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Police started hunting for anti-CAB protestors; After Veewon Thokchom another picked up

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Thoubal, Feb 17,

Two days after advisor of the Manipuri Students’ Association Delhi (MSAD), Veewon Thokchom, who was instrumental in the mass protest against the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill , 2016 has been arrested on sedition charged; another team of Thoubal Police arrested a volunteer of the Manipur Peoples’ Against Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 (MANPAC) who took main role in the protest against CAB early today morning from his residence at Lamding Nasikhong Leikai in Thoubal district.

The police teams are reportedly searching for more protestors who had raised their voice to the passing of the CAB.

Report reaching here said that Charlesh Thangjam (34) son of ( Late) Thangjam Shyamo of Lamding Nasikhong Leikai was picked up by a police team from his residence at wee hour today. As per family source, police arrested him for demonstrating protest against CAB at the residence of MLA Paonam Brojen and also attacking the Wangjing BJP office.

Irate locals blocked         NH-102 at Wangjing

Following the arrest of the CAB protestors, large number people came out at Imphal –Moreh Route (NH-102) and blocked road at Wangjing Keithel (Market) area since early morning today.

Traffic along the route has been disrupted as the protestors stopped by forcing u-turn from the area. Konica, a leader of the women body term the arrest of the CAB protestor even after it has been calm down following failure to present the Bill Rajya Sabha, as most unfortunate. She demanded unconditional release of Charlesh Thangjam and threatens another uprising if the police team continues searching the volunteers of MANPAC who had took part in the mass protest.

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MPP office turns battle ground over claims of ownership by workers

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Imphal, Feb 17,

Manipur Peoples Party (MPP), the oldest regional political party of the state which had once formed government in the state today is becoming a hot spot, as the office complex turns as battlefield over claim and counterclaim of ownership between groups of party workers.

As per a letter from the Election Commission of India, status of the oldest regional political party MPP is “a registered unrecognized Political party under Section 29 A of RP Act, 1951 due to internal party dispute.

A group of political workers challenges N Sovakiran’s appointment as President of the MPP some years back and the matter was brought to the notice of the Civil Judge Senior Division , Imphal West on May 16, 2017 , challenging the rival claimed his appointment as illegal . But as the case remain pending, MPP is unrecognized but registered political party.

At around 10.30 am today MPP workers of different groups gathered at the office located near Pologround and started confrontation over the ownership of the office, as one group derecognized the members of the Central Committee of the party. The confrontation turn hostile and there was a scuffle going on between the two groups. However, police team which rushed to the spot timely intervene the situation.

The root of the scuffle between the two groups arises over financial irregularities by party workers and office bearers. MPP is the only regional Political party in the state which have huge revenue as they have rented huge number of shops and hotel. The income per month is calculated over Rs. 5 lakhs (subject to correction) per month.

As of now the party has no MLA in the current State Legislative Assembly.

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CM hands over rescued persons to officials of Nepal Embassy

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Imphal, Feb. 17,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh handed over 179 Nepali citizens including 147 women rescued from different places of the State to the officials of Nepal Embassy led by its Counsellor Shri Prakash Adhikari at Khuman Lampak Indoor Stadium in Imphal East District today.
It may be mentioned that all of them were rescued from different hotels of Imphal, Moreh and other places in the early part of this month. They have been staying in eight different Centres run by different NGOs since then. After a letter from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs was received on February 14, the State Home Department issued an order on February 16 to pave way for their deportation/repatriation to Nepal.
Consequent upon this development, the Chief Minister formally handed over all the rescued persons to the officials of Embassy of Nepal today. They will be taken in eight buses and escorted up to Panitanki - Kakarbhitta border by eight officials of the State Social Welfare Department and two Sub-Inspectors and one Constable of the State Police Department.

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Veewon was secretly produced in Saket Court – AUDFA

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Imphal, Feb 17,

Veewon Thokchom, who was arrested on sedition charge from his rented room at Delhi was produced to Saket Court secretly in the morning before protestors and activists reached court premises. This was stated by a statement of Faculty Association of Ambedkar  University Delhi (AUDFA).

The AUDFA further stated that,  Until  10  pm  on  Saturday,  February  16,  2019,  there  was  no  confirmation  that  he  was given  access  to  any  lawyer  nor  have  we  received  any  details  on  what  he  has  been  charged  for.

SP of Imphal East in a press briefing stated that Veewon was arrested on grounds of making ‘anti-national’ statements on social media and was remanded to four-day custody at Saket PS.

Veewon Thokchom, who was a former student of Ambedkar University Delhi was arrested by a team of Delhi Police and Manipur Police from his rented house at Saket in the presence of his siblings on Friday evening, February 15, 2019. There was no warrant issued at the time of arrest and not a single reason provided thereafter. The manner in which he was taken to Janakpuri  Police  Station  has  led  to  concerned  lawyers  suspecting  that  he  could  have  been  charged for ‘sedition’,  based  on  his  Facebook  status  against  the  newly  drafted  Citizenship  Amendment  Bill (2016) and his active involvement in protests against the same. He had also actively participated in protests against the arrest of a Manipur journalist in November, 2018. The nature of his arrest once again  draws  attention  to  the  government’s  disgraceful  record  in  defending  freedom  of  speech  and expression.  His  Facebook  status  on  12th  February,  2019  revealed  that  police  has  been  harassing  his parents  and  family  members  by  raiding  his  house  in  Imphal  and  checking  his  room  in  his  absence.

AUDFA expressed strong condemnation to the arrest of Veewon and demanded that he be given access to lawyers so that his case can be defended under the purview of the law of the land through proper scrutiny of evidence placed against him. 

“As  faculty  and  researchers,  we  express  our  outrage  at  this  most  blatant  violation  of rights to dissent enshrined in the Constitution. It would be no exaggeration to see this act as a blow to India’s claim as a democracy and the increasing hold of right-wing paranoia that has gripped the nation-state. AUDFA welcomes all concerned forums, rights bodies, individuals and the international community to come together and defend Veewon’s democratic rights” , AUDFA said.

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Bad image of Health Dept. as officer abstains from office for two months

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Imphal, Feb 17,
Image of the Directorate of Health Services, Govt. of Manipur is once more being maligned as authority concern for issuing of drug license stop working for around two months as the concerned officer responsible for issuance of the license remain absent for 2 months.
Report with the Imphal Times said that Akoijam Singhajit , who is the competent authority for issuance of license for whole sale and retail drug pharmacy stopped attending office from December 12 , 2018 till February 16, 2019, without submitting any application for leave. As of now Imphal Times could not access information on the kind of action initiated against him for maligning the good image of State Health Department. 

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CM launches Senior Citizens’ Forum

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Imphal, Feb 17,

 Chief Minister N. Biren Singh launched the Senior Citizens’ Welfare Forum in a function held at Khabam Lamkhai in Imphal East District today. Speaking at the function as the chief guest, N. Biren Singh said that the State Government would try to bring out a legislation to penalise those who do not bother to look after and give care to their elderly parents. Stating that Manipur is a State which has a tradition of giving high respect to senior citizens, the Chief Minister observed that every person ought to put aside at least a little part of their total earning as maintenance amount of their elderly parents.
Regarding people’s apprehension of bringing an ordinance by the Central Government on the backdrop of not tabling Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha, the Chief Minister urged the public not to worry stating that Centre would never take any decision concerning the North East region or Manipur without consulting or taking consent from these States.
The Chief Minister said that people should always think twice and restrain themselves as far as possible from selling their valued ancestral lands. To conserve diminishing paddy fields and wetlands, the State Government has taken up steps to effectively enforce the Manipur Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2014, he added.
N. Biren Singh said that construction of public parks having outdoor gym in 17 wards of Imphal Municipal Corporation had already begun. He also said that outdoor gyms would be installed in two places each of all the Assembly Constituencies of the State.

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STDC to organise mass rally on March 3

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Imphal Feb. 17,

Schedule Tribe Demand Committee (STDC), a body spearheading  the movement for inclusion of Meetei/Meitei in Schedule tribe list of Manipur declared today that the said committee will organise a mass rally on the 3rd of March to make heed to the government that their demand is a serious issue.
Speaking to media person General Secretary in-charge of STDC Keithelakpam Bhogendrajit said that series of talks had been done with the Chief minister and also in most talks he have given verbal assurance time and again though failing to give a written assurance about it. He further said that the government is now using delaying tactics to suppress the movement. He added that the inclusion of Meetei/Meitei will give a constitutional safeguard to the Meeteis in protecting its culture and identity.
It can be mention that the said organisation has even called bandh and to obstruct the ongoing process of railway construction even though delayed after talks with CM assuring it once more.
Bhogendrajit said that there demand is a rights given under the constitution. So a normal procedure would simply add the Meetei in ST list as they fulfilled the criteria of being a tribe to be enlisted. And this inclusion will lead to bring constitutional safeguard for the Meetei community.
He further appealed the people of the state to join the mass rally for the protection of culture and identity of the Meetei and also added that they made to fall the rally on Sunday not to hamper the school goers.
Bhogendrajit finally warned that the bandh and the obstruction of Railway construction which was called off is not completely withdrawn and such act will also be done if the government fails to consider it as a serious issue.

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Imphal West Election Nodal Officers’ Meeting Held

Imphal, Feb 17,

District Election Officer (DEO), Imphal West District ShriNaorem Praveen Singh today chaired a meeting of the Nodal Officers of the district to oversee the preparedness on various fronts for the forthcoming 17th LokSabha Election 2019 in order to make the election process a success.

Various matters pertaining to manpower, training of polling personnel, transport management plan, communication plan, media, establishment of helpline and complaint redressal, expenditure monitoring, security, etc., were discussed during the meeting. The DEO also informed the officers about ECI’s newly launched android-based app call ‘cVIGIL’, which stands for “citizens’ vigil’- an unique app for voters to report poll code violations. The DEO further stated that ‘cVIGIL’ which is a new initiative of ECI to ensure prompt reporting of Model Code violations with proper evidence and in a time- bound manner will be operationalized for the first time in the state in the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

The District Election Officer asked the officers to remain vigilant and acquaint themselves with the knowledge, rules and guidelines of the Election Commission of India, so that the process of the election could be held smoothly and fairly. The meeting was attended by ADM, Imphal West,    Election Officer, Imphal West, Addl. SP (L&O), Imphal West and nodal officers designated for various activities.

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A R Maj Bob Khathing Tournament To Commence

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Imphal Feb 17,
The Assam Rifles Major Bob Khathing Tournament 2019 is commencing from 18 Feb 2019 to commemorate the 107th Birth Anniversary of Major Relengnao Khathing, MC, MBE popularly known as Bob Khathing. A war hero, administrator, dedicated teacher and a diplomat, all rolled into one, this true nationalist and legend from Ukhrul will be lovingly remembered during the event.  
 The grand tournament has gained in proportions since its exception in 2012 and is today a household name in Ukhrul. This initiative of Assam Rifles has found growing support of the local people and remains a much awaited event for everyone. The willing participation of the people and their selfless contribution in the year by year success of this collective efforts is testimony to the trust and faith among the people and Assam Rifles.
This year’s edition will be 13 men’s football teams, 08 women’s volleyball teams and 07 church choirs adding glory to the event. Men’s football and women’s volleyball finals will be played on 23 Feb, while the Choir competition will be held on 21 Feb 2019.

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Hole in the bag

By:- Dr. Nunglekpam Premi Devi
Independent Scholar

I wonder I carry a hole in my bag all the way around,
It’s something unnoticed; I need all along seriously;
Bag o bag! You’re sometimes heavy full,
With bills and documents, unnecessarily;
You hold strong upon my shoulder hanging tight;
You hang up and you lay down, with no intension;
All I do and all I control, Dirty and dusty;
You a tool with all my tools holding in around;
Pen, pencil, ball pen, sharpener, eraser, stapler;
Lipstick, lip liner, eye liner, green, black and red;
Money Purse, mobile, coins one, two, five, and ten;
Rupees Ten, twenty, fifty, hundred and all;
In at the corner, far inside drop down;
I lost one a penny, two a pen and three a pencil.

I wonder I carry a hole in my bag all the way around,
It’s something unnoticed; I need all along seriously;
Day after day, week by week, month to year;
I hold onto it so dearly; I thought of not changing;
Switching after switching; upon and beneath; Part by part, portion by portion filling and engaging;
Hardly have I reached a hole in my bag for a few days;
Rain and wind; Heat and sweating I conduct toss;
I witness I drop hard on the ground dirty,
It rushes into the busy congesting street and buses;
Ah! I lost one a coin and two a rupees,
I worried and I got angry, tensioning;
In and out I search repeatedly hands over;
Lies a hole digging inside the pocket of the bag’s pocket;

I wonder I carry a hole in my bag all the way around,
It’s something unnoticed; I need all along seriously:
Lovely as I walk down the routine work hastily;
Full I carry witnessing umbrella, hanky and shawl;
Water bottle, blade, biscuit and vegetables;
Sweater and shirt; Ah1 I dump in and inside my bag;
I know not, its locking chain all split out wide open;
In and out I search repeatedly; I lost money within those;
Can’t able to reach hands out far inside, coins underneath;
I lift heavy on my side, right to left shouldering;
Pinning and handling; holding front and side ways;
I walk back home quickly, tired and heavy.

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