and awareness about the importance of wildlife to the general public of the area, said the Divisional Forest Officer.

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Leikol Imphal observe its 15th foundation day

Leimarol Khorjeikol (Leikol) Imphal today observed its 15th foundation day. On the occasion a half yearly published, Leikol Journal was released.
In the function which was held at Manipur Press Club, Hall no.1, an anthology of short stories, based on current cultural, political and Social Scenario of Manipur, named ‘Marupki Yum’ written by Khwairakpam Anandini  was also released. Both the Journal and book were released by Dr. Kh. Sarojini, President Leikol and Dr. K. Sobita, Retd. Director,  Art and Culture, Govt. of Manipur.
Members of Leikol and writers from different parts of the state took part in the function.

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Miscreants loots Kangla food vehicles

Miscreants suspected to be Kuki militants looted huge amount of money from a Tata Magic vehicle belonging to Kangla Food Production today morning. The unfortunate incident happen between Saparmeina and Motbung of Sadar Hills, when the Tata Magic bearing registration No. AS 01 DD 8669 was returning from Kangpokpi after supplying food items. The driver of the vehicle, Maibam Lakshana (30) and his associate Arambam Ishwarchandra (26) of Nambol Maibam Chingmang  told media that , while they were on their way back after delivering the kangla food products items at Kangpokpi, seven persons in a Black Bolero parked at an area between Saparmeina and Motbung  stopped them. According to the Driver, the miscreants looted Rs. 40,000/- at gunpoint from him. 

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