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Unrest at MU continues: teachers’ body joins ; Chief Minister invites MUSU representatives for talk

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Imphal, June 9,

The ongoing impasse at Manipur University is reaching its momentum with the teachers; body joining the protest over the Vice Chancellor’s failure to give clarification on the various allegations levelled against him by the Manipur University Students’ Union.
It has been Nine days and the all normal functioning of the University including the Administrative block and the examination block has been shut down. Classes have been disrupted and examination had been postponed. Talking during a discussion hour at local TV , president of the Manipur University Students’ Union M. Dayaman had stated that there will be no U-turn to the agitation until the incumbent Vice Chancellor who fails to take responsibility of taking care of the University has been removed.

Meanwhile, Manipur University Teachers’   Association (MUTA) in a meeting held today had denounced the Vice Chancellor AP Pandey for not respecting the resolution of the General Body meeting of the Association adopted on June 4. The teachers’ body had demanded clarification over the various allegations levelled against the VC.
In the meeting  in held today the MUTA had resolved to organised a sit-in-protest at the main gate on June 11 .
Source said that other bodies associated with the Manipur University are also likely to join the protest.
Meanwhile, source said that the Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh is taking ongoing impasse at Manipur University with extra seriousness. The Chief Minister today invited six representatives of the Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) and one representative from the research scholars.
The MUSU team is likely to meet the Chief Minister at 6 pm today evening.

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Ceasefire Ground Rules Review Committee held between NSCN-IM and GoI

IT News
Imphal, June 9,

Representatives of the NSCN-IM and GoI yesterday held a meeting of the Ceasefire Ground Rules Review Committee at Police Officials’ Mess Chamukedima,  Nagaland.
Government of India side was headed by Smt.Rina Mitra, Special Secretary (Internal Security) MHA and Gen.Retd. VS Atem representing NSCN, both suggested to promoting the more conducive ground environment while upholding progression of sincere conversation embarking on the landmark Framework Agreement signed between the parties, 3rd August, 2015. A statement by Ministry of Information and Publicity , Government Of The People’s Republic of Nagalim stated that both sides have agreed  to move the Frame work Agreement  forward to its ultimate at the soonest possible.

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Raas Leela Film Screened At Raj Bhavan

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Imphal, June 9,  

In the presence of the members of General Council, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi  a 30 minutes  Special Screening of Raas Leela Film  and Releasing of DVD of 5 kinds of Raas Leela of Manipur was held at Durban Hall, Raj Bhavan, yesterday evening.
The dignitaries present on the Dias were  Dr. Najma Heptulla, Governor of Manipur and Chairman of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy (JNMDA), Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh, Minister (Art & Culture) Manipur and Shri Shekhar Sen, Chairman of  Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.
To begins with the programme, the Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla released DVD of 5 kinds of Raas Leela of Manipur. While addressing the dignitaries, Governor, Dr. Najma Heptulla expressed her gratitude to the Sangeet Natak Akademi for  their decision  to hold a General Council meeting in Imphal, Manipur. She further stated that Manipur University of Culture becomes one of the most important and active university in the our country. We need to preserve and promote the art, craft, culture, music and literature. Though Manipur is a tiny state it has so much cultural wealth which needs to promote and to preserve. There are many more unique things in Manipur. Women market where around 4000 women’s work under one roof. Loktak Lake is the largest lake in the North East, Governor added.
Art and Culture minister Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh said that Manipur has a very rich cultural heritage. He also lauded the SNA for playing an important roles in promotion of Culture in the country. SNA Chairman Shri Shekhar Sen said that Sangeet Natak Akademi and JNMDA has a deep relations since the past 62 years.
Later, a 30 minutes of Raas Leela film was screened which was followed by a dinner. About the Ras Leela Film, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi has taken up special documentations on various performing Arts of the country. Under this programme, documentation and compilation of 5 kinds of Raas Leela of Manipur (Maharas, Vasanta Ras, Nitya Ras, Kunja Ras and Diba Ras) has been taken up and completed recently with the artistic support from JNMDA. The special documentation has been directed by Internationally acclaimed film maker Shri A. Shyam Sharma.
Sangeet Natak Akademi was set up in the year 1952 as the apex body of the performing arts in the country to preserve and promote the vast cultural heritage of India expressed in music, dance and drama.
The programme was attended by members of Executive Board and General Council of SNA and officials of JNMDA including its Vice Chairman Prof. H. Tombi Singh.

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Minister’s son who hit two police personnel arrested late yesterday night, produced to court today and remanded for 3 days

IT News
Imphal, June 9,

Son of MAHUD and Forest Minister Th. Shyamkumar , who intentionally hit two police personnel by his black tinted glass car yesterday afternoon was arrested late yesterday night at around 10.30 pm by the city police team. Thoanaojam Seityajit @ Robert aged about 23 hit the two police personnel injuring their legs when they were on duty in the middle of the city. First hand report stated that the police after knowing the person as the son of the Minister did not arrest him and neither took up any case. Instead he was reportedly dropped to his father’s quarter late yesterday evening after half an hour detention.
The arrest of the Minister’s son was came to light only today morning at around 10 after he was produced the Chief Judicial Magistrate , Imphal West. As per report he was arrested yesterday night at around 10.30 pm but the information was not let known to any of the media houses. Today’s morning news report stated about the incident and public anger over the issue likely to spark uproar.
Any arrest was most time let known to the press but the arrest of the Minister’s son last night was not informed to none of the media houses. People suspect a modus operandi to the case.
Later the police remanded the Minister’s son in custody for 3 days.  

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New Office bearers of United Peoples Front elected

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Imphal, June 9,

 

New office bearers of the United Peoples Front (UPF) were elected today for the term 2018 to 2021. Senior Citizen RK. Ranendrajit administered oath of office of the newly elected office bearers at Bir Tikendrajit park Pheidabung. Later a handing over ceremony was held at Sana Janmasthan Club Premises , Moirang Ningthou Leirak.

  1. Second is now the President of the UPF for the term 2018 to 2021, N. Rupachandra – Vice president , Usham Niranjan , General Secretary. All together 15 members.
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Textbooks Distribution Function held at Khangabok

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Thoubal, June 9,
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Thoubal under the Zonal Education Officer, Thoubal distributed free textbooks to students of Khangabok Meisanam Leikai Upper Primary School under Khangabok A/C for the academic session 2018-19 today.
Th.Jadumani Former Vice-President BJP Manipur Pradesh, Head Mistress of Khangabok Meisanam UPS L.Indira, Pradhan of Khangabok part -II Gram Panchayat S.Opendro Singh and Assistant Inspector ,MES of Zone-III Thoubal Th.Anurashi Devi graced the distribution event as chief guest, president and guests of honour respectively.
A total of 73 students from Khangabok Meisanam Upper Primary School received free texts under the SSA funding today.

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World Vision India launches a campaign that aims to end child sexual abuse by 2021 in Manipur

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Imphal, June 9,

World Vision India (WVI), a humanitarian organization  working for child protection, launched its national campaign to end child sexual abuse and exploitation by 2021, in Manipur today. The launch event was organised in collaboration with Manipur Alliance for Child Right (MACR). The campaign was launched by Shri. Yumnam Khemchand Singh, Hon’ble Speaker, Manipur Legislative Assembly, Smt. Sumatibala Ningthoujam, Chairperson, Manipur Commission for Child Right and Protection and Smt. R.K. Memcha, Registrar, Manipur High Court/Member also graced the occasion as guests of honors. The launch included a panel discussion on ‘Ending Children Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in India’ and raised concerns on issues of child protection and the  need to address them collectively. The magnitude of sexual violence against children is unknown. To address the issue and to break the silence around child abuse and exploitation World Vision India has created a holistic campaign that is expected to impact 10 million children (0-18years). Speaking about the campaign, Samual Therieh, Associate Director, World Vision India said “we believe that violence against children is a violation of basic human and child rights. Child sexual abuse affects their survival, health and education. We aim to cover 200 districts and 7000 urban, semi-urban and rural communities to create a safe environment for children through this campaign. We look forward to engage with people from all walks of life towards ensuring a violence free environment for our children.”
The campaign will encourage the public to address values and attitude which condone sexual abuse and exploitation of children. World Vision India will also train parents on child protection, parenting and care at household level and within the community, facilitate school safety program, conduct comprehensive school safety measures for children, establish child protection policies and improve complaint mechanisms in schools. Sexual harassment awareness sessions will also be conducted at the anganwadi centres for adolescent girls.
The campaign will also focus on strengthening existing child programs through multi-stakeholder engagement efforts that will include working with the Integrated Child Protection Scheme and child protection units to strengthen the reporting, referral mechanism and support programs for child protection incidents, organizing inter-agency child protection review to ensure co-operation and accountability, sensitize and train police, teachers, doctors, Auxiliary nurse midwife, lawyers, etc to be sensitive with children and their families when faced with a case. Additionally it will work to strengthen coalitions of community, faith-based and civil society organizations to advocate for the protection of children and improve referral systems.

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What happen to the promises for ending VIP Culture Mr. Chief Minister?


The coming of the new government under the leadership of Chief Minister N. Biren perhaps had done many good including bridging of the gap between the police and the common people of the state.
What is more interesting is the sacrifices and dedications of state police force to ensure public trust towards the force which had been non-existence for quite a long time.
Two days back a Superintendent of state Police posted at Tengnoupal Police station had regained public trust towards the force and people have started feeling sense of security if police are seen on the road.
A news carried by this newspaper which was uploaded at our web portal www.imphaltimes.com went viral in social media and response from all people sharing was honour and respect to the District Superintendent of Police Dr. Ibomcha. The District SP jumped to the gorge about 150 ft depth to save accident victim and carried the injured on his back.
Just a day after people started praising police force, a son of a Minister who was driving a costly car intentionally hit two police personnel who were on duty in the heart of Imphal city. The two policemen sustain leg injury and as of now it is not certain that both the police constable could be able to continue the service as it is not sure on the repercussion of the injury cause by the incident. A newspaper reported the driver of the car is the son of MAHUD Minister Th. Shyamkumar. As the car driver who intentionally hit two police constables, who were on duty, happened to be son of the Minister, no action was reported taken up. Even the police had not filed any case. Instead it was reported that after the police team learnt that the driver is the son of a minister he was taken to his father’s quarter with high respect.
When people started having trust in Police, the nature at which the police team set free the Minister’s son without taking up any action again created a crack.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had time and again assured to end the VIP culture but in reality the VIP culture still continue. Sons and daughters of Ministers are treated with different laws allowing them to hit even police men on duty while the common men get arrested just for violating a rule or for not following orders of police men.
There are good police officers who showed no differences among VIPs or Common  men but instead of following the path of such officers some police men who is suited to be called “Black Sheep” are spoiling the image of the police force by treating sons of VIP as their demi god so as to get blessing from the Minister (their father).
Chief Minister  N. Biren should punished the police officer who failed to take action against law breaker and who attack the police constables for his inefficiency in rendering his duty or else people will lost trust in your promise to end VIP culture.

18th Arambam Somorendra Martyrdom Anniversary tomorrow

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Imphal, June 9,

As observed every year, 18th Arambam Somorendra Martyrdom Anniversary is organising tomorrow the 10th June at Lamyanba Shanglen Palace Compound her in Imphal.  
Lecture programme this year organised by the Arambam Somorendra Trust will be delivered by Dr. Amar Yumnam on the topic ‘Manipur and development , Political economy of collusion.
Dr. Chongtham Priyoranjan, Associate Professor , Dept. of Economics, MU will preside over the lecture, While Dr. Chinglen Maisnam , Senior Assistant Professor shall be discussant.


Who is Arambam Somorendra?
Arambam Somorendra (Tamohal to friends and admirers) was born on 12th July, 1935 at the Sagolband Meino Leirak, Imphal. He was the eldest son of Arambam Darendrajit (Manipur Sahitya Parishad Kavi Ratna Upadhi awardee, 1948) and Arambam (O) Jamini. Arambam Lokendra and Arambam Shantibala are his younger brother and younger sister, respectively. Somorendra grew up at a tumultuous time when Manipur was just freed from the colonial yoke of the British and the people of the erstwhile sovereign kingdom was learning to live under a short-lived interim Government within the framework of duly drafted constitution but was merged with the Indian Union in 1949 in controversial circumstances.  Born to a litterateur family and being a gifted writer who had the eyes for details, he used literature as well as moving arts as the medium of spreading political consciousness to the people. He became a victim of violence when he succumbed to bullet injuries on June 10, 2000 during a seminar on “Women’s Sumang Lila in Manipur” at the Khurai Nandeibam Leikai, Imphal.
Somorendra studied at the Johnostone School, Imphal and received matriculation from Churchand High School, Imphal. He developed his radical political career during his school days and fought against police excesses at a very young age. He sharpened his vision for a just society during his college years (1955–1958) at the D.M. College, Imphal (affiliated to Guwahati University) started writing on social and political issues as well acting in dramas and writing song lyrics. During this time the Amateur Artists Association popularly (1956) founded along with his friends, merged with the Aryan Theatre. He completed his masters in political science from the Pune University in 1963. Some of his important writings are:-
THE PUBLISHED DRAMAS
1)    Judge Sahebki Imung (The Family of Judge Saheb), 1973, published by Arambam Jamini Devi, Sagolband Meino Leirak, Imphal.
2)    Karbar (Business), 1976, published by Arambam Jamini Devi, Sagolband Meino Leirak, Imphal.
3)    Dasa (Misfortune), 1978, published by Arambam Jamini Devi, Sagolband Meino Leirak, Imphal
4)    Yenningthagi Ishei (The Song of Spring) 1981, published by the Manipur State Kala Akademi
5)    Tirtha Jatra (Pilgrimage), 1975, published by the Cultural Forum, Manipur, Manipuri Lila Macha.
6)    Nong Tarakle (The rain hath come), 1978, Naharol Vol. 20, the Gauhati Manipuri Students’ Association.
7)    Sakhangkhidraba Lanmee (The unknown soldier), 1989, the Manipuri Chanura Leishem Marup (Macha Leima) - Vol. 34,35/36,
8)    Mirang (Cobweb), 1994, published by Arambam Sornorendra for Meino and Khomdon Publications, Sagolband Meino Leirak, Imphal 9)    Leipaklei (The Flower of the Earth), 1993, published by Arambam Somorendra for Meino and Khomdon Publications, Sagolband Meino Leirak, Imphal
10)    Sanatombi, 2001, published by Ararnbarn Somorndra Trust on 10 June
11)    Tangang Mahajanna Tubada, 2002, published by Arambam Somorendra Trust on June 10,
12)    Hayengdagee Canteen Bandh, 2002,published by Arambam Somorendra Trust on June 10,
13)    Ipu Thangal General & Sak-Khangkhidraba lanmi, 2002, published by Meinam Lokhon Trust
14)    Nungshithel & Whiskey Bottle Ama, 2003, published by Macha L.eima.
FILMS
1)    Matamgi Manipur, 1972 (The first Manipuri feature film based on Tirtha Jatra).
2)    Judge Shahebki Imung, 1995, Tele play, DDK, Imphal
3)    Eikhoigi Mei, 1995, Tele play, DDK, Imphal
4)    Ishwarna Khangsanu, Tele play, DDK, Imphal

AWARDS
1)    Manipur State Kala Akademi Award for Literature, 1981 on the play “Dasa” (Misfortune).
2)    Certificate of Honour, 1991, Government of Manipur.
3)    Dr. Ambedkar Fellow, 1991 on the play “Chingnungl Thawai” (Soul of Iterior Hills-A Play on Rani Gaidingliu) Awarded by the Dalit Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.
4)    Jamini Sunder Guha Gold Medal for Literature, 1995 on the Play “Leipaklei” Awarded by the Manipur Sahitya Parishad
5)    Sahitya Akademi Award for Manipur Literature on the Play “Leipaklei” 1995.

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Thangso Baite urges for cooperation in model village

Imphal, June 9,

Lok Sabha MP, Thangso Baite stated that the concept of Model village will be successful only if the different departments accept their responsibilities and work committedly.
This was said during the Empowered Committee Meeting for finalizing of Village Development Plan (VDP) held at CC Hall, Motbung village under Saitu- Gamphazol sub-division in Kangpokpi district. Motbung village has been adopted as a model village by MP, ThangsoBaite under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) which is an initiative of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.
“Villagers should be mentally prepared and smart as their village will be considered as a model by their neighbouring villages. They should be modernized in their thinking, education, behaviour and activities”, Baite added. He also urged the Deputy Commissioner, ADC/ADM, SDOs, BDOs and DLOs to sit together frequently and take up necessary steps quickly. He also emphasized on awareness of small issues of hygiene so that the villagers become well aware of it and also asked the district administration to co-operate with the villagers.
The meeting was also attended by MLA Saitu Assembly constituency, Namthang Haokip Chairman Sadar hills autonomous District council Haokhalal Hangshing, Deputy Commissioner Kangpoki Dr. Rangitabali Waikhom, ADC/ADM Kangpokpi Hmangte Lerte Kom, SDO Saitu Gamphazol N. Johnson Meetei, Motbung village chief Kaikhosei Lhouvum,  SDCs and all District level officers of Kangpokpi.  
Under SAGY, Motbung, as a model village, will look to develop in eight different sectors viz. human resource, basic amenities and services, social security, economic development, personal, social, environment development and good governance. The main motive of adopting model village is fulfilling the goals of education for all, healthcare for all, connectivity for all, power for all, immunization for all, water for all and banking for all.
Later, the Motbung village authority also presented tokens of appreciation to the dignitaries.  

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