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Manipur High Court freezes first ever medical scam case 8 years passed, people still wait for justice

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For almost eight years the appealed against the verdict of the Session Judge Manipur West for punishment of 9 persons for their involvement in the infamous medical scam case has been withhold by the Manipur High Court as the high court is still preparing paper book.
According to report, state government had handed over the medical scam case to CBI in 2007 at which over lakhs of rupees for procurement of scissors, towels and medical equipment has been reportedly misappropriated by some concern officials of the time. Accordingly the CBI charge sheeted against   Dr.G.Mani Singh, T. Jamkhothang, Dr.H. Lalfethang, Lienkhohum, Lal.H.Varte, Bidhu, Jayananda, Ibochou and Mohondas under the trial case number 11/1999/9/2007.

The Court of Session Judge Manipur West, Justice Th. Surbala Devi passed the order on 16.10.2008 having 286 pages each for three years Rigorous imprisonment and fine of rupees one lakh each.
However, in the same month of 2008, all the accused filed appeal to the Guwahati High Court and now the case is with the Manipur high Court.
But, the present statuses of the said cases on 16.2.2009, judge’s order “registry is directed to prepare the paper book and list after the preparation of paper book” sources said that all convicted accuses are living in free and one had died before the last verdict. All the cases are lying in freeze to the High Court of Manipur after the appeal comes.

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‘Mother where is my country......’

Delhi based Journalist turned writer Anubha Bhonsle’s book “Mother, Where’s My Country? Looking for Light in the Darkness of Manipur”, was released today at Manipur Press Club.
The book was written based on the fake encounter stories from Manipur, however the books aimed to publicize the unfaithful stories of the state to other parts of nation as well as to the world.
While recalling her stand to the book, Anubha called on people of Manipur to write more and more books on the issue as tool to raise our voice and one book will not be enough to do so.

The writer was encouraged to write the book by an incident of fake encounter which she encounter while visiting Manipur as a journalist in 2006.
The book depicts her experience of fake encounter stories in the state.
Babaloo Loitongbam, Human Rights Activists, Pradeep Phanjoubam, senior journalist, Prof Bimol Akoijam, Activist Nandini Thokchom among others took part in the book release function.

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Apolitical views on Political Prisoners How free is our freedom

“Until they become conscious, they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled, they cannot become conscious.” — George Orwell
Political prisoner is a deviant, few observe. A political prisoner is jailed for “freely expressing” any disagreement, no matter how tranquilly. She/he is also jailed for disobeying the mainstream definition of acceptable “social behavior” as constituted by the government. She/he can also be “legally” arrested for belonging to an organization, race, or social group unapproved by the “democratic” government.
It will be wrong to uphold “violent” political prisoners because they are naturally violating the axioms of self-ownership that are the basis for freedom and peace. The non-aggression principle (NAP) is such a maxim, and it is the idea that each person has the right to make his or her own choices in life so long as they do not involve aggression (defined as the initiation of force or fraud against others). The principle asserts that aggression includes any encroachment on another person’s life, liberty, or justly acquired property, or an attempt to obtain from another via deceit what could not be consensually obtained, and so is always illegitimate.
In the current scenario, the kind can be assessed to “direct violence” and “indirect violence” daily. Direct violence is an offensive crime committed by the political prisoners and is unjustified. However, the State cunningly tags it as a defensive measure when committing direct violence in conflict like the “war on terror” or “war on drugs” or “war on naxals” or the kind of war being carried out against the insurgence of NE states particulalrly in the state of Manipur.
Anyone who constructs a logical refutation of the government’s stupidity or attempts to identify the said distinction is charged under a sedition act, patriot act, defamation act, etc. In the eyes of the State, exposing so-called “defensive measures” as direct violence is the most offensive act a person can commit to deserve becoming a “political prisoner.”
At present in Manipur prison, a total of 25 persons are being detained under NSA. Altogether 623 prisoners are detained in the Manipur Central jail among which only 42 are convicted(as on Nov. 2015). This means trials for the remaining prisoners are still underway and the police is still yet to file any charge sheet. This prisoners may have some excessive activities most of them are detain just because they fight with an ideology.  The central government and various state governments of India are so worried about their activities that it is unthinkable that they can remain free and making them rot in jail for year after year has become a mainstay of state policy. The general public mostly remains ignorant about these people, and the government’s efforts are constantly directed towards maintaining that ignorance. Sometimes, some news appears about them, hidden in the inside pages of newspapers and soon fading out of public memory. The only people concerned about these prisoners are a few human rights organizations and activists, some political organizations, and their hapless relatives who hope that, one day, their near and dear ones will again breathe in free air.
It is unprecedented, in recent history, for such a large number of people accused of political offences to be imprisoned for such prolonged periods of time by a State which claims to be democratic and which is (officially) not at war.
The central government and various state governments of India constantly try to obscure the difference between political offences and criminal offences, so that the usual public sympathy towards political prisoners can be suppressed and it becomes easier to harshen the conditions and sentences of the political prisoners. For this reason the Indian State promulgates a series of laws which, although nominally supposed to control or prevent organized crime or terrorism, practically become the main weapons in the hands of governments to suppress the slightest political dissent.
By all these standards, We the Imphal Times can be charged under 124 (a) of Sedition Act in India for boldly expressing our views in defense of liberty and nonviolent political prisoners.
So, how free is our freedom?

While going through the deadly tremor

By: ReenaNongmaithem


"Being a physically challenge person, it is difficult for me even ifthe wind blows a little bit unusual or a storm comes but that tremor almost killed me, I thought that was the end of my life”, said BT Keikhilang @ Akei (47) of KabuiKhullen Part I, who has been a spinal cord patient since 1996.
Akei’shalf of his lower left body part has been paralyzedafter he felled from tree while he was cutting tree branches when he was around 25 years old.
He said that the quake shook so hard that people were thrown away from their sleeping bedsand so was he too.
 “I hold very tight on to the wooden bar beside my bed so not to fall from the bed”, shared Akei during this reporter’s visit  to the village which was worst affected by the deadly tremor on January 4 early morning.
He said many still felt sickness as side effect of the shook. “Villagers prayed if the World was going to end that day”,he added.
He was the only person to stay at home during night time these days while whole villagers were staying together at the relief centers.
“Since my physical condition challenges from staying together with the villagers at tent houses, I along with my two little sisters stays at home” shared Akei and said I will face the consequences even if the tremor hits again.
On that jolt his only television that accompanied his life over bed was completely damaged, said Akei whoever he said he is grateful that his radio set was save and sound.
Akei is a regular caller to All India Radio’s phone in entertainment programs like “Good Morning Manipur”. Interesting Akei’s called was picked up by the anchor of the “AIR” programme ‘Good Morning Manipur . He request the anchor to play a popular Manipur song from VDF Thasana. Thanks to AIR Imphal for Akei could stay away from the shock of the tremor.

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MLA Joykishan put halt construction works of temporary market at Thangal Bazar

The construction of temporary market sheds came to a grinding halt when MLA Joykishan of Thangmeiband Assembly Constituency intervened. The labourers were force to stopped working and the GI sheet and plastic walls erected on the roadside for construction of the market sheds had been forcibly removed. The construction is being underway after the two Kwairamband Keithel has been put to a danger level after the damage in the 6.8 magnitude of Jan 4.
Narrating the whole incident to our staff reporter, MLA Joykishan said that he came to the site of the construction of the temporary market sheds today morning around 9:30 am, which fall in the jurisdiction of his constituency and asked who is constructing the market sheds and under whose authority. A man who is said to be the contractor of the work said that the work was being executed under the instruction of the Chief Engineer and Superintending Engineer of PWD and being supervised by Assistant Engineer Uttam.  MLA Joykishan asked the concerned engineers on the phone and the engineers said that under the instruction of the Chief Minister, the work was being executed on a war footing without awarding work order and calling tender. Acknowledging the response, MLA Joykishan stopped the work immediately saying that it could not be continued.
MLA Joykishan warned official of stern action if the law is violated.

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CoPoTR to discuss functioning of District council

Letmang Haokip

To discuss the functioning of Chandel Autonomous District Council, the Committee on Protection of Tribals Rights ( CoPoTR ) Chandel District informed that a joint meeting will be held with the all Head of Departments, ministerial and other staff of Chandel Autonomous District Council on forth coming Tuesday.
In a press statement signed by CoPoTR Chandel District’s President Wng. Kohring Victor and Secretary Ng. Joychandra informed that a joint meeting of CoPoTR Chandel District Committee members and the Head of Departments, ministerial and other staff of Chandel Autonomous District Council will be held at the Council’s Hall located at Monsang Pantha on coming Tuesday to discuss the functioning of the District Council. The decision to convene the joint meeting was taken during a meeting of the Committee which was held on January 14, added the statement.
The committee also appealed all the head of Departments and Staff including CEO and Addl. CEO of the District Council to attend the said joint meeting on time which is scheduled to be held by 12 noon of January 19.

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Lions Club extended assistance

Lions Club, Imphal East today presented woollen cloths to elders residing at the old age home at Monsangei. The presentation was organized as part of its helping hand extension towards destitute elders, victims of crime against women and orphan children under the program theme “Relieving the hunger”.

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National Integration Youth Camp at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

 Ten dynamic Youths of Manipur, both men and women, has been invited for the participation in the National Integration Youth Camp at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan which is going to be held from March 13 to 18, 2016.
In a press statement, S Tomba Singh, Principal of Laishram Mani Goura Sangeet Akademy (LMGSA), Thoubal Wangkhem said that the youth camp is being organized by National Youth Project, new Delhi under the Directorship of National Awardee Dr S.N Subba Rao. The National Youth Project Unit of the Laishram Mani Goura Sasngeet Akademy invites youths of Manipur under the age group of 15-35 having potential experience of Traditional Dancing. Willing persons can contact the office of LMGSA on or before January 24. Selection test to select the 10 youths will be held on coming January 25 at 2:00 pm at the Paona Memorial Arts & Rural Development Services Auditorium, Thoubal Wangkhem, S Tomba Singh details in the notice statement.

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Two NSCN (K) Cadres apprehended

In an operation carried out based on specific inputs regarding movement of hardcore insurgents in Kangpokpi, Kanglatongbi, Saparmaina, IT Road Junction, Sipijang and Leikop by the troops of Jwalamukhi Battalion under Senapati Brigade of Red Shield Division on 12 January apprehended two hardcore NSCN (K) insurgents along with one 9mm and five live rounds of 9mm from Daili village of Senapati District identified as Number 17326 SS Lt LamangKipgen, aged 36, son of Seipao Kipgen, resident of Lilen village under Peren district, Nagaland and Seminlal Kipgen, aged 23, son of Jangsat Kipgen, resident of Langjol under Senapati district ,Manipur. SS Lt LamangKipgen revealed himself on questioning as top leader of NSCN (K) outfit joined in 1996 being trained in Athibung involving the recruitment of numerous cadres in the past. He further confessed absconding from Nagaland to avoid arrest by Security Forces and arrive in Manipur to carry out recruitment for the terrorist organisation was planning to strike against Security Forces. The apprehended terrorists along with recoveries were handed over to the Police for further investigations. 

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