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Locals go hostile after police fails to punish culprits behind the killing of Arun; protestors quash with police; Imphal-Yairipok road disrupts

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Imphal, May 4,

 

Large number of people from Bamon Kampu area in Imphal East today stormed to the police station demanding immediate punishment of those involved in the killing of Khunjamayum Arun, a resident of Bamon Kampu Makha leikai.

The deceased was found brutally murdered on April 21, and police had arrested the wife of the deceased identified as Kh (O) Helen and the Pradhan of Bamon Kampu Gram Panchayat, Naoshekpam Rabi. Both the suspects are in the custody of Irilbung Police Station after they had been remanded in custody after producing to the Court on April 24 for further investigation as police smell involvement of more persons to the brutal killing.

 A JAC formed against the brutal murder of Arun, has been keeping a close eye to the development of the case and has been demanding capital punishment of both Helen and Rabi who had illicit relationship and allegedly killed Helen’s husband Arun.

Large number of locals of Bamon Kampu area under the aegis of the JAC formed against the brutal murder today waited for the police to produce the duo at Law court at Lamphel at around 11 am. The police however, produced the duo before the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate Imphal East before 11 sensing unwanted trouble from the site of the JAC.

The way the police produced the alleged murderers had provoked the locals to turn hostile as they are eager to know the kind of punishment awarded to the two alleged murderers. After the gathering large number of locals found out that the two murderers had been produced at the court and taken into judicial custody before the members of the JAC arrived, large number of people from Bamon Kampu area throng to the Irilbung police station in Imphal East demanding justice for the victim.

As police tried to stop them, the agitators confronted the police team in front of the Police station. The Police then resorted into action by firing rounds of tear gas shell as well as firing blank shot in the air to disperse the agitators.

The agitators too seems to cross the limit of tolerance and instead of going back , some among them started pelting towards the police team causing an injury to a police constable.

The stone pelting war continue till the filing of his news story. A reporter was also hurt after he was hit by a sling shot from the agitators.

At Bamon Kampu area large number of people came out in the street and blocked all sort of vehicular movement. Even a police vehicle was force to return back by the irate mob somewhere near Irilbung.

Talking to media persons, a member of the JAC said that the local MLA N. Indrajit will be boycotted if the authority fails to arrest all those involved in the brutal murder of Arun and award capital punishment at the earliest possible time.

The JAC still is not receiving the dead body of Khujamayum Arun.

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Rajbans Huidrom scores 475 marks in CBSE Class XII exam; tops for Manipur

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Imphal, May 4,

 

A student of Kendriya Vidyalaya , Lamphelpat, Imphal, Manipur – Rajbans Huidrom scores 475 marks out of 500 in the just declared Class XII examination of the CBSE. Rajbans tops the class XII examination of the CBSE for the state of Manipur .

Rajbans Huidrom  is the son of Dr. Huidrom Birkumar Singh, a Senior Principal Scientist in CSIR and  Dr. Alka Jain, who is presently serving as the Principal, of Assam Rifles Public School, Mantripukhri IGAR(S)

Rajbans Huidrom  was born on 14th August 2002 and is presently staying with his parents at Officers Colony  Lamphelpat.

Talking to a Imphal Times representative Rajbans Huidrom said, “ I am aspiring to pursue Political Science in graduation preferably in DU if I get admission there. I would appear for the civil services examination conducted by the UPSC and serve the country as well as the state as an IPS officer.”

 

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Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today felicitated rescue team of 3 persons drowned in Mapithel Dam

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Imphal, May 4,

 

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today felicitated rescue team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF),  Indian Navy team, Red Cross Society, Villagers of surrounding, Manipur Fire Service, Indian Army Manipur Police and locals who had rendered relentless effort in recovering the bodies of the three missing person in a mishap occurred on April 28 at Maphou Dam, in Ramrei area. 

In his facebook post, the Chief Minister wrote, “My sincere gratitude to all those who took part in the rescue operation of Maphou Dam tragedy, especially the teams from the Indian Navy, SDRF, NDRF, Manipur Fire Service, Manipur Police, Red Cross Society, Indian Army, CSOs, Govt officials, Indivisuals, villagers of Ramrei  and surrounding areas etc”.

The Chief Minister also honoured the local boat driver of Ramrei village who had rescued 9 sightseers when the boat carrying 12 persons capsized and submerged in the deep water reservoir of Mapithel dam after the boat got caught in the freak windstorm.

Had the boat driver not sailed the rescue boat on time towards the area where the boat capsized and submerged, lives of all the boating team might have lost.

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Consumer awareness programme held at press club

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Imphal May 4,

 

Study Programme on the theme “Consumer Awareness and Institutional Mechanism for Consumer Protection in North East states was held at Manipur Press Club on May 3.

The function was organised by The Manipur Women Coordinating Council.

Speaking as the chief guest of the function President of Consumer Disputes Redressal Fora of 16 districts of Manipur N. Dijamani said that people are not aware of the consumer’s right.

He added that out of the various reasons which hinder the awareness of consumers unabling  to organise awareness program is one of the main factors which is mainly because of financial constraints.

He said that people in far off places are more unaware as compared to the people residing in Imphal.

He added that betrayal and cheating by service provider and trader can be met by filing a case and their grievances can be easily meet.

Unfortunately he said that most of the people didn’t know where and how to file the case regarding the matters of consumers.

 Dijamani concluded that around 50 to 70 cases were under trial.

Former General Manager of DIC, Imphal west L. Dwijamami attended the function as president of the function

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Diana Mayanglangbam honoured with another award

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Imphal, May 4,
A days after National Women Social Award was conferred by Progressive Thane Residency Welfare Association, Thane on the Occasion of Maharastra Day which is observed every year on the first of May, International model and Social activist Mayanglangbam Diana was yesterday conferred Women’s Excellence Award 2019 by Ayesha & Rabiya’s School of Beauty and Art’s, Mumbai and  Bhaarati an Ideal of Humanity and Compassion, New Delhi at the launch of a magazine called “PEHCHAAN” meaning “IDENTITY” which was held at Mysore Association Auditorium , Mumbai.
The occasion was organised by Ayesha & Rabiya’s School Beauty of Arts, Mumbai and Bhaarati and Ideal of Humanity and Compassion, New Delhi.  
An article at “PECHAAN” contain the  life story of Mayanglangbam Diana was also published in the magazine.

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A lesson from Mandella

The world over, people from all walks of life mourned the death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, often referred to as Mandiba by his close and trusted friends and associates in reference to the clan to which he belong. He is known as the first black president who successfully, albeit with extreme difficulty, made the transition from an all-white apartheid government to a truly democratic one.
The person is gone, but the vision he showed the world by living it will become clearer with each passing day. Almost every one of us have read his story, or at least heard about the man and how he became what he is, but very few of us have actually thought about the impossible hardships and oppressions he had to endure to become the man the world revered. Therein lay the tragedy.
It would be our own loss if we could not learn and grow from the example Mandela set for the whole world to know. It would seem far-fetched for a few who would argue the relevance of drawing a comparison with our present society- yet that argument only strengthen the need for comparison, as we would be saving ourselves from the deepest living nightmare similar to what the man had to endure. It would be fooling ourselves if anybody in our society thinks that ours is better and more developed.
Flattery is addictive and so is self promotion, yet it would be only when somebody else tells us we are good at anything, then we should accept it as true. His words ring true because he had experienced the worst and the best, and made the most of his disappointments and angst to make the world a better place. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Doesn’t that mean something to every one of us in our present day society living in fear and insecurity as it is? Or what about “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”- doesn’t that strike us as unusual, an anomaly to the way we have been forced to lead our lives in the society where the mighty, with a gun in hand spouting ideologies, or a handful of armed protectors ready to do their master’s bidding, have always had their way, be it with our hard earned properties or even another’s life.
 “A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed”- just the description for the person everybody in the State has been looking for, but a task which is proving easier said than done. Where might is right, words seemed to have lost it’s beauty and usefulness, and yet it would augur well for everyone to remember that power- real power, does not flow from the barrel of a gun- it flows from the human mind which made the guns, and the knowledge that made everyone capable of wielding one.
 Mandela had lived an example for us to improve upon. It is up to us to grow or rot in self-denial. We need to break out of our comfort zone and put in efforts to keep pace with the rapidly changing times. Holding on to archaic beliefs and irrelevant methods for fear of change will prove to be our own worst undoing. Nobody can afford to live the life of an ascetic, nor should we aspire to be.

What Yoga is and is not? Misconceptions about yoga

By - Dr. R. K. Roshni Raj Lakshmi

When one is asked, “what do you understand by the term  ‘yoga’?” most people would answer that yoga refers to  the poses or asanas or the practices like pranayamas (breath regulating techniques) or meditation. Some people even consider being merely physical exercises, rope tricks, or some secret practices belonging to occultism.
Yoga, in its completeness, is not understood by most people. Some perceived yoga to be just the distortions or contortion of the body into impossible poses. Some others see it as some mystic practices befitting only an ascetic in saffron robes, with full beard and long matted hair, residing at the Himalayas.
When Swami Vivekananda introduced the eastern philosophy to the West at the Parliament of Religions, held in 1892 at Chicago, the concept of yoga was perceived correctly. But with passing of time and changes in the trend of yoga philosophy, the face of yoga changed. The aspect of yoga as physical practices to alleviate disease conditions and to achieve optimal health is what is most popular, as of now. Modern exponents of yoga came to design different styles and techniques of yoga and thus the new concept of yoga as a ‘set of practices for improvement of health or rather maintenance of overall well being’. Clearly, the misconceptions exist in abundance. Even now, most people know only the tip of the iceberg and submerged portion lies in depth.
Yoga is in reality, a way of life. Yoga is not limited to the one hour practice of poses and breathing techniques in the day. As the traditional masters have taught, yoga is ‘cessation of modifications of the mind’. (Patanjali yoga sutras). Vashishtha says, ‘it is skill to calm the mind’. As Shri Krishna says, in the Bhagavad Gita, ‘it is equanimity of mind’, or ‘skill (to remain calm) in action’. From the definitions given by the traditional masters of yoga, it is evident that ‘yoga’ is a means for the mind to attain equanimity. And if one were to study the traditional texts on yoga, one comes across the various injunctions about a yogi’s lifestyle. Be it the Bhagavad Gita, or Patanjali Yoga Sutras or for that matter, any relevant texts on yoga, there is description of the rules and regulations and manner in which a yogi has to eat, sleep, breathe or think to attain the ultimate goal of yoga. For instance, in the Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the rules and regulations of what to eat, when to eat, how much to eat and how to eat is described in detail. In Patanjali Yoga Sutras, which are one of the authoritative texts on yoga, the author explains the ways and means to control the mind and achieve the ultimate goal of yoga.
With reference to Manipur, most people before the advent of The International Day of Yoga, notions of yoga were even more misleading. It was considered to be merely physical acrobatics or exercise, clearly leaving out much of what yoga is in reality. After popularisation of the concept of yoga by yoga experts in different parts of the state, yoga came to be seen as an adjunct therapy for ailments. Even this concept does not encompass the totality of yoga. Yoga, from its inception, was for preparation of the body and mind complex, to strengthen this complex to withstand the difficult journey and effects of higher practices of yoga to attain the ultimate goal of yoga. Thus, the various practices, may it be asanas (poses), pranayamas (breath regulation), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses) or dhyana (meditation), were all designed by the masters to attain the goal of yoga which is Self Realisation.
The misconceptions about yoga are due to incomplete knowledge or vague knowledge about the matter which creates a wrong notion and understanding of the matter in a totally different way. In relation to yoga, it is equivalent to the different perspectives of the same elephant by blind men who were positioned at different parts of the elephant, namely, foot, trunk, tail, and ear. The blind man near the foot of the elephant says that it seems like a pillar. The one near the ear says, ‘no, no it is like a huge fan’. While the one near the tail says that it is like a rope. Each is describing what they perceive and rightly so, but they are unable to see the whole picture, thus leaving out the real nature of things. As we see, yoga is indeed a lifestyle with injunctions in relation to every aspect of life and an ideal one for the matter. Thus, it is apt if yoga is defined as a way of life to achieve equanimity of mind.

(*** The writer is a Guest lecturer at the department of Yoga, Manipur University )

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) : a management optionfor Parkinson’s disease

By - Dr. Amitabh Gupta

HOD Neurosurgery ,

Batra Hospital.

 

Introdution

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that generally affectsoverall body movements in people over 60 years of age, occurringa decade earlier in familial cases. It usually begins with symptoms which are barely noticeable like tremors in hands or inability to execute simple coordinated movements likesigning or eating food, face may show little or no expression, or arms may not swing while walking and soft or slurred speech. These symptoms may be enough to diagnose PDby an expert neurologist / or a neurosurgeon performing DBS surgeries. Patients affected by advance state Parkinson’s demonstrates varying degrees of stiffness of body, slowness or difficulty in initiating movements or freezing.

What causes PD?

In Parkinson’s disease, loss of dopamine-producing cells leads to excessive and abnormally patterned activity in both the Globus pallidus interna (GPi) and the subthalamic nucleus (STN). This is evident by the fact that “Pacing” of these nuclei with a constant, steady-frequency electrical pulse corrects this excessive and abnormal activity.

What are the risk factorsfor Parkinson’s disease?

  • Age -  60 yrs and above.
  • Genetic -Having a blood relative with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Sex -Men.
  • Exposure to toxins -Ongoing exposure to herbicides and pesticides.

Treatment for Parkinson’s disease and when to consider DBS?

For most patients suffering from early Parkinson’s disease, levodopa and other antiparkinsonian medications are usually effective for maintaining a good quality of life. However, with the progression of disease, medications can produce disabling side effects. Many patients on long-term levodopa develop troublesome dyskinesias, excessive movements that often cause the limbs and body to writhe or jump. In addition, their dose of levodopa no longer lasts as long as it once did. This may lead to “on-off fluctuations,” a condition in which the ability to move changes unpredictably between a mobile (“on”), state when medication seem to work, and an immobile (“off”) state in which little effect of medication is apparent and normal movement is very difficult. Once on & off effect sets in, medical relief from PD symptoms become unpredictable. When patients no longer have an acceptable quality of life DBS should be considered.

How to treat with DBS ?

In deep brain stimulation (DBS), surgeons implant electrodes into a specific part of your brain. The electrodes are connected to a generator implanted in your chest that sends electrical pulses to your brain and may reduce your Parkinson’s disease symptoms. It’s effects are completely reversible.

DBS can stabilize medication fluctuations, reduce or halt involuntary movements (dyskinesias), reduce tremor, reduce rigidity, and improve slowing of movement.

A tremor may be controlled by DBS even if the tremor isn’t very responsive to medication.

How is the surgery performed?

The most common method, bilateral implantation of the brain electrode is performed with the patient awake, using only local anesthetic and occasional sedation. The basic surgical method is called stereotaxis, a method useful for approaching deep brain targets though a small skull opening. To maximize the precision of the surgery, a “brain mapping” is used in which fine microelectrodes are used to record brain cell activity in the region of the intended target to confirm that it is correct, or to make very fine adjustments of 1 or 2 millimeters in the intended brain target. The neurological status of the patient (such as strength, vision, and improvement of motor function) is monitored frequently during the operation, by the surgeon or by the neurologist. When the correct target site is confirmed with the microelectrode, the permanent DBS electrode is inserted.

Who is an ideal candidate for DBS surgery?

A good candidate for DBS for Parkinson’s disease is a patient having the following attributes 

  1. Intact intellectual function and memory. Dementia (significantly impaired memory or thinking) is a major contraindication to surgery.
  2. History of significant benefit from taking levodopa (Sinemet).
  3. Certainty of diagnosis.
  4. Lack of other untreated or inadequately treated illnesses. Serious cardiac disease, uncontrolled hypertension, or any major other chronic systemic illness increases the risk and decreases the benefit of surgery.
  5. Realistic expectations and not a sudden miracle.
  6. Patient age. The benefits of DBS for PD decline with advancing age, and the risks go up.
  7. MRI of the brain should be free of severe vascular disease, extensive atrophy, or signs of atypical parkinsonism.
  8. Degree of disability. DBS is a poor procedure to rescue someone with end stage Parkinson’s disease.
  9. Ability to remain calm and cooperative during an awake neurosurgical procedure lasting 2-3 hours per brain side.

What are the benefits of DBS surgery? 

 The major benefit of DBS surgery for PD is that it makes movement in the off-medication state more like the movement in the on-medication state. In addition, it reduces levodopa-induced dyskinesias, either by a direct suppressive effect or indirectly by allowing some reduction in medication dose. DBS smooths out these fluctuations so that there is better function during more of the day. Any symptom that can improve with levodopa (slowness, stiffness, tremor, gait disorder) can also improve with DBS. Following DBS, there may be a reduction, but not elimination, of anti-Parkinsonian medications. At present, DBS only suppresses symptoms and does not alter the underlying progression of Parkinson’s disease. 

What are the risks of DBS surgery? 

The most serious potential risk of the surgical procedures is bleeding in the brain, producing a stroke, but the average risk is about 2%. The second most serious risk is infection, which occurs in about 4% of patients. Finally, hardware may break or erode through the skin with normal usage, requiring it to be replaced. 

 

St. Joseph’s Higher Secondary School, Sugnu Imbroglio

By-Lunthang

Research Scholar (Astrophysics) ADBU

Apropos the burning of St. Joseph’s H/S School, it is a pitiful and frustrating that the Manipur Police Dept. is unable to solve the case till date and that the JAC are forced to resort to band. It is hard to digest that the entire Manipur police department does not have some honest and competent personals for the job. Perhaps, this is the outcome of our questionable police recruitment process.

Technically speaking, a few round of interrogations, GPRs, voices and messages of phone records of both the parties should have been enough to solve the case. It also appears that our intelligence department too are not all that intelligence either. The inability to book the culprits can have a ramification effects on our society as it could encourage the nexus between establishments and hooligans.

It makes me wonder, whether burning of a school and the issue of Sugnu area is considered less important by the Manipur government? Or, is it that the government is trying to turn this ‘barbaric act’ into a political issue and are waiting more unrest and chaos? Or, Is it that the culprits are having nexus with some politicians and are enjoying protection from them? These are the questions the public wants to be answered. Whatever the case may be, if the police department is helpless they should hand over the case to the CBI. We must keep in mind that one day or the other, ultimately truth, if not justice, will triumph. By then, it would be too late for the government to make amends.

The issues should not be dealt as a skirmish between the KSO and the SJHSS/JAC; it is the cries of the 

schools for protection against hooliganis, It is a case of the use of non-statutory authority by an organisation in a democratic and constitutional state. It is a public cry for JUSTICE and a called for the LAWS of the LAND to prevail over social evils. It is not a case that can simply be settled by the minister or Kuki chiefs Association or Catholics or Protestant or ZSP or KSO or even the JAC. It is a case of criminal offence and should only be settled with fair JUSTICE. PERIOD. It is simple as that ! Why 

complicate matter and worsen the situations? CATCH the culprit and give a befitting punishment.

That’s it !

On the other hand, the immaturity of the KSO, Head quarter of not owning the moral responsibility when the circumstantial evidences such as threatening to burn down the school, closing the main gate before the fire (leaving aside their locally made authority) are all pointing toward them is also adding salt to the wound. Even if the KSO Gunpi Block was acting without the Head quarter’s consentit is still the Head quarter’s obligation to own the moral responsibility of its subordinates. By trying to defend the indefensible criminal acts they are only losing characters and faces. One cannot burn down somebody’s house, let alone a school and then expect to walk scot free. This is not done in a civilised world. The KSO also messed up their opportunity to save the organisation’s face when they had asked the involment of the politicians and Kuki chiefs to defend the crime. I considered this as a misused of the Kuki customs and traditions. I have not known a kuki law that protects a criminal from being fined or punished. But, I know of Kuki laws that gives fair justice. Unless Laws and traditions 

are able to inculcate in a person values and principles that are strong enough to STAND for TRUTH and JUSTICE and are ready to face the consequences of their actions our society will never be free of men who are foolish enough to burn down his/her own children’s alma mater. Aslo, it is a very dangerous move to use Christianity to protect criminals. Christianity Forgiveness should never be misused to belittle the Constitutional duties and rights. Instead, a true Christian should respect and allow the Law of the land to prevail. For, the Lord Jesus himself never ran away from the Roman Lawsthough He was innocent. If the Kuki laws and Christian beliefs are making our children mindless and wild they should be immediately discarded off, once and for all, for the sake of our civilisation.The suspects trying to confuse the people by bringing in some cheap politics like ‘ZSP against KSO’ ‘Protestants vs the Catholics’ ‘Non Kuki priests’ are nothing but signs of short sightedness, devilish, divisive and selfish mind-set and poor leaderships. Good leaders should try to unite the people and spread love where there is hatred. If they are innocent as they are claiming to be, it is possible that they trying to protect someone/some people at the expense of their families, friends and the society.This again is a self-centre attitude which does not deserve sympathy. A man of character should always try to put his family before anything else no matter what. A leader of integrity, dignity and principle should be willing to sacrifice his freedom for the peaceful existence of his people. If they are claiming to stand for the Kuki students now is the best opportunity to prove it by surrendering themselves to the police so that the school building is restore to its glory and t enable the students, parents and staff of SJSS , majority of whom are from kuki communities resume their academic chores.The sooner the case is solved and the culprits are given befitting punishment the better we shall all be. The people around the country are now starting to ridicule the inefficiency of our police department, justice system, governance and insensitivity towards each other. Also, disturbance of

educational set up is never a healthy sign of and for a society. I, therefore, appeal the absconding leaders to be courageous and brave enough to give themselves in for a fair trial or reveal the names of the culprits are indeed innocent. If they stand for the TRUTH the public will stand by you. Please save harmonious and peace loving people of Sugnu from this unnecessary predicaments we are into..

(**** The writer is an alumni of St. Joseph’s H/S School, Sugnu. He can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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