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Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A National level Rugby player and  a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]

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Cultural march against Black laws including CAA forced to return back by police

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Imphal, Dec 29

A group of Responsible Indigenous Youths of the state gathered at the Laikhulembi Community Hall of Khurai Sajor Leikai today and took out Cultural Procession to demand to repeal all the Black Laws which are implemented in the Land of Indigenous Peoples which Includes CAA, 2019, AFSPA, 1958 etc.

The march was escorted by two torches, two Langdel (Traditional Drum), two Pena (Ritual Instrument) and Selbung (Alarm Bell).

The Protestors were on their way towards Kangla Fort to worship to save the Indigenous people of the state and region at large from those Black Laws, a team of Imphal East Police and Commandos and police personnel stopped them at the Lamlong junction and pushed back the rally.

A heated argument took place between the protestor and the security personnel, however the protestors returned back to the starting point.

One of the participants namely Mr. Phajaton expressed that “The government must not act against the Indigenous People (IPs) by passing various black laws and being imposed and implemented in the IPs land which cannot be accepted by us “the future generation” and we cannot compromise our culture, tradition and land for those who want to stay in Power is unacceptable by us. We march with the slogan “Houro Houro Yahouro, Yelhoumee Kallase, Amuba Wayel Pathaptagi Cheksin Phirep Lourase”. We will continue with such non violence action until it is heard by them i.e. the Government for the People!”

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NPR preliminary step towards NRC; to be rejected: Popular Front

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Imphal, Dec 26

Popular Front of India National General Secretary M Muhammed Ali Jinnah has stated that the cabinet cleared National Population Register is nothing but the preliminary step towards the preparation of National Register of Citizens.
A statement said that the central government does not contend that NPR is a comprehensive identity database of every usual resident in the country.  Since this database seeks to collect demographic as well as biometric particulars of the individuals, it will be an all inclusive data collection which makes it totally different from usual census survey.  Reply in Rajya Sabha by Kiran Rijiju, Minister of State, in November 2014 and the Annual Report of the Central Home Ministry 2017-18 and 2018-19 disclosed that NPR is the first step towards NRC. The endeavour of NPR does not pertain to usual census pursued as per the Census Act of 1948. The home page of the official website of Census Registrar also exhibits an NRC window. All these point to the sinister agenda behind the preparation of NPR, a dubious way of launching controversial NRC. There is something fishy behind expedited move for the NPR in the wake of the nationwide agitations against Citizenship Amendment Act and NRC. Mr. Jinnah has called upon the central govt. to revoke the decision to implement NPR, and appealed to the citizens of the country to reject this process.

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Release CPI Secretary Sotinkumar, Rescind the Sedition Law – Left Parties

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Imphal, Dec 24

The Four Left Parties- CPI, CPI(M), RSP and AIFB has expressed strong condemnation the decision to slap sedition cases against the leaders and activists of the Left Parties who were arrested in connection with the successful General Strike of December 19, 2019 against the CAA as a part of the nationwide protest.

“In connection with the General Strike Comrade L Sotin, Secretary Manipur State Council of CPI, was arrested on 20th December from the gate of his party’s state office at Imphal and slapped Sedition Law against him. The CJM Imphal West released Sotin on bail on 21st December but he was re-arrested from the court gate. Next day , he was produced in Bishnupur Court and remanded 15 days judicial custody and sent to jail for further interrogation”, a statement released by the four left party said.

It added that the Left Parties has always opposed the continuation of the Sedition provision after independence. This provision was brought in to protect the British crown and sovereign and had been used widely to detain and silence prominent Indian freedom fighters including Gandhiji. On this occasion when the country is observing the 150th anniversary of Gandhiji, it will be most appropriate to remove this provision from the statute books.

“Calling a General Strike against the unconstitutional, communal and undemocratic CAA is not a crime , it was a form of popular protest. Expressing opinions on important matters through protest cannot be constituted as a crime and be termed as anti-national. This is tantamount to punishing all those who have a dissenting opinion on the policies of the present government.  This is a complete negation of democratic rights and reflects the growing authoritarianism in the country”, the statement said.

It expressed surprised on the order of the Judicial Magistrate 1st Class, Bishnupur to register  this case, when the Supreme Court had ruled as early as 1962 that the sedition clause cannot be invoked unless there is a direct call or instigation of violence against the State.

The meeting of the Left Parties demands the release of Comrade L Sotin without any condition immediately and rescind the Sedition Law, the statement said.

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One day state level awareness programme held

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Imphal, Dec.21

 A One-Day State Level Awareness Programme was held today at the Auditorium of the High Court of Manipur with Law & Legislative Affairs Minister, L. Jayantakumar as the Chief Guest.
L. Jayantakumar said that the present two and Half years old Government, amidst so many crisis, has now introduced the long awaited “LOKAYUKTA”, an anti-corruption Ombudsman organization. Lokayukta or Ombudsman  is a public Officer/Institution whose function is to investigate the grievances raised by the Citizens regarding mal-administration of the Government authorities.
Through this institution the Citizens have the legitimate power to lodge complaint against the concerned authority if there are gross lapses in the functioning of the public administration, i.e. this Institution can be empowered to investigate the cases of corruption in any form not only against the Government Officials but also against the judges and the Ministers irrespective of their ranks & file. the Minister added.
Jayantakumar said that Ombudsman is something like a tool or device to make Democracy more meaningful and free from any stigma. Usually, we find that ordinary people are the victim of the negligence of public administration or wrong policy of the Government or corruption of the Government officials and the selected members of the Assembly running the Government. To maintain the true spirit of Democracy, there ought to be an Institution whose main function shall be to oversee whether proper policies are adopted and more important whether the adopted policies are properly executed, he added.
Ombudsman protects individuals from the injustice done to them by any of the three organs of the Government-Legislative, Executive and Judiciary. We should maintain & we should not forget that No one is above Law, Minister said.
Minister Jayantakumar said that Corruption, as everybody knows, creates a sense of bitter feeling to everybody that keeps them at a distance from the decision makers. And this distance makes them feel abandoned or even rejected and they eventually lost interest in public matters. It is a hard blow to the spirit of democracy and Ombudsman is a solution to these grievances.
The commissioning of Lokyukta under “ The Lokpal Lokyukta Act, 2013” in our Manipur State is one of the greatest achievements of the present Government & I do believe, with the functioning of this Lokyukta the real meaning of the Democracy will be materialized to the fullest extent, he added.
The function was also attended by Hon’ble Justive, T. Nandakumar Singh, Chairman, Lokayukta Manipur as the President.
Hon’ble Justice Kh. Nobin Singh, Judge, High Court of Manipur, Shri Ameising Luikham, IAS (Retd.), Member, Lokayukta Manipur and Mr Justice B.D. Agarwal, Member Lokayukta Manipur also attended the function as Guests of Honour.

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