Friday, 06 December 2019 - Imphal Times
Friday, 06 December 2019 17:42

CM re-assured protection of state from CAB

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Imphal, Dec 6

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today re-assured that the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 which the Union government is all set to pass in the Lok Sabha will not affect the state of Manipur or its people.

Soon after landing at Imphal Airport, N. Biren Singh, while talking to reporters said that the Citizenship Amendment Bill will no way affect the state of Manipur.

“With an authority I convey to the people that the Citizenship Amendment Bill will in no way affect the people of this state”, N. Biren said with full confidence.

He said that the Central leadership including the Union Home Minister had assured to arrange a legislation of the state either by revoking the executive order for scrapping of the Inner Line Permit System existed in the state in 1950 by the than Commissioner Himmat Singh or by extending the presently existed Inner Line Permit System in the neighbouring states of Manipur.

“I believe the Central leadership and I also said time and again that no government other than the present government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Home Minister Amit Shah will fulfill the aspiration of the state”, the confident Chief Minister told media person appealing people to stay calm in the passing of the CAB.

Regarding the meeting with the Defence Minister Rajnath, Chief Minister N. Biren said that, he called on the Union Defence Minister to thank him for his support to the people of the state by not passing it in the Lok Sabha last year on the request of him. He added that he had assured a protection mechanism for the state of Manipur if CAB is passed and this time too the Union Home Minister Amit Shah had assured a mechanism for protection of the state from CAB.

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Imphal, Dec 6

Central Bureau of Investigation Special Crime Branch Kolkata has finally registered a case for investigation of mysterious death case of N Babysana, as per the directives given by the High court of Manipur on its ruling of November 6.

The investigation of the case will be taken up by three member team constituted led by C R Das DSP CBI (SCB) Kolkata.

The team of CBI SCB Kolkata submitted their report before Chief Judicial Magistrate Imphal West regarding the intimation of registering a regular case by CBI under section 305/ 34 IPC and 75 Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act

It may be mentioned that 14-year-old Ningthoujam Babysana Chanu, a student of class VII at Standard Robarth Higher Secondary School in Imphal’s Canchipur was found hanging in her hostel room on the intervening night of July 17 and 18. A controversy surfaced after the family of the deceased alleged foul play. JAC formed against the mysterious death along with students’ bodies and civil society organizations of the state staged serious protest demanding probe by an independent body like CBI. Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh had conveyed verbal assurance for handling over of the case to the CBI and even wrote to the Union Home Ministry regarding the matter. However, the CBI took some time in registering a case in connection with the mysterious death of N. Babysana for reason best known to the authority until the Manipur High Court passed an order directing CBI to take up investigation in connection with the mysterious death on November 6 this year.

Earlier too, the state government had instituted a Special Investigation Team headed by the Additional SP of Imphal West and the team had picked up the school wardens, Principal and the administrator of the of  Standard Robarth Higher Secondary School. They have been however released recently on bail.

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Imphal, Dec 6

Three members of the Manipur Peoples’ Against CAB (MANPAC) were detained for some time at the office of the Imphal West district Superintendent of Police soon after their landing at Imphal Airport today afternoon. News over the detention had infuriated the section of people with multiple calls receiving at Imphal Times enquiring and criticizing the detention.

Imphal Times staff while reaching out one among the leader sof the MANPAC said that three of them landed Imphal at around 11.30 am today morning at Imphal Airport. He said that the police did took them to the  office of the Imphal West district Superintendent of Police and the SP told them not to organise the scheduled press conference that they announced to be held at Kwairamband Ima Keithel due to security reasons. The MANPAC team said that they could not decide on where to hold the meeting, as 5 other leaders of the MANPAC were yet to arrive. However the MANPAC team assured the SP to try their best in shifting the meeting place from Kwairamband Keithel in consultation with other leaders of the MANPAC. Following that the police team dropped them to their respective home. 

The news about the detention of the MANPAC leaders started spreading on Social Networking site Facebook with some people even uploading with fabricated story. At one of the post uploaded by a Facebook user at which he wrote that the MANPAC leaders were detained by a police inspector and uploaded a photo of a picture taken at the Airport, Chief Minister N. Biren reply that the post was not true and that no leaders of the civil bodies had been detained by the police.

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Imphal, Dec . 6

News about the detention of the MANPAC leaders irked the Convenor of the apex body Yumnam Dilipkumar  soon after his arrival at Imphal airport, expressed strong condemnation to the act of the government.

“We condemn the detention of the MANPAC leaders in the strongest term” ,  Dilipkumar said to reporters at Imphal airport. He said that the MANPAC leaders went to meet the Union Home Minister to convey the message of the people in connection with the passing of the CAB and that after conveying the message the MANPAC had to discuss the matter on what to take up in the new development. Why the government should detained our leaders when they allow us to meet the Union Government, an angry Dilipkumar said.

In connection with the stand of the MANPAC, Dilipkumar said that the MANPAC had laid down the demands of the people and that they will continue to uphold the demand – “No CAB in the NE”. Regarding the meeting with the leaders of the Union Government Dilipkumar said that they are however thankful to the government for arranging meeting with the leaders of the Union government for conveying message of the people as no other government had given such opportunity.

Later, a press meet was held at the office of the All Manipur United Club Organization (AMUCO) at Kwakeithel. In the press meet Dilipkumar categorically stated the sequence of the meeting with the Union Home Minister. He said that the MANPAC had conveyed their message “ No to CAB in NE” and there is no change to the stand. He added that they have been assured by the Home Minister to protect the state of Manipur from CAB and as they still are yet to receive the Bill that is going to be tabled in the Lok Sabha they will wait for discussion with the people. 

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Imphal, Dec 6

The activists of North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) today submitted a memorandum to Board of Secondary Education, Manipur (BSEM) Chairperson, Th. Kirankumar regarding the issue of very high fees being charged from the students for the upcoming board examinations. Further, the exam fee submission for HSLC examinations to be held in 2020 is to be made only through online mode.
It should be noted that the majority of students who are going to appear in the HSLC examinations are studying in government schools. These students mostly come from deprived backgrounds and would therefore find it extremely difficult to pay the exorbitant fees being charged. Moreover, it is the government’s primary responsibility to make public education accessible for those coming from marginalized sections. As such, very high fees would be contrary to the stated purpose of public education. Moreover, these students and their families have very poor access to internet facilities, and as such making fee submission available through online mode would be a cause of unnecessary trouble for them.
Regarding these concerns the activists demanded in the memorandum that the fees for HSLC examinations should be drastically reduced and only very nominal fees should be charged. They also demanded that fees submission should be made available through offline mode as well. NEFIS pledges to continue its struggle for equality in education in the coming days.

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By Raju Vernekar
Pune, Dec. 6

The Union AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) Ministry is planning to set up 12,500 arogyavardhini centres through out the country to make available ayurveda treatment at cheaper rates, the Union Ayush minister  Shripad Naik, said here.
Speaking as a chief guest at “Sandu Ayurved Gaurav awards” function organised to felicitate ayurveda practitioners, by “Sandu Brothers” at Annabhau Sathe auditorium, Bibwewadi, in Pune in Maharashtra, Naik said that his ministry is also planning to start short term courses for foreign students to learn yoga. This is under “learn in India” initiative, he added.
Also All India Institute of Yoga and Naturopathy will be set up at Goa in the next two years. Various initiatives, including setting up of Ayush departments in rural hospitals which have ayurvedic medicines and panchakarma facilities, to set up botanical gardens in and around Ayush hospitals in the country, are on cards, he said.
Five Ayurveda practitioners were felicitated with “Ayurved Bhushan” and “Ayurved Gaurav” for their contribution to Ayurveda, at the hands of Naik. The chief secretary of AYUSH department Rajesh Kotecha and Director of Maharashtra ayurved department Kuldeep Raj Kohli were present.
On the occasion, Medha Joshi, Vikram Chauhan, Anandkumar Chaudhari and Jyoti Mundargi were felicitated with “Ayurved Bhushan” while Omprakash Gupta was given the “Ayurved Gaurav” award.
“The ancient science was striving to get the mentorship of the rule, which was not coming across since the independence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, by constituting Ministry of Ayush in 2014, gave its mentorship to the ayurveda and other streams like yoga, unani, siddha and homeopathy of medical science. We are thankful to him for the attempt,” Sashank Sandu, director, “Sandu Brothers” said in his speech. “Sandu Brothers” has been engaged in the manufacture of Ayurvedic medicines since 1899.
In the meanwhile the Ayushman Bharat Yojana - National Health Protection Scheme, which has now been renamed as Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), plans to make secondary and tertiary healthcare completely cashless. The PMJAY beneficiaries will get an e-card that can be used to avail services at an empanelled hospital, public or private, anywhere in the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out PMJAY on 23 September 2018 to cover about 50 crore citizens in India. As of September 2019, it was reported that 21,000 hospitals were   empanelled, over 64 lakh beneficiaries were admitted and over 10 crore e-cards were issued. PMJAY is being implemented in 32 States and Union Territories. Based on the hospitalized cases so far, the treatment cost per hospitalization comes to Rs. 16108 compared to Rs.20135 estimated by the National Statistical Office (NSO). In order to cover 50 crore targeted poor, it is estimated that an amount of Rs. 23357 crore is required annually by the government, compared to the 2019-20 budget provision of Rs. 6400 crore.
The coverage includes 3 days of pre-hospitalisation and 15 days of post-hospitalisation expenses. Besides, around 1,400 procedures with all related costs like OT expenses are taken care of. All in all, PMJAY and the e-card provides  a coverage of Rs. 5 lakh per family, per year, thus helping the economically disadvantaged obtain easy access to healthcare services.
Other steps to reduce out of pocket expenditure include i) regulating irrational drug prescriptions, diagnostic and drug prices, opening more PM Jan Aushadi Stores, providing services closer to the habitations of the poor, etc.
As per the report “Social Consumptions in India: Health” released on 23 November, by the  NSO, based on a sample survey conducted from July 2017 to June 2018 covering about 1.14 lakh households across the country, 7.5 percent of the people suffered from ailments during 15 days preceding the date of survey. This means that during the said reference period of 15 days, over 10.1 crore people were ailing in India out of the total population of about 135 Crore. The average cost of ailment per, was estimated at Rs. 636 indicating that an amount of Rs. 6440 Crore was spent on the treatment in a 15 days period or about Rs. 157, 000 crore in a year.
The survey also estimated that 2.9 percent of the people were hospitalized during July 2017-June 2018, meaning that 3.92 crore hospitalizations occurred during this period. The estimated treatment cost per hospitalization estimated by the survey was Rs. 20135 indicating that an amount of about Rs. 79, 000 crore was spent on hospitalized treatments. The annual OPD and hospitalization treatment cost comes to a whopping Rs 2.36 lakh crores, (approximately 1.2 per cent of GDP).

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Friday, 06 December 2019 17:32

Optimist perspectives

The one simple thing that could make much of almost everything much easier and smoother, yet seemingly impossible to accomplish is the act of becoming a good person.
It would indeed take a much greater strength of character to own up our mistakes and short comings, and still greater willpower to refrain from deliberately committing acts we consciously know is wrong and false. The few fortunate ones who have the grit and will to transcend these urges are acknowledged and respected.
On the other hand, a new breed of “Go-Getters” who would not stop at anything to achieve their goal is on the rise the pressures of present day society helping in developing and pruning such mindset to perfection. They are the restless, hyperactive and aggressive ones who do not cater to emotions and aesthetics. Modern parents and guardians are increasingly urging their wards to adopt the letter approach towards life in order to carve out a place in the society that invariably results in a level of respect-respect that again is dependent on the earning capacity, the social circle adopted and living status maintained. Increasing compulsions for security in terms of food, shelter and a step towards a more secure future could be the factors that prompted the collective thinking towards adopting such an attitude towards life.
But then, does that mean the adage “All is fair and love and war” will be made true? Is our life becoming a daily struggle, a battle-if not a war, we are destined to wage every single living day of our lives? Where does that leave us with any room or opportunity for improvement not the financial kind, but a more rounded and holistic, as a person?
The present developments in the society-particularly that of mindless atrocities and lack of considerations that is becoming rampant would be a spill-off of this new approach towards life. The struggle for security-for the basic necessities of life has become the all-consuming tryst for wealth which invariably leads to the thirst for power and influence. Greed takes over everything else, making our lives worse off than when we started. What then could be the panacea for these aberrations that has come to plague our lives of late? The answer lays within us common knowledge which just needs to be acknowledged, and more importantly to act on. Putting up a façade of make-believe and a show of benevolence and righteousness will not absolve anyone of the crimes and wrongs.
This is of utmost importance for everyone, and more so for those who are donning the role of public representatives who we are following. Concepts like beauty, peace and harmony can only be experienced if we can rise above our petty urges and look at life-that of ourselves and the ones around us in a different and totally new perspective one that does not have anything to do with wealth, power or fame.
“The earth has enough to satisfy man’s needs but not man’s greed”. Mohandaskaramchand Gandhi.

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Friday, 06 December 2019 17:31

Annihilate or Die

By - Kh.Ibomcha

While taking it for granted that all revolutionary movements have their own rises and falls, it is needed to review the structure and nature of a revolutionary movement if it loses its momentum gradually. Here what is even more important is reviewing whether the movement contains reactionary elements within the movement or not. If there find traces of reactionary forces or elements, the only way to carry forward the movement is to annihilate the forces, failing which will debilitate the society’s collective spirit of revolution. In the case of liberation movements, such society will remain a slave forever.
As often witnessed in human history, reactionary forces always have taken sides with colonizing power. But nevertheless, they deliberately misinform the masses to masquerade their real faces by engaging in less important pro-people activities to enable them to playact as representing the voice of the people.  
The above-mentioned entity, the ally of reactionary forces and the colonizing power, is never meant to benefit the masses, but the reactionaries. In another perspective, if their rationale behind making an ally with colonial forces, including compradors is purely tactical to meet short term revolutionary goals; it is acceptable.  
However, this must be communicated with the masses, the real powerhouse of a revolutionary movement. If not, this evidently signifies that the reactionaries are trying to serve their interests in the name of the revolutionary movement, or they do not have a theoretical weapon powerful enough to lead a revolutionary movement. In either case, the revolutionary spirits of the people are corroded empowering the colonial forces deepening their domination over the colonized capitalizing on these weaknesses of theirs.  
Here what is more astounding is how come one thinks of getting freedom from the enemy by making friends with them. Independence should be snatched through violent processes from colonial forces is what the revolutionary organizations preached to the masses before taking sides with the colonial regime. But after going with colonial masters, they take a U-turn and say “we could get freedom from the master licking their boots. Does it make any sense?   
Making constant attempts for continued dominance over the colonized is what the colonizers usually have planned, whereas the revolutionary organizations are resisting these attempts. Now, the point is that the two forces stand on opposite sides ever conflicting with each other. So, the two cannot take the same side.  
If taken the same side, it is clear that the table has turned and the revolutionary forces have become reactionary. Instead of threatening the state and the vital interests of the ruling class, that is the colonizing power, they will act to maintain their power within the same power structure that needs to be dismantled for a qualitatively new society.  
To expect that such an organization will bring about a better society is nothing less than building castles in the air, for all they want is to maintain the present social system, keeping intact the present class structure. In other words, they are just helping the ruling class to reconstruct the status quo.  
From two different perspectives the question of ‘why a revolutionary force becomes reactionary’ can be discussed. In the first place, it may be borne out of the infiltration of colonial agents inside the organization corroding the revolutionary fabric of the organization.
 Second, an organization often gives in to the pressure of the state when it no longer believes its own strength of leading the people to victory.  Such situations often happen in long-drawn-out struggles that call for firm commitments which are depended upon the member s of the organization’s rootedness to the ideological position the organization has taken. So, at the end of the day, it is the cognitive level of the leaderships leading a movement that determines whether it is moving forward or backward.
It becomes all the more destructive when the people come to know that those who promised them freedom are working together with the same colonial power oppressing them. This will land the society in a condition where every member of the society, the masses, hates even the word ‘revolution, forget about bringing a revolution.  
This will make it easy for the colonizers to swiftly assimilate the colonized into the socio-cultural fold of the former. When the revolutionary movement is on the right track of history, it is not that easy for the colonizers to get the masses assimilated in their social structure as one of the chief functions of a revolutionary movement is resisting the cultural hegemony of the colonizing power.
Now the question is ‘what shall we do if we are trapped in such a vortex as said above?’ The answer, in plain words, is: the reactionary forces within the revolutionary organization must be identified to get it destroyed or rectified. This, we do come across in the history of revolution. The organization which can timely purge such elements can lead the masses to victory. What is more important is letting the people fortified with capabilities to realize that they are misled. If they are equipped with the capability, they together with the organization that is advancing the people’s interests can teach a befitting lesson or uproot the reactionary forces.  
Concluding this write-up, a society that is fighting liberation war against a regime needs to critically discuss the aforementioned points. If the society fails to pick out the reactionary forces it will be easily fallen into the trap set by the colonial power.  And this can be ‘The End’ of ‘the society’.

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