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Items filtered by date: Thursday, 12 April 2018 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

Where the mind is without fear


In democratic India, all people irrespective of their social status are equal before the law of the land. Any person is free to exercise his or her rights when he or she feels that he or she is deprived of what he or she were supposed to enjoy. It may be in the form of democratic protest, criticisms through various channels of mass media or by organising mass campaign that the people in the society can be made understand that, rights of a common person is deprived. Once people are convinced, it is natural that the people join hands to the fellow citizen whose rights has been deprived, not because for individual cause but because justice to the single fellow will also mean justice for all people in the society.
Mass media in today’s world is playing tremendous role in bringing up issues which they think is for the cause of the common people.  India is not lagging behind; there have been many cases that common people who were victims of atrocities were delivered justice. Many God men had been put behind bars, business tycoon are declared wanted and many politicians were not spared for the wrongs they had committed which affect the livelihood of the common people by the people in media risking their lives.  
Paid news, reporting of cooked stories and yellow journalism are some of the familiar words coined to defame the people in mass media by those who had been exposed for their wrongs. Saying so it does not meant that some people in the profession are all pure and sincere in rendering their duty.
The mass media in this little state Manipur too has been playing its role effectively. Without bothering the kind of returns they enjoyed as payment to their service, people in this profession have been taking all risk in exposing what is not right when it comes for the cause of common people. Eight people in the field had lost their lives some remain as disabled in unfortunate accidents and incidents when they were on duty. Inappropriate salary in returns to their service had also forced many to quit the profession.  Yet there is no shortage of manpower in this field.

From hand written pamphlets to letter press and then Offset printing machine and then come multi-coloured Web printing machines besides the emergence of electronic media like Television channels, mass media in Manipur too is marching ahead. Now it is the digital media that is slowly dominating the world of mass media. The traditional way of spreading news has been slowly changing converting the system to two ways channel– as both receivers and senders can communicates in a nick of time. The changing media trends showed that criticism, debate, arguments will be the future of media and it is already doing at many of the national and international media, even though it still seems way to go for the state of Manipur.
Saying so, it would be wrong to advocate a free speech of any individual or freedom of press without limit as legitimate. In democratic India a breached of privilege for some individuals or groups by any mass media can be challenged, but taking the law in hand to stand up or protest against any trespassing to individuals or groups is rather a sign of lawlessness. Government’s silence on such matter will only be recorded as ‘weak’ or ‘inefficient’, by the future generation.
On one hand, when lawyers, advocates protest on the street for failure of law and order, and when media goes protest for some peoples’ threat to sue them through proper channel, it showed the timidity character of the group of people in the profession which should be the most courageous people.
Steps like boycott of those voices against media which they felt not correct would be a more unjustified decision. Space for criticism to media should also be provided if someone felt that their image have been maligned by any writings or comment of a media house.
A hurriedly managed staged demonstration by any groups including political parties or media groups or anybody driven by emotion and sentiments is not a signed of civilize society.  

Mother and son died in accident while bringing their dead husband home

Imphal, April 12,

 In tragic road accident happened at around 9 pm yesterday, son and mother got killed while they were on their way to their home carrying the dead body of the father. The daughter and brother in law of the deceased are undergoing treatment at Raj Medicity Hospital.   
The accident occurred at Tendongyang in Sekmai when one heavy vehicle truck bearing registration number MN/01/3934 coming from the opposite direction collided one diesel auto bearing registration number MN/0L/9530 where 8 family members were carrying the dead body.
Talking to Imphal Times, a relative of the deceased said that yesterday at around 10 am Huirom Rakesh (43), son of Late Huirom Moba of Sekmai Parao was taken to RIMS hospital due to an illness but succumbed to his illness at the hospital itself.

Huirom Ongbi Kanao (35 yrs), wife of Late Huirom Rakesh hired a diesel auto to take back the dead body of her husband at their residence at Sekmai Parao.
The tragic accident happened when they were on their way back to the home.
Huirom Ongbi Kanao (35 yrs), and her 9 months old son died on spot while the daughter namely Huirom Priya (15yrs) and Huirom Vicky (25yrs) were taken to Raj Medicity and are undergoing treatment. Their condition is stated to be critical.
The deceased family and large number of people in Sekmai area carried out a protest by blocking the roads in front of Sekmai Police Station demanding punishment of the truck driver.

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‘Makar Poster Campaign’ launched

Imphal, April 12
One of the famous cartoon comic strip ‘Makar’ which make Poknapham daily newspaper – a peoples’ choice newspaper of the state irrespective of cast, creed, community or gender is creating another history. Gurumayum Akshaykumar, the creator of the cartoon strip, today launched the Makar Poster Campaign at Aryan Proscenium Theatre. The idea of the poster campaign is to depict the reality of social evils, corruption, nepotism etc. by highlighting by Makar poster.
Professor Nongmaithem Tombi, Prof. Thoidingjam Tombi, Prof. Arambam Loken and Aribam Robindro Sharma, Editor of the Poknapham daily attended as dignitaries on the launching function of the  “Makar Poster Campaign”.

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After Congress, BJP staged one day fast to save democracy

Imphal, April 12,

Two days after Congress party staged a one day fast protest at various part of the state joining the Nationwide campaign against the BJP, the BJP Manipur Pradesh today staged a one fast protest in front of their office at Nityapat Chuthek here in Imphal.
Rajya Sabha MP and state President, Kshetrimayum Bhavananda, Prahlad Singh Patel , MP, Prabhari , State Office Bearers, Ministers, MLAs, Senior Leaders and other leaders took part in the protest. Vice President of BJP Manipur Pradesh, M.Ashnikumar Singh, while speaking on the occasion hit the congress on corruption charge.
  “We have been living with corruption down the decades”, Ashini said.
He added that the recent continued disruption in the parliament by the congress is a clear indication for derailment to the functioning of India’s parliamentary democracy.
Disruption is totally unacceptable in Parliament System as representatives are sent to speak for the people on the floor, Ashini added.

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JCILPS pull up male vendors selling goods at Women Market

Imphal, April 12,

Women Wing of the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) today pulled up around 10 male vendors who were selling goods at Ima Market Khwairamband Keithel – which is known for its peculiarity of being the one and only women’s market in the world. What is more interesting is that all those male vendors are non-local among which one person from Bihar state got Adhaar Card from Manipur. Convenor of the women wing JCILPS while talking to media persons said that the male vendors were provided license by traffic police and some among them got the license from other female license holder.
Memcha leima, Convenor, of the JCILPS while questioning the intention of the government authority on how these non-local that too ‘male’ were allowed to mix up  in the women market said that from today no male will be allow to spoil the image of the Ima market.
She appealed the government to take some interest for implementation of the ILPS in the state and said that after the ILPS have been introduced the non-local can be arrange at some appropriate place to sell their goods or do some other business for their livelihood.

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One drug trafficker & family members ostracize from locality

Tengnoupal, April 12

The Molnoi Area Welfare Committee (MAWC), Molnoi Area Youth Union (MAYU) and Kuki Women Human Rights (KWHR) Molnoi Area expelled a drug trafficker identified as one Mrs. Nengjalam Mate and her family members from Molnoi Area in Tengnoupal District with immediate effect.
In a joint Press Statement issued by the three CSOs of Molnoi Area stated that Mrs. Nengjalam Mate wife of Thomas Mate of Zion Village under Tengnoupal District approached one Thongminlen Haokip of Molnoi Village who was going to Delhi to carry a bag containing some vegetable for her brother Mr. Jamchinkhup Zou, who stayed at Delhi, on the morning of 9th April 2018.
Without checking the content of the bag, Thongminlen Haokip went to Tulihar International Airport at Imphal to board a Delhi bound flight for appearing the forth coming competitive examinations.
 However, he was detained and handed over to Singjamei Police Station by the Airport Security Personnel following a packed of contraband drugs was found neatly concealed inside the bag of vegetable. On learning about the incident, the family members of Thongminlen Haokip immediately rushed to the house of Nengjalam Mate and inquired about the content of the bag which she handed over to Thongminlen Haokip for her brother.
After confessed of sending a package of concealed drugs inside the bag of vegetable, Nengjalam Mate along with the family members of Thongminlen Haokip went to Singjamei Police Station where she (Nengjalam Mate) voluntarily confessed and surrendered to the Police on the same day.
Following the development, the three civil bodies of Molnoi Area convened a meeting on 11th April 2018 and vehemently condemned Mrs. Nengjalam Mate for her act of concealing a drug among the vegetables and handed over to the innocent student without his knowledge.
And the CSOs also unanimously resolved to expel Mrs. Nengjalam Mate and her family members from the locality with immediate effect for using innocent student in her illegal activities.
Such unmindful and selfish act of attempting to assassinate one’s career will be not tolerated, added the Molnoi Area’s CSOs.
While urging others not to accept any kind of parcel to be carried from other persons in order to avoid such unwanted problems in future, the civil bodies also fervently appealed the concerned authority for safe release of Thongminlen Haokip who was an innocent student and to punished Mrs. Nengjalam Mate at the highest possible according to the law of the land and set an exemplary for others.

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Surrendered militants unhappy with govt.; call 36 hours general strike

Imphal, April 12

Armed underground militants, who had surrendered to the government and have been living a normal life are not happy with the government as they are not being provided what the government had promised them under the Surrenderee Rehabilitation schemes.
In a press meet, held today at Manipur Press Club today afternoon, vice president of the All Manipur Surrender Welfare Association (ANSWA), Abdul Latif announced 36 hour general strike from the midnight of April 15, if the government fails to provide the beneficiaries that they are supposed to get under the surrendered scheme by April 14. As according to the Vice president, at present 41 surrendered cadres regularly attends the office out of the 105 cadres. Some could not attend and some have expired due to poverty, Atif said.
He further added that they surrendered to the government to live a normal live on the belief that they will be provided opportunity to survive in par with other people after getting the beneficiaries under the surrendered scheme.
“We have been verified by the CID department and all necessary procedure have been followed, but officials are delaying in handing out what we are suppose to get under the policy”, he added.  

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Guv’ meets inventor of the modern Indian Round Take Down Bow

Imphal, April 12,
Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla met Inventor of the modern Indian Round Take Down Bow, B. Chaoba Sharma, today, at Raj Bhavan. The bow was exhibited at the Luwangsangbam Sports Exhibition on March 16, 2018 organised in connection with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the State. As per instruction of the Prime Minister, the bow was handed over to the Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla. Governor extending her support said that the invention of the bow is not only a pride of the State but also for the Nation. Salam Santosh Singh, General Secretary, Chaoba Archers’ Academy and B. Pritam Sharma, Managing Director & Archery Coach (CRPF) also met the Governor. 

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Manipur Maoist slams govt. over its inability to control ‘Thabal Chongba

Imphal, April 12,

Maoist Communist Party, Manipur today slammed the government over its inability to control the ‘Thabal Chongba’ festival which is being continued at various places despite the fact that it should be associated with the culture and tradition of the people and should have limitation.
‘Thabal Chongba’ which literal meaning is dancing in the moonlight is culturally affiliated festival of the people. It is every Manipuri’s duty to preserve the sanctity of the festival. As some people are organising at anytime without understanding the essence of the traditions, the significance of ‘Thabal Chongba’ is slowly degrading from its original tasted, the Maoist statement said.
On the other hand, the Maoist also blamed the government over its failure to control it. “Every such programme needs permission from the District Administration and none of the Thabal Chongba Programme which are being organized using loud speaker did not take prior permission from the District administration authority”, the statement said an questioned the government authority on why the law enforcing agency are not ordered to stop such programme.
Maoist statement further said that Manipur has been sold at Gujarat recently and the government is trying to exterminate the culture and tradition of the people by destructing the cultural sanctity of the people.
“The way things are happening is nothing but a sign of lawlessness. Crime against women is on the rise and government seems to be neglecting on these issues”, the statement said.
Maoist further appealed the people to join hands in stopping the attack to the sanctity of the Manipuri culture if the government did not take up immediate measures to stop organising Thabal Chongba .

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RPF requests to pay floral tributes Martyrs’ memorial on April 13

Imphal, April 12,

Proscribed group Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) requested the people  of the state to pay floral tribute to the martyrs who had laid down their live for the cause of the motherland on April 13.
In a press statement, the RPF paid salute to all the  ‘martyrs’ who had laid down their lives for the cause of the motherland on the occasion of Athoubasinggi Numit, the outfit observed on every April 13 to commemorate the Battle of Kodompokpi.
The outfit also appealed the people to light lamps at the gates of each and every household in the evening.
One ideal which all the people should espouse on this historic day is ‘heroes sacrifice, revolution marches forward’, it asserted. April 13 is a day of remembering and honouring not only the PLA fighters and leaders but also all other martyrs who have laid down their lives for the cause of Manipur’s freedom, the statement said.
Since September 25, 1978, the PLA has been waging war against the government of India.
The Battle of Kodompokpi of April 13, 1982 was such fierce battle that late Kunjabihari fought to the last breath rather than surrendering to the ‘enemy’ even though his body was burning and  where many other PLA leaders and fighters fought to the last breath, the statement added.
The objective of RPF and PLA is to establish an independent and progressive State in Manipur after bringing an end to the alleged colonial rule, it said.
It further called upon all Manipuris settled in different parts of the world to focus their attention and energy to the ongoing liberation movement.
The outfit also appealed to all the people not to organise any entertainment programme on April 13 .

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