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Monday, 03 December 2018 - Imphal Times

Hard stand, hard decision

It was a tough and hard stand but the spirit of voicing for the voiceless seem to be history as those in the profession now forget that we don’t have friends or foes but we should stand for the truth and truth only.
It is easy making a wrong to right, it depends on the technique of the person whom he wanted to be wrong if he can make a good speech. But one much remember when Jesus asked to throw stone first by the person who had never committed any sin, nobody comes forwards.
Using derogatory, defamatory, obscenity language against someone or need to be punished as per the law of the land. But there should be a voice if inappropriate punishment is given to not only those in specific profession but to any common citizens.
The concern is not about the abusive language which Mr. Wangkhem Kishorchand uploaded but it is about whether it is relevant to book him under National Security Act (NSA). After all the charges of Sectioned 124-A against him has been ruled out by CJM Imphal West saying that the video uploaded by Mr. Kishorchand does not attract the said act.  
The video which Kishorchand uploaded is ‘utter disregard’ of AMWJU’s resolutions adopted at its Standing Committee meeting held in August last, was what President of the AMWJU clarified on why the Union remain quiet in the matter.
He pointed out that as per the resolution any person working in a media houses of Manipur as journalist/non journalist must face on his/her own consequences of posting/ uploading derogatory, defamatory, illegal, unconstitutional, etc. comment/video on social media that is not connected with the profession of journalism in whatsoever manner, and that AMWJU will not be responsible for it at all.
“His detention under NSA after granting him bail by the CJM, Imphal West doesn’t in any manner change the stand of AMWJU” he also affirmed.
Well for using defamatory and abusive language in the video, the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Imphal West had already accepted that he is punishable and as per the law of the land he was released on bail with PR bond of Rs. 70,000/- with surety of the same amount on condition that he shall not leave the state of Manipur without prior permission of the court. AMWJU silence to this matter is justified but when he was re-arrested and detain under NSA, one wander why the journalist fraternity should remain quite on the ground that he had violated the resolution of the standing committee of the state. The CJM Imphal West already stated that section 124-A is not attracted with the viral video he uploaded.
In an interview to Chief Minister N. Biren Singh by TNT, his replied is that Kishorchand is no more a journalist he has been shacked on Nov. 19, 2018.
Well the question right now is whether the detention of Wangkhemcha Kishorchand under NSA is legitimate or not. How come Kishorchand is a threat to our National Security? Even if he has been terminated from his firm house and even if he is accepted as a common man, why we as a common man should not opposed his detention under NSA.
Keeping in mind that anybody who speaks against the government could face the music of the same kind at any time, why the people in the media community which represent the peoples’ voice shouldn’t question the kind of detention.

It could be a BobCat

Here is the details description of bobcat Precuation u should take & Preventing methods to save livestock - Devikarani Phurailatpam

The bobcat is a medium-sized feline, approximately twice the size of a domestic house cat. It can be easily identified by its short, “bobbed” tail (up to 12 inches), prominent face ruff, and slightly tufted ears. Its coat of short, dense fur can vary from a #yellowish to #reddish brown with distinct or faint black spots along its flanks and white underparts that are also spotted with black. In summer, the fur tends to be shorter and more reddish in color, becoming longer and much paler in the winter, although there can be much variation in color among individuals. Adult bobcats weigh 15–35 pounds and measure 28–47 inches in length. Size varies depending on sex, as male bobcats are approximately 33% larger than their female counterparts .The face appears wide due to ruffs of extended hair beneath the ears. Bobcat eyes are yellow with black pupils. The #nose of the bobcat is #pinkish_red, and it has a base color of gray or #yellowish- or #brownish-red on its face, sides, and back.The #pupils are round, $black circles and will widen during nocturnal activity to maximize light reception. The cat has sharp hearing and vision, and a good sense of smell. It is an excellent #climber, and #swims when it needs to, but normally avoids water. However, cases of bobcats swimming long distances across lakes have been recorded. The bobcat is muscular, and its hind legs are longer than its front legs, giving it a bobbing gait. The average size of a bobcat is 69 cm (Adult).They have long legs, large paws, and tufted ears similar to those of their larger relative, the Canada lynx. Most bobcats are brown or brownish red with a white underbelly and short, black-tipped tail. The cat is named for its tail, which appears to be cut or “bobbed”.
Bobcat tracks in mud showing the hind-paw print (top) partially covering the fore-paw print (center)
Bobcat tracks show four toes without claw marks, due to their retractable claws. The tracks can range in size from 1 to 3 in (2.5 to 7.6 cm); the average is about 1.8 inches.When walking or trotting, the tracks are spaced roughly 8 to 18 in (20 to 46 cm) apart. The bobcat can make great strides when running, often from 4 to 8 ft (1.2 to 2.4 m).
Like all cats, the bobcat ‘directly registers’, meaning its hind prints usually fall exactly on top of its fore prints. Bobcat tracks can be generally distinguished from feral or house cat tracks by their larger size: about 2.0 in2 (13 cm²) versus 1.5 in2 (10 cm²)
Food, habits, and habitat
As carnivores, bobcats most commonly prey on medium-sized animals such as rabbits and hares but will eat mice, squirrels, skunks, opossums, muskrats, birds, and snakes. Occasionally bobcats will prey on larger animals such as deer but this is generally when other food items are scarce. Only sick, injured, young or very old large animals are likely to be killed. Bobcats hunt by stalking prey until they are close enough to pounce. They may also wait on a trail or in a tree to ambush prey or run down prey over short distances. Although bobcats have a fairly good sense of smell, they rely primarily on their keen eyesight and hearing to detect both prey and danger. When food is plentiful, they will cache the excess by covering it with leaves, grass, or snow and return to feed on it repeatedly. Bobcats are shy, solitary, and generally elusive. While usually silent, bobcats can produce a large repertoire of noises. A bobcat may scowl, snarl, and spit when confronted with danger and may be heard screaming during the breeding season. Bobcats maintain well-defined home ranges that vary in size depending on prey abundance, season, and climate. Males maintain larger home ranges than females and individuals can travel up to four miles daily. Both sexes use scent marking to mark trails and den sites. Their use of scent is thought to help individuals avoid direct contact with each other as they travel within their home ranges. Bobcats can be active day or night but tend to exhibit crepuscular (dawn and dusk) activity. Their activity peaks three hours before sunset until midnight and again between one hour before and four hours after sunrise. They remain active year round and do not hibernate. Bobcats are proficient climbers and will climb trees to rest, chase prey, or escape from predators (chiefly domestic dogs). Like domestic cats, bobcats try to avoid water whenever possible but when forced to flee to water, they can swim quite well.
The bobcat is crepuscular, and is active mostly during twilight. It keeps on the move from three hours before sunset until about midnight, and then again from before dawn until three hours after sunrise. Each night, it moves from 2 to 7 mi (3.2 to 11.3 km) along its habitual route.The Bobcat is a solitary and nocturnal animal that is most active in the darkness of night, tending to hunt most during dawn and dusk. During the day, Bobcats sleep and rest in dens in the form of a rock crevice or hollow tree with one individual having a number of dens within its home range.Relying on fencing alone to keep Bobcats  away will not work. Bobcats are excellent climbers and can #jump #fences that are over 6feet tall. Use woven wire or a hot wire overhead to keep them from scaling or jumping your fence.This animal is the perfect #treeclimber and can climb upto 50feet high. They can climb a tree and #stay in the tree a longtime. They are very content up a tree.
Tips for residents
Bobcats are well-adapted to a variety of habitats, such as mountainous areas with rocky ledges, hardwood forests, swamps, bogs, and brushy areas near fields. Bobcats deal with human influences but tend to avoid areas with extensive agriculturally cleared lands that eliminate other habitat types. Bobcats are adapting to suburban settings and may be seen in backyards and residential areas. Bobcats rarely cause conflicts with human activities.
Bobcats are not often responsible for #killing #domestic #animals, but occasionally are responsible for losses of poultry, lambs, small goats, pigs, and house cats. Mostly, bobcats tend to use wild animals as prey items. Once a bobcat causes damage for the first time, it gets easier for the animal to do it again.
Where bobcats are deemed a problem, use the following management strategies around your property to prevent conflicts:
Don’t feed wildlife. This includes deer, feral cats (domestic cats gone wild), and other small mammals. Remember predators follow prey.
Prevent the buildup of feeder foods under bird feeders. Bobcats are attracted to the many birds and rodents that come to feeders.
Feed dogs and cats indoors and clean up after them. If you must feed outside, do so in the morning or midday, and pick up food and water bowls, as well as leftovers and spilled food as soon as pets have finished eating. Water, pet food and droppings attract small mammals that, in turn, attract bobcats.
Keep dogs and cats indoors, especially from dusk to dawn. Left outside at night, small dogs and cats may become prey for bobcats (which have attacked cocker-spaniel-size dogs).
Enclose  poultry (chickens, ducks, and turkeys) in a secure outdoor pen and house. Bobcats will eat poultry if they can get to them. Note:  Other killers of poultry include coyotes, foxes, skunks, raccoons, feral cats, dogs, opossums, weasels, hawks, and large owls.
If a dead bird is found with no apparent injuries, skinning it may determine what killed it. If the carcass is patterned by red spots where pointed teeth have bruised the flesh but not broken the skin, the bird was probably “played with” by one or more dogs until it died.
To prevent bobcats from accessing birds in their night roosts, equip poultry houses with well-fitted doors.
To prevent bobcats from accessing poultry during the day, completely enclose outdoor pens with 1-inch chicken #wire placed over a sturdy wooden #framework. Overlap and securely wire all seams on top to prevent bobcats from forcing their way in by using their weight and claws.
Bobcats can climb, so wooden fence posts or structures that give the bobcat footing and access to an otherwise unprotected pen will not be effective. Bobcats also have the ability to jump fences 6 feet or more in height. Use woven wire or a hot wire overhead if necessary (Fig. 8).
Keep livestock and small animals that live outdoors confined in secure pens during periods of vulnerability. All animals should be confined from dusk to dawn.
 (Temporary or portable fencing keeps livestock together so that they can be guarded more effectively.) During birthing season, keep young and vulnerable animals confined at all times. Do not use remote pastures or holding areas, especially when there has been a recent bobcat attack. Remove any sick and injured animals immediately. Ensure that young animals have a healthy diet so that they are strong and less vulnerable to predators.
Livestock producers have discovered that scare devices, such as bright lights, motion detectors connected to recordings of barking dogs or radios will deter bobcats—until they realize that they aren’t life-threatening.
For a large property with livestock, consider using a guard animal. There are specialty breeds of dogs that can defend livestock. Donkeys and llamas have also successfully been used as guard animals. As with any guard animal, pros and cons exist. Purchase a guard animal from a reputable breeder who knows the animal he or she sells. Some breeders offer various guarantees on their guard animals, including a replacement if an animal fails to perform as expected.
Repellents, Fumigants, and Toxicants
No chemical repellents, fumigants, or toxicants are currently registered for bobcats.
Trapping and relocating a bobcat several miles away seems an appealing method of resolving people/wildlife conflicts because it is perceived as giving the “problem animal” a second chance in a new home. Unfortunately, the reality of the situation is quite different. Bobcats typically try to return to their original territories, often getting hit by a car or killed by a predator in the process. If they remain in the new area, they may get into fights (oftentimes to the death) with resident bobcats.
In many cases, moving bobcats will not solve the original problem because other bobcats will replace them and cause similar conflicts. Hence, it is often more effective to use the above recommendations for making the site less attractive to bobcats than it is to constantly trap them.
Trapping also may not be legal in some cities; check with local authorities. Transporting animals without the proper permit is also unlawful in most cases (see “#Legal Status”). See “TrappingWildlife” for information on trapping bobcats. (Wildlife Protection Act)

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Ex-Bangladesh PM barred from contesting this month’s election

By : Siam Sarower Jamil
Dhaka, Dec. 3

Returning officers of Bangladesh on Sunday cancelled 786 nomination papers, out of total 3,065, submitted by contestants in 300 constituencies to contest the 11th parliamentary elections. Former prime minister and jailed opposition leader Khaleda Zia is one of them. She has been declared ineligible to contest this month’s national elections over two graft convictions,
According to the factsheet of the Election Commission Secretariat, a total of 2,279 nomination papers were declared valid while 786 invalid during the scrutiny by 66 returning officers across the country.
However, the aspirants whose nomination papers were cancelled can file appeals with the Election Commission by December 5.
“If anyone becomes aggrieved with the decisions of the returning officers, he/she will have to lodge appeal with the appeal authority of the EC within three days after the scrutiny,” said EC joint secretary Farhad Ahammad Khan.
Subsequently, the EC will dispose of the appeals following hearing within the next three days — December 6-8, he said.
The last date for the withdrawal of candidature is December 9 and the electoral symbols will be allocated on December 10.
Some 3,065 aspirants submitted nomination papers in the country’s 300 constituencies within the deadline that expired on November 30 to take part in the national election slated for December 30.
Of the total 3,065 aspirants, 281 AL probable candidates submitted nomination papers in 264 constituencies, while 696 BNP contestants in 295 parliamentary seats, 233 Jatiya Party aspirants in 210 constituencies.
Besides, 498 independent aspirants also submitted nomination papers.
BNP fielded more than one candidate in most of the constituencies while AL in 17 and Jatiya Party in 23 constituencies.
But the parties will have to confirm their final candidates before the withdrawal of candidature in these parliamentary seats.

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Free Medical Camp by Assam Rifles

IT News
Imphal, Dec. 3

Tulihal Battalion of HQ 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) organised a free medical camp at City Higher Secondary School in Mayang Imphal.
The medical camp witnessed attendance by over 400 locals from the area. The locals were provided with free medical treatment, consultation on various diseases and health related issues as well as free medicines were distributed to the needy patients. The camp also witnessed great gesture by five doctors namely Dr. Mohammad Firoz Khan(cardiac specialist), Dr. Salim Khan, Dr. Y Opendro, Dr. Yaiwang, Dr. Sadananda, Dr. Sundaram, Regimental Medical Officer(RMO) of Tulihal Batallion alongwith a team of nurses from Mayang Imphal Primary Health Centre(PHC) who volunteered to assist the medical team of the Battalion. During the camp, Dr Mohammad Firoz Khan (cardiac specialist) carried out ECG and also provided consultancy to the patients on cardiac issues.
In order to support the noble efforts of the Assam Rifles, Deputy Speaker of Manipur Th Robindro Singh not only graced the occasion by his presence but also provided additional medicines for the medical camp.
The people of the area conveyed their heartfelt gratitude to the Assam Rifles for their sincere endeavour and requested for more such camps in the near future for the benefit of the entire community.

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Assam Rifles conducts Friendly Football Match

IT News
Imphal, Dec. 3
Thoubal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) conducted a friendly Football Match at Thoubal Company Operating Base. The match was played between the teams of Salai Football Club and troops of Assam Rifles.
The match was aimed at further strengthening relations between Security Forces and local populace as well to inculcate sportsman sprit among people. Both the teams participated with great zeal and enthusiasm, showing great sportsmanship during the course of the match. It also provided a forum for the youth of the area for an interaction with the troops.
The youth expressed their gratitude and appreciated the efforts of Assam Rifles to promote sports in the area.

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‘AMCTA team arrived Imphal after attending AIFUCTO Academic Conference’

IT News
Imphal, Dec. 3

The 31st AIFUCTO (All India Federation of University & College Teachers’ Organisations) Academic Conference held at Kanyakumari from 23rd to 25th November, 2018 concluded with a grand success. A team of AMCTA composed of 31 members including 5 guests attended the same and arrived Imphal today. The theme of Conference was “Towards Scientific and Equitable Education for All”. As a part of the conference a National Seminar on Education India at Crossroads : A Critical Review” was also held, nine (9) delegates from different colleges of Manipur had presented their papers on different topics. Prof M, Lokendro Singh, President AMCTA & Zonal Secretary AIFUCTO placed his views in the conference during its business session and also highlighted the issues and problems faced by the college teachers in Manipur.   
The conference notes with deep concerned the : Aggressive pursuit of reforms dictated by Neo-liberal policies of the central government across all sectors including education in general and higher education in particular; Deepening of privatization and commercialization starting with self financing Institutions, autonomous colleges, private Universities and special education zones, most recent being regulations on Graded Autonomy and the Institutions of Eminence; Public funded Institutions, especially colleges, are deprived of crucial infrastructure funds from RUSA, as NAAC accreditation is mandatory-only Rs.2233 crores (43% of sanctioned Central share) was distributed by RUSA, at the end of 12th plan; Cutting down the central assistance to 50% for 39 months instead of 80% for 60 months has adversely affected uniform and simultaneous implementation of 7th UGC Pay revision in all the states etc along with others.
 The conference resolves to built a strong democratic movement of teachers for demanding the following :
a. 10% of the GDP should be allocated for education in view of the expansion of Higher Education in the country and for strengthening the public funded education system. That should not be any kind cut in the budgetary allocation for education.
b. The centre must be provide 100% assistance to the states for uniform and the simultaneous implementation of 7th UGC Pay scales across the country.
c. The Ad-hoc/part time/contractual/block grant teachers should be given pay scale on regular basis with service conditions on the principal of equal pay for equal work as per the judgments of the apex court.
d. The new pension scheme should be rejected and the old pension scheme should be implemented to provide social security to the employees after retirement.
e. All the vacant posts should be filled on regular basis. The contractualization of Higher Education must stop.
f. Governments at the centre and states should introduce strict regulations for Regular payment of salary in self financing institutions.
g. HEFA and Graded Autonomy must be withdrawn as it will lead to privatization and commercialization of Higher Education.
h. Government should start dialogue with stack holders for developing a new education policy base on principles of democracy, secularism, equity and scientific temper.
The conference also resolves to mobilize all stake holders from KG to PG to participate in a huge “People’s March” on 19th February, 2019 at New Delhi called by Joint Forum for Movement on Education (JFME).    

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World Disabled Day: Forest Minister Shyamkumar’s daughter donates blankets to 180 differently abled people from her saving

IT News
Imphal, Dec3,

As observed in other part of the World Disabled Day was celebrated today at Yairipok Top Chingtha Kuthabi ground. The celebration was organised by Handicapped Welfare Association Manipur State.
Forest Minister Shyamkumar while speaking as the chief guest of the function appreciated the differently abled person for their courage and talent at different field.
“The differently abled persons are no different from others; they are exceptional in one or other field. Some of them are even talented from the normal person”, the Minister said.
The Minister showed his respect and care for the differently abled person saying that we cannot say what will happen to us the next day and it is the need of the hour that we extend all our possible support to the disabled persons.
What enthralls the gathering is the donation of blankets by the daughter of Minister Shyamkumar to 180 differently abled persons. Shyamkumar said his daughter presented the blanket by her own saving from her salary.
Shyamkumar further expressed his desire of mass public participation to occasion related to disabled people.

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Rejected candidates of 2013 batch constable recruitment test threaten agitation

IT News
Imphal, Dec 3,

A group of candidate who had reportedly cleared the recruitment test of Manipur Police Constable 2013, but rejected now today appealed to reconsider the government decision.
Y. Kiran Singh, joint secretary of the body form by the rejected candidate called Joint Action Committee for rejected candidates, while talking to media person at Manipur press club here in Imphal appealed the government not to play politics to the candidates who have cleared the recruitment test before 5 years.
He drew the attention of the Chief Minister to include the rejected 3052 candidate while recruitment to the police constable post. The strongly reacted and said that they will stand against the rejection of the 3052 candidate who had already cleared the recruitment test and have been waiting for over 5 years.
Kiran demanded immediate action against the then Chairman of the selection committee and the board member for misleading the candidates.
“We cannot accept the rejection of the candidates who have already passed five years back and don’t play politics to the police constable appeared candidates”, Kiran said.
The committee threatens intense form of agitation if the government fails to response within Dec 5.

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SSUM appeals to postpone entrance test

IT News
Imphal, Dec3,

Socialist Students’ Union Manipur (SSUM) today appealed the Manipur University authority to postpone the entrance test for admission to one year diploma course in the Center for Human Rights and Duties Education for the session 2018-19 as the day falls on December 12 which the state celebrates as Nupi Lal Day.
The student body appeal to fix another convenient date as it would disturbed the Nupi Lal Day observation to honour the martyred women of the state.

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