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Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 24 November 2015 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

Overwhelming victory for BJP in Thongju and Thangmeiband AC Bye-election

BJP candidates Khumukcham Joykishan and Thongam Bishwajit to got a thumping victory in the bye-election of Thangmeiband and Thongju Assembly constituencies by defeating rival congress candidate. Soon after the result was declared BJP workers today celebrates the victory in front of their party office shouting slogans about the victory of the party. Some of the workers even danced with joy.
Khumukcham Joykishan of the BJP got a total of 12,104 votes while Jyotin Waikhom of Congress got a total of 10197 votes. Dr. Gurumayum Tonsana of MDPF who had contested in both the assembly constituencies in this bye-poll got only 55 votes in Thangmeiband Assembly constiuency. A total of 72 voters goes for NOTA (none of the candidates).

At Thongju Assembly constituencies Th. Bishwajit of BJP got a total of 14605 votes while rival candidate Bijoy Koijam of Congress got a total of 11393 . Dr. Tonsana got a total of 54 votes in this constituency. A total of 78 voters opted for NOTA. There were no reject voters in both the assembly constituencies. 

Bishwajit workers stones UNACCO school after guards fires towards them

Large number of Thongam Bishwajit’s workers pelted stones to the school of UNACCO at Khongman zone 2 today after noon after a guard of the school allegedly fire a round of gun shots towards them when enjoying the victory of the BJP candidates. Following the news more workers of Bishwajit throng at the area and started vandalising the school properties.

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People of Jiribam suffer due to non availability of Speed Post service

The people of Jiribam are suffering a lot due to non availability of Speed Post service facility at the Jiribam Post Office, which is the only post office in the sub-division under Imphal East.
In a press statement issued by one Thokchom Birachandra, General Secretary, Lamlen Evergreen Club requested the Director Postal Service, Manipur to set a Speed Post Service Centre at the Jiribam sub-division which is 222 Km far away from the District Head Quarter of Imphal East.

He further draw the Director’s attention that since there is no Speed Post facility in the area, the people over there is facing a lot of problems.

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Transgender wants seperate treatment for them at Sangai Festival

Transgender in Manipur face mental as well as physical harassment at the entry gates and washrooms at the venues of the ongoing Sangai Festival. They request the Tourism Department to provide separate entry gates and washrooms at the event sites.
While interacting with media persons at Manipur Press Club, Sandra Nandeibam, Brand Ambassador, Sana Ebemma, told media that they are facing social dilemma while visiting the ongoing Sangai Festival. Sandra said they are being harassed while they stand at the queue on ladies side at the entry gate. Security personals deployed over their send away not to stand among ladies using abusing languages, again if they stand at Gents’ side they are facing inconveniences.  Moreover while using Gent's washroom, they are being mentally and physically harassed, complained Sandra.
Sandra further said regarding separate entry gate and washroom they had already submitted a memorandum to the Director, Department of Tourism with each copy to Staff Officer to the Chief Secretary, GOM, Deputy Commissioner, Imphal East, SP of Police, Imphal East but there were no positive response.  So, viewing the inconveniences, Sandra requested the concern authorities to make arrangements in the remaining 7 days of the mega extravaganza as well as in any social gathering events in future too.

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Manipuri lady Artisan’s Kouna craft mesmerizes tourists at sangai fest

Handicrafts of Manipur have a unique place among the various crafts of the country due to having its own aesthetic and artistic value. Among the crafts, Kouna (Scripus lecustris) craft is most widespread throughout the State because of availability of abundant raw materials and demands from both domestic as well as International buyers. This particular craft has the potential for large scale plantation, production and marketing. Cities like New Delhi and Mumbai and foreign countries, like, UK, Netherlands,Germany, France, UAE and Switzerland are major buyers.
Angom Ongbi Kamala Devi, 47 years wife of Angom Dilip from Kongba Nandeibam Leikai is a success kouna craftsperson who had won state award for master craftsperson 2012 conferred by state commerce and
Industries department for her Kouna craft “ Phingarook”. She along with her sister Oinam Chandani Devi, 40 years wife of Oinam Surendro of Tera Sapam Leirak are showcasing the various products of kouna craft
under the banner “Yaiphabi development Association” at the ongoing Manipur Sangai festival 2015 at Hapta Kangjeibung at stall no. 59. Various kouna made items on display include Lady’s bag, Lukmai, Mat, cushion, Flower Basket, Mattress, Lady’s purse, Jewellery box, Mora (tool). One of the attractive items on display at the stall is Sangai, the blow antlered deer, artistically designed with Kouna.
Kamala said that she had trained more than 20 people in the craft and is now providing employment to at least 10 persons of her locality.
Among the kouna craft items, she receives high demand for Mat, a much needed domestic item in every household of Manipur. She had popularized the artistic skill of Manipur in kouna craft in various craft exhibitions held at Kolkata, Mumbai, Assam, Delhi, Bangalore etc.
“Kouna craft has been a thriving businss for me as I can earn more than 10,000 per month. Kouna which is a main raw material for making various craft items is mainly procured from Nongpok Sekmai,” she said.

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The peoples’ mandate

Both the candidates of BJP today got overwhelming victory in the bye-election of Thongju and Thangmeiband Assembly constituency which declared today. The peoples’ mandate is significant for BJP. Opening account at two assembly constituencies in the state proves that the BJP is slowing wining the heart of many people in the state.
Earlier, it was believed that BJP, the right saffron political party is not suited with the soil of Manipur. But the popularity of the party across the nation and its historic victory in the last parliamentary election under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi does have impact in the state.
If one assess the political theatre of the state, the victory of the BJP in both the assembly constituencies of the state is not all surprising. It was expected but as the state is under congress government people at first assume a little bit skeptical of BJP winning in the seats. Media report during the poll campaign also suggested that the Congress party under the leadership of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi and Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam had put all their effort for their candidates in both the assembly election. But the result declare today showed that the mindset of the people have change. People wanted a change in the political party and people also wanted a test to the BJP.
Having said so, both the BJP candidates who got thumping victory in the bye-election are all tested MLAs of their respective constituencies. They were disqualified under the tenth scheduled of the Indian constitution. Voters of their constituencies know them very well. Their popularity is one factor that lead their winning in the bye-election. Plus the political party they chose is also additional gains for their victory as personality plus political party is a major factor that people has been waiting.
People want to teach a lesson to the Ibobi lead congress government for many reasons. Not because the Congress led government at the state has not done anything but because the discriminatory attitude and high level of corruption is not accepted by the people.
But then there is still two years, the two BJP MLAs will be powerless in the house 60 with congress party having absolute majority. And before the 2017 general election come, the congress need to clean their hands if they really fill that they have to come to power again.

Public appreciates AR Pavilion in Sangai Festival

40 Assam Rifles of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) has established an Assam Rifles pavilion in the ongoing Sangai festival 2015, for enhancing awareness about the force among local populace. The pavilion showcases the history and contribution of gallant soldiers of Assam Rifles in Manipur. Being the oldest Para Military force of the nation, Assam Rifles has been assigned with dual role of internal security as well as border guarding along Indo-Myanmar border. The Force has also been executing numerous civic action and development activities in the State. The Assam Rifles Pavilion aims to impart knowledge to youth regarding the various avenues available to them to join Assam Rifles and Army. Since, the initial days of the Sangai festival, large number of youth have shown keen showing interest in the stall  and have got themselves registered for further recruitment into the Assam Rifles. All visitors have appreciated and lauded the well laid out Assam Rifles stall. As a token of appreciation, memento - pens inscribed with “Assam Rifles - Friends of Manipur”, and brochures providing information regarding recruitment are being distributed by the Assam Rifles authorities. The Assam Rifles cordially invites all visitors of Sangai Festival to its pavilion and especially the vibrant youth to know about the immense employment opportunities available to them.  

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UNLF observes 51st Foundation Day

Proscribed UNLF today celebrates 51st Foundation Day. On the occasion the Central Committee of the rebel group greets the people of the state and presents the group’s annual report.
In the introduction of the annual report the rebel group stated the necessities of co-operation among each ethnic communities residing in the Western South East Asia (WESEA). It stated that it is on this believed that the UNLF has been working whole heartedly to strengthen the relationship between revolutionary groups of the region. Stating about the present state of the movement the Central Committee statement said that on one way revolutionary movement base on ethnic line has been crumbling down and those struggling for sovereignty of all the region too cannot march ahead.
On one hand, there is the degeneration of armed movements based on ethno exclusive character and on the other hand, there is also stagnancy in the struggle based on national liberation objectives.
Both the forms of revolutionary struggle have witnessed their weaknesses over the years.
The UNLF pointed out that the weakness of ethno exclusivist struggles has been the process of forging a new identity based on mobilization of villages and tribes which eventually ends up with leadership crisis based on tribal lines.
Another character of such struggles have been the consolidation of their own tribal unity and identity based on generation of tension with neigbouring communities in an effort to acquire territorial expansion.
This has impacted on collective unity, said UNLF and added that the struggles based on such exclusivist model have ended with talks and agreement with the colonial power and their numbers have increased the recent past.
Even if all the nationalities in the region acknowledged the fact that a collective fight could liberate the region from the yoke of colonial power, the struggles based on community based identity have created a hurdle in the process of a unified collective struggle, stated UNLF.
The outfit added that instead of a unified struggle, the conflict between the India and WESEA has been treated as secondary contradiction and the conflict between the communities have been considered as the primary contradiction. The communities in the region seem to be caught in a trap set by India, alleged the UNLF.
According to the UNLF’s perspective, the contesting tension between different nationalities and people in the region can be resolved through a collective liberation struggle which is the only way towards the future.
Meanwhile, those who are fighting for the restoration of the independent status of their countries have also not been able to bring the unity of all the peasants, workers and oppressed classes under an ideology that could consolidate the ongoing revolutionary struggle.
Due to this failure, there are incidents in which some people from within the revolutionary groups leaving the struggle as they possessed the characters of middle class serving their own interests, stated UNLF.
There is the now the necessity of rectifying and strengthening the weakness of both the types of struggles apart from consolidating the pivotal relationship with the people.
This is why, now there is also the need to adopt a guiding ideology based on the forces of historical experience of liberation struggles, stated UNLF.
UNLF said that the annual statement has been released based on UNLF’s perspectives on ideology, the foundation of revolutionary struggle and other related issues.
Since, the UNLF were established on 1964 had meet different kind of challenges in the form of  physically and pshycologically the organisation will stand for sovereignty until their last breath, their will be no changes on their ideology and principle/motto. UNLF has also request for collective efforts to all the arm-struggling group for their same goal. Here , the organisation clearly mentioned that the proposal of public referendum was made on 2005 to central Govt to conduct a plebiscite, but there was no any official reply to organisational and also blame the central Govt. were cowardice/ timid to conduct such democratic means of conflict solution. Further , the UNLF will continued the struggle with hand to hand on the bond of brotherhood  with western south-east Asia (WESEA) based revolutionary organisation. A humble appealed were also make to all the group inhabited in Manipur irrespective of small or big to support the struggle for regained of our sovereignty in a collective and co-operative ways describing the economy condition of the state were India made live us on captive economy the younger generation of our should aware the diplomacy played by Indian Govt. to continued their colonial rule and the future of the state also lies on our younger generation to make violence state. Last but no lease, UNLF had also pay the tribute to all those who sacrifice their live during their ongoing revolutionary struggle and asked to all CORCOM member to joined hands while framing a new policies to make a long run of struggle against the Indian government with these coming foundation day the central committee of UNLF, Manipur honoured to all the cadre those who lived their live in physically worst condition and taking part the revolutionary struggle from jail and prayed to “Taibang panb mapu” of wellness.

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