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Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 25 April 2018 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

Students’ and Women’s wing of JCILPS sets deadline for driving out 25 fruit stalls ; Express sceptical to the announcement of introducing ILPS Bill

Imphal, April 25,

Questioning the state government on how the 24 fruit stalls in front of Bhairodan Maxwell Primary and High School at Thangal Bazar have been provided permission while women street vendors selling vegetable on the road sides of Khwairamband Keithel have been drive out by various state force, Students’ and Women’s wing of JCILPS today sets deadlines for driving out the 25 fruit stales.
“When our women selling vegetables at road side at Khwairamband Keithel are being driven out time and again either by the traffic police or by the VDF or by police force destroying their vegetable, how those 25 fruit stall attached to the wall of Bhairodan Maxwell Primary and High School at Thangal Bazar have been given person on what basis at that crowded area”, Samjetsabam Memcha Leima, convenor of the JCILPS Women Wing asked the government.

Talking to media persons near Bhairodan Maxwell Primary and High School at Thangal Bazar, Leima said if the government fails to drive out the fruit stalls from the crowded area within three days time then the JCILPS will not remain quiet.
On the other hand while appreciating the government on its announcement to introduce a JCILPS Bill in the upcoming monsoon session of the state Assembly, convenor of the students’ Wing JCILPS S. Manjit expressed sceptical on the commitment as no stakeholders has been consulted so far about framing of any such Bill.
“Govt. had stated that all stakeholders will be consulted and a Bill that will be agreed by every community of the states will be framed by constituting a Committee”, Manjit said and asked the government if there has been any such committee formed or consulted the stake holders.
“We have witness a mass uprising as a Bill which turns out as an instrument to protect the outsiders has been introduced in the state assembly, we would not tolerate if any Bill that will not be accepted by the people is introduced”, Manjit warned the govt.

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Poverty kills: Wife died, husband in critical state after the couple consumed caustic soda

Imphal, April 25,

Unable to find means for survival and probably seeing to means to bear to the cost of their only 6 years old son, a couple consumed caustic soda to kill themselves but the husband survives in critical state while the 42 years old wife succumbed at the hospital.
The incident reportedly happened at around 2 am today morning .
The deceased Sarangthem Ningol Leimapokpam Ongbi Sundari @ Abem and her husband Leimapokpam Imocha @ Ingocha of Wangkhei Ningthem Pukhri Mapal Makha Leikai were found lying at their temporary residence.

Both Sundari and Imocha were taken to JNIMS hospital, as the condition of both worsen Sundari was referred to Advance Hospital and her husband Imocha at RIMS. Sundari succumbed while her husband is still struggling for life at RIMS.
According to a report from deceased family, last night around 12:30 am, Imocha, after returning from an urgent work left with Sundari without informing any of the family members.
Later at around 2 am family members were informed that the duo were admitted at JNIMS after they were found consuming caustic soda.
A suicide note found indicate that both might have tried to commit suicide as they were unable to fulfill the future of their only 6 years old son due to extreme poverty. Imocha who is a resident of Wangkhei Ningthem Pukhri Mapal Makha Leikai had sold all his property including his house and have been residing at Sundari parental home due to health condition of Sundari and were look after by the bride family members, according to a family member.
Both were unemployed though Imocha work as a daily labourer and had one 6 years old son.

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Threat perception and state media

The advancement in information technology has made today’s world a ‘Global village’ – the term first coined by Canadian-born author Marshall McLuhan. Man born at the extreme corner of Far East Asiatic countries knows, cry and pray for the kind of disasters that happen in Middle East countries or in Latin America. Installation of internet technologies to cell phones which every human being can afford makes the people of our Earth- whose circumference is estimated at about 40,075 Kilometer staying at a communicable distance. Now every human being equipped with cell phone can now talk or stay in touch with any of their friends or relatives staying thousand miles away. Point bringing here is about the changes in the theory of mass media in relevance to today’s journalism. The very concept at which the older generation considered ‘proximity’ as a characteristic of news is somewhat losing its foot.
Professor M.L Stein, the then chairman of Department of Journalism, California State University, Long Beach, Carlifornia in his book “Shaping the News” in 1974 wrote that people are more interested in what happens in their neighbours. The one time presumption that ‘a dog fight on Main Street is of more interest to our readers then fifty thousand foreign troops killed in battle somewhere’ seems to have no relevance in today’s society. Readers are now interested about happenings at distance places if the subject matters is his or her interest.
However, another characteristic of news - ‘Prominence’ on the hand is becoming a matter of more interested subjects for almost all readers. People now want to know what had happen to their leaders, celebrity or the bureaucrats irrespective of where they stay or which country they reside. Every news readers are eager to know the story of successful personality.
Points bringing up here are not to lecture on what is news and what should be reported but this is an attempt to make some of our critic to understand on why the newspaper especially the kind of ours often published story about real heroes or events that happen far far away from our state. Sometimes a mere insignificant event at which some people are of vested interested are often left of and the result is not always good for we in the media fraternity of Manipur state in particular. The other kind of pressure that the media persons sometimes remain helpless is their intentions to get publish their story. Manipur or say Imphal is not a safe place for even VIPs who are escorted by security personnel days and night. It is an open secret that almost all the politicians including MLAs or Ministers or even the Chief Ministers have linked with the UGs , the only thing we don’t have is the proof.
So, what would be the security of those working with the media if in case, some of the individuals or rebels force us to publish stories of their interest. Being taken up this profession, we always stand with our ethics and there is no question of compromising our ethics while publishing stories. But when the government said that this should not be published and this should be published then where is the freedom of speech provided under the constitution of our country. Government machineries can invite news editors and can discussed about the content on objectivity reason but should in no way dictate the media on what or what not to publish. Calls of bandh or blockade by any organisation are in some way an essential news items for media houses living in conflict zone – because it is for the safety and security of the common people that the government machineries cannot guarantee safety. We have PCI guidelines, local code of conduct and this should be respected.
Bottom line is that media should not be harassed at any cost for any reason because we chose this profession not merely to earn for living but with full intention to serve our nation.  

KYKL observes 24th Foundation Day

Imphal, April 25,

Armed rebel group Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) today observed its 24th Foundation day.
A Press statement by Deputy Secretary , Publicity and Research, KYKL, Thoiba Mangang said that at the observance held at 1st Bn of the rebel group, Vice Chairman Toijam Ibochouna who attended the function as chief guest hoisted the party flag and paid tribute to the revolutionary cadres who had laid down their lives for the cause of the movement.
Acting Chief of Army of the group K Nimai presided over the function , while general secretary of the rebel group K Korou and Comrade Punshiba of KCP graced the occasion as guests of honour. Major Thoiba of KYKL read out the message of the Chairman N. Oken.
General Secretary K. Korou while speaking on the occasion stressed on the importance of preserving our identity during the course of revolutionary movement. He also stressed o the contribution by the revolutionary movement in the struggle for protection of the identity and culture of the people. He however said that until the WESEA region has been liberated from the colonial regime it will be difficult to protect the identity of the people of the region.
Vice Chairman Thoiba, while speaking on the occasion stressed on the importance of understanding responsibility and needs for a collective united movement of all revolutionaries group. He said the revolutionary need to understand the globalization movement and ponder on how to move forward the revolutionary movement . He further called on all revolutionary group to jointly fight against the common eney.
The 24th foundation day of the KYKL was also observed at 2nd and 3rd battalion of the organisation and other units as well as at different part of Kangleipak and outside Kangliepak successfully, the statement said.  

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Sit-in-protest for 7th pay continue

Imphal, April 25,

With the continue protest by various government employees department demanding implementation of 7th pay commission in the state and the ongoing cease work strike imposed by Joint Administrative Council of AMTUC and AMGEO, employees of Social Welfare Department, CADA, Town Planning and Manipur State Social Welfare Board staged sit-in-protest at the premises of the office located at A.T. Line (2nd MR Gate), Imphal. 7th pay commission scheme has already been implemented in other North-East states of the country including Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya but government of Manipur is still unable to implement the scheme in the state which is very unfortunate for the employees.
If the state government considered the welfare of the employees of the state, a date should be fix for implementation of 7th pay commission in the state, asserts a protestor.
The protesters held up pla cards reading “We demand Implementation of 7th Pay Commission”.

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CRPF Bids Adieu to Vikram Sahgal, IGP

Imphal, April 25,

A farewell function was organized at CRPF camp Langjing today to bid adieu to Vikram Sahgal, IGP CRPF who is proceeding on transfer to Delhi for his further assignment at CRPF Headquarters. The function was attended by Rajesh Kumar, IPS, the new IGP, Manipur & Nagaland Sector, CRPF, DIGs, Commanding Officers of Manipur based CRPF units, officers and men. During his successful three years tenure in Manipur, Vikram Sahgal played an instrumental role in tackling longdrawn economic blockade on National Highway-2 and successful conduct of a historic free and fair and incident free assembly elections in the states of Manipur as well as Nagaland. He worked in close tandem with state government and Manipur police to provide effective and dynamic support to ensure peaceful law and order situation in the state which has been appreciated across the board. He has always patronized the CRPF institutions to work for social cause. He ensured construction of Toilets and bath facilities along National Highway-2, 37 and 150 in the remote districts of the state for the convenience of the transients. They have been inaugurated befittingly by the  Governor and Chief Minister of Manipur. He had also extended assistance to various sections of the society through several civic action program especially at the Old Age Home Mongsangei and all Manipur Mentally handicapped children welfare organization Mongsangei.
His devotion, dedication and hard work have been widely acknowledged which is evident from the commendations and accolades conferred on him not only from CRPF and State administration but also from the Election Commission of India. The function was followed by lunch at Officers’ Mess in his honor.

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PREPAK to observe 5th Indian Colonialism Resist Day

Imphal, April 25,

Armed rebel group People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) said that the outfit is observing 5th Indian Colonial Resist Day tomorrow the 26th April, 2018.
A press statement of the armed rebel group said that the day is being observed against the various form of atrocities, harassment, killings by the Indian armed force for years. For 69 years after the region has been occupied the colonial force has be suppressing the people of the region and the PREPAK stands to break the chain of colonialism to make a sovereign, self ruled, self sustain develop and socialist state. Base on the colonisation and militarisation, the Indian imperialism has directly or indirectly giving impact to the live of the people of the region. PREPAK expressed shocked over the present condition of the people which is at the verge of extinction of the Kanglei society. The present regime has been trying to make the wrong as truth and the continuing process now make the people – an extreme hardship live. The imperialist regime in the name of democracy has been applying cultural assimilation theories, dilution theories of national identities in education curriculum by challenging the national values and social values of the people of the region. The statement also pointed out that the education force to student to learn the history, politics of the mainland depriving the history and politics of the region. PREPAK terms this process as a long term plant of the colonial India to build up spiritual ties with the people of the region.
The statement of the PREPAK said that if the people of both hill and plain people stands united and fight together, the lost sovereignty of the region can be restored.
The PREPAK statement said that one of the example of Indian force excess to the people of the region is the April 26 incident of 1980 at Patsoi Langjing Khunou . It said, on that day at around 9.30 am Red Army of the PREPAK killed 2 CRPF soldier and injured another. 2 3not3 Riffles were recovered from them by the Red army. As revenge to the attacked, the CRPF personnel station at Langjing killed 5 innocent civilians including a pregnant lady from the surrounding villages. Many villagers including aged people, women and children were tortured harassed by the CRPF personnel. To let the heinous crime against humanity committed by the CRPF remembered by the people as well as to make the people of the world known about such inhuman activities of the Indian Force, the PREPAK has been observing the day as Indian Colonialism Resist Day, the statement said.

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Perpetual Profession of 7 sisters of Bethany Congregation which was held at St.Joseph Catholic Church Viswema

Imphal, April 25,

Final Profession was granted on 21st April, 2018 at St.Joseph Catholic Church, Viswema, Kohima Nagaland to seven nuns; Sr. Methasünü Agatha BS of Viswema Village, Sr. M. Charou Elizabeth BS of Poumai Tribe, Sr. M. Marina Therou BS of Poumai Tribe, Sr. M. Roselima Thamei BS of Rongmai Tribe, Sr. M. Roseline Dukru BS of Chakhesang, Sr. M. Line Raymond BS of Poumai Tribe and Sr. M. Silvia Daphrou BS of Poumai Tribe from the congregation of the sisters of little flower of Bethany have committed themselves in perpetual profession. On this profession they become a permanent and full fledge member of the congregation. During the rite, they make vows to remain throughout their lives in Chastity, Poverty and Obedience to their superiors and in their faith.
The rite of perpetual profession was administered by the main Celebrant, Most Rev.Dr. James Thoppil, DD, Bishop of Kohima Diocese accompanied by Rev.Fr. Charles D’Souza SJ, Parish Priest, Mary Help of Christian, Jakhama, Rev.Fr.Nicholas Kamei, Secretary to Arch Bishop of Imphal, Rev. Fr. Victor Renthungo Odyuo, Secretary to Bishop of Kohima and a host of priest, in presence of Rev. M. Lillies BS, Asst. Superior General, Mangalore and Rev. Sr. M. Joy BS, Provincial Superior, North East Province, Guwahati. Apart from the well wishers of the neighbouring Villages, the programme was attended by delegates from Mizoram and Manipur. The main celebrant in his speech encourages the professed sisters to remain committed and steadfast to their call and commitment. He further states that love is one of the most important thing after food, as crazy things can be done out of love. Similarly, these 7 sisters out of love for their faith and missionary they sacrifice worldly desire to serve God and Humanity. During the rite, professed sisters have requested the Assistant Superior General to be professed and after which they were examined and profession was granted. The most heart touching moment of the profession was that they prostrate themselves in front of the celebrants and a traditional shawl was placed over them by their parents symbolizing giving up of worldly interest for their missionary and religious life. As a sign of their profession a ring and a cross was offered to them.
Earlier, the Eucharist programme was presided over by Sr. Sulahele Teresa BS and that of Felicitation programme was chaired by Sr. Melissa BS, a special number on Tati by VCYA enthralled the gathering. Entrance and offertory procession in traditional tune by men and women troupe.

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