Wednesday, 31 July 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal July 31,

As the mortal remains of Babysana was cremated today at Haraorou, thousands shed their tears for the departed soul who died mysteriously at her hostel.

After prolonged movement the family members and JAC formed against the mysterious death of Babysana finally accepted the death body to perform the last rites. The JAC along with the family members took the dead body of Babysana who has been lying in JNIMS mortuary today. 

A procession with many followers was also held starting from JNIMS passing through Ayangpali, Kongba, Canchipur road and to the hostel of Standard Robarth where she was found dead in suspicious manner, and offered floral tributes.

Unable to control his emotion, Babysana’s father crossing his limits tried to barge the gate of the hostel with the Alto car he drive. However, police personnel who were present there stopped the vehicle and calmed him down.

Despite the efforts to control the people, angry mob threw stones towards the school. The people further tried to storm the hostel but was stopped and halted by the police forces.

After much confrontation with the police only the family members were finally allowed to go inside the campus of the hostel to pay tributes to Babysana. 

Further the procession continued and went back to her locality at Thangmeiband. Floral tributes were paid to the departed soul of Babysana at Thangmeiband THAU ground. 

After paying floral tributes at Thangmeiband the lifeless body of Babysana was brought to Haraorou where her last rite was performed.

‘Justice for Babysana’ and ‘punish the murderer’ fills the air of the valley today.

As the procession of the Babysana passed along the road, hundreds of students and people came out forming a human chain on the road paying floral tributes to Babysana.

Police forces were stationed at various places keeping a strict vigil not to let any untoward incident.

Babysana who was a student of Standard Robarth Higher Secondary School was found hanging at the dormitory of her hostel on July 18. The mysterious death of Babysana has made a hue and cry which even called a 24 hour state wide bandh by the JAC demanding to hand over the case to CBI and to conduct re post-mortem. 

Various protests have been staged in the past few days demanding justice to Babysana and speedy investigation.

However the JAC still assured to continue the movement until and unless the mysterious death of Babysana was given justice even though her body was taken.

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Imphal, July 31,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that Government is taking seriously on the death of Ningthoujam Babysana, student of Standard Robert Higher Secondary School and is committed to punish the culprits. This was stated by him at the Passing Out Parade of the 5th Batch of MR/IRB/CP Followers (Male) held at Manipur Police Training College, Pangei today.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that the Investigating Agency cannot provide the updates of the case to the public daily. Chief Minister said that he personally met the members of the JAC on several occasions. The government had allowed performing the post-mortem twice with video coverage in the presence of the representatives of the JAC. The government has also written a letter to CBI to tackle the case so as to give justice to the family, he added.
On the occasion, Chief Minister announced that under the School Fagathansi mission, a total of 25 schools would be constructed amounting to Rs. 33.52 crores in the first phase. He said that the foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of these schools would be held on 7th August this year. He mentioned that a total of 60 schools would be constructed one in each Assembly constituency.
Stating that every promise of the government has been fulfilled, he added, seven women markets of the hill districts will start functioning within 15th August this year. He maintained that rain water harvesting projects have been started in hill areas such as Churachandpur, Chandel, Tamei, Chingai etc.
Chief Minister mentioned that the present government is committed to deliver action oriented policies rather than giving rhetoric statements. He stated that people have started appreciating the efforts of the police towards community policing. There is a drastic behavioural change in the Police department in the last 2 years, he added. He strongly condemned the bomb blast happened at Thangmeiband area yesterday and asserted that the culprits will be punished.
A total of 567 newly recruited male followers passed out from the College today.
The Chief Minister also wished all the passing out personnel for a great career ahead. MPTC Director R.K.Tutusana administered oath to the newly recruited male followers.
Earlier, soon after his arrival, the Chief Minister reviewed the guard of honour and received salute of an impressive march past 14 platoons led by Parade Commander Shri Tongbram Suresh Singh.
The Chief Minister also handed over the trophy and certificate of Best in Physical Training to Kh. Gobin Singh of 7th IRB of Heirok Part-II, Best in Drill to Tongbram Suresh Singh of 6Th IRB of Ngaikhong Khunou, Best in Weapons to Isak Lianminthang Samte of 1st IRB of Zenhang Lamka, Jiribam, Best in Musketry to Chukeilung Gangmei of 5th MR of Khongjaron Duigailong, Best in Indoor to Meisnam Sanjoy Meetei of MPTC of Pundongbam Awang Leikai, Best in Over-All to Tongbram Suresh Singh of 6Th IRB of Ngaikhong Khunou.
Minister for CAF&PD Karam Shyam, Minister for Water Resources Letpao Haokip, Minister for PHED Losii Dikho, Minister for Tribal Affairs and Hills N. Kayasii, Minister for Forest Th. Shyamkumar, Deputy Speaker K. Robindro, Deputy Chairman State Planning Board S. Rajen, MLAs, DGP, top police officials and family members of passing out personnel attended the function.

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Imphal, July 31,

With the uproar of various sections of people who live on the mining of sand and stones from river bed, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today convened a meeting to discuss the issue on the Regulation of Illegal Mining Activities in the State.

As per a Facebook post by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh wrote – Chaired a meeting on “regulation of Illegal Mining Activities in the state “ today, attended by Ministers and MLAs, concerned officials of Forest and Environment , Commerce & Industries, Pollution Control Board and all DCs and SPs”.

The Chief Minister further wrote – “Resolved to facilitate mining licenses to deserving individuals and groups at specific areas through concern DCs and Officials of the Government and allow authorized mining activities to proceed. Also resolved to bring an awareness campaign to the public on prevailing regulations of mining activities in the state.”

The meeting was convened today in the backdrop of the various agitations by labourers and truckers bodies who live on sand mining works. An organization called All Manipur Excavator, Local truck, Tipper Owners and Workers’ Association had called 14 hour bandh across the state on August 1 .

Whether today’s meeting had intimated the association to call off the bandh is yet to be confirmed, however, source said that the truckers and machinery’s body still have not released any statement regarding the meeting convened today neither the body had had stated any U turn to their demand.

Meanwhile, large number of labourers under aegis of the Apunba Sinmi Lup , Awang Sekmai and Kanglatombi today came towards the Manipur High Court to stage protest, however they were stopped at koirengei area a  police team.

Earlier, a protest rally was staged at Bishnupur district by labourers of sand mining of Thongjaorok area. Truckers also joined the rally staged by the labourers of Thongjaorok.

A labourer while speaking to media persons said that banning of mining is like putting them to the pol of death.

“If we are left to starve as we have no work it is better that we were killed”, an angry protestor said . She said that they will now go to the court the tell the judge to kill them all as they will face natural death.

On the other hand, a protestor said that banning of sand mining is nothing but blocking of development. He said without sand and stone how could development be brought. He further said that before the mining of sand and stone are stopped it is better the government department like Public Works department should be abolished as without sand and stone no constructions can be taken place. 

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Thoubal, July 31,

Idle mind is devils’ workshop, the saying seems true but when the mind is utilized properly and judiciously, it does bring joys not only to him or her but to other hundred and thousands of people.
Young and energetic MLA Okram Surjakumar, a representative from Khangabok Assembly constituency, besides being an opposition MLA (Congress), instead of instigating the farmers to criticize the present government over its failure to provide water in the field , utilized his wisdom and led the people in cleaning the suffocated canal and drains in the area and drained the water logged at Nungphou Dam constructed across Wangjing River at Sangaiyumpham area towards the thirsty paddy field located at the periphery of Khangabok Part III ad Sangaiyumpham area.
There are around 2500 pari of paddy field in the periphery of Khangabok Part –III and and Sangaiyumpham area.
Inadequate rainfall dried the paddy field even though there are water in the river. The water in the River remain logged at Nungphou Dam as the “Thambal Angangbi canal ” , an important water way towards the field , remain piled up with wastage blocking the way. Not only the canal , but other drains which usually were constructed to carry the water too were failed due to negligence from the part of the government.
Having understood the MLA Okram Surjakumar cleaned the canal  and the drain using his own resources since a couple of days. Sooner the cannel were clean water immediately flow towards the paddy fields and at least 1000 pari of field now have enough water to start cultivation.
If the river water continue to flow in the said cannel for another 10 days, the farmers of the area will no longer worried even though there is not enough rain water.

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Wednesday, 31 July 2019 17:46

Threatened future and the way out

Even as the state is engulfed in the sordid death of a young girl in her school hostel and the theories surrounding the circumstances, as well as increasing demand for handing over the case to the CBI, recent developments indicate that the efforts of the state investigating agencies are nearing the completion of their work and coming out with the whole truth.
The whole state is waiting with bated breath and every passing day is an added turmoil for the family of the deceased, the students of the school and indeed for the people who would take nothing but the befitting conclusion to the tragic event. As and when the culprit/s are identified, what then? The law must ensure that every single person complicit to the crime be tried and punished to the harshest degree allowed by law. What started out with hopes and dreams of a bright and successful future ended in a coffin with tears and abject frustration for Babysana and her family. Such tragedy should not be allowed to repeat ever again. And those entrusted with ensuring the functioning of law and order in the state including the elected representatives who are overseeing the implementation of such rules must take necessary measures.
Preliminary investigation revealed various deficiencies in maintaining the guidelines laid down under National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) Regulatory Guidelines for Hostels of Educational Institutions for Children 2018. It would be of paramount importance for the state chapter to take up strict reviews and inspections on a regular basis to ensure compliance of the same.
Meanwhile, the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry announced formulation of guidelines for children hostels, prescribing a minimum standard of care that includes adequate safety and periodic inspections. The Ministry has directed the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to draft guidelines in consultation with stakeholders and plans are afoot to have these guidelines notified under the Juvenile Justice Act or the JJ Rules.
To ensure safety and wellbeing of children at school hostels, the WCD Ministry will be sharing the guidelines with the Ministry of Human Resource Development for dissemination among schools providing boarding facility. The WCD ministry has also notified all states and Union Territories to undertake inspection of all Child Care Institutions and related facilities and ensure their registration. The minister added that registration under the JJ Act is also mandatory for all Child Care Institutions (CCIs) running in the form of hostels.
The pertinent question here is: are more rules and guidelines really necessary? Many are of the opinion that the current regulatory regime is perverse—over-regulation in letter leading to a culture of graft and poor governance in practice. With more than 250,000 private schools and counting spread everywhere, and our current sociopolitical culture, any regulatory mechanism will be far from perfect. Regulation of schools is the domain of state governments which should ensure that the regulatory mandate must be limited to only the minimal essentials and genuine philanthropic private initiative must not be stifled. Regulation need have only two goals. One, that all private and public schools meet standards in basic academic and operational aspects. The other goal should be to protect the public from the exploitative practices of schools.
The state must form an independent, quasi-judicial school regulatory body. An independent body protected from political and bureaucratic interference will enable efficiency through focus, improve probity by forcing transparency, and increase accountability. Such bodies will not be perfect, but would be a substantial improvement. The school regulator must demand that schools be not-for-profit, as required by law. And for substantiating this, annual financial audits, executed with the same rigour as in companies, must be required. Accounting standards need to be developed for schools with the objective of eliminating practices that are often used for skimming money from such not-for-profit entities. A grievance redressal mechanism for parents should be made available on relevant issues such as safety, stability of fees and other financial matters. The quasi-judicial status of the regulator will enable this.
For a good, equitable education there is no substitute for a robust public system.
A regulatory mechanism will reduce rampant exploitation of the public and help improve educational quality and ensure safety of the students who are at the core of these whole exercises.
A sincere and determined mind should be the starting point of such an endeavor which can protect the threatened future of the state.

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Wednesday, 31 July 2019 17:35

Tourism Festivals & Tourists in Manipur

Manipur, with its salubrious climate, topographical mystique, cultural heritage and sublime natural beauty has an enormous tourism potential. In fact, the state of Manipur has immense tourism and commercial potential and destined to be a commercial hub and tourist hots spots in South-East Asia. Thus, developing Manipur’s tremendous tourism potential could help generate a range of employment opportunities for the local people which may reduce the burden of unemployment problem to a great extend in Manipur.
Manipur is known for its sporting talents, especially in the field of Boxing, Football, Archery, mixed Martial arts along with our traditional games like Mukna, MuknaKangjei, Kang Sanaba, Thang Ta, SaritSara, YubiLakpi apart from Polo which was originated from Manipur. Similarly the cultural talents in the field of music (Pena, Khunung Eshei, KhonjomParva etc.), dances (Ras Lila, LeimaJagoi, ThougalJagoi, Khamba ThoibiJagoi and many other tribal dances), drama, Sumang Lila, cinema and many other art forms are unique in the state of Manipur. Not only these it won’t be exaggerated to say that Manipur has a unique festival in every month, like Holi (Yaosang) in the month of March, Lai Haraoba, generally in the month of April/May, RathaYatra in the month of June/July, Krishnajarma/RadhaJarma in the month of August/September, DrugaPuja, Diwali &Ningol Chaokouaba in the month of October /November, Christmas, Kut and Gan Ngai in the month of December /January. All these are very important components for the attraction of tourists. In this line, with a good hope and high expectation, Manipur Government is putting maximum efforts at its wits-end and has been organizing Manipur SANGAI TOURISM FESTIVAL since 2010 to draw the tourists. Over and above to this, government of Manipur sponsored in organizing SHIRUI FESTIVAL at Ukhrul and BARAK FESTIVAL at Senapati.
At the same time, under the aegis of State Horticulture Department, many horticulture product based festivals like Orange Festival, Lemon Festival, Pineapple Festival, Chile Festival, Ginger Festival etc. have been organizing at different places of Manipur. These Festivals not only aimed to promote and encourage the farmers to increase yield of the agro and horticulture based products but also aimed to attract domestic as well as foreign tourists and  foreign buyers and investors. But a big question mark is that; whether these Festivals achieved its objectives and motto set for or not? It will be right to say that despite State Tourism Department and other line Department of the Government of Manipur organized a number of tourism cum product based festivals, it fails to achieve its goal and objective. One reason could be; these festival are something like VIP show case rather public oriented one as opined by many.    
According to the latest report from the State Tourism Department, in 2018-2019, altogether 1, 75,826 (1, 66,032 domestic and 9,794 Foreign) tourists came to Manipur, which is the highest number of tourists landed in Manipur in the last 10 years. In 2017-2018, altogether 1,68,270(4,483 domestic & 3,787 Foreign) tourists came in Manipur as reported by Tourism Department. For the current year 2019-2020, from January to May, altogether 25,028 (23,015 domestic & 2009 Foreign) tourists have been in Manipur. From 2012-13 to 2017-18, only 25,975 tourists had been in Manipur. Again, seeing the data or record of the Tourism Department about the arrival of tourists in the State, the hope of State Government in the Tourism sector is still a deplorable one. To attract the attention of national and international tourists, it is imperative to ensure safe and secure environment along with necessary investment in building a modern hospitality infrastructure. But all these requirement for the tourists are not seen as of now in Manipur. Political instability, horrible law & order problem, insurgency problem, insecurity due to AFSPA, frequent bandh and blockade could also be the factors to repel the tourists from Manipur. Another inconvenience to the foreign tourists is that though the Protected Area permit/Restricted area permit has been removed, foreign tourists need to register to the District authority of the District where he/she is, for every 24 hours. At the same time, the role of private sector is also very important to attract the tourists. At present, the role of the private sector in the state is minimal. Most of the private participants choose to stay out of Manipur due to lack of infrastructure support and security concern. Unless the Department or authority concern is honest enough to deliver all the necessities to outreach to the stakeholders concern, the effort will be a futile attempt.  

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Imphal, July 31,

What would have been in the mind of Manipur Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam, after visiting government schools at New Delhi along with his counterpart Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia, but for sure if the Education Minister had some feeling of “Shame” he would have been embarrassed.
Press statement released by DIPR said that Radheshyam interacted with the students of Sarvodaya Bal Vidhyalaya, West Vinod Nagar, New Delhi, as a part of Delhi government’s ‘Happiness Utsav’, a fortnight celebration across all schools of Delhi government between July 16-30.
The Happiness Utsav is being celebrated to mark the success of the Delhi Government’s flagship program for emotional and mental well-being of children. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia had personally invited the Manipur Education Minister and educationists from around the country and the world to witness Happiness Classes first-hand.
The transformational impact that the classes have had on children and their families was noted by the Minister. During his interaction with children, children revealed how the program was helping them cope with various pressures at school and at home.
While appreciating the initiative of Delhi Government on education sector, Radheshyam said that he was observing keenly the happiness development index among the students in Delhi so that his Education Department back in Manipur could apply the same curriculum in school education. 
Well seeing the change Manipur Education Minister Radheshyam should have felt ashamed or else he would have invited the Delhi Dy. CM to the state of Manipur to see the condition of the schools
It is a pride moment for the Delhi Government on their success in transforming the government school into world class schools.
On the penultimate day of the Delhi Government’s mega celebration of the first anniversary of the Happiness Curriculum, Education Ministers, officials, academicians from around the country and the world spent the day in Delhi government schools. The Education Ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Puducherry, Nagaland, Manipur and the Councillor-in charge for Education for Ladakh Hill Council visited Delhi Government schools on Tuesday with the Dy CM Manish Sisodia. All Education Ministers unanimously agreed to replicate Delhi’s Happiness Curriculum in their respective states after the visit. That is one good point.

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Guwahati, July 31,

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expressed concerns over incidents of attacks on scribes across the country and urged the concerned authorities to investigate the motives behind those assaults and punish the culprits accordingly.
The last incident has been reported from Bihar, where Pradeep Mandal was shot at by two culprits at Sarsopahi Bazar locality of  Madhubani
district on 28 July. Pradeep (36 years old), who used to contribute for Hindi daily Dainik Jagaran,  received severe injuries and was rushed
to Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital for necessary treatments.
The young scribe has reported against the local liquor mafia, as Bihar is a liquor-free State, and thus invited enmity from those goons. The
police have already identified the criminals as Sushil Shah and Ashok Kamat who targeted Pradeep on the fateful day.
Earlier three incidents of journo-murders were reported from Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh since 1 January this year, however all
three cases need specific investigations if the victims were targeted because of their journalistic exercises.
A magazine editor from Bhiwandi locality of  Maharashtra was found killed on 17 March. Nityanand Pandey (44),  who edited India Unbound,
was understandably conspired to kill by his lady receptionist-cum-assistant to take revenge of repeated sexual harassments on her by Pandey. The police have already arrested the lady along with another individual suspecting their role in the murder.
Later one more journalist from Maharashtra was killed by unidentified persons on 4 June. Anand Narayan (38), who was slaughtered by two
criminals in his Mumbai residence, died on way to the hospital. The police have arrested both the criminals with whom Narayan  lately
started a business after leaving his job in a news channel few years back.
The third incident was reported from Shahgarh locality of Madhya Pradesh, where a freelance journalist found dead with 90% burn
injuries on 19 June. Chakresh Jain (40) reportedly had confrontations with a government officer (Aman Chowdhary) and they pursued a legal
dispute for some years. On the fateful day Jain arrived at Chowdhary’s residence and faced the burning, where the host too sustained 30 %
India lost six journalists (Navin Nischal, Vijay Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Syed Shujaat Bukhari, Achyuta N Sahu and Chandan Tiwari) to
assailants last year. However 2017 was the deadliest year as 12 scribes (Hari Prakash, Brajesh Kumar Singh, Shyam Sharma, Kamlesh
Jain, Surender Singh Rana, Gauri Lankesh, Shantanu Bhowmik, KJ Singh, Rajesh Mishra, Sudip Datta Bhaumik, Naveen Gupta and Rajesh Sheoran) were either murdered or died in suspicious situations.
“We wish a fast recovery to Pradeep, who is undergoing treatments,” said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary
Nava Thakuria adding that committed journalists often invite  enmities from the law-breaking entities while pursuing the profession and hence
they should  be offered due security and acknowledgements by the society in general.

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ThoubaI,July 30,

Saraswati Coaching Institute  of Heirok Heitupokpi Mamang Leikai today organised a protest demonstration demanding justice for Babysana , who was found death in mysterious condition at the hostel room of Standard Robarth School.
The protest staged in front of the institute at Thoubal district demanded speedy investigation to the cause of the death and also to deliver justice with impartiality to Babysana.

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