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Pinky Salam, a young and enthusiastic Reporter  is working with Imphal Times since 2018. Apart from being a reporter, he is a musician and plays Guitar in his spare time. Pinky is a resident of Sagolband Salam Maning Leikai, Imphal and lives with his parents. He can be reached at [email protected]

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Veteran CPI(M) leader Meitram Shamu passes

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Imphal Dec.9

Comrade Meitram Shamu , veteran leader of CPI(M) and Kisan Sabha leader of Manipur, expired on December 8, 2019 in his village Awang Jiri, Imphal at the age of 92. Comrade Shamu was one of the first generation communist in Manipur.
He joined the communist party under the leadership of Jananeta Irawat Singh, the founder of communist party in 1948 and participated in the peasants movement during the late 1940s and early 1950s and was in the underground for 4 years. Comrade Shamu was in the movement for legislative assembly, statehood, Manipuri language and against AFSPA etc.
Comrade Meitram Shamu was a founder State Secretariat Member of CPI(M) in Manipur in 1967. He was elected as Secretary of the party’s state unit by the 7th Manipur State Conference of CPI(M) in 1981at Keibi ,Imphal. He served the party as a secretary for 4 terms. He also served the village panchayat as Pradhan during 1960s and 1970s. Comrade Shamu attended 11th, 14th,15th and 16th Party Congresses of CPI(M).
The funeral service of Comrade Meitram Shamu was attended by the entire state secretariat of CPI(M) : Kshetrimayum Santa, Sarat Salam, Yumnam Ratan and Sougrakpam Roma Devi and CPI state assistant secretary Maisnam Joykumar and other leaders and paid their last Salute
The State Secretariat of CPI(M) hold a condolence meeting today in the State office and observed two minutes silent in memory of Comrade Shamu and expressed deep condolence and grief at the passing away of Comrade Shamu. His demise is a great loss to the party and peasants of Manipur. The secretariat conveyed it’s heartfelt condolences to his family members.

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Campaign for promotion of “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” held

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Imphal, Dec 8

A one day media campaign and promotion of the scheme “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” for newspapers and Local TV was held today at Manipur Press Club, here in Imphal.
The one day campaign jointly organised by the Imphal East district Administration and the DPO/ ICDS cell Imphal East, Department of Social Welfare was attended by Dr. Rangitabali Waikhom , DC Imphal East, Bijoy Kakchingtabam, President  AMWJU, K. Saroja , deputy Director , Children Programme , Social Welfare department and N. Indira Devi, DTO Imphal East as dignitaries.
Speaking on the occasion Deputy Commissioner of Imphal East, Dr. Rangitabali Waikhom stressed on the role of media on creating awareness among the masses. She appealed the people to make sure that all girls get proper educations. She said that education is the only means for empowering of the girl. Elaborating on the various scheme being initiated by the Imphal East district administration in collaboration with various other stakeholders including the Social Welfare Department, Rangitabali said that the society at a large has every responsibility in making the Beti Bachao Beti Padao scheme to reality.  

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Movement shall be intensified if workers are not given job immediately: NEFIS

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Imphal Dec 8

North East Forum For International Solidarity (NEFIS) along with other local organizations held a meeting against removal of workers of FCI. It should be known that on 5th December more than 80 casual workers were fired without any prior notice. These workers were fired bypassing the labour laws. On 6th December these workers chained themselves to the gate of FCI, protesting the illegal firing. Despite their protest administration is not ready to provide them their job denying them right to livelihood. Various Organisations like Lukram Leirak Youth Club, Chanura Liching Lup- Meira Paibi, Mahila Mandal Sangaiprou Meira Paibi, The Nupi Weaver Welfare Association Tera Lukram Part lll, participated in the meeting held today. Organizations pledged to support the workers struggle and unanimously decided to fight on following issues.

Reinstate all the workers fired from their jobs.

All work shall be halted completely, until all workers fired not are taken in.

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ATRFM calls indefinite bandh from Dec.16 in NHs and Tribal areas

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Imphal, Dec 7

All Tribal Rights Protection Forum Manipur (ATRPFM)  has imposed indefinite bandh on all National Highways and tribal areas of Manipur from December 16.
A statement of the ATRPFM , signed by its general Secretary James Haokip said that the indefinite bandh is being imposed after the state government has failed to address the ultimatum served by the ATRPFM and All Tribal Chief Forum Manipur (ATCFM).
The demand by the ATRPFM are -
1. Bifurcation / Recognition of new villages - All matters relating to the creation / recognition of new villages or bifurcation of a village in hill areas of Manipur were done by TA & and Hills, Govt. of Manipur since the beginning. However, the same were allocated to Revenue Department by an Office Memorandum (OM) dated 08.06.2008 issued by Principal Secretary (Revenue) under Para No. 9 and 30 of the Business of the Government of Manipur (Allocation) Rules, 2009 which is illegal. The said OM is illegal on the ground that MLR & LR Act, 1960 is not extended in the Hill Areas of the State as per Section 1(2) of the said Act. And as mandated under Article 371C of the Indian Constitution, the Governor is to submit Annual Report prepared by the TA&Hills, Manipur to the President of India. Hence, the State Government should re-allocated all the matters relating to the creation / recognition of new villages or bifurcation of a village in hill areas of Manipur in accordance with law.  
2.   Funds and Pension for ADCs - Grant-in-aid for ADCs has paralysed their functioning and ADC Members do not enjoy pension. Hence, we demand direct funding to ADCs instead of grant-in-aid and also to revise of honorarium to Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Executive Members and ADC Members.
3. Doubling of district jurisdictions - There are many villages where they are covered by two or more jurisdictions of districts therby causing confusion and hardship among the innocent general public. Hence,  inter-district boundaries i.e. doubling of villages in both the hills and valley district jurisdictions in the past Census records must be corrected in the coming Census 2021.
4. Inclusion in the Census - Many Tribal villages were found missing from the Census list of 2011 and Socio-Economic & Caste Census which deprived them from availing welfare schemes. Hence, we demand all villages should be included in the coming 2021 Census as well as in the current 7th Socio-Economic & Caste Census 2019.
5. Inclusion of VA Members in warrant of precedence - The Village Chiefs/Ex-Officio Chairmen are heads of the Village Authorities and all the members of Village Authorities in the hill areas are elected members under the Village Authorities Act, 1956. Hence, they should be included in the warrant of precedence.  
6. Illegal Eviction of tribal people by Forest Department - Right to shelter is a fundamental right under Article 21 of the Constitution and also right on land of tribal people and other traditional forest dwellers are well recognised by the Forest Rights Act, 2006 as well as under International Conventions/Instruments.  Therefore, the Forest Department shall have no right to evict the tribal people from their residence/villages in contravention of the above-mentioned provisions.  
and  7. Percentage of reservation in proportion to population - It is a settled law and constitutional intention that percentage of reservation in educational institutions and public employment shall be in proportion with the population of different categories so that equal representation of all categories is maintained as far as that is practicable. The population of Scheduled Tribes constitutes 35.1% of the total population as per Census 2011. It was 31% in Census 2001. There has thus  been an increased of 0.9 %. Accordingly, the Manipur Rservation of Vacancies in Posts and Services for SCs and STs Rules, 2011 be amended and give reservation in proportion with population in the interest of equal representation in all areas.  

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