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Chief Minister N. Biren’s statement on a TV network worries MLA Joykishan; Says if he really said so then the CM is in state of unsound mind

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Imphal, Dec 10,

Congress MLA Khumukcham Joykishan today expressed worry over the mental state of the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh as the later seem to have no knowledge of the status of a legislature representing Thangmeiband Assembly Constituency in the Manipur State Legislative Assembly.

“I heard the CM telling to a TV channel through social networking site Facebook that he did not know who is MLA Joykishan Singh while replying to a query to a TV reporter”, Joykishan said in a press conference held at his residence at Thangmeiband here in Imphal.

A newly opened satellite TV channel call TOM TV spread the statement of the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh at which he said that he did not know whether Khumukcham Joykishan is still an MLA or not. He also said that he took him as a contractor. The TOM TV clip did not have any details on how and why the Chief Minister responded in the manner.

“If the statement of the Chief Minister regarding his knowledge about the status of an MLA who sit in the opposition bench is true than the mental status of N. Biren is unsound”, Joykishan said.

He further said that he will however look whether the statement delivered through social media by TOM TV is unedited or not. Joykishan had sent a letter to TOM TV authority to give the details on the authenticity of the Chief Minister statement.

If the statement is unedited and if he did said that he did not know the status of the MLA saying that he took him as a contractor then the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is in state of unsound mind.

“If it is so he should be disqualified under the article 191(B) of the Indian Constitution”, the MLA added while recalling his days with N. Biren Singh when he was working as an editor of a newspaper before joining to politics.

Article 191(1)(b) of the Constitution of India says – “if he is of unsound mind and stands so declared by a competent court”.

Reminding the article of the Indian Constitution, MLA Joykishan said that if the mental state of the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is unsound then he is liable for disqualification.

Joykishan however said that he will first look into the authenticity of the CM statement spread by TOM TV.

Recalling his close association with N. Biren Singh before their joining to politics, Joykishan said that he has no personal enmity with him. However, he was performing the role of opposition MLA.

He said that he will appreciate if the policy programme of the government is for the welfare of the people but will criticized if it is against the will of the people. If the government think that anybody who speak against them is their enemy and will silence using unconstitutional technique and other means then he is definitely wrong.

“Intimidation will not keep the people silent”, Joykishan pointed out.

He said that he spoke against the detention of the Wangkhem Kishorchand by slapping NSA as it was wrongful detention.  The detention was criticized and condemned by the Indian Journalists’ Union (IJU) and other national media and even the Press Council of India had taken up a suo-motto case regarding the arrest.

He appealed the government not to consider all dissents as anti National. Joykishan further appealed the people of the state to remain cautious if the mental status of the Chief Minister is unsound.

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Orange Festival 2018 concludes

Tamenglong, Dec 10,
A 3 day long Orange festival which was celebrated under the theme “Orange for peace, health, beauty and prosperity” come to an end today at the lower ground Tamenlong District headquarter.
PHED Minister L. Dikho and Namsinrei Panmei Chairman, Autonomous District Council Tamenlong attended the closing ceremony as a Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.
 L.Dikho in his chief guest speech wishes the people of Tamenlong a merry Christmas on behalf of the State Chief Minister. He also urged the people of Tamenlong to fully take the advantage of railway transport in promoting the indigenous orange since railway is passing through the heart of Tamenlong
God has fully blessed the land, people and the orange of Tamenlong so we must fully utilised in promoting, acknowledging and preserving the oranges of Tamenlong lamented the chief guest. He also further request the public of Tamenlong to support and co-operate in the government developmental work which is going on in the district as of now.
Namsinrei Panmei, Chairman Autonomous District Council, in his presidential speech urged the orange growers to work hard to increased the orange plantation. He also assured the orange farmers present in the gathering that all the need and financial help will be given from District administration and the State fund.

The best oranges for the year 2018 was bagged by stall No. 102 Mrs Gaigupliu of Sibilong village with a cash price of Rs 1,50,000/- only.
Stall No. 99, Mrs. Gaichungliu Gangmei of Sibilong village under Tousem Sub- Division and stall No 60, Mrs.Ramkeliu Gangmei of Chaengdai village under Tamenglong sub- Division bagged the second and third prize respectively. The cash award for second prize is Rs. 100000/- and third prize is Rs.75000/- only.
17 orange growers also received a consolation prize of Rs 20,000/- each and the rest of the participants received a cash of Rs. 5000 each. Altogether 173 orange growers participated in the competition.
District Administration of Tamenlong in collaboration with ICAR, CAU and NABARD conducted a seminar on the second day for the orange growers of Tamenlong under the theme “Orange: It’s Perspective, Problems and Potentials at the Tamenlong Indoor Stadium. The experts from the Department of ICAR, CAU and NABARD present a various topic on cultural practices for sustainable production of Tamenlong oranges, soil management in the context of orange cultivation, plant protection in an organic and sustainable manner and the role of NABARD in rural development especially in Horticulture Crop Production were presented to the participants. Department of horticulture distributed pea seeds to all the orange growers participants after the session.
Journalist and Founder “Breaking the Silence” Urmila Chanam also present a topic in the Vital role of Media and Market Linkages in Global Context.
As part of the festival 13 year old girl Miss Gaindinliu a student of JNV stood first and take away a cash award of Rs.30,000 and citation in the Tamenglong Got Talent. And Mr. Ringsangnang Reamei and Miss Apiliu Panmei stood second and third prize with a cash award of Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 and citation respectively.
It is worth mentioning that during the 15th Orange festival celebration district administration of Tamenlong along with various civil society, NGOs and village authority organised a various events such as night camping at Dailong village, trekking to Tharon cave and waterfall, trekking at Luangku forest, Biodervisty Heritage site at Dailong and rafting and kayaking at Barak river for the visitors from different parts of state and Manipur in particular who come to witness the festival at Tamenlong.

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 International Human Rights’ Day Manipur needs to make laws for restoration of our cultured society: CM

Imphal, Dec 10,

 As observe in different parts of the world, Manipur Human Rights Commission with United NGOs Mission, Manipur, Human Rights Alert, Human Rights Law Network and United Voluntary Youth Council observed International Human Rights Day at 1st MR Banquet Hall today.
Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that we had a cultured society and kept respect for our elders a lot. But today, it seems our decency is vanishing from us. To prevent from any kind of unwanted incidents in future particularly by uploads in social media and to restore that cultured society, Manipur needs to make a suitable law.
Recognising people’s mindset especially that damages of bandh and general strike, Chief minister said that he went for a small survey of today’s bandh called by the 2013 batch police constable candidates against the delayed result out of their interview. People came out like there’s no bandh and saw continue their daily routine in market and work place. People’s response against bandh and general strike is one of government’s achievements, he added.
Biren also assured for looking into the staff and infrastructure shortages of the Manipur State Human rights Commission (MHRC).

While giving Presidential address, Acting Chairperson of Manipur Human Rights Commission Khaidem Mani stated that after the enactment of Protection of Human rights Act, 1993, Manipur Government had established the MHRC by virtue of sec 21 of the Act on June 27, 1998. The first Commission had been function till 2003, second Commission from May 5, 2005 till May 9, 2010. After a pretty long years gap, MHRC reconstituted for the third time in this current year. He assumed the office on 30th August, 2018 as Member of the Commission and from the same day onwards, he is working as Acting Chairperson, Khaidem Mani recalled.
Law and Legislative Affairs Minister L. Jayentakumar Singh attended as Guest of Honour in today’s observation. Police personals, Advocates, human rights defenders, members of Manipur State Commission for Women were also participated.


Activists upset as prevailing Human Rights issues not discussed on Human Rights Day

All talks are about the origin of the Universal declaration of Human Rights by the United Nation and about the content of how to protect rights of the people. But none of the intellectual says nothing of the prevailing condition of the Human Rights of Manipur’s citizen. This was stated by an activist who attended the 70th International Human Rights Day organised by the Centre for Human Rights and Duties Education, Manipur University at Manipur University.
The day is also observed by various other civil rights bodies across the state.
As for the state government it is another matter but issues of human rights violation being faced by the people of the state were not mentioned by any of the talker , said the activist.

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JFA bats for justice to victim scribe

By Our Correspondent
Guwahati, Dec 10,

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expresses concern over the incident of abuses of a lady scribe by another city based journalist which has already reached the legal course and bats for justice to the victim. The forum however insists on proper opportunity provided to the accused journalist to put forward his version as well.
It may be mentioned that the television scribe lodged an FIR in Dispur police station stating that she was harassed, abused and threatened last week by the male journalist, also a television reporter, with one of his friends. Following her urgent calls, few colleagues rescued her and reported to the police station, said the victim scribe in a communiqué to the JFA.
“We hope that the law will take its own course and the victim scribe gets justice. Anybody, who indulges in illegal activities, should be punished. However, we pursue that the accused journalist should also be given the right of self-defense,” said a JFA statement issued to the media.

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AR Installs 10 Solar Street Lights in Malom

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Imphal, Dec 10,

Tulihal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR(South) erected 10 Solar Street Lights on request of the people of Malom Gram Panchayat under it’s ‘Op Sadbhavna’ initiative on 10th December 2018.

Tulihal Battalion on receiving a request for installation of street lights in it’s monthly Security Meet, provided & installed these solar lights in each of the wards of Malom Gram Panchayat. These solar street lights will not only address the security concerns in the area, but also lead the way in sustainable development.

Brigadier Amit Kabthiyal, SM, Commander 9 Sector Assam Rifles in an inaugural programme at Malom village, IW district  officially handed over these solar street lights to the Pradhan of Malom Gram Panchayat. While praising the efforts of Tulihal Battalion, Brig Kabthiyal assured the villagers that both Assam Rifles and Army would always work for the welfare of the people of Manipur. Two Ex-servicemen of Army, being residents of Malom were also felicitated by him during the event. The villagers of Malom appreciating the Battalion for the initiative and said this gesture of the Army would go a long way in cementing the bond between the people and the forces and the people of Malom would forever keep Tulihal Battalion in their hearts, even when the Battalion moves out of the area on completion of it’s tenure.

This initiative of provision of solar street lights is one among many taken up Tulihal Battalion, who in the past had also spearheaded the flood relief operations in the month of June for which the Battalion has received the Governor’s Citation. The Battalion also plans to install 9 solar street lights in Kangmong and organize a veterinary camp in Meitram village in the near future.


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Silencing the significance of Human Rights Day

Today the nation joined the world community in celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Manipur is no exception. Human Rights bodies, Civil rights organizations and even the state government statutory body the Manipur State Human Rights Commission observed the day to commemorate the day. But the way the day is being celebrated looks rather a festival pseudo intellects talking about the Rights of the common people instead of acting to protect the rights they talk about when it comes to the state of Manipur. Recently, a onetime lawyer activist, Khaidem Mani has been appointed the Acting Chairperson of the Manipur Human Rights Commission, but so far the commission says nothing about the arbitrary detention of Wangkhem Kishorchand under NSA after he was released on bail by a district court on November 26. Except for one Human Rights body called Human Rights Alert, no civil bodies had expressed any words regarding the detention even though everybody knows that the case is a gross violation of human rights by the state.
Dissent are now treated as anti national, rights of the common people to demonstrate peaceful protest against the wrong committed by government is forbidden, secularism guaranteed under the Constitution of India has become a mere joke as no action has been taken up so against any leader who spewed venom to different religious organization. Those criticizing the government policy towards the failure to improve the condition of farmers and proletariats are anti-national. Cow’s right is more important than the rights of Indian citizens. A Maharastra government MLA who provoked youths by telling them to kidnap and married gets no action which prove that women in the country are not safe.  This is the present trend in India and the same is happening here in the state of Manipur.
In the name of development, common villagers are displaced time and again. The construction of large DAM like Thoubal Multipurpose  Dam has submerged one of the most beautiful villages of the state call Chadong in Ukhrul district, and in the name of road renovation and widening works trees are being cut down which indirectly violated the rights of the people by killing fresh and healthy air. In the state of Manipur even right to breath fresh air has been deprived, right to live a peaceful life has been deprived with the state authority failing to implement laws like prohibition of Industries which make sounds from their machineries or using of load horn near school or residential area.
People of the state still are yet to get some of the basic rights like proper drinking water, shelter etc.

People across the world know that in the state of Manipur, which was very much part of India, 1528 victims of extra judicial killings are still yet to get justice. Arbitrary detention still continues. Draconian law – the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, still is enforced in the state. Under the shadow of the Act crime against humanity have been many time committed by government actors.
One very common scene notice is the so called combing operation conducted many times by the state police and sometimes in co-ordination with the para military and army even at many place of the 7 assembly segment where the government had removed the disturbed area status. People of the state are more like living in a war like situation. Men , women ,students and even children were forced to wake up early in wee hour and were made stand for hours in the name of verification. Later they will be set free again saying that verification has been done. When such combing operation are done common innocent citizen are disturbed, there rights to take rest are disturbed. Children and students are disturbed. The question is - under what provision of the Indian law that people of a locality are disturbed and harassed. If such is assume legitimate then why the India government is not declaring the state of Manipur as a conflict state so that a third party from the United Nation could interfere.
Celebrating the Human Rights Day in commemoration to the 70th Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nation will only be meaningful if Rights guaranteed are fulfilled to all the citizen of the country particularly the state of Manipur.   

Promoting Human Rights: A Perspective

By – Sh. Ajit

Historical Background
From the standpoint of general international law, the subject of human rights dates back over hundred years. Ironically, the first multilateral treaty on human rights arose out of war, and the oldest branch of human rights law is that devoted to protecting human rights in armed conflict.
Human Rights in Armed Conflict
In 1864 the major states of that era-mostly Western-wrote the first Geneva Convention for victims of armed conflict. This treaty the central principle that medical personnel should be regarded as neutral so they could treat sick and wounded soldiers. Such soldiers were no longer active combatants doing their national duty but were simply individuals in need. Another way of stating the central principle was that the individual soldier was entitled to at least a minimum respect for his essence as a person, to a minimum degree of humanitarianism even in war, the greatest denial of humanitarianism. It was this paradox the effort to interject a minimum humanitarianism  into a basically inhumane situation that led to an entire branch of human rights law that was reaffirmed in 1977 and to the International Red Cross. (The group of Swiss citizens led by Henrit Dunant who worked for the first Geneva Convention of 1864 ultimately came to be known as the International of the Red Cross [ICRC]. The ICRC in turn was joined by National Red Cross societies, which by 1980 numbered over 125, and by their federation, the League of Red Cross Societies. This grouping is the International Red Cross). The 1864 treaty on medical personnel was revised in 1906, and a new treaty for prisoners of war was developed in 1929. In the modern, period four treaties were produced in 1949 on the subjects of wounded and sick combatants, prisoners of war, civilians and internal wars. The 1949 treaties were reaffirmed and supplemented in 1977. For the historical background it suffices to note the following. In some respects the early law about human rights in war was avant-garde. It was general international law, some eighty years ahead of general human rights law for so-called peaceful situations. It articulated a limit to national objectives even when the nation-state saw its goals as important enough to merit violence: there were humanitarian limits beyond which the individuals could not be legally ordered to kill and be killed for his state. In other respects the law for human rights in armed conflict was not so progressive. If we consider the early