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Fitting tribute paid to S.S. Khaplang on 1st Death Anniversary

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Imphal, June 10,

Fitting tribute was paid yesterday to S.S. Khaplang on his first Death Anniversary.  S.S. Khaplang was the Chairman and the founding leader of the Nagaland Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) until he breathes his last on 9th of June last year.
NSCN/GPRN organised a solemn function to commemorate the first death anniversary at its council head quarter.

A statement from the MIP of the rebel group which abrogated the cease fire with the government of India in March , 2015 said that leaders from various revolutionary organisations of WESEA region and UNLFW attended the commemoration and paid tribute to the late leader.
“The late leader has been instrumental in forging unity among multi-ethnic struggling nationalities of the region and the successful establishment of UNLFW under his Chairmanship was one such realisation of his broader vision and fraternal concerns for every suppressed and colonised people in the West- South East Asia”, the statement added.
“Late S.S.Khaplang will always be regarded as the Patron and father of the WESEAN nationalist movement and generations shall continue to draw inspirations from his exemplary leadership spanning more than five decades of sheer sacrifice and struggle until his last breath”, it added.
Church leaders, civil societies, public leaders and hundreds of admirers thronged his memorial grave and paid rich tributes in various forms. The leaders and representatives from ULFA(I),NDFB, UNLF, KYKL, KCP, PREPAK(Pro),PREPAK, NLFT, KPDC, KLO, RPF also attended the commemoration.
On the occasion the the NSCN/GPRN reaffirmed its commitment to stand by the ideals of late S.S.Khaplang and continue to ply the path laid by him.

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MU Vice-Chancellor visits examination centres amidst protest by students in MU

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Imphal, June 10,

Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey, Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University visited Ghanapriya Women’s College, Imphal and Dhanamanjuri College of Science, Imphal. The team inspected the examination centres of both the colleges amidst protest by students of Manipur University.
In his visit to these colleges, the Vice-Chancellor had interactions with
teaching faculties on academic development. Later, he also had discussions with the principles of the colleges with regards to the progress of examination work.

Stressing on the importance of examination in academic career of students, Vice-Chancellor stated that ‘fair examination’ is one of the core values of quality education. By evaluating the examination results of students, teachers
can gauge how well the students could understand the teachings in the classrooms. It is high time to do a systemic analysis of examination results and find out the correlations of the factors affecting in our quality education.
Examination is not only a means to test the knowledge of students but also the standard of teachings being imparted to the students, he added.
Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey also emphasised that the evaluation of the answer scripts should also be started soon so that the results may be published in time.
In connection with the prevailing academic atmosphere in the University, Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey has appealed to the Manipur University Students Union (MUSU) not to propagate false news among students, community and also not to disturb the ongoing examinations of the University. MUSU should also cooperate with the university administration for larger interest of the students, he added.

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Student found hung to death

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Kakching, June 10,

A class X going student was found hung to death yesterday morning at a hall of a Private Hostel he stayed located at Wairi Tanky Pareng. The deceased identified as Saleibam Ramjit Singh (17) son of S.Bishorjit of Wabagai Thambal Chingya in kaching district is a class X going student of Padma Ratna English School Kakching. The private hostel called Shilhenba Coaching Centre is run by one Naorem Romesh of Kakching Wairi Tanky Pareng.
The deceased was found hung to death by the warden of the hostel , naorem Ranjoy at around 4.30 am yesterday.
Police team led by SP Kakching Y. Victoria along with forensic team conducted investigation. The dead body has been deposited at JNIMS morgue for conducting autopsy.

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Demonstration cum interaction prog. on folk lore held

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Imphal, June 10,  
Royal Theatrical Club , Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai today organized a Demonstration cum interaction programme on Manipuri Folk song today at the Community Hall of Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai Imphal.
Renowned Folk singer and Manipur State Kala Akademi Awardee Lourembam Bedabati presented the varnishing and existing trend of Manipuri Folk songs.
The inaugural function of the programme was attended by Arts and Culture Minister L. Jayantakumar Singh, while President of the Royal Theatrical Club , M. Akshayakumar Singh presided over it. Director of Royal Theatrical Club H. Joykumar and Retired Assistant Secretary of the Manipur State Kala Akademi Hijam Romoni also attended the inaugural function as guests of honour.

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Outbreak of measles in CCpur: Vaccination conducted at vulnerable locations

CCPUR, June 10,

In the backdrop of Measles outbreak in Churachandpur, the District Family Welfare Office of Churachandpur swung into action and administered Measles-Rubella vaccination to altogether 109 children at seven (7) localities in Churachandpur town area today. However, no fresh case has been detected or reported till the time of filing this report. Although it was a Holiday on account of Second Saturday, staff of DFWO started since early today morning and conducted MR vaccination at Hmuia Veng, K. Sinai S. Kunglal Veng, Hengkom Veng, S Muoldung Veng, K. Commissariat and K Khomunnom.
Meanwhile, 183 children have been vaccinated at Monglenphai while 28 children have been given vaccination at K. Sinai since yesterday. Outbreak of Measles was confirmed at these two villages where one death was reported at K. Sinai.
DFWO, Dr Jam Thianlal said the mass vaccination was taken out today as a measure to control Measles outbreak. He said that K Sinai has 15 households. Out of these, 5 houses are found locked as they were reportedly out of station.
“At the same time, 13 children from three families of K Sinai are reported as ‘already vaccinated at school’ by their respective parents. But they could not produce supporting documents. As such, they are still recorded as ‘Resistance,’” he said.   

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The bridge

By-Dr.  Nunglekpam Premi Devi
Independent Scholar

Over looking to the eastern side of Imphal;
Upon crossing the Imphal river banks isolating;
One of the side miniature local birdies resides;
So panicky so stubborn, themselves amour affairs;
One on the other stands the majestic damsels;
Beauty Sheila so picking blooms randomly behind;
Connecting the two barriers so differently;
Long it stands; dare to cross this sole bridge comfortably;
Strong it stood firmly; connecting these two natives;
Scattering calls Echoing through within banks;
Hatred and love blooms on either bank;
One a marriage, two a marriage;
Wedding happens amongst these inhabitants;
With those music bands lifting palanquin,
This bridge, negotiating native’s dull of all times.

Happy crossing when in marriage processing;
Lights and music and drums, all jingling;
Left and right; left and right marching forward;
To those land of bride, to those home of groom;
Lonely and secluded; private and sheltered;
No rain stopping them; no storm blown them away;
Thunder and lighting, caress their tiptoe; Sunshine making their day happy and contented;
This bridge, a nameless one untitled;
This bridge bordering and connecting two natives,
Half a ‘koirou’ half a ‘bashikhong’;
Driven by those ethics, a ruthless connecting tall;
No motor neither car stops in the middle,
Straight it goes towards that land of grooms;
This bridge, negotiating native’s dull of all times.

Courageous as they slay misunderstanding;
Strong as they argue discontented;
Kill them and kill all; exploit them and punish all;
Hatred and disliking each other either banks;
This bridge, a colorless one standing strong,
Symptoms of bitterness over generation;
A symptom of flourishing love and peace;
This bridge, a maiden bridge standing tall,
No flooding rooted its pillars collapse slip;
No lighting rooted its arms fall and sink;
Alone she stands amidst disputes,
Holding toughness villain’s miscreants;
Night so deserted crossing her worry;
This bridge standing firmly in nowhere,
Connecting those inhabitants fast and fury;
This bridge, negotiating native’s dull of all times.

The Merger of Manipur

 By- H. Bhuban Singh

After the Anglo-Manipuri war of 1891, Manipur became a Maharaja’s native State under British Indian Empire. As per Sanad granted by the Governor-General in Council on 18 September 1891, Churachand, son of Chaobi Yaima and great grandson of Rajah Nar Singh of Manipur was selected to be the Chief of Manipur State with the title of Rajah of Manipur and a salute of eleven guns. The sanad further stated that the Chief ship of Manipur State and the title and salute would be hereditary in the family and would descend in the direct line by primogeniture, provided that in each case the succession was to be approved by the Government of India. Furthermore, Churachand was informed that the permanence of the grant conveyed by this Sanad would depend upon the ready fulfillment by him and his successors of all order given by the British Government with regard to the administration of his territories (Manipur State) and any other matters in which the British Government might be pleased to intervene. Two things are very clear now. Firstly, every case of succession to the Manipur throne could not be a matter of right by birth of any prince and needed the approval of Government of India. Secondly, the British India Government could interfere in the internal administration of the State whenever pleased, at any point of time.
Maharajah Sir Churchand Singh KCSI, CBE was a boy of only six years when he became the Chief of Manipur State in 1891. While he was being prepared to assume the responsibility of Chief ship of Manipur by English education, English culture, English Sports and Games, English ways of thinking and above all, loyalty to the British crown, the State of Manipur was administered on behalf of the Rajah by a Superintendent who was also the Political Agent. Before the British conquest of Manipur, Government of India had stationed a Political Agent in Imphal to watch mutual areas of co-operation and bi-lateral matters. Correspondingly, the Manipur Government during Maharaja Chandakirti Singh’s time had a Manipuri Ambassador at Calcutta in the person of Major Gulab Singh.
When Raja Churachand Singh attained adulthood, the administration of the State was handed over to him on 15 may 1907. A rule called “Rules for the Management of Manipur” was introduced in 1907. As per provisions of this rule, a Manipur State Darbar of eight members was constituted. The Darbar was like the present day cabinet of ministers with Darbar Members having departmental portfolios. The Darbar was presided over by the Maharaja but later on he changed it and the Darbar was headed by a British Officer of ICS (Indian Civil Service) or IPS (Indian Political Service). The proceedings of the Darbar were put up to the Maharaja for approval. So in a way, the internal administration of the State was in the hands of the Maharaja. But to check autocratic rule of the Maharaja, the Political Agent could step in, if the Darbar and the Maharaja differed on certain issues. The Political Agent would draw the attention of the Governor of Assam and the Governor’s decision was binding to all. The Political Agent did not however directly intervene. That was the kind of administrative set-up in Manipur during the native statehood days under British India Government. The Maharaja was free to do what he pleased with his State and his subjects. There were cases of Mangba-Sengba (ex-communication) involving entire villages. By a royal decree, the Maharaja would not allow anyone to have name prefix of “Ibungo” unless entitled by custom. So Shri Salam Ibotombi Singh, Ex-speaker, Ex-Minister, Ex-MP. had to change his name to plain Salam Tombi. No person who was his subject was allowed to use an umbrella in presence of the Maharaja.
Incidentally, there was an area in Manipur which was designated as British reserve in which the Maharajas laws were inoperative. Such areas were Babupara, Kangla area of Assam Rifles, Maxwell (Khwairarnbund) Bazar, Kangchup etc. The inhabitants of these areas were British Indian subjects.
Even the Maharani also used to indulge in such idiosyncrasies of personal vanity. Maharani Dhanamanjuri Devi, popularly known as Ngangbi Maharani prohibited the use of thambal machu phanek (pink lotus coloured sa-rong) by any woman. She and she alone could use that phanek of that colour. These examples are brought out to highlight the extent of non-interference by the British in the internal administration, of the State. The British could not care less if the Maharaja’ subjects were treated like serfs. They would turn a blind eye. The British would poke their nose only when British interests were jeopardized. But they were pragmatic and would not hurt local sentiments. Cow-slaughter was prohibited in the Manipur valley area during Maharaja’s time and Sir Robert Reid, the Governor of Assam failed to persuade Maharaja Sir Churachand Singh to lift the prohibition. Similarly, Sir Andrew Clow, the Governor of Assam even with the backing of the Viceroy, failed to allow cow-slaughter in the valley for feeding British, American and African troops of Second World War during Maharaja Budhachandra Singh’s time. The plea for contribution to war effort fell on the deaf ears of the Maharaja. The British would not insist, though they could. Then Indian Independence was coming nearer, the Maharaja became more assertive. The administration of the hill areas, which was earlier carried out by the President Manipur State Darbar (PMSD) on behalf of His Highness, was brought under the Maharaja’s control by passing the Manipur Hill People’s (Administration) Regulation 1947. The Maharaja abolished the Darbar and brought in a set-up called His Highness in Council something similar to the Governor General in Council. The PMSD was designated as Chief Minister and the Darbar members, ministers. Mr. F.F. Pearson, IPS, the then British PMSD became the first Chief Minister of Manipur on 1 July 1947. When Mr. Pearson left Manipur on 14 August 1947, Maharajkumar Priyabrata Singh became the Chief Minister of an Interim Council on 15 August 1947. Maharaja Bodhachandra Singh desired to give his people a kind of democratic government with himself as the Head. So he directed Mr. Pearson to draft a Manipur State Constitution which was not ready when independence came. Therefore till the regular constitution came into effect and a constitutional ministry installed Manipur administration was carried out by the Interim Council. Hence the term interim.
Like any progressive Indian Prince, Maharaja Bodhachandra Singh of Manipur signed the Instrument of Accession and Stand Still Agreement with the Dominion Government of India on 11 August 1947. The Indian Independence Act 1947 passed by the British Parliament stipulated the formation of two independent Dominions known as India and Pakistan. When British paramountcy lapsed the native states were to continue to maintain the same relations with either of the Dominions as successor to the British Indian Government. In any case Manipur’s accession to India and Manipur becoming a part of the Dominion of India on 15 August 1947 is not in doubt since the Maharaja signed the Instrument of Accession and Stand Still Agreement 4 days prior to Independence. There is no ambiguity on this score.
Mr. G.P. Stewart ICS (Indian Civil Service) who was the then Political Agent became the first Dominion Agent of India. He was succeeded by Shri Debesar Sarmah. When Sarmah left Imphal abruptly in the middle of 1948 to contest election in Assam, the post of Dominion vacant. Meanwhile Manipur Constitution Act 1947 was passed and election held and the members of the first Manipur Assembly were sworn in on 18 October 1948. Interim Council was dissolved. P.B. became regular Chief Minister. Since the Chief Minister Maharajakumar P.B. Singh had a good rapport with Sir Akbar Hydary, the Governor of Assam, it was decided by Sir Akbar to use P.B. as the Dominion Agent. But since the offices of Dominion Agent and Chief Minister could not be combined, without provoking incongruence of higher and lower offices, the nomenclature of Dominion Agent was changed to Dewan (Hindustani equivalent of Prime Minster but referred as Agent ) and P.B. became the Dewan and Chief Minister in November 1948. Very soon the Government of India found a suitable Dewan and major General Rawal Amar Singh was appointed on 10 April 1949 as Dewan of Manipur with powers to interfere in the internal administration of the State. This was the beginning of the exercise of powers by the government of India as successor to British Indian Government as conferred by the Sanad of 1891. The Maharaja did not like the interference of the new Dewan. He wanted to thrash out his problems with the Governor of Assam. After fixing due appointments, the Maharaja reached Shillong on 17 Sep. 1949. Though his intention was solving the administrative problems of his State caused by undue interference of the new Dewan, he was confronted with the signing of the merger of Manipur. Perhaps on instruction from the Government of India, he was more or less put under house-arrest in his Redlands Bungalow of Shillong. Maharaja Budhachandra Singh wanted to sign the Merger Agreement after consulting his Council of Ministers. But the Governor of Assam, acting on behalf of the Government of India maintained that consultation was not necessary as the Maharaja and Maharaja alone was competent to decide the future of his State. After a few dilly-dallying, the Maharaja signed the agreement on 21 September 1949 allowing his State (Manipur) to be merged into India on 15 October 1949. By that time, all the Indian native states were merged into India except for Manipur, Tripura and Varanasi. These three last states got merged on 15 October 1949.
The changes brought about by the merger were that the Maharaja’s rule ended and democratic participation by the people of Maharaja through the Council of Ministers stopped. The Maharaja was given a Privy Purse of Rs. 3 Lakhs and the State was transformed into a province ruled by a Chief Commissioner. Later, Manipur became a Part ‘C’ State, a Union Territory and then a full-fledged State in 1972.
(This article from the book called ‘Annexation of Manipur 1949’, is re-produced by Imphal Times after taking prior permission from the publisher)

DiMJAA ups the ante against fake news on social media

From our Correspondent
Guwahati, June 10,

The newly formed Digital Media Journalists’ Association of Assam (DiMJAA) held its first executive body meeting at the Dispur Press Club in Guwahati on June 10.
Apart from taking various crucial decisions regarding policy matters and membership registration, the meeting of the executive committee of the apex body of all digital media in Assam took strong exception of the disturbing trend of fake news in Assam.
DiMJAA strongly felt that some vicious circles with diabolic design are trying to destabilize the social fabric of the Assamese society. The DiMJAA resolved to fight in union against such evil designs and urged all its members to remain alert on circulation of such fake news.
The executive meeting also urged all its members to remain vigilant and report immediately on such fake news circulated on various social media platforms.
DiMJAA also appealed to all not to get swayed away by such fake news and confirm the authenticity of any information received on social media platforms before circulating the same.
The executive meeting of DiMJAA also strongly condemned the heinous act of mob lynching of two promising youngsters at Karbi Anglong on Friday night.
The executive body of DiMJAA also extended its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of the youths, Nilotpal Das and Abhijit Nath – who were on a trip to a remote location in central Assam’s Karbi Anglong district and were lynched by a mob that turned barbaric suspecting the duo to be child lifters.

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Euphonious Musical Evening by Kakching Battalion

A melodious musical evening was conducted by Kakching Battalion of 28 Sector under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) on 08 Jun 2018 at Chakpikarong Football ground, Kakching to develop and maintain a healthy environment among the hill people of Manipur.
A total of 13 musicians from Kakching Battalion Jazz band gave an explicit performance with music ranging from Manipuri, North Eastern melodies and some ecstatic English classic most liked by the locals. It was an entertaining evening with as many as 500 locals attending the function, who kept cheering and encouraging the Jazz band to continue playing music the whole night. The locals of the hill district also acknowledged the efforts of Kakching Battalion and committed themselves to work together in close coordination and cooperation with Assam Rifles to make the area of Chakpikarong a safe place where people can prosper a safe haven to stay in.

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Assam Rifles recovers warlike stores

Troops of Keithelmanbi Battalion Assam Rifles of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) recovered explosive material and other warlike stores near Waiton, Imphal East District on 08 June 2018. Several intelligence inputs were received regarding the movement of warlike stores along NH 202 and use of the same for targeting the security personnel and disturbing the peaceful atmosphere of the State. A joint operation was launched with Imphal East Commando which resulted in recovery of Claymore shaped IED, 10 PEK strips, one switch, one battery and one circuit. This recovery has not only averted a major incident but also showcased resolution of Assam Rifles and Police to ensure peace, normalcy and safe environment in the state.

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