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Sunday, 17 November 2019 - Imphal Times

Burning Manipur likely to be fueled by Government agenda to pass CAB; MANPAC calls 18 hours total shut down

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Imphal, Nov. 17

June-July syndrome of pre BJP led government in the state has been resumed in another avatar, perhaps due to the exotic climate change. Manipur is likely to face an extreme form of uncertainty in the later part of this month as the Government of India is all set to table and pass the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the upcoming Parliamentary session that will begin from November 18. Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill , 2016 (MANPAC) an organization which has been spearheading the agitation against the introduction of CAB is all set to re-launch the agitation against it by calling 18 hours total shut down in the state.

November usually was a clam season with Sangai Festival offering joy to the people of the state, but this year it seems the prevailing situation is not going to give any chance to celebrate the most significant festival that bring peace and harmony to the state. It appeared rather as a shrewd revenge to the integrity of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, who had dedicated for restoration of the peaceful atmosphere between various communities of the state. But, by whom?   

Democratic protest and voice of dissent is an essential part in the functioning of democracy. The legitimacy of the people’s democratic protest need to be acknowledge over the issue for settlement of the vex Naga issue. But if this very issue is purportedly used for free passage of CAB in the parliament then it is wrong.

The Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill , 2016 (MANPAC)  today announced 18 hours total shutdown  starting from midnight of November 18 till 6 pm of November 19 against the passing of the contentious CAB. A statement by MANPAC said that people of the state will gather at Khwairamband Ima Keithel here in Imphal and shout slogans against the passing of the CAB. The statement also urged the 4 MPs of the state to understand the feeling of the people of the state through the state government instead of putting the blame to the general public.  

A statement by the North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) , a federation of civil society bodies from the North Eastern states, said that they have been opposing the Bill since its introduction on January 8, 2019 as it challenges the very existence of the Indigenous People of the North Eastern Region.

On August 9, 2019, a memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister had been submitted through the Head of the States followed by another submission of the same to the Chief Minister of the region on October 3, 2019 appraising therein the possible devastative effects it may cause, if the CAB has been enacted to the entire North East region.

The MANPAC said that recognizing the illegal immigrants as ‘Natural Persons’ who can acquire Indian Citizenship on the basis of religious identity runs unethical to the Constitution of India.

The NEFIP also stated that the eligibility criterion to grant citizenship to these illegal migrants besides being unreasonable and unlawful is genocidal for Indigenes of the entire NE region.

Giving shelter and providing citizenship to the so called religiously prosecuted migrants who are in fact economic labour shall adversely prosecute the Indigenous population of the entire North East region.

“Hence, the NEFIP is affirmed of the fact that accepting the legaliszation of CAB and submitting to Genocidal Act is suicidal and will lead total extinction of the Indigenous population of the entire North East”, the statement of the NEFIP said.


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Quiz competition held at Jiribam

Our Correspondent
Jiribam,  Nov. 19

The Zonal Education Office (ZEO), Jiribam organised a quiz competition today  on the theme “Know Your State” under the sponsored of  Department of Education (S) and Department of Transport, Government of Manipur.
Students from VI to VIII from various schools of Jiribam participated in the competition which held at PWD Guest house, Jiribam.
Speaking on the programme, Zonal Education Officer Th. Amurasi Devi said  the quiz competition was organised to expand knowledge of students on the theme “Know Your State”.
She added,  among the participants of  quiz competition the best nine students will select and send for free helicopter ride on schedule date 19 along with one official of ZEO and a lady teacher guide.
Today’s programme was attended by G. Manglem Sharma, Principal, Borobekra Higher Secondary School; Th. Amurashi Devi, Zonal Education Officer, Jiribam and S. Lalmani Singh, AI,  ZEO, Jiribam as a Chief, President and Guest of honour respectively.

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Assam Rifle inaugurates vocational training centre and distributes solar power systems

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Imphal, Nov. 17

In yet another initiative by Assam Rifles, a new Vocational Training Centre at Hiyanglam was inaugurated on 16 November 2019. The Chief Guest for the event was Major General KP Singh, YSM, IGAR(S) and other dignitaries including Brig Neelesh Bhanot, SM, Commander 28 Sector Assam Rifles. This new centre is an augmentation of success of Vocational Training Centre at Sugnu and will impart training to women on stitching, handloom weaving and embroidery. The skill development initiative is part of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY), for recognition and standardisation of skills.  
To mark the successful handloom training undergone by 250 women at Vocational Training Centre Sugnu, certificates were distributed to sixty beneficiaries. Kakching Sector was able to get accreditation to the Vocational Training Centre with provisional certification from National Skill Development Centre. These acquired skills will equip the beneficiaries to showcase their talent to the best of their abilities.  
As part of Infrastructure Development and with an aim to provide electricity to far flung villages, Sehlon battalion under the aegis of Kakching Sector took initiative and carried out liaison with Luminous Company in Delhi. Following the success of first phase, in the second phase, 60 solar power systems were distributed to six villages namely Phoilen, Gammon, Moljol, Gelmol, Sejang, and S Bongjoi on 16 November at Hiyanglam. This initiative of Assam Rifles will bring the underdeveloped regions of Chandel District at par with the rest of the state which in turn will provide the coming generations a better standard of living and propel them to a path of self-determination in times to come. Infrastructure development and Capacity Building leading to Avenues of employment are the Focal Areas for Development for the Assam Rifles.
The ceremony summed up with Major General KP Singh, YSM conveying his message to the gathering that “Together, we will progress further into the realms of eternal bond of camaraderie tomorrow’.       
On the other hand, Moreh Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) also organised a lecture on precautionary and preventive measures against Malaria and Dengue at village H Mongjang in Chandel District on 16th November 2019.
The Nursing assistant from Moreh Battalion delivered an interactive lecture on Malaria precautionary and preventive measures at village H Mongjang. A total of 70 villagers including children’s benefited from the lecture and shared their views as well. Nursing Assistant shared the awareness on various methods of preventing Malaria at very initial stage.   
The Battalion has always made an endeavour to spread awareness on lifestyle as well as seasonal diseases by organising lectures at various locations. The villagers pledged to take all precautionary measures against Malaria / Dengue and help spreading the awareness among other neighbouring villages also. The village Chief and villagers expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Moreh Battalion for such initiatives and requested for more events in future. The event culminated with distribution of refreshments and group photograph.

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A Vision

By Nunglekpam Premi Devi
An Independent Scholar


She grows and she flaunts and she walks tall;

She bounce and she loves roaming hard;

She keeps and she possesses strong bewilders;

Her eras all in one go; her basement all inflicting;

Ah! She loves and loves hoping more like she hates being;

She dresses so decently, near and clean;

She plays  and she rides like she never been a woman;

Her taste like a tough rider's and her possible all possible;

She jumps and she's rough like a arrow against target;

She knows no boundary and she draws none attention. 




She hates being, being a woman self;

She hates being, being taken as a woman;

Her hairs so rough, short and sweet and oiled;

She walks and walks  no matter what so boldly;

Like a man in the family; she's being a boggy man;

Pants and shirts; trousers and shirts, all in one frame;

Her mental too tough to handle, like a pin she sharpens;

She physical, Ah! Her physical so mesmerizing active;

She laughed and be launched in her wilderness;

She blames none ; she loves being a man;

Her passion a damn graded egos tougher;

She finds 'herself' a worreier and she talks like a soldier. 


Love me and love me not; she bothers her security ;

Her wilderness bothers not evil good;

Her hairs short and tiny as she flips and flips;

Ah! Darling, she loves being care and be attending;

Missing a one time 'woman', not a sin created;

Culture and she moves a balance between, being and not being;

Her genuinity so masculine performing achieved;

Like a thunder, she sounds be brave and fearless;

'She and she isn't a she', she's a 'man';

She's a creativity; she's a 'tomman', she's a'tomboy';

Her egos too sweeter, her mansion's a stonestone. 

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Regarding the news report published in Imphal Times, Saturday (the 16th November, 2019) issue under the heading  “Police Inspector who went viral on social media post for pulling girl’s hair suspended on drug case”, we do hereby tender our apology that the said Police Officer, Inspector Letkhohao Vaiphei, who is posted as the Officer in Charge of Moreh Police and is under suspension in connection with drug-seized-related-case is not the one and is not related with the photo of pulling a girl’s hair in August 2015. The same was inadvertently and erroneously uploaded in our Facebook page          and web site www.imphaltimes.com along with a photo that is on social media, but removed the moment we realized that the photo has nothing to do with the Police officer mention in the news .
We regret the error and apologize for any embarrassment caused to the police Officer and to our readers.
With regard

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