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Items filtered by date: Saturday, 29 December 2018 - Imphal Times

Ibobi hits hard on BJP led NDA; says India of today is the creation of Congress Party

IT News Imphal, Dec29: Congress Party Legislature Wing leader, Okram Ibobi Singh today downplay the BJP led NDA government over its claim in making the country a super power nation in the world. Talking to reporters at the sideline of the 162nd Birth Anniversary observance of Bir Tikendrajit at Congress Bhavan, here at Imphal, the former Chief Minister and leader of the CLP said that today’s India is the creation of Indian National Congress. Okram Ibobi said that the BJP led NDA government was in power at the center for some 5 years now and the present day India is the fall out of the 60 plus years of Congress rules. “Today India is a Super Power Country of the world it could not have been the result of the NDA government who is in power just for one term”, Ibobi said and ridiculed the BJP saying that he felt ashamed of the claimed by the BJP as if the present status of the country is being brought by them. Member of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) including the President TN Haokip, CWC member Gaikhangam and other leaders paid fitting tribute to the portrait of Bir Tikendrajit on the 162nd Birth Anniversary at Congress Bhavan, Imphal. Okram Ibobi said that Bir Tikendrajit had sacrificed for the cause of the freedom of the erstwhile nation and the heroic act of the son of the soil has to be respected.


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NIA files charge sheet against Former JNIMS Dir.

IT News Imphal Dec. 29, National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed charge sheet against former director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Dr. Mutum Shyamo. Dr. Shyamo was arrested on July 6, 2018 from Delhi in connection with his alleged role in the fund raising activities of armed group KCP led by one Ranjit Singh. Ranjit also known as Poirei was arrested from Delhi by the NIA in January 2017 along with one of his associates. On investigation by the NIA Dr. Shyamo’s name comes up and the NIA has been investigating his connection with the outfit. He was kept in judicial custody since his arrest from Delhi on July 6.

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International Earth Science Olympiad

IT News Imphal, Dec 29, Geological Society of India is organizing an International Earth Science Olympiad 2019. For this Olympiad an entrance test will be held on Saturday 19th January 2018 at Senate Hall, Department of Earth Sciences Manipur University. The Student (born after 01-07-2000) who will be studying in IX, X, XI, XII Standard who were during September 2019 may participate the entrance test. The 1½ hour test at 10.30 am will be English and comprise objective type questions spanning the Geosphere, Atmosphere, Hydrosphere and Astronomy. Twenty five students chosen in order of merit from India will attend a training Camp. The top four students will represent India at the 13th IESO 2018 in Daegu, South Korea. And a special prize for top three from Manipur University centre will be awarded. Last date of submission application form is 15th January 2019 details will be available at Department of Earth Sciences Manipur University or Office of the Dean, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, Manipur University For Application form, syllabus and limited reading materials, visit www.geosocindia.org/ index.php/ieso. Headmasters/ Headmistress/Principal may contact, Dr. Sunil Laishram, Department of Earth Sciences Manipur University


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Muslim body says reservation roaster not followed in the recruitment of police constable; staged protest

IT News Imphal, Dec29, Manipur Muslim Welfare Organization (MMWO) today staged a sit in protest at Hatta in Imphal today against the failure to follow the reservation roaster for the Muslim in the recently declared result for recruitment of Manipur Police Constable post. Reacting to the Chief Minister’s statement regarding the failure to follow reservation for Muslim during a public meeting held at Lilong yesterday, the Muslim body said that Minority Meitei Pangal have been deprived of their rights by adjusting their seat with the backlogged tribal quota. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh yesterday said that some of the seat meant for Metei Pangal have been adjusted with the backlogged quotas of the tribal. Phundreimayum Abdullah Pathan, President of the Manipur Muslim Welfare Organization (MMWO) said that never in the history of Manipur had ever witness adjustment of rights of the Minority. Phundreimayum Abdullah Pathan said that today’s sitin-protest is staged against the irregularities to the recent declaration of results of 2013 batch constables where four percent of the total seats reserves for OBC Meetei Pangal were not followed. Out of the total 2000 selected candidates 80 seats should be reserved for OBC Meetei Pangal but unfortunately only 61 OBC Meetei Pangal candidates were selected violating the reservation norms, he added. He appealed the government to find a solution as the state has violated the guidelines for reservation of seats for minority in the recruitment of government jobs. He urged the chief minister to clarify on the statement about the backlogged of 474 tribal candidates and asked whether there is any new law where backlogged seats are to be taken from the OBC seats not from the general seats. They felt blissful in selecting the deserved amount of candidates for the tribals and added that they also will not withstand any inadequacy in selection of the minority Meetei Pangal. It can be mentioned that a memorandum has been submitted to the CM to reserved seats for minority. Abdullah Pathan warned the government of intense agitation if the government fails to find a quick possible solution to for protecting the rights of the Minority Meitei Pangal.


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Aadhaar enrollment initiative for media persons

IT News Guwahati, Dec 29, City based journalists will get an opportunity to enroll their names in Aadhaar at the city centre adjacent to Guwahati Press Club for five days starting from the first day of 2019 thanks to the initiative of Kamrup (Metro) district administration. Interested media families may arrive at the centre (office of the assistant director of Handloom & Textiles, Ambari, GN Bordoloi Path, Guwahati 781001) during the office hours (11 am to 5 pm on 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 January 2019) for enrolling their names in the unique identification number process. It may be noted that the Union Government has proposed this unique identification number for the citizens of India that would act as an identity. Aadhaar has a 12-digit identification number that is allotted to the Indian citizens, which is unique to the holder. For getting enrolled to Aadhaar, individuals need to visit the prescribed centre, where biometrics and demographic details are captured from the individuals after they fill the enrolment form along with their proof of identity and address documents. The participants are requested to carry their PAN or any government ID cards, ration cards, driving licenses, passports, electricity- water landline telephone bills for the last three months. The press club has offered thanks in advance to Kamrup (metro) District Magistrate VK Mittal, Additional DC Gunajeet Kashyap, Public Relation Officer Ratan Saud for the initiative and hoped that the media families would come forward to take advantages of the exclusive arrangements.


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KASIL submits a Memorandum to CM for protection of Ima Keithel

IT News Imphal, Dec29, Kangleipak Apunba Sinpang Lup (KASIL) has urged Chief Minister, N. Biren to stop male Vendors from transacting business inside the new market amongst the lady vendors. In a memorandum submitted today by KASIL, four charters of demands for the welfare of all the vendors transacting in the Khwairamband area namely the Temporary market, New Market, Laxmi Keithel and Khwai Nagamapal area was submitted. The demands include to check and to stop illegal vending in groups without cards or genuine documents in the temporary market. It also added to look into matters of the women vendors and to verify the vendor card holders for the identification of genuine vendors. They also urged to give appropriate and reasonable spaces for the vendors. The memorandum demands to take up appropriate actions in terms of the charter of demands on or before 11th of January 2019 and warned that if the government fails to take suitable actions they will organized agitation to achieve the genuine demands for the welfare of the poor Vendors who are subjected to inhuman gesture and step motherly treatment by the concerned authority.


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Drive for preservation of Thoubal River; locals force trucks to unload sands and stones

IT News Thoubal, Dec.29, As a part of the drive for preservation of Thoubal River, locals of Thoubal Kshetri Leikai and Moirang Palli today force trucks to unload sands and stones at YASTA ground near Thoubal Thongkhong. Report said that 9 trucks carrying loads of sand mined from Thoubal Rivers were stopped by a large number of people at Thoubal KshetriLeikai and Moirang Palli area. The locals than forced the truck drivers to unload it at YASTA ground. It may be mentioned that Thoubal River Conservation Committee has been campaigning against sand mining in the river bed to preserve the river since a couple of years back.


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Respecting the Freedom of Speech

As according to Vincent Blasi, the noted law scholar, the most important role of free speech is to “check” government abuses and reveal to the public information that government wants to keep secret from them. If we follow this theory – which is a specific application of the democracy-centred theory of free speech – the press and all form of media including the social networking sites become the most important organs of a system of free expression. In addition to the checking value of free speech, there is another consideration that is now acknowledged by Courts in most jurisdictions, including our Supreme Court. When we speak about the “right” to free speech, we do not just mean – as might seem at first glance – the right of speakers to speak unhindered. We also mean the rights of listeners and hearers to receive information. A classic example is the Indian Supreme Court’s opinion in LIC v. Manubhai D. Shah, which used Article 19(1)(a) to vest a right-of-reply in a person who had been criticised in a newspaper editorial, on the ground of providing a balanced account to readers. Furthermore, instruments like the ICCPR and the ECHR make this clear in the text of the free speech right as well. For instance, Article 19 of the ICCPR states that ”everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds.” If free speech is about the right to receive information, and about the public good of a society in which information circulates freely and widely, then the vehicles of information occupy a central position in any theory or doctrine about the scope of the constitutional right. Every law makers, bureaucrats or the guardian of the law should understand that the press newly invented social media like the facebook, twitter etc. is perhaps the most important of those vehicles. Establishing the crucial role of the free press in free speech theory is important to understand a crucial issue that has largely gone unaddressed in Indian constitutional and statutory law: that of sourceprotection laws for journalists. A source-protection law exempts journalists from having to compulsorily reveal their sources when ordered to do so by government. The Court too have its own limitation of extracting the source. This write up is being addressed to our so call Police officers, intelligent agency and others in the government. There is no logical meaning on why a journalist which is serving the society by publishing news which the government will never able to do so has been often harassed. Last year the NIA called on editors of some few media houses and forced them to produce all related documents sent by a particular outfit. This year intimidation looms large with government machineries targeting those whoever criticizing the act of the government. Kishorechandra’s case is perhaps one among them but the way that the government is handling the matter is some kind of example on how the free speech is under threat in the present day. Well, the idea of intimidation perhaps may be considered as a tool to protect the ruling regime from being attack, but as people across the globed has easy access with those living in any part of the globe with the advancement in communication technology, the intimidation theory will not work. People know whether it is good or bad that the government is doing. An act without taking a look before lifting will be no different from digging the own graveyard. Let’s give freedom of speech a chance.

Mission Young Entrepreneurs

Every stakeholder in Manipur must acknowledge the importance of right ecosystem for entrepreneurship in the state. The world knows that grooming young entrepreneurs is the best policy. Development of local industries, education, skilling, health and hygiene, and welfare measures to support the poor must be undertaken beyond the skewed vision of electoral politics. Cosmetic efforts to please the electorate and some self-styled social workers in a particular area cannot help the aspiring entrepreneurs who need credit support to expand their enterprises. Market research and potential for expansion of certain trade and craftsmanship should be the basis to render credit support to develop local productivity. The Manipur State Rural Livelihoods Mission has stated that training programmes in 17 fields of skilled labour have been initiated in the state for the unemployed youths. The issue is how many unemployed youths in the state are aware about such training programmes to avail the opportunity. Concerned departments can think of ways to reach out to potential candidates to impart training programmes. Recently, a total of 50 youths trained in the fields of apparel and hospitality left the state to join KITEX in Kerala. Training programme organised under the ‘Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDUGKY) scheme became dreams come true for those youths who wanted to get employment and have better livelihood. However, imparting training to our youths for job opportunities elsewhere does not go well with the spirit of ‘Make in Manipur’. ‘Make in Manipur’ and poverty alleviation efforts in the state must go hand in hand. In a brief interaction with Prof. Wang Chunguang, Institute of Sociology. Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), he underscores the importance of stopping children inheriting poverty from their parents. Based on China’s poverty alleviation measures, he emphasised education, agriculture advancement, skill development, social security coverage, basic infrastructures and development of Township and Village Enterprises (TVEs) to fight against poverty. Besides promoting education and imparting skills, Manipur should explore potential for development of privatelyowned TVEs covering local industries. In fact, targeted poverty alleviation drive can be based on farming, tourism, handloom clusters and handicraft production. Development of orchards, floriculture, fishery, and plantation of profitable crops could support poverty alleviation. Again, breweries producing variants of local rice beer is an untapped source of income. The Japanese can organise ‘Sake Night’ (‘Sake’ is Japanese rice wine) while we are debating about alcohol consumption without addressing the issue of adulteration. Drinking alcohol is widespread in the state and the best way is to promote healthy drinking culture (yuthak chumba). May be in future ‘Yu Night’ will become a popular festival in the state. Marketing the vegetables, flowers and fruits produced in the state is another example. The stores can source the farm produce from every household with a plot of land. Thus the seasonal vegetables from the kitchen garden and bigger farm land can be marketed through proper stores. The excess produced in the state can be exported elsewhere. Here comes the importance of logistics and its cost. This change in our approach can create a generation of enterprises who own shops and those who generate extra income through small scale farming. But it requires a community spirit to engage in work culture, healthy living and eating habits of locally grown vegetables, fruits and other agro-products. In addition to income generation, productivity of the land can be enhanced through household cultivation of vegetables, fruits and flowers in demand. Part of the logistics issues is the poor state of intervillage and inter-district roads. The government can boost poverty alleviation efforts around Sangaithel Park, Kakching Garden, Langol Peak Garden, Andro Santhei Natural Park and Sadu Chiru Waterfalls by maintenance of roads leading to such tourist hotspots. Such positive and timely intervention by the concerned authorities can promote tourism and other economic activities in such places. Naturally, enterprising individuals are sure to create livelihood on their own in such attractive places. The government should consider developing tourist infrastructure in such areas to promote privatelyowned or communitybased tourism. The integration of public investment on tourism and hospitality sector with that of private efforts can do good things in the economically underdeveloped state. The initiative can help unemployed youths, women and persons with disabilities directly and also generate revenue. The basic infrastructure could be parking space, small food stalls, eco-friendly inns, and beautification works to enhance the attractiveness of the place. In the process, the society will find new dreams and aspirations. The state should work as facilitator and do its best to avoid becoming a barrier to entrepreneurship that contributes to socioeconomic advancement of the state.


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WAD condemns detention of journalist, custodial killing of Abdul Gaffar and shooting of a youth

IT News Imphal, Dec 29, Women Action for Development expressed strong condemnation to the detention of Wangkhem Kishorchandra under NSA 1980 for posting a video on Social Media on 26th November 2018 expressing his criticism the Centre and the state Government as well as the RSS. WAD humbly appeals the honourable Chief Minister of Manipur to kindly release Mr Kishorchandra for the sake of the two minor children and his family member and for the best interest of his children. Children are our future generation, children should be protected from being trauma and fear psychosis by detaining their father, separating from their father is the violation of child Rights. The WAD also expressed condemnation to the extra judicial killing of Mr Abdul Gaffer on 20th December 2018 by 26th Assam Rifle and Thoubal Police Commando, living his young wife as widow and five children as father less under the impunity of Armed Forces special Power Act 1958. We demand the immediate arrest of perpetrators who are involved in such crime and deliver justice to the victim family. WAD further expressed shocked to the incident occurred on the eve of Christmas day the 25th December 2018 at which an innocent youth Mr. Prashanta of Changangggei was shot dead by Chabungbam Budhachandra of Naoremthong by using a licence gun. “It is fact that in these two weeks two young women are widowed and seven children are forcibly made father less. It is very unfortunate as a women organisation working for the cause of Women and Children, we are very much concern on the increasing rate of widow and traumatising the nine children by killing their fathers and detaining under NSA”, WAD statement said. It further added that the state need to review how the licence gun are issued and what are the criteria etc in order to prevent such incident in the future. WAD appealed the Chief Minister of Manipur Mr. N Biren Singh to release the Journalist Mr. Kishorchandra Wangkhem without delayed and we also give solidarity to the two untimely demise souls and the unfortunate children who left behind by their father.


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