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Karnataka Impact: Opposition leader submits memorandum to Governor demanding dismissal of BJP led Govt. in the state

DIPR
Imphal, may 18,

Political development in Karnataka State Assembly at which the governor of the state Vajubhai Vala invited BS Yeddyurappa of BJP to form the government on the basis of being the single largest political party has sparked another political conundrum in Manipur prompting the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee swung into action demanding dismissal of the present BJP led government.
Leader of the opposition Okram Ibobi, today submitted a memorandum to the governor of Manipur requesting for dismissal of the present Government and to invite the congress party to form the government.
Speaking to media persons after submitting the memorandum at around 12 noon today, Okram Ibobi said that congress party win 28 seats in the last assembly election when the BJP won in only 21 seats. But the governor of Manipur Dr. Nazma Heptulla instead of inviting the single largest party invited BJP which form post poll alliance with NPP, NPF and some others.

Ibobi said that his party had explained the in charge – governor, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi about position of the congress party.
“Karnataka Governor had invited the BJP to form the government where there is no magic number, so why not Manipur also be given the same opportunity”, Ibobi said.
In the memorandum submitted to the Governor of Manipur the Opposition leader stated that the term of the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly expired on March 18, 2017 and the new house was constituted only on March 19 , 2017 by the order of the Election Commission of India dated March 14, 2017, where it was clearly mentioned that the life of the 10th Assembly will expire on March 18 or a date when the that time government resigned and sought dissolution of the house. However the governor invited the leader of the BJP Legislature Party to form the government and the Chief Minister and his council of Minister was sworn in on March 15, 2017even before the 11 Manipur legislative Assembly was formed.
The memorandum also stated that such is a total violation of the constitution of India and the law of the land.
The Opposition Leader Okram Ibobi also charge that the present government was sworn in illegally and urged him to dissolve the house and to invite the single largest party Congress to form the government.
Ibobi while speaking to media persons had also stated that the party should be given chance to prove majoiryt in the house if fails the congress is ready to step down.  

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Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar sworn in as the 5th Chief Justice of High Court of Manipur

DIPR
Imphal, may 18,

Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar was today sworn in as the   5th Chief Justice of High Court of Manipur. Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi administered the oath of office to Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar at a ceremony held at the Darbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, Imphal. Justice R. Sudhakar was appointed as Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur by the President of India on May 9, 2018.
Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar hails from Panapakkam Village, Vellore District, Tamil Nadu. He graduated with a Bachelors’ Degree in Life Sciences from Loyola College, Chennai and obtained a law degree from Madras Law College. Justice R. Sudhakar was enrolled as an Advocate in the year 1983 and started practice as an associate of the Legal Luminary and Senior Advocate Shri Habibullah Badsha, former Advocate General of Tamil Nadu and Public Prosecutor of Madras High Court. Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar, was appointed as a Judge of the Madras High Court in 2005 and in 2016, he was appointed as a Judge of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir. Later he was appointed as Acting Chief Justice of High Court of Jammu & Kashmir in the year 2018.
The Swearing-in Ceremony was attended by Chief Minister  N. Biren Singh, Deputy Chief Minister  Y. Joykumar Singh, Rajya Sabha MP Shri Ksh. Bhabananda Singh, Former Chief Minister and Opposition Leader Okram Ibobi Singh, Former Deputy Chief Minister  Gaikhangam, Cabinet Ministers, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, and other Senior Officials of the State Government, Senior Advocates and Judges of High Court of Manipur.

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DM College Students warns agitation if the academic atmosphere is disturbed while converting into university

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Imphal, May 18,

Joint Students’ Union of D.M. College Science, Arts and Commerce has warned serious agitation if the academic atmosphere of the college is disturbed while converting into deem University.
Government policy of converting D.M College into University level will be pointless, as there is no upgrade in master subjects for the students who wish to go for further studies in different subjects said Arambam Vikash, Convenor Joint Students’ Union of D.M. College Science, Arts and Commerce during a press meet conducted today at the office of D.M College of Arts.
Vikash said that as the D.M College has been announce as university, a big room will be provided for those students who can’t get admission in Manipur University or those who cannot afford to take admission in different colleges of outside states. Even there are needs for more teachers in addition to the current teachers three Arts, Science and Commerce stream without transferring or replacing them, he added.
Vikash said that up-gradation of D.M College into University level is a good initiative taken up by the government as an improved and proper education will be provided to the upcoming students of today’s society.
No seeds for corruption should be sowed if the concern plans for a better academic atmosphere since D.M. College is one of the premier colleges in Manipur as well as in North-East States, he added.
Vikash further said that it is very unfortunate to see the concern negligence to notify a fix date for admission or enrolment of new students in the university despite the admission season is running.
Instead the concerns are busy spending their times in setting up a proper accommodation for the Vice-Chancellor in-charge of the university, he added.
The students’ union appeals the concern to add more subjects from the coming academic session and to announce the admission date of the university at the earliest before the academic session begins.

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Rape victim lost hopes; says she is in dilemma whether she will be able to wait for justice or not

IT News
Imphal, May 18,

Victim of rape, who has been waiting for justice for nearly a year has said that she now lost hope in getting justice as the accused is an MLA in the ruling government and even the law enforcers had stated her that they can’t do anything as the accused is in power now.
“Even a lady Additional SP of the police department had come to the local people as filler to end the matter through amicable means”, the victim girl who had alleged the Sekmai Assembly Constituency MLA H. Dingo of raping her on false promise said to media persons at her Thangmeiband residence.
A media team along with the members of Socialist Students Union Manipur (SSUM) and Proletariat Feminist Movement Manipur (POFM) were surprise to heard that even the Superintendent of Police of Imphal West at which she approached for delivering justice told her that he is helpless as the man he alleged is an MLA of the ruling party.
Sunita (name change) said that having no means she filed a case to the High court praying for justice but as those authority who are responsible for filing charge sheets keep on delaying the matter, she now have lost in the entire system. “I don’t know whether I should wait for my time or not or whether I will be able to do it or not as everyone seem to be on the side of the MLA”, she said.
She further added that the matter was brought to the notice of the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Meeyamgi Numit , but except signing on the complaint note nothing has been done so far.
On being asked if any threat has been recieved to her she said no.
“I have no parents now , I have no one to support me , all I am doing is waiting for justice , but how and how long keep haunting me every day”, the rape vicitm said while talking to media persons.
POFM president Surjabala, said that they will extend all possible help to the victim girl until justice is being delivered.
SSUM President said that the organisation will also extend all help in delivering justice to her.

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Thanga Gang Rape case handed over to crime branch Imphal; 2 accused plead for anticipatory bail

IT News
Imphal, May 18,

Infamous Thanga Gang rape case at which five persons allegedly rape a 14 years old minor girl at Thanga in Bishnupur district  on February 13 this year, has been handed over to the crime branch Imphal for further investigation. Of the five accused, 2 have applied for anticipatory bail, a source said. Both the persons are the brother in law of the BJP leader at which the family member of the victim had stated during  meeting with media persons.
Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) while appreciating the handing of the case to crime Branch Imphal had appealed to speed up the investigation and also to arrest two culprit involved in the crime.
The forum also appreciated the order passed on 14/05/2018 by the Juvenile Justice Board, Bishnupur to conduct a Preliminary Assessment of the Prime Accused Mr. Boi (name changed) as per the Section 15 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 in connection with the Thanga Gang Rape on 13th of February, 2018.
It could be noted that it is probably the first time in the history of JJBs existing in Manipur to passed an order by the JJB Bishnupur to conduct Preliminary Assessment of the culprits under the section 15 of the JJ Act, 2015. The ossification test of the culprit revealed the age to have been fall between 18-20 years of age.

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Bollywood style: Film actor turns politician Kaiku is all set to contest 2019 MP election as independent candidate

IT News
Imphal, May 18,

Popularly known in Manipuri film industry as Kaiku, R.K Somendro, one of the favourite film actor of Manipuri Film world and fans of thousands youngster, is all set to contest the upcoming Parliamentary election in the Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency.
The 41 years old film star turns politician today launched his election campaign by taking blessing from local deity “Ima Khunthokhanbi” at Thangmeiband and staged a road show in all area of Thangmeiband Assembly Constituency along with his supporter. Earlier Kaiku was an important state member of the LJP but after quitting the party he is contesting as an Independent candidate.  
He is the son of RK Modhusana and RK reba Devi of Thangmeiband Meisnam leikai , Imphal West.
On a question on why he wanted to contest election – the simple answer he gave was , “ I want to serve the people of Manipur”.
R.K [email protected] Kaiku is the Second Film star who joined politics and campaign to contest election after (Late) Wangkhem Basantakumar in Manipur. But in Tamil Nadu, Maharastra, Bihar, Rajasthan and even at Delhi many film star had contested and even become the Chief Minister.
Popularly known as ‘Ama’ to all Tamilians of Tamil Nadu was a superstar in South India. She was one of the best Chief Minister of thr country.
The present Union Minister in the Prime Minister Modi led government Smriti Irani is also an actor turn politician. Bollywood star Shatrugahan Sinha was elected as the MP from Bihar.
Bollywood actor Hema Malini, who is still remember for her humorous dialogue - Chal Dhanno ... aaj teri Basanti ki izzat ka sawaal hai (Go Dhanno ... today is the question of Basanti’s honor in the all time super hit movie Shollay also joined politics and become MP from Mathura in 2014.
Superstar Amitab Bachan, his wife Jaya Bachan , Raj Babar etc. all joined politics and become MPs.
Film star joining politics and become successful is not new in India.
Former President of the United States of America Ronald Reagan was also a onetime famous Hollywood star.

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Of 3 Ws – Beware

It takes a lifetime to build up a reputation but a moment to ruin it. The adage couldn’t have been truer than for people who are constantly in the glare of the public. It would indeed prove a difficult task for anyone to tread the line and balance the private and public side of oneself. This is the inconvenient choice one has had to make when the decision to spend one’s life in the public domain is made. And given the inherently instinctive nature of man, it would be an understatement to say that every step that an individual takes is fraught with temptations, enticements and influences that could and often lead to disastrous results. A restive society such as ours is often a hotbed for various forms of enticements, corruptions and temptations as have been experiencing by the public till the present day.
The recent uproar by one students’ body and some few other civil society organisations in the state regarding the disrespecting of victims of rape is a serious issue and need to be pondered upon as it will reflect the mindset of those in power.
War, by its very definition is the state of armed conflict between different groups- political, ethnical, social, religion of financial. While there is a perceptible improvement in the situation in the state regarding administration of law and order, it would be a blunder for anyone to assume that the society has returned to normalcy. However, credit must be given where it is due and it would not be much further from the truth to state that the Biren-led state government has managed to make exemplary headway in steering the society towards the path to peace and reconciliation and as a result the general feeling of the public has been an upbeat one. The air of uncertainty and suspicion that was hanging like a suffocating shroud over the entire state has been lifted, replaced by a palpable feeling of bonhomie and appreciative gestures all around. However, it would be a premature move to hark on the achievements if one could term it as such because the present situation should rather be viewed as a desirable beginning towards a long and arduous journey. Wine, and all drinks alcoholic has been portrayed as a cause for many a misery in the society, and not without any reason. And yet, it has been accepted and offered as a drink for the gods among some faiths and has been an integral part of rituals and cultures for since time immemorial. And the so-called ban on alcohol in the state is but a half-hearted joke which is neither beneficial nor effective. The issue should be on regulation and awareness rather than on total prohibition which only encourage unscrupulous bootleggers and spurious products, not to mention the loss of precious income to the state. The most pragmatic solution would be to lift the prohibition and instead enforce strict regulations on sales and consumption.
Women have been proven to induce cognitive impairment in men according to scientific experiments. Wars have been fought and dynasties have been laid waste on account of women since ancient times beginning with when Adam fell prey to Eve’s words despite god’s warning. Cut to the present, our society is no exception and there are more instances than one would care to acknowledge of the influence and sway women holds over men who are in positions of power and authority. There is the ever present threat of well-meaning and righteous leaders giving in to the emotional manipulations and wiles of women who managed to capture their attention and interest, and if the past is any indication it would only be right for the public leaders to exercise caution in this regard else all efforts and intents will come to naught along with their reputations. The worst loser will be the public who will ultimately bear the brunt of such foolish indulgences.
It is at this point that anything related to the insult of women need to be tackled with due seriousness.

Story of Silence

This write up is an excerpt from Prof. Angomcha Bimol’s speech delivered on 10th June 2012 under the tittle “Towards a Wholesome Holistic Self On Silence, Identity and Coloniality of the Postcolonial”,  on occasion of Arambam Somorendra Memorial Lecture here in Imphal

Ladies and gentlemen, I request you to rekindle your intimacy with stories. For, in the course of this lecture, I shall be sharing some familiar and, perhaps, some not-so-familiar, stories of, about and on Manipur and her people as a way of searching for, what I shall call, a wholesome holistic self. In order to communicate that search, a quest that seeks to transcend, amongst others, the fragmentation and estrangement that mark our society and polity today, I have titled the lecture ‘Towards A Wholesome Holistic Self: On Silence, Identity, and Coloniality of the Postcolonial’. Since a search for self is an existential question, I might as well begin the search by sharing an incident from my personal story, with a hope that, along the way, you will also find echoes of your experiences in the inflections or shades and hues of this story and the other stories that I shall share with you today.
Some fifteen odd years ago, as a part of my doctoral research at Delhi University, I went to interview a gentleman who arguably occupied a significant place in the socio-cultural and political life of ‘postcolonial’ Manipur. The meeting, arranged through a close family friend, was unexpectedly very brief. But it was long enough to put my interview skill as a young researcher through a crucial test. With a palpable enthusiasm of encountering the ‘field’, there I was, sitting face to face with this gentleman, who was then in his late 50s, thin and not particularly impressive or imposing as I had expected him to be, to hear and record the reality from the ‘horse’s mouth’. But hardly had I expected the meeting to be the one as ultimately it turned out to be.
Sitting on a mora in his courtyard, the gentleman went through the pages with printed sentences – that were meant to be parts of a ‘scale’ to measure people’s view on certain political questions. Besides wanting to elicit his views on certain issues and questions related to my research, I needed his judgement on whether those sentences reflect the stand or political belief of a certain section of our society. After going through the pages for a few minutes, he told me that he would not like to give his opinion on the matter! I was taken aback, and did not know what to do for a while. However, I managed to break the uneasy silence that followed his refusal with an edgy smile – on restropect, a smile that communicated a mixture of innocence and helplessness of a young student – and I tried to confront the situation by explaining the ‘neutrality’ and purpose of my research while simultaneously pleading with him to share his views. However, my repeated attempts to engage him on the issues of my research interests could only elicit a consistent refusal from him, and his demeanour that remained calm throughout the meeting matched my increasing sense of desperation. Punctuated by pauses and uneasy silences, and a sense of déjà vu born out of the cycles of pleading from my side and firm refusal on his part, and hope and despair moving back and forth, the encounter that lasted barely half an hour or so was like a frozen space-time zone wherein I was caught with that soft-spoken gentleman. At the end of it all, the only concession he was ready to give in to my persistent effort was that I could talk to his brother, who, he said, also knew all that I wanted to know from him.
Ladies and gentlemen, call it coincidence or destiny, I am standing in front of you to deliver the first Memorial Lecture instituted in the name of that gentleman, Shri (Late) Arambam Somorendra (1935-2000), whose contribution to Manipuri literature and theatre as well as a strand of political awakening that has come to mark the State since 1960s need no introduction. That day, after meeting him, I did come back disappointed, all the way home contemplating the alternative strategies to fill in the vacuum created by his refusal. But it has been a decade and half since that day when I met late Ojha Somorendra for an interview; and in the course of my professional journey that began with the doctoral research programme at Delhi University, I have also learned, and taught students and researchers, on matters related to research in Social Science, including issues pertaining to situations similar to the one I had found myself in once with Ojha Somorendra. However, an aspect that underlies his refusal continues to baffle and bother me even today.
Mr Chairperson, I believe that his refusal that day was not alien to the characteristic silence that has haunted Manipur for a long time. It is a silence that reveals the obvious suspicion and fear that inhabit the hearts and minds of the people in the State. But the question is: does this silence mean anything more than this commonsense awareness that the silence indicates suspicion and fear amongst the people? The answer is yes. To the trained eyes of a student of social science, this silence also reveals the presence of an oppressive condition that undermines the freedom and creativity of the people, and its consequences. With the freedom and creativity of the people subverted, the silence points to the prospect or reality of the stagnation and bankruptcy of ideas and means to lead a better life, and a subverted capacity and resilience to deal with exigencies effectively and efficiently. It reveals helplessness and hopelessness amongst the people as they slip further into the quagmire of decadence. Besides, this silence also speaks of the death of the conscience keepers of the society, death of those who are responsible for ensuring its health against odds. It is worth remembering that history is replete with stories of people who sailed against all odds to effect reformation and transformation or bring about radical and revolutionary changes in their societies. Thus, with freedom and creativity being undermined, the death of those conscience keepers, such silence could very well be an uncanny announcement of the absence of virtue, courage, and ability of a people to survive as a collectivity.
Sometimes I also wonder whether the silence has become a living testimony of our own complicity in the making of what Manipur has become for sometime now. For, the silence feeds, and also gets fed by, the cynicism of the helpless (and the cowards?), the twisted logics an myopic visions of the powerful, the blurred boundary between the informed views and rhetoric and hearsays, the forsaken public space inhabited by masquerading private interests, the unprecedented communal and sectarian ethos that beckons hatred and bloodshed, and, above all, the debilitating violence that has become progressively grotesque in Manipur over the years.
Ladies and gentlemen, by now you must have forgotten that I was sharing a personal story of my encounter with the silence. Because, presumably your own personal stories must have also echoed in my story, denying it status of being a unique story of an individual. If that is so, it only reaffirms that we do not exist in a vacuum; our individual self is a relational reality and there is no collectivity without these individuals. If some psychologists and social scientists are to be believed, this capacity to find echo and relate with empathy with others is that which makes an individual non-alienated and healthy, and a collectivity consisting of such individuals is a healthy and productive one. Herein lies, ladies and gentlemen, the mutual interdependence between the projects for ensuring the health of the individual and those of the collectivity. A search for non-alienated individuals who can share and connect with other fellow beings is critical to the search for a wholesome holistic self of the collectivity, or vice versa. And it should go without saying that the silence we live with in Manipur is obviously not something that promises such a possibility.
We ought to remind ourselves that those forces which nurture and legitimize the silence are working against our well-being, both a individuals and as a collectivity. Therefore, our survival as a healthy and productive people would depend on our capacity to confront, and undo the detrimental effects of, the deafening silence that has been haunting Manipur. I am sure that there are many in Manipur today who, although numbed by the prevailing circumstances, still dare to hope, or secretly fantasize, to break this haunting silence. As I understand it, public lectures such as this one, is a pointer to that longing.

Govt. simplifies registration to Employment Exchange

IT News
Imphal, May 18,
Not for all districts, but for residence of Imphal West, registration to Employment Exchange for job seekers has been simplified as the process is now fully computerised. An official notification by Employment Officer Imphal West, Ng. Ibohthoi Singh said that any job seeker within the jurisdiction of Imphal West may register their names or renew their registration or even upgrade their qualification details on line from any Common Service Center (CSC) or by logging in on the official web site of the dept. www.eservicesmanipur.gov.in.
Documents required for uploading while registration are Aadhaar, Passport size photo, educational qualification certificates. The digitally signed registration/renewal/upgradation card can be downloaded by using the application number.
Time limit for renewal of the registration is three months failing to do so will automatically removed from the list registered in the department.

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Culture shows the relationship between human beings and its relationship with nature- Dy. CM

DIPR
Imphal, May 18,

The 60th Anniversary (Diamond Jubilee) Celebration of The Cultural Forum, Manipur was held yesterday at Chandrakirti Auditorium at Art & Culture Complex, Palace Compound in Imphal. Deputy Chief Minister YumnamJoykumar Singh while gracing the Celebration as Chief Guest said, Manipuri Culture is one of the most developed cultures in the world. He said, we have rich cultural values in literature, music, songs and dances and even in dress codes. He further said we have to look into the various aspects of what cultural values can influence our lives and what are its significances. Stating that only glorifying our history cannot understand our past, Joykumar Singh said, it has to be introspected so that we can understand the ways of life that people had in those days. Culture shows the relationship between human beings and its relationship with nature as well. Each Society has its own philosophy and therefore it is our duty to follow our own philosophy. We should try to understand our own culture and also try to encourage research on it, he added.
Art & Culture Minister L. Jayantakumar Singh said, the role played by The Cultural Forum, Manipur to preserve our culture is great. He said, although we have rich cultural values, only a few people are working on it. We have to develop a good habit of reading novels, poems and proses so that we can understand its beauty. Jayantakumar Singh further said the Government has beentaking up a number of new initiatives to develop art & culture in the state. He said, a Film City will soon be established in the state.
Education Minister Th. Radheshyam Singh also spoke on the occasion. He said, positive values which are rich in our culture and traditions should be followed. Songs, dances and even in literature, there are good values which not only enjoy ourselves but also give us the positive aspects of our life. Therefore, all negative thinking and weakness should be dropped and rejuvenate ourselves for a welfare society, he added.
Deputy Chief Minister handed over Sahitya Akademi Award, 2017 to Prof. Rajen Toijamba and Sahitya Akademi Translation Prize, 2017 to Dr. Naorem Bidyasagar. Other Sahitya Akademi Awardee, Prize Winners were also felicitated on the occasion. Cash Awards for achievements in Literature, Culture and other achievements were also distributed.

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