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Black Day Observes: over 905 victims still not delivered justice

Imphal, Sept 13: Commemorating the 1990s bloody ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the NSCN-IM, at which over 905 Kukis including women and children were slaughtered in the most merciless manner, Kukis from across the state today observed ‘Black Day’ or SHANIT NI.
Between 1992 and 1997, NSCN (IM) had launched attacks across Manipur, killing over 905 Kukis and burning down 360 Kuki villages. One lakh villagers became refugees on their own land.
Kukis the third largest community in the state observe September 13 as a ‘black day’ every year.
Observing Sahnit Ni or ‘black day’ to mourn the victims, the Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding that these criminal acts be brought to and resolved in a court of law before the Centre and NSCN (IM) reach an agreement in the ongoing peace talks. KIM is the apex body of Kuki civil bodies in Manipur.
Observing Sahnit Ni or ‘black day’ to mourn the victims, the Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding that these criminal acts be brought to and resolved in a court of law before the Centre and NSCN (IM) reach an agreement in the ongoing peace talks. KIM is the apex body of Kuki civil bodies in Manipur.

“The demand for justice has not been met despite the fact that the government is morallu obliged to resolve it,” the memorandum, signed by KIM president Thangkhosei Haokip and general secretary Khamliankhup Lianzaw, said. It added that the Kuki Inpi will be “forced to decide the collective political fate of the people” if the Centre fails to address this. every year by the Kuki people everywhere as a day of mourning and prayer for the 900+ innocent Kukis slaughtered by the NSCN-IM.
“The Kuki people have been seeking justice for these innocent who had fallen victims to NSCN-IM’s ethnic cleansing policy. But the central government seems to feign ignorance of this crime against humanity. Rather than prosecuting the criminals the government instead engaged them in a dialogue and signed the Framework Agreement” a leader of the community said.
In connection with the observance protest rally were staged at various places.
The KSO General Headquarters has earlier appealed to all and sundry to observe the 2 hrs long bandh/hartal as a mark of respect for all the deaths.

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Perplexity trends

In an effort to keep up with the increasing pace of development and advancement in every sphere, our lives are being forced to conform and keep pace with these progressions.
With this hastened pace of existence, an inevitable change is taking place- what is now being accepted as the “quick-fix” mantra or instant gratification- instant food, instant drink, instant relationships and instant solutions. Such changes, borne out of necessity rather than a fad, bring with it various radical changes that cater to the needs and conveniences, most remarkable being the spawning of a whole new sector of packaged foods and drinks that can be used in an instant.
The increasing incidences of adulterated packaged foods and drinks being detected and reported, with the concerned Government officials seemingly waking up from their long slumber is a welcome and positive sign of the increasing awareness of the general public of the realities facing our society at present. The unanimous condemnations and protests, while understandable and desirable, could also spell a premature demise of a nascent industrial movement in the State. We should spare a moment to delve deeper into the actual trials and tribulations that a few of our pioneering people from the State are facing to bring about a revolution of sorts by fighting against almost insurmountable odds to turn their dreams into reality. Taking the trodden path has always been fraught with dangers and uncertainties, especially in a State like ours where only negativity and pessimism thrives, not to mention the teeming parasites lurking in the shadows, waiting for any vulnerabilities and weaknesses of fellow beings to take advantage of.
The Government should take proactive steps and help out these struggling start-ups to flourish and show the way to an industrialized society instead of taking a negative and punitive stand. It would be stating the obvious to mention the fact that the laws, measures, plans and steps of the Government  at present is not conducive for the growth of industry-  from investment and financing problems to the utter absence of support and encouragement which is vital for a sustainable and viable industrial atmosphere.

Bottomline- the Government and the public should make constructive criticisms, suggestions and extend a helping hand to the struggling industrial pioneers of this State if we are to usher in an era of industrial growth and prosperity.  

Mao Union donates to CM relief fund

Imphal, Sept 13: Mao Union, Imphal donated Rs. 55,000 to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) to help the flood affected people today.
The amount was handed over to Chief Minister N. Biren Singh by a team of the Union at Chief Minister’s Secretariat. N. Biren thanked the Union for their kind gesture and generosity.

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STDC to resume movement

Imphal, Sept 13: Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee (STDC) for the Meitei/ Meetei community is all set to resume its movement for inclusion of the Meitei/ Meetei community as Scheduled Tribe under the constitution of India. A statement by Waikhom Anand Meitei, Publicity Secretary said that that a public meeting will be convened on September 24 at Iboyaima Sumang Leela Sanglen Palace Compound from 10.30 am. The STDC requested civil society organisations and Meira Paibi to sent their representatives to attend the public meeting.

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