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MUSU continue agitation, stand firm with the demand for replacement of the Vice Chancellor

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Imphal, June 4,

Resolution adopted by a hurriedly convened meeting of the faculty members and dean of Students of the Manipur University fails to tame the student as the students of the University under the aegis of the MUSU had stand firm with their demand for replacement of the Vice Chancellor of the Manipur University AP Pandey.

After the momentum of the students agitation reached its momentum the Vice Chancellor who had was outside the state returned and hurriedly convened a meeting at his office room yesterday. The meeting resolved  to initiate the selection process for short listing of various teaching positions by June 25.
The meeting also appealed the students to withdraw their agitation. However the appealed from the Vice Chancellor fails to tame the students as the agitation intensified today with students staging sit in protest at the middle of the University.
Vice Chancellor AP Pandey hardly stayed at the University and most of the time he use to be out of the state and the expenses for his tour outside the state were borne by the University.
Imphal Times had yesterday reported that after AP Panday assumed the post of the VC he in October 2016 he hardly stayed for even 10 days in the office.

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Power sub-station at Moreh

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Moreh, June 3,

Power Minister Th. Biswajit today inaugurated 132/33KV Power Sub-station at Moreh today. The Power sub station was constructed by the Manipur State Power Company Limited  under   NLCPR funding of 2015. The total estimated cost of the power sub station is Rs. 81 crore  and is being completed within a period of one year.
YAS, Minister Letpao Haokip ( YAS) , MLA D.Korungthang , MLA S. Subhaschandra, MLA  L. Rameshwor and Managing Director of MSPCL, Sarat along with  DC Tombikanta and othe top district functionaries attended the inaugural function.

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48 hours total shut down called

IT News
Imphal, June 4,
All Manipur D.P.C Completed Candidate of Police Constable, Male 2013 has called 48 hours total shut down from the midnight of June 4 till the midnight of June 6.
A statement issued by Spokesperson of the body Md. Najaya Hassan said that the decision to call the total shut down in the entire state of Manipur was taken during a meeting held at Keishampat Leimajam Leikai Community Hall. In the meeting it was resolved that the organisation called the 48 hours total shut down if the government failed to declare the result.
Media, electricity, water service and service related with medicals will be exempted from the purview of the bandh.

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MoS Finance assures all possible assistance to backward group

Imphal, June 4,
 The Union Minister of State , Finance Shri  Shiv Pratap Shukla has assured that all possible assistance will be extended to the socially backward group under the Financial inclusion schemes. This was stated by Minister in a function organized by the Slum Life Upliftment Mission foundation, Imphal ,Manipur at Imphal Hotel, Imphal. The Minister further said the Government of India is fully committed in Development of the North Eastern States.
The function was attended by Robindro Thangjam, President Slum Foundation Manipur Pradesh and National President Slum Foundation Sunil Bharala.

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NSCN-IM clarifies on the May 31 clash in Tirap district

IT News
Imphal, June 4,

NSCN-IM has clarified on the unfortunate incident that took place on May 31 between Namsang and Shumshi village, under Deomali jurisdiction in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh.
A Statement of the MIP of the Government of the People’s Republic of  Nagalim (GPRN) said that reports of masquerading elements involving forcible collection, ransom demand and holding captives for ransom payment were constantly relayed to GPRN authority.   “Evidences and proof of impersonating late Major John was ascertain; use of NSCN letter pad and forcible collection of taxes in the name of NSCN were routinely reported to our base. Father of late Rasil Ali, the unfortunate victim personally came to speak to NSCN authority alleging that his son was abducted by the NSCN IM under the command of Maj Gen. Raman. To this soulful appeal of the aggrieved father, NSCN officials in the location assured the father that had his son been taken away by the NSCN he had no reason for worry”, the statement said.
It further said, “to ascertain the various reports pouring in to the NSCN base, a column was dispatched to the vicinity where such unlawful activities were being carried out and to take stock of the overall situations prevailing there. Thus the column came under heavy fires and in the course of short but fierce gun battle that followed as NSCN cadres column returned fire, such unfortunate bloodshed had resulted. Late Rasil Ali was fully clad in military fatigue when his mortal remain was retrieved from the spot. Why an innocent son of a business man who was recently abducted, clothed in military camouflage is a matter of common understanding with logical conclusion”.
The statement also term the incident as  more unfortunate and most uncalled for because that an incident such as this should happen when all the Naga people yearn for peace the most! It has to be critically examined and understand the reality from both sides of the story so that unwelcomed consequence may be avoided in view of the perceived elements always trying to work up frenzy in order to disrupt what has dearly been achieved through various painstaking peace initiatives by the Naga people to move the Peace Process forward to its ultimate destiny.
“It should also be made very clear that the aforementioned engagement in gunfight resulting to loss of precious lives was never intended: it was an absolute unintentional occurrence, never motivated by any ill-attempt to disrespect all that the Naga civil bodies have ceaselessly embodied in various covenants in their thrive for Journey Of Common Hope” the statement said and added that the unfortunate victim identified as Rasil Ali could have unfolded stories behind all these most unwanted operation carried out by those unfortunate victims had late Rasil Ali been found alive to stand witness to all the wild and most inflammable narratives carried by different news channels and social media as well. The one name Gulap Homcha RP who is being hospitalized and recovering now can be another witness to the truth and facts about the recent incident, it added.
The also stated that the NSCN could never expect presence of NSCN (U) in the region where the incident took place because the stand of the former is officially clear that it has no doctrine of expanding its territory; that it operates in the current state of Nagaland only.

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Towards the brighter side of Technology

With the increase in reach and dependence on information technology in the present world, detailed descriptions and knowledge on any subject matter can be had at the touch of a button. The virtual world has shrunk to such an extent that anyone can receive and relay information on someone or something as it happen, anywhere in the world. This has led to an unexpected broadening of one’s views and opinions of other people, places, religions, beliefs and customs. A more tolerant temperament is the result of the ever shrinking virtual world today.
The world as we know now is ever evolving and changing, and it is upto us to adapt and make the best of it. But just as everything that is continually changing, there emerges a breed of hardliners who are insisting on carrying on with the traditional way of life, and even thinking. While the concept of preservation of culture and tradition for posterity and more importantly, for the preservation of one’s own identity and those of the community is without doubt, a vital part of our responsibilities to the future generation, yet the insistence on keeping up and following the traditional way of thinking, to restraint ourselves to the set dogmas and beliefs is nothing short of denying ourselves the freedom to grow- spiritually and intellectually, to think and use our rationality and to pursue our dreams. It is basically denying ourselves the freedom to life as we see fit, so long as our beliefs and practices does not infringe on that of others.
Change is inevitable, and the sooner we accept and embrace it, the better will we be prepared to face the future, uncertain and unpredictable as it will be. Resisting change and attempting to cling on to the old ways of thinking which at one point of time would have served its purpose or even prove vital for survival would prove futile and even regressive. Our way of life changes with the changing times. What was once a necessity, like the caste system which was vital for preservation of communities and races, becoming more rigid to keep the increasing intruders and invaders from mingling and diluting a particular race, has now become a major roadblock in the effort to integrate the nation which is intrinsic to its progress. The time to walk the line without questioning the rationale behind the diktat is well and truly past. It is time to develop and encourage a scientific temperament which questions and provides a reason for the things we do and think. Tolerance and understanding other’s point of view, while, at the same time, retaining the liberty to follow and practice one’s beliefs and principles will pave the way for a more inclusive society bound by trust and understanding. How one lead one’s life should not be a subject of discussion, it should rather be an accepted personal judgment that needs to be respected. There are more important and pertinent things to occupy our minds and collective concerns in these volatile times. Progress is not made by adjusting the changes to suit our needs and beliefs. It is through accepting facts and adjusting ourselves to the best we possibly can to these changes that we can prepare for a better future- our true gift to mankind.  

Delusion in Self – The Cause of Worry

By Thangjam Yumjao Meitei

Of all adverse mental stress, one of the most unhealthy and dangerous is prolonged worry. Why do people worry? In the ultimate analysis, there is one answer. People worry because of the concept “me’ and‘mine’or what is known in Buddhism as‘Delusion in Self’’.
Never all animals lower than human beings are motivated by instinct. This is not so with man or woman, who has superior thinking power as well as intuition. With rational intellect, he or she creates the idea of a permanent ego for self-preservation. Buddhism, is unique in the history of human thought in that it points out the Self-or-Self idea is merely a concept, with no correspondence to reality. From this belief of self, person develops wrong ideas of ‘me’ and ‘mine’ together with all cravings, selfish desires, conceit, pride and other unwholesome thoughts. This concept of ‘self’, is the main source of all problems, ranging from personal conflicts to wars amongst nations.  
From this idea of ‘self’, man or woman believes in the false notion of the permanent body which must be satisfied and at times goes to extremes in satisfying the craving body. The fear of not having his or her needs and desires met to his or her full satisfaction brings him or her worry and anxiety.
Hence, worry is nothing more than a negative state of mind arising out of attachment to worldly pleasures. The stronger the attachment is to a thing, the grater the fear of losing it. The moment one’s particular need is satisfied a person starts longing for another.
In a similar way, one becomes afraid of getting or coming into contact with something considered undesirable. This attachment to pleasant feelings and dislike for the unpleasant ones gives rise to worry. Sometimes when taken to extremes, fear may arise because of attachment or association with specific objects or situations which are harmless in themselves. Such cases are known as phobias like fear of darkness, fear of enclosed spaces, fear of open spaces, fear of heights, fear of animals, fear of devils and ghosts, fear of thieves, fear of enemies, fear of charms, and illusory fears of being attacked or killed by someone lurking in the background. The worries and suffering which a party experiences are nothing more than interactions of his or her experiences selfish desires with changing worldly conditions. The failure to understand this fact is the cause of much suffering. But for a person who has trained his or her mind to realize the real nature of life and its characteristics, he or she had indeed made progress in overcoming his suffering. He or she realizes the departure or separation from pleasant experiences and those whom he or she loves are unavoidable. This can happen at time whether at the start of the career, at the middle or even at the end. So a person who thinks he or she indispensable or that he or she must be around to see what is to be done should consider what will happen when he or she is no longer around. He/ she will missed and his/her absence will be felt perhaps for a short period of time. Since no one is indispensable in this world, the world will still go on as usual without him/her. If that be so then why should he/she worry himself/herslefso much, harboring imaginary fears that only harm his or her health and eventually shorten the periods towards the end of life’s journey – Death!
The separation of togetherness also brings suffering. A person feels lost, dejected, hopeless and frustrated when someone leaves him or her. This is a natural process. People experience suffering whenever they are rejected by those whom they love. But sometimes instead of learning to cope with the situation by allowing time to heal the wounds, they become paralyzed with dejection, pondering about it over and over in their minds, looking for ways and means to mend the broken hearts. Some even express their anger and frustration through violent methods.

(The writer is a lay Buddhist & Social Activist of People Who Use Drugs (PUDs))

Our Common Crisis: What are We to Do? (Part-1)


With June 10, 2018 just 5 days to go Imphal Times is reproducing the series of lectures delivered by different eminent personalities  on the Arambam Somorendra Memorial Lecture on the day every year organised by the Arambam Somorendra Memorial Trust .

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood”
– Marie Curie
Arambam Lokendra and I were together in Madras Christian College, Tambaram, way back in the last century, almost in the first half of it! So when he phoned me a few months back I was so happy we were picking up the threads again. He invited me to give this lecture as part of the series in memory of his brother, Arambam Somorendra. I told him he was giving me an assignment I am not qualified enough to handle, but I was accepting the invitation because I regarded neighbours reaching out to one another to be more important than anything else. So with deepest appreciation I am standing before this distinguished gathering in Imphal today believing we share the same perception. Needless to say I feel highly honoured to be given the privilege to be associated with the lecture series that seeks to pay homage to the enduring memory of a rare son of Manipur who was a patriot, a poet, a thinker and a writer who passionately loved his people and fought for what he believed to be important and right for them and himself. I was very grateful that Lokendra said I could invite others also to come with me. So taking advantage of the kind offer I urged some of my close colleagues, youth leaders and relations to consider coming to this occasion, not to listen to my talk, but to meet, listen to, and get to know you, our neighbours. On behalf of all of us who have come from Kohima I do want to thank you most sincerely for giving us this opportunity. I should add here that we have come keenly conscious of the well-known caution that love is blind but neighbours are not, and we do not see ourselves as others see us!
The Arambam Somorendra Trust has made possible this coming together. If we will thus learn to listen and think together, we may find the way to evolve the wider common stability we now need for this region. If our commonsense and wisdom will not do it because it is still tied to the comfort zones of the past, although they are no longer comfortable, our dire needs are compelling us to develop mutual good will, compassion and understanding to nurture the future we must bring about together. What I will say today will not be adequate to do justice to this occasion. I propose therefore that before I go further, we observe a moment of shared silence to try and discern the potential of this occasion. In addition let us also think of all who have died in Manipur and Nagaland over the past decades in the upheavals of our desperate struggles for our aspirations. For if we will learn to shed tears for one another we will shed less blood of one another.
I would like to start by describing the wider setting of which we are a part. I think it gives a helpful perspective to what we will be discussing this afternoon.
We are on the edge of the infamous and dreaded Golden Triangle of Burma, Thailand and Laos, one of the two main sources of heroin in the world. But we are on the edge of another triangle that is even more extraordinary which we need to become aware of.
If we connect Kolkata, Lhasa and Rangoon with three straight lines, we discover this other triangle! The Lhasa – Rangoon line cuts across where we are. No name has been given to this triangle yet. But one of these days it is going to get one because 7 Nobel Prize winners have come from within this triangle. 4 of them are for Peace: Mother Teresa of Kolkata, the Dalai Lama of Lhasa, Aung San Suu Kyi of Rangoon, and Mohamed Yunus of Dhaka. The other three are CV Raman for Physics, Rabindranath Tagore for Literature and Amartya Sen for Economics!
I shall leave it to you decide what the thinking, values and achievements of these great men and women from our part of Asia should mean to us as we search for ways to solve our problems. I personally think we are very fortunate indeed to share with them the mental and moral environment they have created for our part of the Continent and the world by their steadfast loyalty to their values. The theme suggested to me for this talk was “(my) concerns about the strategic challenges facing the Naga polity today and the foreseeable future”, and “the Naga people’s response”, whether it is “adequate or otherwise.” As these are issues I do try to understand I welcomed the suggestion.
I realize to say something adequate on this occasion, I should be a highly qualified professor of history, who is knowledgeable also in a host of other subjects! Alas, I am nothing of the sort by any shot. Therefore, I regret that a scholarly paper of the kind you are right to expect from such a lecture is not what you will be getting from me today.
 So bear with me, and let us see where this discussion may take us?
After reflecting on the points suggested to me and the society we have produced I decided to call my talk “Our Common Crisis: What Are We to Do?” After seeing the title some perhaps have felt that for me to say we have a common crisis is presumptuous and unjustified. Some may feel I am too naïve and out of touch with reality to think that anything can be done about our crisis and problems. When we have the time for interaction at the end of my talk, I hope what you feel will be expressed and discussed.
I have tried to understand what “the strategic challenges facing the Naga Polity today and the foreseeable future” means. I take it to be referring to the struggle by the Nagas from about 70 years ago till today. It represents their decision to construct their history on their consciousness of themselves and known facts of their roots, rather than on what others thought they should be or not be, and their struggle to get India and the world to recognize that position. Trying to understand the struggle of the Dalits in modern India, James Massey writes, “…only historical roots can provide the clue to the lost identity of the Dalits”. (“A Concise History of the Dalits”). The same perception has, I believe, operated with the Nagas also. It was an instinctive struggle to get the foundation right first. This has I think resulted in the foundation becoming permanently set and rigid, tending to paralyze the future. The sub-title of author Namthiubuiyang Pamei’s last book on the Naga struggle (“Naga Crucible”) is - “A movement in search of its people”. This seems to aptly describe what this crisis is at this stage. This happens in all human struggles. What we need to do is to find the way out by understanding it together first instead of blaming one another, or denying there is any crisis at all.
What does this “consciousness of themselves”, from which the Naga struggle germinated, mean? I shall try to explain how I see it.
Rajagopalachari, the first Indian to be Governor General of India and the last man to hold the post, came to Shillong in 1947. Two Nagas went to see him, Pfurhitsu Terhuja and A.Z Phizo. They joined the line-up of representatives of tribes and communities from the region outside the Raj Bhavan to see Rajaji. The Secretary to the Governor announced that each group was allotted only a few minutes. Pfurhitsu was resplendent in the full regalia of a village elder, complete with thick ivory arm bands and his striking shawls draped over his shoulder. He stood ramrod straight looking into the distance. When their turn came Pfurhitsu started to speak with Phizo translating his words. Looking straight into Rajaji’s eyes he conveyed the position of his people to the visiting leader. Turning to the translator Rajaji asked “Who is he?” Before Phizo could translate it, Pfurhitsu replied loudly with deliberate emphasis, “I am a man!” He had learned some English when he was a Dobashi attached to the British Deputy Commissioner in Kohima. The Secretary butted in to say their time was up. Rajaji sharply told him not to disturb saying “Don’t you see I want to listen to this man?” The rest of the queue waited and Pfurhitsu completed what he had come to say. Phizo said later Pfurhitsu did what no one else could have done by being fearlessly himself.

11 KGBV will be upgraded to high schools status from the next academic session

Imphal, June 4,

Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam yesterday visited Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, (KGBV) Ukhongshang and the recently inaugurated Residential School, Lilong. Accompanied by the Engineering Wing of the Education Department, the Minister inspected the schools to look into the viability of the schools to be upgraded to High School by adding class IX and X.
Th. Radheshyam said that the Central Government has given approval for upgradation of the Residential school and KGBV to High School. The Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, (KGBV) Ukhongshang, has introduced class IX (nine) from this year’s academic session. The Residential School and KGBV both built under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) scheme have classes from VI – VIII. He asserted that with the approval, all the 9 residential schools and the 11 KGBV will be upgraded to high schools from the next academic session of 2019-20. He also informed that for the time being the classes at KGBV, Ukongshang, is being carried out in a ‘make-shift’ having more than 100 students. The Minister also interacted with the teachers, students and the guardians.
The residential school and KGBV has been introduced by the Government focusing to let the children, belonging to the poor families and minority sections of the society, get  free and compulsory elementary education.
The Minister who is also the concerned MLA of the Heirok A/C also visited the construction site of the Litan thong, Heirok, with rainy season already approaching the state.

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Deputy Chief Minister Inaugurates 8th solar power plant in Uripok assembly constituency

Imphal, June 4,

Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh today inaugurated a Grid Connected Roof Top Solar Power Plant (8 KW) at United Friends’ Library & Club, Lamboikhongnangkhong in Imphal West. This is the 8th solar power plant being installed in Uripok Assembly Constituency so far. Speaking at the inaugural function, Deputy Chief Minister said, with increasing population, requirements of energy have also been increasing day by day. He said, all conventional sources of energy like hydroelectric projects, thermal plants, nuclear power plants etc. have limitations in power generation. Such non-renewable sources of power have also been depleting because of its limitation in raw materials and its impact in human existence. Therefore, the only way out to replace such sources would be the renewable ones like solar, wind and tidal wave which are abundantly available in our environment.
While maintaining that the cheapest sources of energy would be the non-renewable sources, Joykumar Singh said it should be the alternative sources of energy and an assessment should be made to work out how much quantity of energy can be tapped through solar energy alone in the state. He further said that our endeavour is to try our best to generate energy from renewable sources for the long run.
Director, MANIREDA L. Manglem Singh said, the project which was started in 2016 has been an ambitious one through which power generated from solar power plants can be connected to power grids in the state. He said, although power tariff in the state is low comparing with other states in the country, it has been revised every year and will increase further. Due to poor power generation in the state, alternative sources of power like solar energy would be very helpful to mend the gap, he added.

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