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Banning the Bandh

After what should be described as an illusory lull for a brief period, the spectre of chaos and mayhem looms large again over the state as threats of Blockades and Bandhs once again becomes all too real. In line with its promise to make Manipur a Bandh and Blockade-free state, the incumbent state government have until recently managed to rein in all forms of disturbances, shutdowns, strikes etc that have been holding back the state from marching towards the stated objectives and goals of progress. It may be recalled that the Manipur High Court declared on March 3, 2017 that the over four-month-old economic blockade of the state is ‘illegal’ and ruled that the persons and organizations imposing the economic blockade are violating the Fundamental Rights of the citizens. The ruling was made after a petition was filed on the economic blockade called by the United Naga Council (UNC) in the state starting from 1 November 2016 on both the National Highways (NH) 37 and NH 2 which resulted in untold hardships to the public. The state government, in its effort to enforce the direction of the Supreme Court in matters of bandhs and blockades, issued an order declaring such bandhs and blockades which will cause inconvenience to the public as unconstitutional on the 10th of this month. The order further stated that shops and commercial passenger vehicles which do not operate on days when bandhs and blockades are called shall be liable for legal action.
However wishful one might get, it would be impossible to do away with these forms of protests completely as they still remain a very effective form of drawing attention and elicit response from the government. It is also not desirable for the authorities to put a blanket ban on these forms of protests as such an act would tend to drown out the voice of reason and stifle the concerns of the public. The most pragmatic solution which can dissuade any individual, group or organisation from resorting to bandhs, blockades etc. is to follow a practice of transparent and fair yet strict protocol of initiating talks and discussions on issues raised and laying down its course of action in no uncertain terms. Resorting to force is an option the state authorities should not hesitate to consider if the demands does not merit discussion or negotiation.

If the state government is keen on maintaining its image of a strict and decisive authority capable of not only maintaining but also improving the law and order situation in the state, it need to win over the trust and cooperation of the people rather than to rely on armed security personnel to coerce the public to fall in line with the prevailing laws of the land. People’s day and hill leaders day are radical steps which is making a world of difference in the way the public perceive the state government. Lending a patient and sympathetic ear to the grievances and concerns of the public is laudable, but the real test of commitment and political willpower is in the implementation of its assurances and promises and not in their declarations.

Fitting tribute paid to PLA martyrs at Cheirao ching; RPF thanks people

Imphal, April 13:

Fitting tribute was paid today to the PLA martyrs who had laid down their live fighting the Indian Security force at Kodompokpi and other places at the memorial site at Cheiraoching today.
The day is observed as “Athoubashing-gi Numit “(Martyrs’ Day) by armed rebel group RPF to commemorate the sacrifice of their army PLA cadres.
Relatives, friends and including members from different communities came at Chingmeirong Cheiraoching, Thangmeiband in Imphal West to pay floral tributes at the memorial complex of martyrs of the banned Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF).
The function was observed in honour of the 7 PLA men who were killed in the Tekcham encounter on June 16, 1981 and the 9 PLA men killed in the Kadampokpi encounter on April 13,1982 .

People also paid floral tributes at Kadampokpi and Tekcham.
The nine PLA cadres who were killed in Kodompokpi encounter were Thoudam Kunjabihari of Kakwa Nameirakpam Leikai, Thoudam Loken alias Amujao of Kakwa Nameirakpam Leikai, Paka of Heirok, Pakhanglakpa alias Puki of Keisampat, rk khoiromba alias Gyane of Moreh, Sorokhaibam Kameshwor alias Kanta of Heibongpokpi, Khundrakpam Chaobhan of Kwakeithel Moirangpurel, Naorem Rajen of Kakwa Naorem Leikai and Moirangthem Premkumar of Tera Sapam Leikai.
The Martyrs Day was observed at Council headquarters of the RPF and General Head Quarters, Tectical HQ, Strategic Command, 252 Mobile Battalion and other units, department of the RPF’s army wing PLA.
In a statement by Roben Khuman, Secretary Publicity, RPF, the rebel group extended its heartfelt gratitude to the people of the region including representatives of all communities both from hill and valley, clubs, organisation, Bar Association and Government Machineries including health department, students for paying tribute to the martyrs memorial site at Cheiraoching.
The rebel group also thanks the media people working both at electronic and print medium.

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Prahlad Singh Patel assures to convey the problems face by Moreh people to the state govt

By, Lucky,
IT Correspondent
Moreh, April 13,

MP, Prahlad Singh Patel today assured that he will urge the Government of Manipur to look after the infrastructure requirement of Moreh Town. The Lok Sabha MP said this after inspecting the condition of Moreh town today.
Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly Y Khemchand also accompanied Prahlad Patel during the inspection visit. After meeting the community leaders of Moreh sub –division the MP and Speaker first inspected  Indo-Myanmar Friendship Gate No.2  after that the team inspected the Moreh hospital.
During the inspection visit at Moreh hospital The MP found the need for posting of a gynaecologist which is not in the hospital at present. He also found the need for installation of solar lighting system, quarters of doctors and also need of more  specialist doctors as Moreh is one of the border town which is taking a major part in Act East Policy beside becoming an International Trade Centre. The Border town is only 110km from Imphal town .
Prahlad Patel along with Speaker Y Khemchand also inspected the Hindu crematorium which is not usable at the moment  after it was partially destroyed by by flood las t year.
After inspecting the requirement of the people of Moreh a public meeting was held at Elora Hotel with leaders of all communities of Moreh
Community leaders submitted memorandums to Pralad Singh Patel by all community leaders of Moreh . He assured the public leaders to convey the needs of the people to the government of Manipur.   
H. Benjamin Mate ( Spoke Person BJP Manipur) , Salam Joy ( VP - BJP Manipur ) , Premananda Sharma ( VP - BJP Manipur ) also accompanied the MP during the inspection visit.

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Guv’, CM, Ministers greets people on Cheiraoba

Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, Works Minister Th. Bishwajit Singh, Forest Minister Th. Shyamkumar among others wish the people of the state on occasion of Chaeiraoba.

In her message the governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla said that Cheiraoba Symbolise the advent of the New Year particularly for the Hindu Meitei and every household celebrates it with great enthusiasm in the state of Manipur, The festival mark the transition from the old to the new with the arrival of spring and rekindles the hopes for a better tomorrow.

The Governor message also appealed the people to take resolution to collectively work to destroy the dark forces in the society trying to disrupt the pace of progress and development in the state and wished every household a peace and prosperous new year.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh in his message said that Cheiraoba herald the message of love and unity amongst us by cleaning our minds with fresh and hope.

“We celebrate Cheiraoba with religious fervour and joy, Let Cheiraoba bring better understanding, love, peace, harmony and prosperity for all of us in Manipur”, Chief Minister said.

Works Minister Th. Bishwajit, Forest Minister Th. Shyamkumar also wished the people of the state a prosperous and peaceful Cheiraoba and appealed the people to celebrate the day with traditional fervour.

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Industry awareness programme on “ZED” held

Senapati, April 13,

 As part of the Awareness cum Registration camp   being  organised in different parts of the state by the Directorate of  Trade, Commerce & Industries, Government of Manipur in association with Quality Council of India, an Industry awareness camp on Financial Support to MSMEs in ZED Certification  scheme was organised at DIC Senapati today. Speaking on the occasion as the Chief Guest Shri Rajkumar ,SDO,Senapati express his happiness in  seeing a large  numbers of new entrepreneurs from the district. He further said that if in each districts only 20 numbers of entrepreneur   starts working successfully in their domain areas it can caters the loopholes existing in our society today.
The main objective of the awareness & Registration camp were to ensure zero Defect practices by the MSMEs in their manufacturing and also to ensure Zero Effect on the Environment while manufacturing. The awareness camp became imperative for the   successful implementation of the “Financial Support to MSMEs in ZED Certification Scheme which was launch in 2016, to enhance competiveness, provide financial support, rating and hand holding in manufacturing process etc.
The opening function of the camp was attended by the V.S. Joypur, General Manager, DIC, Senapati and Kangpokpi. Shri Manik Gupta, Assistant Director, Quality Council of India as the resource person.

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Awareness Programme Kharif Crops Seed Production

Chandel, April 13,

A Consultative Meeting Cum Awareness Programme of Kharif Crops Seed Production and Information  Communication Technology in Agriculture was conducted at Tuilelon village, Sajiktampak, Chakpikarong Block, Chandel. The Programme was organized by Tuilelon Village Authority in collaboration with Organisation for Tribal Benefit Programme (OTBP) and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chandel. The main resource persons were Ts. Leenda, ACTO (Plant Breeding), KVK Chandel; Dehkhohao Doungel, Technical Officer (Computer), KVK Chandel and Sk. Koparsing, Supervising Officer, OTBP-NERCOMP, Chandel.
Smt. Ts. Leenda, ACTO (Plant Breeding) spoke on “Agro - techniques on seed production of kharif crops”. She emphasized on doubling of income of the farmers by adopting seed production to sustain their livelihood. Dehkhohao Doungel, Technical Officer (Computer), KVK Chandel spoke on importance of ICT in agriculture. While Sk.
Koparsing, Supervising Officer, OTBP-NERCOMP, Chandel spoke on livelihood enhancement of the farmers in agriculture. The programme was followed by consultation/interaction and film show on agriculture.
The programme was attended by Semkholun Haokip, Secretary KCA (Kana Area) and shri Thangkhohen Lhungdim, Chief, Tuilelon village. A total of 50 famers from
Tuilelon, Chakap, T. Phaicham, Paldai, New Molnom, K. Bethel, Hengmol, Bongpijang, Molphei, Kananphai, Gelbungjang, T. Phailen and P. Salem villages of Kana area of Sajiktampak, Chandel.

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KCP to observe 38th Foundation Day tomorrow President Laba expresses apprehension on cultural colonisation to the erstwhile nation (Part-1)

Imphal, April 13,

 Proscribed group Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) is observing its 38th Foundation day tomorrow, the 14th April.
President of the rebel group, Ksh. Laba Meitei, while greeting the people of Kangleipak and WESEA region on the occasion expressed apprehension over the cultural domination to the people of the erstwhile nation.
Elaborating on how the mindset of the people of the region have been colonised, Laba, said that people of the region now feel no shame in calling themselves as Indian.
“Administrators have started writing letter in Hindi language. Leaving aside, the 1949 Shillong Accord, leader of today openly declared that we have been part of India since Dwapura Yug”, the president of the armed rebel group in a statement on behalf of the party said. It further added that People now started thinking that Hindutva is the only way for survival. This is a clear example of complete colonisation of mindsets of the people.
The lengthy statement also systematically analysed on how the colonisation is nearing completion. It says that education is a tool to for colonising the mindset of the people and the Colonial rulers frame the education system at their will to colonise the people. The concept of the colonialism is to utilise completely to expand the colonisation. Then, come the domination to the economic and political freedom. However, until the mental sphere is completely put under control colonialism never complete. To complete the mission various technique are being used to dominate the culture, language, literature and history. People who were put under their control are utilised for expansion purpose again.
The statement said, today our folk wisdom which keep alive our tradition, culture, work culture, discipline and etiquette has been replaced by the colonised mindset.
The Indian education system which has been imposed is based on the Indian value and the traditional folk lore of our people and cultural norms have been substituted.
Appealing people of the region to understand the phenomenon of how the region has been slowly colonised the outfit appealed to protect the mindset from being colonised by the colonizers.  

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