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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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Congress MLA AK Mirabai join alert protest rally; MLA Joykishan will not take part Sangai Festival

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Imphal, Nov 10

Congress MLA AK Mirabai yesterday evening joined the alert protest rally organised under the aegis of COCOMI at Patsoi area. As per report, a large number of protestors thronged to the resident of the MLA as a part of the ongoing protest. AK Mirabai while talking to the protestors said that she is ready to even give up the post of MLA if any decision has been taken to distort the integrity of Manipur while solving the Naga issue.

On the other hand MLA Joykishan had stated that he will not take part the Sangai Festival this year. Talking to media persons MLA Joykishan said that the state government is afraid to call an emergency or special state assembly session and is playing hide and seek game. As he is also an MLA which represents the people he said that he cannot act against the will of the people. Demanding disclosure of the Frame Work Agreement signed between the NSCN-IM and the Government of India Joykishan said that he will be with the people of the state.

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Manipur HC directs authority to ensure safety of ostracized family in returning to their village

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Imphal, Nov 4

In yet another landmark judgment, Manipur High Court today directed the state law enforcers to ensure safety of a family while returning to their village that have been ostracized for converting to Christian religion.

Maibam Sanjoy Singh (43) and his wife Khambiton Devi (43) along with their 4 minor children who were permanent residence of Kachikhul Mayai Leikai, Thangjing Khulen , Imphal West, Manipur were ostracized from their village for converting to Christian religion . Kachikhul village is a Hindu Village and on July 1, 2017 without prior notice or information to Maibam Sanjoy Singh, Local Meira paibi and club members in a meeting convened by the Kachikhul Village Development Committee and that to in the absence of Maibam Sanjoy Singh had resolved to forcibly expel the family on the allegation that a minor son of the family had committed rape crime to one of his relative minor girl on June 26, 2017.

Maibam Sanjoy Singh along with his family filed a writ petition seeking justice by ensuring their safety in retuning back to their home. The allegation related to rape crime is left aside in this report even though the judgment against the mob violence properly mentioned as the report submitted by the police as they too are respondent. Separate suggestions and directives on the crime committed by minor has been categorically mention in the 16 page judgment.

However, the interesting part of the judgment mentioned is the directives to ensure safety of the mob victims .

As per the order, the Manipur High Court directed concern police station to be intimated by the petitioner and inform the date they would like to return to their village (Kachhikhul Mayai Leikai, Thangjing Khullen, Imphal West ) and to ensure their safety while staying at the village.

The Manipur High Court ruling also directed the state government to strictly implement the guideline as laid down by the Supreme Court in its judgment order dated 17-07-2018 rendered in Tehseen S. Poonawalla Vs. Union of India and Others. It further stated that failure to implement the SC ruling may invite the High Court to take up contempt proceeding to the state government.

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Education minister Th. Radheshyam inspects school and interacts with students on ‘No School Bag Day’

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Imphal, Nov. 3

On Saturday, Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam visited Budhimanjuri High School, Uripok to personally find out if the students are happy or not to the introduction of the ‘No School Bag Day’. The Minister then interacted with the students about their hobbies and interests.
During the visits, students were found practicing arts and crafts with teachers. The students were making traditional banana leaf bowl (dona), plates and houses design from paper. The students later gathered at the school ground recited poems and sang songs.
The Minister advised the teachers to encourage the students to make them participate in extra-curricular activities for overall improvement.  Head of schools should chalk out list of extracurricular activities for each class in advance through discussion and consultation with teachers and inform students/ parents accordingly.
Th. Radheshyam said that students should be made to feel that the school is their second home where they can live in ease. He also appealed to the teachers to motivate the students even when they are lacking behind. He said that fear and anxiety disheartens the students. He urged the teachers to treat the students as their own, imparting education with affection so that the children are able to express their views and perspective without hesitation.
The students – teacher relationship need to be made friendlier so that the students could approach the teachers anytime when they need. The students should be taught to maintain neatness to instill in them a sense of work culture and cleanliness in school and their surroundings. The Minister said that No School Bag Day policy aims in building positive culture amongst children, providing platform for innovative ideas and to reduce the stress and harmful effects of carrying heavy bags by the young children.
The No School Bag Day policy is implemented by the Department of Education(S), Manipur for the students from class I – VIII to attend school without school bags on all working Saturdays. No School Bag Day is being implemented in school with efforts to add various extra and co-curricular activities to make it a more structured and purposeful in manner.
The ministerial team comprises Director, Education (S), Th. Kirankumar Singh, concerned officials and ZEOs also inspected infrastructure of the school.

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Security forces shifted from Colleges campus after Human Rights bodies, students demand for removal

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Imphal, Nov. 2

After various bodies working for the protection of Human Rights including Committee on Human Rights (COHR), Human Rights Alert (HRA),  Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM), Human Rights Defender, Manipur (HRDM), Manipur, Civil Society Coalition for Human Rights in Manipur and the UN (CSCHR) United People’s Front (UPF), Reachout , Life Watch (Manipur) and students bodies had decried militarization at Educational institute of the state, security forces station at DM College campus and MB College campus have been withdrawn.
Apprehension about upraise in Manipur following the fall out of the NSCN-IM and GoI final agreement which was earlier scheduled to settle yesterday, the state government administration had deployed large number of central security force at the campus of some colleges here in Imphal East and Imphal West district. However, after students’ Union and Civil society organisations including human rights defenders had denounced the deployment and stationing of para military forces inside the premises of educational institutions, the state government administration had removed the para military stationed from DM College and MB College campus.
Large number of Central Paramilitary Forces (CMPFs) and regular Army were transported and airlifted to Manipur in the wake of the final settlement between the NSCN-IM and the government of India. Already the state of Manipur have already been deployed large number of Military at various places.
The Human Rights body in their memorandum submitted reminded the state government about the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child under Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict recommend the Government of India in 2014 . It reads:
The Committee urges the State party to take all necessary measures to prevent the occupation and use of as well as attacks on places with a significant presence of children, such as schools, in line with international humanitarian law. It also urges the State party to ensure that schools are vacated expeditiously, as appropriate, and to take concretemeasures to ensure that cases of unlawful attacks on and/or occupation of schools are promptly investigated and that perpetrators are prosecuted and punished.

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