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8 lakhs University and College teachers to proceed mass court arrest on Teachers’ Day

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Imphal, Aug 31: College and University teachers across the country have threatened to launch mass court arrest ‘Jail Bharo’ at the national Capital New Delhi on September 5, the day that the nation observed Teachers’ Day.
This is the second protest organize by the All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation over the central government delay in implementation of the 7th UCG Pay Review committee.
A statement of the AIFUCTO said that over 8 lakhs teachers from Universities and Colleges across the nation are taking part in the mass court arrest agitation.
In a press statement issued here, AIFUCTO President and General Secretary  Prof. Kesab Bhattacharya and Prof. Arun Kumar said “We have particularly chosen September 5, for our programme as the day carries special significance to all the teachers of the country. Former President Radhakrishnan, himself a teacher and academic had great regards and admiration for the teachers and understood the role of teachers in the making of the nation. It is to honor that great ethos that his birthday September 5 has come to be observed as Teachers’ Day in India”. FEDCUTA (Central Universities) and AIFRUCTO(All India Retired  teachers)have already extended full solidarity and support to the ongoing agitations of AIFUCTO.
They said that teachers and their demands had always been treated with priority and all former governments respectfully looked into the teachers’ demands. Unfortunately we have reached a moment in our history when teachers are not taken into confidence either for drafting the education policy or something as important as the recommendation of the Pay Review Committee- an issue that directly affects their material well being. Educational institutes, university campuses, freedom of speech are severely throttled under the present regime. Vindication and terror tactics are openly used to silence the teachers. The central government , as inside reports suggest, refuses to invest liberally on education, citing it as additional expense. That is why the Finance Ministry wants to bear only 50% of the additional share of the burden that will emanate from the recommendations of the PRC. This again is in complete violation of  earlier precedence of the central government meting out 80% of the increased share. This time we felt the government would agree in providing 100% assistance for the uniform and simultaneous implementation of the 7PRC. Against such a backdrop our slogan for the Court Arrest Programme  will be” Save Education,Save” Teachers apart from highlighting other professional demands.

In the mean time AIFUCTO submitted a letter to PMO on 25th August , requesting the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to look into the matter and to resolve the on going stalemate in favour of the teachers fraternity of the nation. We demand among other things uniform and simultaneous implementation of 7th UGC pay scale across the country for all categories of university and college teachers.
AIFUCTO expressed strong resentment over the attitude that MHRD shamelessly ignored the 7th UGC PRC recommendations submitted by Prof Chouhan committee and deliberately kept the report and its contents under cover from its stakeholders. The govt.has neither the regards to the democratic teachers’ movements nor the apex Teachers’ Organisations of the country like AIFUCTO and FEDCUTA.
It is unfortunate and painful that the undemocratic and authoritarian attitude of the government compelled the teachers working in HE sector to take recourse to drastic moves, something that could have been amicably settled through open dialogue between  government and the stakeholders. We regret that government through its unsympathetic attitude thrust upon itself the Jail Bharo programme.
 We  appeal to all the teachers of the country, especially teachers of Central Universities in Delhi and universities and colleges in UP, Punjab, Haryana, HP, Rajasthan and MP  to join the programme  en masse and once again demonstrate our solidarity. Our unity and struggle remain the only way to resolve our issues.
AIFUCTO President and General Secretary threatened that if their demands would not be considered upto 5th September,  eight lacs university & college teachers of the country have no option except to go on strike across the nation.

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State to promote and encourage start-ups : CM

Rs. 35 crores to be sanctioned under the “Startup India” initiative

Imphal, Aug. 31: Chief Minister  N. Biren Singh said that encouraging and promoting the local entrepreneurs would not only improve the State’s economy by exporting our products but also to become self reliant, self sustained market economy and generation of employment. This was stated by him at the ‘Romi Industries Mega Event, 2017’ held at Kwakeithel Thounaojam Leikai, Imphal.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the State Government has already earmarked a budget of Rs. 35 crores in the State budget under the “Startup India” initiative to encourage the local entrepreneurs of the State. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to encourage entrepreneurship in the country, the central government has already started “Startup India” campaign aimed at promoting start-up ventures to boost entrepreneurship and encourage start ups with jobs creation for the unemployed youths in the country.
Chief Minister urged the unemployed youths of the State to become job creators instead of becoming job seekers and should not be craze for white collar jobs. We don’t have to think only of commercial or profit oriented view but also to work towards the welfare and prosperity of the State, he said. The government would introduce policies and programmes to encourage the entrepreneurs of the State. He also urged the banks to encourage the local entrepreneurs and start-ups by providing financial assistance for their venture. Public service is the foremost responsibility of the present government, he added.
Skill development programmes have been embarked by the state government to meet the aspirations of youth through training to enhance employment avenues among the unemployed youths. Moreover, such programmes enable livelihoods, increase productivity and income levels of people in the state. Proper planning and maintenance is very much needed to uplift and growth of small scale industries in the State, he added.
Appealing the youths of the State not to lose hope, Chief Minister said that the new government is ready to help, encourage and promote the local entrepreneurs in every aspect.
Mentioning that one of the objectives of the new government is to bring positive change in the society, N. Biren Singh said that proper time and money management would definitely bring development in the State. The government need the support and co-operation of the people, he added. To bring peace and inclusive development in the State, Chief Minister stated that the present government would not compromise on any issues or situation which affects the integrity of the State and creates conflict among various communities living in the State.

Hailing the efforts of the Romi Industries for becoming a successful entrepreneur in the State, Minister for PWD, Commerce and Industries Th. Biswajit said that such entrepreneurs should be encouraged by the people of the State which not only promote our local goods but also provide employment to many unemployed youths of the State. Mentioning PM Narendra Modi’s initiative of ‘Khadi for Nation, Khadi for Fashion’ for promoting the handloom sector of the country, Minister said that the State government would take initiative like ‘Khadi for Manipur’ which would promote the unique handloom products but also to help the weavers of the State.
Th. Biswajit said that the State Cabinet would decide regarding the introduction of handloom products as uniforms of government educational institutions in the State from next academic session soon. He said that the medicines such as antibiotics would be manufactured under the initiative of Commerce and Industries department on the PPP model or joint venture in the State soon. He further said that if we want to bring positive change in the society then that change should start within ourselves.
Minister for Education Th. Radheshyam said that the government would promote and empower the local entrepreneurs in all respect especially to bring growth and self-sustain economy such as self-employment and setting up of small scale industries in the State. He said that the objective of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ is to bring an inclusive development with a collective effort towards the improvement of the most deprived and downtrodden sections of the society.
Stating that market is all about demand and supply, Minister said that at present, a collective brainstorming is needed on how to create demand and at the same time we have to introduce online marketing and create our own market to increase the economy.
On the occasion, a factory and a showroom of Romi Industries was inaugurated. The dignitaries also launched the Romi shoes for the school goers.
A prize distribution ceremony to the schools that have produced at least 10 position holders upto the rank of 25 in the BSEM HSLC examinations 2015-16 and 2016-17 was also held during the function. Tiny Tot’s Unique School, Imphal and Nirmalabas High School, Imphal received a cash award of Rs. 40,000 each with mementoes.

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Reconsolidation of partisanship

In these present times when the increasing reach and dependence on information technology for even the most mundane task is gradually effecting a radical change in the outlook and thinking of the progressive societies the world over, with information and knowledge on any subject matter can be had at the touch of a button, a contrasting and rather unfortunate scenario is unfolding in our corner of the world.
Even while the virtual world has shrunk to such an extent that anyone can receive and relay information on someone or something as it happens, anywhere in the world, leading to an unexpected broadening of one’s views and opinions of other people, places, religions, beliefs and customs, a potent partisan force is sweeping across the region, threatening to implode and undone any and every development and progress grudgingly achieved so far.
The world as we know it is ever evolving and changing, and it is upto us to adapt and make the best of it. But just as everything that is continually changing, there emerges a breed of hardliners who are insisting on carrying on with the traditional way of life, and even thinking. While the concept of preservation of culture and tradition for posterity, and more importantly, for the preservation of one’s own identity and those of the community is without doubt, a vital part of our responsibilities to the future generation, yet the insistence on keeping up and following the traditional way of thinking, to restraint ourselves to the set dogmas and beliefs of a bygone era is nothing short of denying ourselves the freedom to grow- spiritually and intellectually, to think and use our rationality and to pursue our dreams. It is basically denying ourselves the freedom to life as we see fit, so long as our beliefs and practices does not infringe on that of others. Change is inevitable, and the sooner we accept and embrace it, the better will we be prepared to face the future, uncertain and unpredictable as it will be. Resisting change and attempting to cling on to the old ways of thinking would prove futile and even regressive. Our way of life changes with the changing times. What was once a necessity, like the caste system which was vital for preservation of communities and races, becoming more rigid to keep the increasing intruders and invaders from mingling and diluting a particular race, has now become a major roadblock in the effort to integrate the nation, which is intrinsic to its progress.
The time to walk the line without questioning the rationale behind the diktat is well and truly past. It is time to develop and encourage a scientific temperament which questions and provides a reason for the things we do.
Tolerance and understanding other’s point of view, while, at the same time, retaining the liberty to follow and practice one’s beliefs and principles will pave the way for a more inclusive society bounded by trust and understanding. How one lead one’s life should not be a subject of discussion, it should rather be an accepted personal judgement that needs to be respected. There are more important and pertinent things to occupy our minds and collective concerns in these volatile times. Progress is not made by adjusting the changes to suit our needs and beliefs but through accepting facts and adjusting ourselves to the best we possibly can to these changes.

20 bodies of Rohingyas recovered at Bangladesh Border

By: Siam Sarower Jamil
Dhaka, Aug 31: 20 bodies were recovered thursday morning from Naf river in Shah Pori Dweep area near Bangladesh-Myanmar border where a boat capsized in the river last night.
With the recovery of the 20 bodies, the death toll from Rohingya boat capsizes rises to 24 as four bodies of Rohingyas were recovered from the river yesterday after a boat, carrying around 25 people, capsized.
Local sources said hundreds of Rohingyas from Myanmar entered Shah Pori Dweep, an island of Bangladesh, riding boats Wednesday night. When the fleet reached Majhir ghat point, one of the boats capsized around 11:30pm Wednesday and all the passengers went missing.
Later, locals and newly intruded Rohingyas spotted 20 bodies floating at several points of the Naf river in the morning and informed police, said M Mainuddin Khan, officer-in-charge (OC) of Teknaf Police Station.
A team of police rushed in and recovered the bodies that include 10 children and seven females, said the OC.
The identity of the victims could not be known immediately.

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SSUM to observe month-long observation of Hijam Irabot

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Imphal, Aug 31: Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur, (SSUM) in association with Proletariat People democratic Union (PPDU) and Peoples’ Struggle Committee Manipur is observing month-long observance in commemorating the anniversary of Pioneer leader Hijam Irabot.
A statement issued by N. Tanoranjan, Publicity Secretary SSUM said that various events in connection with the life of pioneer leader Hijam Irabot will be organised in the month long observation.
On September 21, the student body in collaboration with other organisation will organise patriotic song competition, recitation and panting competition at various part of the state. September 21 is the day when Hijam Irabot went underground for the cause of the erstwhile nation. On September 26, the day Hijam Irabot left for Heavenly abode, the student body along with others will pay highest honour and a march past will be organised.
On September 30 , the student body will organise 121 death anniversary.
SSUM appealed the people of the state to make the month long observance a success.

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Legal Awarenes camp held at Konthoujam

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Imphal, Aug 31: The Kangla Accupressure Alternative Therapy, Treatment research & Training Center organised a one day legal awareness camp at Konthoujam Maning leikai on August 30. The legal awareness camp was sponsored by the Manipur State Legal Service Authority. Principal of the Free Progress Academy, L. Indrakumar Singh graced the occasion as Chief Guest while Khonthoujam Ibochaouba Meitei, President Young Illiterate Guidance Progressive Club presided over it. Chingtham Shyama leima also attended as guest of honour.
Speaking on the occasion Secretary of the Center Dr. Mayangbam Kamala Devi elaborated on the need for understanding various aspect of laws for safgaurding the rights of the women of the state. She said crime against women is on the rise and due to lack of provisions provided in the law women often fail to get justice done. She said women need to understand the laws that protect them.

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Felicitation programme

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Thoubal, Aug.31: The Evergreen Flowers’ School, (EGF) Thoubal Ningombam organised its 32nd Annual Feliciation Function today at the school premises. Wangkhei Assembly Constituency MLA Henry Okram, Khangabok AC MLA Surjakumar Okram and Zonal Education Officer Zone-III Thoubal Sanasam Mangi Singh attended the function as the Chief guest, President and guest of honour respectively.
The meritorious students of the school were presented with gifts and citations while teachers of respective subjects where the students scored letter marks were also felicitated during the function.

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Th.Muivah disintegrates and misguides the Naga CSOs: MNPF

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Imphal, Aug 31: Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF) alleged that the NSCN-IM under the leadership of Thuingalang Muivah have disintegrated Nagas creating uncountable disaster to the people who are peace loving indigenous people . The outfit condemn the NSCN-IM terming it as uncivilised towards its dictatorial attitude to the innocent people

“Peaceful co-existence among the various tribes of the Nagas and the North east People, once blessed by the Almighty, has now become a land of conflict and hatred’ , the statement said.

It further added that the fertile land, where nature’s bounties nourish the North east Peoples, has become a fearful place for survival because of the threats, extortions and murder by the Somdal policies NSCN (IM) under the leadership of Th.Muivah.

“Religious consciousness and a sense of peaceful co-existence has totally been erased from the minds of the Naga people due to the selfish and stupid motives of TH.Muivah. Fear psychosis prevails in all the Peoples and no one dare to counter the NSCN (IM) for any positive settlement. Learning the motives of the NSCN (IM), the Govt. of India took this opportunity to hamper the peaceful co-existence and integration among the North east. Every intellectual person obviously knows that the Frame work Agreement between GOI and NSCN (IM) is nothing but poisonous policies of India to disintegrate by creating enmity and erase the north east revolutionary movement”, the statement said.

“In the past the Naga have experience the worst situation when the NSCN (IM) under the
leadership of TH.Muivah killed the Naga brothers by branding false allegation against them as anti Naga, and traitors, saying; they stand to accept Indian constitution. It is still fresh in the minds of all the Nagas. yet again, another resolution was adopted in a joint council meeting of steering committee and councils of kilonsers NSCN (IM) on July 12, 2017, under the leadership of Thuingaleng Muivah saying; Individual or organization that opposed the Frame work Agreement which is under the constitution of India will be considered as Anti Naga or Anti peace process and will not be spared but killed. Should the Naga be allowed to be killed for not accepting the Frame work Agreement or Indian constitution?
Very often TH.Muivah speaks about”Forgive and forget”and Naga integration. But it is He who tortured and killed many innocent Nagas belonging to various Naga communities with false allegation. But no one dare to open their mouth for fear of torture and live threat. Various Naga tribe social organizations has been misguided by them, leading to numerous unwanted outcomes. Naga people have lost confidence to all the Naga social organizations, Church leaders, chieftains and Village elders, as they are unable to give advice, suggestions or bring amicable solutions whenever any unwanted problems developed. Likewise When Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) approached to UNC for reconciliation for KUKI NAGA ethnic clash which killed hundreds and several houses were burnt down. The request of the KIM was turned down as UNC was threatened by TH.Muivah not to talk about peace or any amicable settlement of the massacre or else they would face dare consequences. UNC which is the apex Naga tribe organization is very much supposed to be functioning at the people interest. But the threats and endless warnings of the NSCN (IM) had compelled them to mal practices creating a sense of insecurity and disintegration among various communities. This merciless killing and Frequent human right violation has created a sense of insecurity and disintegration in the mind of the various communities of the Nagas.
The Nagas in Manipur, Particularly the Tangkhuls belonging to the south, east and the North
Areas(Kamo and Raphei) Tangkhul are well aware of the selfish dictatorship of the NSCN(IM)
led by TH.Muivah. Since the signing of cease fire on August 1, 1997 between the Govt.of India and NSCN (IM), many innocent Nagas have lost their lives. Worth mentioning some few intellectual persons who were brutally killed for no authentic reasons by the NSCN (IM) are all from kamo tangkhul area Kamjong district. They are:-1.wungnaoshang Keishing  MLA
2.Jonathan Kashung Former TKS President.3.MC.Ngalangzar Former Vice Chairman ADC Ukhrul. Above these the most shocking event developed in the death of Former Chief Minister
of Manipur and the world oldest parliamentarian (L) Rishang Keishing,where TH.Muivah
forbade the demise body to be buried in his Native Village Bungpa in Kamjong District, And
banned all the Naga social organizations to convene condolence service for Rishang Keishing.
These inhuman act of TH.Muivah clearly exposed that, his shouting for forgiveness is an act of hypocrite and Pharisees. This act of suppression to the southern and eastern Tangkhul(Kamo) will Remain for ages and many generations to come will acknowledge the episode of Thuingaleng Muivah’s dictatorship over the Kamo Tangkhul region. He should adhere to what he spoke-‘Nagaland for Christ’. A faithful Christian leader should honor the death and allow proper last rite to be administered, the body buried in his own native place.
Therefore it will be the right moment for all the Manipur Naga to come together and solve out for the best.

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