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Arrest of 8 Rohingya, What next? Will they become citizen of India after 6 years? – NESO

IT News
Imphal, May 23,

While appreciating the state police for the successful arrest of eight illegal foreign migrants (Rohingya) from Hatta Golapti, Secretary General of North East Student Organisation (NESO) , Sinam Prakash expressed apprehension of the eight illegal immigrants becoming a citizen of the country, if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is passed by the Parliament.
North East Student Organisation (NESO) is an umbrella body of the Students’ bodies from the seven North Eastern States of India, which comprises of   All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), Garo Students’ Union (GSU), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF), Mizo Zirlai Paul (MZP) and All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU).
“It is no doubt that the eight foreign immigrants were arrested, but what next, will they be deported and where”, Prakash questioned, saying that India has not signed any extradition treaty with either Myanmar or the Bangladesh.
Moreover Rohingya will not be accepted as citizen by the Myanmar government neither could be deported to Bangladesh, and the only alternative with the government and the Judiciary is to detain them in prison, Prakash said to this reporter while talking over phone.

As per Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan are eligible for citizenship of India if he or she stayed in the country for not less than 6 years.
Well, Rohingya may be Muslim but it is not difficult for them to convert as either Hindu or any religion stated in the citizenship amendment Bill, the NESO Secretary General said.
On being ask if an ILPS like legislation is passed, Prakash said that Union list will be looked upon if there is any contradiction between state laws and center’s law.
The NESO Secretary General also condemned what the Chief Minister of Manipur had said to media yesterday.
“How could Chief Minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh such an irresponsible statement like the Citizen (Amendment) Bill, 2016 have nothing to do with the state of Manipur?”, Prakash asked.
He said, “The Bill is for the entire country and will affect to the entire states of India particularly the North Eastern states which already face problem of illegal influx of migrants”.

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Left party stage protest against Narendra Modi Government

IT News
Imphal, May 23,

Left party today staged protest across the country against the Narendra Modi Government today. In Manipur too, the left wing political parties in the state today stage a mass protest by organising a public meeting at GM Hall here in Imphal.
“This a protest against the anti people policy and communalisation being underway by the Narendra Modi Govt.”, Dr. Nara State Secretary of the CPI Manipur State Branch said to mediapersons at the sideline of the function.
Nara further said that the left wing party of the state of Manipur too in coordination with the people of the state is on the move to built peoples’ unity against injustice .

Narendra Modi Government has completed 4 years of rule. They may celebrate 4 years of governance. We are also staging against the anti people economy policy of the Modi government which has cheated the common people.
“What has the Narendra Modi Government done for the people of the country since he came to power?”, Dr. Nara asked and said that he had promise to bring all the black money and following that his government had demonetized the currency.
“Modi had said that his government will fill money to the account of all the common men by the black money. Whether he is able to bring the black money hidden abroad by the rich Indian?” , Dr. Nara asked.
No person has ever got even single rupees. Nara also said that many people have lost their live in the course of demonetization and the real sufferance of the demonetization is the grass root, Modi government never felt about it, Nara said.
Modi government is of the corporate, for the corporate and the by the government, Nara said and added that the party is funded by the corporate and voters are bought by the money from the corporate.
Nara further said that democratic and progressive forces will stand against the price hike in petrol and diesel and misgovernance.

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CM attends to about 780 complaints today

Imphal, May 23,
Scores of people turned up on the Meeyamgi Numit to address their grievances to the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.  
The Chief Minister attended to as many as about 780 complaints and personally met nearly 2500 people from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. Speaking to the media persons, Chief Minister appreciated the tireless efforts of the government officials to make the new initiatives of the government successful.
Responding to the rumour that the departments concerned are not taking necessary actions of the directions of the Chief Minister, Chief Minister said that the government had introduced a monitoring system in the Chief Minister’s Office where the Grievance Cell keep track of the follow up action taken up by the departments concerned.

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Students of Kamu Ching Junior High School in dire straits

IT News
Moreh, May 23,

Fate of the students of Kamu Ching Govt. Junior High School which is located about 35 Km from Imphal, under Kangpokpi district in Saikul Assembly constituency is in dire striate as teachers fails to attend the school regularly.
The School have 132 students from the surrounding villages. 7 teachers have been allotted to this school but when a team of Socialist Students’ Union Manipur (SSUM) along with a media team found only 2 teachers attending the school today.
The SSUM and media team were surprise to find one teacher teaching combined students of class IV and V while students of other classes were seen playing inside the class room. And the Head Master of the School L. Rajen was found in his office room. Even as no teachers were found attending the school today, the students’ body found all the seven teachers signed in the attendance register.
Students of the schools which have class 1 to class VIII are mostly from 4 villages which were affected by the Mapithel dam. Parents of almost all the students are hand to mouth earner, they live on daily wages.
The negligence of the teachers, is likely to affect the career of the students.
Co-convenor of the SSUM , S. Yaima while, speaking to media persons said that the Govt. School which was in verge of extinction was admitted by students of the 4 villages last year reaching the number to 132. The differences in the Students teachers ratio is likely to affect the academic curriculum. He drew the attention of the Education Minister to the present condition of the school.
SSUM had arrange a bus service in the area for the transportation of the students of the Mapithel affected villages.

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Deputy CM Inaugurates 3rd Solar Power Plant in Uripok

DIPR
Imphal, May 23,

Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh today inaugurated a roof top solar power plant installed at Basketball Ground cum Community Hall of Youth Club, Uripok Achom Leikai in Imphal. This is the third roof top solar power plant with generating capacity of 5 Kilo Watts being installed in Uripok Assembly Constituency. Speaking at the inaugural function, Deputy Chief Minister said, electricity (power) has been an essential component of our life. He said, with the increasing population, consumption of power has also increased from time to time. In such a situation, power generation from alternative sources like solar energy rather than hydro or other mineral resources should be made in large scale. He said, roof top solar power plants being installed at different places are an ambitious joint undertaking being taken up by MANIREDA with Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited (MSPDCL), and it will help to reduce energy consumption from Power Grids.
Joykumar Singh further stated that under the project, 35 sites within Uripok A/C have been identified for the first phase to install such power plants. He said, documentation and other related works for the 18 sites have been completed and installation works at 3 (three) different sites have also been completed and started power generation.  Another 3-4 plants will also be installed in a few days.  Such plants will generate power which can light a maximum of 70-80 bulbs in the area. He appealed people to co-operate with this initiative so that street lighting at almost all areas under Uripok A/C can be made possible without any extra charges.
Director MANIREDA, Shri L. Manglem Singh said, grid connected roof top solar power plants is an ambitious project which can generate power for consumption and the excess power generated can also be sold to power grid. He said, the project with a life span of 25 years will definitely help to reduce power consumption from grids and also to generate revenues as well.
Deputy Chief Minister also felicitated players of Youth Club, Uripok Achom Leikai who has won the State Level under 13 Sub- Junior Boys Basketball Tournament held in Imphal recently.

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‘Peoples’ Day without converting the complaints into action is of no use’

IT News
Moreh, May 23,

President of the All Moreh Auto Owners and Drivers Welfare Association, J. Khongsai today said that Peoples’ Day (Meeyamgi Numit) is of no use if the government authority fails to convert the complaints and grievances of the people are converted into action. Khongsai said this on the Peoples’ Day organised at the office of the All Community Development Organisation, Moreh today. SDPO Moreh , SDC Moreh , DSP Moreh , OC Moreh PS , OC COMMANDO Moreh today. Various other leaders of the representing different communities also stated that grievances and complaints put up on the peoples’ day have not be fulfilled till now besides the assurances.  
Not only in Moreh, but also complaints concerning public interest at various part of the Tengnoupal district which has been brought to the notice of the government have not been taken up by the concern authority.
“If Peoples’ Day is just for listening public grievances without taking up any measures to solve the grievances it is better not to hold the Peoples’ Day in the future” Khongsai added.

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MNRF says Territorial Council Model cannot compromise the Naga Sovereignty demand

IT News
Imphal, May 23,

Rebel group, Manipur Naga Revolutionary Front (MNRF) said that the RN Ravi’s proposal for a Territorial Council Model can never be solution to the yearlong atrocities and harassment  under the colonial rule. In a statement of the outfit signed by its Assistant Secretary , Rex Kashung , the rebel group said that the concept of Territorial Council  will only create enmity among the various community of the region.
The bloods of Nagas who had sacrificed for the freedom of the nation cannot be compromised with the Territorial Council, the statement added. It further said that the atrocities and harassment being committed to the people of the region can only be stopped after driving out the colonial ruler from the region.
The MNRF appeals to stop all ethnic community to stop playing identity politics and establishment of ethno Nationalism. The rebel group calls on all ethnic community to stand together to drive out the colonial force from the region.

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Cleaning river bank an awaited measures; but driving home aged people is not a good sign of wise government

The recent drive against encroachers to river banks in Imphal area is a much awaited measures. Govt. response to the call for preservation of Rivers needs applause from all section of people across the state. This should have been done a long time back. When Ahanthem Romenkumar was the Superintendent of Police in Imphal West way back in late 80s, encroachers along the Numbul River bank have been dismantled and it was appreciated by one all. Had the then government understood the importance of what Ahanthem Romenkumar had initiated the problem facing today would have solved and perhaps the bad name on Nambul River of being the most polluted River could have been prevented. Well, its not late, the present government is doing well when it comes to the concern for the preservation of Rivers.
Saying so, on second thought, it become important to see on whether the government is sincere enough in rendering their service for preservation and protection of the River. When almost all constructions at the River Banks of both Imphal and Nambul River had been demolished, why not they are taking up measures to make it clean. Leaving all the materials on the side of the River makes the River bank more polluted than before. The way the dismantled structures are left is not a sign of sincerity in the effort to make the River bank free from pollution.
On one hand not every structure constructed on the river bank polluted and obstruct the river flow. Some structures like the waiting sheds instead of giving obstruction to the river flow gives live and hopes to many senior citizens of the state. When one gets old they spare their times with their colleagues by sharing their experience at places where they are not disturbed. Imphal is now a crowded city, there are hardly any place for the aged people to relax at evening. Well there are some place like the Bir Tikendrajit Park in the middle of the city where aged people gathered, but due to locomotion problem many aged people are happy enjoying with their old friends in their locality.
Now after the sheds they spend for leisure during evening have all been dismantled. Aged people now stopped coming out as they now have no place to gathered in their locality. Neither there are good transportation which could take them to some peaceful place nor the government had arranged clubs for clubs for aged people where they could comfort themselves. Yet the government keeps on talking about respecting the aged people.
When government is serious in preservation of the River Banks equal seriousness should be in their mind about the aged people too. Before dismantling, some issues of social problems should have been well discussed and consulted with grass hood level bodies like the ward members or corporators or councillors or the Panchayat members, as they are the one who understood the problem of their locality.
Government much have plan a way out about these aged people before dismantling the shed they depends for few hours relaxation.
This is being said because old is gold and we need them to live longer so that we learnt from their experience on bringing peace in the state. There is no denial to the fake that age brings experience, and with experience comes wisdom. These citizens have accumulated a lifetime of experiences and wisdom which is for us to learn and benefit from. They are often viewed as people who are past their productive stage therefore becoming a burden to their families and are often mistreated and abused. Their opinion does not matter much ad are often ignored and neglected. There have been instances where the old are physically abused.
A pragmatic solution to the problems plaguing the older people in the state needs to be brought out and put into action in right earnest for them to have a better life and a sense of participation. Indeed it is the society which will stand to benefit from the vast experience and wisdom these people have acquired in their lives and their studied opinion and inputs will definitely be a guiding principle in the formulation of various plans and schemes.
A place to start can be recreation homes where the senior people at the close proximity to discuss various issues with the youths and even government officials can and should consult them in their official capacity with the old who have had experienced the particular field or department.
The steps taken up by these wise people should be appreciated and encouraged with more opportunities for the youths be made to increase interaction which will lead to mutual appreciation on both sides which in turn will enable to build a balanced and improved society.
Well, even though it is felt necessary to dismantle the Sheds on the river bank where aged people gathered, the government should have think of an alternative cleaning the River bank.
It is not late , government can certainly think of a way out to solve the issue of establishing an alternative place where the aged people can have some leisure time and that too which are not far from their locality in consulting with the local bodies members.  

KARUNA- Please kindly read the message and not the messenger

 By -Thangjam Yumjao Meitei

Karunagenerally translates as “Compassion” in English and is a concept used in the spiritual paths of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The word comes from the Sanskrit kara, defining “to do” or “to make,” implying an action-based form of compassion rather than the pity or sadness associated with the English word.
According to Buddhism, Karuna is an aspiration, a state of mind, wanting others to be free from suffering. It’s not passive nor empathy alone but rather an empathetic altruism that enthusiastically endeavors to free others from suffering. Genuine compassion must have both wisdom and loving-kindness (Metta). That is to say, one must understand the nature of the suffering from which we wish to free others which can be rather define it as wisdom and one must experience deep intimacy and empathy with other sentient beings. It is the doing of something to alleviate suffering.It is a key element of the yogic path, opening the door to the enlightenment and oneness with the universe.
It is a mind that is motivated by cherishing other living beings and wishes to release them from their suffering. Sometimes out of selfish intention we can wish for another person to be free from their suffering; this is quite common in relationships that are based principally on attachment. If our friend is ill or depressed, for example, we may wish him to recover quickly so that we can enjoy his company again; but this wish is basically self-centered and is not true compassion. True compassion is necessarily based on cherishing others.
When a dog sees her puppies in pain she develops the wish to protect them and free them from pain and this compassionate wish is her Buddha seed.Unfortunately, however, animals have no ability to train in compassion, and so their Buddha seed cannot ripen.Human beings, though, have a great opportunity to develop their Buddha nature. Through meditation we can extend and deepen our compassion until it transforms into the mind of great compassion – the wish to protect all living beings without exception from their suffering. Through improving this mind of great or universal, compassion it will eventually transform into the compassion of a Buddha, which actually has the power to protect all living beings. Therefore the way to become a Buddha is to awaken our compassionate Buddha nature and complete the training in universal compassion. Only human beings can do this.
In general everyone already has some compassion. We all feel compassion when we see our family or friends in distress, and even animals feel compassion when they see their offspring in pain. Our compassion is our Buddha seed or Buddha nature, our potential to become a Buddha. It is because all living beings possess this seed that they will all eventually become Buddhas.
There are different types of Karuna. In this world, people’s compassion is based on love and is emotional. To those they like, they show compassion. To those they dislike, they do not show compassion. This kind of compassion is called love-affinity compassion. It is based on worldly love. The Karuna of bodhisattvas is called dharma-affinity compassion. The bodhisattvas know that all dharmas are equal. The compassion that one has for sentient beings should be the same that one has for oneself. This compassion is based on a profound and true principle. The compassion of Buddhas is called great compassion. It arises entirely from a pure mind, an impartial mind, and a mind that knows everything is one entity. This is true compassion and loving-kindness.
In Buddhism specifically for sentient beings with reference to liberating them from the suffering of samsara, the cycle of birth and death. Particularly in wisdom and compassion are the two primary virtues and as such, so much can be characterized as having to do with compassion that any bibliography on the topic is by necessity somewhat arbitrary and highly limited in its selections. Regardless, it can be argued that certain figures carry a special emphasis on compassion. Bodhisattvas, who vow to bring all sentient beings to awakening, and among them especially Avalokiteœvara (Tibet. Chenrezig; Ch. Guanyin; Japan. Kannon), and cosmic buddhas, especially Amitâbha and Amitâyus (China. Amitofo; Japan. Amida).
Buddhists compassion is their Buddha seed or Buddha nature, our potential to become a Buddha. It is because all living beings possess this seed that they will all eventually become Buddhas.
Karuna is the very essence of a spiritual life and the main practice of those who have devoted their lives to attaining enlightenment. It is the root of the Three Jewels – Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. It is the root of Buddha because all Buddhas are born from compassion. It is the root of Dharma because Buddhas give Dharma teachings motivated solely by compassion for others. It is the root of Sangha, because it is by listening to and practicing Dharma teachings given out of compassion that we become Sangha, or Superior beings.
People with this name have a deep inner desire for travel and adventure and want to set their own pace in life without being governed by tradition. They tend to be creative and excellent at expressing themselves. They are drawn to the arts and often enjoy life immensely. They are often the center of attention and enjoy careers that put them in the limelight. Thus they tend to become involved in many different activities and are sometimes reckless with both their energies and with money.
The writer is a lay Buddhist and a Social Activist of People Who Use Drugs (PUDs)

CM attends ‘Go To Village’ camps at Bungte Chiru, Nungei

DIPR
Imphal, May 23,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh attended Go to Village camps held at Bungte Chiru village in Kangpokpi District and Nungei village in Thoubal District yesterday.
As done in the past Tuesdays of this month, the fourth round of the mission was organised at different villages across the State as well.
Speaking at the camp held at Bungte Chiru, N. Biren said that Rs. 10 crore has been earmarked as the Special Development Fund to bear the educational expenses of the ‘out of school’ children under Lairik Tamhansi scheme.
He informed that it has been ascertained during a survey recently conducted by the State Government that there are around 40,000 school dropouts in the State. Now, all these children would be readmitted in different Government schools free of cost, he said while adding that all the expenses for uniform, stationery and books would also be borne by the State Government.
Informing that 169 villages have been covered by the Go to Village mission till today, the Chief Minister said that the progress of the mission would be reviewed in a meeting on May 25.
The Chief Minister also informed that there would be no Go to Village camp next month because pending cases and complaints of this month (May) would be examined and resolved next month, he added.
Expressing his earnest appreciation to the Government officials/employees for their dedicated efforts towards making the mission a success, the Chief Minister said that he is convinced with the fact that every State Government employee right from the lower rung to the Chief Secretary are capable to perform if given the right responsibility.
The Chief Minister also said that the ‘Go to Hill’ mission has brought love and harmony among hill people and valley people. Now, the ‘Go to Village’ mission would reach out to the common people and deliver benefits/services at their door steps, he added.
Urging the gathering to be aware about the schemes and benefits which can be received from the Government, the Chief Minister said that the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) has published a leaflet containing detailed information about the mission in different major tribal dialects of the State apart from English and Manipuri. Speaking at the occasion, Works, Power, RD&PR, Textiles, Commerce and Industries and Information and Public Relations Minister Shri Th. Biswajit said that the present State and Central Governments had introduced various social security and welfare schemes to uplift the needy and weaker sections of the society.
He spoke at length about Central Government’s Ujjwala Yojana, Ujjala Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Saubhagya Scheme, Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao mission and Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas mission etc. and State Government’s Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang etc.
The Minister said that after the success of ‘Go to Hill’ mission, the ‘Go to Village’ mission had been launched as the present State Government understands their responsibility of delivering entitled benefits/services to the common people at the grassroots level.
He also said that maintenance funds for the road that connects Bungte Chiru village and Tiddim road has already been included in the State Budget. As such, the road can be revamped any time if weather permits, he assured.
Saitu AC MLA Ngamthang Haokip, Additional Chief Secretary (Works) Suhel Akhtar and Kangpokpi ADC Chairman H. Hangshing were also present at the occasion as dignitaries.
Around 24 Government Departments opened stalls at the camp organised for Bungte Chiru and 26 other adjoining villages.
The dignitaries also distributed Health cards under CMHT, gas stoves and cylinder under Ujjwala Yojana, free power connections under Saubhagya, seedlings and plants under Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department and text books to out of school children.
Later, the Chief Minister also attended another Go to Village camp at Nungei village in Thoubal District.
Speaking at the camp held for three villages, the Chief Minister said that earlier many eligible people could not receive benefits under different Government schemes due to lack of interaction between the Government officials and the common people. Now, the new mission has brought the Government officials along with the benefits of different schemes to their own localities, he added.
The Chief Minister said that around 2,80,000 complaints have been received in the Go to Village camps held at different villages of the State so far,  out of which 1,80,000 complaints have been resolved.
The mission has been formulated to ensure good food, water, house, livelihood and decent living to the people of the State, he said.
64 free LPG connections, 21 Labour cards, 90 birth certificates, 81 domiciles, 99 income certificates, 75 ration cards, 20 CMHT cards and sports materials were issued/distributed during the camp. Moreover, eleven children were readmitted under Lairik Tamhansi scheme. Directorate of Information and Public Relations also distributed leaflets containing detailed information about the ‘Go to Village’ mission were distributed to the people.

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