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6 non locals selected for MJS –Grade III interview seek security protection

Imphal, Nov 10:The six non-locals who were selected to appear in the viva voce for the 9 post of the Manipur Judicial Service Grade III have applied security coverage following the series of protest over their selection, said a highly reliable source.
Various students’ bodies including DESAM, KSA etc. have been protesting against the selection of the 6 non-locals .
A total of 27 candidates are reported to have been selected for the interview for the 9 post of MJS Grade –III.
The source added that as the non local applicants, selected for the interview felt insecure with the kind of protest and thus they applied for security while appearing the interview.

A source from the Manipur High Court said that concerns for the people sentiment over the issue for protection of indigenous people has prompted them to include a clause for the candidate in the eligibility criteria stating that candidates are desirable of having knowledge of either Manipuri or other local languages even as the guideline for selection procedure cannot be change by the Manipur High Court Authority.
On the other hand, talking to this reporter, some of the intellectuals who have been looking on the development said that, the demands by students’ body for inclusion of a clause in par with the Assam may not be relevant when it comes to the state of Manipur. He said that introduction of a clause like compulsory Manipuri subject either in class X or XII might face objection from section of people from within the state who did not opt Manipuri in either of the classes. This is being stated because many students in the state do not opt Manipuri in their class 10 exam, instead they chose alternative English or other local language.
Meanwhile, another source close to Imphal Times also said that there is a possibility that if any person complaints the matter to the Supreme Court then there is possibility that the interview might be shifted to either at Guwahati or Delhi. As the Judiciary has to comply with the rules of law of the land there is nothing that the Manipur High Court could do if such an order to shift the interview is issued by the SC.
Manipur High Court source, also added that if some people think that some clause for safeguarding the indigenous people is left out they should have come to the Court to challenge it at the time of publication of the advertisement and not at the time when everything is completed.  

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Of clean environment


Plastic bags are a ubiquitous contamination of our landscape, urban and rural.
The campaign launched by students’ body DESAM against the use of Plastic polythene bag in the state needs supports from not only the people of the state but also from the government too.
Much has been promised to keep the Imphal clean and some of the officers in the state government are trying all it can to make the city clean. Off late Imphalites saw the IMC engaging large number of workers to clean the city. The kind of initiative is also worth appreciation, not because it will keep the city clean but also this initiative provides jobs to many people particularly those people who have been looking for jobs of any kind.
But then when it comes for keeping the city clean or ban of the use of plastic polythene bag, it is always the government first that should be in the forefront to materialize the kind of initiative. However, a mere promise or announcement without converting those in action will certainly lead the good works of the students’ body or some sincere employees in the government department into under frustration.

This is being brought up as the people sees no sustainable measures on the side of the government on either for ban of plastic use or for dumping site of the garbage collected from the urban area.
Yesterday this newspaper has highlight on how the Lamphelpat, the site where the Chief Minister of Manipur had promise to protect as wet land area to keep the environment clean, has been converted into a dumping site of garbage collected from the Imphal city.
Cores and crores of rupees has been spent at Lamdeng in establishing the solid waste management plant at Landeng and last year the government had already announced that it is working. When the Landeng solid waste management plant is working it is surprising to see why the garbage are being dump at Lamphel area and that too by exposing in open air. The way that the IMC dump the garbage at Lamphelpat shows that something is wrong in the multi crore worth Solid Waste Management plant at Lamdeng in Imphal Wast.
The garbage being dump at Lamphelpat will have serious environmental effect. We all know that Environmental pollutants have various adverse health effects from early life some of the most important harmful effects are perinatal disorders, infant mortality, respiratory disorders, allergy, malignancies, cardiovascular disorders, increase in stress oxidative, endothelial dysfunction, mental disorders, and various other harmful effects.
The government, particularly the MAHUD department should clarify on why the garbage from the Imphal are being dump at Lamphelpat instead of taking it to Lamdeng Solid waste management plant.

The threat to Balkanize Manipur

By: Heigrujam Nabashyam

Rich or poor, intelligent or foolish, handsome/beautiful or ugly a man or a women remains a tribal or a Dalit even if he or she lives in a metropolis, if he or she happens to born by a tribal or a Dalit father —-  a mother, in case of a matriarchal society.
Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution of India, educated in America and England and happened to be the most brilliant brain of the country and probably one of the best brains in the world of his time remained a Dalit, despite his assuming a Deshastha Brahmin surname/family name ‘Ambedkar’, because he was born in a Dalit family in the then Bombay state, now in Madhya Pradesh. This is what a tribal or a Dalit is. It is by birth. The child of a top national leader or of a top bureaucrat shall remain a tribal or a Dalit. You cannot question it.
The point of argument of ATSUM in the ST debate, I am afraid, have again come back to where it had started — the land grabbing theory by the ‘advanced Meitei’ tribe from the ‘backward hill’ tribe; Meetei ‘hidden agenda’ to grab 90% of jobs in the state; ‘advanced Meitei’ exploiting ‘HAOS’ ; Meiteis are not tribal because they have script and civilization since the time of Jesus Christ, etc.
I believe ATSUM have been carried away by pent-up emotions and hatred. This is exceedingly unfortunate because in such a state of mind there can be no sensible dialogues, debates or discussions.
However let me state that the issues or the points raised by ATSUM on November 6, 2017 have already been addressed in our earlier discourses and ATSUM I believe would not have been that forgetful. Anyway at the risk of repeatition let me summarize the points that have already been made.
(i)  When the hill tribe prefer to live in the valley, how do you foresee that the valley tribe would come up the hills and grab the lands to live. If someone tries to grab your lands, my suggestion is, put him in the jail.
(ii) Things you own cannot be taken away by the ‘advanced Meetei’ either by force or by law.
(iii) The ‘Meitei govt.’ too, cannot take away the lands own by hill tribe. Forget land, the govt. cannot even implement the rules of law without the consent of our hill brothers. The latest incident being the Churachandpur incident where 9 precious lives were lost — a leaflet in Paite played on the Churachandpur public’s fear of losing their homes and properties and etc. and the rest is history.
(iv) The fear of ATSUM that Meitei would gobble up all the major share of jobs, etc. of the state can be taken care of precisely by enacting appropriate laws or by continuing the present roaster system of reservation, etc. STDCM has already expressed their position in this regard.
(v) After Manipur became part of India, the government of India had listed the ‘LOI’ — the untouchable Meitei, in the SC list and the remaining Meitei in the general list assuming that the Meitei — as the Indian government authority was influenced by the Meetei Hindu Gurus, belonged the Kshetriya caste of Hindu Mythology without going into the facts. However later on, finding the position of the Meitei dismal, the govt. of India on their initiative put the Meitei again in OBC category to redeem their past wrongs.
(vi) Now, what STDCM is doing is, asking the govt. of India to rectify the wrong that was thoughtlessly committed by it in 1951. At this moment of time your expression of support for ILP with your ‘hidden agenda’ rider is interesting. But we would be too naïve to expect that the Government of India would agree to any more bills to restrict the movement of Indians in its eastern gateway to the ASEAN. Even assuming that ILP is agreed to by Government of India in the end, it will become a zero sum exercise because it will be inundated and buried under the absolute pressure from the massive number of travellers that anybody can envision coming by road, by train and by air, in a few years’ time. Anyway everybody is free to take it in their own ways.
And today Meiteis are not valid Kshetriyas; but back to their roots, they are ‘Chinky, Momo’, etc. Their donning of Aryan name ‘Singh’ do not help them, but they are the north-east people — Arunachali, Meitei, Naga, Zomi, etc.
While in Poona in early 1980s my friend Morandi, a tribal from Bihar, now Jharkhand took me as a Mizo, because he could not distinguish me from his Mizo friends in Spicer; like we can’t distinguish a UPite, a Bihari, a Rajasthani, a MPite, etc.
Today the Tripuris have been marginalized in their own homeland by immigrants from the East Pakistan, present Bangladesh. The Tripuris had their long history of civilization like the Meiteis. Likewise, Naga had their village republics like the Greek city state since time immemorial, so also the Chin-Kuki.
In Meitei Mythology our hill brothers are our elder brothers — “Chingna Mayambani, Tamna Manaoni”. Like in any family, one brother may become more advance than the others. But that does not mean that the advanced brother cease to be a member of the family. Even among the Naga groups some groups are more advanced than others; and any Chin-Kuki family knows who the more advanced family than others are; so, what is this argument of ATSUM of ‘advanced tribe and non-advanced tribe?
The truth is, the present trend shows that the Chin-Kuki are more advance  than the Meitei and the Naga in academics, social mobility and economic activities.
In social aspects the Chin-kuki and the Naga are more forward and progressive than the Meitei. Once a Tangkhul lady told me in quite a jolly way, ‘Nakhoi Meiteisi Karigino Mapaanda Thengnabada Kanasu Tinnaningde, Mayangsu Tinnade Nakhoi-Khakta, you move in flocks’ — when I met Meiteis in other cities and towns, you seem to be a closed group, you do not mix with the mainland Indians; and you always move in flocks, why? She was telling me her own experience.
The fact is, till today the Meeteis are not at ease with other communities. In any Meitei ceremony or function — marriage, birth, death or any Meitei religious function, Meetei do not mix with other community; maybe because they are isolated emotionally and hence socially from other communities.  However it is quite commendable that Chin-Kuki and Naga are more or less cosmopolitan.
We are young tribal societies shifting from our tribal age to the modern age. You are given all the opportunities to develop and progress.  Therefore, instead of threatening to Balkanize Manipur, why can’t we ponder why we are legging behind. We say, our economy is in the hands of the business community — Marwaris, Punjabis, etc. But what do we do? We keep on attacking and grappling each other among ourselves and have wasted tremendous amount of our valuable time and energy — what the national media used to call as inter-tribal rivalry.
This must be stopped; what we need today is to work hard to feed ourselves and stand on our own. Most importantly, this would leave a legacy of work culture for our children. Threat or no threat, this is the only way. 

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Shyamkumar assures help in upgrading Nirmalabas High School to Higher Secondary level

Imphal, Nov. 10: Minister of MAHUD, Town Planning, Forests and Environment and Horticulture and Soil Conservation, Thounaojam Shyamkumar today assured that he will extend all possible help to upgrade the school to higher secondary level.
Th. Shyamkumar was addressing the students at the Children’s Day celebration cum annual prize distribution function at the Nirmalabas High School, MG Avenue, Imphal.
Stating that the students have a big responsibility in maintaining the good name of the school, Minister Shyamkumar advised the students not only to focus on studies but also follow good moral values and contribute in saving the environment. He also lauded the school for producing toppers in the State and appreciated the self-less sacrifices of the people involved in the missionary school. He said punctuality, obeying the teachers and parents and participating in school activities are some of the key mantras to become successful in life. Appreciating the skit presented by students on endangered Sangai, Minister Shyamkumar said, we all have equal responsibility to save the wildlife and environment.
Sister Victima, Principal of Nirmalabas High School, lauded the Minister Th. Shyamkumar for his selfless effort of cleanliness work in the Imphal city especially in the market area. She said, his effort and strong determination is making a difference.  
Cultural performances enthralled the teachers, non teaching staff and students at the function. Minister Th. Shyamkumar also presented annual prizes under different categories to the students.

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Tripartite Talk: UNC questions Govt. over delay in materialising demand

Imphal, Nov 10: Third round of tripartite talk between the Government of Manipur, Central Government and the United Naga Council (UNC) was held today at Senapati district head quarter. The talk begins at 9.30 am and concluded at 3.00 pm.
During the talk representatives of UNC led by its president Gaidon Kamei questioned the government authority for the delay in materialising the demands of the UNC. A heated argument took place between the representatives of Manipur Government and the UNC, a report said. It added that the government authority assured the UNC to settle the matter within a specific time frame by consulting with all stake holders. Agriculture Minister V, Hangkhalian, Education Minister Th. Radheshyam, TD Minister N. Kaisii, Additional CS Dr. Suresh Babu and works Commisioner K Radhakumar attended the talk. Satyendra Garg was also present as center’s representative. As per resolution, the state govt. will initiat consultation with stakeholders and prepare proposal on the demand of the UNC by 2nd week of February, 2018. Next round of meeting is scheduled on Feb, 23, 2018.

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LMS Law College students stage protest against selection of 6 non locals for MJS interview

Imphal, Nov 10: Students of LMS Law College today staged a protest demonstration in front of their college demanding rectification of the rules and regulation for the selection of the Manipur Judicial Service Grade –III.
Of the 27 candidates selected for interview for 9 MJS Grade –III post, 6 are reported to be non locals. The LMS Law College Students while denouncing the inclusion of the 6 non locals selected for interview blamed the state government for failure to frame a rules to the recruitment process. The students however said that chances for dropping out of the 6 non-locals is high as the notification said that preference will be given to local indigenous people. In that case, it is better to give chances to the local people instead of selecting the 6 non-locals, the students added.

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Popular Front filed criminal complaint against TimesNow TV channel

Imphal, Nov 10: Popular Front of India filed a criminal complaint in the New Delhi Parliament Street police station against the Times Now Television channel, its editors, their reporter, their accomplish and the responsible officials of MHA for accessing or leaking the official secrets in the Ministry of Home Affairs and airing the same among the public in a manner defaming the organisation.
In the complaint, Mohammad Perwez Ahmed, the Delhi State President said that Popular Front of India is a neo-social movement striving for the empowerment of Muslims, minorities, backward sections, Dalits, downtrodden and marginalized sections of the society for several years across the nation.  And the organisation has been working democratically within the purview of the law and the constitution of India, with its headquarters  open at  Kalindi kunj, New Delhi.   A Popular Front of India, Manipur statement said that Times Now telecasted defamatory news against Popular Front of India two months ago. By accessing the official secrets of the government, it was telecasted through the debate programmes on 31.8.2017 (10.00 pm) and on 27.9.2017 by 8.00 pm.

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N. Biren opines for a Land Route Trade Center at Mandalay

Imphal, Nov 10: Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today drew the attention of the Myanmar Government to provide land for construction Trade Center and Guest House at Mandalay .
Speaking on the inaugural function of the two day International Conference on India and Myanmar relation on the theme Way Forward at Pan Pacific Hotel in Yangoon, Manipur Chief Minister said that in order to improve the trade and commerce between the two countries opening of a trade center is the need of the hour under India’s Act East Policy.
Biren, who attended as the chief guest said the Manipur is the gateway to South East Asia. He added that even as the place is rich with minerals, it can’t be extracted as of now.              The Chief Minister further said that the first interaction between media fraternity from Myanmar and India will be held at Manipur during Sangai festival on November 27 and 28.
N. Biren Singh also highlighted the status of the players of the state saying that it won’t be wrong to call the Indian Football team as Manipur team.

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‘Loktak lake is reduced to the status of sick Ramsar lake’

Rabi Takhellambam
Thoubal, Nov.10:  Loktak lake is now reduce to the name of sick Ramsar lake as the number of migratory birds has been reduced to just around 7 thousand a year. This was stated by the Thoubal district Forest Officer RK Amarjit during the flagged off ceremony of cycle rally organised under the them save migratory birds and lakes of the region in Thoubal district.
He said that, the one and only fresh water lake of the state Loktak lake has been listed as Ramsar site as it is a site for migratory birds. However as the number of migratory bird took shelter in the lake has been reduced to 7000 the lake is now becoming sick lake as the number of migratory bird should be at least 20, 000 for declaring as Ramsar.  
RK Amarjit further said that migratory birds from around the world will be arriving from November till February. It will be impossible for the department to launch drive for each and every migratory birds from the hand of the poachers, so its is only through awareness that these bird could be save. He appealed people to take their role in protecting the migratory birds.  
The cycle rally was flagged off Thoubal district Superintendent of Police K. Meghachandra . The rally aims to spread awareness about protection of Migratory Birds and preservations of the lakes and water body of the state. The cycle rally organised by the Divisional Forest Officer, Thoubal in collaboration with Ningsing Lup Tekcham was flagged off from Tekcham ground. The rally snakes through the streets of villages in the periphery of  Ekok Pat, Kharung Pat and Loushi Pat and then return to the place where it begins.
Speaking on the occasion SP K Meghachandra stressed on the importance of migratory bird. He said organising event to welcome the wild life is a welcoming initiative.
“We cannot neglect the importance of wild life as their presence is maintaining the eco system”, the SP said.
He further added that such an initiative needs support from all sections of people of the state.

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