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Manipur badly hit by continuous heavy rainfall

Imphal, June 1: Life in Manipur has been badly affected since the last couple of days as heavy rains continued to lash the state.
The flood-like situation in many parts of the state has caused a serious situation. Both the hills and valley have been badly affected by incessant rains over the past three-four days.  
All major rivers reached the danger level. With the Imphal river flowing above the danger level, it could trigger flood any time, official sources said. Spillover left over by incessant rains and river and lake breaches have inundated several residential areas and major arterial roads across the state, reports said.
A few states in Northeast including Manipur are now almost submerged due to continuous heavy rains.  
In the meantime, Irrigation and Flood Control Department Minister Letpao Haokip accompanied by many officials visited vulnerable areas to take stock of the situation.
The officials of the department along with volunteers of local clubs took up flood prevention measures.  Bamboo mats, cement bags and bamboo were distributed in the areas.

Heavy rains also left many parts of Thoubal district a flood-like situation.  Low lying areas of other districts like Chandel, Noney and Tamenglong are now submerged due to strong winds accompanied by heavy showers, reports said.
Several houses and trees were also destroyed by the strong winds and heavy rains in Temenglong.   Heavy rains have caused power cuts for five days in Noney district.
The cyclonic storm Mora reached Northeast on May 30. The storm reached neighbouring Mizoram on Tuesday after it battered Bangladesh’s Chittagong killing six persons.
Due to the cyclonic storm, many parts of Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh have been receiving heavy to very heavy rainfall.
At least 80 houses were damaged in Mizoram’s Saihah district after heavy rains and strong winds hit state.
The rains have caused disruptions in power and telecommunication across Mizoram. But human casualties were not reported.

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Banning the bandhs

If only Bandhs and Blockades could have addressed every grievance real or perceived, or produce solutions for all the social problems, things would have turned out much better and easier. History and experience have unfortunately proved beyond any shred of doubt that these forms of social disruptions rather have the opposite consequences- unexpected shutdowns, unscheduled postponements, loss of valuable work-hour, closed schools and deserted markets and other places of public conveniences, not to mention the damages to property and threat to life. In short, bandhs and blockades hamper economic activities and retards development. The already lagging economy always takes a bad hit every time such forms of protests and agitations are being resorted to by various groups and parties, and it goes without saying that the number of working days lost due to such situations has been way too many for anyone to keep count consistently over the years.
The right to protest, dissent and criticise, challenge state policy, and question the government is squarely protected under the Indian Constitution. This right is enshrined in the Fundamental Rights Chapter in Part III of the Constitution in Article 19 (the fundamental right to freedom). India attained its Independence through peaceful struggle. Passive resistance and civil disobedience are few of the well known instruments of protest which involve peaceful and non-violent methodologies of protest. When exercised with caution and in the good spirit of toiling for a worthy cause, protest remains perhaps the only and most effective means of showing our dissents and concerns and should be viewed more as a precursor to a meaningful dialogue and discussion for bringing about an amicable and lasting solution.

But more often than not, in our eagerness to assert our rights and voice our concerns, we forgot to read between the lines. The keywords- “peaceful and non-violent” have been given a miss thus changing the very nature of the whole exercise. The unfortunate truth about protests in the state is that violence has played a pivotal role in the process and will undoubtedly continue for the foreseeable future. “Flash strikes” without any prior information are on the rise catching the public by surprise and putting everyone to much inconvenience. Venting out of frustrations by the protestors on passers-by and the common public often always leads to altercations and physical violence resulting in damage to properties and physical injuries, and even loss of life in a few unfortunate instances.
The decision of the state cabinet to enact a new law to declare bandhs and blockades illegal comes as a much needed breather for the common people of the state who have been bearing the brunt for so long with neither law nor the benefits of influence and power to ease their sufferings. There is however an intrinsic danger of the real and genuine concerns of the people being subdued and suffocated by the authorities taking advantage of the new law. The state government should therefore exercise caution and make judicious decisions in dispensing with the protests put up by the public. Hopefully the new law will eventually necessitate and set an alternative and more effective mode of raising the real and genuine concerns of the public without having to put the state to a grinding halt.

Rejoinder to “Kukis, as recorded in the chronicles of Manipur and Tripura”

By: Kendy Pamei
Freelance Writer
Shri. Ngulminthang has brought us the most significant article on the captioned subject in the Imphal Times on May 29, 2017. It was always an opportunity to read new articles and acquired the knowledge, however I wanted to reiterate to the article through this rejoinder and in-fact my intention was to clear few of my doubts and there is no intention to revile the history of our Kuki brethren. The question of dominance or the ownership of land has always drawn great interest to the humankinds. The facts that the writer has sedulously and sagaciously pointed out were in fact scurrilous to many Meitei and Naga in particular.
Sir. J Johnstone (1897) wrote “The kukis are a wandering race consisting of several tribes who have long been working up from the south. They were first heard of as Kukis, in Manipur, between 1830 and 1840; though tribes of the same had long been subject to the Rajah of Manipur”. It is clear that the author doesn’t talk about the year when they first contacted, as claimed in the above mentioned article. Rather, Sir. J. Johnstone clearly pointed out the fact, that Kukis has long been subject of the Rajah of Manipur. T.C Hudon (1911) quoted the words of kuki man “we are like birds of the air, we make our nests here this year, and who knows where we shall build next year”, such writings manifest that the Kukis are indeed migrating from places to places even during the 1800s, whereas the Nagas and Meiteis at that time has already set up a proper village and social structure. The probability of the Kukis migrating upward from the Burma can be attributed to scare of their powerful kindred, was undeniable. The proclamation made in the article that the Kuki are the only inhabitant of the Hills areas of Manipur and they were the sole owner of the Hills is risible to all the intellectuals irrespective of which tribes or communities. “The new immigrants began to cause anxiety about the year 1845, and soon poured into the hill tracts of Manipur in such numbers, as to drive away many of the older inhabitants........ Seeing that the Kukis had been driven north by kindred but more powerful tribes, and that their first object was to secure land for cultivation; McCulloch, as they arrived, settled them down, allotting to them lands in different places according to their numbers, and where their presence would be useful on exposed frontiers” (Sir. J. Johnstone; My Experiences in Manipur and the Naga Hills; 1897). Had McCulloch, the then political agent of British in Manipur had not been handed the management work of the new arrivals, it is uncertain as to where the history of our brethren Kukis would have been now. It was obvious that during the 1820-1850 AD, the Kuki migrated to Manipur and Major McCulloch was gracious enough to arrange them a place for their settlement. It is also still evident till date that, the Kuki are mostly settled in the frontiers areas as stated above. Despite allotting them land, the Kukis are not satiate with the land, as such the only mean to satisfy their thirst for more land and to secured more land, they drive out the original inhabitants, T. C Hudson “I have stumbled across ruins of large villages in the jungles south of Nongba, and learnt that they were the ruins of Kabui villages that had been destroyed by Kukis”, Sir. J. Johnstone “Just before we started for the Naga Hills, I received the news of an attack by the Chussad Kukis on the Tankhool Village of Chingsow, to the north east of Manipur, forty –five people were said to have been killed or carried off; and the excitement was all the greater from the belief entertained that the attacked has been instigated by the Burmese’’. Such are the pictured of the Kuki on rampage killing of Nagas and forced taking of the land. Pu. Ngulminthang rightly pointed out that the Manipuri Nagas who were subjects of the Kuki Chieftainship do not have any rights to question, however this doesn’t meant the Naga are not the original settlers of the Hills of Manipur, histories of the world hardly tell us that the subject of the Kings or Chief has the rights to question them, the Nagas in many instances were captured and subsequently became the subject of the Kuki waging warriors.
“The census of 1881 gave the population of the capital as 60,000, that of the rest of the valley an equal number, while the hills were estimated to have around 100,000”. (Sir. J. Johnstone). It is the well known fact that the population of the Manipur both Valley and Hills boomed only after 1900s. It would be wrong to claim the ownership of the Hills on the basis of the Population. In fact the population growth can be attributed to the work of British officers; it was through their efforts that the rampage killing of innocent people were reduced tremendously in the Hill areas of Manipur. Sir J. Johnstone wrote “I sent a message to the Choomyangs and other Kukis who had given trouble, telling them that they were undoubtedly within Manipur, and that I gave them forty-two days in which to submit, or clear out, adding, that if at the end of that time they gave any trouble, they would be treated as rebels and attacked without more ceremony”. Nagas on the other hand though being the older settler of Hills of Manipur did not, in most case retaliate the Kuki’s attacked for some unknown reasons. The story of the Writer’s Tangkhul Friend depicts the cruelty and barbaric nature of the Kuki Chief rather than their power of dominance over the Nagas.
On the issue of head hunting among the Nagas, unlike the Kukis, the Naga warriors gave the highest respect to the victim and in some cases the head are often returned. Such mutual respect for the victim or enemy is seen among the Naga, it can also be seen that for three years all kinds of raids against the victim village was forbidden (T.C Hudson; the Nagas tribes of Manipur). The head huntings were often portrayed as brutal by the western writers, however, they do not try to understand the concept behind it. It was not fair to term the Nagas as head hunting tribes, when such practice was very much existed among the Kukis. In this regards, B. B Kumar (1941) wrote “Some Kuki-Chin tribes, such as Thadou Kukis, and the Lakhers also indulged in head-hunting. The Koms, a Kuki Chin tribe of Manipur, also claim to be head-hunters in the past. Thadous needed a freshly cut head to adore the grave of their chief”.    
T.C Hodson (1911) was careful enough to point out the fact that the Kukis do settled in the southern part of Manipur. “A line drawn across the map following the Kubo valley road via Aimole and joined to the Cachar road which traverses the western hills from Bisnupur in Manipur to Jiri Ghat on the western boundary of the state separates the Nagas area from the Kuki area without excluding more than a few small Kabui villages which lie to the south of Nongba”. Having quoted the above lines, we get the clear picture of the Naga and Kuki area, the Nagas in whatsoever condition never claim Churchandpur as the Naga dominated area whereas the Kuki are claiming the whole Manipur as their land. Neglecting the factual facts of our history to repress the others will do no good in the coming generation.

PDS items hideout crack down by MSF

Imphal, June 1: Student volunteers of MSF today cracks down 4 godowns which were used by rice mafia to hide PDS rice which are meant to distribute it to the general public of the state.
Around 27 truckloads of PDS rice were found hiding at 4 godown located adjacent to St. Mark School at Sangaiprou. The place is walking distance from the FIC godown.
Speaking over phone, a leader of the MSF said that on receiving information about the PDS rice being hijacked some agents and vested interested people, volunteers of the MSF ( Manipur Students’ Federation) has been investigating over the matter. During the investigation the four godown belonging to the owner of the St. Mark School , Meishnam Bimola were found packed with rice bags. As per information available, the hidden PDS rice bag is around 2506 .87 quintals. The MSF volunteer said that the rice were hidden by two person identified as Elangbam Irabanta and Soraisam Govind Singh.
Mention may be made that there were complaints from various quarters about PDS item not distributing up to the mark. At some constituencies like keishamthong Assembly constituency people get only three month share out of the six month and that too by reducing the quantity.  

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Campaign against Loktak Lake Multi Million Scam launched

Imphal, June 1: Socialist Students Union of Manipur (SSUM) today launched poster campaign at Samumakhong in Khwairamband Keithel demanding CBI enquiry to the Loktak Lake Multi Million  Scam.
Speaking at the sideline of the poster campaign, Naorem Tanoranjan, Information and Publicity Secretary of SSUM said that for the last couple of years SSUM have been protesting against the well known Loktak Lake Multi Million Scam since the time of congress government where countless number of floating huts built on floating biomass (phum-di) were burnt down, unfortunately till date no concern department and the state government have ever taken up any appropriate action against those responsible in the Loktak Lake Multi Million Scam nor the case have been submitted to the CBI for inquiry. SSUM and the people of Manipur suspect foul play being underway to encourage corruption by the state government as the matter has been left unattended.
As the concern department and the state government are unable to take up appropriate actions against those responsible in the scam, Tanoranjan said that SSUM have already begun their protest under the theme “Our Fight Against Corruption” including poster campaign of Loktak Lake Multi Million Scam and the protest will continue until their demands to hand over the inquiry of the scam to CBI and appropriate action against those responsible persons is met.

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ZRA cadre arrested

Imphal, June 1: A team of Churachandpur district  police led by Additional SP ( Law & Order) M. Khongsai arrested a cadre of ZRA who has been taking shelter at Phaibatang camp early today morning.  The cadre  is identified as Thangzangam @Jeff (32), s/o Doukhojam, a residence of Panglian in Singhaat subdivision. Police source said that the said cadre is involved in assaulting a BSF constable on May 24 evening at  New  Lamka in Churachandpur district. The cadre was arrested in connection with the FIR number 31(05) 2017 of ccpur ps u/s 186/325/34 IPC.

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Process for Issuing Application Form for Various Certificates Reviewed

Imphal, June 1: A review exercise was held in consultation with other stakeholders to ensure uniformity, increase efficiency, improve transparency and reduce delays against standardised periods for processing applications of issuing various certificates by the office of the Deputy Commissioner and the Revenue Authorities, Imphal East. Based on this, domicile certificate, permanent residence certificate, caste/tribe/class certificate can be had by submitting a duly filled in application form to the issuing authority supported by necessary documents, stated a notification issued by the ADC, Imphal East District, on 29th May, 2017. Application form can be had on cash payment from the office of the issuing authority or downloaded freely from the website www.imphaleast.nic.in. Incomplete application form will be rejected without prior notice. Maximum period for processing an application shall be 7 working days from the date of receipt of the application but can be completed within 8 working days if the applicant fails to produce documentary proof in support of any claim in the application form which shall be established through field enquiry. The Deputy Commissioner, Imphal East, reserves the right to issue any of the said certificates.

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Surrenderee demands payment of stipends

Imphal, June 1: Surrendered UGs today said that they have not been provided the promised stipends as well as the one time payment that they are supposed to get after three years.
Speaking to media persons, a surrendeere said that they will launched agitations beside taking help of the law court if the government fails to fulfil the demand.    On July 19 of 2012 surrendered along with 73 others of different UGs group and were promised for onetime payment after 3 years and regular monthly honorarium by the government in the presence of the then Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and the then Home Minister Gaikhangam, but till date we are left to live at our own and the promised payment has never been distributed to us despite the Rs 2000 which was handed over to them in an envelope during the surrendered ceremony said a surrendered UG.

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State athletes leave for National games

Imphal, June 1: 23 state Athletes and 7 coaches today leaves Imphal for Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat to take part in the 5th National Games for persons with Disabilities, which is set to begin from June 5 this year. The National Games will be concluded on June 10, 2017. The team was flagged of by Khoirom Loyalakpa, Editor of Naharolgi Thoudang. The uniform of the team is being sponsored by the editor.

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DESAM found Govt. school run by hired teachers

Imphal, June 1: Volunteers of DESAM today come across a government school runs hired teachers by the head master as government authority has failed to sent not a single science teacher, while conducting drive for improvement quality education in the state.
A statement of the student body DESAM said that Yairipok High School, which has class 1 to class 10 was found without proper fencing. Besides, as there are no science graduate teachers and the head master of the school has been running the school by hiring teacher. The DESAM statement further said that there were no computers in the schools and till today SSA books which are supposed to be made available in the school are not distributed. DESAM drew the attention of the school education department to fill up the required teachers and as well take up every necessities so that proper quality education is availed to all the students.

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