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CM Biren terms Tera blast “Terrorist Act”; KCP claims responsible; people protests

Imphal, Oct 14: Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh has termed yesterday’s blast at temporary amusement park Tera Lukram Leirak that injured 11 persons including a lady and a minor as Terrorist act while the KCP claims responsible of the blast.
In his Facebook post, Chief Minister N. Biren said, “I strongly condemn the blast; this is a terrorist act and nothing else”, “I do share the sentiment of the victim families”.
Meanwhile, Banned militant outfit Kangleipak Communist Part (Peoples War Group), in an email circulated to local media houses, has claimed responsible for powerful bomb blast at the amusement park. The outfit has expressed “satisfaction” over the blast and warned the local people against participation in fairs and carnivals.
In the past too, the outfit had warned people against the practice of gambling and participation in local fairs.

Among the injured persons a woman and a child received serious injuries in the blast and their condition remained critical.
The bomb exploded at around 7 pm. The explosive was suspected to be a hand grenade as police later recovered a hand grenade lever.
Meanwhile, locals of Tera today protested against the blast condemning of triggering the grenade at crowded public place.  

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Oct. 15 retrospection


The merger of Manipur to the Indian Union in October 15, 1949 after the controversial signing of the merger agreement between Maharajah Bodhachandra and the representatives of the Indian Union on September 21 of the same year at Shillong is the root of all mayhem in the present state of Manipur.
For years people of the state have been witnessing several rebel groups observing October 15 as “Black Day” by freezing all wakes of live under the spell of general strike or total shut down. Already armed opposition groups operating in the region had already called total shut down in the region resisting the merger of the erstwhile kingdom to the Indian Union.
The rebels do have their cause in calling the day general strike or total shut down and most surprising thing is the irresponsive attitude of both the state and central government to the calls made on this day. The silence of both the state and central government seems to be a clear indication on the righteousness to the call of the rebel or else why shouldn’t there be any statement from the government authority regarding the reasons that the rebels had put forward justifying their cause.
A stitch in time save River Nine – the saying should be well think upon. For someone who wanted to go deep into the genesis of all this chaos arisen out of the conflict we certainly do have reason to blame the Central government authority for all the present state of our state.

In his book “Open Secret”, Maloy Krishna Dhar, the then joint director of the SIB, an intelligent agency had categorically stated the political and economic condition of the state. As according to him he had submitted reports on why the youths especially the Meitei had frustration to the merger of the erstwhile kingdom to the Indian Union terming it as ignorance from the part of the Union government authority. It was in the late 60s that intelligent agency had understood and further cautioned the Union leadership about the possible raise of a separatist movement as an outcome of negligence and proper understanding about the problem of the state.
Points here we wanted every guardian of the country’s constituency is the need of special attention to the problem of the state. A mere policy for awarding rehabilitation package to some of the rebel groups and signing of peace deal or cease fire is not a lasting solution. Rather it would bring major problem to the state.
A wrong is a wrong, and a right is always right. What is wrong in correcting the wrongs? India now is emerging as a super power and it is not wrong to speculate in the possible interference of external force to distort the country’s unity. The only means to strengthen the ties of the country’s unity is through proper clarification on what had been committed before. It was a fact that people in the state believed that merger of Manipur with the Indian Union was Illegal- a resolution adopted by a peoples’ convention held at GM Hall Imphal in 1993.
Now the mindset of the youth had changed a lot, no individuals are fool enough to be driven by some cheap provocative propaganda. So it is better the government accept what has happened before and should sort out the conflict with proper understanding. After all, rebels waging war are also human beings.

Tune out within dark 

By: Indrakanta Ngangbam
Imphal, Oct. 14:  Hope and persistence can make everything possible. It is seen in a Pena artiste who lost both her kidneys and woke up from the death bed to promote the traditional musical art of the state representing cultural shows in different parts of the globe and nurturing young folk art lovers.
Trained under the guidance of Padmashree Khangembam Mangi,  Ngasam Durgeshori Devi became a Pena exponent contributing in the promotion of the unique Pena music of traditional Manipur showcasing in different platforms. However, remained like an unsung personality.
When this journalist came across her, the history she narrated about her career and struggle turned out to be iconic besides her unpopularity among the masses.
Ngasam Durgeshori, a 33 years old girl from Thangmeiband Lourung Purel Leikai, Imphal was fond of music since her early childhood when she was in class III.  She learnt Hindustani modern music and traditional dance during her early life.  After she entered the Jawaharlal Manipur Dance Academy in Imphal she became acquainted with the Pena, traditional musical art/traditional musical instrument.
 ”I love and practice various types of music and dances, but decided to take up Pena with the motive to promote our less listened music inherited to the people through generations. It appeared as if it remained practiced only in rituals in festivals like Lai Haraoba”, said Durgeshori.
“I was very happy when my parents bought me a harmonium, but I was even more happy when I get a Pena”, said Durgeshori.  
She said she practices Pena to promote traditional art form which is less popular to the youth and feared for extinction with the emerging different forms of modern music. Pena was not practiced by woman in early days, but today it became acquainted with girls too, added Durgeshori.
She is one best among few girls who practice Pena. She is the only girl Pena artiste who was rewarded scholarship by the ministry of culture, Young Talent Scholarship, 2011. She was associated with Laihui, a popular traditional musical organization, in the state.
She teaches the local youth the art when she gets time out of her busy schedules. She has also produced a girl child Pena artist who was rewarded national scholarship, which too was the first for a girl child to get a scholarship in Pena.
She is at present working at Anjika society for Manipuri dance and moment therapy musical institute at Kolkata as a multi art performer and instructor. At the same time she is also serving as music and dance guru in a school in Imphal.
Durgeshori travelled in different parts of the world like Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, Singapore China etc. She remains busy travelling throughout the nation and abroad showcasing the unique art of Pena and its associated folk dances and ballets.     After graduation she completed her master’s degree at Manipur University in Dance. 
During her career she was diagnosed with both kidney failures in 2013.  A couple of years went by and she got her kidney transplant at AIIMS, Delhi. She was almost death with the Hemoglobin content just at 1 (four) as against the normal 12.5. She didn’t lost hope.
“While I was lying weak in the hospital bed, I sing the lyrics of Pena in my heart and mind even though I couldn’t sing them out. I believed I will live and sing loud”, said Durgeshori.
After her transplant she struggled recollect her knowledge and began to write musical lines and slowly picks up the lost vocal and the tune of Pena out of her darkest part of life. She resumes her performances and continue teaching and preaching the folk art.
She got the kidney form her younger brother. Durgeshori is the only girl among four children in the family.
“It was unbelievable that she survived and remains courageous with even after both kidneys were failed, I admire her spirit. But sad, nobody knows the reality”, said Th. Sangeeta, national award winner in dance.
She said there are different forms of Pena of different tribes in Manipur. If a common platform is given and organised Pena festivals regularly, it will certainly help in bringing positive integrity in the state. She also said the appearance of Tangkhul during Lai Haraoba festival shows that the hill and valley people are brothers. Lai haraoba festival is incomplete without a Tangkhul Lad with his spear. ”Pena can remove the division between the hill and valley people in the state.
After returning from Indonesia, Brunei, and Cambodia after showcasing my performance, I was preparing to perform at Singapore. However I became sick and doctors told me of failure of both the kidneys. It was my most socking part in Life. My career was seized while I was at AIIMS. I was worried if I could come back. But the determination and faith in God has brought me to how I am today. During my dialysis I didn’t stop writing notes of the music and practice when I can sit up. With the blessings of the almighty and my determination I am able to continue. Said Durgeshori.
Her life never ends to struggle. Her parents were daily earners. Her beloved mother passed away last year after suffering in hospital with cancer. Her father who is a Mukna (traditional sport) exponent remains weak.
She never shows off her woes to anyone, remained singing the Pena. Durgeshori is jolly to all and one can see only smiles on her face every time. 
She is still surviving with costly medicines being procured by her own earning while at the same time supporting her family. She regularly visits hospital for checkups. Her Pena tune never fails to fill the neighbouring air everyday.  

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Bomb placed at MLA’s residence

Imphal, Oct 14: A Chinese made hand grenade was found today at the residence of Sekmai Assembly Constituency, Heikham Dingo at Khurkhul Awang leikai at around 7.00 am today. The hand grenade was found lying near a Gul Mohar tree at the premises of the MLA’s residence.
Police bomb disposal squad team which arrived at the spot retrieved the hand grenade. Report said that those placing the bomb might not have wanted to blast it or either they have no idea of how to blast the bomb, as the hand grenade was found without pulling the lever. No organisation or individual has claim responsibility for the placing of the hand grenade.

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Manipur Maoist condemns blast

Imphal, Oct 14: Maoist Communist Party, Manipur (MCPM) today condemn yesterday bomb blast at Tera Lukram leirak which left 10 civilian injured. In a press statement, the outfit termed such an act as illogical and injustice. It said the Maoist Manipur had never indulged in any such action which will hurt civilians. It further added that such act like bomb blast in public places might be an architect to sabotage the weeklong protest being prepared the Maoist Manipur to protect the indigenous people of the state from November 11. The Maoist also said that to sabotage the mega movement for protection of the indigenous people of the state there are possibilities that state machineries or whoever not in favour for protection of the indigenous people may target outsiders to divert and suppress the peoples movement. Or the government might used technique like some organisations imposing economic blockade or bandh. The armed outfit appealed people to be aware of any such attempt. The Maoist Manipur also said that they are waging war against the government but they are urging the government authority to formulate a legislation for protection of the Indigenous people of the state. The outfit also appeal all sections of people to jointly struggle for the protection of indigenous people.

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Combing operation

Imphal, Oct 14: Imphal East Police team under the supervision of its SP today conducted search operation at various areas of the district to flush out anti social elements. Source from the police said that the search operation is being conducted as security measures ahead of the visit of Dalai Lama here in the state. The police team led by DSP Imphal East Police Robinson Khamnam and Officer-in-charge CDO I/E Lunthang Vaiphei conducted cordon and search operation as Haokip Veng and Mahabali Awang leikai area. As per information from the police a total of 260 persons including 60 women were verified. There is no report of any arrest.

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Chief Minister graces UKAL’S Mera Meepham

Imphal, Oct. 14: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said that educating the masses about the philosophy, implications and components of Lai Haraoba can do wonders in strengthening the sense of oneness among the people of different communities of the State.
He was speaking as the chief guest at Mera Meepham (Annual Conference of Umang Lai Haraoba) organised by Umang Lai Kanba Apunba Lup (UKAL) at Maharaja Chandrakirti Auditoirum, Palace Compound, Imphal today.
N. Biren said that tranquillity remained elusive in the State due to paying less attention to the common history, culture and origin shared by the people of hill and valley for quite a long time.
Stating that the present State Government has been giving due importance to preserving the age-old traditions and culture of the State, Shri N. Biren said that within a few months after they came to power, the Joint Interrogation Cell was shifted from Kangla.
He asserted that the sacred Kangla is now free from all forms of impurity and it has regained its real essence. Informing that the Government is making cost estimates for the construction of a bridge over Imphal River to enable opening of the eastern gate of Kangla, Shri N. Biren said that he had studied the old map of the fort for the said purpose.
Mentioning the brilliance and achievements of Manipuri people in different fields, the Chief Minister said that the world would acknowledge the ancient high civilization of the Manipuris if the Puyas (ancient scriptures of Manipur) are translated into English and Hindi.
Art and Culture Minister  L. Jayantakumar and Organising Committee Chairman Prof. Ng. Kangjiya Mangang were the guest of honour and president of the function respectively.
Speaking at the occasion, L. Jayantakumar said that every community of the world has the tendency of tracing their origin and blood relations.
Stating that the philosophies and meanings implicated in Lai Haraoba are so significant in terms of studying the origin of the universe and the life cycle of human beings, the Minister opined that utmost care must be given to avoid alteration of its original form due to addition of alien components.

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Intl. Day for Disaster Reduction

Imphal, Oct 14: International Day for Disaster Reduction was observed today Modern College. The observance was jointly organized by Department of Relief & Disaster Management and Deputy Commissioner, Imphal East. Vice Chairman of State Disaster Management Authority, Adim Pamei, DC Imphal East, Th Chitra were present at the observance. A mock drill on disaster management participated by personnel of SDRF and officials from various departments was also held as part of the observance. Deputy Commissioner, Imphal East, Th Chitra said the day was observed to give awareness on how face calamities and provide relief to the victims.

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CORCOM to observe October 15 as National Black Day; calls total shut down

Imphal, Oct 14: Conglomerate of major rebel groups of the region CORCOM is observing October 15 as National Black Day resisting the annexation of the erstwhile Independent nation Manipur (Kangleipak). CORCOM is the join body of the major rebel groups of the region UNLF, PREPAK, RPF and PREPAK (Pro).
In a press statement, the joint body said that there will be total shut down in all the region of Manipur (Kangleipak) from midnight today to 6 pm tomorrow as a part of the National Black Day observance. While calling upon the people of section to support the total shut down call, CorCom said that emergency services, medicals, media and fire service will be exempted from the purview of the total shut down.
Advocating their stand, the statement said that after restoring independence from the hand of the British, Manipur already had its own constitution and conducted democratic election in 1948 before India. Despite the fact that Manipur had its own council of Minister to run the erstwhile nation, the Indian authority had forcibly made the then king of Manipur signed the controversial Merger agreement on September 21, 1949 at Shillong under duress without the consent of the people of the region and the council of Ministers.  Later on October 15, 1949 Manipur was forcibly annexed to the Indian nation, said the statement.
The CorCom statement further said that since the merger, people of the reason has been waging war against the government of India for restoration of Independence of the erstwhile nation.

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