Thursday, 19 September 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Sept 19

President of the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU), Bijoy Kakchingtabam today came down heavily to the staffs of the Information and Public Relation over their failure in rendering their duty towards the journalists fraternity of the state.

Speaking to reporters at Manipur Press Club Bijoy Kakchingtabam said that the IPR staff seem to have lack proper knowledge of how to treat the journalists’ fraternity. He said that the staffs of the present day do not know that the accredited journalists have never been invited in the state function by the present DIPR staffs and that when enquired about it the answer they gave was, “There was  no such thing that the accredited journalists should be invited in state functions”, Bijoy said and added that if the new faces in the DIPR do not now the decorum of the office, they better learn from their senior staffs who had been retired or else they can visit the media houses and learn from them.

Regarding his speech on the Foundation Day function of the AMWJU, Bijoy said that what he had stated was not for his own but for the larger interest of the Journalists’ Fraternity.

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Imphal, Sept. 19

United Committee Manipur (UCM) today warn the BJP of serious consequences if the territorial boundary of the state is affected while solving the issue of the NSCN-IM.

“The ruling BJP government should be held responsible if the territorial boundary of the Manipur is affected while solving the issue of the NSCN-IM”, said Athouba Khuraijam while talking to the One Day Public Alert Meeting on the Possible Settlement of Naga Peace Accord at Lamyanba Sanglen today.

He said that anything happen out of the peace accord that changes the fate of the state should be held responsible by the MLAs and Ministers.

Athouba said that when the fate of the state is at critical juncture the MLAs of the ruling party are fighting for power.

“It has been 3 moths that the MLAs are fighting for powers”, Athouba said warning them to held responsibility if any changes is made to the territorial boundary of the state while solving the issue of the NSCN-IM.

He said that the India government imposed President rule in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and during that the Article 270 was abrogated. Such circumstances cannot be ruled out in the case of Manipur.

Athouba said that if the Government of India takes advantage of the present political crisis and distort the integrity of the state then the MLAs should be held responsible.

Athouba also appealed Government of India not to create 10 problems in solving one problem.

“If they make 10 problems while trying to solve one problem then such a solution have no meaning” The General Secretary of UCM said.

The meet also reminded on how the NSCN-IM had slaughter many Kuki civilians including women and children.

Various representatives of different civil society organization also attended in the meeting and expressed their opinion on how the people of the state should respond. 

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 19:30

IED found at Patsoi

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Imphal, Sept. 19

An IED was found near HVS brickfield at Patsoi in Imphal West district at around 5:30 am today morning. A team of Assam Rifles patrolling the area first spotted the bomb early morning under a Banyan tree located at the roadside. A team of Manipur Police Bomb Disposal Squad rushed to the spot and diffused the bomb safely. Road was closed off for a while when the Disposal Squad was working on the area. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the bomb planted today.

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 19:28

JAC of Babysana’s death to resume agitation

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Imphal Sept 19

JAC against the Murder of Ningthoujam Babysana is likely to resume its agitation demanding justice for the departed minor student who was found dead in a suspicious manner at her hostel room of Standard Robarth School on July 18.

A press statement of the JAC said that a public meeting is being organised tomorrow at THAU ground Thangmeiband at 9 am to discuss the development. The JAC invites all CSOs and Meira Paibi of the state to attend the public meeting. The JAC has been demanding the government to hand over the case to the CBI and the state government too have agreed to hand over it to the CBI.

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New Delhi, Sept. 19

Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen today attended the third meeting of the Central Advisory Board on Disability at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. It was graced by the Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Dr. Thawar Chand Gehlot and Minister of State, Social Justice & Empowerment, Krishan Pal Gurjar as Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively.

While addressing the gatherings, Minister Nemcha Kipgen highlighted the action taken reports on various issues of the persons with disabilities namely awareness cum identification camps organised by the state government from time to time for identification and early intervention to prevent disabilities.

She also highlighted Unique Disability ID (UDID) project which was launched in fourteen (14) districts of the state in July and August, 2019 and the remaining two (2) districts will be launched at the earliest and for the implementation of the Section 24 of the Right to Person with Disability Act, 2016. She also informed that regarding Social Security measures for persons with disabilities, the State government has launched Chief Ministergi Shotharabasingi Tengbang (CMST) on 3rd December, 2017 for empowerment of persons with disabilities.

She also asserted that State Draft Rules for Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 has been notified and published in the Manipur Gazette and the State Advisory Board has already constituted and the first meeting will be held shortly.

Nemcha Kipgen also draws the attention of the Union Minister, Dr. Gehlot and urged for Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY) scheme to be included for the remaining ten (10) districts of the state so that it reaches to all the beneficiaries. At present, RVY is already identified in six (6) districts of the state. It is a scheme for providing free Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devices for Senior citizens belonging to BPL category.

During the meeting, various agendas for the empowerment of the Divyangjans were thoroughly discussed. The meeting was organised by Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan). Joint Director, Social Welfare Department, Manipur Bantee Singh Konthoujam and Child Welfare Officer, Shri L. Dhaneshwor Singh also represented the state in this meeting.


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Thursday, 19 September 2019 19:26

Screening of Hugo on Sept. 21 postponed

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Imphal, Sept. 19

The screening of English film-HUGO (2011) directed by Martin Scorsese scheduled to be held on September 21, 2019, the third Saturday at 4 pm at MSFDS Auditorium has been postponed for some time due to repairing of the projector of the auditorium.
As and when the projector is fit for screening the films at the auditorium, the new schedule of the screening of HUGO shall be intimated. All the members of the Film Society of Manipur and Critics Forum, Manipur and school students are informed to bear with the inconvenience. A statement by Meghachandra Kongbam, President, Film Society of Manipur said.

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New Delhi, Sept. 19

India’s premier institute for preparing civil services aspirants, Chanakya IAS Academy recently signed MoU with the Tribal research and Training Institute (TRTI) in order to provide pre-examination training for the tribal students aspiring for Civil Services Examination.
The MoU was signed between Mr A.K Mishra, Founder and Managing Director of IAS Chankaya Academy, and Dr Kiran Kulkarni, Commissioner TRTI, in the gracious presence of our Hon'ble Union Minister, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Dr. Ashok Ram Oike, Hon'ble Cabinet Minister, Govt. of Maharashtra, Dr. Parinay Fuke , Hon'ble State Minister, Govt. of Maharashtra,  Ms. Manisha Verma, Principal Secretary Department of Tribal Affairs.
While the challenges involved with the basic issues and necessities for the tribal development remains less focussed, TRTI aims to help the tribal youth to groom themselves for Professional courses and Government services. Signing MoU with Chanakya IAS Academy is one of the most vital steps in achieving this feat for TRTI.
“Getting through the Civil Services Examinations is a dream of many youngsters in India. And most sincerely the tribal youth hold the Government jobs and civil services in very high regard, and spend many years trying to get through these toughest exams. After the MoU, steps will be taken which will not only boost the chances of cracking the Civil services examination for the tribal youth, but also help them get trained to increase their chances of employability. Said Success Guru Mr AK Mishra, Founder and Managing Director, Chanakya IAS Academy.
Chankaya IAS Academy, being a pioneer institute for civil service examination has always taken important steps in making innovative developments for the better future of the students in field of civil services and other competitive exams, has accomplished another by joining hands with TRTI to provide equal competitive ambience and right direction of opportunities to tribal students.
Moving forward, Chankaya IAS Academy, being a training partner of TRTI will organize preparation classes and will conduct regular mock tests for the students. Mock tests will help the students in analyzing their preparation level. Uplifting the tribal community will certainly contribute significantly to the growth of students and overall progress of the nation.

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 19:24

On the demand for ST status ….

The demand for the ST status for the Meitei/Meetei is not a child’s play as incorporated with the existence of the erstwhile civilization. It is not only about the Meitei/Meetei, but also a demand that will have a connection to the history of tomorrow. While discussing the matter, we have seen people who disagreed being threatened to inflict fear, portrayed as illiterate, and projected as hateful towards Meitei/Meetei. The reasons for ST demand seem to change with time. In the beginning, it has mentioned that on the grounds of constitution, Meitei/Meetei lacks development, lives in isolation, and if granted ST status, people could receive employment benefits due to reservation, even to the point of claiming to be able to produce more IAS officers and overpower India. However, looking at the current scenario, Indian government’s employment rate is seeing a decline every year in spite of the reservation facility. The most important element of India’s neo-liberal economy at present is Public Private Partnership (PPP), wherein the government’s employment rate is falling. Therefore, the 7.5% ST reservation is not going to bring about a huge change in the employment of Meitei/Meetei. After considering this, the reasons for ST demand have been changed.
Status of religion before Hinduism
Claims were made of Meitei/Meetei lifestyle having both tribal and primitive elements. There was also a time when they said that they were not demanding for ST status, they just wanted to lie about it. The Meitei/Meetei religion prior to the Hindu conversion, was falsely portrayed as just a religion with no temple and with maichou only at the level of maiba-maibi but not at the king’s level, stating multiple times that the religion belonged to tribal and primitive regions. The philosophy and related festivals of this religion had a respectable status, but the constant fabrication of lies just to avail ST status might create a false impression of the religion.
At the same time, they are saying that availing ST status will not bring any change to our religion. Whether it changes or not is a different matter. No thought has not gone in to understand that labeling a phase of our religion as tribal religion is us bringing ourselves down in front of the world. If there is no element of backwardness or underdevelopment in being ST, then why are they provided with reservation as a part of Redistribution Junction? It is just an act of willful ignorance in spite of knowing the reasons behind providing other protective measures. If the attitude remains as ‘let people think whatever they want’, then a question arises if all the efforts to strive forward were in vain.
Various rituals of celebrating and offering prayers to Sidaba mapu, Lainingthou Lairembi, Apokpa etc. were unavoidable elements and did not exist as just mere word-of-mouth. A number of Puya on religious matter clearly stated that our religion was not a tribal religion. We need to study the stories and philosophy of seven Maichou’s in order to understand the same. It was also not so that Meitei/Meetei religion suddenly became regional or tribal after Hindu conversion.
Hill-Valley Relationship
The hill-valley division to run a state has been going on since the time of British colonialism. Various 20th century leaders have stood against this division, mentioning it time and again in the resolutions of Nikhil Hindu Manipur Mahasava. Government’s attempt to separate the hills from the valley does not help in building a united Manipur. Instead of enabling people to think collectively, it has led to people think either for hills only or for valley only. The division has been going on since the time of merger into Indian Union, when various administrative and judicial bodies meant only for hills were formed. Thus, the hill-valley division continues till date. The current situation is not about Meitei/Meetei not being ST and chingmee becoming ST . Therefore, the claim that the ST demand will bring the Meitei/Meetei and chingmee closer, is a distortion of history. It is nothing but encouraging the colonizers by putting the blames on the self for the differences between the hills and valley.
Meitei/Meetei becoming ST could bring back and intensify the hill-valley division and be the reason behind the idea of Meitei for Meitei and Chingmee for Chingmee. Till now, we are not able to decolonize ourselves.

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New Delhi, Sept. 19

Delhi’s homegrown unprecedented league, the Golden League is coming back for its second season on September 29. With a unique data system - FD Connect, this time the league is aspiring to be more connected and accessible than its former edition. In a bid to take the League a notch higher, Power Finance Corporation has come on board as a co-sponsor to the League.
FD connect will unite the entire football community together under one roof. With this, Football Delhi is providing an opportunity for every young player across the city to be a recognized football player in the city. FD connect will also provide its registered members with a membership card. This database will give access to the details of any football event in Delhi easier than ever before.
Meanwhile, the Golden League will be back with its second season which will continue for three months. The unique league aimed at promoting football in Delhi at the grassroots level, saw 176 teams playing a total of 751 matches in its previous edition. Power Finance Corporation, Chairman and Managing Director Rajeev Sharma said, “PFC is happy to support the Grassroots Football Development initiative of Football Delhi. We can anticipate that through Golden League participation in football will grow many folds and this platform will help the key stakeholders in identifying many talented players. I would like to wish Golden League very best.” This time, it is expected to be bigger and better as 250 teams have already registered for the league. A total of 1200 matches across 15 venues are to be played in this edition. The league will have matches on 12 consecutive Sundays with 100 – 150 matches on each day.
Football Delhi President, Shaji Prabhakaran said, “We are very delighted to get the support of Power Finance Corporation for the development of grassroot football through Golden League. This partnership will help in multiple ways to energize football at the grassroots level in Delhi and above all, football will touch every strata of society.”
With this unparalleled league, Football Delhi is trying to reach out to young football players from all walks of life and provide them with a platform to hone their skills. This distinctive league will have teams in 3 different categories – U-7, U-9 and U-11 and will have both boys and girls in the participating teams. In order to encourage more young girls to play football, the league will provide more points to the team with more number of girls.

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